Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, here we are the last day of April. Isn't it amazing what the turn of the calendar, just one day, can mean to our thought process? Mentally, April seems like the perfect month for weather here in the Valley. In fact, it was a landslide winner in a poll I did asking what was your favorite month to ride. The month of May seems to stand for the beginnings of the heat that we will be dealing with here in Arizona for the next several months. I can remember many of scorching Memorial Day weekends over the past 20 years. But we have had a very mild spring, so maybe the hot stuff will hold off for a while. But for those of you that like warm weather, this is your time to ride. Look for my report next week on the Mt. Lemon day ride. It is a good one.
There are many great things about riding a motorcycle. The freedom of being out in the open, the wind in your hair, the smells of the countryside and the BUGS on your face. Well, maybe that last one isn't one of the great things, but it is certainly what the riders are talking about these days. The rains we got a few weeks ago were good for the lakes and vegetation but it has also been a catalyst for bug making. It's been a while since I have encountered this many while riding. Bugs have been such a big topic I decided to look up the term in the dictionary to see what Webster's had to say about them.
Main Entry: 2bug
Etymology: origin unknown
1 a: an insect or other creeping or crawling invertebrate, b: any of several insects commonly considered obnoxious, c: any of an order (Hemiptera and especially its suborder Heteroptera) of insects that have sucking mouthparts, forewings thickened at the base, and incomplete metamorphosis and are often economic pests.
I'm not sure what all that tells me except that they were around before the first V-Twin and they are OBNOXIOUS PESTS. I did a ride up through Prescott, Jerome and Sedona a couple of weeks ago and had plenty of time to think while getting layered with all types of flying invertebrates. What is it about these guys that they feel it necessary to fly right in the middle of the road? They have millions of acres to fly, why does it have to be right at eye level in front of a motorcycle doing 70 mph. I'm not an entomologist, but I think I could have been a poster child for one after that ride. I felt like a walking class insecta after that one. If I were still in 4th grade I could have just turned in my shirt, glasses and headlight, added a "Praying Mantis" and I would have gotten a "A" on my biology project.
What I find really interesting is all the different shapes, sizes, colors and tastes you can encounter. Some are sweet, some are sour and some have no taste at all. Some splash all over your face and some feel like a rock when they nail you in the cheek. Red and Yellow guts seem to have been the popular colors for Spring this year. It's also amazing how accurate these guys are. It's like there is some big control tower up there with "Bug Vader" barking out instructions to all the "suicide bugs". "Ok, we've got a guy daydreaming on a blue Titan doing 75 mph southbound on I-17, go for the left glasses lens. DIRECT HIT!! He'll be pulling over soon." I'm sure you can all relate to that.
So after about 20 hours and 740 miles of open road riding over the last 3 weeks I have had plenty of time to think. What could I relate these bugs to that would make the non-rider understand what this is like? There are so many ways that a bug can attack that I came up with this.
If bugs were bombs, here are what 7 of them would be:
The "Bunker Bugster". This is the bug that hits you so hard in the cheek that it rattles your teeth, has a stinging sensation and feels like it is now firmly embedded and you will need tweezers to pull it out. You can almost imagine this one to have a sharp pointed beak and his feet are wiggling trying to get out.
The "Smart Bug". This is the one that can pinpoint the last available square centimeter on your glasses or windshield that is allowing you to see at all. Once hit by a "Smart Bug" you are forced to the side of the road for cleanup. You can always count on running into one of these on your trip.
The "Napalm Bug". This is the bug that hits and immediately explodes spreading a red and yellow substance over your face, clothing or glasses, sometimes causing a burning sensation on the skin and has a sour taste. If you clean this one off with your fingers in route, do not later touch your eyes or pick your teeth.
The "Cluster Bugs". This is a group of several thousand tiny bugs that fly together in a group. After riding through them you can find them stuck to your lip balm or held on by oily sunscreen. Requires a sharp fingernail to remove them as they smear easily if you try and wipe them off. Always keep mouth closed tightly while riding through "Cluster Bugs".
The "Cruise Bug". This is classified as a SMART Bug that comes in from the side and can actually hit you in the ear while doing 70 mph. Not really sure how this one works. But it feels like a "Bunker Bugster" when it connects. If big enough it can actually make you change lanes.
The "Satellite Guided Bug". This is one of the smartest and most accurate bugs. This bug has been proven to be able to fly up your nose at speeds up to 90mph creating a very uncomfortable situation for the rider. This bug is very hard to retrieve and can make you look like a nose picker in front of your riding buddies for up to 2 miles before giving up on it. This is AKA the "Ghost Bug". You know a bug went up your nose, it feels like it is still there, but you can rarely actually retrieve it. A Very frustrating bug that can actually take up to 10 miles to convince yourself that this bug is dead and not crawling around in your nose.
And lastly, a recent development in the bug world is the MOAB.
The "Mother of all Bugs". A very large bug. Bigger than any previous bug. A Juicy, multicolored bug that when hit quickly spreads itself all over you, your passenger and the guy riding behind you. If hit with one of these MOAB's, especially in the glasses, you and your group will be forced to the side of the road for extensive cleanup before continuing your ride.
Hopefully the non-rider can now understand what we go through for the love of riding. As I have said before, being a motorcycle rider, it almost seems like we have an unfair advantage when it comes to building memories. Every day we fire up our motorcycles and head out on the open road, we are filling out another deposit slip for our memory bank of life. Bugs are certainly a part of that right now. And the more you ride, the more experiences you have to share with others. All that being said, I am ready to go back out there and do it again right now. And for the riders who will be out there too, the next time you get hit with a bug, make a quick mental note of which "Bug Bomb" you were hit with.
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.
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night.
THUNDER IN THE DESERT is here! Show your support and help us make a difference for breast cancer this 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.
Come check out the Third Week of the ACME Bar and Grill Eight Week Rooftop Bikini Contest. 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.
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
Quote From Rusty Childress: "This place is great, we went last weekend and the food was great and so was the music. Order the chocolate cookie for desert, it is the best thing I have ever eaten!"
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
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
This is where the Thunder in the Desert run ends this Saturday.
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
Cinco De Mayo Celebration Noon to 10PM on Monday May 5th.
Next Saturday: The Bourget Bike Show. See the baddest bikes in town. And a Bikini Bike Wash.
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, May 4th,
Live Music "Cinco De Mayo Celebration with Combo Deluxe" - 2pm - 6pm.
Cuervo Girls, Giveaways and Drink Specials.
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:
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". Friday and Saturday 9-Close. Sunday: 2-6pm.
Sunday, May 4th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Danny Rhodes" 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:
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
Saturday, May 3rd
Spray Kats Grand Opening Party. Join Spray Kats as they present Chris Hiatt Live. Enjoy Hors d'oeuvres and Beverages courtesy of Spray Kats as you see some of the fantastic work that they have done including Custom painting, graphics, pinstriping and artwork. Festivities are from 11am - 5pm. Spray Kats specializes in high quality motorcycle paintwork as well as custom autos, trucks, helmets guitars and shotgun stocks. Register for a free paint job and graphics upgrade. Spray Kats is located at 3846 W. Clarendon Ave. in Phoenix. For info phone 602-272-8808. Click Here for map and details.
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
Thank Our Troops Motorcycle Ride and Rally. Join W. Steven Martin on a beautiful 85 mile 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 and Military Family Assistance Fund. 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.) Registration is from 8-11:00am. 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. Cyclerides V.I.P. members will have a special place to line up. Tell the person at the gate and they will direct you where to go.
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.
Saturday, May 10th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Apache Junction Shop 1 Year Anniversary. Can you believe it has been one year already since they opened? Seems like we were just going to the Grand Opening. But that is good news for you. You can help them celebrate one year with a FREE BBQ and Beverages from 10am - 2pm. Ice Cream provided by the Superstition H.O.G. Chapter. Door Prizes, DJ Music and More! You can also take advantage of some discounts. Spend $100 in general merchandise and receive a scratch-off discount card for an additional 10-20% off. Chosa's Apache Junction is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail. Phone: 480-346-0600.
Saturday, May 10th
Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson Mayer Shop 1 Year Anniversary. This is another one that time has flown by. Seems like only a few months ago thousands of people were kicking this dealership off. Now you can stop by and see what has gone on over the last 12 months. Free snacks and beverages as well as 25% off of all 100th anniversary motorclothes. Grand Canyon Harley in Mayer is located 10434 Hwy 69 at mile post 270. 8 miles West of I-17 on Hwy 69 in Mayer on your way to Prescott. Stop in and take advantage of these anniversary deals on 100th anniversary clothing. Phone: 877-888-GCHD.
Saturday, May 10th
11th Annual Eastern Arizona Motorcycle Riders Copper Classic Poker and Observation Run. Bike, Truck and Car Show 2003. Registration begins at 8:00 am. $10 Single Rider, $18.00 Double. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics. BBQ served from 12:00-1:30. Auction to be held after the poker run, 1-3pm. $100 to high hand. Location: 111 Thatcher Blvd. Safford, Arizona. Firty Park, Graham County Chamber of Commerce. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL: ROBERT E. CLARK 1-928-428-5927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sorry for the delay in Bike Week Pics. I am still working on them and hope to have them up by tomorrow. I did get a video done of the Miss Arizona Bike Week Contest that is really good set to ZZ Top's "Leg's Music". You can play it from a link
on the front page of www.cyclerides.com . If you are unable to play the videos that I put out, here is a tip.
They will only work on Windows 98 version 2 or later. You will need to have Windows Media Player 9 to play them.
Click Here to download the Media Player 9.
Here are this week's legislative watch comments from Stan Dale:
U.S. HOUSE INTRODUCES COMPANION BILL TO ABOLISH HEALTH INSURANCE DISCRIMINATION. A recent bureaucratic ruling by HIPAA states that the health insurance industry can deny benefits to those individuals who sustain injuries while engaged in recreational activities; especially those deemed to have a high risk of injury – like motorcycling. The Congress is acting to remove that discriminatory act. Click Here for the Story.
Looking for that motorcycle related Birthday, Mother's Day or Father's Day gift for your favorite rider? Give them the gift that keeps on giving. The Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card. Over $100 in free food, gifts and services. 20% off of Parts, Motorclothes and Accessories at Hacienda Harley. Free gloves from Joeta's Leather. A free dyno run at Custom Performance and $3.00 off car washes all year long at BJ's Car Wash. Plus Ongoing discounts all year long at your favorite eating and lodging places. All for only $39.95 for an annual membership. So if you have been looking for that unique gift for your rider, this is it. Click Here for more information and to order the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card.
There are so many good events and rides this weekend it is hard to choose. But as for me this week, I will be taking the "Thanks Our Troops Ride" up to Tonto Basin. If you are coming to this ride be sure to show your V.I.P. Card for your place to line up. Look for my report on the Mt. Lemon Day Ride next week. It is a good one.
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