Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, I mentioned in last week's letter that our hot weather was lurking and ready to jump out at any moment. It looks like that time is now to be breaking into the 100+ degree days. I was doing some errands around town on the motorcycle yesterday with the high temperature of 99 degrees and low humidity. You can really feel the moisture being sapped out of you with dry lips and the need for more water stops. For those that are new to the area, be sure and drink plenty of water when out riding in the Valley. Dehydration in 100+ degree outdoor temperature, 130 degree asphalt and the wind in your face can come upon you very quickly. If you even feel the least bit dizzy from the heat, stop for water immediately. Keep a supply of Blistex, Sunscreen and Water for summer riding.
The hot weather is not all that is upon us. May 25th ends the grace period for rider education and warnings for "Noise Violations" in Carefree. Starting the 26th of May you will be subject to a real ticket if you were to exceed the noise ordinance in Carefree. So, if you are going down Scottsdale Rd. into Carefree and you see a patrol car with a microphone sticking above a Sheriff car that looks like this, they are conducting an interview with your motor. If that interview says that your motor is speaking over 85 DB you would be at risk for a ticket.
And now for some role playing. If you are stopped for a noise violation, here is how it might go.
(Setup: You are riding on Tom Darlington Rd. in Carefree. You pass a Sheriff car with a funny looking microphone on a poll 2 feet above the car. Reds lights are soon flashing behind, you pull over, a Deputy walks up to your bike)
Deputy: Do you know why I stopped you?
Rider: My bike was so quiet that you thought I was coasting because I had run out of gas and you wanted to see if you could help? Or was it that I was going to slow and impeding traffic?
Deputy: No, you were violating the noise ordinance of Carefree. See those expensive houses up there on the side of that hill? They are tired of all your noise every Saturday and Sunday while running up and down their roads. You are vibrating their fine China out of the cabinets, rearranging their art collections on the walls, scaring the hair off of their Schitzu's, causing feedback in their hearing aids and making it virtually impossible to hear reruns of "The Golden Girls" without blaring the TV. So they have bought me this really cool $900 gadget that will tell me how loud your motorcycle is, and have empowered me to write you a citation that could cost you $175. Now you don't want to be responsible for all of this havoc do you?
Rider: But I was only doing 30 MPH.
Deputy: Speed is not the issue here, it is noise. You need to do the speed limit while keeping your RPM's as low as you can to keep the noise of your motorcycle below 85 DB.
Rider: Does this mean that you are going to write me a ticket?
Deputy: Not this time. I just want you to go up there and talk to these people, straighten their pictures, reposition the china, pay for noise counseling for the Shitzu and buy them the DVD of "The Golden Girls 1982-1989". That should be enough to keep you from making noise through here again.
Ok, that is obviously a tongue in cheek way of looking at this situation, but it is now real. You will be subject to a ticket if you violate the 85 DB's. Here is what Lt. Trombi from the Sheriff's Department emailed me last week:
"Barry, I thought I would send you message that effective Memorial Day weekend we will be ending our "grace period" and start issuing citations under the sound ordinance. The education process of this ordinance has been very successful and effective. Deputies have issued approximately 50 warning letters to those who were in violation. The response from those stopped and warned has been equally positive. Most, if not all, have been receptive to the logic behind the ordinance. If we never have to issue one citation, we will be happy. Although the grace period ends May 25th it does not mean everyone stopped will be cited. It simply means that we will now have the latitude to issue cites where appropriate. Thanks for all your help and cooperation during this learning process." Lt. Trombi.
What should you do when riding through Carefree to get to Cave Creek?
First of all, don't stop riding through that beautiful area. It shouldn't be a problem unless you are trying to get a ticket. I did extensive testing on this with the Sheriff 2 months ago. Click here for Video Page.
Here are some tips:
1. All you need to do is just stay in a higher gear to keep your RPM's as low as possible. And don't downshift and let your pipes reverberate. There shouldn't be a problem if you do those 2 things. My bike with a thunderheader passed just fine when ridden in third gear at low RPM's doing 25-30 MPH.
2. If you see a white car with a microphone sticking up from the roof, "DUH!", adjust to lower RPM's and a higher gear. You have to be very close for the best reading, so you should have plenty of time to adjust.
I sense that the Sheriff department is most interested in those that are blatantly violating and intentionally trying to make noise. While talking with Lt. Trombi on the phone, he indicated that they have been very pleased with the response from the riders in holding down the excessive noise. If you do get a ticket, let me know the circumstances and the DB violation. I would like to track that for a while.
Click Here for the more detailed story about this from 2 months ago.
Click Here for the Video Page that shows the tests and the Channel 15 news report.
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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.
INCREDIBLE would best describe the weather right now for an evening ride. INCREDIBLE is also the menu at Jetz prepared by Chef James Devine and the INCREDIBLE atmosphere created with DJ Aaron. Don’t miss any of these this and every THURSDAY! Preferred parking, delicious menu, and great music 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. 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 Fifth Week of the ACME Bar and Grill Eight Week Rooftop Bikini Contest. Come check it out this week and see what happens. 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.
NEW!! Over 60 Bikes tried out Broker's last week to Rave Reviews on the
Saturday Night Bike Night at Broker's Bar and Grill. Need a destination on a Saturday night for some great food and refreshments with other riders?? This is a great little place that reminds me of the show Cheer's. A lot of you already stop at Broker's for the excellent food and refreshments on the patio. Now they are having an official Bike Night starting May 10th from 6pm - Close with several food and drink specials. I'm sure the place will be packed on Saturday nights. Broker's is located on the SW corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Bell Rd. in North Scottsdale next to Paris Paris. Food Specials will be $6.00 Burger meal, $5.00 Chicken Sandwich meal and $1.00 Burger Sliders (each). Drink specials include $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.00 imports, $3.50 drafts, $4.50 Guinness and Black & Tans, $4.50 Well Drinks. Click Here for pictures and more information.
Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
This Saturday: The Titan Motorcycles Display and the weekly Bikini Bike Wash. Stop by and see the latest from Titan Motorcycles. Be a part of the Porch Posse at the world famous Hideaway, one of most popular stops in the Southwest for riders that come to Arizona. Stop by for one of their great burgers or their outstanding pizza and shop at Stampede Leathers while you are there. 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. This weekend enjoy the ride to Cave Creek and the beautiful weather from The Hideaway Porch. 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
At The Hideaway there is something to do every night. Click here for the Weekly Schedule of Events
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
Exclusive Bike Shows at The Hideaway with the Hottest Custom Manufacturers:
Jim Nasi Customs: The 1st Saturday of Every Month.
Bourget's Custom Bike Show: The 2nd Saturday of Every Month.
Titan Motorcycles Show: The 3rd Saturday of Every Month.
Ramjet Racing Performance Parts Expo. The 4th Saturday of Every Month.
In addition to the Bike Shows there will be a free Bikini Bike Wash during the shows along with Fun, Food, Entertainment, Vendors and More.
Sunday, May 18th,
Great Live BLUES Music all weekend long!
Yeah that's right, great live Blues music in Cave Creek! Danny Rhodes and The Messengers will be entertaining the biker crowd on Sunday from 2 to 6 pm (either on the patio or inside with air conditioning depending on the temperature!). If you have not heard Danny before you are in for a treat! Have a nice cold 16 oz Bud or Bud Light draft for only a $1.25. Have some lunch and check out our patio and waterfall or our rooftop bar. Great views of the surrounding mountains and the bikes cruisin' Cave Creek Road. Fandango's not just biker friendly on Sunday, stop by any time! We are located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd in the town of Cave Creek. Call 480-595-5633 for info or check out our website at www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
Friday, May 16: The Rocket 88's
Saturday, May 17: Walkin' Cane Mark
Sunday, May 18: Danny Rhodes and the Messengers
Friday, May 23: Chuck Hall & The Brick Wall. Saturday, May 24: Chill Factor
And mark your calendar for Memorial Day weekend. We are having a party on Sunday May 25 with GD Roadshow (George & Duane of Mogollon). Bud & Cuervo shot & beer specials and giveaways with the Cuervo and Bud Girls!
Stay tuned for Camp Fandango..coming soon!
Sunday, May 18th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Combo Deluxe" 1 - 5 PM. Here is your chance to take a ride up North and party with Lori and the guys while enjoying a car and bike show. 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 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
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music on the patio with Paris James from 1-6PM this 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 1-6pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Every Saturday: Live Reggae Saturdays at Sugar Daddy's. Every Saturday from 2-6pm. $2 Red Stripe and $4 Appleton Rum Drinks. Enter a drawing for a trip for two to Jamaica. Day Drinking Reggae Style.
Saturday, May 17th
Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson Grand Opening Celebration on Whiskey Row in Prescott. Take a beautiful ride up North to Prescott and help celebrate the Grand Opening of their new store on Whiskey Row located at 138 S. Montezuma St. in Prescott . If you take the ride up the back side to Prescott, through Wickenburg Click Here for my Day Ride map of this route. You can participate in the 1st Annual Springfest Poker Walk. $1 per hand, register from 10am-2pm. Enjoy a Bike Show and 25% off all in stock Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary merchandise. Street will be blocked off with live music from the Gypsy Blues Band from 3pm - 7pm. Should be a fun ride and a fun time. For more information call 928-778-2241. If you want a good ride to get there take my Day Ride through Wickenburg and Yarnell. Or come up I-17 and stop at the Dealership in Mayer. For those of you that have Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cards you can get 20% off your meal and eat on the patio at the Tecate Grill located on the North side of Gurley St. right across from the Hassayampa Inn. You can also receive 20% off at the Prescottonian if you want to stay in Prescott.
Saturday, May 17th & 18th
Buell Open House & Customer Appreciation Days at Chosa's Harley-Davidson/Buell. Enjoy Chosa's FREE Biker BBQ from 11am to 1pm on Saturday and FREE Biker Brunch on Sunday 11am -1pm. Attention Sport Bike Riders!Whether you commute through town or carve through canyon roads, the East Valley Sportbike Club welcomes you. If you are interested in participating or want to learn about what they do and where they ride, members will be available to answer any of your questions. Close-out specials on in stock Buell parts and accessories and race kits for tube frame models. 20-40% off Buell in stock merchandise. Chosa's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, May 17th
Valle Luna Angel Run to benefit Down Syndrome of Arizona in honor of Abby West. Registration from 8-10am at Valle Luna Restaurant located at 33rd Ave. and Bell Rd. in Phoenix. Ride to Bartlett Lake for a BBQ lunch in the Yellow Cliffs Launch Ramp Parking Lot. $30 registration includes raffles, lunch and ride pins to the first 1000 registered riders. $10 Non-Participant fee includes beverage ticket, raffle ticket and more. Contact Wes Keyes at 602-820-8267 for more information.
Saturday, May 17th
Hawaiian Luau Hosted by A.B.A.T.E. of AZ Phoenix Chapter. The luau will be held at the Glendale Country Club located on the corner of 83rd Ave. and Glendale starting at 5:00 pm. There will be roasted pig and chicken, BBQ beans, potato salad, chips and rolls. All for $10 per person. There will also be a Bike Show, 50/50, door prizes, t-shirts, fun money raffle and a $5 horseshoe tournament. More info. contact Adam and Tammy at 623-535-8330.
Saturday, May 17th
2nd Annual Run To The High Country presented by MMA's Rim Country District to benefit the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Gila County. Sign in will be at 9am at the Mazatzal Casino in Payson. $10 Single, $15 couple. Two Bike Shows - Custom and People's Choice. Live entertainment by Dr. Ruth, Beer Garden, Poker Run, 3 Ball Tourney, Bike Games, Vendors, Prizes, 50/50 Drawing and other Raffles and Awards.
Sunday, May 18th
Scooters to Hooters 5th Annual Poker Run. Starts at the Tempe Hooters located at Mill Avenue and 5th St. in Downtown Tempe. 5 card draw, 1 card per stop drawn from the Hooters Girls. Raffle Prizes, Food, Fun, 50/50 Drawing, T-Shirts, Riding Pin, and the World Famous Hooters girls at every stop. Lunch catered by Hooter's at the final stop. Registration of $25 includes entry fee, lunch and poker run. Cash prizes to the top 3 poker hands. Free ride pin to the first 300 entries. Proceeds benefit the Desert Samaritan Pediatrics Unit. All Motorcycles Welcome.
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday - Sunday, May 23 - 25th
MMA's 16th Anniversary State Rally. Memorial Day Weekend at Tom's Cabin in Overgaard, Arizona. Pre-Registration before May 16, 2003 is $20 per person. At the gate it's $25 per person. Saturday night's BBQ included. On site bar & restaurant, Live Music (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) by "White Mountain Boogie Band" & "Zalienz", Bike Show, Bike Games, Trophies, Kids Games, Raffle, Events, Vendors, 50/50, & Poker Run. Run pins to the first 200. On site camping and RV parking included (dry). Presented by Modified Motorcycle Association of Arizona. Info: 928 537-7288 or 928 368-6424. Vendors call 928 532-7693.
I have not been in the armed services or in a war, but I appreciate all that have and are currently serving our
Country. It has been very interesting hearing all of the stories from the soldiers
and reporters from the Iraq war. Here is one that I found particularly interesting and couldn't stop reading. It
gives you a great insight as to how compassionate and how great of a warrior the American Soldier is. Click Here for this compelling story from James Lacey, Time Magazine correspondent who was embedded with the 101st Airborne
Division. Click Here for the story.
Here is another testimony that I received from a rider that recently used the Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card. This one even has visual proof.
"Hey I just used my new VIP card today at Hacienda Harley and I saved $75.99. I tell you what Barry I'm a believer now. I bought or should I say I "special ordered" a set of bags for my Dyna Wide Glide. I truly expected the parts manager to tell me the card could not be used on "special order" parts. I tell you what, I near doubled what this card cost me and I haven't even used it on anything else yet. Thanks a lot Barry. Cliff & Kathy"
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As for me this week. Mrs. C. and I are going to take a ride up North to Prescott on Saturday for the party on Whiskey Row. No matter where you go, it should be great weather for riding.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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