Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
4/2/03

 
Greetings Riders,
 
Last week I left you with the story about me continuing the training of my daughter on the motorcycle. It was amazing all the stories I received with similar instances in training their kids, or women that have had similar results when learning to ride. There were no new riding lessons this week, Walgreen's was out of the  Grecian Formula for blond hair, so we could not continue. I also had a lot of mail about the new column featuring Stan Dale on legislative issues. It is nice to see that there is so many riders interested in bad laws that could affect our riding privileges. See the Extras column below for an update on HB2386.
 
I have been working on this project for about 3 months now and I am finally ready to announce it to all of you. As you know I am always trying to make things better for riders in this state. I like developing new events, bike nights, entertainment venues and I also enjoy providing content with day rides, photos, videos and the weekly newsletter. For some time I have wanted to bring the Cyclerides family together with a common thread but at the same time make it financially worthwhile to you. I looked at several ideas of how we could take advantage of our numbers as a group. Local businesses are aware of Cyclerides.com and our readers, so I thought, why not let it be known who we are when we are patrons of these businesses, and get special advantages while we are there.
 
With that in mind, I have developed The Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card. One of my prerequisites for the card was that the rider would get well more than their money back on the card with free items, get money back in immediate deep discounts and be able to use your card for discounts all year long in many different places including food, apparel, parts, entertainment and lodging. For an annual membership of $39.95 the Cyclerides.com VIP card will feature these benefits:
Over $100.00 of Free Food, Apparel and Services. You are already $60 ahead. All you have to do is show the card to get your items. You will receive free dinners from Casey Jones, Jetz Americana, The Hideaway, Fandango and The Wild Hare. There will also be free a free bandana or gloves from Joeta's Leather, and a Free Dyno Run from Custom Performance. You don't have to buy anything, just show the card.

But that is not it!
Are you ready to add some new chrome or accessories to your motorcycle or maybe get some new riding clothes? Then get your wish list together and take advantage of:
Hacienda Harley's one time 20% off on any parts, accessories or motorclothes up to a $5,000 purchase. A savings of up to $1000. Just show your card and receive the one-time discount. And since we all drive cars from time to time, you will also receive $3.00 off all car washes all year long at all BJ's Auto Spa's.
 
But that's still not it! Beyond those free items and deep discounts there will be many other benefits including locations that will offer Ongoing Discounts on Food, Parts, Services, Lodging and Events simply by showing your Cyclerides.com VIP Card. Unlike coupons that can only be used once, your Cyclerides V.I.P. Card can be used as many times as you like for ongoing discounts. This is just the beginning, I will be adding businesses daily as the word gets out that the Cyclerides.com users are banding together as one. They will love catering to the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. members.
Click here for the fast growing list of businesses that will honor the V.I.P. Card.
 
As you can tell, I am very excited about being able to bring to the riders of Arizona a quality product like the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card. As we band together and show our buying power as a group, the discounts and opportunities will get better and better throughout the state, where ever we go. I intend on quickly expanding our opportunities to other areas so that when we are taking rides up North in the Summer we will be welcome in all parts of the State. To keep you well informed,  I will be sending out a Bi-Monthly newsletter to all members letting you know what new opportunities are available with the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card.
 
I have a 2 minute video that explains in detail about the card and how to order. It is a small file, so even the dialup users can easily view this video. Click Here To Watch.

Get yours today and start your savings! For more information and to order securely online go to www.cycleridesvip.com and click the Order Now button at the bottom of the page. Buy one as a gift for your favorite rider and one for yourself. I will be sending out cards as soon as I receive orders so that you can use them this week. I will also have a booth at the Kickstart Party at Hacienda Harley on Friday night. Stop by there to place an order or pick up your card. I think this is a great opportunity for all riders and I look forward to the V.I.P. Card maturing and the membership growing throughout the year.


 
The Miss Arizona Bike Week preliminary competition is now over. After 5 weeks there are 10 contestants for the finals. You now have the opportunity to cast your vote for your favorite contestant. You can view the pictures of the 10 finalists on www.cyclerides.com and then cast your vote. Votes from the public will be weighted 50% with the judges votes at the final competition. You can watch the finals at the Kickstart Party on Friday, April 4th at Hacienda Harley-Davidson in Scottsdale located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. There have already been over 1300 votes cast since Friday. Click Here To Cast Your Vote and come watch the finals this Friday night during the Kickstart Party at Hacienda Harley. 
 

Wednesday Night 

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. 

Thursday Night
 
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.
 

ACME is Back! That's right. ACME Bar and Grill one of the original Bike Night stops has started up their Thursday Ride Night again. Ride by and have some free appetizers on 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 6:00-8:00 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. Next week join the Bikini Contest on the Rooftop Bar at ACME.
 
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.
 
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. Start Arizona Bike Week off a day early….this and every Thursday the place to be is Jetz.  Pull up, Park, and Party at one of Scottsdale’s finest.  The location can’t be beat from whatever direction you’re riding.  Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea.  Roll in early for Nitro Happy Hour from 4-7pm with ½ price cocktails and a $4.95 appetizer menu.  The Full Throttle Late Nite follows from 7pm to close featuring a Burger & Brew Special for only $7.95, domestic bottles for $3.00 and Jack Daniels for $4.00.  Hangout on the patio and watch the bikes roll by as the live DJ spins your favorite tunes or catch a sporting event on one of 25 flat screen TV’s.  Summer Bike Nite short sleeve T’s are coming soon…be sure and get yours.  This Sunday, April 6th, Jetz is excited to host this year’s AZ Bike Week Sunday Night Party.  The bash kicks off at 6pm and goes all night.  Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information. 

Friday Night 

33 American Bistro Friday Bike Night.
Live Music Every Friday Night 6-10PM
This is the perfect night to try out Bistro 33. It is located right across the street from Hacienda. Stop by there for a great meal and then head over to the Kickstart Party. 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. $3.00 House Wines, $3.00 Well Drinks, $3.00 Rolling Rock Bombers. 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.
Starting Friday April 4th, The Hideaway will have fun rides and events going on every day.
Click Here For The Hideaway Events During The Week of April 4th-13th.
Check out the latest in parts and accessories. This is Perfect weather for a ride to The Hideaway and try a few items from their new menu. 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 

Sunday 

Sunday, April 6th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's This Sunday - "Joker's Wild" this weekend from 1-5 PM. Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. The weather should be nice this weekend, give it a try. 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 6th: "Joker's Wild"
April 13th: "Combo Deluxe"
April 20th: Easter Brunch and Cruise Day.
 

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music 1-5PM Every Sunday
If you haven't tried Sugar Daddy's yet, Now is the time. Great Reviews on the Food.
 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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com .
 

Fandango
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4-6 
"Combo Deluxe is in the House"
Friday and Saturday, Combo Deluxe 9pm - 1am.
Sunday, Combo Deluxe 2pm - 6pm.
 
Live Music Every Sunday
from 2:00PM - 6:00PM.
Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking.
COMBO DELUXE joins us this Sunday with their special combination of classic rock and a great time to be had by all. 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:
April 4th-5th: "Combo Deluxe 9pm - 1am
Sun. April 6th: "Combo Deluxe" 2pm - 6pm
April 11th-12th: "Danny Rhodes and the Messengers"
Sun. April 13th: "Danny Rhodes and the Messengers"
 

This Week
 
Arizona Bike Week Events
 

To save space in the letter, I am going to list the major rides of Arizona Bike Week with a small commentary. If there is a link to a flyer or web page it will be attached to the name of the event. If there is no link you can go to the Arizona Bike Week Printable Calendar of Events for the details or go to the Rides and Events Calendar at www.cyclerides.com . See the section below for other good Rides and Events going on this week also.
 
Friday, April 4th
ABW/AHDRA/Hacienda Harley Davidson Kick Start Party!  This is the biggest party of the year. Don't miss it! Dealership open house and party starts at 6:00pm with live entertainment, great food, the Miss Arizona Bike Week Contest Finals, AHDRA race bike displays and rider autograph session. Actor Gary Busey will be attending the event as a guest judge for the contest as well as Grand Marshall for the Colter ride on Saturday. Parts of the event will be filmed for a later airing on a national cable program. There will be top industry vendors and leaders, motorcycle trick riders, beer, food and prizes. 15600 N. Hayden, Scottsdale, AZ 480-905-1903.
 
Saturday, April 5th
Hacienda HD Kickstart/Colter Charity Ride
Starts at Hacienda and heads to the AHDRA drag races at Firebird Raceway. Actor Gary Busey will be leading the ride with other local celebrities.  Parts of the event will be filmed for a later airing on a national cable show. Click Link above for more information.
 
AHDRA Drag Races Engineering-Primo belt drives ABW Nationals Presented by Hacienda HD. Gates open at 8am for The official Harley Drag Races of Arizona Bike Week, at Firebird Int'l Raceway. Saturday-Sunday, April 5th & 6th, 2003.
 
Iron Horse Memorial Ride. An Arizona BikeWeek classic the "Iron Horse Memorial Ride," this year hosted by Indian of Mesa. This escorted ride benefits the Maricopa Country Sheriffs Office Memorial Fund that provides support for families of fallen officers.

GOD’S Desert Wilderness Run All events take place at 3100 W. Camelback, Phoenix. Blessing of the Bikes-11am, Desert Run Through Wickenburg-1pm, Godfest-6pm.

Alice Cooperstown Downtown Phoenix Party Night. Festivities start at 7pm.  Alice Cooperstown's 4th annual Arizona Bike Week downtown spectacle with live music, food and drink specials, celebrities — we’ll rock all night! Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Jackson Street will be closed for secure motorcycle parking in front of the establishment. This is always a fun time.

Sunday, April 6th

The 150 mile Great Arizona Discovery Ride from Chosa's Apache Junction to Grand Canyon Harley in Mayer. A scavenger hunt run to benefit St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Mayer.

Steel Horse Saloon 8th Annual Trifecta Custom Bike Show and Blow Out. Activities from 10am - 7pm. Bikes, Bands, food and vendors. 1768 W. Bell Rd.

Indian Motorcycle of Mesa "Run With the Chiefs". Escorted 65 mile ride through the scenic Sonoran desert and Tonto National Forrest with it's breathtaking canyons and beautiful scenery. All bikes welcome!

Jetz Americana Sunday Party Night. Jetz America is excited to host this years Sunday Night Party during Arizona Bike Week, April 6th. The party kicks off at 6pm and goes all night. Lots of bike parking, incredible atmosphere, delicious food and great music. This is one party that can’t be missed! Jetz is located west of the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust (one block south of Shea), 10050 N Scottsdale Rd. 480-948-2606.

Monday, April 7th

Chandler Harley-Davidson's Sunshine Acres Charity Poker Run to Tortilla Flat. This is one of my favorite rides during Arizona Bike Week. I love the ride to Tortilla Flat. If you haven't done this one yet I would highly recommend it. High hand winner gets $500 store cash. Low hand gets $250. Ride ends at the ACME Roadhouse at 855 S. Rural in Tempe with a live band. Click the above link for all the information.

ACME Roadhouse Manic Monday Party. This is your party place for Monday Night. Come and celebrate Maniac Monday at the ACME Roadhouse, in the city of Tempe. Live band on the patio, bikini bike wash, Jack Daniels girls, drink specials and a free raffle with prizes ranging from leather jackets to T-shirts. The last stop for the Tortilla Flat run. The Roadhouse is located at 855 S. Rural Rd. in Tempe.

Colter & Associates Foundation Presents "It's My Life Night". Dinner and Bon Jovi concert at America West Arena downtown Phoenix. Enjoy an evening of fun, food and concert to benefit the Colter & Associates Foundation for youths. Click the above link for all the information.

Tuesday, April 8th

Arizona Thunder Cycles Run Benefiting the 100 Club. Run benefiting the 100 Club. American Iron Horse, T-Rex, APC, Titan, Iron Eagle, Kannon and a great selection of pre-owned Harleys. Come see and live your dream. Join us for the poker run to benefit the 100 Club (police & firemen). Registration begins at 8:30am and leaves 10:30am from AZ Thunder North 15001 N. Hayden Rd. Ste 111. Ride will end at AZ Thunder Cycles south store, for the AZ Thunder Bike Week Party. 480-990-8700.

Holiday Inn Express BBQ. Free Food!! Join us for a special event in your honor! 4:00pm-7:00pm FREE BBQ. Bar Beverages and LIVE MUSIC! Hosted by an Arizona Bike Week Official Hotel. Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites. 3131 North Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85251 480-675-7665.

Scottsdale Tuesday Night Party
This is always a good time. Don't miss this one. The street is blocked off in Downtown Scottsdale at the ACME Bar & Grill at 4245 N. Craftsman Ct. There will be a BIKINI CONTEST on the rooftop bar with a live band, Jack Girls, Jack Specials and a BBQ grill cooking food on the rooftop. The party continues at the Billet Bar at 3748 N. Scottsdale Rd. for some serious partying on the Paradise patio and the watching all the bikes roll in up front. This place will be busy. Then it is on to the Lucky Seven Sports Lounge at 7341 E. 6th Ave. for 3 levels madness. Drink specials and one of the best sound systems in town. The riding between these three places is really a highlight of the week. Lot's of bikes and people.

Wednesday, April 9th

Scottsdale Cyclefest at WestWorld begins today and opens at Noon. Handlebar Saloon Opens daily at Noon. This will be where you will find all of the Vendors, Demo rides, Live Music, Food and many activities all day long. Click Here for a printable list of all the bands and events at Cyclefest.


Wednesday Ride For Wish Kids Poker Run
. This is an excellent 250 mile ride through Mayer, Cottonwood, Pine, Strawberry, Payson and then back to Cyclefest. I have been on this one every year and it is a great ride and a good time. Click link for all info.

Thursday, April 10th

Arizona Bike Week/Custom Performance Horsepower Competition. Qualifying Thursday through Sunday morning. Finals on Sunday.

T.E.A.M. Arizona 1st Annual Children's Charity Ride and Laps for Kids at Arizona Motorsports Park. Breakfast at TEAM Arizona location in Gilbert, ride to Arizona Motorsports Park and then to Cyclefest. Click the above link for all the information.

Arrowhead Harley-Davidson's 7th Annual MDA Rally & Silent Auction. Always a good silent auction and ride to Cyclefest. You can also buy a ticket for a new 2003 Sportster to be given away at the end of the ride. Click the link for info.

Friday, April 11th

Eagle Rider Charity Ride To Cyclefest. Raffles, Music, BBQ and Beverages. Party starts at 11:00 AM at 2945 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale.

Saturday, April 12th

Chosa's 4th Annual Torch Ride. Chosa’s Harley-Davidson in Mesa, registration from 8am to 10am. Escorted ride leaves from Chosa’s at 10:30am to CycleFest at WestWorld. $20.00 per person includes souvenir ride pin (to the first 500 registered), breakfast, an envelope filled with “special values” and Saturday's admission to CycleFest!

Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson Shop in Mayer Fun Run to Cyclefest. There is no cost to join the group ride. Any and all motorcycle riders are invited to join us. Meet us at 10am at the Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson Buell Shop in Mayor. We’ll have drinks and snacks to tie us over until we reach CycleFest. The group will assemble by 11am and we’ll head down the hill and into the CycleFest Celebration for an afternoon of fun. Join us for the Grand Canyon Fun Ride to CycleFest. For further information, contact: Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson 10434 Highway 69 in Mayer, AZ (928)632-4009.

Sunday, April 13th

Genesis Custom Cycles Charity Ride To Cyclefest. Come join the crew at Genesis for their 2nd annual charity ride to CycleFest. Starting at 9am, come hang out for free food and drinks, and listen to live music.

Logan's Run. This is the final ride of Arizona Bike Week leaves from CycleFest at WestWorld in Scottsdale, and returns to the Handlebar Saloon also at WestWorld. This is a Charity Poker Run and Auction benefiting the “Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the U.S.” Registration is between 10am and 2pm at CycleFest.

Other Events During the Week

Sunday, April 6th

1st Annual 150 Mile Beautiful Scenic Arizona Run. Looking for a good ride? This is one for you. Take yourself on a 150 mile ride through beautiful Arizona Ending at Arizona Bike Week's 8th Annual Trifecta Custom Bike Show at the Steel Horse Saloon with Bikes, Bands and Babes. Someone will win a Collector Mint Set of the 1st Annual Arizona Bike Week Event Pins in a case of 4 pins (only 150 were made in 1997) and the 1st Annual Arizona Bike Week Patch. Run includes admission to the Trifecta Custom Bike Show and a prize number to be drawn at 5:00 pm to Win the Collectors Mint Set and Patch. All for $15.00. Sign-In 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Arrowhead Harley located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Ftn. Ctr. Dr. (South of 83rd Ave. and Bell). For more information call 623-334-1545.
 
Sunday, April 6th
Supporting Our Troops and Ground Zero Heroes. This sounds like a good event to me. I am looking forward to talking with Gregg Nolan. It is free to participate. Donate if you would like. It is designed to Support our Troops and Show support to those who were involved in the cleanup of Ground Zero in New York. Coming along for the ride are a bunch of NFL Players, Fireman, special guests, and a special VIP, Gregg Nolan and his wife, Diane. Gregg is and has been the foreman for Ground Zero since 9/12/01. These guys are the guys who pulled out the bodies, welding the beams in pieces just to get through to people in the rubble. They are our Hero's. They said to me they feel like Zero's now, because people have forgotten. Well, we haven't, and we want to show them how grateful we all are here in Phoenix for putting themselves on the line. They worked hand in hand with FDNY and have some stories to tell, for sure. It would be nice if everyone could come out and say Thank You to Gregg Nolan. He is still a Hero, not a Zero! The ride starts at the Hall of Flames Firefighter museum at 6101 E. Van Buren at 10:30 AM and ends at The Hideaway in Cave Creek. Click the above link for all the details.
 
Tuesday, April 8th
Benefit Hawg Run 2003 Sponsored By The Charley Gentry Lend A Hand Foundation. Poker run and auction for the Charley Gentry Foundation. Sign in at the Steel Horse at 10:00 am.
 
Saturday, April 12th

Paul Yaffe Originals PYO Bash. This is one event I will be at for sure. Last years party was a total blowout. Come check out the inner workings of PYO.  The 2nd annual Open House takes place on April 12th - Noon to 5:00pm.  There will be bikes, cars, music, food, beer, and beautiful chicks everywhere.  Don't miss it this year. this is a good time Discovery Channel will be there filming this event to be shown on a special featuring Paul Yaffe Originals. So you might get your 15 seconds of fame while seeing behind the scenes of a Paul Yaffe motorcycle. PYO is located at 2211 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. For more information: 602-840-4205. 

Extras 

Last week I introduced Stan Dale to you as the Cyclerides.com reporter on legislative events. I got an incredible amount of email with interest in how riders could help stop this bill. The following is Stan's Update on HB 2386 regarding "Dangerous driving and Cruising".
 
The combined voices of ABATE, MMA and Cyclerides.com have descended onto Arizona’s Capitol Hill and effectively “opened the eyes” of our elected officials these past weeks.
  The result has been the defeat of HB2386 – Dangerous Driving, Cruising – in Committee by a 6 – 0 vote.  The remarks in opposition to this Bill saw “unintended consequences” as the main reason for defeating it in Committee.  This is a clear victory for the combined effort of all the groups and organizations who work with one another, from different angles, to get our message across.  Much thanks to the tireless work of our colleagues at ABATE and MMA for all the work they do for riders in our state.
 
And a special thanks to our readers who provided invaluable input, ideas and suggestions.
  Please feel free to send us legislative comments, inquiries, concerns, issues that you feel might infringe upon the rights and freedom of motorcycle enthusiasts throughout Arizona and we will spread the work and act upon them on your behalf. If you have issues that you know are coming up you can reach Stan at sjd3@cox.net.



This has been a busy 3 weeks getting ready for Bike Week and the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card.
If I have not gotten to your emails, I apologize. I am not ignoring anyone, I just haven't had a chance to get to all of them.

As for me this week, I will be floating around to a lot of the events taking pictures and video for the site. I will be at most of the night parties as well as some of the Rides and Cyclefest having fun with the rest of you. See you there.

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

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