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I'm guessing everyone is getting some good use out of their leathers these days. When we are used to 90+ degree days for the bulk of our riding, 55 seems pretty cool. I mentioned last week how cool it was here and got an email from a guy in Chicago that is moving to Phoenix. Now this guy gets my iron man rider of the year award. Here is what he said: "I ride all year long here in Chicago, and can't believe people wouldn't ride when it is in the 50'60's out there. I went to my HOG chapter meeting last week, and it was 10 degrees below zero. I bought my Dyna to ride, not to look pretty in the garage. I got it in mid April last year and have put over 17,000 miles on it". OK, I give! You Win! I would NEVER ride in 10 below zero. But let's see how he does when it hits 115 here in good ole' AZ. You can always add clothing, but it is hard to take anymore off (and not get arrested).
This week I wanted to share with you a little ride that we took last Sunday that might work for some of you particularly on the West side. I am not making this a Day Ride, but it is something to spend a few hours enjoying the outdoors on the motorcycle. One of Mrs. Cyclerides and my favorite things to do on the motorcycles is to just get out and explore. Have a starting destination in mind and then just end up wherever we end up. We were wanting to take a little ride before the Superbowl last Sunday so we headed out to this new "Hometown" concept development called Verrado. We knew it was out at the base of the White Tank Mountains so we decided to take the 35 mile ride and see what all of the fuss was about. It is actually a very cool concept. They already have the "Town" built with the Main Street, but there are few businesses operating yet. There are several model homes for you to tour as well as taking a walk around the town. While you are there you can ride West around the golf course to the base of the White Tank mountains for a great view of the Phoenix area. You can literally see for miles from that vantage point. If you go around lunch time or just want to relax, the Raven golf course at Verrado is open and you can eat lunch on the patio overlooking the 18th green. We just parked the bikes right out front of the clubhouse. To get to Verrado just take I-10 West of the Loop 101 for 14 miles to the Verrado Way exit. Go North about 2 miles to the Town.
If you are going back North you can take the Loop 303 North all the way to Grand Ave. If you are inclined, you can go North on Grand about 3/4 of a mile and turn right on 163rd Ave. and take that about 3 miles to Jomax Rd. Turn right on Jomax Rd. that will take you by one of the biggest houses up on a hill that I have ever seen. This thing must be around 20,000 sq. ft. Definitely overbuilt for the neighborhood. But here is where it gets interesting. A little way past that you will see a sign that the pavement ends, but the road is extremely hard-packed and appears to have been asphalt at some time in the past. This road will take you through beautiful raw desert with large saguaro cactus. I saw the biggest multiple armed cactus I had ever seen on this road. Here is a pic taken with my cell phone. If you continue on you will go through about 2-3 miles of rougher road and hit pavement again which will take you to Lake Pleasant Rd. (99th ave). The total distance on Jomax is 10 miles. You will see a sign that says Road Closed (Local Traffic Only) in some construction areas, but you can pass through these areas. If you don't like rougher roads don't go through here. But if you like a little excitement in your ride, give it a shot. Mrs. C. and I both rode our bikes through this stretch. Once you reach Lake Pleasant Rd. you are on your own.
Next week I will be previewing the details and locations of the Miss Arizona Bikeweek competition preliminary locations. Here is last years competition page. The first one will be at Margarita Rocks on February 18th. This year there will be cash prizes to the preliminary winners and the Finals winner will receive a 7 Day Vacation. If you would like to enter the competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to sign up for the first event.
I will be back next week (hopefully) with the story about my first ever Sky Diving experience. We will be heading out to Eloy this weekend to strap a parachute on my back and leap out of an airplane from 13,000 feet. The plan is to free fall for 1 minute and take about 4 minutes for the rest of the ride. Hopefully we won't be using the Chinese made parachute that only opens on impact. I will have pictures and video to share with you.
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First Night of Margarita Rocks Beach Club Bike Night
First Night of Jilly's American Grill Bike Night
First Night of Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night
Valentine's Sale for the Hog Hearted at Arrowhead and Chandler Harley-Davidson
Desert Rose Chili Lovers Cook Off
Planes, Trains, Automobiles & Up On Two Wheels
New! Live Music Now at Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day from 1-4pm
NEW!! 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 features 7 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
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 (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.
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.
Riders Can Now Make The
"Scottsdale Road Fun Run" to 4 Fun Places for Food and Drink.
Start from the North or the South!
New This Week!
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 This Week!
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. Jetz Bike Night Is Back! Jetz is kicking off their bike night with KDKB and Ruby Cheeks in the house this Thursday Night at 7:00pm. Midday Personality, Ruby Cheeks of KDKB, Teams Up With Jetz Americana, Sam Adams, and Jack Daniels for "Bike Night Thursdays". KDKB And Sam Adams Will Host 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 Grill . Remember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar.
You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown
Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet
and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale
at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111.
Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night. Click here for details and pictures.
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.
Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. NEW!! Live Music Every Sunday from 1-4pm. 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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th
Valentine's Sale for the Hog Hearted at Arrowhead and Chandler Harley-Davidson. Need that special Harley Gift for your riding Valentine? Hey Guys, Go straight for the heart with very limited edition Collectible Jewelry, Earrings, Belly And Toe Rings, Bracelets And Bangles, Anklets And Necklaces. You name it...We've got it! They know it's Love when you Lather them in Leather. Up to 30% Off Select Leather Goods! 20% Off all Jewelry from Stamper, MOD & Bulova Watches. Stop by from 10am - 6pm for Free Hot Dog and Burger BBQ, Hourly Door Prizes & Vendors and AZ Bike Week Charity Ride Registration. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Circle Dr. in Peoria, 623-247-5542. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. 480-496-6800.
Saturday, February 7th
Desert Rose Chili Lovers Cook Off. Ride out to Desert Rose in Arlington for a good ride and some good Chili. (If you don't want to take the freeway out there you can follow one of my Estrella day ride the more scenic way). 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. Registration is from Noon - 4:00pm. Desert Rose is located in Arlington on Old Hwy. 80 West of Buckeye. There will be vendors, Live Music, 50/50 and more. Everyone welcome. Portion of the proceeds to the New Life Shelter for Domestic Violence Victims. FMI: 623-826-5293.
Saturday, February 7th
Planes, Trains, Automobiles & Up On Two Wheels. This all around event for the whole family will feature Classic, Special Interest and Collector Car Show. Vintage, Special Interest and Modern Motorcycle Show. Commemorative Air Form Museum Tours. Scale Model Train Display with Active Hands-on Youth Set up The Young Eagles - Free Flights For Those in the 8 to 17 Age Bracket. Boeing Apache Helicopter Display Flight Simulator. Raffle for a Free Flight on the B-17 Sentimental Journey. Mesa Crime Prevention Police Unit display. Trophied All Car Show. Trophied Motorcycle Show. Rotary Program Information Booths. Food & Beverages Available. The event will take place at Falcon Field in Mesa located 2017 N. Greenfield (on the NE corner of Greenfield and McKellips Rd.) Event time is from 10am - 4pm. $10.00 per person, children 12 and under free. More information at 480-839-5847, 480-891-5837.
Monday-Saturday, February 9th - 14th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Mesa Sweetheart Sale. Looking to get something for your Harley riding Valentine? Chosa's is offering discounts on selected merchandise for 6 days in a row leading up to Valentine's day.
Feb. 9th - 20% OFF Stamper and MOD Jewelry.
Feb. 10th - 20% OFF Wallets, Pins & Belts.
Feb. 11th - 20% OFF All Leather Jackets, Chaps & Vests.
Feb. 12th - 20% OFF Women's Clothing (Excludes Jeans).
Feb. 13th - 20% OFF Men's Clothing (Excludes Jeans).
Feb. 14th - Purchase $100 or more in MotorClothesTM Apparel & Collectibles and Pick a Sweet Treat to Receive 10%, 20% or 30% OFF your FINAL total purchase!
Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. For more information call 480-894-0404.
Monday-Saturday, February 9th - 14th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop Apache Junction Sweetheart Sale. These Sales are Different from the Mesa store. Chosa's AJ is offering discounts on selected merchandise for 6 days in a row leading up to Valentine's day. Feb. 9th - 15% OFF any Collectible.
Feb. 10th - 10% OFF any Chosa's logo back T-Shirt.
Feb. 11th - 15% OFF All Leather Jackets, Chaps & Vests.
Feb. 12th - 20% OFF watches.
Feb. 13th - 20% OFF Stamper and MOD jewelry.
Feb. 14th - Take an Extra 14% OFF All sale Boots, Shoes & Sandals. Purchase $100 or more in MotorClothesTM Apparel & Collectibles and Pick a Sweet Treat to Receive 10%, 20% or 30% OFF your FINAL total purchase! Chosa's Apache Junction is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. For more information call 480-346-0600.
Saturday, February 14th
East Valley A.B.A.T.E. Valentines Day Party. Doors open 7pm at The MONASTERY, 4810 East McKellips (between Greenfield and Higley, on the northeast corner at Falcon Drive) in Mesa, AZ. Live Music and drink specials for those that donate to the cause ($5 per person). Great door prizes and raffle for a Romantic Weekend for Two at Majestic Mountain Resort in Payson, Food available on premises. Brand new location that is sure to please. 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: 480 855-3395 or 236-8423.
OK, now for that time that you need a break from work or you have nothing
else to do. Here is an activity to break up your day. Click on the rock and the Penguin will jump. Then click again
to swing the bat. My longest launch is 311 feet. http://www.auburn.edu/~alamysm/pinguin.swf
I got a few emails about the molded earphones that you can use to plug into your MP3 player and the molded earplugs that I talked about in last weeks letter. AZ Earprotection will be fitting every Wednesday night rotating at different Harley dealerships. Tonight is from 5pm till close at Arrowhead Harley and next Wednesday night at Chandler Harley. For the full schedule Click Here or call 480-998-9888.
As for me, I will be taking in the opening nights of Margarita Rocks, Jilly's and Jetz Bike Nights this week. And this weekend I will be taking the 13,000 foot leap out of an airplane somewhere over Eloy, AZ. Tell you all about it next week.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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