First of all, I would like to thank all of you that sent emails of concerns, encouragement
and prayers. Mrs. C. and I were both overwhelmed by the amount of response
from the Cyclerides.com family. In fact, I was still replying as late as today. If you missed last week's letter,
Click Here. I would like to report that Tammy (Mrs. C.) is recovering extremely well with a
few bruises and some aches and pains. She was very fortunate as the outcome could have been much worse. The girl
had insurance, so the bike is in for repair and we are hoping to get it back as soon as possible so that she can
get back on the road. Thanks again for all of the well wishes, they were very encouraging and uplifting.
It is always nice when local media does positive segments on motorcycling. If you missed the live broadcast last Wednesday, TV 3 did an excellent piece on riding in Arizona. I provided the interview and the photos. They did the rest. The segment features 2 routes. Flagstaff to Sedona and Kingman to Oatman. Watch this 2:45 spot and then send the link to your friends back East. Click Here to View. Or view it from the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
I am always looking for ways to get riders together to socialize, swap ride stories and meet new friends. Bike nights are a good way to do that. It gets you out of the house for a short ride, but there are not a lot of ways to interact. So with that in mind, I have decided to start a Wii Bowling tournament at the Sandbar Mexican Grill Bike Night on the West side. For those of you that do not know, the Wii is an electronic game by Nintendo that has been taking the world by storm over the last year. It is played by holding a wand in your hand and making the exact movement that you would make in whatever sport you are playing on the screen. In this case, with bowling you would see the lane on the screen and simulate rolling the ball just as you would with a real bowling ball, complete with spin and all. It is one of the most realistic games you will play and great fun that will generate smack talking by the 3rd frame.
This game is an real hoot and will get everyone involved. The Sandbar has a 7 foot screen that we will utilize for the Wii Bowling. It will be set up as a single elimination tournament each Bike Night with the top 2 winning prizes each night. The winners will all be carried forward and will have a playoff during Arizona Bike Week. Location to be determined. I am also working with Chester's Harley-Davidson to implement the same thing at their Bike Night at Dos Gringos on the East side. If that develops, we will have an East Vs. West for the finals. Anyone can play, you don't have to have any special skills. Just have fun and win some prizes. My 84 year old Dad loves this game. Here is a picture of a Wii screen shot. Click Here to View.
The Cyclerides.com Wii Bowling Tournament at the Sandbar, located at 9868 W. Northern will start on Wednesday, February 11th at 6pm and run for 6 weeks with the finals during AZ Bike Week. Sign up when you get there. It takes about 20 minutes to complete a game with 4 people playing. If you have never played, don't worry, it only takes a minute to get you going.
Please stop by to check it out. It is great fun! Click Here for information about the Sandbar.
And speaking of things to do, this week I would also like to remind you about the upcoming Arizona Bike Week that is now just a few weeks away and will be taking place from March 27th - April 5th. Today I am just going to give you some of the highlights that I thought would be interesting. There are many more activities that you can find at www.arizonabikeweek.com .
Pre-Rally Days on Friday, March 27th will kick off with Chester's Harley-Davidson Back Stage Biker Bash featuring a huge concert and party with Mogollon opening for the Charlie Daniels Band. This should be a great party and concert to kick off bike week.
Saturday, March 28th features the 5th Annual Buddy Stubbs Bike Week Bash. 13,000 riders joined the fun last year. There will be Food, Live Music and Vendors. Admission is free. If you would like to be a vendor at either of the above parties, contact Chester's HD at 480-894-0404 or Buddy Stubbs HD at 602-971-3400.
Sunday - Trifecta Custom Bike Show at the Steel Horse.
Monday, March 29th - Chandler HD Sunshine Acres Ride to Tortilla Flat. Always a good ride.
Tuesday - Downtown Scottsdale Party at the Billet Bar.
Wednesday - Buddy Stubbs Wednesday Ride for Kids. One of my favorite and one of the biggest rides of the week that will take you on a 234 mile ride throughout Arizona ending at Cyclefest.
Cyclefest at Westworld begins with The Gin Blossoms in the Handlebar Saloon.
Thursday - Blackfoot in Concert in the Handlebar Saloon among other activities.
Friday - Factory Demo Rides at Westworld, Firefighters Ride and Eddie Money in Concert at the Handlebar.
Saturday - Chester's Torch Ride and Cheap Trick in Concert at the Handlebar among many other activities.
Sunday - Logan's
Run with Mogollon closing out AZ Bikeweek in the Handlebar Saloon.
These are just a few of the highlights to get you going. I will go over more details as they come to me in the next few weeks. Find out all the details at www.arizonabikeweek.com .
FYI, Many have emailed and asked if I was going to do my Hearts To Heroes ride again this year. The answer is no. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the event but I thought it was time to look toward our troops coming home. If we have a troop deployment home, I would be interested in doing a big event to show our appreciation by throwing them a welcome home party.
However, there is a ride using the name of "Hearts To Heroes" during bike week. So that no one is mistaken, I want to make it clear that THIS IS NOT MY RIDE, nor do I have anything to do with the organization or implementation of this ride.
Highlights This Week
Saturday, January 31st
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Free Appreciation Breakfast. Taking a ride Saturday morning?
Stop by Arrowhead HD for a free breakfast on your way out of town.
Saturday, January 31st
Buddy Stubbs Take-off Parts Blowout! These events don't come around very often,
but when they do, you can really find some good deals! Make Buddy and Offer!
Bike Nights This Week
Sandbar Mexican Grill Wednesday Bike Night. Ride by the Sandbar Mexican Grill this Wednesday night where the patio instantly sweeps you away to a tropical island paradise as thatch and tin roofs cover the bar. Sit on one of the many high topped tables on the sandy beach or sit at the palapa bar outside and watch TV while listening to music. Or go inside to the dining area featuring a huge bar with 30 HDTV's to choose from around the room all decorated in an island beach theme. Sandbar has a great menu of Mexican food and will be featuring build your own burrito's for $5.00. Choose any ingredients you want off the menu, pack them into your burrito all for $5.00. There will also be $2.00 off ALL Drinks which makes domestic bottles $2.00 and Margarita's $4.00. Ride by this Wednesday night to check out the Sandbar Wednesday Bike Night. Motorcycle Parking Only will be blocked off in front of the restaurant. Click Here to see Photos and details. Click Here for Sandbar Web Site.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Dirty Doggs Thursday Bike Night presented by Renegade Classics. The Dirty Dogg Saloon and Renegade Classics of Phoenix announce the start of a Thursday Night Bike Night called Holiday Happy Hour’s for the month of December. Each week a lucky winner will receive a Renegade Classics Gift Certificate along with door prizes, drink specials and of course the Dirty Dog Girls. The hours are 8-10; the Dirty Dog is located on the Southeast Corner of Shea and Scottsdale Road –480-368-8095. Renegade Classics is located at 3102 East Cactus Road in Phoenix and more information can be seen at www.renegadephoenix.com.
Chester's Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Dos Gringos Mesa. Ride by the New Dos Gringos Mesa located on the northwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline in Mesa. Dos is sure to make an impact and add some flare to the east valley. Enormous patio, complete with its own outdoor bar and separate dining areas on each side. Dos is a casual neighborhood hangout with great food and cold cervezas. Feel free to dine at one of our four tops, relax at one of the booths lining the edge or just belly up to the bar. Click Here to View. There will be drink and food specials and Raffles and Fun from Chester's Harley-Davidson. Ride with Chester's from the dealership at 5:30pm every Thursday located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, January 31st
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Free Appreciation Breakfast. Taking a ride Saturday morning? Stop by Arrowhead HD for a free breakfast on your way out of town. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson wants to invite EVERYONE to a customer appreciation breakfast on the last Saturday of every month from 8:30am till 10:00 am. Join us for a FREE pancake, sausage and egg breakfast served up by Big D's Flippin Cakes. Thank you for all your support and business! Ride by Arrowhead Harley-Davidson the last Saturday of Every Month for a free breakfast. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, January 31st
Buddy Stubbs Take-off Parts Blowout! These events don't come around very often, but when they do, you can really find some good deals! Buddy Stubbs is bringing out the Valley's biggest selection of take-off Harley-Davidson parts. Make a deal on the spot with Buddy! Huge savings off of retail and a chance to put the finishing touches on your bike. Also find some great deals on General Merchandise. To celebrate, we will have live music, free food and drinks and museum tours. There will also be a General Merchandise blowout!! Cash only for take-off parts. ATM on-site. Call 602-971-3400 or go to www.buddystubbshd.com for details.
Bikers Bay Get Ready For Summer Sale. NOW is the time to get your bike ready for the riding season! Through the end of January, Biker's Bay is offering the 5k and 10k Interval Services which include full synthetic performed by our factory trained technicians at only $179.95 for any bike. Need Parts? Check out the Bikers Bay Inventory Clearance Sale at all 3 valley locations. ALL orange dots or Clearance Table are 20% to 30% Off. We have chrome, accessories and tires marked down to get you started for the first of the year. Need help installing your new parts? Bring them to the experts at Bikers Bay who can do it for you. We are also announcing that we will honor the Harley-Davidson Tire Warranty Program underwritten by CNA. Stop in for the details, you'll be glad you did! Stop by or call any of the Bikers Bay 3 locations in the Phoenix area. Phoenix Location is 2530 E. Bell Rd. in Phoenix, 602-923-0114. Mesa - 1355 S. Country Club, 480-421-1404. Glendale - 5670 N. 51st Ave., 623-842-8580. Tell them you saw this on Cyclerides.com to receive the discounts. More information on www.mybikersbay.com .
Saturday, February 7th
Red, Wild & Hot. Chester’s Harley-Davidson teams up with United Blood Services during its annual Chili Cook-Off contest. Find the HERO in you! Participants can “give red” by donating blood, “see wild” as Liberty Wildlife rescue organization will be present, and “eat hot” by sampling various chili’s! The United Blood Services bloodmobile will be at Chester’s from 9am-1pm. All donors will be automatically entered to win 1 of 2 shopping sprees for $1000. Be a contestant or a judge in the Chili Cook-off. Call Chester's to sign up your chili. 480-894-0404. Meet the Liberty Wildlife Animal Ambassadors from 10am - 2pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday, February 7th
Renegade Classics Huge Inventory Reduction Sale. Now is the time to get those items you need for your riding trips this spring. Find 10% - 50% OFF Selected Merchandise from 11am - 3pm. Music, Food, Vendors and huge store wide savings will take place all day.The Dirty Dogg Girls will be at Renegade Classics of Phoenix at 3102 East Cactus Road for a charity calendar signing on Saturday, February 7th from 11-3. The 2009 Dirty Dogg calendars were released earlier this month and this will be the first calendar signing in the valley. A portion of each calendar sale goes to the Dirty Dogg Saloon charity of the month. Come have your favorite bartender sign you calendar. Bring a camera! For more information call Renegade Classics at 602-595-9597 or visit www.reneagdephoenix.com.
Saturday, February 7th
Chili Lovers Cookoff at Desert Rose Bar & Grill in Arlington, AZ. Event time from 12 - 4pm, Cash prizes for the best chili entries, live music, vendors, raffle for gifts cards and prizes. Entry for event: $10 per adult. Venders contact Judge at 623 266-7657. To inter chili contact Terrye at 623 826-5293.
Sunday, February 8th
4th Annual Bikers Soar for Wildlife Poker Run. This is the 4th year for this run and from the beginning it has been a well attended event. You might have seen my articles and photos about the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in the past. If not, CLICK HERE for Photos and Story. This year the ride is a 140 miles starting at Ridenow Powersports in Surprise at 15380 W. Bell Rd. The ride ends at Pioneer the Past Restaurant at I-17 and Pioneer Rd. just north of Phoenix. At the end of the ride you will see the animals you are riding for, hear a live band, visit with vendors, and try your luck with the raffles, the 50/50, and much more. If you have family or friends who want to meet up with you at Pioneer, they can buy lunch for $7 and enjoy the day with you. 100% of the proceeds go to support, feeding and care of the wildlife received at the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. The Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Auxiliary (AMWCA) is a 501-C-3 Non-profit. Sign up now at www.azwildlifecenter.net. All details are on the website. But if you have specific questions, contact Sandy at, 623-587-0139 or email at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 8th
John Sliney Benefit Ride. John Sliney had a motorcycle accident on Jan. 19th which has left him in critical but stable condition in the hospital. John is an avid motorcyclist and long time member of the East Valley HOG. He has served as EV HOG Asst. Dir, completed many of the Iron Butt Rides and obtained the coveted status of Rough Rider. His is always in the top 5 riders in mileage every year. There will be a ride and food for a donation of $10. Click Here for flyer and all details.
It is always nice when local media does positive segments on motorcycling. Last Wednesday
TV3 did an excellent piece on riding in Arizona. I provided the interview
and the photos. They did the rest. The segment features 2 routes. Flagstaff to Sedona and Kingman to Oatman. Watch
this and then send it to your friends back East. Click Here to View. Or view
it from the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
A couple of weeks ago I gave you the inspirational video called "Stand By Me". This week I've got another one that is fantastic called "Born Again American". Ironically, it is directed by the same guy and uses musicians and singers from all over the United States. This will give you a nice shot of Patriotism. This is an EXCELLENT song and video. Click Here to View.
Ever wonder what to do if you didn't have drawer locks with a child in the house? These parents found another way. It just might cost them a few biscuits now and then. Click Here to View.
Here is one of those videos that you have to question the thought and preparation that went into the event. Click Here to View.
If you like design and innovation in a motorcycle, you are going to love this one. Then you are going to spend the next half hour trying to figure out how they did it. Click Here to View.
This one will blow you away. No pun intended. I don't know how he does this so fast. He holds 18 world records. Click Here to View.