Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
I'm sure a lot of you were taking advantage of the good riding weather particularly for a ride up North. Mrs. C. and I needed one of those relaxing weekends and actually went South to Rocky Point. Believe it or not, even with the temperatures in the mid 90's in Phoenix, it was only 78-80 on the beach down there. Couldn't have been much better. Got in some good flying on the beach with the electric RC jet. The Pelicans don't know what the heck happened when this 80 mph red flash with the 3 foot wing span cruises by them. But this week it will be back on the motorcycle for a new Day Ride feature. Judging by the amazing amount of hits on the Day Ride pages, a lot of you must have been searching for some good ideas. Hope you found some.
As you can tell by the Day Rides page I am always looking for some place to ride. But I am also always keeping my eyes and ears open for something fun and different to let you know to do here in the metro area. Last week Mrs. C. told me that she heard about an exhibit going on at the Phoenix Art Museum called "Curves Of Steel". Motorcycle riding is my passion now, but back in my High School days it was all about cars and I still have a great interest in the automobiles of the past. Here is the official description of the exhibit from the Phoenix Art Museum. I will give you mine below.
"Curves of Steel, organized by Phoenix Art Museum, is the first exhibition in an art museum to explore the impact and influence of streamlining on American and European automobile design in the 20th century. It features 22 of some of the rarest and most stunning cars ever to be presented in one show – many are the only existing examples of their kind. They demonstrate the influence of aerodynamic testing and how it changed the look of the automobile from a rectangular “horse-less” carriage into the sleek modern automobile that embodies speed and efficiency. They exemplify the beautiful, sweeping lines, elegant details and perfect proportions where science and style intersect. Emerging from aerodynamic studies seeking to improve the speed of ships and airplanes, streamlining is characterized by smooth, curvilinear shapes idealized in the tear drop shape. Amidst the Great Depression and strains of the impending war, the sleek, futuristic look of streamlined design represented an optimistic future of science and technology and provided a stimulus to the market by making former more ornamental styles look outmoded. The look of the designs became equally important to its physical ability to reduce drag and improve efficiency." Phoenix Art Museum is the only place Curves of Steel will be shown.
After reading their web site about the Curves of Steel display and looking at the pictures, I was intrigued to say the least. As you saw in the above paragraph, these are 22 of the rarest cars to ever be assembled under one roof. A lot of them are the only one existing today or are a one of a kind vehicle. The really cool part of the exhibit is that it is part ART, part Technology and part History. As you walk through the exhibit and read all of the signs that describe the cars, it walks you through the history of automobile manufacturing and how the migrated from the box look of the 20's era cars to utilizing aircraft technology and wind tunnels to shape cars to be aerodynamically efficient, tear drop designs and beautiful flowing works of art made of steel. The one car that exemplified that notion for me was the 1939 Delahaye 165 Cabriolet by Figoni et Falaschi. When you stand there and look at this car in person you will see how all of the lines of the car, chrome accents and composition all flow together. This one by far is my favorite.
Another favorite was the 1937 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza H-6c Xenia. When you go there take a look at the exhaust pipes and the special made luggage to fit in the trunk that was designed for form over function. You can really see the aircraft influence in these cars from top to bottom. Another interesting car was the 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe. This car again carried the aircraft influence. They wanted to use lightweight magnesium in this car but it would catch fire when welded. So they had to use rivets instead. When they abandoned the magnesium metal and went back to aluminum they continued with the rivet design. One more that I thought was really a striking design was the 1938 Delage D8-120. Check out how they even made the underneath aerodynamic.
When you walk into the Phoenix Art Museum lobby you will be greeted by the 1936 Stout Scarab. This appears to be part car, part Winnebago and part plane. It features moveable seating, rear engine and of course aerodynamic design. It was definitely the pre cursor to the minivan. You will move on toward the exhibit gallery by passing by the bright red 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt of which only 4 were made, before being greeted by the 1957 Ferrari 625/250 Testa Rossa TRC. Just passed the entrance to the gallery, don't miss the 1948 Tucker on display. Click Here for a complete list of the cars.
If you are a lover of the design of the automobile, this will be 90 minutes of pure bliss for you. If that doesn't appeal to you, it is still an awesome collection of art in the form of steel that follows the theme of designing cars to be free flowing and beautiful. You might see one or two of these kinds of cars in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. But never before has there been 22 of these all assembled under one roof and this is the only place that they will be. So for you automobile aficionados, or for anyone who would like to spend 90 minutes looking at a multimillion display of vehicles, this would be the place to go. Let me try and put this in perspective. I am a big fan of what the Barrett Jackson auction brings to town every year, but in comparison to the quality of automobiles in the Curves of Steel, the auction vehicles would be on par with the Saturday night car show in the Safeway parking lot.
The Curves of Steel exhibit runs from April 1st - June 3rd, 2007. The cost is $14 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-17. Museum hours are Tuesday, 10am to 9pm, Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, Closed Mondays and major holidays. The First Friday of the month the exhibit is open from 6pm - 10pm and is free admission. So this could be a good thing for this Friday night. The location is 1625 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix, AZ. For more information call 602-257-1880 or a 24 hour information line at 602-257-1222. http://www.phxart.org/exhibitions/curves.asp
This Week's Bike Night Events
Superstition Harley-Davidson and San Tan Flat are bringing Bike Nights back to the East Valley! Mark your calendars, because every Tuesday means one thing, cheap food and drinks for ALL bikers! Come hit up San Tan Flat from 6pm to 9pm for a good-ole-fashioned biker bash. There’ll be $1.50 drafts, ½ off appetizers, $5 Chilidog combos, and a bunch of prizes! Come sit and relax indoors or outdoors at San Tan Flat were there’ll be music, fire pits and marshmallows to roast-to bring out that biker in you. That’s Tuesday nights at San Tan Flat – the corner of Ellsworth and Hunt Highway. Do it up right, ’Bike Night’ it baby! 6185 W. Hunt Hwy., Queen Creek, AZ. 480-882-2995. This is one of the coolest places in town and worth the ride to check it out. Click Here for Video of San Tan Flat.
Bike Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Mesa-Falcon Field. This is a great new stop for riders on the East Side. Enjoy GREAT FOOD and Live Music every Wednesday night with Soul Catcher, featuring acoustic blues and classic rock from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday Night at Buffalo Wild Wings located at 4425 E. McKellips Rd. in Mesa, AZ, just across from Falcon Field. Special motorcycle parking in front of the patio. Choose from the extensive new menu including Wings, Chicken Tenders, Huge selection of salads, Wraps, Sandwiches, Ribs & Combos, Burgers, Desserts and Beverages. Click Here for complete menu. Bike Night specials are 50 Cent Legs all day, $2.50 Coronas & Pacificos, $2.00 Well Rum and Coke, $2.00 Well Vodka Tonics, $1.75 Bud Light Pints, $1.75 Miller Light Pints. Sit inside and watch your favorite sporting events on over 50 TV's and 5 Giant Screen TV's or sit outside on the huge patio where there are more TV's and enjoy the evening air. Wherever you find to relax, you will be sure to have a good time, good food and good entertainment at the Buffalo Wings Wednesday Bike Night. 480-218-9464. Click Here to take a look at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Harley-Davidson Thursday Bike Night at Gordon Biersch Brewery at Westgate. Live Music on the patio this week 6:30
- 9:30pm!! You can also sign up for the Gordon Biersch
Passport card. What a great deal! Pay only $10 for the card, and
you will get a $20 gift certificate to redeem for food and drink.
On Bike Nights you will receive double rewards to build points for free food and drink. Gordon Biersch
Brewery Restaurant in Glendale features the best Beer Garden you will find in this State, an impressive bar area
equipped with TVs and speaker system, great food, and a large outdoor patio seating. Bike night specials include 1/2 off of my favorite Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza. 1/2 off
appetizers plus $3.00 Micro Brew Beer specials. Try my
favorite, the Gordon Biersch "Golden Export" or a sampler of all 5 of their beers brewed on
site. Plenty of motorcycle only parking. Gordon Biersch is located at 6915 N. 95th Ave. at Westgate City Center,
Loop 101 and Glendale next to the Cardinals Stadium. An easy ride from anywhere in the Valley. 623-877-4300.
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. 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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Harold's Cave Creek Corral Bike Weekends. This is the patio that we have all been waiting for in Cave Creek. The new 4000 Sq. Ft. patio at Harold's is finally finished complete with misters, TV's and an outdoor bar. There is plenty of room to put some tables together and hang out with your riding group for breakfast, lunch or the cold beverage of your choice. Live Music from Noon to 4pm every Saturday with Bob Bouchard, the man who plays at Greasewood every weekend. Enjoy TV's all around the patio with a walk up bar. Ride out on Sunday's and enjoy the All You Can Eat breakfast buffet for $8.99 on Sundays from 8am - Noon. Or grab one of Harold's fantastic hamburgers and watch the bikes roll by on Cave Creek Rd. from the patio. 50% Off Appetizers and $2.00 Bud/Bud Light bottles. You can also choose from their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Plenty of new motorcycle parking right in front of the patio. A great destination patio for your weekend rides. Harold's is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. 480-488-1906. There are still no tickets being given for DB violations. Just continue to keep the noise down as much as possible when riding through Carefree.
Western Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food
great Music every Saturday and Sunday Afternoons from Noon to 4pm. See the upcoming band list below. Loud
pipes? No problem! You can ride out to Western Trails without worrying about DB metering equipment to greet you. Hang out under the covered patio at the Buzzard's Saloon or in front of the stage
for some impromptu dancing. Buzzard’s Saloon now has Appetizer’s available at the Bar. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks,
Chicken Tenders, Fries, Jalapeno Poppers, Breaded Mushrooms, Onion Rings, Beer Battered Mushrooms & Zucchini and
Spicy Chicken Wings. Fast food service from the Bartender. Buddy Boom’s Real BBQ is also open for those who
don’t mind walking 300 Feet for the best Burgers, award winning Ribs & BBQ on the Westside of town.
So take a ride out to Western Trails for some Lunch, Music and Fun every Saturday and Sunday. For more information on Western Trails Ranch go to www.westerntrailsranch.com . Located on Hwy. 60 in Morristown, just 12 N. of Sun City West on Grand or just 3 miles South of Carefree Hwy. Click Here for Map. 623-388-0450.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive 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 - 4pm. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage 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.
May 4th - 6th
Budd's Birthday Bash at Western Trails Ranch. 3 Day Biker Bash and Bike Run. 2 major Concerts, Vendors.
Friday: Gates open at 4:30pm. 6pm Burn Out Pit Contest. Opening act Phat Bastard at 7pm. Headliner Concert at 8:30pm Featuring TNT, The Ultimate AC/DC Experience. 10:30pm - 2am Post Party with Phat Bastard on Buzzard's Saloon Stage. 11pm - 2am: Go Go Dance Cages Open. Judges will invite best girls to finals.
Saturday: 8am - 11am Breakfast Buffet Available. 10am - 12pm Registration for Chopper Show. 10am - 2pm Rock with DOK & Gal. 11am - 5pm Go Go Dance Cages open. 2pm - 3pm Female Pineapple Wrestling. 3pm - 7pm Rock with PHAT Bastard. 4pm - 5pm Tattoo Contest, 5pm - 6pm, Go Go Girls Dance Finals. 7pm: Opening Act, Lil' Debbie & Blue Plate Special. 8:30pm: Headliner Featuring Dr. Hook on the Main Stage. 10pm - 2am: Post Party with Lil' Debbie & Blue Plate Special. 11:30pm: Wet T-Shirt Contest.
Sunday: 8am - 11am: Breakfast Available. 10am - 12pm: Registration for Budd's Annual Birthday Run. Ride pin for first 500 to register. Ride up the hill to Peeples Valley and back to the ranch. 3pm: Best Poker Hand. 1pm - 5pm: Music with DOK And Gal.
More information at: 623-388-0450.
May 3-5, 2007
2007 Arizona State HOG Rally. This year is the first HOG Rally held at the Tucson Convention Center in Downtown Tucson.What does Tucson have to offer? A change of scenery, including guided tours leaving every hour Thursday and Friday. Dozens of bars and restaurants within walking distance. A welcome BBQ at Tucson Harley Davidson Thursday Night. The Bike Games will be held in the air-conditioned, indoor venue. That means no rain, no wind, no sunburns and no gravel parking lots! Walking and Riding Charity Runs, a Large Vendor Area, Prize Give-A-Ways, Share the Wealth Drawing, Bike Parade through Downtown Tucson and the Arizona Chapter Challenge. Reduced room rates at hotels within walking distance to the Convention Center. Entertainment abounds in Tucson! Live music every night, featured bands include: Bad Company, Molly Hatchet, King Bees, Alexandro Escovedo, and The Zsa Zsas. All bands are FREE with wristband. And don't forget the rides through Tombstone, Bisbee and Kartchner Caverns. With so much to do, where do you start?! Go to www.azstatehogrally.com for more information about the Rally schedule, lodging and registration.
Saturday, May 5th
Roosevelt Lake Motorcycle Rally. Ride supports Huntington's Disease of America, Arizona Affiliate. Sign In at PERA Club, 1 E. Continental Dr. Tempe, Arizona from 9am - 10am. Cost of Ride is $20 single, $35 2-up. Ride Sponsored by Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson, Salt River Project, Arizona Avalanches. Ride North up Bee Line Hwy. through Punkin Center to Roosevelt Lake. Lunch at SRP PERA facility at Roosevelt Lake and then back to Buddy Stubbs.
MEET SPANKY SPANGLER at 4:00PM www.spankyspangler.com. Spanky will be here signing autographs. Spanky Spangler has been performing death defying stunts all over the world since he was 12 years old. With twenty two thousands stunts to his credit and 22 world records, he is known to his peers as the "Original Fall Guy." Also known as "The Falling Star," he is without a doubt the #1 stuntman in the World. Spanky has been inducted into three Stuntman Hall of Fames. In
the past 3 years, more than 180 million people have watched Spanky perform his amazing stunts. Born to be a stunt man, as far back as he can remember Spanky's driving desire was to be a Hollywood stuntman. He trained constantly and rigorously in all varieties of sports. After enlisting in the army, first as a paratrooper and later as a Green Beret, he became a decorated soldier and the youngest Green Beret to this date. His experiences in the armed forces helped prepare him for what was to come. Also here is Tom Manno - Strongest Man in the World. He'll be here at 4pm.
Saturday, May 5th
American Legion Riders Post 79 (Yarnell, AZ) 2nd Annual Motorcycle Run. Sign in from 9am - 11am at Drifter's Restaurant located 19359 S. Hwy. 89 in Peeples Valley. Breakfast buffet available for $5.00 starting at 8:30am and will end at the Yarnell American Legion, Post 79. $15 Per Person includes run sheet and lunch. Ride Pins for the first 100. Get an extra raffle ticket for bringing a DVD or CD, new or used which will be sent to our troops overseas. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, May 5th
Rudy's Poker Run. Every once in a while a story will come by my desk that really gets me. Especially when it is about a rider that has lost his ability to ride. This is a story about 77 year old Rudy Luz that was paralyzed 7 years ago when his motorcycle went down after he hit a patch of loose dirt on Hunt Hwy. and how he has maintained a positive attitude and a love for life. Over his lifetime Rudy and his wife raised 6 children and gave a home to 250 foster children. His wife Dorothy passed away one year before his retirement in 1997. It is a really inspiring story. Click Here to read the Arizona Republic article about him. There is a poker run this weekend to help Rudy with some basic living needs. Sign in is 10am - 11am at Hail Mary's in Ahwatukee located at 40th St. & Chandler Blvd., $20 Rider, $15 passenger. Last Bike out at 11:30am. Raffles, Prizes, Live Entertainment. Ride ends at Ramsey's American Grill located at 21141 N. John Wayne Pkwy in Maricopa, AZ. More information at 520-568-7459. Money raised will go to help retrofit Rudy's home Click Here for another article on Rudy and see a picture of him on his motorcycle.
Sunday, May 6th
Amanda's Run. Amanda is a 19 year old victim of a violent crime that left her paralyzed from the neck down in Jan. of 2006. Through miracles and physical therapy, she has made great progress. To help in this life changing ordeal, a Poker Run will be held on May 6th to benefit Amanda and her 3 year old daughter. Register at The Black Bear Diner on I-10 and Dysart Rd. at 8:30am. $20 entry, $10 for passenger. Raffle, Food, Entertainment ending at end. Call for details at 602-218-0846. Or email email@example.com . Here is a note from Amanda's Father and Mother:
On Jan. 8th, 2006 Our life changed, Our 19 year old daughter was taken out in the desert where she was beaten, stabbed, her throat cut from ear to ear, and left for dead in the desert for 2 days before being found. She survived this horrifying act to left paralyzed from the neck down. I hope you can help. Please feel free to contact me on my cell 602-218-0846 or home 480-332-6538. Thanks for your help and support. Bick and Pam Freyermuth. Link to Arizona Republic article.
Victory Riders Williams Rally. Rally this year in Williams, Arizona. $15 registration includes: Run Shirt & Ride Sheet. Live Music, Rides, Dinner, Blessing of the Bikes. Click Here for more information.
Saturday, May 12th
HardAss Run. Sponsored by A.B.A.T.E. of AZ - East Valley Chapter. Sign In 8-10am at Superstition HD located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. All Bikes and Riders welcome. The route is a mystery and all open road. Come and see some of AZ's best back roads. Run Shirt included at the end of the 280 plus mile ride. $20 single, $30 couples. More information call Jack at 602-696-3015.
Saturday, May 12th
11th Annual Jester Memorial Run. Memorial run for lost Brothers and Sisters Sponsored by the MMA Verde Valley District. Registration at KA Cycle located at 595 S. 6th St. in Cottonwood, AZ. More information: Ed at 928-301-1327.
Saturday, May 12th
American Legion Legacy Rally and Bazaar. Highlights the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces during their wartime service in more than 130 countries around the globe. All monies raised will be donated to the American Legion's Legacy Scholarship Fund. Earl Mitchell Post 29 located at 6822 N. 57th Dr., in Glendale, AZ. 12pm - 10pm. More information at 623-937-8192.
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I've never seen anyone get tazered, at least multiple times. This video is from one of the dash cams on a Police car. Beware that there is some rough language in this one. So if you are in the office, turn down the volume. Click Here to View.