Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
2/18/04
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! That is what we heard President Bush say at the Daytona 500 last week. Those same words can apply tonight for riders wanting to participate in this year's new and improved Arizona Bike Week.
The preliminary contests for the woman who will be crowned this year's Miss Arizona Bikeweek begins tonight at 7:00 pm at Margarita Rocks at 4th St. and Mill in Tempe. This year 8 locations will host preliminary rounds with 2 winners emerging from each location. After making it through the preliminaries, 16 contestants will be invited to the semi-finals at the Hacienda Harley-Davidson KickStart Party on Friday, March 26.  After the KickStart Party, the top ten finalists will be swept away via limo to Rawhide in Scottsdale for the Final Competition to take place during the Fat Friday Cajun Party at the Handlebar Saloon celebrating the opening of Arizona Bike Week 2004! The winner will receive $1,000 in cash and two first class round trip tickets complements of America West Airlines to any destination within the continental US. Plan on taking advantage of the warm weather tonight to kick this off. Click Here for the full schedule and check back every week for pictures of the winners. At the end of the contest you will be able to vote online at Cyclerides.com for your favorite contestant.
 
As most of you know,
Arizona Bike Week will be held from March 26th-April 4th. But this year things have changed. In case you haven't heard, Arizona Bike Week has gone through a major reconstruction this year. In the last couple of years, there has been a lack of a cohesive location for everyone to cruise through and hang out with their bikes. Part of the problem was that the Phoenix area does not have a location that would be host to that kind of an event. So if it is not available, you have to build it and that is what is being done with Arizona Bike Week this year. Rawhide is going to be the new home for Arizona Bike Week and the Handlebar Saloon. ABW is going to create their own town made up of vendors, restaurants and bars. You will be able to cruise down a long "Main Street" similar to Sturgis, park your bikes on both sides and down the middle, walk around, eat, drink and watch the action go by. YOUR motorcycles will now be a part of the venue all throughout the vendor village. Now that should be fun!
 
Along with the new venue there will also be new activities. In addition to all of the scenic rides and parties there will also be 2 concerts with classic national bands. Molly Hatchet will perform in the Handlebar Saloon on Sunday, March 28th and an old favorite of mine, Little River Band will perform on Wednesday, March 31st. That should be a good one. You can buy both concerts early for the discounted price of $20. Call 480-704-1142 to order. In addition to that there will be Pro/Am Flat Track Racing as well as Biker Bull Riding. Yes, these will be "Real Bikers" on "Real Bulls". This could be the most exciting 8 seconds of your life, and could easily be the most entertaining event for those of us that are watching you.
 
And finally, Arizona Bike Week will be a part of a Discovery Channel documentary. On Saturday April 3rd, Discovery Channel will be at the Handlebar Saloon to film the finale of the latest in their popular "Great Biker Buildoff Series". The fun thing is, your vote will determine who wins the "Buildoff". In this series the contestants are the Martin Brothers of Duncanville, Texas and Matt Hotch of Hot Match Custom Cycles. These are two very hot builders of custom motorcycles. The show is scheduled to air in June. I will bring you more details soon.
 
There are plenty of activities this year and more are being added daily. This has all the potential be the best Arizona Bike Week we have seen thus far. Go to www.arizonabikeweek.com for all of the ABW events or www.cyclerides.com for information on all rides and events during the next 8 weeks. We will be there with camera and video in hand to bring you all of the action that we can. See you there.
 
If you missed last week's letter about the Sky Diving Experience, 
Click Here to read. Stay tuned for next week's report of the Ultimate "Day Trip" I will be taking on Friday.
 


This Week's Events 
Wednesday 

First Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest Here Tonight!
Margarita Rocks Beach Club Bike Night. This is our first bike night in the Downtown Tempe Entertainment District. Margarita Rocks is a multi level building with outdoor patios on each level that will feature a Bike Night every Wednesday starting at 6:00pm. This is a fun place decorated in a beach theme with a large dance floor that can be viewed from the second level and waitresses dressed in beach attire. >From the second level patio you will also have a view of all the bikes parked on the large brick patio in front of the building that provides parking for hundreds of bikes. (See the pictures) Bike Night will feature 1 Cent Tacos, 10 Cent Wings and $2.00 Buds, Bud Lights and Jack and Cokes. There will also be a DJ playing tunes that you can dance to or just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. KUPD will be on-site with prizes and concert tickets. Ride by and take a look. Margarita Rocks is located on 4th Street just West of Mill Ave. The street ends there but just ride right up on the brick patio and park where ever you can. 480-968-3301. Click Here for Margarita Rocks Web Site.  
 
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a 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 Night
 
Thursday Night features 7 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Hooters Best Bike of the Night Contest Every Thursday through February. There will be 2 winners each night for gift certificates and the finals on the 26th.  
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 (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $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  The evening riding weather is good. 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 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.

Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
 

Eastside Riders Can Now Make The
"Scottsdale Road Fun Run" to 4 Great Places for Food and Drink.
Start from the North or the South!
 

New!
Jilly's American Grill. Many of you have been to Jilly's in the past. They now have a regular Thursday Bike Night. The food at Jilly's is excellent and would be a great place to start off your riding night on the outdoor patio or in the dining room with your own personal TV and sound. Motorcycle parking will be provided right in front of the building. Bike Night dinner specials include the Hog Heaven Sampler, The Fat Boy Burger, The Custom Chopper, Indian Mikes Smokey Pork Chops and The Flaming Bird. For a mouth watering description of all the specials Click Here.  After dinner enjoy the music throughout or try your luck at Pool, Darts or Shuffleboard. This is a great laid back atmosphere with great food and fun. Jilly's is located just 1 block inside the front entrance to Scottsdale Airpark off of Scottsdale Rd. at 7301 E. Butherus (Greenway). Bike Night hours are from 6pm til Close.  Click Here for Pics.

New! Jetz Americana Thursday Bike NightJetz Bike Night Is Back! The Party In Full Force With Great Drink Specials And Giveaways. Dj Swerv Rocks The House With Nonstop Music And Classic Videos. If you want to get there early there is a complimentary Happy Hour Buffet from 4-6pm and Half Price Happy Hour Cocktails from 4pm - 7pm. You can enjoy $1.00/ Dozen Hot Wings 6pm-close, $2.50 Sam Adams Light or Lager all night, $4.00 Jack Daniels Cocktails, $7.95 1/2lb Burger and Domestic Beer all night. Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind California Pizza Kitchen. Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest.  Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and more information. 480-948-2606. 

ACME Bar and GrillACME is under Major Renovation and will reopen February 26th. You will see a new improved ACME including the new rooftop bar. Stay tuned for new pictures and activities.

 
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. 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. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.

Sunday 

Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. NEW!! Live Music Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. Many of you have been to Cocomo Joe's in North Phoenix. There is now a day just for riders. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out that is decorated in a Jamaican theme. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. After football season they will be bringing in live entertainment on Sunday afternoons. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:30am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:30am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-535-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.

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. And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from. Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Weekend 

Saturday, February 21st.
Chief Bill Lanford Memorial Ride. William D. "Bill" Lanford was the Chief of Buckeye Valley Fire Dept. until he was tragically killed while riding his Harley on Vulture Mine Rd. on February 5th, 2003. The Dept. is asking that you join the many Brother and Sister Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and all of his friends and family in honoring Chief Lanford on the memorial ride. This is an escorted ride to Chief Lanford Memorial site on Vulture Mine Rd. After a brief Memorium and escorted ride to Harold's in Cave Creek. Everyone is welcome - Any Scooter, Hot Rod or Apparatus... Ride it, Drive it Push it or Pull it. Just come and make this a huge memorable event. Check in 8:00am, leave at 10:00am. The starting location is BVFD Station #324. 25206 W. MC 85, Buckeye, AZ. Questions to Dan Calderon at BVFD_2805@cox.net or call 602-316-8003. 

Saturday, February 21st
"What Are Your Legal Rights as a Motorcyclist?" Have questions about that?
Now is your opportunity to get them all answered. This month's edition of Skunkwork Motorsports monthly seminars is answering all of your legal questions. Warren Levenbaum of the Law Tigers is going to conduct the seminar and bring you up to speed on all that concerns motorcycling. If you have something on your mind stop by Skunkwork between 11:00am - Noon for the one hour presentation. And while you are there, browse through their catalog bars and take advantage of the deep discounts on all of your parts needs. You can even have them put on while you wait. Skunkwork is located right on the corner at 202 W. Main St. in Mesa. Call 480-649-2800 for more information. 

Saturday, February 21st.
Iwo Jima 59th Anniversary Parade and Ceremonies. Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84, will be hosting the 59th anniversary ceremonies honoring all brothers at landing of Iwo Jima and raising of American Flag on Mt. Suribachi on February 21 in Sacaton. Invitation is extended to color guards wishing to participate in parade @ 0900 with staging @ 0815; however, the Post has expressed interest in having participation by veterans on motorcycles.  Motorcycles entries are to call 520-836-1022. 

Sunday, February 22nd.
12th Annual Buckeye Beach Party. Sponsored by MMA of Arizona. Noon-5pm at the Longbranch Saloon, 10600 West Buckeye Road, Hwy 85 @ 107th Ave, South of the 107th Ave Exit off I-10. Go left (east) in Tolleson, AZ (west of Phoenix). Always on the third Sunday in February, $5 covers Entry, Food, Band, Tattoo Contest, & Bike Show voting. Raffles, Live Music, Vendors, 50/50, & $100 Cash giveaway to one lucky AIM Card Holder. Presented by the Modified Motorcycle Association of AZ. MMA. FMI: 602 788-8873. 

Next Weekend 

Saturday, February 28th
Chrome For A Cause 2004. The popular Chrome For A Cause 2004 edition will be held on Saturday, February 28th and begin at the Krispy Kreme Donut shop on 83rd Ave.,  just south of Bell Rd. Registration starts at 9:00am ride starts at 10:00am. Chrome For a Cause is a special motorcycle ride, held annually in February, open to all bikes. Proceeds benefit prostate cancer research, support groups, community education and outreach. The ride will be an unescorted poker run with the end at Prospector Park in Apache Junction. Due to scheduling problems the ride end location had to be moved. All proceeds from the event will go to help support the Prostate Cancer Programs at Banner Health. Use the link below to go to the ride registration site. More info: STARofPHX@cox.net .
 
Saturday, February 28th
1st Annual Bikers For BabiesPresented by Desert Diamonds & Arizona Roadmasters motorcycle clubs to benefit the Phoenix Chapter of March of Dimes. Starting location & first card draw 8-10 am at Indian of Phoenix, 1133 West Bell Road, Phoenix. Ending location with Food, Music, Raffles & Vendors at Harlod's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd.  Cave Creek, AZ. Click Here for more information about the charity. For more information: info@bikersforbabies-phoenix.org  

Sunday, February 29th
Ramjet Racing Swap Meet. Finally! An opportunity for you to get rid of your old parts or find some you have been looking for. Do you have some parts laying around the garage you would like to sell? Are you looking for that rare part and haven't been able to find it? How about a great deal on some take off parts? Then this is the place to find it. Ramjet is building a monthly Swap Meet for people to buy and sell their own parts. Call Now To Reserve Your Table! Contact Jerry to reserve your spot to display and sell your parts at 602-788-0364. Discounts on all In-Store purchases as well as discounts on all RamjetWear. The swap meet hours are from 9:00-12:00 Noon. Setup from 7-9am. www.ramjetracing.com . Stop by and find that part you have been looking for. 

Sunday, February 29th
Poker Run for The Arc of Tempe. Registration is from 10am-11:30am at AZ Thunder Cycles, 2302 N. Scottsdale Rd. Cost is $20 per person, $15 pre-registration. Last stop 4pm. Sponsors include AZ Thunder Cycles, Bourgets of Arizona, Steel Horse Saloon, The Fuel, and Alamo Saloon. Look for Auction Items, Poker Run prize, 50/50, Wet T-Shirt contest, Raffle items and a Lingerie Show. The Arc of Tempe, a 501(c)3 chapter of the Arizona and national organization serves persons with developmental disabilities. In 1981, The Arc of Tempe started a recreation program for mentally challenged teenagers and adults. Today, the recreation program is funded through participant fees, donations, fund-raisers and profits from The Arc of Tempe Thrift Store. Info: 480-990-8700. 

Upcoming Events 

Saturday, March 13th
Diamondbacks Line Drive for Kids Ride. It's that time of year again. Baseball is right around the corner and so is the Diamondbacks Line Drive for Kids ride. March 13th you can join this popular ride to Tucson to get an early look at the 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks in a Spring Training game. You can still register on line to reserve your spot. Many of you have enjoyed this event before and it is here again. This is really a fun time. The ride begins at Claim Jumpers in Tempe, AZ located at 1530 W. Baseline Rd. Sign in from 8-9AM. The ride will go to Tucson via Florence and then onto the Diamondbacks Spring Training game. Cost is $30.00 per rider and participants receive: Breakfast, Lunch, Event T-Shirt, Spring Training Game Ticket and Ride Pin. This ride is always a good time. Click Here to sign up online

Extras 

V-Twin Consignments Needs Your Old Parts! That's right, someone has finally come up with a place for you to consign and display the parts that you don't need anymore. V-Twin consignments is giving everyone the opportunity to clean out those quality parts that are sitting around your garage and providing a venue for you to sell them. Bring in your parts to consign to sell or stop by and see if that part you have been looking for is there. While you are there you can pick up some new essentials for yourself. VTC carries spark plugs, cams, starters, mirrors, carbs, tires, etc. They are an authorized Drag Specialties and Custom Chrome Dealer. If they don't have it, they can have it the next day. Stop by and visit V-Twin Consignments, located at 1716 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. 602-548-5799.
 
Want to take that last minute trip to Daytona Bike Week but can't get your bike there? You can now. Charlie Mitchell has room for 2 more bikes. Your bikes will leave on the 26th and be in Daytona and ready to ride on the 28th. Return on March 8th. $600 round trip. Just fly in and fly back. Call 602-527-6261 to reserve your spot.
 

As for me this week, I am going to take the ultimate "Day Trip" on Friday. You will be surprised. I'll be back next week with all of the details and pictures to share with you.
 
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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