Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, it looks like we are pretty well into our Summer temps of the 105's. I mentioned about 6 weeks ago when we had our first 100 degree day and it seemed so brutal that we would get used to it and be wishing for those days again. I think we have reached that point now. But it is still extremely dry and if you haven't tried it yet, early evening riding is still great.
Mrs. C. and I found an interesting place to ride Monday Evening that was very "COOL" in a literal sense. She had never been on my Estrella Mountain Ranch Day Ride so we headed that direction at about 6:00 pm. We went through the very pretty Estrella Mountain area and then on West to the Buckeye area. Buckeye is a huge farming community with lots of irrigation. The water in the fields combined with extremely low humidity and a little breeze created one gigantic swamp cooler for those on motorcycles. It lasted for a mile at a time and lowered the temperature by what seemed to be about 15 degrees. After living on a farm for most of my life back in Kansas, it was pretty fun to ride through this area. If you are a fan of riding through the farming community and getting a RICH SMELL OF CATTLE and enjoying the countryside, take a look at this ride. I would even suggest just wandering on some of the other roads in the area. It was very relaxing and enjoyable. I even saw something that we didn't have in Kansas. Fans with a spray of water to create swamp coolers for the cows. We came back to the East on Yuma Rd. (not in Yuma) which is just a mile South of I-10 to Goodyear.
Saturday we decided to take the day and attend the State H.O.G. Rally in Williams. I'll pretty much take any excuse to ride up North right now and it was my second time this week totaling about 800 miles. The other trip was to do the Sedona Day Ride feature through Jerome. (Here is the link to the Video for that ride.) But this time we went up 179 through Oak Creek and then on up 89A for a stop to meet some friends on the patio at Juniper Pines Cafe. Then it was on up beautiful Oak Creek Canyon for a stop at Bellemont and a photo op for the bikes at the Pine Breeze Motel and then onto Williams.
There were quite a few bikes on the street at Williams but it seemed that attendance was down a little from the last couple of years. Father's Day weekend might have had something to do with that. But that was alright for us, because the 80 degrees in Williams sure beat the 105 in the Valley. For those of you planning to go to the 2005 Rally, it is again going to be in Williams.
Then it was on back down 89A through Sedona and out 179 back home. (Coming back down 89A is definitely the best view.) The trick to coming back to the Valley is planning your arrival this time of year no earlier than about 7:30pm. We did that and it was not uncomfortable at all. Give it a try.
Click Here for all the photos from the day.
Orange County Choppers Update:
Things are now moving quickly for the "Best of the Southwest Motorcycle Super Show" November
5th-7th. Yesterday I spent a few hours at Tempe Town Lake laying out
the area that is to be "Tuetulville", measuring for Vendor Spots and choosing areas for motorcycle parking. If
you are a vendor, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward to you a vendor packet. We are still working on a National Music
Act for the show. I will announce this as soon as it is available. Online tickets should go on sale within the
next 2 weeks. I will give you updates in the newsletter as things develop. If you have some time to spare and you
want to have some fun, go to the American Chopper page at
Discovery and click on the video gallery link to watch some clips from the show.
Due to the expected amount of motorcycles at this event it would be easy pickings for potential thieves. With the rash of motorcycle thefts during Arizona Bike Week, I decided to have secure motorcycle parking for this event. When you come into the parking area you will be issued 2 armbands. One for you and one for your bike. Both of those will have to match before anyone will be able to leave with a motorcycle. This should make your bike very secure.
In This Issue:
Go to the Extras Column below for an update on the "Readers Rides Photo Forum"
Also see details on the Great Biker Build-off that was filmed at AZ Bike Week.
Mogollon CD Release
Party June 26th
This Week's Events
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. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night The evening riding weather is good. 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 bottles and $2.00 Jacks. 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.
Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
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. 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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles 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.
Saturday and Sunday
Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon. Now opening at 6:00AM for Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. All of us are looking for that quick getaway out of town for an early morning breakfast on the weekends, or a good stop on our way up North. The Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon is the perfect place for that and they are inviting all motorcycle riders to stop by for a good old fashioned breakfast on the patio or a cool drink on the way home. Sundays feature a $6.99 all you can eat breakfast including drinks and any day you can get my personal favorite 1/2 order of biscuits and gravy for $1.95. This is a great dish. Breakfast starts at 7:00am. Pioneer is also open for lunch and dinner until 9:00 pm. On Saturday nights Canyon Walls plays from 7pm - 11pm. Pioneer is also a great place to get your group together for a sunset dinner ride. Sit out on the patio or the air conditioned dining room. Click Here for the complete menu. If you are organizing a ride, it is the perfect place for a ride end. Pioneer is located just 1 mile North of the Carefree Highway exit on I-17 at Pioneer Rd. exit 225. For private parties call Joey at 602-696-5245 or 623-465-1821.
Hungry Bear Roadhouse In Mayer. Many of you remember Hailey's Grill in Mayer, AZ. Hailey's went out of business last fall and the building was purchased by the owners of Grand Canyon Harley and has re-opened as The Hungry Bear Roadhouse. The Roadhouse has been completely remodeled to provide meeting rooms for motorcycle groups or any special events. The usable space has now been expanded to the front patio. You can now sit out on the huge patio and eat your breakfast or lunch and watch the bikes roll in for a weekend ride. There will be tables and chairs as well as stools next to the railing to relax and enjoy your favorite beverages. Roadhouse hours are 8:00am - 10:00pm. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served. Stop by the Hungry Bear on your rides to Prescott. More Info at: 928-632-4211.
Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Live Music Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. Live music is also Thursday - Saturday nights at 8:30pm. Many of you have been to Cocomo Joe's in North Phoenix. There is now a day just for riders. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out that is decorated in a Jamaican theme. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. After football season they will be bringing in live entertainment on Sunday afternoons. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:30am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:30am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-538-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from. Option #1: Eggs Benedict – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather 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.
Saturday, June 26th
Mogollon CD Release Party. This is going to be a big one. Everyone's favorite Valley band Mogollon is having a CD release party at Harold's in Cave Creek for their new CD titled Mogollon 4. Duane and George would like to invite everyone out to the release party to hear songs from the new CD. This recording has been two years in the making and is scheduled to be released Saturday, June 26th 2004. The band is currently working on distribution but in the meantime the first place that “Mogollon 4” will be available for the public will be on June 26th at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral in Cave Creek, Arizona. The Mogollon CD Release Party starts around 5:00pm with Mogollon taking the stage around 8:30pm. There will be a second band under a tent outside called “Furious George” and they will be playing great rock and roll all night long. The Mogollon CD Release Party will be free to the public with great drink specials and door prizes all night long including 4 new Fender guitars to be given away. This event is sponsored in part by Budweiser. A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to a local charity called D.E.V.A. (domestic violence education and assistance). For more information and dinner reservations call Harold's at 480-488-1906.
Saturday, June 26th
Benefit for Vaughn Sheradowski. Seven Card Poker Run starts 9am. Benefit Party starts at noon. Live music with Cold December, silent auction, merchandise raffle, 50/50, home cooking for lunch at $5 per plate. Phil and Sandy's Tavern, 928 759-0377, 8172 E Long Mesa Drive in Prescott Valley, AZ. Information at 801 675-9128 or 928 759-0377.
Sunday, June 27th
Motorcycle Swapmeet 6am till 12am. FREE setup Free Admission at The Grand Hotel 8955 N/W Grand ave Peoria,Az. Do you have Motorcycle, Trike, or Sidecar items you would like to sell? Sell it here FREE. Vendors Welcome. More info call. George 623 521 1121 or Van 623 204 9267.
Saturday, July 3rd
Hacienda Harley Frosty Fourth of July Weekend. This I've got to see! If you want to be "COOL" this 3rd of July, Hacienda Harley is going to give you a way to do that. They are going to bring in 45 Tons of Snow and create a Fun Air Conditioned Tent Play Land with Free BBQ, Snow Cones, Live Band and all the Snowball fun you can have in Sunny 105 degree weather in Scottsdale. This will all take place from Noon to 5pm at Hacienda Harley located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. And don't miss the 2004 Harley Blowout. We have to make room for the 2005's coming in July. Make Us An Offer!! For more information call 480-905-1903.
Saturday, July 3rd
A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona Yavapai County Chapter Annual Steak Fry, Swap Meet and 7 Card Draw Poker Run. 2 sign up locations. Cottonwood area at Valley Dirt and Quad located at 2642 Union Dr. just off 260 and Western Dr. Prescott area at Billy Jack's at Highway 69 in Humboldt, AZ. Maps will be available at sign up. Join in for a Poker Run, Swap Meet, Steak Fry, Raffles, Door Prizes, 50/50 and Live Music. More information Pat Rogers at 928-639-4675.
On June 2nd I mentioned that I would like to start a picture page called "Readers Rides" for all of you that take trips around the State or even the Country, to share your adventure with other riders. I now have 34 pictures of riders at landmarks all over the U.S. Click Here to see what we have so far. It is fun to view where everyone has ridden. What I would like to see are pictures with you and/or your bike next to a sign, a well known part of Americana or a famous landscape of where you have ridden to. For instance, a picture next to the Grand Canyon sign like this, or next to a park sign or any other points of interest that you would like to share with other riders. Include just a little explanation of where it is. I will continue to add to them throughout the Summer as we all take our trips. So if you have any good ones, or are going some place this weekend, take your digital camera and place yourself next to something interesting and share with the rest of us where you have been. It will be fun to see where everyone has gone. Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Catch the Great Biker Build Off between Mat Hotch and the Martin Brothers. The finale was filmed here at Arizona Bike Week. It is on Sunday, June 27th on Discovery
Channel. They have it listed at 9:00pm. Check your local listings to make sure that is the correct time. You
might see yourself on film. That will then be followed by the Great Biker Build-off finale from the Laughlin River
Are you feeling lucky today? If you have $250 of expendable income and want to take a 1 in 100 chance of winning a 2003 Freedom Express Motorcycle here is your chance. Each ticket is $250 and only 100 will be sold. Proceeds benefit the 501-3c Petty Foundation for underprivileged kids and schools. You can buy your tickets at Genesis Custom Cycles, 2000 E. Indian School Rd. or by calling Jerry Petty for more information at 623-341-1049. Good Luck.
As for me this weekend we will may take another ride up North this weekend and then take an evening ride to Harold's to the Mogollon CD Release Party.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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