Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Wow! That is the only word I could come up with to begin this week's letter. I was really impressed with all of the riders that came out last Friday night to the Cyclerides.com Ride To The Movies for the opening night of "Wild Hogs" at Westgate. As of 4pm on Friday the Theater had pre-sold 600 tickets for the movie. The manager said that for a typical movie they might pre-sell 20 tickets. The bottom line is that you guys ROCK! The energy was high, there were lots of smiles and everyone was excited to be able to watch the movie with other riders. It was a fun time and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. I'm looking for other opportunities like this to get everyone together. My thanks to all that participated. Click Here for all photos of the night.
Another place that you showed up in force was at Paul Yaffe's shop tour last weekend. You completely blew him away with the response. Paul said that he had 400-500 riders come through the shop on Saturday. Due to the response he has ordered more T-Shirts and is going to do it again this Saturday. See details in the extras below. Thanks to all who participate in events listed on Cyclerides.com.
I mentioned last week that I would be doing a story on my opportunity to drive and ride along in a NASCAR at PIR with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. You might be wondering, what does driving a NASCAR have to do with motorcycling? On the surface, not too much. But when you peel back a couple of layers and take a look at it, there is quite a bit. You have to admit, part of the allure of riding a motorcycle is that little shot of adrenaline that pumps through your veins as you push the start button, hear the rumble of the pipes, feel the vibration of the motor and roll a couple of licks on the throttle as you go through the gears to propel your way to new adventures.
It is much the same with the NASCAR experience only amplified about 1000%. As I stepped into that Richard Petty blue driving suit, put on the helmet as they were pushing my #42 car into place, slid through the drivers window, locked in the 5 point harness, flipped the starter button to wake up that 600 hp engine in front of me and depressed the accelerator a couple of times with my right foot, adrenaline was now bubbling through my veins. The sound of the power coming out of those headers was incredible! I was now about to be Dale Jr. for the day.
The reason that I even got involved with this is that the Richard Petty Driving Experience actually had the PIR track rented on the day of the Hearts To Heroes ride. So, for us to be able to ride in and do a lap around the track, RPDE had to give us the OK to do that. They were more than happy to do what they could to participate in honoring our troops, so they gave us the green flag to be able to use the track for an hour while we take our lap on the motorcycles. During the course of my discussions with Cindy Chism of RPDE she invited Mrs. C. and I to come out and do a ride along with a professional driver as well as do the driving class.
We started the day by doing a 3 lap ride along with a professional driver. If you have never done this, it is well worth your time and effort to do so. You will suit up in the driver suit, put on a helmet and slide into the passenger side of the car. A member of the pit crew will buckle the harness, you will then smile for your photo before the driver gives you the thumbs up as you exit pit row heading for turn 2 riding in a 600 hp rocket ship.
As your driver accelerates and goes through the gears you will instantly feel the enormous power of these cars as you gain speed before he lets off of the throttle a little going into turn 3 when the G forces of the turn takeover your thoughts and become your focal point. As you round turn 4 and head for the straight away, your driver puts the throttle to the floor and takes you 2 feet from the wall in front of the main grandstands at speeds around 130 mph. He will build the acceleration for as long as possible before quickly letting off of the throttle in turn 1 as the car bites in the corner pasting you onto the door while you are grabbing for something to hang onto. This process repeats itself 2 more times as your smile grows larger and your mind settles into what it must be like for these professional drivers to do this 400 times in an afternoon. It is truly an exhilirating experience.
After the 3 lap ride along to get a feel for the car and its' capabilities, Mrs. C. and I both got ready for our driving portion of the day. You start the class by watching a 5 minute video about the program. You then hop into a large van with the rest of your class and take a couple of laps around the track so that the professional driver can show you and tell you what to expect on the track. How this part works is that there will be one of the RPDE staff in a race car in front of you that will show you where to drive on the track. Part of the van tour is to explain to you the hand signals that he will be giving you and what the flag man will be telling you as you go down the straight.
One hand signal from the driver is that if he raises his hand up and down that means you are too close to him. You are to maintain no closer than one car link to his car. He's basically telling you to back off! As you might imagine, after the settling in on the first lap, I was ready to get down to some racing and see what this car would do. Apparently the confidence in my skills were not shared by both of us as his hand was going up and down like a butcher with a cleaver in front of a side of beef for the next 5 laps. I was wanting to see what this block of testosterone on 4 wheels was capable of, so I thought drafting would give him the hint that I was ready to go faster. Well, as hard as I tried, it didn't work. His hand got tired and I just had to dream about how in real life I could duck under and pass him in turn 3.
After your 6 laps are done and you are feeling that you could pretty much take on the world of racing, you find out that while you were averaging 100 mph around the track, the pros are doing 130 - 180 mph, depending on the track, while negotiating 30 other cars. That is a big difference. After you slide out of the car and remove your racing gear, it is time for graduation and receiving your certificate of completion and lap times. By the way ladies, this is not just something for the guys to do. After my laps I was able to watch Mrs. C. in the black Jack Daniels #7 car and she did a great job of driving.
If you have never done this I would highly recommend doing the ride along at least and maybe the driving class at some point in your life. After taking part in this, I watched the Daytona 500 with a whole new perspective. The ride along and the driving experience is an exhilirating time that you won't soon forget.
Here is the good news. For those of you that are going on the Hearts To Heroes ride to Phoenix International Raceway on April 14th, you can do the ride along while you are there. RPDE will be running before we get there and after we park in the infield of the track. So you will hear the roar of the motors and see the cars racing by. Richard Petty Driving Experience is offering anyone on the ride to do the 3 lap ride along at a 10% discount for only $89. That is about the price of a Cardinals football ticket and actually something you will be talking about for a whole lot longer. Click the following link for a video page and a 30 Sec. invitation from Richard Petty himself. Clip 2 is really good.
They are willing to have every car they have available for that day, but since there will be limited space available, you will need to call Cindy Chisman at 602-283-6358 or email her with any questions to email@example.com to make your reservations for the day. I would think that if it was full on Saturday, Cindy would extend that deal to Sunday as well. Since you are going to be there anyway, this is an awesome opportunity for anyone who would like to inject a little spice into their life or to give to someone as a gift for a birthday, Father's day or just because. And to really top it off, get your picture in the frame. A great keepsake. Click Here for the schedule for when RPDE will be at PIR.
After driving I hopped back into the passenger side of the car to take some video as we went around the track. I think you will enjoy. Click Here for Video.
Click Here For Photos of the Day.
Highlights This Week
Saturday, March 10th
5th Annual Valle Luna Angel Run. Valle Luna Mexican Restaurants will host its 5th Annual Valle Luna Angel Run to raise money for services and programs benefiting children in Arizona with Down syndrome.
Sunday, March 11th
ABATE of Arizona 16th Annual Chili Cookoff & Ride-In Bike Show.
Break out your chili Recipe and join ABATE at the Elks Lodge for the 16th Annual Chili Cookoff!
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chester’s Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If
you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor
patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time!
The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub
fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate, not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap!
Biker Night Tuesdays
also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted
Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill.
So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s
Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner
Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and San Tan Flat are bringing Bike Nights back to the East Valley! Mark your calendars, because every Tuesday means one thing, cheap food and drinks for ALL bikers! Come hit up San Tan Flat from 6pm to 9pm for a good-ole-fashioned biker bash. There’ll be $1.50 drafts, ½ off appetizers, $5 Chilidog combos, and a bunch of prizes! Come sit and relax indoors or outdoors at San Tan Flat were there’ll be music, fire pits and marshmallows to roast-to bring out that biker in you. That’s Tuesday nights at San Tan Flat – the corner of Ellsworth and Hunt Highway. Do it up right, ’Bike Night’ it baby! 6185 W. Hunt Hwy., Queen Creek, AZ. 480-882-2995. This is one of the coolest places in town and worth the ride to check it out. Click Here for Video of San Tan Flat.
Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher, featuring acoustic blues and classic rock from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday Night at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 4425 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa, AZ, just across from Falcon Field. Special motorcycle parking in front of the patio. Choose from the extensive new menu including Wings, Chicken Tenders, Huge selection of salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, Ribs & Combos, Burgers, Desserts and Beverages. Click Here for complete menu. Bike Night specials are 50 Cent Legs all day, $2.50 Coronas & Pacificos, $2.00 Well Rum and Coke, $2.00 Well Vodka Tonics, $1.75 Bud Light Pints, $1.75 Miller Light Pints. Sit inside and watch your favorite sporting events on over 50 TV's and 5 Giant Screen TV's or sit outside on the huge patio where there are more TV's and enjoy the evening air. Wherever you find to relax, you will be sure to have a good time, good food and good entertainment at the Buffalo Wings Wednesday Bike Night. 480-218-9464. Click Here to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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.
Thursday Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings in Goodyear.
This is a great new stop for riders on the West side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD from an extensive menu. 50 flat screen TV's and 10 Giant Screen TV's. Watch your favorite sporting events including the Suns or College Basketball. Or enjoy the new Video Jukebox on the Big Screens. Buffalo Wild Wings has a HUGE outdoor patio on the front that is perfect for enjoying the great Arizona evening weather. 50 Cent Legs all day. Great drink specials. There is plenty of action and fun at this Buffalo Wild Wings located at 13111 W. McDowell in Goodyear. Just 1 mile N. of I-10 just West of Dysart and McDowell at 13111 W. McDowell.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food
and Live Rock & Roll Music every Saturday and Sunday Afternoons from Noon to 4pm.
See the upcoming band list below. Loud
pipes? No problem! You can ride out to Western Trails without worrying about DB metering equipment to greet you. Hang out under the covered patio at the Buzzard's Saloon or in front of the stage
for some impromptu dancing. Buzzard’s Saloon now has Appetizer’s available at the Bar. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks,
Chicken Tenders, Fries, Jalapeno Poppers, Breaded Mushrooms, Onion Rings, Beer Battered Mushrooms & Zucchini and
Spicy Chicken Wings. Fast food service from the Bartender. Buddy Boom’s Real BBQ is also open for those who
don’t mind walking 300 Feet for the best Burgers, award winning Ribs & BBQ on the Westside of town.
So take a ride out to Western Trails for some Lunch, Live Music and Fun every Saturday and Sunday. Starts This Saturday! For more information on Western Trails Ranch go to www.westerntrailsranch.com . Located on Hwy. 60 in Morristown, just 12 N. of Sun City West on Grand or just 3 miles South of Carefree Hwy. Click Here for Map.
Live Band Schedule:
March 10th 12-4 Dok & Gal
Night 7pm-11pm Sluggo Rock & Roll
March 11th 12-4 Dok & Gal
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive 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. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Hot Rods, Honeys & Harleys at Pepper's. Take a Sunday Ride and enjoy a walk around some Hot Rods and Harley's. Every Sunday starting on February 25th at Noon, Pepper's Sports Grill, located on the NE Corner of 16th St. and Bell will fill the parking lot with Hot Rods and Harleys. Come show off your ride and win Prizes, Trophies and T-Shirts. You can sit on the patio and enjoy the view of the action while choosing lunch from their full menu from Noon - 7pm. Vendor spaces will also be available. Pepper's is conveniently located just 2 miles South of the Loop 101 on 16st. and Bell Rd. Call Jim at 602-484-4433 for more information and to reserve your car, motorcycle or vendor spot. More information to follow next week.
Saturday, March 10th
5th Annual Valle Luna Angel Run. Valle Luna Mexican Restaurants will host its 5th Annual Valle Luna Angel Run to raise money for services and programs benefiting children in Arizona with Down syndrome. The charity motorcycle ride begins with registration and complimentary breakfast by Valle Luna at 8:00am at 3336 W. Bell Road. The ride is a poker run and begins at 9:00am and goes to the community of Cave Creek and return to Valle Luna, with stops at Greasewood Flat in North Scottsdale, Buffalo Chip in Cave Creek, Roadrunner Steakhouse in New River, and Wild Horse West on 99th Ave. and Carefree Hwy. Entertainment by local band ‘Shut Up & Drive’ and a raffle await riders as they return to Valle Luna on Bell Road. Registration is $25 for singles and $35 for doubles. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, ride pin and T-shirt. Bowling provided for non-riders, including lunch. 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. More information contact Wes Keyes at 602-820-8267.
Sunday, March 11th
ABATE of Arizona 16th Annual Chili Cookoff & Ride-In Bike Show. Event takes place at the BPOE Elks Lodge, 14424 North 32nd Street in Phoenix. Break out your chili Recipe and join ABATE at the Elks Lodge for the 16th Annual Chili Cookoff! $5 entry at the gate or $15 Chili Registration, includes entry. Gates open at 11am. 50/50 & Door Prizes. Horseshoe Tournament w/CASH Prize. Cash awarded for First, Second, & Third Place Chili. Chili Cookers register 11am-1pm. Free Entry into Peoples Choice Ride-In Bike Show with categories for American, Import, Rat, & Best of Show. Plaques for Bike Show Winners. Chili & Bike Show Judging 2-3pm. For more information call Carl: 602 616-4487.
Sunday, March 18th
2007 AZ Diamondbacks Line Drive For Kids. Tired of the same old bike rides that don't go anywhere? Join the men of the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix on our ride to Tucson for the 8th Annual Line Drive for Kids in association with the Arizona Diamondbacks Charities. Not only are we returning as Arizona Bike Week's official charity, but we're also their first official ride. That's right - our little ride is all grown up! Over the past 8 years, our ride has raised over $75,000 for needy children in the Valley. Our police escorted ride goes through some of Arizona's best scenery on our way to Tucson Electric Park. At the game, enjoy lunch on us while we cheer the Diamondbacks onto victory against the Athletics. If that isn't enough to convince you, each rider also receives a t-shirt and ride pin designed especially for the event.
Date: Sunday, 18th March, 2007
Entry Fee: $30 (incl Shirt & Pin, Breakfast & Lunch, Police Escort, Game)
Location: Desert Rat Off-Road Centers (SE corner, Rural Road & US60)
Time: breakfast/registration @ 6:30am, ride leaves for Tucson @ 9:00am, game starts @ 1:05pm
For more information, please visit www.phoenix2030.com. Don't delay, register NOW while tickets are still available!
Sunday, March 18th
First Annual Spring of Life Blessing of the Bikes. Start AZ Bikeweek off with a blessing at 12:30pm at Spring of Life Christian Church located at Crimson Rd. and the 60 (Across from Home Depot). Blessing of the bikes will include:
Honoring the Men and Women of the United States Military, Recognizing the Police, Fire Department, & Medics, Entire Rear Parking lot reserved for bikes, Free Food & Drinks - We will start serving lunch at 11:00 AM, Free Ride Pin for the first 1000 attendees, Free Pocket Biker Bible for the first 1000 attendees, Live Music - Performed by Pastor Matt and Spring of Life Band, The Biker Prayer - For HIM We Ride, And, Show the Valley that you support our troops by participating in the
"Jason Okon Loops For The Troops Run" immediately after the Blessing. The Blessing and ride are open to all bikers - Be sure to have your flags flying! More information at: John, 480-225-2339, email@example.com .
Sunday, March 18th
Jay Anderson Benefit Ride. Chandler Harley Davidson Employee Jay Anderson was involved in a motorcycle collision resulting in the loss of his left leg. The Foothills H.O.G. Chapter and CHD family would like to invite all riders of all brands to participate in a benefit ride to raise funds to assist Jay with his recovery. Ride starts at CHD, 6895 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler with registrations at 8:30am. The ride leaves at 10:00am and ends at Greasewood Flat., 27375 N. Alma School Pky, Scottsdale. A $25 Registration fee includes a $5 meal ticket and $20 going to Jay’s fund. For additional Information contact Mitch Lanoue at 480-763-4865. Barry from Cyclerides.com will be at Greasewood to present to Jay the money raised that day.
a Paul Yaffe
Originals Shop Tour This
Saturday With Paul.
Last Saturday over 400 riders attended the tour. Due to the response Paul has ordered more T-Shirts and is going to do the shop tour again this weekend. Also, don't miss the PYO Bash on April 1st. Below is the story from last week.
I got a call from Paul Yaffe last week asking me if I would come down to his shop so that he could show me one of his latest projects. I have to admit, I was surprised at what I was about to see. Everyone knows Paul is one of the most renowned Custom Bike Builders in the world, appearing many times on Discovery, Speed, NBC and all of the major bike magazines. But what I didn't know was his interest in customizing OEM bikes. Late last year Paul took delivery of a 2007 Harley Street Glide. After putting a couple of thousand miles on it while thinking of ways to improve it, Paul rolled it on a lift and began doing what he does best, adding personal touches to his motorcycle. As we talked for a while, I was impressed with Paul's philosophy on customizing OEM baggers. Paul's desire is to take a stock motorcycle, add a few Yaffe designed parts, modify a few existing parts, tweak the engine and turn your existing bagger into a bike that will stand apart from the rest in the parking lot, all while keeping the rideability of a stock bike. In my opinion, that is the best of all worlds.
While touring the shop and the fabrication area, I was amazed at how just a few simple changes, and custom parts from a true motorcycle designer, can completely change the looks and functionality of a bike. I know it is hard to think that someone like Paul Yaffe could customize your bike and you could still have a few bucks left in your pocket, but it is true. All upgrades are competitively priced. He is really looking to provide a service to our local community by both customizing YOUR bike and maintaining it beyond what the dealerships will do. Services include: One off parts, Award Winning Paint, Pick Up and Delivery, Custom Sheet Metal, High Performance and Courteous Friendly Service. To get to know you and show you what his plans are for this new segment of his business, Paul is inviting everyone to come take a tour of his shop, and see for yourself what he can do for you and how he can make your bike stand out from the pack. This Saturday from 11am - 4pm, ride down to his shop, take a tour and receive a free T-Shirt. I think you will be as impressed as I was. Paul Yaffe originals is located at 2211 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. 602-840-4205. Click Here for Flyer.
Ok, this is fair warning that this video is a little graphic. It shows what happens when a scum sucking terrorists with an RPG gets in the crosshairs
of the U.S. Marines. Go get um' guys! Click Here to View.
This video is titled worst woman driver ever. I would have to agree with that. Click Here to View.
This video is like a one minute episode of reality TV. This shows you how one bird can take down a 20 million dollar airplane. Watch at about 6 seconds into the video when the bird gets sucked into the left engine. Click Here to View.
Both guys and girls are going to get a kick out of this one. This is called Men Vs. Women in the Shower. Be sure and read the sub titles below the video. Don't worry, it is G rated. I'm guessing you will recognize a few of these moves on both sides. Click Here to View.