Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, Arizona Bike Week 2004 is now in the books. So let the "Great Debate" begin. Was it better at Rawhide or Westworld? One thing about opinions is that they are like noses, everybody has one. And the interesting thing about my job is that I get to hear a lot of them. But that is good. Because without "constructive criticism" no one can improve their product, no matter what it is. I'm not real big on hearing whining or sniveling just to tear something down. I would rather see constructive comments that I could pass on to anyone who has an event to help make it better. For those of you that were looking to go again, the Extended Cyclefest to this weekend has been cancelled due to projected storms.
As for the 2004 offering of Cyclefest the big story this year was supposed to be the move to Rawhide, but it turned out that most of the talk was about the unusual torrential rains that came through town some 8 hours after Cyclefest opened the gates on Thursday. We all would agree that we are in a drought and could use the rain, but the timing could have been a little better for this event. You can have the best laid plans, but as we all know, Mother Nature usually has the last say in how any outdoor event is going to turn out. And that is the beginning of the story of Cyclefest 2004.
As I walked around the venue on Thursday, 90% of the people I polled about the move to Rawhide were happy with the new location. Some of the comments were that they liked the layout of the vendors on the upper track and lower area. They liked the fact that they could ride their motorcycle into the venue and around the upper track and park it right next to the vendors. Unfortunately, those were the only riders that got to experience what this new venue was supposed to be. When the rains came all of that changed. The South end of the vendor village was flooded, the exit tunnel was flooded and the protective coating that was put down around the track last week to keep the dust down was virtually washed away and reduced to a muddy mess. Because of that, all of the motorcycles were forced to park outside the area and walk to the vendors, which was never the plan. So if you thought that wasn't what you heard it was going to be, you were right. Without the rain, it would have been a completely different experience. Your bike would have been parked right where that water was standing in the photo above.
The Pavilion at Rawhide served nicely as the Handlebar Saloon this year. With the exception of the opening night log jam at the food and beverage lines, things seemed to flow smoothly the rest of the time. The entertainment was good and the lighting and sound for the bands was excellent. It seemed more comfortable to me than the tent at Westworld. Little River Band put on a great concert Wednesday night and many of the other local entertainment was very good especially Mogollon, (Click Here for a great 2 minute video clip) and Rondavous, these girls can rock. (Click Here for a rockin' 80 sec. video clip).
There were a few complaints about the $8 admission to Cyclefest and I want to address those. What some don't realize is that the $8 was for the entire 4 days of event. Not $8 per day. This included all the bands, entertainment and vendors for every day. You could ride in and out as much as you liked. If you were just there to see Mogollon and Rondavous perform it would have been well worth the money. People go to the Civic Center for the Car Show, Home Show, Boat Show, Arizona Motorcycle Expo to only see vendors, pay $8 to get in for ONE day with NO entertainment, and don't say a word about it. But for some reason to pay that for four days of activities at Cyclefest it is a problem for a few people. If you want the real story on taking advantage of bikers compare what Laughlin and Dalcon does to us with the $160 per day (for a normal $20 room) with a 3 day minimum stay ($480) and for what? Vendors, bad riding, a couple of bands and watching your bike melt down in the gridlock, $8 is a bargain here. But yet, Laughlin is sold out every year. Go Figure.
People mention that Daytona, Sturgis and many of the others are free. Even though it was $10 to get into the Rat Hole custom show in Daytona. The issue with Arizona is that there is not a town in the metropolitan area that will open the city doors to us the way that Sturgis and Daytona does. If we had that type of venue, vendors would set up in the street and it would be free to view just like those cities. But since that is not the case, the organizers at ABW have to rent the venue, lighting, sound, security, advertising, insurance, retrofit the location to this event and pay for the many man hours it takes to put all of this together, which is thousands of dollars in up front costs. I'm just glad that it is them taking that kind of risk and not me.
Here are a few of my Highlights and Lowlights of the week.
* The riding at the beginning of the week couldn't have been much better. We did the Sunday ride and the Wednesday ride. The weather was perfect and there was right at 1000 riders on the Wednesday ride through Payson.
* The Tuesday night Scottsdale party. There were thousands of bikes that lined Craftsmen Ct. in front of ACME and Dos Gringos and cruised the street. Not to mention the overflowing crowd at the Billet Bar for the entire week. Very fun.
* The Little River Band Concert on Wednesday night was excellent. Chock up one for the old guys.
* Flat Track racing was fun, especially the lawnmower races.
* The Custom Performance Horsepower Competition drew a huge crowd on Saturday as they opened it to all motorcycles.
* The Discovery Great Bike Buildoff between the Martin Brothers and Hot Match Customs was fun to be around. You could tell that this was a little something special. It will give Arizona Bike Week a good national exposure when it is aired in June.
* And to top off the weekend, Rondavous on Saturday night and Mogollon
on Sunday were excellent. See video clips above.
* There weren't many for me but Number would be the rain.
* I think a map of the venue including traffic flow and parking instructions on the Guide To Ride Map would be very helpful. Everyone would then be on the same page.
* The food. $7.75 for a well done Piggly hamburger and $5.75 for a hot dog with nothing else, not even chips, is way out of line. And $5.75 for a plate of greasy fries was really bad. The good news was that after eating 3 of these fries I was able to drain the grease out of the rest of them and change the oil in my lawnmower. So there was an upside to them. ABW, say good bye to Piggly's next year.
* Hearing about Gary Busey crashing yet another bike. Maybe someday
they will quit loaning him expensive bikes to lay down on the Arizona roads.
As I said above, everyone has an opinion and here is mine. For a first year in a new venue and factoring in the rain, I thought this was a good step in the right direction and one that can be tweaked to appease most of our desires. Unfortunately we didn't get to experience the full vision of the site. I liked the layout of the vendors with the upper and lower locations. It kind of spread it out and made it a little more open and friendly. They are already talking about improvements to the area including asphalt in certain areas and other enhancements. Had it not been for the rains, it would have been a completely different experience. The Handlebar Saloon was warm and friendly and filled with entertainment.
If you would like to send some constructive ideas or suggestions for next year, I will pass them on to Arizona Bike Week. Email to email@example.com . I will have some pictures from the week up by next Wednesday if not sooner. I will post the link to them on the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
It is always fun to see everyone we haven't seen for a while during bike week. Thanks to everyone who came up to say Hi throughout the week. We appreciate all the kind words and the opportunity to meet you in person.
Bike Week was fun but I am glad it is in the rear view mirror. I look forward to moving on to other subjects. I am doing a story and pictorial on the backs of shirts that show where you have been with your motorcycle. For instance, if you went to Spain, New York or Florida and got a shirt at a local dealership that shows the City and State or Country, take a digital photo of the back of it and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I can't guarantee that every one will be posted, but I will try. Only one per person please, so make it your most unusual shirt.
This Week's Events
Eli's American Grille Tuesday Bike Night. Live Music "Rule 11" Every Tuesday Night 8:00PM. EXCELLENT Sliders and a Great Band. Many of you know about Eli's located at 70th St. and Shea in Scottsdale. They have been a popular stop around Scottsdale for many years and the owners are avid riders. They are now doing a special night for motorcycles including live music featuring classic rock tunes from "Rule 11". If you haven't been by Eli's yet, be sure and try one of their 9 varieties of sliders served until midnight. You will not be disappointed. You can also watch your favorite game on TV while you eat, play some pool or sit out on the patio in front watching the bikes roll in. Eli's is your motorcycle friendly grille located on 7000 E. Shea in Scottsdale right behind Claim Jumpers. 480-948-9800. Stop by this Tuesday night.
Rocks Beach Club Bike Night. This is our first bike night in the Downtown
Tempe Entertainment District. Margarita Rocks is a multi
level building with outdoor patios on each level that will feature a Bike Night every Wednesday starting at 6:00pm.
This is a fun place decorated in a beach theme with a large dance floor that can be viewed from the second level and waitresses
dressed in beach attire. >From the second level patio you will also have a view of all the bikes parked on the
large brick patio in front of the building that provides parking for hundreds of bikes. (See the pictures) Bike Night
will feature 1 Cent Tacos, 10 Cent Wings and $2.00 Buds, Bud Lights and Jack and Cokes. There will also be
a DJ playing tunes that you can dance to or just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. KUPD will be on-site with prizes and concert tickets. Ride by and take a look. Margarita Rocks is located on 4th Street just West of Mill Ave.
The street ends there but just ride right up on the brick patio and park where ever you can. 480-968-3301.
Click Here for Margarita
Rocks Web Site.
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.
Thursday Night features 7 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. 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 (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $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 The evening riding weather is good. 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 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.
Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
Eastside Riders Can
Now Make The
"Scottsdale Road Fun Run" to 4 Great Places for Food and Drink.
Start from the North or the South!
Jilly's American Grill. Many of you have been to Jilly's in the past. They now have a regular Thursday Bike Night. The food at Jilly's is excellent and would be a great place to start off your riding night on the outdoor patio or in the dining room with your own personal TV and sound. Motorcycle parking will be provided right in front of the building. Bike Night dinner specials include the Hog Heaven Sampler, The Fat Boy Burger, The Custom Chopper, Indian Mikes Smokey Pork Chops and The Flaming Bird. For a mouth watering description of all the specials Click Here. After dinner enjoy the music throughout or try your luck at Pool, Darts or Shuffleboard. This is a great laid back atmosphere with great food and fun. Jilly's is located just 1 block inside the front entrance to Scottsdale Airpark off of Scottsdale Rd. at 7301 E. Butherus (Greenway). Bike Night hours are from 6pm til Close. Click Here for Pics.
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. Live Band Every Thursday starting at 8:00PM. The Party In Full Force With Great Drink Specials And Giveaways. If you want to get there early there is a complimentary Happy Hour Buffet from 4-6pm and Half Price Happy Hour Cocktails from 4pm - 7pm. You can enjoy $1.00/ Dozen Hot Wings 6pm-close, $2.50 Sam Adams Light or Lager all night, $4.00 Jack Daniels Cocktails, $7.95 1/2lb Burger and Domestic Beer all night. Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind California Pizza Kitchen. Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and more information. 480-948-2606.
ACME Bar and Grill. ACME is finishing their major remodeling now. You will not recognize the place. They have added a front patio and an opened up
the bar area for dancing on the bar. Stop by and take a look. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 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.
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. 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. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Mike's At The Fountain Sunday Bike Day. Stop by and take a look. We are all looking for a nice ride on a Sunday for lunch or just a drink and some beautiful scenery. Mike, owner of Mike's at the Fountain is inviting all riders out to Fountain Hills from Noon to 5:00pm to his restaurant for great food, good views from the patio of the mountains and the fountain, as well as DJ music from the 60's and 70's. Like Italian food? Then this is your place. Many menu items just for this day from $5.95 and up. Mike's is located on the corner of Saguaro Blvd. and Avenue of the Fountains. This is the same location that we had the Toys To Kids Ride. It all begins this Sunday. A good ride would be to take Dynamite from Pima Rd. through Rio Verde to Saguaro Blvd. or from the East Valley down the Bee Line Hwy. or straight East on Shea to Saguaro Blvd. Click Here for pictures and map.
Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Live Music Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. Many of you have been to Cocomo Joe's in North Phoenix. There is now a day just for riders. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out that is decorated in a Jamaican theme. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. After football season they will be bringing in live entertainment on Sunday afternoons. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:30am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:30am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-535-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.
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. 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm 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 10th
Scholarship Ride. Adolfson & Peterson Construction and Saddle Mountain Unified School District #90 are partnering together to provide scholarships that can be used by the students at the school bookstore. $20 donation per person for the ride and meals. 100% of all funds raised will go to the Saddle Mountain School District #90 to purchase textbooks for High School students. Pancake Breakfast 7-9am. BBQ Hamburgers at the end of the ride. 50/50 and raffles. Ride leaves at 9am. Ride starts at Adolfson & Peterson located at 5002 S. Ash Ave. in Tempe, AZ.
Saturday, April 10th
Vets in Need Poker Run. Benefit for the family's of Vets in need. Sign up at 10am at Billy Jack's, Highway 69 in Humboldt, AZ. Run leaves at 11:30am. 50/50, High and Low hand, Raffles and Live Music. $10 singles and $15 couples. For more information: Pat Rogers 928-639-4675.
Saturday, April 17th
Pre-Laughlin River Run Open House. Wanted, Custom Bikes and Hot Rods! Join us Saturday, April 17th, from 9am to 3pm, at Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa for our Pre-Laughlin River Run Open House!
From 9am to 3pm:
Sunday, April 18th
Real Deal 3. The 3rd installment of Arizona's only Stunt Fest. There is not much else going on this Sunday so this might actually be pretty entertaining. Not to mention the ride to get there. The event is being held at Speedworld Motorplex located at 19421 W. Jomax Rd. Watch sport bike riders as they ride wheelies down the track, race or just do stunts. Street or strip, Stunt Lane and Time only lanes will be available. This is your chance to see if you can ride a longer/faster wheelie than your friends-Legally! $10 for spectators, 12 and under free. $20 to stunt or race. Must have chain guard, boots, gloves, helmet and jacket to participate. If you have a Harley, bring it on down and show them what you've got. Harley Vs. Rice Burner all day long. Gates open at 8am. For more information: 623-388-2424. Click Here for directions.
Many of you already know about V-Twin
Consignments, the place where you can buy used parts or clean out your
garage and consign your old parts to sell. But in addition to new and quality pre-owned parts, V-Twin Consignments is now offering a service center.
Our service department is second to none. Our mission is to provide the best service possible, at a reasonable
hourly rate. Give us a try, you will be back. Services include:
* V-Twin oil change while you wait. $34.95
* Complete V-Twin Service Department
* Performance Packages
*V-Twin Parts & Accessories
* Some accessories installed while you wait.
Appointments necessary, phone 602-548-5799 or stop by the shop at 1716 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix.
This is one of the funniest animal tricks I have seen. This is a dog that starts pushing and rides a skateboard all by himself. Turns around and
comes back. This is a hoot. I think you will enjoy. Click Here.
As for me this weekend, I have relatives coming in from Kansas. So I will have to draw from my riding last week to tide me over.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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