Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, here we are, January 4th, 2006, the start of a new year. A time to reflect back on the good times we had and improve upon our shortcomings. I'm sure all of us have heard the old saying, "What a difference a day makes". This is one time of year those words really seem to ring true for me. On the last couple of days of the year I was relaxing and unwinding from my normal fast pace. I actually sat down and looked at some of the photos on the site and reminisced about some of the places we had ridden. But when that calendar rolled over to January 1, all of a sudden reality hit that play time was over and I had to think about getting going again. The good news is, January 1 can also act as a demarcation that can wipe the slate of the last year clean in our minds, gives us the opportunity to finally let go of our mistakes by labeling them as learning experiences and motivate us to regroup, refresh, and use those lessons to get the new year off to a good start.
One of the ways to do this is by writing down a few things that you would like to remember throughout the year. Here are a few that I came up with. Some of them might even work for you.
1. Stop taking off with kickstand down. Rookie mistake. It is embarrassing to have someone point at your kickstand when you are riding to find that it is down. It also makes left turns much more challenging. Page 12 in the riders manual advises against this activity. This usually happens when you are first to your bike and waiting for others.
2. Make sure fork is unlocked or disk lock is removed before trying to take off. Makes for a very awkward moment, especially in a crowd, when you are trying to act cool while trying to keep your bike upright. You usually only have to experience this once to learn your lesson. Remember my Vrod fork lock story from September of 2002.
3. Be sure to have saddle bag lids secured before riding. Another rookie mistake. Once again, embarrassing to have someone pull up next to you on freeway and point at your bag lid flopping in the wind while your personal belongings are being littered along the freeway.
4. Learn that "E" on the gas gauge actually does mean empty. It does not stand for "E-ternity of Gas". I sometimes tend to get those confused. Figuring out how far past the "E" you can ride is useful in the game to see how far you can go on a tank of gas. To win the game you are able to ride into the gas station and actually put more gas in the tank than it holds. Losing the game involves a call to AAA from the side of the road.
5. Wash the windshield on long trips more often. When I would actually have a better chance of seeing through the fiberglass fairing than the windshield, it is time to scrape off the bugs.
6. Stop under dressing. Realize that standing still in the sun with a short sleeve t-shirt on in 70 degree weather does not feel the same as riding 70 mph in the same temperature and attire.
7. Accurate timing. Realizing that a motorcycle is not a helicopter and I still have to deal with traffic in this town. I need to start adding 15 minutes to every estimate of when I might arrive somewhere.
8. Map Reading and Estimations. Getting it through my head that 300 miles of riding through the mountains and twisties is going to take considerably longer than 300 miles on a Montana freeway. One of my more famous quotes on a trip; "It is only 300 miles, we should be there by 1pm." I am reminded of this quote at 5pm by Mrs. C. when we arrived.
9. Be sure bike is in neutral when starting. Nothing much worse than going to your bike in front of the Billet Bar, thinking it is in neutral and pushing the start button to find out that you were wrong. However, it is quite entertaining for the 40 people on the outside patio. Double check neutral light before making Rookie Mistake number 3.
10. Confirm that the kickstand is actually down when dismounting. The wrong time to realize that it isn't down is when that 600 pounds of steel has built up momentum as it is heading for the ground. But once again, this one can be a conversation item for those that watch this happen.
This is also the time of year that I start thinking about the site and what I will be doing with new content, format, events, etc. I will continue to bring you new Day Rides, Overnight Rides, Multi-Day Rides, Photos and Video as well as updating maps and stories on the existing rides. As for events, I will be starting a new bike night in the West Valley within the next couple of weeks, I am working on another Cyclerides.com Hearts to Heroes Ride in March and the return of Orange County Choppers in May for a huge show. As an added benefit to taking the newsletter, you will be able to print out discount coupons and special offers for restaurants and businesses right from your computer. This will start within the next couple of weeks.
For me to be able to know more about what you want to see and do, I am going to be making the site more interactive with polls and questionnaires. This will give you the opportunity to tell me what you would like to see and do, then I can help make those things happen. I am also working on a search capability for the newsletter so that you can pick a keyword and find what you might have seen in earlier issues that you would like to read again.
I have to admit, I am very excited to add to the site and get the 2006 riding season rolling. There are a lot of neat things coming the first half of this year that will keep us all busy. I know a lot of you, like Mrs. C. and I, are already planning your major rides for this Summer. Be sure and take a look at the Day Rides section on the site for all of the day and multi-day rides that we have done over the last few years. These will give you plenty of ideas of places to ride and photos of what you could expect to see.
To get this season going, I would like for all of you to participate in the first Cyclerides.com Poll of the year. For me to know what to offer everyone who reads the site, I would like a better idea of what type of motorcycle you are riding. Click Here to place your Vote. Please only vote once for each bike in your family.
Mrs. C. and I want to thank you once again for your support of Cyclerides.com. Our hope is that you enjoy it as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. Happy New Year! We look forward to a fun 2006 of motorcycle riding in Arizona and beyond.
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 palateónot 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.
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Tuesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Tuesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Tuesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize. We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give you a free hamburger. Thatís right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff. The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios, and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items, $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for
over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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 bottles and $2.00 Jacks. 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles 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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop
by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before
and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek
directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large
bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's,
but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place.
I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it
was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Thursday: Live Music with Todd & Ethan 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "The Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "The Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 5pm - 9pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular 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. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather 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 and Sunday
January 14th and 15th 8am - 5pm.
Grand Opening of the Hog Pen at the Cave Creek Roadhouse. It isn't very often that a restaurant will remodel a whole section just for motorcycle riders, but the Roadhouse wants your business and has done just that. The patio has been retrofitted with a new bar rail with stools that will seat 40 people with a view 20 feet from Cave Creek Rd., new tables and chairs and music just for the patio. There will be motorcycle artifacts hanging from the walls and ceiling, as well as brand new concrete for motorcycle parking only. It is made just for riders and even has its own name, the "Hog Pen". So when you tell people where you are going, they will know exactly what you mean.
To kick off the Hog Pen, this weekend will feature $1.00 Burgers and Hot Dogs, $2.00 Miller Lites, Drink Specials, Plan your ride for breakfast as there is an all you can eat Breakfast Buffet for $6.95 from 8am til Noon both days. There will be live music on the patio and more cool giveaways from Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. The first 100 riders at noon each day will receive a free "Hog Pen T-Shirt". The Hog Pen at the Roadhouse is located at 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. Be sure and stop by and join in on the Grand Opening celebration. CLICK HERE for all of the information.
January 13th - 15th
37th Annual World of Wheels Custom Motorcycle, Car and Hot Rod Show. World of Wheels is the perfect blend of Custom Cars, Hot Rods and Motorcycles. Show is at the Phoenix Civic Plaza located at 225 E. Adams in downtown Phoenix. Friday, 3-10pm, Saturday, 11am - 10pm, Sunday, 11am - 7pm. Cost is $12.50 per person and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under free. Features of the show include: The wild cartoon hot rod ďDefibrillatorĒ, Street Rodder Magazineís Fabulous Fat Fenders, Super Chevy Magazineís Street Heat, Old Skool Rodz / Car Kulture Deluxe Traditional Rod and Custom Exhibit, Rod and Custom Magazine presents the Pinstriper Showcase & Auction Benefiting Childrenís West Valley Crisis Center, Great American Motorcycle Show presented by Arizona Biker Information Guide. To sign up to display your bike at the show, call Kimmy at 623-334-1545.
To review newsletters from the last several years, go to the Archives section at www.cyclerides.com .
There are always being bikes added to the Classifieds. Click Here to view.
This one will make you smile. Here is a funny video of people biffing on slides. Click Here.
This is a very creative picture of a bathroom wall supposedly somewhere in Europe. Click Here.
I don't know how they shot this one, but it is a pretty cool little video of a plane landing on the 405. Click Here to view.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,