Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
2/10/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, if you have been looking at the national weather news lately you will be glad if you zip code starts with the numbers 85. The East coast is getting pelted with record snow falls along the East coast. In fact, I heard what I would call the "Irony of the Year" today. It was reported on CNN and FOX that the global warming conference that was set to start today in Washington, D.C. was postponed due to excessive snow and frigid weather. Now, I don't care who you are, there is some humor in that report. Especially for those skeptical of the Global Warming story. Using the old realtor saying, it is location, location, location. Those people are digging out of 2 feet of snow and we are planning a motorcycle ride to Sedona on Saturday in 70 degree weather. You gotta love good ole AZ this time of year.
 
If you missed the newsletter last week, I just want to announce once again that the Bike Night at Westgate City Center in Glendale will start up again on Thursday, March 18th and run through June 24th. So make plans to join us on the first night. Stay tuned to the newsletter and the Cyclerides.com Facebook for updates. See last week's newsletter for all the details. Click Here. Other announcements will be coming in the next couple of weeks. The first Motorcycles on Main in Mesa was a big success last Friday night. Click Here for Photos.
 
It is getting really close to some superb riding here in the Valley. I can feel it coming and am already planning a few local rides for the season. Even kicking around a Cyclerides.com "Just for the fun of it ride" for anyone who would want to get out take a ride with us. No cost, just an unorganized ride at your own pace loop through some scenic country to get some bikes on the road this Spring. Will let you know if I come up with something.
 
Two weeks ago I finished up Day 6 of our 2009 Road Trip that took us from Whitefish, MT. to Great Falls, MT. This week I will report on 2009 Road Trip Day 7.
 
We awoke in Great Falls, MT. to dark skies and light rain. So this time it was a no brainer to start out with the rain gear on. That's good, because that will automatically keep you from making a bad decision. And it was one of those days that as you traveled rain would be a threat throughout the day. Needless to say, we got pretty good getting in and out of it.
 
Since we had lost a few hours the day before due to the ignition switch going out, we decided to head to Yellowstone National Park and then spend the night in Jackson, WY. But as you know, when riding, the best laid plans don't always work out like you think they should. So to make some time we took I-15 South to a little town called Boulder, Mt. and then headed South on a narrow 2 lane road down to I-90. Just what the doctor ordered, a great little back road through some farming country in Montana. As an old farm boy from Kansas, it was great to see some Alfalfa that came up to my knees and wild antelope roaming the fields. We even stopped so that we could walk out into the field. Took me back about 40 years. Loved it.
 
From there we scooted across I-90 about 40 miles to Hwy. 291 to go through Big Sky and then on down to the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We had traveled most of Yellowstone over the years but had never been through the West entrance or the SW part of the park. So this was our opportunity to experience that part of the park. I've said it before, Yellowstone is a nice place to ride through, but in my opinion, it is a bit overrated as a pure riding area. There are MANY areas that we have been that are a lot more memorable than Yellowstone, but this is a marquis name that deserves at least one pass through it. One road that we found this time that was really pretty is a little side road called the Firehole Canyon Rd. that is just to the West of 191 as it turns South. This road takes you through a beautiful canyon next to a stream. Don't miss this one.
 
Our next stop on 191 in Yellowstone was Old Faithful. We had seen this before, but it is always a nice nostalgia stop. There are bigger geysers right in the area, but none more famous. And make sure to see go into the Old Faithful Inn to see the construction of this old hotel. Again, well worth the stop just to see the wood that they used to construct this old building. Quite impressive. After a quick stop here we were now on a race against time to make it to Jackson, WY by around 6:30 to try and grab a hotel before other travelers would be doing the same thing.
 
But as I said before, there are always surprises and we got one here. There was about 40 miles of major road construction heading South out of the park that was mostly gravel road. And very bad gravel road at that. This moved us along at about 15 miles per hour burning precious daylight that we wanted to have going through the Tetons into Jackson. If you have done much motorcycle riding in this area, you know that you don't want to be on the roads, particularly on a motorcycle during feeding time for the deer and elk. So we kept our eyes wide open for the animals crossing the road as we finally rolled into Jackson at about 8:45pm instead of our projected 6:30. But the good news was we made it safe and had little trouble getting a room for the night.
 
All in all, it was a good day, but one of those that kind of wore you out with the rain and road construction. But we did get some good pictures of Yellowstone and the Tetons that I think you might enjoy. Day 8 will take us from Jackson, WY through the Flaming Gorge to Utah.
 
Click Here for Photos. Remember to click on "Slideshow" in the upper right and view full screen. Click Fast in the upper left.
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Highlights This Week
 
Friday and Saturday, February 12th & 13th
Pre-Valentines Day Event at Sierra Vista Harley-Davidson.
Looking for that perfect motorcycle related Valentines Day gift?
You will find huge savings including 10% Off on Boots, 15% Off Leather and 20% Off Jewelry, 
PLUS 40% OFF End of Season Items.
 
NEW!! Chester's Harley-Davidson "Party On The Patio". Every Saturday!
Looking for a good quick ride destination or a great place to meet up with your group for a ride?
Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm. Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs.
 

 
 
Bike Nights This Week
 
Wednesday Night
 
Starts Wednesday February 17th.
Wednesday Bike Night at Legends Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. (Formerly Brokers). Brokers is under new ownership and is now called Legends Bar and Grill. It is the same fun place with great food and atmosphere. Wednesday is Bike Night, but the new owner is welcoming the motorcycle riders all the time with specials everyday just for riders. Legends is conveniently located on the SW Corner of Frank Lloyd Wright and Scottsdale Rd. Motorcycle parking available every day. Stop by this coming Wednesday night for the Kickoff Party. Make Legends a stop for your charity ride. More details to come.
 
 
Thursday Night
 
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar The Billet Bar is the place to be for the Summer nights and weekends. Set on the patio and watch the action. 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.
 
Bike Night Thursday at McDuffy's in Peoria. Ride by the best Bike Night on the West side. 
McDuffy's is one of the finest West side locations for a bike night at a single restaurant. The 12,500 Sq. Ft. McDuffy's features 2 outdoor patios, a huge dining room with booths for seating, a very large area with high tops for you to easily hang out with your friends, an upper level for lounging or to play pool, a very large bar and 100 TV's to watch your favorite sporting event. Not only that the dinner menu is very broad and McDuffy's has excellent food at a very good price. Bike Nights features a $6.99 Menu that includes Classic Burgers, Charbroiled Chicken Breast Burger, Buffalo Wings, Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Popcorn Chicken, Pizza and 1/2 Drink Pricing. McDuffy's is located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. at 15814 N. 83rd Ave. 623-334-5000. Plenty of Motorcycle Parking!
 
Every Saturday
 
NEW!!
Looking for a good quick ride destination or a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The Patio".  Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with all the fixins', Live Music this week with Jynx and an Outdoor Sidewalk Sale. Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction! Park under the patio, hang out with other riders, meet new friends and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be had by all. The Party on the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
 
This Week
 
Friday and Saturday, February 12th & 13th
Looking for that perfect motorcycle related Valentines Day gift? Take advantage of the Sierra Vista HD Pre-Valentines Day Event! Stop by Friday or Saturday, Feb 12-13 from 9am - 5pm. You will find huge savings including 10% Off on Boots, 15% Off Leather and 20% Off Jewelry, PLUS 40% OFF End of Season Items. And the famous TIER SALE: The more you spend the more you save. Get up to 20% off on motorclothes, parts and accessories. Enjoy Cookies and Candy while you shop & enter to win a dozen red roses. Sierra Vista Harley-Davidson is located at 176 W. Fry Blvd. in Sierra Vista, AZ. 520-458-9500. www.sierravistaharley.com
 
Saturday, February 13th
Benefit Event for Virgil Pyburn. Virgil Pyburn was diagnosed with an aggressive type of bone cancer-Chondrosarcoma. Radiation nor Chemo helps this type of cancer. He has since undergone major surgery to remove his pelvis, hip and part of his femur with replacement prosthetics. He has a long road ahead of him with rehabilitation and possible future surgeries. On the Agenda: Dogs for a Cause – Hot Dogs can be purchased for $10 - donation enters you into raffle. Band: Steve & Alan Classic Rock tunes. Raffle items such as a Fender guitar, skin care products, concrete staining and much more! Can buy extra raffle tickets where all proceeds go towards Virgil’s medical bills. Benefit to be held at The Hideaway in Cave Creek. Noon - 3pm.
 
Sunday, February 14th
5th Annual "Biker's Soar For Wildlife". This is the 5th year for this run and from the beginning this 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 will end at the new Scorpion Bay Marina at Lake Pleasant and as always, will have a great lunch, rock and roll music from the 60's, 70's & 80's, raffle prizes and Indian Kenny will amuse us all with his special style of auctioneering off some special gifts. And of course you will get to see some of the animals you are riding for at the end of the ride.  Most of last year's ride route is being duplicated with a few new bends and turns.  Registration from 8am - 9:30am at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson located at 16130 Fountain Center dr. in Peoria, AZ. Ride Starts at 9:00 am (New ride route with more curves-approximately 110 miles) Single Rider: $30.00 or Rider with Passenger: $35.00. Registration Includes: T-shirt for and Ride Pin for the FIRST 300 who register. Lunch for ALL who register. If you are interested in riding, being a vendor or just want more information, please call me at, 623-587-0139 or visit the website at www.azwildlifecenter.net or send an email to Sandy at bikerssoarforwildlife@yahoo.com
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, February 20th
Chester's Harley-Davidson 2nd Annual Red, Wild & Hot Blood Drive & Chili Cook-Off. 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 10:30am-2:30pm. All donors will be automatically entered to win 1 of 2 shopping sprees for $1000. Eligibility questions, call 800-288-2199 Ext. 5497. People's Choice Chili Cook-off Contest: 11am-1pm. Free Chili Tasting. $5 donation requested with 100% proceeds benefiting Liberty Wildlife. Live Music and much more. Be a contestant or a judge in the Chili Cook-off. Call Chester's to sign up your chili. 480-894-0404. It's free to participate - just bring alot of chili. Meet the Liberty Wildlife Animal Ambassadors from 10:30am-1:30pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ.
 
Saturday and Sunday, February 20th and 21st.
Biker Babes and Beyond Grand Opening Event. BIKER BABES AND BEYOND,  Nation’s First, “Rock While You Shop” Retailer, Demo's Unique Business Model At Grand Opening Event! -  FREE concerts by, Jerome, AZ, “Spirit Room” Favorites Cadillac Angels and Los Guys.  Saturday, February 20th from 12-6 pm and on Sunday, February 21st see Jerome favorite Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe with the Biker Babes and Beyond Rock n’ Roll Travelin’ Fashion Show at noon.  Rock while you shop!!! Biker Babes and Beyond is a retail clothing and accessory store with unique Clothing and Accessories for Motorcyclists -  men and women alike. We also carry a general line of clothing and accessories for woman of all ages. Biker Babes is unlike other retail situations in that it is a half store, half music venue.  Their slogan, "Rock While You Shop" has been trademarked. Biker Babes and Beyond is located at 1124 N. Main Street,  Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona, a popular destination in and of itself for bikers from all over the Great State of Arizona.  It is also on the road to Jerome, Arizona, a famous and historic destination for bikers from throughout the country and the world. Click Here for Press Release and more information. www.bikersbabesandbeyond.com
 
Saturday, February 20th
Hogs With Hearts Poker Run. Hacienda HOG Chapter 97 is hosting Hogs with Hearts Poker Run. This run is to raise funds to send kids with muscular dystrophy to MDA Summer Camp at Camp Shadow Pines in Show Low, Arizona in June. We have over $8,000 worth of raffle prizes to give away so don’t miss out on your chance for some great prizes as well as making a difference in a child's life. The entry fee is $25 for a single rider and $35 two-up. Fee includes ride pin, breakfast burritos at start at Hacienda Harley Davidson, lunch at Casino Arizona, high hand prize and raffle prizes. 110 raffle prizes valued at close to $10,000. Best Hand grand prize is a Flat Screen TV. Ride Registration 8am - 10am at Hacienda HD located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. All Bikes Welcome. More information at www.hog97.com .
 
Saturday, February 20th
Western Trails Ranch Presents "Midget Wrestling at its' Best" with the MWF (Micro Wrestling Federation) competition at The Ranch. Western Trails Ranch, always known for bringing you Live Entertainment has reached outside the box to bring you "The Greatest Little Show on Earth". The MWF offers Midget Wrestling at its' Best! It's more fun than a barrel of monkey's. Gates open at 1pm. Classic Rock Band at 2pm. MWF Midget Wrestling from 7pm - 9pm. After party meet and greet, pictures, etc. Admission is $10 per person at the gate. Western Trails Ranch is a 12 acre Old West Town with 2 Saloons and a Cowboy BBQ Steak House. A place to eat, drink, dance and enjoy the great outdoors. Ranch is located at 37823 Grand Ave. Mile Marker 123 1/2. www.westerntrailsranch.com .
 
Saturday, February 20th
MMA of Arizona 18th Annual Joe Eggleston Freedom Beach Party and Peoples Choice Bike Show. This is the big fundraiser of the year for the motorcycle rights organization, the MMA. Party is from Noon to 5:00 PM at Roadrunner Steakhouse, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy, in New River, AZ. Live Music by Brotherhood of Blues Band. $10 Admission includes Free Meal. Vendors, Bike Show, Tattoo Contest, 50/50 and Door Prizes. For more information call Cindy at 623-695-5659.
 
Sunday, February 21st
Operation Transition Warrior First Annual Scrabble Run and Chili Cook-Off. Run registration begins at 9:30am with the run starting at 10am. Location is the American Legion #105, 3534 W. Calavar Rd. in Phoenix. $10 per person donation for the run. Registration for the chili cook-off begins at noon and contest is at 1pm. $5 for bowl and cornbread taste. Cash prize awarded for the highest points on a Scrabble word. 3 awards for chili cook-off. There will be raffles and 50/50. More information contact Sweet Pea at 623-205-1914.
 
Extras
 
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom .
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. I invite you to post a picture of yourself by a sign or landmark from a trip you have taken, or a picture of you on your motorcycle. Or just share your favorite ride with 1600 other motorcycle enthusiasts. 
If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined.
 
In light of the snow and cold back East I thought this video was amusing. It is called Minnesota Air Show. The sound effects are hilarious. Click Here to View.
 
Those creative commercial minds were working again. Check out this Australian truck commercial. Creative and funny.  Click Here to View
 
This is a 9 second video, but it will get your attention in the first second. Funny bit. Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week
Not really sure what to call this one, but it is a compilation of close calls. It will keep you entertained throughout the video. Have no idea what kind of music that they have with it.  Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
 
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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