Well, another AZ Bikeweek has come and gone. Except for what seemed like hurricane type wind on Friday afternoon, the weather cooperated extremely well and made riding this week very pleasant. On Wednesday we did the Riding for Kids out of Buddy Stubbs and enjoyed 60-70 degree weather most of the way. Not wanting to head back to the Valley quite so fast, we decided to alter the route and take 89A up Mingus Mountain to Jerome for lunch at Grape's. This is an excellent restaurant on the Main Street near the fire station. Here is a little tip for getting to Jerome via Skull Valley. Take Iron Springs Rd. to Williamson Valley Rd., turn left to Pioneer Pkwy., turn right which will take you directly into 89A. This totally circumvents Prescott and leaves you 26 miles from Jerome. Giddy Up! I never get tired of that ride. And yes, even though I was trying to keep the camera in my pocket, once again when I see the beauty of these routes, I can't help but want to share it with you. Click Here to View Photos of Mingus Mountain and Jerome.
Bikeweek this year seemed to go very smooth, even a little more subdued than usual. For me it was one of the better ones. Possibly because I was closer to being a participant than a vendor. I had a booth out there, but it just had a couple of banners, flyers and a large map of the State of Arizona with some day rides marked on it. Mrs. C. and I hung around the booth some, but we really wanted to get out and participate this year. I appreciate all of you that caught up with us to say Hi and truly appreciate all of the kind words about the site and the newsletter. That definitely helps keep me going.
As with any motorcycle rally, if you wait around long enough, you will probably see something that wouldn't see everyday. The following is a picture of John Schope of Sinister Cycles doing a burnout. No big deal for the most part. At the Rocky Point Rally you can see one every 2 minutes. But John did this one with a $35,000 custom Road Glide. What makes this burnout unique is that he actually gets off of the bike and stands next to it leading the bike around to make a perfect circle. It is quite a crowd pleaser and will attract people to your booth, but I'm not real sure if it is a great idea. One random hook-up of the tire and bye bye 35k. Click Here to View Pics.
Friday I rode out to Superstition HD to see the start of the Firefighter Ride and was told that they had over 1500 on this ride. They have done a nice job with this event for sure. The Torch Ride out of Chester's was reported to have had over 2000 bikes. They have done a nice job with that ride as well. We didn't attend the Cheap Trick concert on Saturday night, but I heard that you couldn't have put on more person in or around the Handlebar Saloon that night. Sunday night, as always finished with great concert by Mogollon. All in all, even though the enthusiasm seemed to be down a notch this year, probably tied to the economic woes of the world, I think it was a good Bikeweek and the promoters of the event did a very good job.
In last week's newsletter I referred to a picture of a car that went off the road into a canyon and told you to click on a link that wasn't there. Here is the link to the car in the canyon. Here is the car on the flatbed. Just a reminder to pay attention when riding these roads.
Lastly, I would like to remind you to grab your riding buddies and head out to the new Bike Night that is starting at Westgate this Thursday night from 6-10pm. This night will feature motorcycle displays by Paul Yaffe and Saxon Motorcycles. Coyote Blvd. in front of the fountains will be blocked off for motorcycle parking only. The giant 30' x 50' foot LED screen will be all motorcycle programming for the evening. It will feature a 20 minute story of Paul Yaffe and how he got started building custom motorcycles, video of Saxon Motorcycles and Cyclerides.com Videos. Every half hour there will be music and performances by the 6 million dollar dancing fountains. And a mechanical bull riding contest with a $100 first prize gift certificate and a "Slow Ride" contest with $50 for the Women. Most of the restaurants at Westgate will have Bike Night food and drink specials including $2.00 Miller Lite, $5.00 Chicken Nachos and $6.95 pulled pork sandwich and fries. I encourage everyone to come out to Westgate between 6pm and 10pm and join in the fun. Let's make this a huge night for motorcycles at one of the best venues in the Valley located next to Jobing.com arena and the Cardinals Stadium at the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. Enter Coyote Blvd. from the West side. Call your riding pals now and plan to stop by. Click Here for Flyer. See more details below.
Sandbar Mexican Grill Wednesday Bike Night. Stop by and try your hand at the Wii Bowling Tournament every Wednesday night! A new Wii Bowling High Score has been set at 269 by Barry. See if you can break it. Ride by the Sandbar Mexican Grill this Wednesday night where the patio instantly sweeps you away to a tropical island paradise as thatch and tin roofs cover the bar. Sit on one of the many high topped tables on the sandy beach or sit at the palapa bar outside and watch TV while listening to music. Or go inside to the dining area featuring a huge bar with 30 HDTV's to choose from around the room all decorated in an island beach theme. Sandbar has a great menu of Mexican food and will be featuring build your own burrito's for $5.00. Choose any ingredients you want off the menu, pack them into your burrito all for $5.00. There will also be $2.00 off ALL Drinks which makes domestic bottles $2.00 and Margarita's $4.00. Ride by this Wednesday night to check out the Sandbar Wednesday Bike Night. Motorcycle Parking Only will be blocked off in front of the restaurant. Click Here to see Photos and details. Click Here for Sandbar Web Site.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The Billet Bar was the place to be during Bike Week as well as the rest of the year. Set on the patio and watch the action. 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 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.
Doggs Thursday Bike Night presented by Renegade Classics. The Dirty Dogg
Saloon and Renegade Classics of Phoenix join forces to host one of the best Bike Night’s in the valley every Thursday.
Each week a free raffle will take place along with door prizes for both
guys and gals, drink specials and of course the Dirty Dog Girls doing their thing on the bar. The hours are
7-10; the Dirty Dog is located on the Southeast Corner of Shea and Scottsdale Road –480-368-8095. Renegade
Classics is located at 3102 East Cactus Road in Phoenix and more information can be seen at www.renegadephoenix.com
Chester's Harley-Davidson Bike Night at Dos Gringos Mesa. Ride by the New Dos Gringos Mesa located on the northwest corner of Greenfield and Baseline in Mesa. Dos is sure to make an impact and add some flare to the east valley. Enormous patio, complete with its own outdoor bar and separate dining areas on each side. Dos is a casual neighborhood hangout with great food and cold cervezas. Feel free to dine at one of our four tops, relax at one of the booths lining the edge or just belly up to the bar. Click Here to View. There will be drink and food specials and Raffles and Fun from Chester's Harley-Davidson. Ride with Chester's from the dealership at 5:30pm every Thursday located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Sugar Daddy's Biker Brunch on the Patio. Sugar Daddy's is back with their Sunday Biker Brunch from 10am - 1pm. Start your day on the huge outdoor patio with the $4.00 Bloody Mary bar. Then go for the build your own breakfast for $9.99 or other breakfast plates including the "Country Breakfast", "Farmers Breakfast" or "Mexican Breakfast" for as low as $6.99. As always, enjoy the fabulous 5000 Sq. Ft. outdoor patio on Scottsdale Rd. Just South of Old Town. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale.
Thursday, April 9th
Westgate City Center Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com. For the First Time, The premier entertainment venue in the Valley, Westgate City Center, will Host a night for motorcycles for the next 6 weeks. I have been wanting to see a Bike Night at Westgate for a couple of years and it is finally here. If you have ever been to an event at Jobing.com or University of Phoenix Stadium, you are most likely familiar with the Times Square feel of Westgate City Center. Starting Thursday, April 9th, for the next 6 Thursdays, Westgate will open up Coyote Blvd. from 6pm - 10pm for parking of motorcycles next to the 6 Million Dollar Dancing Fountains. Restaurants including Margaritaville, Bar Louies, Shout House, Yard House, Which Wich, Moe's, Kabuki, Johnny Rockets and Hell's Half Acre will have Bike Night food and drink specials and will be welcoming all riders.
You will be given a flyer that will get you the discounts at the participating restaurants.
Discounts include $2.00 Miller Lite, $5.00 Chicken Nachos and $6.95 pulled pork sandwich and fries at Bar Louie's and $3.00 drafts, $2.00 well, $2.00 off Margaritas, Mini Quesadillas for $5.95 and Sliders for $6.95 among other specials at Margaritaville. Sit out on the patios and enjoy the entertainment on the big screen.
For the first night on April 9th enjoy motorcycle displays by Paul Yaffe and Saxon Motorcycles. There will also be motorcycle programming and music on the Huge 30'x50' LED screen located in events plaza.
What to do:
6:00 pm: See the latest creations from Paul Yaffe and Saxon Motorcycles on display. Paul will be there to answer any questions and you can also pick up the latest Bagger Nation catalog.
7:00 pm: Watch how Paul Yaffe got his start in the motorcycle building business on the big screen, an excellent video. This will be replayed. Also, if you have been in any Cyclerides.com Videos, come see yourself on the big screen.
8:00 pm: Watch the Men get saddled up for the mechanical Bull Riding contest at Saddle Ranch. Think you can stay on the bull for 8 seconds?? $100 first prize gift certificate sponsored by Saxon Motorcycles to the one who stays on the longest.
8:15 pm: Don't miss the Women's "Slow Ride" mechanical bull riding contest. $50 first prize sponsored by Saxon Motorcycles.
These will be entertainment for everyone.
Every Half Hour: Music and Performances by the 6 million dollar Dancing Fountains.
The weather will be beautiful at night for the next 6 weeks. Take a ride to Westgate, located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. Enjoy this beautiful venue that is offering a night just for motorcyclists every Thursday for the next 6 weeks starting April 9th - May 14th. Get something to eat or drink on one of the many outdoor patios in events plaza, watch the video presentations or just join in the fun and view the display of bikes lined up on Coyote Blvd. in Westgate. I encourage you to get out and take a ride. Let's make the first night a big one on April 9th. All motorcycles welcome. Click Here for photos of Westgate. Westgate City Center is located at the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. Enter Coyote Blvd. from the West next to Jobing.com Arena.
Saturday, April 11th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Spring Open House. Ride by Chester's Harley-Davidson for a "Hog Dog Saturday" from 9am - 2pm. Enjoy a free Waffle Breakfast from 9-11am. Bikini Bike Wash from 11am - 1pm. If you miss breakfast, there will be a Hog Dog Lunch from 11am - 1pm. There will also be a special general merchandise sale & 15% OFF of ALL windshields. Chester's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, April 18th
2nd Annual Ride For Hope. All proceeds go to HOG Children's Charity. 50 Mile Poker Run from Buddy Stubbs Phoenix, 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. to Buddy Stubbs Anthem with great supporting stops in between. Ride begins at 10am. Music from "This Aint LA", Food, Raffle, 50/50. $25.00 per bike. Come have some fun and help make a difference in a child's life. It takes approximately $1100 to send a kid to burn camp for a week, we would like to see what we can do as a community to send as many kids as possible. Approximately one hundred young burn survivors attend the week-long Arizona Children’s Burn Camp, "Camp Courage", up at the Pine Summit campground in the Prescott National Forest each year. Lots of smiles are seen in the cool pines while campers are horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, performing skits, making crafts, and pushing their personal skills during the ropes course. Camp Courage attendance is encouraged for all our young friends who have been hospitalized for their burn injuries (ages 6 – 15 for Campers and ages 16 – 20 for Counselors-In-Leadership-Training). http://www.azburn.org/ or http://www.azburn.org/BurnSurvivorPrograms/CampCourage
Sunday, April 19th
2nd Annual Saxon Motorcycles Open House. This is your opportunity to take a nice ride, enjoy some Food, Music, Fun AND see how custom motorcycles are made. Tour the Saxon facility and see the manufacturing process that sets Saxon apart from other builders. A full day with: Food-Beer-Vendors-Rockin Music-Awesome Bikes. Factory Direct pricing on brand new Saxon Motorcycles and Apparel. See the new 2009 Saxon Motorcycles including the new Henchman, MSRP $18,800. Event is from 10am - 4pm. 555 W. Main Ave. in Casa Grande, AZ. Join us also in a ride with Caren Cooper & Big Sky Motorcycles from Big Sky to the factory. For more info and map go to website or call 520-426-3000. http://www.saxonmotorcycles.com/ for map and information.
May 1st - 3rd
Gary Wells Sonoran Adventure. Join World Champion Motorcyclist Gary Wells on an Off-Road adventure along the Gold Coast of Sonora. You may remember Gary's famous jump over the fountain at Caesar's Palace, he now brings the same excitement to the seldom-seen coast of Mexico.
The Sonoran Adventure begins and ends in the Phoenix area. Here is what is included in the experience:
**Transportation for you and your bike from Phoenix to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) and back
**Welcome reception in Rocky Point.
**Chaperoned night excursion to some of the more "interesting" nightspots in RP (remember: "what happens in Mexico...")
**Room at the Playa Bonita Resort on Friday night
**Guided ride all-day Saturday
**All fuel and minor repairs during the ride, both days. (A chase vehicle with fuel and beverages will meet us periodically)
**Catered lunch on Saturday in Desemboque, Sonora - a fishing village on the Sonoran coast.
**Complimentary bike cleaning at Saturday lunch stop (if desired)
**Souvenir photo shot of the group with their bikes as Gary jumps his bike over them on the Sonoran beach
**Room at the El Camino motel in Caborca (the best in town!) on Saturday night
**Chaperoned night excursion to some of the more exciting nightspots in Caborca. There is a little-known neighborhood known as "Little Las Vegas" for its neon-lit cantinas and, well...you get the point
**Guided ride all day Sunday with fuel and beverage stops
**Souvenir "Cinco de Mayo Sonoran Adventure" shirt and cap
**Return to Phoenix Sunday evening
Cost: $545 to the first 8 riders to register.
For more information call Gary Wells at 602-531-5971 or Email.
Unfortunately during large motorcycle rallies there seems to be at least a few fatalities
and that was the case this year. Craig Creed was involved in a fatal accident
while riding his motorcycle on the Loop 101. Craig was a Desert Storm Veteran and was also a Patriot
Guard Rider coming back from a mission when the accident occurred. If you would like to pay your respects, the
memorial is Friday, April 10th at 11am in Mesa. My condolences to the family. Click Here for more information.
Oh boy, I have to admit that this one made me cringe. Watch what happens when you mess with something that you are not trained to do. Click Here to View.
Cats have a strange way of entertaining themselves. See what this one does for exercise. Click Here to View.
Have you ever wondered what construction projects do when they don't have a crane? Check this out. Click Here to View.
For those who don't take the newsletter, I have decided to put my favorite Video of the Week on the front page of Cyclerides.com. This is a very funny blooper real from bull riding and other chance encounters. Click Here to View.
Bored? Need something to kill some time in the middle of the day? This will do it. Click Here.
I look forward to seeing you at the Westgate Bike Night this Thursday