Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, if you missed last week's newsletter about Father's Day Gift ideas, there is still time to do your shopping. There are even a couple items I might get for myself. Click Here to read the story and see some of my favorite ideas. From what I hear, the EZ Towels have already been a big hit with riders. You can still get your EZ Towels at Buddy Stubbs and Chester's HD for that under $10 gift that will really come in handy with the weather that we have on the way. If you like some of the other items listed, Buddy Stubbs, Chester's and Chandler HD are still offering the 15% discount to Cyclerides.com Readers in the Motorclothes Department from now through Sunday. Just tell them that you would like the Cyclerides.com 15% discount.
For those of you that attended the Hearts To Heroes event there is something that I would like to share with you and with everyone who might be reading this. You might remember Major Keith Turner, one of our servicemen that was interviewed on the live broadcast from Baghdad. He has been keeping in touch with me since the event via email and has even shared his personal journal with me. Reading this has taken my admiration and concern for all of our guys to another level. To hear him recount his days in Baghdad and mention that where he walks twice a day is where a man was just killed by random rockets into the green zone, shows you that there is no safe place in that country. His commitment to his service for our Country, and a glimpse into his spiritual side, which is what keeps him going over there, is truly inspiring. Even though I haven't met Maj. Turner in person, after reading his journal, it really makes me proud to know that we have him, and many others like him, standing in the gap for us. They are all truly our Heroes. I look forward to shaking his hand soon.
What I am going to share with you today was addressed to me, but it is really to all of the Cyclerides family that attended and/or supported the Hearts To Heroes event from afar. Maj. Turner and others somehow found a Harley-Davidson Baghdad beach towel and a an HD Baghdad ball cap, sporting the inscription "since. 2003". Not only did they round these up and send them to me, but they also wrote notes on the back of the towel, signed and dated it. You will see quotes from General Caldwell, Sgt. Ryan Kenner and Maj. Keith Turner, who happens to be from Prescott. Click Here to View.
My favorite quote of all is anonymous. It says, "Thanks for a special treat and making us all feel remembered. We'll Be Home Soon!" Amen to that. I was honored to receive such a great token of appreciation from the guys that we owe so much to. I have to admit that it was emotional for me to see what they had taken the time to do. And like I said, it is not just to me, it was for all of you that supported this event. Thanks to all of our military that are in harms way. We honor you and appreciate you very much and will keep you in our prayers. God Bless you all.
My plan is to frame this so that you can see both sides and display it in the local Harley Dealerships that would want to have it for a week at a time. You could then stop by and have your picture taken next to it. We will also have an edit of the complete Hearts To Heroes event including the ride around PIR done in the next couple of weeks. You will be able to purchase a copy of that at the same time this is displayed. Stay tuned for dates and times of the display.
Click Here for a picture of the beach towel and hat.
Click Here for photos and video from the event.
This year, a fellow motorcycle rider and musician, Larry Jensen attended the event and was moved to write a song entitled Hearts To Heroes in honor of those serving our country.
Click Here for a 2 minute photo video from the ride with his song.
I still have a few of the Hearts To Heroes shirts left. If you would like one Click Here to go to the online store to see what is available.
Next week I will be back with another Day Ride for you.
Highlights This Week
June 15th - 17th
Rumble on 66 in Williams. Ready for some cool weather riding?
The roaring sounds of Harley Davidson motorcycles will be heard in Williams, AZ June 15th – 17th.
Saturday and Sunday,
June 16th and 17th
Chandler Harley-Davidson 7th Anniversary and Father's Day Event.
Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson for a full day of festivities.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chester’s Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With 2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any palate, not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers. And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down and have a craic with Chester’s Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
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 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.
Trails Ranch Bike Weekend. Things
have changed at the Ranch! It
will still be open on weekend days for you to drop by on your rides out of town, but due to the weather heating
up, live entertainment will be moved to Saturday nights. Take a nice ride out of town and Enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere with good food
great Music every Friday and Saturday Nights. Live Music every Saturday Night from 8pm - Midnight.
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.
June 15th - 17th
Rumble on 66 in Williams. Ready for some cool weather riding? The roaring sounds of Harley Davidson motorcycles will be heard in Williams, AZ June 15th – 17th when members of the Harley Owners Group return for Rumble on 66. A large number of riders are expected to attend the Rumble, which is being sponsored by the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce and Grand Canyon Harley Davidson/Buell. Special events include a poker walk, bike show and Williams to Winslow ride. Live entertainment will be featured at the World Famous Sultana, Cruiser’s Route 66 Café, Pancho McGillicuddy’s and Wild West Junction during the two day event.
A welcome/information booth will open at 8 a.m. - 5p.m. June 15th and 16th. The poker walk begins at 8 a.m. June 15th and concludes with a counting of the hands at 4pm June 16th. The bike run is being coordinated for June 16th. Three runs will actually be offered – Williams to Winslow, Williams to Seligman or both. The event ends with a “Cruise the Loop Route 66” parade beginning at 6 p.m. Line up will begin in Glassburn Park parking lot on Railroad Ave. There is NO CHARGE for this event.
For more information please contact the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce at 1-800- 863-0546.
Saturday, June 16th.
March For America Rally. All riders are invited to join in for a massive showing of American Patriotism. Staging and Sign in for the ride to the rally will be 10am - 11am at Childress Auto Mall at 23rd Av. and W. Camelback Rd. Escorted ride to the rally at the State Capitol will begin at 11:15am. Riders will circle the capital at least twice before parking and joining the event. Dress up in your patriotic best and fly those American Flags. 1:00pm will be speakers. Rally is from 11am - 4pm. Click Here for press release from Rep. Russell Pearce.
Saturday and Sunday,
June 16th and 17th
Chandler Harley-Davidson 7th Anniversary and Father's Day Event. Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson for a full day of festivities. There will be free food from 11am - 3pm both days provided by Famous Sam's. 25% off selected motorclothes merchandise. $500 in Raffle Prizes will be given away each Day! Drawing to be held every hour. Trip Meter Contest. Winner gets a free set of tires installed. Free gift to the first 50 purchases of $100 or more in the Motorclothes or Parts & Accessory department Saturday and Sunday. Last chance to enter to win a 2007 Sportster. Finalist will be drawn at 4pm on Sunday. $2000 shopping spree with purchase of a Low Rider or Wide Glide. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ - Phone: 480-496-6800.
Saturday, June 23rd
Waldo's Memorial Benefit Event. Gathering to honor Waldo and his contributions to the motorcycling community in Arizona will be at the Road Runner Steak House in New River, 47801 N. Black Canyon Hwy. on Saturday, June 23rd starting at 2pm. $10 donation at the door includes Food, Live Music, Auction, 50/50, Raffles, Wet T-Shirt Contest and the Jack Daniels Girls. All donations to benefit Waldo's daughter Charity. Vendor Space Available. For more information or to donate auction items call 602-399-1947 or 623-695-5659. Click Here for my story to learn more about Waldo.
This is pretty funny. You have to watch those low flying aircraft. Someone spent some time in the editing room for this one. Click Here to View.
Here is another one of those funny commercials that use comedy to get the point across. Click Here to View.
The driver of this car had to thread the needle at high rate of speed and it didn't work out that well for him. Ouch! Click Here to View.
For those of you baby boomers in the crowd, you will get a kick out of this one. Pretty cool rig this guy has. Click Here to View.