Well, once again the riders in
Phoenix area showed how giving we can be. Sunday was the "Ernie
Palooza Ride" that turned out to be a huge success for raising money for Phoenix
Fire Captain Ernie Lizarraga who was critically injured in the motorcycle
accident in late March where 4 riders lost their lives when a dump truck ran
them over. Ernie is doing better every day, but is still a very long way to a
full recovery and will still be in the hospital for quite a while. (See video from TV-12 News)
Given that Ernie will not be able to
work for a long time and his benefits are running out, his
Firefighter brotherhood put together a benefit for him and his family. Donations
poured in from all over including Desert Ridge to host the end location as well
as the restaurant Notorious P.I.G. at Desert Ridge that donated all of the food
and drink that day.
The day started with a pancake
breakfast at station 54 where the motorcycles congregated until the ride
left at 10:45am. Then an unescorted ride headed North to Carefree
Highway past the location of the accident, then on through Cave Creek/Carefree
before ending at the Notorious P.I.G. for lunch and entertainment. The total
donations with approximately 800 riders participating in both locations was
approximately $33,000 for the day. With other money still coming in, they are
expecting to raise a total of $42,000. Once again, the riders in this State are
absolutely amazing with their generosity.
Thanks to Chris Newman and Paul
Parker who organized this event. They did a great job for their
first time at organizing a ride. I would also like to give a big thumbs up to
the new restaurant Notorious P.I.G. at Desert Ridge for donating all of the food
and drink. Their food is really good and the outside patio is great. I had their
Cheeseburger and Mac and Cheese side and would highly recommend it. We will be
back for sure. Thanks to all the riders who participated. I took 135 pictures of
I have a few important updates that I would like
to pass on to you:
The Riders in Chandler Have Spoken loud and
The rider participation this
season after moving the Downtown Chandler Bike Night to Tuesday
Night was down by about 50%. The only thing that had changed was the
night, so I wanted to see if that was the problem. I put a poll on the site to
see which night was preferred by you, the riders. It was a clear choice by 83%
to move it back to Wednesday night. So that is what we are doing. Starting May
12th, the Downtown Chandler Bike Night will be moving to Wednesday Night with
Live Music by J.D. Madrid. Please forward this on to your riding pals that
enjoy the Downtown Chandler Bike Night. See you there.
Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night has been cancelled as of April 28th.
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night Special Event May 20th:
LADIES. . . we are having a
night for you! Since May is Woman Rider Month, we are going have
the Cyclerides.com Woman Rider night on Thursday, May 20th
at the Westgate Bike Night. For all of the Women who ride in their own bike on
May 20th, we will have VIP parking for you front and center in events
plaza. Once you have parked, you can go to the Arrowhead HD booth and the
Petersen Johnson booth to pick up your gift bags with special gifts, coupons,
gift certificates, etc. for the first 100 riders. For those Woman riding
customized bikes, we will have those bikes displayed on the bridge between the
fountains for everyone to see. So ladies, tell all of your Woman Rider friends
to set aside that night to be recognized at the Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike
***Stay tuned for some new photos that I will
have from a ride that I will be taking this weekend.
And don't miss my upcoming article on "Group
Riding". This will be one that you will want to send to those in
your group that are violators of the basic common courtesy involved in group
riding. Ride safe this weekend.
Friday, May 7th
Riders have been asking for something to do on a Friday night for a long
time and it is finally here.
The night will feature 4
Beer Gardens located throughout the 2 blocks and 4 Live Band Stages.
Saturday, May 8th
in the Valley for finding all of your
riding needs and those hard to find accessories all in one place.
enjoy a FREE BBQ Lunch, Bikini Bike Wash with the Dirty Dogg Girls and a
Bikini Contest sponsored by Beyond Bodyz. 11am -
In an over overwhelming vote by 83%, the
Chandler Bike Night is moving back to Wednesday nights.
The rider count this season was down by about
50%. So I put a poll on the site to see which night was preferred by you the
riders. It was a clear choice by 83% to move it back to Wednesday night. So
forward this on to your riding pals that enjoy the Downtown Chandler Bike Night.
LIVE MUSIC with J.D. Madrid.
Enjoy food and drink
San Tan Brewery - Chicken
Salad sliders and a pint of Beer $7.00
Once again we will have vendors,
music and participating bars and restaurants for you to enjoy. Downtown Chandler is located just 5.5 miles South of U.S. 60 on Arizona
Ave. adjacent to Dr. AJ Chandler Park. (MAP) Bike Night will be from 6pm - 10pm. Look forward to seeing
all of you back again on Wednesday!
Saloon Tuesday Bike Night After Hours Party
. Jugg'z Saloon is inviting you
to stop by their "After Hours Party" for the Downtown Chandler Bike
Night from 7pm - Close. Jugg'z is located just 1.5 miles South of Downtown
Chandler at 851 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Enjoy 12 Wings & Beer for
$6.00, 12" Pizza and Beer for $6.00 and $2.00 Coors Light and Bud Light. 2 Pool
Tables, 2 Dart Boards and 4 TV's for sporting events. Bike Parking in front of
Downtown Scottsdale Bike
Night. This night has been cancelled as of
Billet Bar Bike Night has moved to
Wednesdays as well as Thursdays!
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The Billet Bar has now moved bike night to
Wednesday nights as well as Thursdays to take advantage of all of the bikes
expected to be in town for the Downtown Scottsdale Bike
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the
That's right, Myron now has a grill and is serving up
1/4 pound cheeseburgers and chips right there hot off the grill for $6.50 every
day of the week. On bike night enjoy happy hour pricing on drinks all
night long. Click Here for 2 for 1 coupon for your first drink. Print it out and bring it in to
This is the
perfect time of year to set on the patio and watch the action on
Scottsdale. The Billet was 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. 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.
The Westgate Bike Night in
Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger
This turned out to
be one of the most talked about and best attended bike nights this
State has ever seen. There was some disappointment when
it ended last July 2nd, but the anticipation was building this year and we
kicked it off in a huge way on March 18th with an estimated 1500 bikes. We hope
to make this one even better than last year with different programming every
Here for Photos from last week.
If you can't make it, Click Here to view the new
Westgate Bike Night Web Cam. Page automatically refreshes every 10
seconds. Will be live every Thursday for bike night from 5pm -
I would like to
give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at
the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
Petersen Johnson is a local Arizona law firm,
whose attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal
experience in Accident/Injury law and DUI/Criminal Defense law. We
have substantial experience in representing riders injured in motorcycle
accidents. Ron Petersen and Brad Johnson are involved in every injury
case. We discount our fees; never our service. Please call us
locally at 602-650-1200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Arizona Victory Motorcycles
We are pleased to announce our newest Sponsor to Westgate Bike Night. Arizona
Victory, one of the top Victory dealers in the United States is
located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. Stop by their booth and see the latest from
American Made Victory Motorcycles including the Cross Country touring motorcycle
from Victory. Arrange your demo ride.
For the duration of this run over the
next 8 weeks, I will be updating the Westgate Bike Night page with the
weekly photos, restaurant specials, special guests, musical guests
and programming. So bookmark this page and check back every week to see what is coming up. I
look forward to seeing you all this week at Westgate. Westgate City Center
is located on the SE Corner of the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. in Glendale next
to Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium.
Looking for a good quick ride destination or
a great place to meet up with your group for a ride? Grab lunch before you go! Every Saturday from 11am - 2pm head to
Chester's Harley-Davidson for the "Party On The
** Enjoy FREE BBQ Burgers and Dogs with
all the fixins',
** Live Music this week
with Dok & Gal
** Outdoor Sidewalk Sale 9:30am - 4:30pm.
Great Deals to be had on some inventory reduction!
** Pool Tournament: First Place $50
Chester's Gift Card. 2nd Place a $25 Gift Card.
** Guess the horsepower contest. $25
Chester's Gift Card to the winner.
Park under the patio, hang out with other
riders, meet new friends and DEMO a brand new Harley-Davidson. Good times to be
had by all. The Party on the Patio will be happening EVERY Saturday at Chester's
Harley-Davidson located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ.
Friday, May 7th
Main St. in Mesa Sponsored by Chester's Harley-Davidson
. Riders have been
asking for something to do on a Friday night for a long time and it is finally
here at least once per month. Last month over 1000 riders came
out to downtown Mesa for a fun time. Ride to downtown Mesa the first Friday of
every month for the Downtown Mesa "Motorcycles On Main St." Cruise Main St.
and enjoy Sturgis Style parking on the inside lanes. Park and show off your
bike. The night will feature 4 Beer Gardens located throughout the 2 blocks and
4 Live Band Stages. Be sure and check it out this month
on Friday, May 7th to join in on the motorcycle fun in Downtown
Mesa from 6pm - 10pm. Downtown Mesa is located Just East of Country Club Dr. on
Main St. Ride in with Chester's HD. Meet at the dealership at 6pm located
at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. Ride leaves at 6:30pm and ends at the
Chester's Booth on Main St. Reserved Motorcycle Parking on the Main St.
Saturday, May 8th
Anniversary Bash! Renegade Classics is the best motorcycle store in the
Valley for finding all of your riding needs and those hard to find
accessories all in one place. If you haven't checked out their huge
selection of touring gear, travel bags, luggage, boots, helmets, glasses,
jackets etc., Saturday, May 2nd from 11am - 3pm would be the time to do it. To
celebrate their one year Anniversary, RENEGADE IS OFFERING A 25%
STOREWIDE SALE! That's Right! Grab that touring bag or leather you have
been wanting today. And while you are there, enjoy a FREE BBQ Lunch, Bikini Bike
Wash with the Dirty Dogg Girls and a Bikini Contest sponsored by Beyond Bodyz.
Renegade Classics is located at 3102 East Cactus Rd. in Phoenix, AZ.
Saturday, May 8th
Benefit Auction for
Lizzard. Shawn "Lizzard" Kelly went down during Bikeweek. He is recovering but spent 3 days in ICU which was very expensive and has
put a financial burden on him. Kimmy at Biker Information Guide has set up a
benefit auction to help Lizzard to pay some of the mounting bills. It takes
place on Saturday, May 8th 12:00 Noon till 3:00pm at the Star Dust Lounge
located at 4346 W. Olive Ave in Glendale. Kimmy said they do need auction items.
Or you can bring items the day of the auction, a few hours before the auction
starts. For more information call the office at 602-843-8907 and ask for Kimmy
Saturday, May 15th
Freedom Ride 2010. Armed Forces Day is May 15 this year. The
1st National Freedom Ride will be supporting all the Armed Forces, our Troops,
MIA's, POW's, Veterans, their families, friends and all that still stand to
Serve our Country. Proceeds go to Operation Homefront of Arizona.
Pre-registration fee $20 single & $25 couple paid online by April 1st.
Day of the event the fee is .$25.00 single or $30.00 couple. Free patches to the
first 100 paid riders. There will be a $10.00 donation charged at the end
location for non-riders. STARTING at Chester's Harley-Davidson 922 South Country
Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210. REGISTRATION 9:00 am to 11:00 am Opening Ceremonies
9:30 am til 10:00 am. Last Bike out by 11:00 am. ENDING location WESTERN TRAILS
RANCH. Live Music by Burnin' Betty from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the CellPhone
Cowboys from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Raffles, 50/50, T-shirts, Dog Tags and
Saturday, May 15th
7th Annual Power
to Cure Huntington's Disease Roosevelt Lake Poker Run. Join us for a scenic
day ride and poker run to beautiful Lake Roosevelt! At 10
a.m., Saturday May 15th, riders will depart from Hacienda Harley Davidson, 15600
N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale and head to the Beeline Highway.
Heading north up Beeline Highway thru Punkin Center riders will arrive at Lake
Roosevelt where a delicious free BBQ lunch will be provided next to the lake by
the Roosevelt PERA club from SRP! Everyone will then head back down
Beeline Highway and end at Hacienda Harley-Davidson for more fun, activities and
awards! Festivities will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and other raffles
during the ride, with winners announced and prizes awarded at the dealer! The
first 200 riders who pre-register online before May 14th will receive a
beautiful commemorative ride pin! Award for the club or team with
most registrations!!! Enjoy a beautiful ride and free lunch while helping those
with Adult Onset Huntington's Disease and Juvenile HD in Arizona! On-Site
Registration Day of Ride, May 15th (9 am to 10:30 am): Single: $25.00
Two Up $35.00. For more information: Sandy Petraitis,
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does to water in a pool. Click Here to
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