If the amount of bikes out last Saturday was any indication, prime riding season is officially here. There were tons of bikes on this absolutely gorgeous 80 degree day everywhere you went. (Sorry to rub this in for the readers back East) I know I couldn't wait to tack on a couple hundred miles. Our destination of choice was one of my two 5 spoke day rides on www.cyclerides.com, Tortilla Flat. Click Here for a couple of great sample pictures. I will be back next week with photos and story.
Unfortunately, with a lot more riders on the road, comes more accidents. I personally heard of 6 downed riders and the hospitals reported more. Jim Smith of the East Valley and his wife Amy and Ed Pierce collided and went down around Globe. They are all still in the hospital. Brian Hansen, Scot Hastings and Stephanie Ramsey I think from the Tucson area were behind a semi truck that blew out a tire. Flying rubber from the tire caused two bikes to go down. Brian is still in the hospital, others released. The reason I bring this up is that we are all going to be piling on a lot of miles over the next few months and we need to be alert, careful and expect the unexpected. Just a little wake up call. Ride Safe!
Another event coming up in the next few weeks that will be bringing a lot of bikes out of the garages and into to town is the 12th Annual Arizona Bike Week that will take place from Friday, March 28 - Sunday, April 6th. The Pre-Rally Days start on March 27th with the Miss ABW Pageant to be held at the Venue in Scottsdale and continuing on through April 1st with big dealership parties and charity rides. On Wednesday ABW Cyclefest opens at Westworld in Scottsdale for 5 days of Vendors, Concerts, Factory Demo Rides and other events in the Handlebar Saloon.
Arizona Bike Week, now in the 12th year of existence has been a work in progress for the past 11 years. We have all seen the ups and downs in this event over that period of time. But since the new owners took over a couple of years ago they seem determined to take this event to the next level and this might be the breakout year for ABW. They are continually trying to enhance the quality of the event as well as bringing in different types of activities than we have seen before. Last year Harley-Davidson factory demo truck made this an official rally stop as well as Kawasaki, Star, Victory, Boss Hoss and Can Am Spyder. They will all be back again this year with demo rides. ABW is also AMA sanctioned this year as a Signature Event in the Premier Riding Series one of only 10 nationwide. Arizona Bike Week will never be a Sturgis or Daytona Bike Week, we just don't have the central cruising location for that, but it appears they are working on making it a quality event that will once again become a rider destination. I personally am looking forward to seeing how this all comes together this year.
There is no way for me to list every single event in the newsletter, so I am just going to point out some of the things I think are noteworthy or interesting to me. All details you can find on the ABW Web Site as well as some of the major events on the www.cyclerides.com Rides and Events calendar.
One major move of ABW is that the AHDRA Races is back on the first weekend but at a new location in the Northwest Valley at Speedworld in Wittmann approximately 7 miles North of Bell Rd. on U.S. 60. For those of you on the East side you can catch the Chandler HD Ride to the races on Saturday, 3/29.
As always there will be the well attended dealership parties that are always well attended.
It will start with the Hacienda Kickstart Party on Friday from 5-11pm.
Buddy Stubbs Bike Week Bash 11am - 9pm featuring Mogollon at 1:30pm and TNT at 5pm,
The Superstition HD Open House Party 11am - 8pm featuring Music all day long.
Bike Week party at Western Trails Ranch from 11am - 2pm featuring
music and activities all day long rounding out the day with Freebird, the Ultimate Lynyard Skynyrd Experience band.
Trifecta Custom Bike Show at the Steel Horse Saloon.
Charity rides that are too numerous to list are all on the ABW web site. But one ride that we do every year that was made famous last year with the snow in Strawberry (See Video) is the Wednesday Ride for Kids at Buddy Stubbs HD. This year the route has changed and will be going through Wickenburg and Prescott. The Mesa Firefighters Poker Run and the Arizona Highway Patrol R.A.I.D. Ride are interesting looking rides on Friday.
Some New Highlights:
*A new entry to ABW that could well be entertaining is the All Girls Roller Derby featuring the Arizona Bruisers at 4pm on Friday and Saturday at Westworld.
*Friday through Sunday April 4-6 you will find Interactive Dirt Bike Rides presented by Team AZ and Skills Test and Demonstration arena at Westworld. Event attendees will compete on their own bikes for prizes in a variety of low speed coned obstacle courses and events. Saturday,
*April 5th is the Peoples Choice Bike Show presented by Hot Bike and
Hot Bike Baggers magazines.
*April 5th is the always well attended PYO Bash at Paul Yaffe's shop in Phoenix. Now an official ABW event.
*Valley of the Sun Strongman Classic on 4/6 is also a new entry to the event.
The Handlebar Saloon, host to nightly concerts will feature the following acts this year:
Wednesday, April 2nd - Molly Hatchet presented by Buddy Stubbs H-D
The ABW Hero Award is presented to Charity Stewart in memory of her father "Waldo".
Thursday, April 3rd - Bret Michaels presented by Hacienda H-D
Friday, April 4th - Kansas presented by Superstition H-D
Kenny Price founder of Samson exhaust receives the Tribute to Excellence Award
Saturday, April 5th - Grand Funk Railroad presented by Chester's H-D
Sunday, April 6th - Mogollon presented by Logan's Valley Motorcycles bringing it all to an end.
I would suggest going to the Arizona Bike Week site and see all of what is available for you to do. There are several new charity rides, events, demo rides, concerts, etc. to keep you busy this year. I have just given you a few that look interesting to me. I look forward to seeing you there.
Saturday, March 8th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Ride With Us through Rio Verde to Bartlett Lake.
This is going to be a beautiful ride and it is FREE.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Take a ride on a Tuesday Night to the Chandler HD Bike Night at the Tilted Kilt. Bike night is every Tuesday night with food and drink specials, but Chandler Harley will be doing a special with live music the first Tuesday of every month. Enter drawing to win door prizes and gift certificates. For November, look forward to another special night at the Kilt. There will be Raffles, Vendors, Bike Competition, Portable Dyno Competition. Watch next week for weekly event specials. Bike night hosted at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe located at 660 W. Warner Rd.
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 8th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Ride With Us through Rio Verde to Bartlett Lake. This is going to be a beautiful ride and it is FREE. Chester's Ride With Us is quickly becoming a popular event every month at the dealership. Riders from all over the valley made their way to Chester's for this ride last month. This is a good opportunity to ride with some friends that you haven't met yet. Saddle up with Chester's Harley-Davidson for a beautiful ride to Rio Verde and Bartlett Lake Saturday, March 8th. Ride Starts and Ends at Chester's located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Registration from 9:00am - 9:45am. Kickstands up at 10am. Stopping for lunch at Hideaway in Cave Creek. This is a FREE ride. Call 480-894-0404 to reserve your spot.
Saturday, March 8th
1st Annual Vets Helping Vets Poker Run. Presented By American Legion Riders Post 105. Rain Or Shine – Everyone Welcome. Registration 9:00am – Leave 10:30am at Christopher J Lapka American Legion Post 105. 3534 West Calavar Road Phoenix, Az. 602-938-1811. $15 Single - $25 Couple – Bring Socks, Slippers, Toiletry Items For Our Vets and Receive $5 Off Sign In. Registration Includes: Run Patch (for the first 50 paid registrations) – Lunch (provided at Post 105) Drawings For Individual Prizes - High/Low Hand Must Be Present To Win - Run Map Will Be Provided. Breakfast Available For Purchase (between 9:00am & 11:00am). All Gave Some – Some Gave All. Come Out For An Afternoon Of Fun And Support Your Local Veterans.
Sunday, March 9th
Born To Be Wild. Liberty Wildlife's Inaugural Poker Run. Come out and support wildlife while having a great time at Liberty Wildlife’s inaugural poker run Born To Be Wild, Sponsored by Chester’s Harley-Davidson. There will be music, food, prizes, raffle, 50/50, an auction and much more. The run will begin at Chester’s Harley-Davidson at 922 S. Country Club Drive in Mesa and end at Greasewood Flat. The entry fee of $20 for a solo or $35 for a couple includes your meal. The highest poker hand wins $250, and 2nd highest wins $100. The first 100 riders to register will receive a Born To Be Wild event t-shirt and bag. Sign ups and the ride start will be from 9 am-11 am. For more information please call Melissa at 480-998-0230 or Dawn at 480-213-1184.
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 Leaternecks 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.
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
· “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. Click Here for Flyer and more information.
The commercial advertisers are at it again. This
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In light of my letters the last couple of weeks about red light runners. Take a look at this VERY lucky person and others around him. Click Here to View.
This is a really cool video and looks plenty dangerous. I can't believe neither of these guys biffed on this. Click Here to View.
I saved the best for last. This is one of the most amazing crashes that I have seen that had a good ending. I guarantee you will watch this more than once. Click Here to View.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,