Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
4/12/06
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, Arizona Bike Week 2006 is now behind us. If I were writing a headline for a newspaper it would probably go something like this: "Arizona Bike Week Makes Good First Step In Rebuilding Event". The move back to Westworld was a no-brainer. After 2 years in the dust bowl known as Rawhide, a move to any place that had asphalt and grass would have been a welcome improvement. The retro bands seem to have been received well as crowds built every night filling the tent on Saturday for Steppenwolf. I personally heard "The Guess Who" and Steppenwolf. The Guess Who was great, but John Kay and Steppenwolf was not worth the effort for me.
 
It was obvious by the lack of turnout by the higher profile hardware type vendors that they were taking a wait and see attitude before they returned. It may take a year or two, but maybe this year's rebound will help pave the road to bring them back. The event was generally well laid out and enjoyable as was the motorcycle parking in the big tent. But aside from the evening concerts, the event still lacked energy during the rest of the time. The daytime was left to the vendors and a handful of people in the Handlebar watching a band. There needs to be planned activities going on throughout the day. If ABW is going to continue to run Cyclefest for 5 entire days, (which majority opinion says is too long) I think there needs to be some other activities besides evening bands to hold the interest of the riders. I believe critical mass creates excitement, so if you packed more activities into a shorter amount of time it would create a greater sense of urgency, more people and more energy. Just my opinion. All in all, I believe it was a good rebound from the last couple of years and a decent foundation on which to build from. Hopefully in a few years this event can attain some National status. But probably not until there are things other than retro bands to keep us busy.
 
Click Here for some random pictures from Arizona Bike Week. 
 

"OCC In America "Live" 2006 Tour Starts on Mill Ave. in Tempe!"

 
Speaking of critical mass, a lot of people in one spot in a short amount of time, and a high energy event, this is going to be one of those!! I am excited to announce the return of the entire cast of Orange County Choppers to Tempe, May 26th-29th on the first stop of their new 4 city OCC In America 2006 Live Tour. This is going to be an event like we have never seen here before. The complete cast of OCC will be rolling on to Mill Ave. in Tempe with  18 of their theme bikes for an all new Live interactive show that will include fabricating and building a chopper on stage similar to their popular television show. At the end of the event, some lucky person will win the bike. And it will be another one of their famous television bikes as Discovery Channel will be here for the entire time filming the build and the event. The entire cast will be doing 2 live shows per day on Saturday and Sunday.
 
But that is not it, in between the shows, cast members will break out into the OCC Garage for live interactive sessions on their specialties in the shop. For example, Paul Jr. and Jason will do a series on bike design on the computer displayed on big screens around the venue. Rick might do a series on gas tank design and Vinny could do a series on fabricating exhaust pipes. Whatever they decide to do, it will be fully interactive with the crowd. OCC will also have on display some of their popular theme bikes from the past and some of their latest creations including 2 of the 4 bikes from the "Fan Bike" episodes including the one that you might have seen around town known as "Corporal Punishment" built for Jeff here in Phoenix.
 
But that is not it! Tempe will also be the premiere performance of the "OCC Band". The cast of OCC Band has been practicing in the garage for the last several months and will debut their talents here in Arizona for the first time. You might even catch Mikey singing a little Sinatra. I know what you are thinking, that must be it. Nope, for your musical entertainment, we will have "The Outlaws" in concert on Sunday night that will appeal to the baby boomers in the crowd singing "Green Grass and High Tides" and "Ghost Riders In The Sky". Saturday will feature a soon to be announced hugely popular musical act that will appeal to the younger crowd on Saturday night.
 
That is still not it! This will all be wrapped around vendors, food, drink and live music all day that will stretch from Rio Salado to 3rd Street on Mill Ave. in Tempe and from the Palms Hotel to the U.S. Air building with motorcycle parking down Mill Ave. South of 3rd St. You won't miss a bit of the action as their will be diamond vision screens located throughout the venue so that you will always be able to see and hear what is going on at the live stages.
 
And finally this is it! We will also have a Custom Bike Show that will feature 25 hand picked one-off custom bikes from some of the up and coming builders in the Southwest. If you would like to submit your bike for consideration, or know someone that should enter their one-off custom, email a picture of the bike and a brief description to Barry at info@cyclerides.com .
 
The second stop on the OCC In America tour is Spokane, Washington on July 28-30, a soon to be named Midwest city in September and Austin, Texas October 27-29. With the amount of press that this event will get, it will be a very exciting high energy time. Watch for the guys to be talking about this tour on upcoming episodes of American Chopper. Go to www.occinamerica.com for more information and Click Here to buy your tickets for this event. Click Here for the press release. Or go to www.orangecountychoppers.com .
 
If you are interested in being a Vendor at the OCC In America Tempe, or any of the other locations, email Barry at info@cyclerides.com for a vendor package. There is limited space for the Tempe show, so email your request for a vendor package as soon as possible.
 


 

This Week's Bike Night Events 

Tuesday Nights 

Chesterís 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 palateónot 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 Chesterís 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. 

Thursday Night 

Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night. Now riders in the far East Valley can enjoy a great Thursday Bike Night, thanks to Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill!  Ride up on your bike between 7pm and 10pm and receive a FREE hamburger!  Thatís right, every rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Donít miss out on the great prizes you could win from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff and the large dance floor is always open.  Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition HD at 480-346-0600 or Spirits at 480-986-5572.

 
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 

 

The "Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the "Hog Pen" at The Roadhouse, the Hottest New motorcycle patio in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. Now Featuring a new Breakfast Buffet from 8am - Noon on Saturday and Sunday and Live Music on the patio every Sunday from Noon - 4pm! Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There is plenty of new concrete motorcycle parking right out front. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:

Friday: Live Music with "Furious George" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "The Crown Kings" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday Afternoon: Live Music with "Dok and Gal" Noon - 4pm
Sunday Evening: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 5-9pm

Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website.  480-575-3098

Sunday

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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1:
Eggs Benedict Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

This Week

 

4th Annual American Legion Poker Run. Event will benefit our Veterans and Active duty military personnel and their families. Registration at Post 29, one block S. of Glendale Ave. on 57th Dr. in Glendale from 8-10am. Breakfast available from 7-10am and finishes at Post 29 in Glendale, AZ. $15 per driver and $5 per passenger. Ride Pins free for drivers. Best hand and worst hand wins $250. For more information call Robin at 623-937-8192.

 

Sunday, April 16th

18th Annual Easter Sonrise Run. All you can eat breakfast at 6:30am. Usery Mountain Regional Park located at N. Usery Pass Rd. in Mesa. Interdenominational service at 6:30am, breakfast to follow. Run Fee is $6 for breakfast and pin. Pin and Coffee $4.00. All Bikes and 4 wheelers welcome.

 

Extras

 

Ever get sick of the traffic in Phoenix? Who doesn't? This is the best of all worlds. It is the Super Sky Cycle. When traffic gets a little too much to handle. Just fly over it. This is so cool. I want one of these. Click Here to view the video.
 
There is nothing like a little flatulence humor to put a smile on your face. Here are a couple of funny videos. Click Here for Toot Tone and Click Here for a video called Bad Timing. Once you get past the first minute of this one it is pretty funny.
 

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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