Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, it doesn't get much better than this. Mid 80's and sunshine is about as good as it gets. Now is the time to get in some great riding before old man Summer decides to settle in. There are plenty of events this weekend to keep you riding all over town. You can make your rounds to include Fashion Shows, Grand Openings, Basement Sales, Rides and racing at The Phoenix Bike Fest. Check out the Rides and Events Calendar at www.cyclerides.com for your excuse to ride.
Last week I left you with the story of my daughter taking the riding class from T.E.A.M. Arizona. After taking the baton from them and being in charge of her practice sessions, I know why I didn't take on the entire task teaching her how to ride. My once sandy blonde hair now has streaks of gray around the temples. This job is not for the faint of heart. Last week I told you that the first spin around the cul de sac was made without incident. But as we enlarged the radius of the practice field around the neighborhood, with her on the Vrod and me on my bike, things got a little more interesting. One of the most common mistakes that I see new riders make is that they do not understand the importance of the clutch. That the clutch is your friend and can moderate your forward motion.
Things were going pretty well on our practice session even though every stop seemed to be an adventure, at least for me to watch. We came to a stop sign that had a small downgrade that required use of the front brake and some feathery clutch work. She performed everything well except "the use of the front brake and the feathery clutch work". All of a sudden my whole world seemed to be in slow motion as I watched the next 3 seconds unfold. I looked over at her to see the bike start to lean to the right, she is looking at me as if to say, Uh Oh! I'm falling and I can't get up! I couldn't get off of my bike in time to help. All I could do was watch Mrs. C's motorcycle once again find its resting spot its the right side. She did all she could to try and hold it up to minimize damage, but there was no stopping it once it got going. What took seconds seemed like minutes as I was watching this expensive piece of machinery mesh shiny chrome parts with asphalt that were not meant to be together. I was trying to figure out how I could do my Spiderman impersonation and throw a web from my finger to hold it up. It didn't happen. But, she did a great job of holding it up to minimize damage.
So I got off of my bike to get the Vrod chrome from the asphalt and get it back on the rubber. Trying to console her, I said that it was alright. It's not the first time this has happened. She seemed to take some solace in reminding me of the fact that we now had something in common in her brief riding career. We both had dumped Mom's bike. After a brief laugh between us and a hug of reassurance, she was back in the saddle to get some more hours of experience and break through the first barrier of gaining confidence on two wheels. We rode on for a few more near misses and a few more gray hairs for me to break through that barrier to the side of confidence. After another discussion of how to use the clutch, it seemed like everything clicked for her. She did good the rest of the day. As for the Vrod, there was amazingly just some minor scratches on the top pipe. As for me, patience is a virtue, although there were definitely some new gray hairs invited to my head. As for her, it was a good learning experience and a bonding time for us that we will talk about forever. As for Mrs. C., breaking the news to her went fairly well. Although she did ask both of us for our keys to her bike. I wonder what that means?
In This Issue:
The last Miss Arizona Bikeweek Preliminary - Public Voting Starts Friday on Cyclerides.com
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Annual Spring Fashion Show - Large Fashion Show, Free Lunch.
Maximum Performance Cycles Grand Opening Party - Free Food and Giveaways
Phoenix Bike Fest. Largest Vintage Road Racing and Bike Show in Southwest
Hacienda Harley Basement Blowout Sale - 30-60% Off
7th Annual Goldrush Run - Large Poker Run
New Legislative Watch Column in Extras below
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. All of you that used to go to Chuy's, this is your new place on the East side of town. This is a new 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.
ACME is Back! That's right. ACME Bar and Grill one of the original Bike Night stops has started up their Thursday Ride Night again. Ride by and have some free appetizers on the very cool rooftop lounge. 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 6:00-8:00 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.
Thursday Bike Night. This bike night is growing
bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. Jetz is a Very Nice Restaurant located in
North Scottsdale 1 block South of Shea on Scottsdale Rd. behind the California Pizza Kitchen. They have a
beautiful interior with flat screen TV's to watch your favorite teams or a large bar to lounge at with your friends.
Jetz also has a large patio with an outdoor bar right next to where you will be parking your bikes. Happy
hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM
till close there will be BURGER
& BEER $7.95 (½ lb of Certified Angus Beef and a domestic pint or bottle), DOMESTIC BOTTLES $3, JACK DANIELS $4.
Bike night is all night till close. This is one nice place to go for dinner or hang out on the patio and watch
the bikes roll by. Stop by and take a look. You will be impressed. Bikes are always welcome. Take a look at Jetz
Saturday food and drink specials and the Sunday Brunch and the Bloody Mary bar with over 75 items. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. 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 drafts. 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.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike Night. 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.
33 American Bistro Friday Bike Night.
Live Music Every Friday Night 6-10PM
If you haven't been here yet, stop by and try some of Bistro 33's great food. Finally! A good place to go for an organized Friday Ride Night with live music every week from 6-10pm. American Bistro is a really comfortable restaurant that features an outdoor patio that seats 40 people with 4 wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm at night and a mist system to keep you cool in the summer. And a beautiful interior with a lounge for relaxing and keeping an eye on your favorite game. They have a broad menu including Bike Night Specials of Grilled Chicken Sandwich meal for $6.00 or a Steak Caesar for $9.00. They also have Pizzas, Pasta, Burgers and Fish and Chips just to name a few items. You have to try the Chicken Sandwich! It is the best I have ever had. $3.00 House Wines, $3.00 Well Drinks, $3.00 Rolling Rock Bombers. This is a very comfortable place that makes you feel at home when you walk in the door. And the food is very good. 33 American Bistro is located on Hayden Rd. one block South of Frank Lloyd Wright on the East side of the road. Help us kick off the first night February 7th starting at 6:00pm with live music on the patio. You won't be disappointed. Click here to see the pictures and info.
Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
This Weekend, Saturday March 29th features the The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories. This is Perfect weather for a ride to The Hideaway and try a few items from their new menu. This weekend enjoy the ride to Cave Creek and the beautiful weather from The Hideaway Porch. Be a part of the Porch Posse at The Hideaway, one of most popular stops in the Southwest for riders that come to Arizona. Stop by for one of their great burgers and shop and Stampede Leathers while you are there. Check out the Friday Night Steak Fry from 6-10 PM for only $7.95. Don't Forget, Every Day is Bike Day at the Hideaway. "There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet! " 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. 480-595-0358
The Hideaway Schedule for February:
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
Click Here For The Hideaway Events During The Week of April 4th-13th
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music 1-5PM Every Sunday
If you haven't tried Sugar Daddy's yet, Now is the time. Great Reviews on the Food. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch on their relaxing 5,000 square foot Tree Covered Patio from 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-5pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sunday, March 30th "Combo
Fandango - Live Music Every Sunday from 2:00PM - 6:00PM.
Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking.
COMBO DELUXE joins us this Sunday with their special combination of classic rock and a great time to be had by all. If you have not experienced Sunday at Fandango your are missing one of the best parties in the valley. Live music outside 2-6PM, weather permitting, the best seat in the house is the Rooftop Bar!. The Rooftop Bar also has the best views of Black Mountain, Spur Cross as well as all the bikes cruisin' Cave Creek not to mention all the action on the lower patio. Enjoy the drink and food specials NOON to 6PM. Fandango features the best of Classic Rock and Blues Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. Fandango is located 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. For more info call 480-595-5633 or www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
Fri 28th Rocket 88's 9pm-1am, Sat 29th Chill Factor 9pm-1am
Sun. March 30th: Combo Deluxe 2-6pm
April 4th-5th: "Combo Deluxe 9pm - 1am
Sun. April 6th: "Combo Deluxe" 2pm - 6pm
April 11th-12th: "Danny Rhodes and the Messengers"
Sun. April 13th: "Danny Rhodes and the Messengers"
Sunday, March 30th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Joker's Wild". The popular Arizona Band Combo Deluxe will be taking their act to Hailey's this weekend from 1-5 PM. Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. The weather should be nice this weekend, give it a try. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend with some good food and entertainment, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448.
Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:
March 30th: "Joker's Wild"
April 6th: "Joker's Wild"
April 13th: "Combo Deluxe"
April 20th: Easter Brunch and Cruise Day.
Thursday, March 27th
Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest. The last preliminary contest moves to The Steelhorse Saloon located at 1768 W. Bell Rd. Click here for last weeks results. This year Arizona Bikeweek is going to bring this contest to the public. What was once a one night affair at the Kickstart Party, will now take a page from "American Idol" and bring the contest to you, to help decide the winner. There will be multiple contestants at each location strutting their stuff to get the attention of the judges so that they can make the cut to be one of the final 10 contestants the night of the Kickstart Party on April 4th. There will be 2 winners from each location that will move on to the finals. Come out and make some noise for your favorite contestant. And yes, your cheering has been known to sway the judges opinions. The winners from each week will be posted on Cyclerides.com for all to see. At the end of this week, all the contestants will be on the site and you will be able to vote online for your favorite Miss ABW "Biker" Idol. Your votes will be weighted 50% with the judges votes on April 4th. All contests start at 7:30PM. Final Voting will begin Friday Morning on www.cyclerides.com .
Friday-Sunday, March 28-30
Phoenix Bike Fest. Put on your helmets, rev up those engines and get ready for a weekend event to remember. The Phoenix Bike Fest, the largest professional motorcycle road race of its kind in the Southwest is coming to Firebird International Raceway, Chandler, AZ March 28-30. Featuring the largest Vintage Bike Show in the Southwest as well as high-speed road racing to full throttle off-road action, this event will capture the interest of motorcycle enthusiasts of all types by offering the best of many worlds in motorcycle racing. For the first time in 8 years, the return of American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) will offer fans the excitement of competition racing. Riders on Ducatis, Hondas, Harley-Davidsons, Kawasakis, Suzukis, and Yamahas compete for points in this nostalgic forum. Unlike any other motorcycle race ever held in Phoenix, Bike Fest will feature the opening round of the new 7-race Prime Media/ Supermotard (SuperBikers2). Phoenix Bike Fest promises to be a full weekend of action-packed racing, motorcycle-related activities and most importantly, motorcycle riders and enthusiasts from around the country. The gates are open to the public Saturday and Sunday morning from 9:00am to 5:00pm. General admission $15 each day or $20 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 & under free. Tickets available at Firebird Raceway, Ticketmaster and M-E Magazine. Click Here For More Information.
Saturday, March 29th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Annual Spring Fashion Show . This is annually one of the biggest and most anticipated fashion shows in the valley. Come See The Latest Harley-Davidson Riding Wear At The Chosa's Annual Spring Fashion Show and Open House. See All Fashions Displayed In A Live Runway Show! Complete Looks From Head-To-Toe For The Whole Family! Women, Men, Children & Infant Fall Fashions. Genuine Harley-Davidson MotorClothes and Riding Gear Will Be Modeled.
Open House From 8am - 5pm. FREE BBQ (hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and beverages) from 11am to 1pm
Live Runway Show from 1pm - 2pm
Spend $100 in general merchandise and receive a scratch off card for an additional 10% - 20% off. Get a Bar and Shield crystal tattoo for under $2.00. Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. For more information call 480-894-0404.
Saturday, March 29th
Hacienda Harley Basement Blowout Sale. You've seen these before and gotten great deals. This is the day when Hacienda Harley moves items from upstairs and puts them in their basement liquidation area. You will find clothing from 30%-60% off the retail prices. They continually add stock in the basement sales to make room for new items in the showroom, so what you see here will change every time they have a sale. If you haven't been here before, stop by and see what they have. Shopping hours are from 9am - 6pm on Saturday. Hacienda is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. Info: 480-905-1903.
Saturday, March 29th
Maximum Performance Cycles Grand Opening Party. Many of you know R.J. from American Muscle Bikes in Scottsdale. R.J. has now opened his own shop at 2424 E. Greenway Rd. (not Greenway Pkwy.)in Phoenix. They are having a Grand Opening Party on March 29th from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Stop by for a Free Lunch, Refreshments, Bike Wash, Raffle Prizes, Raffle Prizes, Grand Prize Giveaways and a tour of the facility. MPC features a full repair facility and is an Authorized Service Provider for the Harley-Davidson Extended Service Plan. MPC also has an in-house paint shop and machine shop for all your performance and customization needs. Stop by and take a look at the newest shop in the valley. Phone: 602-569-6320. Click Here for All The Information.
Sunday, March 30th
7th Annual Goldrush Run. Poker Run sign-in starts at 9:00 AM at the Burger King parking lot at 1440 S. Country Club. (N. of Hwy. 60). Poker Run, 50/50, Bike Show, Bike Games, Cash Prizes, Run Pins to the first 500. Run Ends at Apacheland Movie Ranch, 4369 S. Kings Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon, AZ. Singles $15, Couples $25 includes Meal & Poker Hand. High hand wins and ounce of gold. For more information: 480-833-4683.
Go to the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com for all ride information.
Arizona Bike Week begins on April 4th at 6:00 PM with the Kickstart Party at Hacienda Harley-Davidson located
at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. This is annually one of the biggest parties of Arizona Bikeweek. Last year there was estimated
to be over 5,000 people show up for this event. There will be vendors, food, live band, AHDRA Race displays, motorcycle
trick riders and The Finals of the Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest. Saturday April 5th begins the Charity rides and
the downtown Phoenix party at Cooperstown. In an effort to save space in the newsletter, this year I am going
to link you to the official list of Arizona Bikeweek events that is in a printable version. You can print this
page and take it with you. You will also be able to link from there to individual ride flyers for more information.
The Rides and Events Calendar itemizes a few of the major rides. Next week I will give you commentary on a
few of the rides that I have done or find of particular interest. Click Here For The Printable
List of Rides and Events.
Scottsdale Cyclefest and The Handlebar Saloon Opens April 9th. This is where you find all of the activities during Arizona Bike Week. Vendors, Demo rides, Team Extreme FMX Stunt Team, Horsepower Competition, Biker Games, Food Court, Custom Bike Show, ABW/Cycle Trader Motorcycle Corral.
The Handlebar Saloon will Feature Bands in concert Day and Night, Kickboxing/Boxing, Movies on the Big Screen, Pro-AM Billiards Challenge, Professional Wrestling, Toughman Competition, Tattoo Contest/Casino Games.
Sunday, April 6th
1st Annual 150 Mile Beautiful Scenic Arizona Run. Take yourself on a 150 mile ride through beautiful Arizona Ending at Arizona Bike Week's 8th Annual Trifecta Custom Bike Show at the Steel Horse Saloon with Bikes, Bands and Babes. Someone will win a Collector Mint Set of the 1st Annual Arizona Bike Week Event Pins in a case of 4 pins (only 150 were made in 1997) and the 1st Annual Arizona Bike Week Patch. Run includes admission to the Trifecta Custom Bike Show and a prize number to be drawn at 5:00 pm to Win the Collectors Mint Set and Patch. All for $15.00. Sign-In 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Arrowhead Harley located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. (South of 83rd Ave. and Bell). For more information call 623-334-1545.
Rumble Magazine's Arizona Bike Week issue is
now at your favorite motorcycle establishment. I want to say, I think this is one of Rumble's best issues
ever. Excellent photography, great layouts, informative articles and very good editorials. I would encourage you
to pick up a copy a take a look at it. Rumble just keeps getting better. Congratulations to Jeff Sweet and
all of the staff for a job well done.
New Column added The explosive growth of recreational motorcycling in Arizona is now on the radar screen of many municipal and state agencies and officials. We have reported on the noise abatement initiatives taken by the communities of Jerome and most recently Carefree. However, there are some greater and more far-reaching concerns that we, as motorcycle enthusiasts, must pay attention to. They generally fall under the caption of “legislative watching”. Cyclerides.com is announcing that we will now regularly feature a Legislative Watch column that will be contributed by Stan Dale. Stan is a long-time rider claiming to have ridden his first Harley in the late 1960’s and has been active in legislative matters on the local and national scene for more than 20 years. Many of you would recognize his “purple Springer” and Santa Claus-like white beard when you see him out and about at many of the rides and events.
The issue that is of concern right now is House Bill 2386 that Passed with a 35-22-3 Vote
The Arizona House passed HB2386 on March 12, 2003 with little public
fanfare. It has been unaffectionately labeled the “dangerous driving” or “anti-cruising”
bill by its opponents because in its strict interpretation it makes riding a motorcycle or any other vehicle in
“processions” of two or more illegal. That means weekend rides by groups of motorcyclists will put them are
risk of being cited with a moving violation that is a Class 1 Misdemeanor – similar to speeding, drag-racing or
reckless driving, and exposure to fines of up to $2500 for the offense. It will make all organized “rides” such as Poker Runs, Charity Rides,
etc. illegal and expose all the riders to the aforementioned penalties. But there is still time to act out against this Bill before it becomes
law. Essentially we have four opportunities to stop it. I don't think this
is something that we would want to see implemented. Click Here For Stan's complete report on This Issue.
For those of you that haven't seen it, here is the link to the Channel 15 report on the Carefree Noise ordiance. http://www.cycleridesusa.com/video/carefree/dbtests.htm
Now on the lighter side. I know there are a lot of dog lover's out there.
Here are a few things that a dog should remember to keep in good standing with their owners:
- I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house.
- We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on television.
- I will not steal my Mom's underwear and dance all over the backyard with them.
- The sofa is not a face towel; neither are Mom and Dad's laps.
- My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
- I will not roll around in the dirt right after getting a bath.
- Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is not an acceptable way of saying 'hello.'
- I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch when company is over.
- I will stop trying to find the
few remaining pieces of clean carpet in the house when I am about to get sick.
- I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.
- I will not munch on "leftovers" in the kitty litter box; although they are tasty, they are not food.
- I will not eat any more Kleenex or napkins and then redeposit them in the back yard after processing.
- I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my people will think I am hemorrhaging.
- The cat is not a squeaky toy; so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.
As for me, this will be a busy weekend. We are planning on going to the Phoenix Bike Fest, Chosa's Fashion Show, Grand Opening of Maximum Performance Cycles and seeing what bargains I can find at Hacienda's Basement Sale. It should be a good weekend for riding. See you at one of the stops.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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