Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
It's now the middle of February and the big riding season is right in front of us. One major event in our town that is coming up is Arizona Bike Week. This year Arizona Bike Week is going to run a full 10 days from April 1st through April 10th and will once again be held at Rawhide in Scottsdale. There are so many events going on with ABW this year that I will not list them all here, but will just highlight a few of the festivities that I think will be fun to participate in to get you started.
This year the start of Arizona Bike Week will be a lot different. Instead of a party at one dealership, on April 1st there will be "Rev-Up" parties at 10 dealerships around the Valley and State. You will find activities going on throughout the day that include: live bands, free food, and huge discounts to get you going for all of the riding you will be doing during Arizona Bike Week. Look for the dealership in your area, or better yet, take the day and visit all of them. The participating Valley dealerships include: Chosa's, Superstition, Chandler, Arrowhead and Buddy Stubbs. Around the State you can visit Grand Canyon Harley, Mother Road, Sierra Vista, HD of Tucson and Territorial HD. A new event that will get you acquainted with all of the dealerships is the ABW "Rattlesnake Charity Ride". Upon registration you will receive a stamp card. All you need to do is visit each participating dealer and have your card stamped to be eligible for the drawing of a 2005 Harley Fat Boy to be drawn on April 10th in the Handlebar Saloon. Sounds like the odds could be pretty good. You can start this ride on March 1st by registering at any of the above listed participating dealerships.
Starting at 6:00pm on the night of April 1st will be the Dedication of the American Veteran's Traveling Tribute, "The Wall". The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is an unforgettable exhibit that pays tribute to the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The Vietnam War is of major importance to the Tribute and the 4/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is its visual centerpiece, standing 8 feet high at the apex and spanning 378 feet! The purpose of the "Traveling Tribute" is not to glorify wars fought, but to pay homage to those who served their country. You may visit "The Wall" during all 10 days of ABW.
Following the dedication will be the start of the ABW "Rev Up Party" in the Handlebar Saloon featuring The Marshall Tucker Band in Concert at 8:30pm followed by the Finals of the Miss Arizona Bike Week contest starting at 10pm. This year the Handlebar will feature a different theme every night. The theme for the first night will be "Celebrate America" with a Celebrate America Parade. The Handlebar will be open from 10am every day and will feature Live Bands and events throughout the day. Texas Hold'em Poker Championships will be held at 3pm every day. Click Here for all of the events planned for the Handlebar Saloon.
ABW will also feature over 150 vendors as well as the Screamin' Eagle ABW Nationals drag racing at Firebird, a wide variety Charity Rides throughout the week that will take you all over the State, Lawnmower and mini bike racing, Poker Tournaments every day, Sanctioned Pro Bronc & Bull Rodeo" Bikers competing on Live Bulls, Live Music all day, all week, and many more activities. And one of my favorite events will be back again. The Old Town Scottsdale Tuesday Night Party. This is a great time and will this year include ACME Bar and Grill, The Billet Bar, Dos Gringos and Billy Bob's Saloon. Fit this one into your schedule.
Another big event this year is the Grand Opening of the new Buddy Stubb's, the Valley's newest and largest Harley-Davidson Dealership, on April 1st. Buddy Stubb's is building a new 47,000 sq. ft. dealership on Cave Creek Rd. just a couple of blocks North of the existing location at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. This dealership will also include a two level, 3,000 sq. ft. motorcycle museum rotating 90 of his 150 collectable motorcycles, meeting rooms, customer waiting rooms and greatly expanded service, parts and motorclothes areas. To kick off the new dealership, Evel Knievel will be there in person with an exhibit of his famous motorcycles and to sign autographs. You can also see Rhett Rotten's "Wall of Death" shows all day and visit with Jean Davidson. There will also be three bands with music all day. Bike shows and Historic motorcycle displays. Eat,Drink and Have some FUN!!! New store specials all day. 10:00am till 8:00pm. GRAND FINALE Evel's escorted group ride to the Marshall Tucker Concert at the Handlebar Saloon at Cyclefest in Rawhide. Click Here for the flyer with all the information. 602-971-3400.
There are many more rides and activities for you to participate in throughout the 10 days. Click the following links to view the Events page for ABW and the Handlebar Saloon Schedule to see activities and times inside the Handlebar. From what I can tell, this ABW has really expanded and is providing more opportunities for involvement this year. I have only listed a few in this letter. I will be highlighting others as we get closer. Take a look for yourself and join in. www.arizonabikeweek.com .
Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride Update:
The planning for the Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride is going well. As you know from previous letters, this ride is to Support Our Troops and to raise postage money for "Packages From Home", a 501(c)3 organization that sends care packages to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The money raised will be used directly for postage to send the packages. In case you missed last week's letter, here are the ride details:
When: Saturday, March 5th.
Time: Sign in is from 8am - 11am. Escorted Ride by the Sheriff leaves at 11am.
Where: Start location is Christ's Church of the Valley, located on the SW corner of 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. in Glendale.
Donation: $10 per bike, plus some needed goods for the troops. (click here for the list)
Activities: CCV is donating a continental breakfast at the start. There will be military hardware and displays on site as well as troops for you to speak with and thank. We will also present a 5-10 minute video saluting our troops and telling you about "Packages From Home". This will be shown on the two 20 ft. screens inside.
Ride End: Ride
will end at the Anthem Community Park on stage where we will have the Army National Guard Band lead us in the Star
Speakers: We will have testimonies and a Q&A from Soldiers that have done a tour in Iraq, words from Parents of Soldiers in Iraq and insights from Military Officers that have been to Iraq. I have also invited U.S. Congressman Trent Franks to ride with us and speak at the end. I hope he can make it. The day will end with the song "America" sung by the crowd and Live Music on the stage.
Click Here for the flyer and all information.
We would also like to make this like a toy ride to collect some goods to send to the troops. Donations of goods are critical. You can bring them in a bag the day of the ride or you can drop whatever you would like to donate at one of the following locations. Superstition HD, Chosa's HD, Arrowhead HD, Chandler HD, Buddy Stubbs HD, Bourgets of Arizona, Chandler Custom Cycles and Custom Performance. Click Here for a list of Needed Items. Boxes should be set up by Friday. Thanks for your help.
This past weekend I went to my first packing party for "Packages From Home". The packing was held at Pulte Homes in Scottsdale where cadets from the Civil Air Patrol donated their time to help out. Channel 3 and channel 12 were both there to do a report about "Packages From Home" for the news. To better understand the cause that you will be riding for,
Click Here for the Video. Look real close and you will even spot Mrs. C. helping out.
Click Here for the Pictures. These are pictures of the recent packing party. Look at the Valentines cards written by kids that were sent to the troops. They are very heart warming.
I think this is really going to be a fantastic event and one that we can all be proud to be a part of. From the initial response from riders and the TV Media, I am expecting a large attendance for this event. We are adding displays and activities to this ride on a daily basis. I will update you every week as to what is new. Take the day off and join us to Support Our Troops. If you would like to put up some flyers around your workplace, Click Here for the flyer.
In This Issue:
February 12th - 14th. Chosa's Harley-Davidson Harley Hearted Valentine Sale
February 12th. 2nd Annual H.O.G. Chapter Chili Challenge
Saturday, February 12th. Superstition Harley-Davidson Sweetheart Sale
February 12th and 13th. HOG Hearted Valentine Sale.
Saturday, February 12th. Making a Brighter Day Ride For New Life Poker Run.
Sunday, February 13th. Sweetheart Run and Dance Sponsored by MMA of Arizona
Sunday, February 13th. V-Twin Consignments 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Day
This Week's Events
New! Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra 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.
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
New!! For those of you in the far West
Drivers Sports Grill Thursday Bike Night. You have been asking for it and now it is here. Starting Thursday, February 3rd, Drivers will be hosting a new Thursday Bike Night. Drivers is located in Litchfield Park on the S.W. Corner of Indian School and Litchfield Rd. They feature a huge outdoor patio that holds 150 people as well as an indoor dining area with multiple TV's and a HUGE menu to choose from. You can park on the sidewalk or in coned off areas out front. Enjoy Food and Drink Specials Every Thursday Night, Domestic Bottles $2.00, Corona's $2.25, Drivers Burgers, Grilled Chicken "Sandwedges" and Chicken Caesar Wraps are 15% off. Drivers is easily accessible from I-10 at the Litchfield Rd. exit. Stop by from 6-10 PM for giveaways. For more information call 623-536-8571.
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. 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
Wild Willy's Weekend Bike Days in Cave Creek. Stop by for Live Music this weekend and every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm. This is the best place in Cave Creek for Food, Fun and Entertainment. Happy Hour every day from 11:00am -7:00pm featuring $2.00 domestics, $3.00 well drinks and $13.00 bucket of crabs. You can also choose from Wild Willy's Extensive Menu with Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches and Dinner Entrees. You will find Great Food, Great Service, Tasty Appetizers and Drinks at Wild Willy's. This is the best food menu I have seen in Cave Creek. Wild Willy's is formerly Fandango and is under new ownership. It has been remodeled and features a new bar with a giant TV screen, plenty of outdoor seating on the upper and lower patios, seating on the top deck for a great view of the mountains and the bikes riding by. The parking lot has been improved for easy navigation and sealed. Wild Willy's is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. More information at 480-355-6150.
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 - 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 - Monday, February 12th - 14th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Harley Hearted Valentine Sale. Valentine’s Day is a tricky holiday. You never know what signal certain gifts send. Fear not, romantics, because Chosa’s Harley-Davidson can steer you through the Valentine gift-giving mine field with sweet in-store specials! Nothing says “I like you a lot, but I’m not ready for the picket fence” better than the wide selection of Genuine Harley-Davidson® MotorClothes™. Tier Discounts on Genuine Harley-Davidson MotorClothes® purchases, including leather jackets, chaps & vests. And if you’re looking for the ultimate expression of love, consider giving the one thing that says “Let’s run away together,”10% off selected jewelry. No matter what message you want to send, a Valentine’s gift from Chosa’s Harley-Davidson can say it perfectly – and with a lot more feeling that a box of chocolates. Saturday, Feb 12 from 8am to 5pm, Sunday, Feb 13 from 10am to 4pm, Monday, Feb 14 from 8am to 7pm. Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, February 12th
2nd Annual H.O.G. Chapter Chili Challenge. The HOG Chili Challenge is on! Hosted by Superstition Harley-Davidson. H.O.G. Chapters from around the valley compete for the best chili. People's choice determines the winning Chapter. Stop by and cast your vote for the best chili 10am 'til its all gone! Vote for your favorite tasting chili! One vote per person. Free beverages provided by Superstition Harley-Davidson. The Chapter with the most votes takes the trophy home for 1 year until the next Chili Challenge. Donations are accepted with all proceeds benefiting the Apache Junction High School JV Baseball Team and Washington D.C. Trip Students. Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600.
Saturday, February 12th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Sweetheart Sale. Stop by Superstition Harley-Davidson from 8am - 5pm to find that perfect gift that says, "Be My Valentine" Harley style. You can take advantage of 20% storewide savings on MotorClothes and 10% off Genuine Harley Davidson Parts and Accessories. There will also be door prizes and a free hot dog barbeque from 10am to 2pm. And while you are there, vote for your favorite tasting chili at the 2nd Annual H.O.G. Chapter Chili Challenge starting at 10am. Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600.
Saturday and Sunday, February 12th and 13th
HOG Hearted Valentine Sale. Make Sure Your Valentine Knows You Love Them As Much As You Love Your Harley-Davidson. 2 Days Only! Valentines Day is Monday, This is your last chance to go straight for your loved ones heart...Harley-Davidson Style. 15% OFF all Stamper Black Hills Gold and MOD jewelry. 15% OFF Bulova Watches. Plus: Manager's Specials all week-end! You could also win a pair of leather boots Saturday. One Men's and One Women's. Win Stamper Black Hills Gold Jewelry on Sunday. Enter to win Roses. Each day 3 dozen roses will be given away. Arrowhead Harley is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, Chandler Harley is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler Fashion Center HD is located at 3155 W. Chandler Blvd.
Saturday, February 12th
Making a Brighter Day Ride For New Life Poker Run. Ride from Glendale to Black Canyon City to raise money for the New Life Center. 100% of all proceeds will benefit the New Life Center, a 64 bed domestic violence shelter located in Goodyear. Ride starts at Arrowhead Community Bank located one block N. of Bell Rd. on 75th Ave. in Glendale. Sign in from 8am - 10am. Ride ends at Rock Springs Cafe. $30 per hand, add $10 to double up. Registration includes Continental Breakfast, Poker Hand, Ride Pin, Shirt and Lunch at Rock Springs. Raffle prizes and 50/50. For more information call Belinda at Arrowhead Community Bank at 623-776-0800.
Sunday, February 13th
Sweetheart Run and Dance Sponsored by MMA of Arizona. Run from 2pm - 4pm. Pot Luck Dinner and Dance at 6pm with Live Music by The Retros. Run start and sign in at Chaparral at 2pm located at 325 S. Main St. in Cottonwood, AZ. Dinner and Dancing begins at 6pm at the American Legion Hall in Cottonwood. $10 per person, $15 per couple. For more information call Dusty at 928-649-1213.
Sunday, February 13th
V-Twin Consignments 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Day. There will be food , drawings, giveaways, and 15% off of everything in stock and on all orders placed that day, as well as a mobile dyno machine, get a dyno print out for $25.00. Clean out your garage and get your consigned parts in before that day. For more information about new or used parts and service phone 602-548-5799, and are located at 1716 W. Bell Rd.
February 17th - 20th
The 7th Annual San Gennaro Feast. Please join us at the 7th Annual San Gennaro Feast. Held at the Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria, AZ), now in it's seventh year in the same location this February 17-20, 2005. This time honored tradition, brings multi cultures together to pay tribute to the Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro. This year's festival promises to be even grander than before. A huge Carnival with rides and games for kids of all ages to enjoy. Shop for unique gifts and One-of-a-kind finds from over 200 of the southwest's best artisans. Let's not forget our Specialty vendors. Delight all day and night as nonstop, Italian Nationally an Internationally known performers offer up unbeatable
Entertainment on the Main Stage. Be delighted by Italian strolling musicians traveling though the crowds for all to enjoy! Oh and The food! Nobody leaves this feast Hungry. You'll find the most mouth watering Italian dishes you've ever Dreamed of. Click Here for discount coupons.
Saturday, February 19th
2nd Annual 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 ride will consist of a beautiful 100+ mile ride including a stop for a grief road side prayer at "Bill's" memorial site on Vulture Mine Rd. Check in 8:00am, leave at 9:00am. The starting location is BVFD Station #324. 25206 W. MC 85, Buckeye, AZ. All proceeds of this event will benefit the William D. Lanford Scholarship Fund.
This was probably one of the better years for Superbowl commercials. I had a few favorites, but the one that I thought was the best was the Anheuser Busch:
Thanking the Troops. A great tribute to our Soldiers. Click Here to view that commercial
and all of the others on the Superbowl. It will be under the Anheuser Busch, 6th one down called Thanking the Troops.
Here is a wipeout I never get tired of watching. I did some slow motion on it to really give you a feel for the jolt to his body. Click Here. And now for the: How did she do that? Video. Click Here.
As for me this weekend, if the weather report holds true, it might be movies and popcorn at Harkins.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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