Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, here we are at the end of April already. It's amazing the weather has been so cool this far into the year here in Arizona. I remember just last year at this time how hot it was and how bad of a sunburn I had at about this time. If I remember right, I got hold of some sunscreen that was more like a glue stick than sunscreen. Click Here for that story. Personally I am ready for a little warm weather to make some more trips to the high country. My next "Day Trip" feature is going to be Mt. Lemon in Tucson. I have not been there, so if any of you have some tips for me about riding around that area, let me know. I should be doing that in the next 2 weeks. Just waiting for some good weather.
Last week I did a brief recap on Arizona Bike Week and what I thought should happen to make it even better. Wow, a lot of you also had an opinion on that as well. I received tons of emails with your spin on what should be done. The common theme of the responses were similar to what I said and that is we need a central location for everyone to cruise, hangout and be around other motorcycles. One man said it best, "Arizona Bike Week Needs a Soul". That pretty well sums it up. There were 554 votes in the poll that rated Bike Week on a scale of 1-10. There were 343 (62%) of those that voted rated it at a 5 or below. But 527 (96%) of you said you would go again next year with some improvements. Thanks to all who voted and emailed your ideas on improvements. I'm sure your voting and responses will be heard loud and clear. I am forwarding all of these to the promoters of the event. Look for the link to pictures from Bike Week on the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
I'm sure there are a lot of you that are heading out for either Laughlin or Rocky Point this weekend so I am going to keep the commentary short this week. If you are looking for others to ride to Laughlin with, there is a group meeting at Walmart parking lot on Grand Ave, north of Bell Rd this Thursday between 8-9 AM. But I would also like to point out that the May calendar is starting to fill up. I am adding several rides and events over the next couple of days. There are 4 excellent rides coming up the very first weekend in May. I always hate to see this many good rides overlapping each other. Check them out on the May calendar at www.cyclerides.com .
Being Bugged lately? Stay tuned next week as I give my report as an "Etymologist".
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a 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 Second 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.
It’s time to get ready for THUNDER IN THE DESERT! Show your support and help us make a difference for
breast cancer. Saturday, May 3rd the ride leaves Jetz with the destination being The Hideaway. Don’t miss the VIP party on the patio at Jetz, Friday May 2nd. All information and registration can be found on
www.BannerHealthAZ.com or call 602-495-4608. Jetz Americana is the place to stop every Thursday for Bike Nite. Preferred parking, great music, and an incredible menu can be expected along with specials that run all night! Nitro Happy Hour starts 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. 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! 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
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! 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
This Saturday: The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
NEW!!! Live Music Now from 11AM-6PM 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 27th,
Live Music "Classic Daze" - 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:
Sun. April 27th: "Classic Daze" 2-6 PM.
Fri. May 2nd: "Loose Cannon" Sat. May 3rd: "Blue Plate Special" 9:00 PM - Close
Sun. May 4th: Cinco De Mayo Party with Combo Deluxe and the Jose Cuervo Girls.
Fri. - Sun. May 9-11: "Combo Deluxe"
Sunday, April 27th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Randall Cash Dailey Band" from 1 - 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 27th: Randall Cash Dailey Band 1-5pm.
May 4: Danny Rhodes-1-5pm
May 11: Mother's Day Brunch Buffet-10am to 4pm-no band
May 18: Combo Deluxe. Cruise Day-Live remote w/ KKLD-Car and Bike show register at 12:00-
May 23-26: Instant replay-5/23-9:00pm to ?, 5/24-5/26-1pm -5pm
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.If you want to ride with a group, here is an option for you. There is a group that will meet at the Texaco Station Highway 85 and Buckeye Rd. at 8:00 AM Thursday. There should be 40 or so going with this group. You can also go to the hotelbaja.net web site. They have all the maps and directions you'll need.
Saturday, May 3rd
Thunder In The Desert 3. This is the 3rd year of this ride and it keeps getting better. This year the ride is a 2 day affair with a V.I.P. Party at Jetz on Friday Night. Thunder in the Desert is sponsored by the Banner Health and benefits the Laura Dreier Breast Center at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Proceeds benefit Breast Health Care for underserved and underinsured women in our community. Statistics show that every 3 minutes a women is diagnosed with breast cancer. The sheriff's officers will take you on an escorted leisurely ride to the Hideaway for lunch, great entertainment, silent auction, raffles and 50/50. You can choose from 4 levels of registration starting at $20 per rider up to $50 for everything. Friday Night: VIP Party – Jetz Americana (7pm – 10pm). Saturday: Ride Registration – Jetz Americana (9am – 11am). Ride Destination – The Hideaway (12:30pm - ???) For more information call 602-495-4608.
Saturday, May 3rd
Support Our Troops Motorcycle Ride and Rally. Join W. Steven Martin on a beautiful 140 mile round trip ride up the Beeline to the Tonto Basin for a rally and a BBQ on 8 acres to support our troops. On site will be a BBQ that will benefit the Rotary Club. Starting point will be at the Celebrity Theatre parking lot located at 440 N. 32nd. Street in Phoenix (exit the 202 at 32nd St., 3 blocks South.) A short rally will be held at 10:45 am to show support and thank all the coalition forces, then start the escorted ride to a cookout in the Tonto Basin. $10 donation per bike at the gate to benefit the Police Memorial Fund in Arizona. Support our troops T-Shirts will be available. Click Here for all the details.
Saturday and Sunday May 3rd - 4th.
2nd Annual MS 300 Motorcycle Rally. Registration and rolling start will begin at 7:30am - 9:00am at 6730 E. McDowell Rd. in Scottsdale. The ride will take you North through Payson, on to Pine, Strawberry, down the rim to Camp Verde, up to Jerome and finish in Prescott for an overnight at the Prescottonian. Upon arrival, riders will be treated to a steak barbecue, drinks, music and an awards program. In the morning, an old fashioned pancake breakfast will prepare you for the ride home. $25 per person includes all of the above plus a ride pin and a t-shirt. A single rider must also raise $50 in pledges in addition to the registration fee. For 2 riders a minimum of $75 pledge. All proceeds to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Visit www.dsw.nmss.org for more information.
Sunday, May 4th
Heal With Steel. Join us Sunday, May, 4th for the inaugural Heal With Steel run to benefit the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation. OREF provides funds to aid research projects involving musculoskeletal disorders and trauma to the musculoskeletal system. This research all too often finds the motorcyclist as its beneficiary! What more worthy a cause could we devote a beautiful, sunny, Arizona Sunday afternoon to support? The ride begins at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale. On-site registration will be held from 8-10AM. From the hospital we’ll head north to Lake Pleasant then East on Carefree Hwy. (SR74). The ride will terminate at Hacienda Harley Davidson where you can enjoy refreshments and live entertainment by the "Rockin’ Docs", a group of well known Valley physicians who devote their considerable musical talents to charity. Advance Registration, Must be received by April 30th. $15/rider, No fees for passenger. Registration the day of the ride. $20/rider, T-shirt and ride pin for the first 500 riders. Lunch, $10/person. Additional T-shirt. $15.
If you are a H.O.G. member and you want to attend the Arizona State H.O.G. Rally in the cool pines of Williams,
AZ you have only 7 days left to Pre-Register by May 1st. This year the Rally is from June 19-22. Mogollon will
be playing the street dance on Friday and Saturday night. Looks like a good time. Click here for more information and to pre-register.
This Week's Report from Stan Dale:
Last week we reported on HB2501 that required the AZDEQ to conduct a study and with those results request that the U.S. EPA approve and exemption from emissions testing. A hearing on that matter was held on Wednesday, April 16. It was well attended and various motorcycling interests were represented by ABATE, AMA and others. According to AZDEQ personnel who were present at the meeting and discussed this matter, Arizona motorcyclists may be the last vestiges of emissions testing in the nation. Apparently all of 49 states have removed emissions testing or have initiatives in place to remove emissions testing. Click Here for the rest of the report.
As for me this weekend, I am going to stay home and catch up on some of Mrs. C's real estate enhancement projects that have taken a back seat to the 2 wheeler lately. For those of you leaving town, ride safe and keep the shiny side up.
Until Next Week
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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