Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
All of us that ride motorcycles have our own personal identities. We wear certain clothes that might show an affinity to a certain motorcycle, club or business. We wave certain ways to wave, places that we frequent, the way we fix up our bikes and the time we spend daydreaming about riding. If you are reading this and you ride a cruiser type of motorcycle, you are automatically reflecting right now what those things are to you. But if you ride a sport bike, you might be imagining in your mind's eye a totally different set of circumstances. The common cliché in the motorcycle world is "as long as you are on 2 wheels...". I'm not sure what the end of that statement is, but I have heard the first part of it a lot when referring to that "anyone who rides a motorcycle, no matter what kind it is, is part of the family". While that may be true, it is like any other large family, we might not all think alike. And with all of the different styles of riding these days, you might be surprised how different we are when it comes to our ideas of motorcycling.
In today's world there are clearly two styles of riders on the road. It is reflected both on the streets and in motorcycle sales. There are the "cruiser" style motorcycles and the "sport bike" type motorcycles, also affectionately known as "crotch rockets". And in as much that we are similar because we are on two wheels, a lot of times we really don't think that much alike. It apparently comes down to that "You are what you ride". A recent survey finds differences between Harley and Sport Bike Riders go beyond bike type.
What can you tell about a person by the kind of motorcycle they ride? Plenty, according to a recent countrywide online survey conducted by The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies. The survey finds interesting differences — and similarities — between Harley-Davidson riders and those who ride sport bikes. Here is one that I found very interesting. Everyone knows that Harley riders wear their passion for biking on their sleeve… literally.
* The survey finds Harley riders are three times more likely than those who ride sport bikes to own clothing or artwork that displays the brand of motorcycle they ride (93 percent versus 30 percent, respectively).
* Harley riders are also more likely to have body art such as tattoos and piercings (52 percent versus 40 percent).
* The survey also finds that Harley riders are more likely than those who ride sport bikes to plan rides around where they'll eat (32 percent versus 23 percent). "Maybe that is why sport bike riders are all so thin".
* Sport bike riders are three times more likely to eat at fast-food restaurants (18 percent versus 6 percent). "So much for that theory".
* Riders of Harleys are nearly four times more likely to pick restaurants
with the nicest looking waiters/waitresses (11 percent versus 3 percent).
I have done my own little survey in the past on waving and didn't come up with this high of number. But Progressive's survey finds that ninety-five 95% of all riders acknowledge their fellow bikers while riding. Waving is the preferred method of acknowledgement 37%, although Harley riders are nearly twice as likely to acknowledge other riders by pointing two fingers down 29% vs. 16%. Harley riders are six times more likely to only acknowledge those riding the same style bike 18% vs. 3%. Hmmm... Are the Harley riders on their "High Steel Horse"? My experience shows that statistic to be pretty high.
Everyone knows that motorcycle riders are one of the most generous groups in the world. And this statistic confirms that. An overwhelming majority of riders, 88%, donate time or money to charities.
* Two-thirds of Harley riders, 67%, and one-third of those who ride sport bikes, 33%, participate in at least one charity ride each year. But it looks like Harley Riders are more passionate about charity rides.
* Adding custom parts that enhance the look of their bikes was the number
one choice for Harley riders 73%, while adding performance equipment was the top choice for those who ride sport
bikes 44 %. That makes sense.
* But what doesn't add up is that only 6% of sport bike riders who ride say they do so for speed, but for 44% performance is the choice for the top upgrade. Fewer than 1% of Harley riders say the same.
Here are some other statistics you might find interesting:
* Sixty-nine (69) percent of all riders daydream at work each day about riding their bike.
* Eighteen (18) percent of all riders call in sick to work at least once a year to go riding.
* Women prefer to ride with their significant other, 58%, while men choose to ride with their friends, 63%.
* Harley riders are more likely than sport bikers to ride four or more hours a week 62% vs. 41%.
* Harley riders are more likely than sport bike riders to spend more than five hours a week maintaining and cleaning their bikes, 7% vs. 3%.
* Those who ride Harleys are more likely than those who ride sport bikes to say their motorcycle is their most valuable possession 5% vs. 1%.
* Harley riders are more likely than riders of sport bikes to spend their disposable income on something for their motorcycles 32% vs. 22%.
* Harley riders are also more likely than those who ride sport bikes to have body art such as tattoos and piercings 52% vs. 40%.
* Most riders buy extras for
their bike, 86%. Harley riders are twice as likely to spend more than $1,000 a year on extras for their bike 24% vs.
But after all of the statistics are in, and all of the differences between sport bike riders and cruiser riders have been analyzed, it appears that we are really out there for the same reasons. Progressive asked what the top 3 reasons that riders like to ride.
* The number 1 reason for both groups was "freedom", 83% for Harley Riders and 81% for Sport Bikes.
* Number 2 for both groups was to simply feel the wind on their
face, 10% for Harley Riders and 9% for Sport Bikes.
* The number 3 reason was Travel for Harley Riders, 4% and Speed for Sport Bikes, 6%.
So to go back to what I said at the beginning of this letter, "as long as you are on 2 wheels...". You fill in the blank. We are all still riders, we want the same top to things, we just approach it from a different perspective.
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This Week's Bike Night Events
at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will
be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They
will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday
of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com
as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20%
off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be
VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your
raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
is one for those of you in the far East Valley!
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.
For those of you in the far
Drivers Sports Grill Thursday Bike Night. You have been asking for it and now it is here. Starting Thursday, February 3rd, Drivers will be hosting a new Thursday Bike Night. Drivers is located in Litchfield Park on the S.W. Corner of Indian School and Litchfield Rd. They feature a huge outdoor patio that holds 150 people as well as an indoor dining area with multiple TV's and a HUGE menu to choose from. You can park on the sidewalk or in coned off areas out front. Enjoy Food and Drink Specials Every Thursday Night, Domestic Bottles $2.00, Corona's $2.25, Drivers Burgers, Grilled Chicken "Sandwedges" and Chicken Caesar Wraps are 15% off. Drivers is easily accessible from I-10 at the Litchfield Rd. exit. Stop by from 6-10 PM for giveaways. For more information call 623-536-8571.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items, $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.
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
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. 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:
Thursday Night: Live Music with "Surefire" 7pm - 11pm
Friday: Live Music with "Rondavous" 9pm - 2am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Rondavous" 9pm - 2am
Sunday: Live Music with "Rondavous" 2pm - 7pm
Click here for pictures and more information. 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. This Sunday: Hans Olson, 10am - 2pm. Paris James, 2pm-5pm.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t 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.
Events This Week
April 29th & 30th
15th Annual ABATE of Arizona Yavapai Chapter Spring Run. The run is at Kid Chileen's located in Black Canyon City off I-17 at exit 244. $30 single/$45 couple includes 2 nights camping, Saturday breakfast buffet 7am - 9am. Live Music, bike show, bike games, raffles and 50/50. Saturday only pass $15 includes Saturday BBQ supper and bike show entry. Info at 928-775-3243 John Murray.
Saturday, April 30th
Bikers for Babies Presented by Hyde Park Jewelers in association with Women in the Wind. Sign in from 9-11 a.m. Registration & Breakfast at Biltmore Fashion Park 2442 E. Camelback, in front of Hyde Park Jewelers. Noon - 3 p.m. Post-ride celebration Grease Wood Flat 27500 Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale. It's a Poker Run ending with lunch (included), prizes, silent auction, a "shopping mall," and live music from SHUT UP AND DRIVE! Cost is $20 per person in advance, or $25 on the day of the event. Riders are invited (not required) to raise additional funds to advance the mission of the March of Dimes. Free T-shirt & pin to the first 200 registrants. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes mission of preventing birth defects and infant mortality through research, education, community service and advocacy. For more details and to register, call 602-266-9933.
Saturday, April 30th
Power To Cure Roosevelt Lake Poker Run. You are invited to join us for a day ride to beautiful Roosevelt Lake. Riders will depart from the southeast parking lot of SRP at 1521 N. Project Drive and proceed North up the Beeline Highway, though Punkin Center to Roosevelt Lake. The Roosevelt PERA Club will provide lunch by the lake (included with registration). On-Site registration 8am - 10am. First riders depart at 9am. $20 single, $35 with passenger. All Riders Are Welcome. This ride is to benefit Huntington's Disease Society of America - Arizona Chapter. For more information about the ride, contact Sandy Petraitis at 602.499.5277.
Sunday, May 1 - May 8th
Buddy Stubbs is Celebrating Mother's Day. Looking for that special something for Mother's Day? Enjoy a week of specials of 20% off all in stock jewelry items at Buddy Stubbs. Stop by any time during the week to take advantage of these big jewelry savings. You can also enter to win a Stamper Black Hills Gold Necklace. Winner will be announced on May 10th. On Saturday, May 7th enjoy 2 informal fashion shows. One at 11am and one at 3pm. The new 45,000 sq. ft. Buddy Stubbs dealership is located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
Sunday, May 1st
W. Steven Martin's Police Memorial Poker Run from Phoenix to Payson. Proceeds support Police Week and Arizona Memorial Programs. Check in from 8-10am at Childress Automall located at 2223 W. Camelback Rd. (2 blocks East of I-17). $10 donation per bike. $5 poker cards. $1 50/50 tickets. Pick up your first card and a map at check-in. A cookout will be held at the end of the ride. Lunch, Fallen Heroes Bracelets and T-Shirts will be sold separately. Click Here for more information or call 480-921-6366.
Sunday, May 1st
Motorcycle Awareness Event. Event held at Spectrum Mall located at 17th ave. and Bethany Home Rd. in Phoenix from 12-4pm. People's Choice Bike Show, Biker Memorial Monument, Riders Education Information. Hosted by MMA and ABATE of Arizona & Governor's Office of Highway Safety. For more information contact Ray Huston at 602-402-8026 or Bobbi Hartmann at 602-243-9479.
Sunday, May 1st
Ride for Kathleen. Kathleen was hit on her motorcycle March 31st and is still in the hospital. She is facing a long hospital stay and months of rehab. Your help will help cover costs including keeping her house. Sign in at Cobbs restaurant located at 944 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction just W. of Idaho Rd. $20 solo rider and $30 for 2 up. Includes breakfast.
Sunday, May 1st
Lights On For The Kids Rally. All proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Club. Kick off National Family Week and Motorcycle Awareness Month by supporting out future generation. Poker Run $15 single/$20 couple. Meal included. Sign in at 9am at Chaparral located at 325 S. Main St. in Cottonwood, AZ. Rally hosted by Rock Springs Cafe located at 35769 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy., Exit 242. Live Music with J.D. Simo. Raffles, Door Prize, Bike Games, Clown, Face Painting, Jumping Castle. More info: Pat Rogers 928-639-4675.
Events Next Week
May 5th - 8th
Cycle De Mayo at Lake Pleasant. Get ready for the First Annual Lake Pleasant Wet & Wild Rally May 5th-8th. This event will be held at Lake Pleasant and feature a lot of different events including a Fireworks Show, Dyno Racing, Extreme Team FMX and Trails Stunt Shows, Party Boats, Jet Ski's and Water Sports, Midnight Paint Ball Shootout at Cowtown, Speed World Drag Racing, Strong Man and Arm Wrestling Contest, Food, Vendors and much more. Mark your calendars for May 5th-8th. For more information call 602-229-2992. Click Here for the Schedule of Events.
May 6th - 8th
1st Annual High Country A.B.A.T.E. Chapter Wild In The Weeds Run. Camp out at Jakes Corner Bar located on route 188 (Roosevelt Lake turn off) off of Hwy. 87 about 2 miles on the right. Food available at Jakes Corner. Poker run to all of our business members in Payson, Star Valley, Christopher Creek, Pine and Strawberry on Saturday. Sign in from 8am-9:45am. Run leaves at 10:00am. Horse shoe tournaments, raffles, games and live music by "Midway". $15 per person, $25 per couple includes camp site for 2 nights. Day pass $10. Sign in starts at 11:00am on Friday the 6th at Jakes Corner Bar. Everyone Welcome. More information contact Billy and Barbie at 928-474-6851.
Saturday and Sunday May 7th and 8th
4th Annual MS 300 Motorcycle Rally for Multiple Sclerosis. Ride begins at Cycle Werks located at 11803 N. Saguaro Blvd. in Fountain Hills, AZ. Ride to Showlow. Register begins at 9:00am. Breakfast will be provided during registration. Riders will depart at 10:00am. Cost is $25 per person. Registration includes ride pin, t-shirt, dinner and breakfast. Overnight at the Hon-Dah Resort Casino. 30 rooms have been blocked for $89/PP. For more information Click Here. Or call Gary at 480-922-7008, ext. 1102.
Saturday, May 7th
Second Annual Chief Bill Lanford Memorial Ride. On February 5th, 2003 Chief William D. “Bill” Lanford of Buckeye Valley Fire lost his life while involved in a tragic accident riding his Harley on Vulture Mine road near Wickenburg. Please join the many friends, family, fellow Firefighter and Law Enforcement brothers and sisters in honoring Bill on this memorial ride. All proceeds of this event will benefit the William D. Lanford Scholarship Fund. Sign-up 8:00 am - 9:00am at the BVFD Station 324 - 25206 W. MC 85 in Buckeye. Breakfast provided by the Brothers and Sisters of United West Valley Firefighters Association IAFF Local 4371. This ride will consist of a beautiful 100+ mile ride including a stop for a brief road side prayer at “Bill’s” memorial site on Vulture Mine Road. Finish: Tin Top Bar and Grill - Salome Hwy and Wintersburg Rd. Fun, Food, Music, Dancing, Raffle and Prizes. Any questions please contact Dan Calderon. BVFD_2805@cox.net or call 602-316-8003.
I always like to end the letter with a little humor. This
is a funny video clip with some outrageous commercials and a few sports bloopers. The first one is one of the funniest
commericals I have ever seen. But be careful if you are watching this in the office. Your laughter could give you
away. Click Here to view.
We are getting real close to those longer Summertime rides. Now is the time to be thinking about getting your bike serviced so that you can safely put some more miles on them. Evil Twin Custom Cycles has factory certified service technicians to expertly take care of all of your needs. So if you need a 1000 mile service all the up to a 10,000 mile service, Evil Twin can professionally handle all of your needs. Prices start from $110 for a 1k service up to only $240 for a 10k service. Brakes are always and issue on motorcycles. While you are in for service, you can get an Evil Twin Brake Job for only $45. Call 480-784-0040 today to make an appointment for your service work. Evil Twin is located at 2534 W. Broadway Rd. in Mesa.