Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, the Hearts To Heroes Ride is now behind us. It was a very successful event as over 1200 riders came out even with the threat of rain in most of the Valley. When I went to bed Friday night to the sound of rain, thunder and lightening I was wondering if we would be able to go forward with the ride. I awoke at 5:30am to see wet streets and heavy cloud cover around the valley which was disappointing to say the least. But as daylight approached and the sun started to shine, I knew that at least some riders would be able to make the ride to the start location. As it turned out, we were blessed with sunshine over the start and ending location with no rain for the event. But I was disappointed that so many weren't able to come experience this very emotional tribute to our armed forces due to the rain in other parts of the Valley.
The day started with motorcycles getting to the flag draped entry at CCV by 8:00 am loaded with thousands of needed goods for the troops. Doughnuts, water and coffee were also provided by Christ's Church of the Valley. As the motorcycles lined up, riders were invited inside the Church to watch the 10 minute video featuring Trent Franks, Kathleen Lewis and Col. Dawn lake talking about the importance of Packages From Home.
At 10am we started the program inside the Church with the presentation of Colors by the Marine Corp. 9th Division from Camp Pendleton followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Pamela Croteagh and the leading of the Pledge of Allegiance by 5 members of the Stars Soccer Team. After the Pledge I introduced 10 and 12 year old singing sensations Jonnie and Brookie to take the stage. These 2 young girls definitely stole the show with their heartfelt rendition of "American Tears" and were greeted with a standing ovation from all 1200 in attendance. If you haven't heard this song, check out the video of their performance. After the song I said: "Leave it to two young girls that can sing like that to bring bikers to tears". And that is exactly what they did. When you listen to the words to this song, you will see what I mean.
After that I introduced my favorite part of the program, the video tribute to the Veterans. I asked that all Veterans in the crowd stand up to be recognized and then played our special video presentation for them to the song of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless The USA". This was made for all Veterans of the past and present. Click Here to view the Video. We then closed the program with a special prayer for the troops and the riders by CCV's Pastor Don Wilson. Click Here to view.
We then made our way to our bikes and were escorted by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and led by Congressman Trent Franks to Anthem. Upon arriving at Anthem we were greeted by music from Doc and Gal. Thanks to them for donating their time. Once everyone arrived at Anthem we were presented the Colors by the Marine Corp and then a moving rendition of our National Anthem by Jesse McGuire. Sheriff Joe Arpaio then started the afternoon with some kind words for the riders and the troops. We then heard from Mike Broomhead, Bruce Jacobs from KFYI radio, Col. Dawn Lake, Major Sundt, Congressman Trent Franks, music from Jonnie and Brookie, Congressman J.D. Hayworth and the day was closed with words from Jesse McGuire and a moving rendition of "God Bless America". Click Here to view.
I would like to once again thank everyone who was involved in this event, especially Christ's Church of the Valley for opening up all aspects of the Church to us, Pulte Homes for donating the Anthem Community Park and stage, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for getting us there and David Whitten of Packages From Home for all of his help.
I will have a DVD available of the complete program at the Church and clips from the ride and Anthem for sale on the site late next week for around $10. If you are interested in one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put you on the list to contact when it is done.
The Vietnam War ended 3 months before my 18th birthday and the draft was stopped, so as a result, I have never been in the military. I have never had to sleep in a foxhole or had RPG's aimed at my vehicle or an abandoned building that I am sleeping in. I have no idea what it must be like to go door to door in Falluja not knowing what awaits me on the other side. I have no real world experience of what life this must be for our Soldiers. But I will say to all of you that have served our Great Country and who are serving now, I am your biggest fan and will continue to do all that I can from our homeland to give you the support that you deserve and to make things a little more comfortable for our active units.
One quote from a Soldier on the Channel 5 news report said: "this is the biggest outreach of support for the troops that we have seen in a long time". He is right, we haven't done enough to let these guys know that we are behind them. I never again want to see another Vietnam treatment of our Soldiers. So because of that, I have already started planning for another Cyclerides.com Hearts to Heroes Ride for the Month of October. So with 6 months, instead of 6 weeks to plan this one, I promise it will be even more special for you and the troops.
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With the weather like it is, this is now a great time of year for Bike Nights.
Get out this week and visit a bike night in your area. See all listed below.
Saturday, March 12th - Copper State Cycles Pit Stop.
Saturday, March 12th - 6th Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Line Drive For Kids
This Week's Events
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Thursday Night features 5 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Starting March 10th!
Here is one for those of you in the far East Valley!
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.
For those of you in the far
Drivers Sports Grill Thursday Bike Night. You have been asking for it and now it is here. Starting Thursday, February 3rd, Drivers will be hosting a new Thursday Bike Night. Drivers is located in Litchfield Park on the S.W. Corner of Indian School and Litchfield Rd. They feature a huge outdoor patio that holds 150 people as well as an indoor dining area with multiple TV's and a HUGE menu to choose from. You can park on the sidewalk or in coned off areas out front. Enjoy Food and Drink Specials Every Thursday Night, Domestic Bottles $2.00, Corona's $2.25, Drivers Burgers, Grilled Chicken "Sandwedges" and Chicken Caesar Wraps are 15% off. Drivers is easily accessible from I-10 at the Litchfield Rd. exit. Stop by from 6-10 PM for giveaways. For more information call 623-536-8571.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. 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. A valley favorite bike night for
over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles 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
Wild Willy's Weekend Bike Days in Cave Creek.
Stop by for the best place in Cave Creek for Food, Fun and Entertainment. Happy Hour every day from 11:00am -7:00pm featuring $2.00 domestics, $3.00 well drinks and $13.00 bucket of crabs. You can also choose from Wild Willy's Extensive Menu with Appetizers, Salads, Sandwiches and Dinner Entrees. You will find Great Food, Great Service, Tasty Appetizers and Drinks at Wild Willy's. This is the best food menu I have seen in Cave Creek. Wild Willy's is formerly Fandango and is under new ownership. It has been remodeled and features a new bar with a giant TV screen, plenty of outdoor seating on the upper and lower patios, seating on the top deck for a great view of the mountains and the bikes riding by. The parking lot has been improved for easy navigation and sealed. Wild Willy's is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. More information at 480-355-6150. Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm - Close stop by for $1.00 Beer, Shots and Cocktails.
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. This Sunday: Hans Olson, 10am - 2pm. Paris James, 2pm-5pm.
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 - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm 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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, March 12th and 26th
Copper State Cycles Pit Stop. If you are like me, I am always looking for a destination to ride to where there are other motorcycles. And if there are free hot dogs and refreshments that is even better. Copper State Cycles is starting their Weekend Warrior Pit Stop on Saturday March 12th and 26th from 11am - 4pm. Stop by for some refreshments, but while you are there check out their new line of Red Horse Custom Motorcycles that comes with NADA registration and the industries only 4 year unlimited mileage warranty and lifetime scheduled maintenance. Copper State is also the first to offer Certified Used Motorcycles that are inspected and are offered with a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty. If it is "Simply Superior Service" that you need, Copper State has factory trained and certified technicians. They have the tools and technology to work on all makes and models. Stop by their showroom at 8245 E. Butherus in Scottsdale. Go East on 83rd Pl. off Hayden then one block to Butherus and turn right. Click Here for map. 480-596-6820.
Saturday, March 12th
6th Annual Arizona Diamondbacks Line Drive For Kids. Space is limited and always sells out! So polish up your hog and get ready to hit the road with the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun 20-30 Club for the 6th Annual LineDrive for Kids in association with the Arizona Diamondbacks Charities. Join our fully police-escorted motorcycle ride from Tempe to Tucson Electric Park to see the Diamondbacks-Padres spring training game on Saturday, March 12th 2005. For only $30, each rider receives breakfast at the Claim Jumper restaurant in Tempe, a special ride-shirt, commemorative ride-pin, a ticket to the Spring Training game, and lunch courtesy of the AZ Diamondbacks. The ride always sells out quickly, so REGISTER NOW while tickets are still available!
World of Wheels 36th Annual Custom Motorcycle, Car & Hot Rod Show. Featuring The All American Motorcycle Show. $300 Best of Show, Trophies and Prizes presented by Arizona Biker Information Guide. Enter your motorcycle for $30 for an 8x10 space. Show Features & Special Sections include: the All American Motorcycle Show, "50 Years of Chevy Small Block", "Street Heat", "Extreme Heat". World of Wheels is held at the Phoenix Civic Plaza, 222 E. Adams St. in Phoenix. Friday, 3-10pm. Saturday, 11am - 10pm. Sunday, 11am - 7pm. Admission: Adults - $12.50, (6-12) $5.00, Children 5 & under free. For more information call Kimmy at 623-334-1545.
Saturday, March 19th
3rd Annual American Legion Poker Run. Registration at Post 105 at the N.W. Corner of 35th Ave. and Thunderbird in Phoenix from 8am-10am with breakfast available from 7-9am and finishes at Post 61 in Avondale, AZ. Free Rally t-shirts and ride pins for first 100 entries. 1st place $250. Event will benefit our Veterans and Active Duty personnel and their families. For more information call Roland at 602-943-0070.
Saturday, March 19th
Valle Luna Angel Run. Charity Motorcycle Ride for Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona. Leaves Valle Luna Restaurant located at 33rd and Bell Rd. Sign in from 8-9am. BBQ lunch after ride to Roadrunner Steakhouse & Saloon, 47801 N Black Canyon Hwy. $25 per bike, $5 passenger includes Ride Pin and Shirt, complimentary breakfast and BBQ Lunch. Raffle/50-50/Music. Ride ends at 3pm. For more information call 602-820-8267.
Saturday, March 19th
St. Patty's Day MasterLink Benefit. Live Music, 50/50, Raffles, & More at Kid Chilleen's Bad Ass BBQ, located at I-17 (Exit 244) in Black Canyon City, AZ. Presented by ABATE to raise money for the publication & distribution of the MasterLink, Your information source for ABATE, protecting & supporting your riding FREEDOM in the great state of Arizona. 928 771-0380.
Sunday, March 20th
17th Annual Greasewood Poker Run. This is annually one of the biggest rides of the year. Usually 1000 riders. The ride begins at Arrowhead HD located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Dr. (1 block S. of Bell Rd. off 83rd. Ave.) Pre-register at Arrowhead Harley on Saturday for $20 per person which entitles you to Lunch, Ride Pin (to the first 1000 registered) Vendors and Live Music. $20 day of ride. Registration between 8am and 10:30am on the 20th. Ride ends at Rock Springs where you will enjoy the great sounds of Arizona's favorite band Mogollon, BBQ lunch and no host-cash bar. Large vendor area on site. Prizes to the top 3 Poker Hands. Big 50/50 drawing. For more information call Buck at 623-247-5542. See ya there.
Friday, April 1st
A big upcoming event is the Grand Opening of the new Buddy Stubbs, the Valley's newest and largest Harley-Davidson Dealership, on April 1st. Buddy Stubbs is building a new 47,000 sq. ft. dealership on Cave Creek Rd. just a couple of blocks North of the existing location at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. This dealership will also include a two level, 3,000 sq. ft. motorcycle museum rotating 90 of his 150 collectable motorcycles, meeting rooms, customer waiting rooms and greatly expanded service, parts and motorclothes areas. To kick off the new dealership, Evel Knievel will be there in person with an exhibit of his famous motorcycles and to sign autographs. You can also see Rhett Rotten's "Wall of Death" shows all day and visit with Jean Davidson. There will be three bands with music all day. Bike shows and Historic motorcycle displays. Eat,Drink and Have some FUN!!! New store specials all day. 10:00am till 8:00pm. GRAND FINALE Evel's escorted group ride to the Marshall Tucker Concert at the Handlebar Saloon at Cyclefest in Rawhide. Click Here for the flyer with all the information. 602-971-3400.
April 1st - 10th
Arizona Bike Week. As most of you know by now, Arizona Bike Week begins 3 weeks from this Friday. If you haven't looked at the schedule or taken some time off during this week for some of the fun events, now is time to start thinking about that. ABW has expanded and added a lot of new events this year. Click Here for the complete events schedule to pick out the activities you want to participate in. This year visit kick off ABW off at one of the participating dealerships "Rev Up" parties. The participating Valley dealerships include: Chosa's, Superstition, Chandler, Arrowhead and Buddy Stubbs. Around the State you can visit Grand Canyon Harley, Mother Road, Sierra Vista, HD of Tucson and Territorial HD.A new event that will get you acquainted with all of the dealerships is the ABW "Rattlesnake Charity Ride". Upon registration you will receive a stamp card. All you need to do is visit each participating dealer and have your card stamped to be eligible for the drawing of a 2005 Harley Fat Boy to be drawn on April 10th in the Handlebar Saloon. Starting at 6:00pm on the night of April 1st will be the Dedication of the American Veteran's Traveling Tribute, "The Wall". I will be back in a couple of weeks with my favorite activity picks of ABW. You can pick up your "Guide to ride map" at all sponsor locations.
May 5th - 8th
Cycle De Mayo at Lake Pleasant. Get ready for the First Annual Lake Pleasant Wet & Wild Rally May 5th-8th. This event will be held at Lake Pleasant and feature a lot of different events including a Fireworks Show, Dyno Racing, Extreme Team FMX and Trails Stunt Shows, Party Boats, Jet Ski's and Water Sports, Midnight Paint Ball Shootout at Cowtown, Speed World Drag Racing, Strong Man and Arm Wrestling Contest, Food, Vendors and much more. Mark your calendars for May 5th-8th. For more information call 602-229-2992. www.cycledemayo.com .
Summer is fast approaching and the need for a trailer is inevitable. Whether your bike breaks down or you want to tow it through the desert to get to your riding destination, you will at some point need a trailer. WCS Travel Services is the Arizona Representative for “Rocket Motorcycle Trailers”, offering a complete line of Aluminum Motorcycle Trailers for sale and for rent. Take a look at our full line of aluminum motorcycle trailers at www.aztrailer.com We have a motorcycle trailer to fit almost any need. All our trailers are fabricated from quality aluminum with stainless steel bolts, nylock nuts and pins, and they are portable, lightweight, and dependable. Good lookers, too! ROCKET Motorcycle trailers will carry ANY BIKE from your Full Dresser, Ultra Classic, Goldwing, Boss Hoss, Honda Rebel to your Custom/Chopper dream bike - including 3-wheel Trike conversions. Two bike trailers rent for only $30 per day or $180 per week. To find out how to buy or rent your trailer go to www.aztrailer.com or call 480-502-9386.
Evil Twin Motorcycles does it again with the Annual Evil Twin March Madness Sale!
Not only is Evil Twin offering shop rates on labor for the month of March at $33.33 per hour, but you can also stop by Evil Twin for some incredible buys on selected parts for
your bike. Because Evil Twin Buys Big, you can Save Big. You can find big savings on batteries for softails
at $33.33. D.O.T. helmets at $33.33. All exhaust on sale at 3% over cost. 6 Speed Transmissions at $989.00, BDL
Belt Drives $1333.00, 110 cubic inch motors at $5149, Hard Core bike kits unassembled at $12,800. Evil Twin is
located at 2534 W. Broadway in Mesa (that’s just East of the 101 on Broadway) or call them at 480-784-0040.
As for me this weekend, I am going to shine up the bike, take in some bike nights and enjoy some of this 80 degree weather.