Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Have you ever had one of those days when you really wanted to ride your bike, you had the opportunity to do it, but the "do the right thing" side of your brain (I call it the boring side) tries to talk you out of it? I'm sure it has happened more than once. Well, it happened to me yesterday as I was preparing to go to Laughlin for the day to talk to vendors for the OCC shows. With 4 events in 4 different cities across the United States to manage, all taking place over the next 6 months, I really could have used the time in the car to make some phone calls and catch up on a lot of "stuff". But what fun is that?
I got up about 6am Wednesday morning, got ready to go and checked the weather on the internet to find that it was to be in the upper 80's for the day. I walked out the front door to see the beautiful blue clear skies as the sun peaked up in the East. I'm thinking to myself, Wow! What a great day to ride. But on the other hand, for this quick up and back trip in the same day, I could get in the car, listen to a CD, set the cruise control and go. It was at about that same moment I could hear the incessant cry of the Road Glide from inside the garage saying, "you can do that on me too". The Glide was right! I needed to put a few miles on the new Metzlers. Those phone calls could wait another day. This was the perfect opportunity to add over 400 miles to the odometer and take a nice ride.
So by 7am I had duked it out with the "do right" side of my brain, saddled the Yellow Road Glide, put in a CD, set the cruise control and was headed North on my way to Laughlin. Although I still hadn't scored a knockout with "Mr. Do Right". But, as usually happens, when I choose not to go with the practical side of my mind, those lingering second guesses still rattle around in my head. But as I rounded the curve near Lake Pleasant, seeing the mountains, the saguaros and the beautiful blue sky while feeling the cool breeze in my face, I knew I had made the right decision and the calls could wait another day. This is when I let the mental struggles go and sat back to enjoy the ride. I'm guessing a lot of you have gone through the exact same scenario when it comes to "Mr. Do Right". Sometimes you should listen, and sometimes he can be over protective. The trouble is trying figure out when he is really right.
As it turns out, I did the right thing. The ride was great as I headed through the town of Wickenburg at about 7:40am according to the old clock. It surprised me, but I even saw 4 Elk and a Bear on the side of the road just outside of Wickenburg. They almost looked fake, but I didn't want to stop and find out for sure. I then veered off on Hwy. 93 through the Joshua Tree Forest Parkway and Nothing, AZ. I'd be careful what water you drink there, apparently some of it is only for radiators. I hadn't been on that road for a while and had forgotten how pretty it can be through the Joshua's and the boulders that are near the turnoff to Bagdad. In fact, I think the last time I was there was when I did the Day Ride feature for the "Prescott Via Bagdad" ride. If you haven't done that one yet, it is a good ride.
The only part I really don't care for on the ride to Laughlin is the part from about 20 miles South of I-40 and then the part on I-40 itself to Kingman. I have never been through there when it hasn't been very windy. This must be the wind tunnel to the West. You know it is a windy place when they put windsocks on their road signs. I keep expecting them to put in the windmills like they have in Palm Springs. But I made it through the wind of Kingman, the mountains and down the massive grade to Laughlin for a walk through all the vendors. It was a 3 hour, 205 mile solo motorcycle journey that really couldn't have been much better. No phones, no emails, just wind in my face and the open roads of Arizona. For the reasons that I thought I needed to take the cage, were the very reasons that made the motorcycle trip better.
After 7 hours of visiting the vendor areas and buying one pair of Gatorz sunglasses, it was now 5:00pm and time to head back home. One of the highlights of the trip was a 10 minute conversation with Matt Hotch and Eddie Trotta, who are both very nice guys. It was nice talking with them about something other than building motorcycles. We actually shared stories about places we had ridden in the Western United States. Matt has a 2003 Road Glide he showed me that he had ridden over from California. What was interesting about Matt was that he builds these awesome $200,000 custom bikes, but his own personal bike barely had a optional piece of chrome on it. Eddie said he just sold his bagger, but would be getting another one soon.
I rolled back through Wickenburg at about 7:15pm and back into the garage at 8:00pm with a grin from ear to ear knowing I had stolen one from "Mr. Do Right". I checked the odometer to see that I had ridden 415 miles in 6 hours with only two 3 minute gas stops. After 5 years of riding a custom, I am really enjoying travel on a bagger. It is a whole new world. 400 miles is just a warm-up for the Road Glide.
Click Here for some random pictures of the trip. There are also a lot of good Custom Motorcycle Pictures in this group. I like to look at them, but not interested in riding them very far.
This Week's Bike Night Events
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.
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 "The Crown Kings" 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 "Uncle Mike" 4-8pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, April 29th
Buddy Stubbs Bikes and BBQ. Need an in town destination and an excuse to ride? Stop by Buddy Stubbs HD Saturday, April 29th to hang out with other riders and meet some new friends at Buddy's Bikes and BBQ from 11am - 3pm. You will enjoy a Free Hot Dog's and Soda, Live Band, Pool Tournaments and a 50/50 raffle, Bikini Bike Wash, Informal Fashion Shows from 11am - 2pm, Sidewalk Sale. Buddy Stubbs HD is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
Sunday, April 30th
W. Steven Martin's Police Memorial Motorcycle Law Ride. Proceeds support Police Week and Arizona Memorial Programs. Sign in at Childress Automall at 2223 W. Camelback Rd. (2 blocks #ast of I-17) from 8-10am. Check-in $10 donation per bike. Fallen Heroes Bracelets and T-Shirts will be sold separately. At the end of the ride in Payson we will hold our drawing and have a short ceremony to honor our heroes and the turn everyone loose to enjoy lunch in Payson or ride on your own the rest of the day. 602-249-1133.
Saturday, May 6th
Cycle De Mayo in Mesa. Viva la Harley! Join Chester's Harley-Davidson for our CYCLE DE MAYO Celebration, Saturday, May 6th! Party Harley style with storewide specials, a three hour food fiesta from 11am to 2pm, and a dash of the all-American thrill you can only get from Chesterís Harley! That's Saturday, March 6th--grab your cyclin' sombrero and celebrate with us! Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, May 6th
Roosevelt Lake Motorcycle Rally. You are invited to join the SRP Pera Club for a day ride to beautiful Roosevelt Lake. Riders will depart from the SRP Pera Club located at 1 E. Continental Dr. in Tempe and proceed North up the Beeline Highway, through Punkin Center to Roosevelt Lake. Roosevelt PERA will provide lunch by the lake. Then ride back to the valley through Globe. All proceeds benefit the "huntington's Disease Society of America - Arizona Affiliate". Sign in from 8-10am. First riders depart at 9am. Single $20. With passenger $35. Info: Sandy at 602-236-4830.
May 6th and 7th
Ride For The Heart. If you are the type of rider that would like to test yourself, while raising money for a great cause, then we need you. Join us on our charitable journey building extraordinary memories and having more fun than one person can manage. All bikes are welcome! The Ride for the Heart Foundation was formed with the goal of staging motorcycle related fundraising events that will benefit heart-related charities while also promoting heart disease education, awareness and prevention. The Ride for the Heart Foundation will host two Iron Butt Association qualifying rides that will take in some of the best parts of Southern Nevada, Western Arizona and Southern California. These rides will be both a test of rider and machine. Click Here For Flyer and details.
Saturday, May 6th
Rally Against Cancer Motorcycle Rodeo. Presented by the Vietnam Vets MC in conjunction with the Casa Grande MMA and Sober Riders MC. Join us in the fight against cancer. And enjoy an old-fashioned pig roast at the Tumbleweed Inn located at 3815 W. Frontier St., Eloy, AZ. Doors open at 10am. $20 donation gets you admission into the rodeo, dinner and entry to bike games. Slow Race, Keg Push, Plank Ride, Live Music, Vendors. More info call Denise at 520-560-1741.
Sunday, May 7th
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 7th to benefit Amanda and her 2 year old daughter. Register at Arrowhead Harley at 9:30am. $30 entry, $15 for passenger. Raffle, Auction, Food, Entertainment ending at Buddy Stubbs. Call for details at 602-544-0592. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 602-544-0592. Thanks for your help and support. Bick and Pam Freyermuth. Link to Arizona Republic article.
This week's theme for videos are Helicopters. Here
is a guy that apparently wanted to fly his helicopter without knowing actually HOW to fly a helicopter. Click Here
These guys in a helicopter apparently wanted to help out a boater. Bad idea. Click Here to view.
Now here is a video of some guys who actually know how to fly helicopters. Click Here to view.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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