Last week, I suggested that in order to better serve the readers of Cyclerides.com I would like to know more about you and your interests. The first poll asked, "What Brand of Motorcycle" you ride? The results are in and 67% of the respondents ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles followed by Honda/VTX at 7%, Yamaha/Star at 6%, Gold Wing 4%, Suzuki and Kawasaki at 3% each, followed by BMW, Victory, Customs and Street Bikes at 2%. This week I would like to know the Gender of the riders that we have and the age brackets. There will be 2 polls this week, on one you will choose from Male Rider, Female Rider and Female Passenger. The other will be bracketed by age. This should be very interesting to see if our demographic of Women Riders and age of riders are above or below the National average. Go to the front page of www.cyclerides.com for the polls. Thanks to all take part in these polls.
For the last couple of weeks I have mentioned the movie Wild Hogs and have included the hilarious trailer in the newsletter. One of my biggest concerns of seeing a movie with such a good trailer is wondering if we have seen all of the good parts wrapped up in a 2 minute clip. Last night, I had the chance to see a sneak preview of the movie and my fears were put to rest. While a lot of the good parts were in the trailer, there were a lot more funny parts to the movie and it is well worth seeing. Thanks to Arrowhead HD and Chester's HD for the offer of tickets.
Wild Hogs is really the first mainstream motorcycle theme movie that we have had since the debut of Easy Rider back in 1969. Yep, for all of you that saw the opening night of Easy Rider, that was 38 years ago. My how time flies. Those almost 4 decades flew right by didn't they? As you know by now, Wild Hogs stars John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy as four middle aged men who decide they need to take a 2000 mile road trip for a break from their predictable lives. The first part of the movie sets up each character's current situation before they all meet on the road, throw away their cell phones and head for the West coast. (Take note of the interesting helmet wearing debate that the writer throws in at this point between John Travolta and Martin Lawrence.)
At this point the storyline moves to the road where you will see a lot of good New Mexico riding scenery and watch the characters experience the perils of riding that we all have gone through at some point in our riding careers. There are several very funny moments in this segment that we can all relate to. This fun road trip changes as the boys happen on to a bar owned by the Del Fuegos motorcycle gang, that are less than amused by these yuppies from the big city. This is the point when the fun ride to the coast turns out to be a trip they will never forget, but for a different reason.
I will admit to acting closer to a 10 year old than a 50 year old when it comes to anticipation. A lot of times when you get so hyped up on something, be it a road trip to a famous landmark, a concert or a movie, reality will not always live up to your expectations. So with the funny trailer and the last couple of months of anticipation, I had completely set myself up for disappointment. But, I am happy to report, that this is one time that the product was in line with the expectations. If you are looking for a movie like Easy Rider, this is not the one for you. With a cast like John Travolta, Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy, this can only be a lighthearted sometimes slapstick comedy that pokes fun at motorcycle riding , yuppies, gangs and life in general. So if you are looking for anything more than an hour and 40 minutes of being entertained and seeing some good riding scenery, then you won't want to go to this movie. But if this is what you like, you will be entertained.
Everyone that I talked to on the way out of the theater liked the movie. My only criticism would be that near the end they carried a few of the silly scenes a little longer than was necessary, but other than that, I thought how they wrapped it all up at the end was very good. Stay tuned for 2 surprising cameos in the beginning and one big one at the end. The scene as the credits are rolling is great, make sure you don't leave too soon. Using the Cyclerides.com scoring system, I give this movie 4 spokes out of 5 just for the sheer entertainment value and riding scenery. I am looking forward to seeing it again.
If you would like to see the movie on opening night, March 2nd, I am putting together a ride night to the movie at the AMC 20 at Westgate City Center next to the Cardinals Stadium located on the SE corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale. There will be motorcycle only parking on the street in front of the theater as well as a big area of motorcycle only in the main parking lot. I have also invited the local news stations to cover this event.
It would be great to have a few hundred motorcycles lining the streets while riders watch the movie together in the 468 seat auditorium with stadium seating and a 4 story screen at AMC Westgate 20. I will also have several posters to give away that evening. Get your riding groups and pals together and let's have some fun at the movies on Friday, March 2nd.
You will need to buy your tickets online to be guaranteed a seat that night, or go to the box office earlier in the week to purchase. Here are the particulars.
Cyclerides.com Movie Ride Night, Premier of "Wild Hogs"
When: Friday, March 2nd
Where: AMC Westgate 20, SE corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale.
Time: There will be several showings throughout the day, but the big theater will be showing the movie between 7:00 and 7:30pm. Exact times are not out yet and will be listed on the web site next week.
Tickets: Tickets should be on sale by Tuesday, February 27th. Buy online to guarantee a seat that night at Movietickets.com, http://www.movietickets.com/house_list.asp?ShowDate=0&SearchZip=85305. You will then see a list of theaters in that area. The first one should be the AMC Westgate 20. Click on that and follow the procedure to buy the Wild Hogs tickets at the time that you want to go. You can also go to the box office the week of. You can call to see if tickets are available before you go. AMC Westgate phone number is: 623-772-1758.
Why: An opportunity to see a funny entertaining motorcycle themed movie with a bunch of other riders who will get the jokes just like you. The more the merrier. Tell all of your riding buddies. Let's make it a big showing.
Restaurants: There are a few places to eat in the Westgate area that are now open including Gordon Biersch, The Yardhouse, Moe's Southwestern Grill and Johnny Rockets. There is also a Coffee Plantation, Coldstone Creamery and a couple of other places.
Click Here for the short clip of John Travolta on the David Letterman Show.
See you next Friday night at "Wild Hog", March 2nd for the 7:00pm hour showing!
Highlights This Week
Saturday, February 24th
Buddy Stubbs 2nd Annual Phoenix Police Chili Cookoff and Swap Meet. For those of
you that came to this event last year, you know that there was some good chili served here.
New!! Coming Sunday February 25th!
Hot Rods, Honeys & Harleys at Pepper's.
Take a Sunday Ride and enjoy a walk around some Hot Rods and Harley's.
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 24th & 25th Dok & Gal, Bikerís Favorite rock & roll.
March 3 & 4 12-4 Dok & Gal
March 10th 12-4 Dok & Gal
Night 7pm-11pm Sluggo Rock & Roll
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.
New!! Coming Sunday February 25th!
Hot Rods, Honeys & Harleys at Pepper's. Take a Sunday Ride and enjoy a walk around some Hot Rods and Harley's. Every Sunday starting on February 25th at Noon, Pepper's Sports Grill, located on the NE Corner of 16th St. and Bell will fill the parking lot with Hot Rods and Harleys. Come show off your ride and win Prizes, Trophies and T-Shirts. You can sit on the patio and enjoy the view of the action while choosing lunch from their full menu from Noon - 7pm. Vendor spaces will also be available. Pepper's is conveniently located just 2 miles South of the Loop 101 on 16st. and Bell Rd. Call Jim at 602-484-4433 for more information and to reserve your car, motorcycle or vendor spot. More information to follow next week.
Saturday, February 24th
Buddy Stubbs 2nd Annual Phoenix Police Chili Cookoff and Swap Meet. For those of you that came to this event last year, you know that there was some good chili served here. This is a sanctioned Professional Contest with over 50 entrants and all proceeds go to benefit TAPS (Tuition Assistance for Police Survivors). Vote for your favorite. Event time is from 10am - 4pm at Buddy Stubbs HD located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. There will be Live Music, Celebrity Judges, Parking Lot Sale featuring a huge selection of Parts, Accessories & Motorclothes all on sale! There will also be a Swap Meet. Sell your old Harley Parts, Accessories or motorclothes. 10x10 spot only $25. Set up starts at 7am. Be ready to sell by 9am. Call Andreanne DePape at 602-371-3400 for more information.
Saturday, February 24th
Rally to Free Border Patrol Agents. This has got to be one of the most disappointing cases I have heard from our justice system ever. Every day the news about this case gets even worse. There are now over 80 congressmen signed on to overturn the conviction of Nachos and Ramos. Just recently Nachos Ramos was severely beaten in prison by 5 illegal aliens. This has been a nightly story with Lou Dobbs on CNN, Bill O'Reilly and Hannity and Colmes on Fox and numerous talk radio shows. It is almost unbelievable that our own government would give immunity to a drug smuggling illegal alien caught in the act to prosecute the very agents that protect our border. These guys do not deserve to be in prison doing 10 years for shooting a drug smuggling illegal alien in the butt while he goes free with immunity and has since been picked up for smuggling again. They need to be released now. The American Freedom Riders are staging a Rally at Noon, Feb. 24th in front of the East Valley Tribune, located at 120 W. First Ave., in Mesa, AZ. Bring signs, energy and a loud voice. Click Here for a recent article on this story.
Saturday, March 3rd.
Ride For Hope. Your support will benefit the Employees Assisting Cancer Patients Committee at Chandler Regional Hospital to raise funds for our community's cancer patients in crisis, allowing them to provide resources and assistance that aren't readily available enabling them to improve their welfare and overall quality of life. The Rally starts at East Valley Regional Center at 8:00 am, located at 1875 W. Frye Rd. in Chandler. The scenic route that will be taken finishes at the Monastery located at 4810 E. McKellips in Mesa, where there will be food, entertainment and raffles. $30 per rider includes a registration includes lunch. First 100 registrants receive a free T-Shirt. More info call Brian at 602-568-6664, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 3-5, 2007
2007 Arizona State HOG Rally. You wonít want to miss the first HOG Rally held at the Tucson Convention Center in Downtown Tucson (not Beaudry RV!!!) Pre-Register now, Cutoff is March 15th.
What does Tucson have to offer?
A change of scenery, including guided tours leaving every hour Thursday and Friday. Dozens of bars and restaurants within walking distance. A welcome BBQ at Tucson Harley Davidson Thursday Night. The Bike Games will be held in the air-conditioned, indoor venue. That means no rain, no wind, no sunburns and no gravel parking lots! Walking and Riding Charity Runs, a Large Vendor Area, Prize Give-A-Ways, Share the Wealth Drawing, Bike Parade through Downtown Tucson and the Arizona Chapter Challenge. Reduced room rates at hotels within walking distance to the Convention Center. Entertainment abounds in Tucson! Live music every night, featured bands include: Bad Company, Molly Hatchet, King Bees, Alexandro Escovedo, and The Zsa Zsas. All bands are FREE with wristband. And don't forget the rides through Tombstone, Bisbee and Kartchner Caverns. With so much to do, where do you start?! Go to www.azstatehogrally.com for more information about the Rally schedule, lodging and registration.
Pre-Registration ends March 15th. Don't wait, you wonít want to miss it!!
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Say good bye to the backups on the 101. Click Here to view.
This is a funny commercial. Make sure you know who answers the cell phone before you start talking. Click here to view.
Here is a new extreme sport from some Asian country. I might wait till they perfect this one a little before I try it. Click Here to view.
This video is kind of long, but if you hang in there it gets funnier by the minute. At about 2:45 it gets really funny. Click Here to view.