Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/30/04
 

Greetings Riders, 

Well, Arizona Bike Week is officially on it's way. There are thousands of bikes in town and no doubt a few more heading into town later this week for the Cyclefest opening on Thursday April 1st. There has been plenty of action so far and more to come starting with tonight's Downtown Scottsdale Party. We took a short 200 mile ride through Wickenburg, Yarnell, Prescott and Mayer on Sunday. The scenery is beautiful right now. Wednesday would be a good opportunity to try that with the Wednesday Ride for Kids. If you haven't been out of town yet, it should be a good Spring for riding up North.
 
As with any city that has a Bike Week and many more motorcycles in town there is an additional need to consider safety when you are riding. In Daytona this past year there were 5 fatal motorcycle accidents. 4 of those accidents were the fault of the rider. So not only do we have to be aware of the cars that aren't used to so many motorcycles being in town, but everyone needs to drink responsibly and pay extra attention when riding. We had our first fatality Sunday night when a motorcycle rider hit the back of another motorcycle and was thrown into a sign. Police reported that alcohol was a factor in this crash and the driver that was hit was also cited for DUI.
PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUDDIES that are drinking too much so that we don't have even one more of these incidents this year.
 
I have a few updates and some information that might be useful for the rest of the week.
 
1. There have been some concerns about the dust on the upper portion of the track at Rawhide. ABW recognized this and they have re-sprayed the entire track again to firm it up. It appears to be a lot better. Some have asked me about the "asphalt like" conditions. I was referring to the area where Cyclefest and the "Main Street" vendors will be set up. I was out there today and it is just that. Here is a picture of an area where someone did a little burnout and left some tread. There is some loose gravel around, but it should be generally dust free.
 
2. I also wanted to clarify how the traffic flow will be for Cyclefest. All motorcycles will enter on Williams Rd. off of Scottsdale Rd. You can then take either the West entrance which will take you to the upper track for parking for the Handlebar Saloon and other activities or you can take the track all the way around to enter the lower vendor area. You can take the East entrance which will take you directly to the lower vendor area for parking. There are steps in the middle of the track that will take you from the upper level parking down to the vendor area. Exiting the area will be through the tunnel in the lower area and then left to Miller Rd. and then to Pinnacle Peak to Scottsdale Rd. It will be much safer to enter Scottsdale Rd. at the Traffic Light. Cars can park in the front of Rawhide and walk through the town to the Venue. Click Here For Map of Traffic Flow.
 
3. MAKE SURE YOU LOCK YOUR BIKE!!! Bike thefts have been extremely high so far. I have heard that as many as 18 bikes have been stolen so far. This is happening all over town. And these crooks are very bold. I heard one was taken right in front of Hacienda, one right in front of Salty Senorita's and one at the Rawhide. So even if you plan to be away from your bike for only a couple of minutes, be sure and lock it every way you can right now, because this is easy pickins' for the thieves.
 
If you have emailed me in the last couple of weeks and I have not responded, I am not ignoring you, just trying to find the time. I will get to them as soon as possible. If it is real important, please send again. Thanks.
 


 

This Week's Events
Tuesday
 

NEW!!!
Eli's American Grille Tuesday Bike Night. Live Music "Rule 11" Every Tuesday Night 8:00PM. EXCELLENT Sliders and a Great Band. Many of you know about Eli's located at 70th St. and Shea in Scottsdale. They have been a popular stop around Scottsdale for many years and the owners are avid riders. They are now doing a special night for motorcycles including live music featuring classic rock tunes from "Rule 11". If you haven't been by Eli's yet, be sure and try one of their 9 varieties of sliders served until midnight. You will not be disappointed. You can also watch your favorite game on TV while you eat, play some pool or sit out on the patio in front watching the bikes roll in. Eli's is your motorcycle friendly grille located on 7000 E. Shea in Scottsdale right behind Claim Jumpers. 480-948-9800. Stop by this Tuesday night. 

Wednesday 

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
 
Thursday Night features 7 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. 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. Sunday.

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.
 

Eastside Riders Can Now Make The
"Scottsdale Road Fun Run" to 4 Great Places for Food and Drink.
Start from the North or the South!
 

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. 

Jetz Americana Thursday Bike NightLive Band Every Thursday starting at 8:00PM. The Party In Full Force With Great Drink Specials And Giveaways. 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. ACME is finishing their major remodeling now. You will not recognize the place. They have added a front patio and an opened up the bar area for dancing on the bar. Stop by and take a look. 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.

Sunday 

NEW!!
Mike's At The Fountain Sunday Bike Day. Tremendous turnout last Sunday. Stop by and take a look. We are all looking for a nice ride on a Sunday for lunch or just a drink and some beautiful scenery. Mike, owner of Mike's at the Fountain is inviting all riders out to Fountain Hills from Noon to 5:00pm to his restaurant for great food, good views from the patio of the mountains and the fountain, as well as DJ music from the 60's and 70's. Like Italian food? Then this is your place. Many menu items just for this day from $5.95 and up. Mike's is located on the corner of Saguaro Blvd. and Avenue of the Fountains. This is the same location that we had the Toys To Kids Ride. It all begins this Sunday. A good ride would be to take Dynamite from Pima Rd. through Rio Verde to Saguaro Blvd. or from the East Valley down the Bee Line Hwy. or straight East on Shea to Saguaro Blvd. Click Here for pictures and map.

Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Live Music Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week 

Below are just a few of the rides that I have highlighted for the rest of this week.
For the Complete Schedule
Click Here. Or for all events go to www.cyclerides.com

2004 Custom Performance/Arizona Bikeweek Horsepower Competition. Preliminary Qualification is ONLY at the Custom Performance location located at 21601 N. 3rd Ave. in Phoenix. No qualifying will be done at Rawhide. Only the finals will be at Rawhide on Saturday. Custom Performance is proud to present the official 2004 Arizona Bike Week Horse power competition to all Horse Power Nuts.  Do you think your bike is strong?  Do you think you have what it takes to win? Come prove it during pre-qualification taking place at the Custom Performance Tuning Center daily beginning  Monday, March 30, 2004 through Friday, April 2, 2004 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. each day. 

Tuesday, March 30th: Joeta's Treasure Hunt is new, but it sounds interesting with a new twist on a poker run. Ends at Victory with Mogollon in concert.
The Tuesday night in Scottsdale Party is a must. This is always a lot of fun. The street will be blocked off between ACME and Dos Gringos for bike parking and then everyone makes a stop at the other locations. It's a big round robin between all the stops that this year include Flicka's, Billet Bar and the Venue of Scottsdale. The Venue, located at the end of Craftsmen Ct. will have 2 tribute bands playing that night. The first act is a tribute to "The Doors" and the second one a tribute to AC/DC. This will be free admission for these concerts.
 
Wednesday, March 31st:
Wednesday's Riding for Kids. This used to be the Wednesday Wish Kids Ride. This ride increases in attendance every year and should be well over 1000 riders this year. This is a 250 mile ride full of beautiful scenery and fun. I have always enjoyed this ride very much. This year will be up to Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Cliff Castle Casino, Grand Canyon Harley and Rock Springs. I will be doing this one. The Ride ends at the Handlebar Saloon.
 
The Little River Band Concert. This is one of my favorite all-time bands from the 70's and they are going to be at The Handlebar Saloon for an 8:00pm concert. The cost is $13 in advance or $15 at the door. I will definitely be there for this one.
 
For those of you that are not concert minded and want to ride. The Wednesday night party is at Margarita Rocks in Downtown Tempe, 4th St. and Mill. They are featuring their 10 cent wings and penny tacos. Party starts at 2PM.
 
Thursday, April 1st:
Cyclefest at Rawhide begins and the Handlebar Saloon will be open from 11:00am til 1:00am with activities throughout the day. This is the day that the vendors will open and you can cruise the vendor village. Check the Schedule for the list of activities.
 
Arrowhead Harley 8th Annual MDA Rally. Parade from Arrowhead Harley to Cyclefest to benefit MDA with Jerry's Kids leading the way. Participate in the silent auction.
 
Friday and Saturday, April 2nd and 3rd.
Mogollon Live in Concert at Thunderpass in East Mesa. Concerts start at 9:00 PM both nights. Click Here for Details.
 
Friday, April 2nd:
Hacienda Customs "Ride To The Bulls". This is the 1st Annual Biker Bull Riding Competition. $10 registration for the ride benefits the AZ Bike Week Charity Foundation. Sounds like fun, I might even climb up on one of these bulls and take a ride.
 
Saturday, April 3rd: Chosa's Harley-Davidson 5th Annual Torch Ride. This ride leaves Chosa's in Mesa and goes through Rio Verde to Cyclefest. This is a very pretty ride. Proceeds benefit Arizona Special Olympics. Includes a hot breakfast and admission to Cyclefest.
 
Saturday, April 3rd: Don't Miss the Discovery Channel Great Bike Build Off featuring Matt Hotch VS. The Martin Brothers. Come out Saturday to cast your ballot for your favorite bike and watch Discovery Channel do their filming. Maybe you can be a part of the show. Winner to be decided at 6PM. Let's show the rest of the world Arizona Motorcycle Riders.
 
Saturday, April 3rd: Valley favorite Rhondavous
will be performing at the Handlebar Saloon from 9:00pm til 1:00am.
 
Sunday, April 4th: As always, Arizona Bike Week ends with the always popular Logan's Run. This is your last chance for a scenic ride through the desert. This run will leave Rawhide for a scenic poker run through the Sonoran Desert and then back to Cyclefest to benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital. Mogollon will again be playing at the end of the ride. Don't miss the always large silent auction at the end of this ride. 

Click Here for the Complete List of Events for Arizona Bike Week.
Click Here for a Printable List that you can carry with you. 

It's time to get out and enjoy our time of riding for Arizona Bike Week. These are just a few of the activities that you can choose from. It really should be a fun and exciting week. Take a few days off and participate in some of these events. I will do the last weekend activities in next week's letter. Go to arizonabikeweek.com for all of the event listings or Click Here for a printable list of events you can carry with you. 

Extras 

I am collecting photos and video from the week and will have them for you at the beginning of next week.
 
As for me this week I will be going on some of the rides and I will have a booth at Cyclefest, so be sure and stop by to say hello. Have fun and ride safe.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

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