Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
1/29/03
 

Greetings Riders,
 
My condolences to those living in the Midwest and Northeast right now. Having spent 25 years in the Midwest and putting up with below zero temperatures and snow, I feel your pain. It's pretty sad when the snowblower gets started more than the motorcycle does. But that is 22 years in the rear view mirror for me. The emails I get from riders that have moved from back East are giddy with their new found riding season. That must be why we have over 3 million people that live in the Phoenix area and what seems like another 30 million snowbirds that flock here to take advantage of our perfect weather right now. Snowbirds have long been a joke of the locals here. I mean, it's almost impossible to ignore them. You know who I'm talking about. They are the ones that:

* Think the dotted white line on the road is a place to line up the Lincoln emblem on the hood.
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Believe that driving for a mile after a lane change with their blinker on is acceptable.
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Slow down on green lights and speed up on red.
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Think the HOV lane is a place to get out of the way so others can pass them.
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Think that having one tire on the white line when parking is good form.
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Turn a 2 stop light wait at intersections into 4 light marathons.
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Fill up all our restaurants starting at 4:00pm.
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Can make going through an intersection on a motorcycle when they are turning left and extreme sport.
 
After driving in Sun City for several years I adopted this motto: If they see you coming Beware! There is a bad decision waiting to happen.
 
Last week I started a new feature on the site called the Cyclerides.com Weekly Survey. The question last week was: "What Is A Reasonable Price To Pay For A Charity Ride? Assume There Is A T-Shirt and Continental Breakfast Included." With 545 votes cast, it was surprisingly a close contest. Coming in first with 22% of the vote was $15 rider and $10 passenger, a narrow second place with 19% of the vote was $15 and a very close third was $20 with 17% of the vote. What does all of this mean? Nothing that would change the course of history, but it is a nice snapshot for the ride organizers to think about when wanting to draw the biggest crowds to a ride. One thing I think is good is the tiered level of donation. That is when the rider pays a base amount of say $10-$15 and then has the choice to buy a t-shirt or a pin. This way, the charity still gets the donation, but the rider isn't stuck with paying for a shirt he doesn't want.
 
This week I thought it would be fun to see what kind of motorcycles the readers of Cyclerides.com are riding. So the question this week is: What Brand Of Motorcycle Do You Ride? All of the major brands are listed. So this is your chance to get your clubs together and have them make a statement for the brand that you ride. Click Here to cast your vote now.
 
I have really noticed a rebound in the public image of motorcyclists lately. Judging from the emails that I get it seems that more of the mainstream businesses and restaurants are reaching out for our business. I have several announcements to bring you over the next few weeks that will show you how businesses of all kinds want the motorcycle riders trade.
 
But this week I want to highlight the latest Restaurant that has opened the doors wide for motorcyclists starting this Sunday, February 2nd and I'm glad they did. This gives us one more place in the East Valley for a regular stop. It is called Sugar Daddy's Blues for their "Biker Brunch" located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Thomas and Indian School. An easy ride from all parts of the Valley. Sugar Daddy's has a 5,000 square foot outdoor tree covered patio with a relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for starting a ride, ending a ride or just hanging out for a while. There is plenty of bike parking within view of your table. They are offering a "Biker Brunch" as well as many items off of their menu from 11:00am - 5:00pm. There will also be live music on the patio from 1:00-5:00pm. If you don't have the time for that long ride on Sunday, stop by Sugar Daddy's and enjoy the weather and music on the patio. Sugar Daddy's interior is a site to see. This gives you the Cajun feel like you are in New Orleans. Click here to see the awesome pictures and details. Stop by for the Grand Opening this Sunday. See more information below. I'll see you there.
 
I think we have some excellent bike nights and bike days right now. These owners are really stepping up and trying to provide good entertainment and good food for us. And it looks like it is only going to get better. Try and stop by and check one out when you can. Stay tuned for my announcement of the new Friday Bike Night coming next week. It is a good one. 

Happenings This Week
 
Wednesday

The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. All of you that used to go to Chuy's, this is your new place on the East side of town. This is a new bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200. 

Thursday

Jetz Americana Thursday Bike NightSpecial Night February 6th. "Bikes and Bunnies" with 944 Magazine.  It will include Playboys new leather line. This bike night is growing fastGreat bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. Jetz is a Very Nice Restaurant located in North Scottsdale 1 block South of Shea on Scottsdale Rd. behind the California Pizza Kitchen. They have a beautiful interior with flat screen TV's to watch your favorite teams or a large bar to lounge at with your friends. Jetz also has a large patio with an outdoor bar right next to where you will be parking your bikes. Happy hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM till close there will be BURGER & BEER $7.95 (½ lb of Certified Angus Beef and a domestic pint or bottle), DOMESTIC BOTTLES $3, JACK DANIELS $4. Bike night is all night till close. This is one nice place to go for dinner or hang out on the patio and watch the bikes roll by. Stop by and take a look. You will be impressed. Bikes are always welcome. Take a look at Jetz Saturday food and drink specials and the Sunday Brunch and the Bloody Mary bar with over 75 items. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. You can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in for what I call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic drafts. There are always a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday.
 
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike Night. 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. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 right next to Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876.

Every Saturday and Sunday

Bike Days at The HideawayThis weekend enjoy the ride to Cave Creek and the beautiful weather from The Hideaway. Be a part of the Porch Posse at The Hideaway, one of most popular stops in the Southwest for riders that come to Arizona. Stop by for one of their great burgers and shop and Stampede Leathers while you are there. Check out the Friday Night Steak Fry from 6-10 PM for only $7.95.  Don't Forget, Every Day is Bike Day at the Hideaway. "There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet! " 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. 480-595-0358
The Hideaway Schedule for February:
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm:
$2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
February 8th: The Bourget Bike Show and Bikini Bike Wash. Come out and see an awesome display of motorcycles.
February 15th: Join The Hideaway for a ride to Vulture Mine V-Twin. Ride leaves at noon.
February 22nd: The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories.

There are now 3 Sunday stops with live entertainment and food and drink specials!

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Sunday February 2nd
New!! Help kick off the New Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch New!!
Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd.
for Brunch or Lunch on their relaxing 5,000 square foot Tree Covered Patio from 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-5pm and choose from the all you can eat "Bunch O'Brunch", 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it   Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking.

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Sunday, February 2nd- "GD Roadshow". 
Fandango - Live Music Every Sunday from 1:00PM - 5:00PM.
Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking.
GD ROADSHOW WARNING!! George and Duane from MOGOLLON are doing it again this Sunday. Watch show at your own risk!!! Sunday Bike Day features food and drink specials from NOON to 6pm and the best bands in Arizona. Fandango is located at 6432 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. There is also live music Friday and Saturday nights. For more info call 480-595-5633 or www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
February 2nd: "GD Road Show"
February 9th: "GD Road Show"
February 16th: "Combo Deluxe"
February 22nd: Run to Fandango Old Time Clam Bake, Noon - 6PM. Live Reggae music with Walt Richardson and the Morning Star Band.
February 23rd: "Combo Deluxe"

Sunday, February 2nd
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's This Sunday - "The Jim Glass Band". Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy a Sunday Brunch with the Jim Glass Band from 11:00-3:00pm. The weather should be nice this weekend, give it a try. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend with some good food and entertainment, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome.  Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ.  This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448.

This Weekend

Saturday, February 1st.
Need something to do on Saturday and maybe get some community service hours in or just do a good deed? W. Steven Martin is having the Bob Martin Memorial Mile Cleanup day. Go out to Fort McDowell casino at 9:00 am where you will be transported by bus to Beeline HWY at mile marker 195 (southbound lane - between Fort McDowell and the Saguaro Lake turnoff).  This is where Officer Robert Martin was killed and we have dedicated this mile to the WSM Police Memorials program.  We clean it up twice a year but Feb 1st is the big cleanup.  You will see bikers, police officers and local citizens picking up trash in honor of Officer Martin.  Here's a little history for you - Officer Martin was very proud of the district that he patrols, that on his spare time he would pick up trash.  On the day of the shooting they found trash in his car that he picked up that morning.  That is why "W" decided to dedicate this mile to him and for us to live on the legacy of Officer Martin. If anyone would like to volunteer they can contact us at w.stevenmartin@cox.net

Next Weekend

Saturday, February 8th
Desert Rose Chili Run. Ride to Desert Rose Bar And Grill in Arlington. Ride leaves from Sam's Club 83rd Ave & McDowell at 11:00 AM. $5 per person, $2 per Chili entry. Ride Pins to first 300 Riders. Door Prizes, 50/50, Vendors , Live Band. Ride leaves from Sam's Club 83rd Ave & McDowell at 11:00 AM. For more information call: 623 877-9646 or 623 486-1756. Portion of proceeds to New Life Shelter for Domestic Violence.

Extras

Many of you by now have heard of or seen the new Dodge Tomahawk motorcycle sporting a 500 hp Viper engine. Dodge says it will do 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, weighs in a at a mere 1500 pounds and will cost you over $200,000 to own one in limited production. What will they think of next? If you would like to see video of it running, pictures and more information Click Here.

For you car enthusiasts, the new Chevrolet SSR is the latest rage in concept vehicles coming to life. There is already forums and clubs for these cars and they haven't even hit the streets yet. They are really cool so if you want to see a great web site from Chevy about the car/truck go to: http://www.chevrolet.com/ssr/. Once you are there click on gallery button. Refresh that screen until you see a graphic that says "Color It Cool" on the right side of the screen. Then click that. This is a fun page.

If you missed last week's letter and didn't see what is coming up that you need to plan for, Click Here for last week's letter.

It's time for me to shut this down and get to my guitar lesson. Yep, you heard it. 46 years old and taking guitar lessons with my daughter. Look out Duane Moore from Mogollon, I'm going to start my own band. Maybe I will have you open for me. Riiiiiiiight!

As for me this week, I am going to take advantage of this weather and take in some Bike Nights and go to the first day of Sugar Daddy's Biker Brunch for some food and fun. Then it will be off down Scottsdale Rd. for a stop at the Billet on my way to Cave Creek. Should be great weather for a ride. See ya there.

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

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