Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, Arizona Bike Week 2003 is now in the books. I'm not sure if it was the war, the economy or what, but everything seemed to be down a little bit this year. There were a couple of rides that increased a little or maintained, but the general mood was a little slow. The weather was perfect for the most part except for one burst of wind that turned my $190 EZ Up tent into a $2.00 heap of EZ Down scrap aluminum with a nice polyester top. If you were out there on Wednesday you probably saw the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. tent looking like target practice for one of our F-16's from Luke AFB. But thanks to Logan I was back in business with a loaner tent for the last 4 days. I would also like to congratulate Logan Roberts on winning the Honda VTX from the drawing Sunday night.
I would like to thank the hundreds of riders that stopped by the tent to say hi to myself and Mrs. Cyclerides. I truly enjoyed meeting every one of you and reminiscing about your favorite newsletter stories of the past. Thanks for taking the time to stop and say hi. The story a couple of weeks ago about teaching my daughter how to ride seems to have been one of the favorites, but the "Muffin Cups" story from over a year ago still gets mentioned a lot. I have added an "Archives" section to the site that houses all of the email letters from as far back as last November. So if you miss one you can check there. If you are new to the email letter, or just bored and need and need a quick laugh, here is a link to the "Best Of" Cyclerides.com Newsletters for 2002.
As you've seen in the past with things like the Carefree noise ordinance I always try to take a positive approach and help make it better rather than just sit around and complain. While spending 4 days talking with everyone at Cyclefest I heard a lot of comments about Arizona Bike Week. Some I agreed with, some not. The main theme was that it needs an identity. My spin on it is that the organizers are doing a good job with what they have to work with. The problem is that there is no one central location in Phoenix for everyone to congregate WITH their motorcycles like in Sturgis or Daytona. It lacks the cohesive feel of parking your bike on a few blocks of city streets, seeing vendors and watching bikes cruise by. But with where we live, there is no available city that is willing to do this for us.
The Handlebar is one location to go, but there are no motorcycles cruising through there. That is what is missing. Motorcycle riders like to be around other motorcycle riders WITH their motorcycles nearby. That is just how it is. Part of the fun is walking the streets, looking at bikes and meeting new friends. If Cyclefest could be set up as a town complete with food and drinks from some of our local establishments to give it our own hometown feel, have vendors around the perimeter and allow motorcycles to park on and cruise down a "main street", it would then take on its own identity. It would become a destination place to cruise and "hangout". The Handlebar could even be the center of this fictitious town for 4 days. This could even happen on the grounds at Westworld. But the key is that the bikes have to be WITH the riders, not parked on a strip of asphalt away from the action. The motorcycles ARE the action. That's what it is all about. It would be similar to what it was like when all the bikes rolled into Rawhide last year. This is just my opinion. But it sounds like fun doesn't it?
Bottom line is there is no town that is acceptable that would allow this to happen. So maybe if they build it, the riders will come, and keep coming. I have set up a poll to ask you what your opinion was of Arizona Bike Week this year. On a scale of 1-10, what did you think of Arizona Bike Week this year. Click Here For The Poll. If you have comments or suggestions email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass them on to the organizers. Pictures and video from AZ Bike Week will be available later this week on www.cyclerides.com .
V.I.P. Card update
Thanks to everyone who purchased the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card last week both online
and at Cyclefest. I am working hard to make this the best card in your
wallet. It is going to get
better and better. I am constantly working to add new benefits to the card for you. Besides the $100 free items
on the card and the 20% off on parts, accessories and motorclothes at Hacienda Harley I have added some new benefits:
1. V.I.P. Card holders will be able to stage in a Cyclerides.com V.I.P. area and be at the front of the line in the upcoming W. Steven Martin "Thank Our Troops" escorted ride to the Tonto Basin ride on May 3rd. I am also working on this for other big rides.
2. I have secured 20% off at the Inn of Sedona and the Prescottonian in Prescott, 20% off at the Tecate Grill in Prescott on Gurley St. and 20% off your meals at Hailey's Grill in Mayer. And get a Free Appetizer with the purchase of a meal at McDuffy's on 83rd Ave. S. of Bell Rd. just by showing your card.
3. Top Spoke rentals is offering a Rent 1 bike, get the second one free for your buddy. Now that's a deal. This is just the beginning My goal is to have a V.I.P. business supporter in every area that you would ride. I have many more that have contacted me to participate that will be coming online next week.
V.I.P. Quotes of the Week: "I bought V.I.P. Card and went over and bought $1200 worth of parts that I have been wanting. I saved $240! Thanks for putting this together for us. Erica."
"I have been wanting to get a dyno run. This savings will pay for my whole card"
"I am buying a $500 bag for Laughlin and saving $100. Thanks, Doug". That almost pays for one night of stay.
Need a gift idea?? Here you go. To find out more or to order your Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card go to www.cycleridesvip.com .
In This Issue:
1st of 8 Bikini Contests at ACME Bar and Grill. $150 top prize.
Bourgets of Arizona Grand Opening on Saturday. Live Music.
Run To Bagdad from Grand Canyon Harley
Next Week: Rocky Point Fun Run
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. All of you that used to go to Chuy's, this is your new place on the East side of town. This is a new 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.
Riders on the East side you now have the Thursday night Scottsdale Rd. Hat Trick!!
Jetz Americana, ACME Bar & Grill and The Billet Bar. Ride to all three.
Come check out the first week of the ACME Bar and Grill Eight Week Rooftop Bikini contest that starts this week. Attention Ladies! ACME
is looking for contestants. 1st place $150, 2nd $50. Just show up with your best bikini. Contest begins at 8:30 PM. View the bikini contest while taking advantage of free appetizers
and drink specials from the very cool rooftop lounge. Remember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They
are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 7:30-9:30 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.
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night.
CONGRATULATIONS TO AZ BIKE WEEK FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR. Let’s keep the party going every Thursday at Jetz for Bike Nite! Expect great music, incredible menu and preferred bike parking. Nitro Happy Hour starts the night with ½ price cocktails and a $4.95 appetizer menu from 4-7pm. Roll right into the Full Throttle Late Nite with $3 domestic bottles, $4 Jack Daniels, and a $7.95 Burger and Brew Special. Summer short sleeve Bike Nite T’s are here! They’re hot and a must have for only $10…AZ Republic reported our Bike Nite T’s as the most popular in town! Join Jetz, The Hideaway Grill and Banner Health on May 3rd for Thunder In the Desert benefiting Breast Health Care. Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind CPK. Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. 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 drafts. 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.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike Night. 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.
33 American Bistro Friday Bike Night.
Live Music Every Friday Night 6-10PM
The weather is now perfect for this stop and the food is excellent. 33% off Appetizers and Soups, 33% off Well liquors, house wines and beer 4-7 PM. Finally! A good place to go for an organized Friday Ride Night with live music every week from 6-10pm. American Bistro is a really comfortable restaurant that features an outdoor patio that seats 40 people with 4 wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm at night and a mist system to keep you cool in the summer. And a beautiful interior with a lounge for relaxing and keeping an eye on your favorite game. They have a broad menu including Bike Night Specials of Grilled Chicken Sandwich meal for $6.00 or a Steak Caesar for $9.00. They also have Pizzas, Pasta, Burgers and Fish and Chips just to name a few items. You have to try the Chicken Sandwich! It is the best I have ever had. This is a very comfortable place that makes you feel at home when you walk in the door. And the food is very good. 33 American Bistro is located on Hayden Rd. one block South of Frank Lloyd Wright on the East side of the road. Help us kick off the first night February 7th starting at 6:00pm with live music on the patio. You won't be disappointed. Click here to see the pictures and info.
Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
The porch is a busy place these days. This is Perfect weather for a ride to The Hideaway and try a few items from their new menu. You have to try the Pizza at the Hideaway! I had it last Friday and It is superb! A small is more than you can eat. This weekend enjoy the ride to Cave Creek and the beautiful weather from The Hideaway Porch. Be a part of the Porch Posse at The Hideaway, one of most popular stops in the Southwest for riders that come to Arizona. Stop by for one of their great burgers and shop and Stampede Leathers while you are there. Check out the Friday Night Steak Fry from 6-10 PM for only $7.95. Don't Forget, Every Day is Bike Day at the Hideaway. "There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet! " 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. 480-595-0358
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
April 19th. Grand Opening ride from the Hideaway to Bourgets Showroom departs at noon.
Next Weekend: Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo.
Sunday, April 20th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Easter Champagne Brunch and Car and Bike Show" this Sunday from 9 AM-5 PM. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend with some good food and entertainment, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448.
Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:
April 20th: Easter Brunch and Cruise Day.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music 1-5PM Every Sunday
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 on their relaxing 5,000 square foot Tree Covered Patio from 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-5pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it 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 .
Sunday, April 20th, "Chris Hiatt" - 2pm - 6pm.
Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking.
If you have not experienced Sunday at Fandango your are missing one of the best parties in the valley. Live music outside 2-6PM, weather permitting, the best seat in the house is the Rooftop Bar!. The Rooftop Bar also has the best views of Black Mountain, Spur Cross as well as all the bikes cruisin' Cave Creek not to mention all the action on the lower patio. Enjoy the drink and food specials NOON to 6PM. Fandango features the best of Classic Rock and Blues Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. Fandango is located 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. For more info call 480-595-5633 or www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
Fri. April 18th: "The Rocket 88's" 9-Close, Sat. Apr. 19th: Chris Hiatt 9-Close. Sun. Apr. 20th "Chris Hiatt" 2-6 PM.
Fri. April 25th: "JD Simo" 9-Close. Sat. Apr. 26th: "Chuck Hall and the Brick Wall" 9-Close.
Sun. April 27th: "Chuck Hall and the Brick Wall" 2-6 PM.
Sun. May 4th: Cinco De Mayo Party with Combo Deluxe and the Jose Cuervo Girls.
Fri. - Sun. May 9-11: "Combo Deluxe"
Saturday, April 19th
Bourget's of Arizona Grand Opening. This is shaping up to be a big event. Live music with 12 year old guitar sensation Nick Sterling from 12:00 - 4:00 PM and plenty of vendors. This is Bourget's exclusive showroom in the State of Arizona and they have done a nice job. Founder and Master Builder Roger Bourget will be on hand to sign autographs. See the motorcycle used in the Discovery Channel Bike Build Off. There will be Food, Beverages, Fun Activities, Ride in Bike Competition, Dozens of bikes in stock on display, Bikini models present to sign calendars, Billiards contest. All hosted by KSLX radio. The dealership is now offering Parts, Sales, Service, Apparel, Dancer and Swim Wear. Purchase models direct from showroom or built to your specs. Financing is available. This should be a well attended event. Bourget's of Arizona is located at 733 Main Street in Mesa. Just West of Country Club and Main. For more information call 480-844-9200.
Click the above link for map and more information.
Saturday, April 19th
Run To Bagdad to support our troops. Sign in at the Grand Canyon Harley in Mayer, AZ from 9:00-10:00 AM. Ride leaves at 10:00. Ride for a $10 donation to be used to purchase international phone cards for the troops. Or bring your own international phone card of $10 or more. You will ride to Bagdad and gather all of the bikes around the Bagdad road sign for a photo to show the troops your support. Click here for the flyer. 928-632-4009.
Thursday - Sunday April 24-27
Rocky Point Fun Run. For those of you tired of the Laughlin Scene, here is an alternative. This is an unorganized Fun Run to Rocky Point. Last year there were about 250 bikes that made the trip. This year with the Laughlin issues I am hearing more talk about it. Make your own hotel reservations and travel plans. I will be posting a page so that riders can link up. So if you are going as a group or want someone to ride with, send me an email with where you will be leaving from and I will post it. For all of the information Click Here.
There has been a lot of talk about emission testing of motorcycles in the last several months. Stan Dale has put together an update as to where
the State is on that and what the latest developments are. Click Here For the Story.
There were many Charity events last week. Here are few of the ones that reported to me what the results were.
Chandler Harley raised $11,000 for Sunshine acres on the Monday ride to Tortilla Flats.
Arrowhead Harley raised $10,000 for Muscular Dystrophy with the ride and silent auction.
Chosas Harley raised $8810 to support 20 Special Olympics athletes to compete in the World Games.
Hacienda Harley raised over $10,000 from the Saturday Coulter Ride.
Logan's Valley Motorcycles raised over $6,000 to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Their thanks to all that participated in these events.
If you have emailed me in the last 2 weeks with classifieds hang in there. Bike Week put me way behind on those. I will get to them as soon as I can.
As for me this weekend, I am going to check out the Grand Opening of the new Bourget Store in Mesa. Should be a good one. Hopefully the wet weather will bypass us.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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