Well, It is now the end of April and riding season is squarely upon us. Hard to believe that it is this late in the year due to the fact that we actually had a Spring season for once. It didn't just go from cool to blazing hot all in one day. This weekend is predicted to be in the mid to high 90's in the Valley which means we are all going start thinking "ROAD TRIP!!!" With that in mind I have started going through all of the Day Rides on the site putting in new maps and adding satellite images of the areas that you would be riding in.
I will have to admit, with the weather being what it is now, it was fun, but hard going through all of those rides again. It left me wanting to hop on the bike and go. There have been about 200 new subscribers added to the newsletter list in the last couple of weeks. So for those of you that are new to the site, and to those of you that want to refresh yourself with the Day Rides section, I now have 6 multi-day trips, 2 overnight trips and 17 day rides. There are a couple of the day rides that could easily turn into overnight rides as well. I have tried to provide as much map as possible on most of the rides so that you can decide on your own routes to make them longer or shorter. Most of the rides have photo gallery links with them and a couple of them have videos. It is that part of the site that will let you do some good day dreaming in between tasks at work or at home in the evening.
As I was looking over all of these rides I started trying to figure out which one was my favorite ride. That was really hard to do because each one had their own moments and personalities. So I started breaking it down by sections. I generally like going North from Phoenix instead of South, so that took away a few of them. Then I started thinking about a ride that I would want to do over and over, that took away a few more. Then I narrowed it down to my top 5 favorites and that was Coronado Trail for the diversity of the ride, Tonto Natural Bridge for a good quick ride from the Valley and then the hike, Sedona Via Jerome because it is just a good ride full of eye candy, Tortilla Flat because it is such a cool road and believe it or not, Schnebly Hill Rd. because of the incredible scenery. Yes, it is a dirt road for 10 miles, but it is worth it.
Now came the task of narrowing 5 down to one. If I could only do one of these routes, what one would it be? This was really a tough one for me, but since I like mountain riding and varying scenery, I chose the Coronado Trail Ride with Schnebly Hill Rd. a close second. There are a few different ways to do it from here. I went to Globe, then South to Safford, to Morenci and up the Trail. But if you want to stay in the higher elevations you can drop down from the North and then turn around and go back up. Any way you do it, it is one of the best rides in the State and is even a National Scenic Byway. My plan this year is to do that route from the North and then go to Silver City, NM for the night and then come back up the New Mexico side of the rim. Should be a great ride.
That is my favorite, now let me see yours. I have put together a poll for everyone to vote. Click the following link and let's see which ride is considered the best by all of you. http://www.pollmonkey.com/p.asp?U=7598237536
The poll will also be on the front page of www.cyclerides.com if you want to keep tabs on the voting.
I so enjoy thinking about my next big ride, that I have an atlas on the night stand and will spend a few minutes before bed with the magnifyer glasses on planning some routes. We have done a lot of riding in the West for the last few years, so this year for our long ride I am considering doing the Blue Ridge Parkway from the bottom to the top and maybe ending in Washington DC. I have never ridden past the Mississippi, so it should be an interesting change of scenery. If you have any suggestions of where to go, or not to go, please let me know.
To see the Cyclerides.com list of Day Rides and Multi-Day Rides Click Here. I will be adding to the list in the next couple of week's as I get out and forge some more new territory. Stay tuned.
Highlights This Week
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Thursday Bike Night at
Gordon Biersch Brewery at Westgate. Live Music on the patio 6:30 - 9:30pm!!
Back by popular demand this week, the band "Come Back Buddy",
a 3 piece Buddy Holly Tribute band. These guys are a fun time.
Saturday, April 28th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs and Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs for
their monthly last Saturday of the month HOGS and Dogs.
This Week's Bike Night Events
May 1st is the final night for this Bike Night.
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.
May 1st is the final night for this Bike Night.
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.
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Thursday Bike Night at Gordon Biersch Brewery at Westgate. Live Music on the patio this week 6:30 - 9:30pm!! Back by popular demand this week, the band "Come Back Buddy", a 3 piece Buddy Holly Tribute band. These guys are a fun time. You can also sign up for the Gordon Biersch Passport card. What a great deal! Pay only $10 for the card, and you will get a $20 gift certificate to redeem for food and drink. On Bike Nights you will receive double rewards to build points for free food and drink. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Glendale features the best Beer Garden you will find in this State, an impressive bar area equipped with TVs and speaker system, great food, and a large outdoor patio seating. Bike night specials include 1/2 off of my favorite Pepporoni and Sausage Pizza. 1/2 off appetizers plus $3.00 micro brew beer specials. Try my favorite, the Gordon Biersch "Golden Export" or a sampler of all 5 of their beers brewed on site. Plenty of motorcycle only parking. Gordon Biersch is located at 6915 N. 95th Ave. at Westgate City Center, Loop 101 and Glendale next to the Cardinals Stadium. An easy ride from anywhere in the Valley. 623-877-4300.
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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Harold's Cave Creek Coral Bike Weekends. This is the patio that we have all been waiting for in Cave Creek. The new 4000 Sq. Ft. patio at Harold's is finally finished complete with misters, TV's and an outdoor bar. There is plenty of room to put some tables together and hang out with your riding group for breakfast, lunch or the cold beverage of your choice. Live Music from Noon to 4pm every Saturday with Bob Bouchard, the man who plays at Greasewood every weekend. Enjoy TV's all around the patio with a walk up bar. Ride out on Sunday's and enjoy the All You Can Eat breakfast buffet for $8.99 on Sundays from 8am - Noon. Or grab one of Harold's fantastic hamburgers and watch the bikes roll by on Cave Creek Rd. from the patio. 50% Off Appetizers and $2.00 Bud/Bud Light bottles. You can also choose from their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Plenty of new motorcycle parking right in front of the patio. A great destination patio for your weekend rides. Harold's is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. 480-488-1906. There are still no tickets being given for DB violations. Just continue to keep the noise down as much as possible when riding through Carefree.
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food
great 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, Music and Fun every Saturday and Sunday. 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. 623-388-0450.
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, April 28th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs and Dogs. Join Buddy Stubbs for their monthly last Saturday of the month HOGS and Dogs. From 11am - 3pm enjoy a free hot dogs and soda, Live Band, Pool Tournament, 50/50 Raffles, Bikini Bike Wash and Take a tour of over 50 Vintage motorcycles in the onsite museum with Buddy Stubbs at 12:30pm. And while you are there take a look at the new 2007 Harley-Davidsons and the latest in Motorclothes. Ride by Buddy Stubbs and enjoy the festivities at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400.
Friday, April 27th
Mohave Shrine Club's Gold Digger Poker Run. Benefiting Mohave Valley Shrine Club Charities. Breakfast special and sign-in at the Shrine Club from 8-9am located at 2580 Miracle Mile in Bullhead City, AZ. $20 breakfast includes ride pin and poker run. 5 stops, 115 mile ride. 928-768-5113.
Sunday, April 29th
W. Steven Martin's Memorial Law Ride 2007. Salute the Men and Women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety by joining in the Police Memorial Law Ride. Proceeds benefit Police Week and Arizona Memorial Programs. The ride begins at Chester's Harley-Davidson in Mesa and ends in Payson. Check in from 8:30 to 9:45am at Chester's located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. $10 donation per motorcycle is requested. 480-899-0366.
May 3-5, 2007
2007 Arizona State HOG Rally. This year is the first HOG Rally held at the Tucson Convention Center in Downtown Tucson.
What does Tucson have to offer? A change of scenery, including guided tours leaving every hour Thursday and Friday. Dozens of bars and restaurants within walking distance. A welcome BBQ at Tucson Harley Davidson Thursday Night. The Bike Games will be held in the air-conditioned, indoor venue. That means no rain, no wind, no sunburns and no gravel parking lots! Walking and Riding Charity Runs, a Large Vendor Area, Prize Give-A-Ways, Share the Wealth Drawing, Bike Parade through Downtown Tucson and the Arizona Chapter Challenge. Reduced room rates at hotels within walking distance to the Convention Center. Entertainment abounds in Tucson! Live music every night, featured bands include: Bad Company, Molly Hatchet, King Bees, Alexandro Escovedo, and The Zsa Zsas. All bands are FREE with wristband. And don't forget the rides through Tombstone, Bisbee and Kartchner Caverns. With so much to do, where do you start?! Go to www.azstatehogrally.com for more information about the Rally schedule, lodging and registration.
May 4th - 6th
Budd's Birthday Bash at Western Trails Ranch. 3 Day Biker Bash and Bike Run. 2 major Concerts, Vendors.
Friday: Gates open at 4:30pm. 6pm Burn Out Pit Contest. Opening act Phat Bastard at 7pm. Headliner Concert at 8:30pm Featuring TNT, The Ultimate AC/DC Experience. 10:30pm - 2am Post Party with Phat Bastard on Buzzard's Saloon Stage. 11pm - 2am: Go Go Dance Cages Open. Judges will invite best girls to finals.
Saturday: 8am - 11am Breakfast Buffet Available. 10am - 12pm Registration for Chopper Show. 10am - 2pm Rock with DOK & Gal. 11am - 5pm Go Go Dance Cages open. 2pm - 3pm Female Pineapple Wrestling. 3pm - 7pm Rock with PHAT Bastard. 4pm - 5pm Tattoo Contest, 5pm - 6pm, Go Go Girls Dance Finals. 7pm: Opening Act, Lil' Debbie & Blue Plate Special. 8:30pm: Headliner Featuring Dr. Hook on the Main Stage. 10pm - 2am: Post Party with Lil' Debbie & Blue Plate Special. 11:30pm: Wet T-Shirt Contest.
Sunday: 8am - 11am: Breakfast Available. 10am - 12pm: Registration for Budd's Annual Birthday Run. Ride pin for first 500 to register. Ride up the hill to Peeples Valley and back to the ranch. 3pm: Best Poker Hand. 1pm - 5pm: Music with DOK And Gal.
More information at: 623-388-0450.
Saturday, May 5th
Roosevelt Lake Motorcycle Rally. Ride supports Huntington's Disease of America, Arizona Affiliate. Sign In at PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Dr. Tempe, Arizona from 9am - 10am. Cost of Ride is $20 single, $35 2-up. Ride Sponsored by Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson, Salt River Project, Arizona Avalanches. Ride North up Bee Line Hwy. through Punkin Center to Roosevelt Lake. Lunch at SRP PERA facility at Roosevelt Lake and then back to Buddy Stubbs.
Saturday, May 5th
American Legion Riders Post 79 (Yarnell, AZ) 2nd Annual Motorcycle Run. Sign in from 9am - 11am at Drifter's Restaurant located 19359 S. Hwy. 89 in Peeples Valley. Breakfast buffet available for $5.00 starting at 8:30am and will end at the Yarnell American Legion, Post 79. $15 Per Person includes run sheet and lunch. Ride Pins for the first 100. Get an extra raffle ticket for bringing a DVD or CD, new or used which will be sent to our troops overseas. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sunday, May 6th
Amanda's Run. Amanda is a 19 year old victim of a violent crime that left her paralyzed from the neck down in Jan. of 2006. Through miracles and physical therapy, she has made great progress. To help in this life changing ordeal, a Poker Run will be held on May 6th to benefit Amanda and her 3 year old daughter. Register at The Black Bear Diner on I-10 and Dysart Rd. at 8:30am. $20 entry, $10 for passenger. Raffle, Food, Entertainment ending at end. Call for details at 602-218-0846. Or email email@example.com .
Here is a note from Amanda's Father and Mother:
On Jan. 8th, 2006 Our life changed, Our 19 year old daughter was taken out in the desert where she was beaten, stabbed, her throat cut from ear to ear, and left for dead in the desert for 2 days before being found. She survived this horrifying act to left paralyzed from the neck down. I hope you can help. Please feel free to contact me on my cell 602-218-0846 or home 480-332-6538. Thanks for your help and support. Bick and Pam Freyermuth. Link to Arizona Republic article.
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For you gearheads out there. Here is a video that a friend of mine took of a boat at Lake Pleasant. It has two 900hp motors and is doing about 110-120mph in these shots. Click Here to View.
Here is a guy who obviously had NOTHING else to do. Click Here to View.
I think I might have had this one in before, but I couldn't confirm it. And it is funny. Click Here to View.