Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
I don't know about you, but I will be glad to see the calendar turn to February. Cold and rain is not what encouraged me to make the move to Arizona. Some like the change in weather, mostly those who don't ride motorcycles, I am not one of them. It got so bad for me last night I had to open up the map program on my computer and do some virtual ride planning including getting a birds eye look from Google Earth to see what the terrain looked like in those areas. This behavior would probably qualify for a diagnoses of "cabin fever". For me, the global warming talk is falling on deaf ears right now. I'm not seeing it. Neither are these people. If you missed last week's letter, Click Here.
The weather has been cool, but what IS heating up are motorcycle sales. Almost all of the motorcycle brands, with the exception of Custom Bikes are growing at a healthy rate. Harley Davidson recently released what seems to be their 80th quarter in a row with increased sales posting over $1.5 billion in revenue for the quarter and $5.8 billion for the year. Wholesale shipments were 349,196 units for the year, a 6% increase over 2005. 4th quarter revenue from Harley-Davidson motorcycles was $1.22 billion, an increase of $135.6 million or 12.5 percent over the same period last year. Shipments of Harley-Davidson motorcycles totaled 92,848 units, an increase of 5,260 units or 6.0 percent over last year's fourth quarter. For the year, P&A revenue totaled $862.3 million, a 5.7 percent increase over last year's $815.7 million. General Merchandise revenue totaled $277.5 million, a 12.0 percent increase compared to $247.9 million during 2005. That is a lot of T-Shirts and Chrome.
But even with HD posting 20 years of consecutive sales increases, the buzz in the motorcycle industry this year is another American motorcycle company unveiling their high tech progressive design touring bikes that are turning some heads in a big way. Victory motorcycles have recently shown to the public the new innovative design and manufacturing of the Victory Vision line of motorcycles. Right now, the line consists of 2 models, the street and touring versions. Take a look for yourself.
As you can see, there is not a nostalgic bolt on these bikes, but clearly Victory is taking their styling in a totally different direction than their American counterpart Harley-Davidson. It is apparent that they are not trying to emulate the Motor Company. Knowing that they could never overtake the HD brand as others have tried before, (see Indian Motorcycles) they appear to be carving out their niche in the American made industry by taking the bike to the next level with high tech components and futuristic styling that will be around for years to come.
Since the 1960s, Harley-Davidson has faced new competition in Japanese makers like Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki, who could make more powerful bikes for a cheaper cost, but has held the distinction of being the only major American manufacturer of motorcycles. This has been a selling point that has helped the company establish the strong brand recognition and lifestyle that extends beyond motorcycles into many other areas of merchandising.
Tom Tiller, CEO of Polaris Industries understands the dominant position as well as anyone. Hours before the unveiling of Victory's new Vision line, Tiller was quoted as saying: "It's hard to argue with Harley's success in the motorcycle business, a lot of the companies that have failed in the motorcycle business tried to 'out-Harley' Harley. I think that's basically impossible to do. It's a phenomenally strong brand." So instead of trying to knock off the behemoth, Victory has positioned themselves as "The New American Motorcycle" by emphasizing modern styling and technology. The Vegas, styled in part by world famous bike builder Arlen Ness is Victory's best selling model and has helped lead the company to rapid sales growth over the last few years. Tiller estimates that the company has grown at 10 times the rate of the motorcycle industry and they feel that the Vision line will take them to even higher levels.
Personally I love looking at and respect all brands of motorcycles and their riders. Being a fan of the sport I enjoy seeing what the manufacturers are doing to set themselves apart from the pack. Star is also doing a great job of styling and brand association. But as for me, I don't see myself ever leaving the Harley-Davidson brand. And for that matter, I don't see myself even switching from the Road Glide model either. My Road Glide has over 20,000 miles on it and has been a great trouble free bike that has performed well in every way. And after going to the 95" kit with the 211 cams and Screamin' Eagle heads, it has all the power that I need. But, as I'm sure some of you will remind me, I also said I would never have a windshield or a bagger either, and now I have both. Miracles can happen, I just don't think a miracle will show up with a Victory Vision nameplate on it.
In my opinion, I don't think the new Victory Vision will affect HD sales much if at all. The brands that should be paying attention to the new line is Honda with the Gold Wing and BMW with their touring bikes. If this Vision bike is anything near what they say it is, I believe that being American made, and already having created a following and riding culture of their own, it will put a huge dent into the sales of those other brands. But I can't wait to take the cruiser for a test ride to see if the machine stands up to the hype. Take a look at some of the following links. They have done some great videos that really bring you up to speed on the bike. And take note, the sound of this new engine is really good.
The Victory Vision Site.
The 360 degree spin of the Street version.
The Video Gallery. 4 Videos to choose from.
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This Week's Bike Night Events
Chesterís Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe!
If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an
award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate, not to mention twenty
four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card,
you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chesterís Harley-Davidson! The
Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102.
Click Here for Map.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and San Tan Flat are bringing Bike Nights back to the East Valley! Mark your calendars, because every Tuesday means one thing, cheap food and drinks for ALL bikers! Come hit up San Tan Flat from 6pm to 9pm for a good-ole-fashioned biker bash. Thereíll be $1.50 drafts, ½ off appetizers, $5 Chilidog combos, and a bunch of prizes! Come sit and relax indoors or outdoors at San Tan Flat were thereíll be music, fire pits and marshmallows to roast-to bring out that biker in you. Thatís Tuesday nights at San Tan Flat Ė the corner of Ellsworth and Hunt Highway. Do it up right, íBike Nightí it baby! 6185 W. Hunt Hwy., Queen Creek, AZ. 480-882-2995. This is one of the coolest places in town and worth the ride to check it out. Click Here for Video of San Tan Flat.
Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher, featuring acoustic blues and classic rock from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday Night at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 4425 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa, AZ, just across from Falcon Field. Special motorcycle parking in front of the patio. Choose from the extensive new menu including Wings, Chicken Tenders, Huge selection of salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, Ribs & Combos, Burgers, Desserts and Beverages. Click Here for complete menu. Bike Night specials are 50 Cent Legs all day, $2.50 Coronas & Pacificos, $2.00 Well Rum and Coke, $2.00 Well Vodka Tonics, $1.75 Bud Light Pints, $1.75 Miller Light Pints. Sit inside and watch your favorite sporting events on over 50 TV's and 5 Giant Screen TV's or sit outside on the huge patio where there are more TV's and enjoy the evening air. Wherever you find to relax, you will be sure to have a good time, good food and good entertainment at the Buffalo Wings Wednesday Bike Night. 480-218-9464. Click Here to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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.
Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.
This is a great new stop for riders on the West side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD from an extensive menu. 50 flat screen TV's and 10 Giant Screen TV's. Watch your favorite sporting events including the Suns or College Basketball. Or enjoy the new Video Jukebox on the Big Screens. Buffalo Wild Wings has a HUGE outdoor patio on the front that is perfect for enjoying the great Arizona evening weather. 50 Cent Legs all day. Great drink specials. There is plenty of action and fun at this Buffalo Wild Wings located at 13111 W. McDowell in Goodyear. Just 1 mile N. of I-10 just West of Dysart and McDowell at 13111 W. McDowell.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend.
Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food and Live Rock & Roll Music
every Saturday and Sunday Afternoons from Noon to 4pm. See the upcoming
band list below. Loud pipes? No problem! You can ride out to
Western Trails without worrying about DB metering equipment to greet you.
Hang out under the covered patio at the Buzzard's Saloon or in front of the stage for some impromptu dancing. Buzzardís
Saloon now has Appetizerís available at the Bar. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, Chicken Tenders, Fries, Jalapeno Poppers,
Breaded Mushrooms, Onion Rings, Beer Battered Mushrooms & Zucchini and Spicy Chicken Wings. Fast food
service from the Bartender. Buddy Boomís Real BBQ is also open for those who donít mind walking 300 Feet for
the best Burgers, award winning Ribs & BBQ on the Westside of town.
So take a ride out to Western Trails for some Lunch, Live Music and Fun every Saturday and Sunday. Starts This Saturday! For more information on Western Trails Ranch go to www.westerntrailsranch.com . Located on Hwy. 60 in Morristown, just 12 N. of Sun City West on Grand or just 3 miles South of Carefree Hwy. Click Here for Map.
Live Band Schedule:
Feb 3rd Sat 12-4 Dok & Gal
Feb 4th Sun Trite - Classic Rock
Feb 10th & 11th Dok & Gal
Feb 17th Sat 12-4 Phat Bastard, Night 8pm- 12pm Novella Bentley
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive menu.Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. 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. If you have suggestions, email them at email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, February 3rd
Chili Lover Cookoff. Ride out to Desert Rose at 18300 S Old Hwy 80 in Arlington, for some good Chili. If you want to ride with a group, you can meet at the Sam's Club at 8340 W. McDowell. Ride leaves at 11:00am. The cost is $5.00 per person. $2 per chili entry. $3 for Kids 7-14. Kids under 7 free. Registration is from Noon - 4:00pm. There will be vendors, Live Music, 50/50 and more. Everyone welcome. Portion of the proceeds to the Michael's Garden. For more information or to enter your chili call Marty at 623-877-9646.
Sunday, February 4th
Free Pancake Breakfast. Sponsored by Church in the Wind. Stop by and let us buy you breakfast! 9am - Noon. Pancakes and fixn's. No Strings! Free to all bikers. Bikes only. 3802 W. Union Hills Rd., Glendale, AZ. More information at 623-581-8695.
Saturday and Sunday
February 9th and 10th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Diamond Plated Sweethearts. Ride by Arrowhead HD from 10am - 6pm and pick a heart to receive 10 - 20% off of your purchases. There will also be a raffle for Six Dozen Roses throughout the day. If it is jewelry that you are looking for this Valentines Day, there will be 20% off of Stamper Gold. The Money Machine will also be running on both Saturday and Sunday. Arrowhead Harley is located at 16130 N. Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria. 623-247-5542.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Love of Leather. Ride by Chandler HD any time from Feb. 7-14 for savings of up to 14% off of leathers. There will be Six Dozen Roses raffled off, a Chocolate Machine, Harley Gifts and 2 Harley-Davidsons given away. You can also find Great Savings on Jewelry and Watches for your Valentines Day Gifts. Chandler Harley is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. 480-496-6800.
Saturday, February 10th
East Valley A.B.A.T.E. Valentines Day Party. Party starts at 7pm at Famous Sams located at 2860 E. Main St. in Mesa, AZ. for music and dancing. $5 per person. Raffle for a Romantic Weekend for Two, Doorprizes and 50/50. Everyone Welcome. Presented by East Valley ABATE of Arizona. Come out and support ABATE and ensure your right to ride free. Special Parking for bikes. For More Information: 480-830-4434 or 480-839-9369.
Saturday, February 10th
6th Annual 3 Ball Run. Come out and show your skill for an afternoon of 3 ball. Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Sign in 10-11 at My Ole Man's, SW Corner of 35th Ave. and Union Hills. End party at Stardust Lounge, NW corner of 43rd Ave. and Olive. Free buffet provided at final stop. $5 per person. 5 stops with 3 ball played at each stop. Lowest 3 scores win. Raffles and 50/50. More information: Cindi, 623-695-5659. Everyone Welcome!
Sunday, February 11th
1st Annual Rocky Point Dog Run. For those of you that are animal lovers and have been to Rocky Point, you know the problem with the abundance of dogs down there. We go there a lot and are glad to see that Nancy Phelan has stepped up to do something about it by using the proceeds of this event to convert a motor home to a mobile spa/neuter clinic. Here is a brief story about the Rocky Point Animal Adoption Center:
The Rocky Point Animal Adoption Center was founded by Nancy Phelan. Nancy came to Rocky Point from Phoenix, Arizona and soon became an advocate for the many street dogs and cats in the city. She formed a non-profit Mexican Corporation and began taking in strays. She also has a US non-profit Corporation for tax purposes. She has had as many as 90 animals at any given time. Over 2000 animals have been adopted into loving homes. The center has two large lots - enough for 14 separate yards for the dogs. A cat house was built with an entrance to an outside screened room. The nursing moms and kittens are cared for in the main building. There are 2 yards for recovering and/or new animals. Many of these animals come to her sick and injured. There is no testing equipment to see what these animals are suffering from. Sarcoptic Mange, Parasites, Worms, Parvo, Distemper, Leukemia are just a few of the problems. For more information call Nancy at 602-412-3932. http://www.rpaac.org/
Ride Information: Poker Run begins at Hard Tailz located on the SW corner of 35th Ave. and Bell Rd. Registration is 9:30am - 11am. Departure 11am. Final card at Hard Tailz at 3pm. $20 Rider, $5 passenger. Raffle, Silent Auction starting at 4pm. More information at 602-319-6269.
Some of you might have heard about the new movie coming out on March
2nd named Wild Hogs that
was filmed in New Mexico. It stars John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy and is about 4 businessmen
that decide to take some time from their jobs to take a motorcycle trip. The trailer is funny. Hopefully the whole
movie is as good. Click
Here for trailer. I might even plan a ride night to a theatre
if anyone would be interested.
This one is funny and unexpected at the same time. The result is not going to be what you think it is. Click Here for 38 second video.
This is some great video of real life bumper cars taken from a guy on an upper level of a building of cars on an icy street below. Turn up the sound so that you get the full effect of the metal crunching. Click Here.
Hearts To Heroes 2007 Date Announced!
At this time, I am excited to announce that Saturday, April 14th will be the date for the 2007 Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride. This year's ride is shaping up to be the best Hearts To Heroes ride ever. The ride will again start at Christ's Church of the Valley located at 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. Sign in will be from 8am - 9:30am. At 9:30am the program will begin inside the 3000 seat auditorium of the Church where we will honor our Veterans of past wars as well as our current enlisted Men and Women. There will be singing, video and I am working on doing a "Live Interview Via Satellite" with a platoon of Soldiers in Iraq that will be shown on the 20' screens inside the Church. Our fighting men and women will be able to see first hand that we here at home do support them and wish them well.
After the program at the Church, we will be led by the CNN Warrior One Hummer and ride to Phoenix International Raceway where all of the bikes will do a lap around the track before parking in the infield where we will have music, speakers and skydivers carrying a flag from the 5 branches of service followed by the American Flag. I am currently working on a huge end party at a great location where there will music, food and drink available. I will be announcing that soon. Check back on the front page of www.cyclerides.com for the flyer that you can print and distribute to all of your riding friends.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,