Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
5/5/10
 
Greetings Riders,
 
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 the day.
Click Here to View Photos. (Be sure and click the "Slideshow" button to view in full screen)
Go to the Cyclerides.com Facebook to see other video, photos and comments about the ride.
 
UPDATES:
 
I have a few important updates that I would like to pass on to you:
 
The Riders in Chandler Have Spoken loud and clear.
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 Night.
 
***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.
 

 
Highlights This Week
 
Friday, May 7th
Motorcycles On 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.
The night will feature 4 Beer Gardens located throughout the 2 blocks and 4 Live Band Stages.
 
Saturday, May 8th
Renegade Classics 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.
enjoy a FREE BBQ Lunch, Bikini Bike Wash with the Dirty Dogg Girls and a Bikini Contest sponsored by Beyond Bodyz. 11am - 3pm. 

 
 
Cyclerides.com Downtown Chandler Bike Night.
Moving to Wednesday Nights starting May 12th!
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 specials from:
San Tan Brewery - Chicken Salad sliders and a pint of Beer $7.00
Murphy's Law,
El Zocalo and 
Piza Piza
Fat Cat.
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!
 
Jugg'z 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 bar.
 
Wednesday
 
Downtown Scottsdale Bike Night. This night has been cancelled as of 4/28/10.
 
 
New!!
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 Night. 
Not only that, Billet Bar is now serving food cooked right there on the grill!
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 redeem.
 
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.
 
Thursday Night
 
Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com.
The Westgate Bike Night in Association with Cyclerides.com is back and bigger than ever!
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 week. Click 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 - 10pm.
 
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 your Accident-Personal Injury-Criminal Attorney.
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.
 
Every Saturday
NEW!!
Chester's Harley-Davidson "Party On The Patio".
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 Patio".  
** 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. 480-894-0404.
 
This Week
 
Friday, May 7th
Motorcycles On 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
Renegade Classics 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. 602-595-9597.
 
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 or JC.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday, May 15th
1st Arizona 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 vendor sales.
 
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, 602-236-0811.
 
Extras
 
Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook.
New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 2400 FANS!
Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!
 
This is a good lesson on being sure what you are talking about before you make idle threats.  Click Here to View.
 
I have never been in an earthquake, but this security camera gives you an interesting look at what it does to water in a pool. Click Here to View.
 
Video of the Week:
So you want to be a cowboy? This one will entertain you. Click Here to View.
 
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
 

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