Well, if you haven't pulled the bike out of the garage, dusted off the tank, aired up the tires and gone for a ride, I don't know what you are waiting for. The last couple of weekends have provided some beautiful Arizona sunshine, warm temperatures and blue skies to make for some beautiful riding around the outskirts of the Valley. Last Sunday we did a ride up to Greasewood Flats to catch up with 250 riders who did the Liberty Wildlife Ride. They had some animals on display and I got the privilege of holding a Bald Eagle for the first time. Later the crowd got to watch as Lori Healy from Chester's Harley was chosen to release a Falcon back into the wild. Great Picture. From there we rode out to Bartlett Lake and was surprised by the enormous amount of yellow wildflowers that are covering the hills on the way to the lake.
It is a ride that you should definitely take now to enjoy the beauty of the Arizona desert. Be sure and take the 4 mile ride down South Lake Rd. to SB Cove. It is stunning right now with all of the flowers and cactus along the road. Here are a couple of sample pics. I will be back next week with many more pictures of the Bartlett and Tortilla Flat rides from the last two weekends as well as pictures from my plane ride over Bartlett.
But today marks exactly one month till the Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride. I want to give you ample time to fit into your schedule what will likely be the last Hearts To Heroes that I will be doing. This year the event is being held on Saturday, April 12th. The program will once again be hosted by Christ's Church of the Valley located at 67th Ave. and Happy Valley Rd. in the Northwest Valley. CCV has a 3000 seat sanctuary with two 20 foot screens that provide a perfect venue for a multimedia presentation. Sign in will begin at 7am with the program beginning at 10am. The donation will be $20 per rider, $10 per passenger and a small donation of needed goods for the troops. Coffee, water and donuts will be provided starting at 7am.
This year the theme will be "Focus on the military family". You might remember about 16 months ago I did a story on 600 of our Arizona National Guard that were being deployed to Afghanistan. What we don't realize is the hardships that these families endure when a spouse is suddenly called to active duty and sent 8000 miles away from home to serve our country. I will interview two military families and let them tell us what it takes to rearrange their lives, take big cuts in pay, run a family with one less parent and make it all work. I can't even imagine the hardships this must cause, but I want us all to know first hand what these families go through and the commitment it takes to make this happen.
If you were at the Hearts to Heroes last year you will remember that we did a live satellite interview with 50 of our troops in Baghdad. It was a really special moment and one that I will never forget. This year I am so proud and excited to announce that two of the participants that were on the broadcast with us from Baghdad last year, Sgt. Ryan Kenner and Sr. Airman Thomas O'Neal, are safely back home and will join us live on stage to bring us up to speed on the progress in Iraq and to personally tell you what it meant to them to see all of the support they received from this event. I'm guessing when these guys walk out on stage it will be another one of those moments that we will not soon forget. I can't wait.
Jessica Schall will also be back with us again this year to sing her moving song, "I thank the Soldier" as well as other multimedia presentations and video that you will certainly enjoy. The programming for the day is finally set in my mind and we will start shooting the interviews and editing video over the next 3 weeks in preparation for this great event. And yes, there are a couple of surprises that I am working on this year that will be an incredible don't miss opportunity for all involved. I will announce them as they are firmed up. Like last year, I am asking for the moon with hopes of at least getting a few stars.
The ride will then go to Westgate where there will be a stage set up in the events plaza next to the dancing fountains. We will have programming live on stage and on the giant 30 foot LCD screen. The band High N Tight Band will entertain with classic music as we enter and will close out the event. Refreshments will be available in events plaza and there are several restaurants now open in the area for food including Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and many others.
This is going to be one of those rare opportunities that you will be able to in person show your support and honor those that are serving our country. Most of these men, women and families have been through life changing experiences over the last 16 months to answer the call to serve in our armed forces including the Arizona National Guard. I hope that we can all take a couple of hours out of our Saturday to show that we care for them and support their efforts. If you came last year, come again and bring someone with you. I hope to fill all 3000 seats this year and have standing room only. Let's give these guys and gals a welcome home Biker Style that they won't forget!
I will be updating you in the next 4 newsletters about the event. In the meantime, print out this flyer, post it in your place of work, hand it out at your chapter meetings, share it with your riding buddies and email the link to everyone in your email list. http://www.cyclerides.com/rides/apr08/h2h2008.htm
Let's make this the best one yet!
If you missed the Hearts To Heroes last year and would like to see the entire event on DVD, I still have a few left. They are $12 that includes shipping and a ride pin. Click Here to order.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Southwest Sports Grill Bike Night.
Riders on the far west side in the Surprise area finally have a Bike Night. The brand new Fuzzy's Southwest will
be hosting a bike night on Thursday Nights. Fuzzy's features an outdoor patio, 17 HD TV's, Pool Table, Large Horseshoe
Bar and all glass front to see the bikes roll in. Enjoy Great Food, Pool, and Your Favorite Sporting Events all
on new Flat Screens every Thursday Night at The Newest Bike Night In the Far West Valley. Bike Night Specials Include:
2.25 Corona's, Corona Light, Dos XX, Dos XX Amber, Pacifico, Tecate. $3.00 Jalapeno Poppers. $4.00 Super Spuds.
$5.00 Chicken Tenders. $6.00 Baby Burgers. From 6-9pm. Fuzzy's is located 18795 N. Reems Rd. in Surprise at the
corner of Reems and Grand Ave.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekends with Live Music featuring Doc & Gal Rocking the Ranch every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 4pm with their Classic Rock Renditions, costume changes, and jokes. 12 Acres of pure fun in a Laid Back Old West Town. Two Large Dance Floors for those that want to cut loose. Four Regulation Horse Shoe Pits, Pool Table Room, Life Size Chess & Checkers. Nothing beats an open fire –lots of wood burning fire pits to keep you warm all winter long, we supply the wood. Bar Food, Snacks, & Appetizers available. Secure Motorcycle Parking in the “Steel Horse Corral”. Western Trails Ranch is also a Special Event Venue! You can Rent the facility for your SPECIAL EVENT, Corporate Party, Concert, Weddings, Charity Events, Western Events or BIKE RUN at “The Ranch”. 623-521-0367. Western Trails is located (Map) at 37823 NW Grand Avenue Mile Marker 124 1/2 Morristown AZ. Click Here for more information.
The Popular Sugar Daddy's Sunday Biker Brunch. Voted Best Brunch in Phoenix New Times 2006. Sugar
Daddy's is under new ownership and is undergoing a half million dollar makeover. The outdoor patio is being completely
upgraded with new granite table tops and will be available for the new $9.00
all you can eat brunch. Sundays from 10am - 4pm. Live Music from 10am - 2pm.
Enjoy the patio with $2 mimosa's, $4 Skye Bloody Mary's.
Buffet includes: French Toast, Fruit, Eggs Benedict, Potatoes, Rice Veggies, Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Marsala, Biscuits and Gravy and much more. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-970-6556.
Events This Week
Saturday, March 15th
Abby’s Angel Ride to raise money for services and programs benefiting children in Arizona with Down syndrome. Hosted by Valle Luna Mexican Restaurants, Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson and Toso’s Sports Bar. The charity motorcycle ride begins with registration and complimentary breakfast by Valle Luna at 8:am at Buddy Stubbs at 13850 N Cave Creek Rd. The ride begins at 10:am with a throttle salute and goes to the community of Cave Creek and returns to Toso’s at 2401 W Union Hills Dr by 4:pm. Stops are Greasewood Flat in North Scottsdale, Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek, Roadrunner Steakhouse in New River (BBQ lunch stop), and Valle Luna Mexican Restaurant at 3336 W Bell Rd. Entertainment by local band ‘Shut Up & Drive’, bike wash, bike show, raffle and auction await riders as they arrive at Toso’s. Registration is $25 for singles and $35 for doubles. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, ride pin and T-shirt. All proceeds from the event go to Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona and Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation, both non-profit agencies that benefit children with Down syndrome. Children of Arizona with Down syndrome Thank You for your generous spirit and cooperation in this fund-raising and fun event.
Sunday, March 16th
Spring of Life Christian Church Blessing of the Bikes. Services at 9 and 10:45am. Blessing of bikes at 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided. Free Ride Pin. We will offer prayer and a blessing for the safety and salvation of bikers, followed by the "Loops for Our Troops" ride. This ride is dedicated to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Location is 1330 S. Crismon Rd. in Mesa, AZ. Lot opens at 8am. For more information call 480-218-4456.
Sunday, March 16th
Riding for the Wounded Run benefiting the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California. Sponsored by the Ka-Bar Chapter of Leathernecks Int. and Hooters. $25.00 Single, $35 doubles. Includes lunch and poker run. Raffle prizes and silent auction. After party $10. Sign in from 8am-9am at Ironhorse V-Twins, located at 8550 N. 91st Ave. #13. Ride ends at Hooters in Mesa. For more information call 623-444-8704.
Saturday, March 22nd
Line Drive For Kids 2008. The Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix is proud to present the 9th annual Line Drive for Kids in association with the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. We are also proud to announce that this year's event is an official pre-rally ride of Arizona Bike Week 2008 - check us out in the Arizona Bike Week "Guide to Ride". The Children In Need Foundation is also the official charity of Arizona Bike Week - come see our amazing Silent Auction from 1pm-4pm on April 5th at the HandleBar Saloon at Westworld.
Join our police-escorted motorcycle ride from Chandler to Tucson Electric Park to see the Diamondbacks-Rockies spring training game on Saturday, March 22nd 2008. Check in starts at 7am, escorted ride leaves at 9am. For only $30 each rider receives breakfast at Iguana Mack's restaurant located on Alma School Rd, between Warner and Ray in Chandler, a custom ride-shirt, collectible ride-pin, ticket to the Spring Training game, and a free lunch courtesy of the AZ Diamondbacks. Click Here for more information.
Saturday, March 22nd
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Casi Sanctioned Chili Cook-Off. This event is benefiting the AZ Burn Center. Ride by and be the judge for your favorite chili recipe. People's Choice Chili starts at 11:00am. Red Chili Turn in at 1:00pm. There will be a DJ spinning your favorite tunes during the judging times from 11am - 3pm. Awards for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. 1st - 10 place Red Chili. This is an official Casi Sanctioned event. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive in Peoria, AZ. For more information contact Jerry Lee at 623-388-9748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Most people think Paul Yaffe Originals only builds $100,000 motorcycles. That is still the case, but he is also expanding his business to Bagger Customization as well as Service on your Harley or V-Twin. I just did a chrome exchange on the front wheel of my Road Glide See Picture and was very impressed with the squeaky clean shop and personal service that I got from Paul's employees. It was a very pleasant experience. To kick off this service business and to prove their exceptional customer service, Paul is opening his newly remodeled shop on Saturday's for a Get In Get Out Oil Change Special from 9am-2pm. Cost is $49.95 + Tax & EPA Fee. Special Includes: Genuine H-D oil & oil filters, Up to 4 qt. oil, black or chrome oil filter and +10 Point Safety Inspection. Synthetic oil available at an additional charge. Stop by and see the new displays of parts for your 2008 and older motorcycles, chrome exchanges possibilities, or just stop by to say hi and talk with Paul about some customization for your bike. 1st 3 Oil Changes Get a Free T-Shirt Saturday Only.
· “Experienced” PHD Certified Mechanics
· Pick-Up and Delivery Available M-F
· Shop Rate - $75.00 Hr.
(No Flat Rate - If It Takes an Hour You Only Pay an Hour)
· New Saturday Hours 9am-2pm. PYO is located at 2211 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix.
This is one heck of a production called Insanity on Wheels. Very cool video. Click Here to View.
The Bud Light commercial makers are at it again. Pretty witty commercial. Click Here to View.
I had this video in about a year ago, but it still makes me laugh and it is a much better copy. Click Here to View.
Ok, this one might turn your stomach a little bit. There is no blood, but it is a little sickening. Click Here to View.
The event calendar is filling up for March with Arizona Bike Week and other events. Go to www.cyclerides.com and click on the Rides and Events calendar for all the latest events.