Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
I'm going to start this letter off with a trivia question. What has 2 wheels, a seat, a 2 cylinder engine, various chrome parts and can be found parked in a garage during the day in Phoenix Arizona? If you guessed a motorcycle, you are right. Seems as though the 108-110 degree daytime heat has put the skids on recreational daytime riding here in the valley. I broke out the bike yesterday afternoon to do some errands around the 101 totaling about 70 miles and passed 3 bikes the entire trip. There are probably a couple of ways to analyze this. Either there was a whole bunch of smart riders keeping out of the heat, or 3 idiots riding in it. I'm sure a lot of you would pick the latter. But believe it or not, as long as you are moving, it really isn't that bad. You just have to consume some water about every 20 miles. Remember the Chamber of Commerce ads? It's a dry heat! Just don't try and touch your handlebars. But the night time riding is awesome. If you haven't experienced that yet, get out and take in some of the many bike nights this week.
I took a plane ride back to Kansas last week and was reminded what an art it is to travel on Southwest Airlines. Traveling on Southwest is a lot like going to Costco. You know you are going to get the best fare available, but the frills are going to be few. I got there about an hour before departure and get a boarding pass with a B, which means I will be boarding in the second group. So I make my way down the walkway knowing that my options for a prime seat are going to be fairly good. As I turn the corner I start my evaluation process of where I want to sit. You know the drill, who would be good to chat with but not an incessant talker, who would be quiet if you want to sleep, who might be promoting good hygiene or who might be able to refrain from passing gas for the entire 2 hour trip. Based upon my last trip, someone was not able to pull that off.
But have you ever noticed that as you are walking down the aisle it seems as though people are trying to size you up too? They look at you as if you were the Ace of Spades in the deck of the 52 most wanted Iraqis. If they have the prime seat with the middle open they try and not make eye contact. They think if they don't look at you, you won't notice the open seat. Or they are looking at you like: "Don't sit here, Don't sit here", I know you're the ace of spades! So a little farther back I find an open row with a nice window seat that I settle into. Soon after, a Father sits down with his 5 year old daughter in the middle. I'm thinking this is good. Plenty of elbow room, as long as her seat doesn't turn into a Gymboree class all is good. Somewhat later a woman comes walking by with an infant. She talks to the man next to me and I figure out that they are together. Now starts the guilt struggle in my mind of keeping the prime seat or getting up and letting the family set together. Having been in that position before, I gladly offered my seat and they accepted. Little did I know that by that time the plane was full and I was left with a middle seat between a former defensive lineman and a full figured woman.
So I proceed to slide my tiny 205 pound frame in the middle. Snapping into place I didn't even bother putting on my seat belt, because I knew I wasn't going to move for the next 2 hours. But as luck would have it, in spite of the cramped quarters, it turned out to be an enjoyable ride home. As I pulled out the Hot Bike magazine, it opened up the universal language of motorcycling. It seems as though everyone either rides, has ridden, has the desire to ride or knows someone that does. I don't know what it is right now, maybe it is the Harley 100th celebration, but riding motorcycles really seems to be a popular, almost mysterious thing to do and can always be an ice breaker in an otherwise uncomfortable situation. Aren't you glad you are one of the ones that ride? Even though it is warm, get out and take advantage of being a motorcycle owner with an evening ride. You will enjoy it.
For those of you that are new to the letter, click the link for the story about the Tonto Natural Bridge Day Ride.
First night of the rebirth of Chuy's on Baseline Thursday Bike Night
New! Live band at Casey Jones Thursday Bike Night at 8:00 PM.
Big Boy's and Their Toys Expo Friday-Sunday at Phoenix Civic Plaza
Jim Nasi Customs motorcycle display at The Hideaway Saturday
June Bug Blues Festival in Payson Saturday and Sunday
Next Wednesday Night Starts San Felipes Cantina Bike Night
New!! Starting Next Wednesday July
San Felipes Wednesday Bike Night. How about some good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rockin' Good Time? Then San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees. This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Entrees all week long.
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. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
New!! This Thursday Night!
Chuy's in Tempe on Baseline. Many of you remember this bike night from a few years ago when it was one of the biggest in town before the neighborhood made them shut it down. They are Now Coming Back bigger than ever and excited to once again publicly invite the riders. I remember many a Thursday night making the loop from Chuy's to The Billet Bar to ACME. Now you can even go on up the road to Jetz. Or do it in reverse. Chuy's will be doing raffles every hour for Chuy's Bike Night shirts, Beanies and other prizes. All you have to do is go up to the counter and ask for a ticket. Bike night specials include: $1.50 Long Necks 6-9pm, $2.50 Corona all day, $3.50 Whiskey Rivers, $2.99 Domestic small pitcher, and Tri Tip Sandwich and fries for $5.49. Stop by this Thursday night and relive some of the old times at Chuy's on Baseline. It is always a good time. Chuy's is located at 1831 E. Baseline Rd. in Tempe, just 1 mile West of the 101 on Baseline and 1 mile South of US. 60 on Mc Clintock to Baseline. You can also stop by the Chuy's in Ahwautukee for Sunday Bike Day. More information at 480-777-2905.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. Live Band starting at 8:00pm! The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. 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. Sunday.
Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Siders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge will be opening for the first time this Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction.
Riders on the East side you now have the Thursday
night Scottsdale Rd. Hat Trick!!
Jetz Americana, ACME Bar & Grill and The Billet Bar. Ride to all three.
INCREDIBLE would best describe the weather right now for an evening ride. INCREDIBLE is also the menu at Jetz prepared by Chef James Devine and the INCREDIBLE atmosphere
created with DJ Aaron. Don’t miss any of these this and every THURSDAY! Preferred parking, delicious menu, and great music can be expected along with specials that
run all night! Nitro Happy Hour starts with ½ price cocktails and a $4.95 appetizer menu from 4-7pm. Roll right into the Full Throttle Late Nite with $3 domestic bottles, $4 Jack Daniels, and
a $7.95 Burger and Brew Special. Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind
CPK. Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. 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 on Bike
Night. 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. Keep an eye on
your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long.
Info: at 480-941-1876.
Come check out the Eighth Week of the ACME Bar and Grill Eight Week Rooftop Bikini Contest. Come check it out this week and see what happens. ACME is looking for contestants. 1st place $150, 2nd $50. Just show up with your best bikini. Contest begins at 8:30 PM. View the bikini contest while taking advantage of free appetizers and drink specials from the very cool rooftop lounge. Remember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 7:30-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night. Click here for details and pictures.
Saturday Night Bike Night at Broker's Bar and Grill. Need a destination on a Saturday night for some great food and refreshments with
other riders?? This is a great little place that reminds me of the show Cheer's. A lot of you already
stop at Broker's for the excellent food and refreshments on the patio. Now they are having an official Bike Night
starting May 10th from 6pm - Close with several food and drink specials. I'm sure the place will be packed on
Saturday nights. Broker's is located on the SW corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Bell Rd. in North Scottsdale next to
Paris Paris. Food Specials will be $6.00 Burger meal, $5.00 Chicken Sandwich meal and $1.00 Burger Sliders
(each). Drink specials include $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.00 imports, $3.50 drafts, $4.50 Guinness and Black &
Tans, $4.50 Well Drinks. Click Here for pictures and more information.
Saturday and Sunday
Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see a display of some awesome custom motorcycles
from JIM NASI Customs. These are some of the best custom bikes in the United States. And then be a part of the Porch Posse at the world famous Hideaway, one of
most popular stops in the Southwest for riders that come to Arizona. Stop by for one of their great burgers or
their outstanding pizza and shop at Stampede Leathers while you are there. The porch is a busy place
these days. This is Perfect weather for a ride to The Hideaway and try a few items from their new menu. This
weekend enjoy the ride to Cave Creek and the beautiful weather from The Hideaway Porch. Check out the Friday
Night Steak Fry from 6-10 PM for only $7.95. Don't Forget, Every Day is Bike Day at the Hideaway. "There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet! " 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. 480-595-0358
At The Hideaway there is something to do every night. Click here for the Weekly Schedule of Events
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
Exclusive Bike Shows at The Hideaway with the Hottest Custom Manufacturers:
Jim Nasi Customs: The 1st Saturday of Every Month.
Bourget's Custom Bike Show: The 2nd Saturday of Every Month.
Titan Motorcycles Show: The 3rd Saturday of Every Month.
Ramjet Racing Performance Parts Expo. The 4th Saturday of Every Month.In addition to the Bike Shows there will be a free Bikini Bike Wash during the shows along with Fun, Food, Entertainment, Vendors and More.
Sunday, June 8th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's -
This Weekend - "Combo Deluxe".
Lori and the boys with their great Blues and Classic Rock from 1 - 5 PM. Here is your chance to take a ride up North and stop in to Hailey's for some good food and entertainment all weekend long. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448. Don't forget to use your Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card for your 20% off food at Hailey's.
Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:
June 8th: Combo Deluxe
June 15th: Father's Day Brunch and Cruiser Sunday.
June 22nd: Combo Deluxe
June 29th: Combo Deluxe
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music on the patio from 1-6PM this Sunday.
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 on their relaxing 5,000 square foot Tree Covered Patio from 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it 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.
Every Saturday: Live Reggae Saturdays at Sugar Daddy's. Every Saturday from 2-6pm. $2 Red Stripe and $4 Appleton Rum Drinks. Enter a drawing for a trip for two to Jamaica. Day Drinking Reggae Style.
Sunday, June 8th, Chris Hiatt.
Live Music all weekend long.
CAMP FANDANGO IS HERE!!! Spend cool nights in Cave Creek. Fandango is running the best in Blues and Classic Rock Friday and Saturday nights 9-Close and Sunday 4-8pm. Don't want to ride home? Fandango will give you a "Camp Pass" good for our special room rate of $59.00 at the Carefree Resort and Villas!! Food and drink specials are featured all week-end. Band Line-up:
Friday, June 6: Walkin' Cane Mark
Saturday, June 7: Soul Catcher
Sunday, June 8: Chris Hiatt
Fri- Sun. June 13, 14, 15: COMBO DELUXE
BIKER FRIENDLY ALL WEEK. Happy Hour Mon-Fri. 2-6pm Great drink prices and $2.00 Off any appetizer.
Always plenty of Bike Parking and Outdoor Patio Dining.
Thursday, June 5th
Hawg Haven Grand Opening. Jason Pierce, Founder, President and CEO is pleased to bring you Hawg Haven motorcycles and clothing. The Hawg Haven store is a one of a kind, fun, comfortable, inviting, family atmosphere shopping experience. Truly something for everyone. The first mall based motorcycle store of it's kind in the United States based right here in beautiful Scottsdale, AZ. Hawg Haven is simply the finest selection of the hottest gear for the motorcycle lifestyle enthusiast. We are having our Grand Opening Thursday, June 5th located in Scottsdale's Fashion Square Mall (Scottsdale Rd. & Camelback Rd.) on the second level next to Robinson's 'May. The party starts at 5:00pm. We will have all kinds of fun stuff for the whole family. Raffles, tons of free stuff, live music, Celebs, Pro athletes, super deals, autograph signings, Live DJ's and lots, lots more. Come on down and check it out. It will be fun for the whole family. You may even see Elvis... The store # is 480-949-7776.
Big Boys & Their Toys. The Men's Luxury Expo.
Friday - Sunday. June 6th 2pm-9pm, June 7th- 10am-9pm and June 8th 10am-6pm.Phoenix Civic Plaza, Downtown Phoenix. Click Here for Directions.
Why not take the very best of several product shows, and combine them together under one roof at the same time? Well, six years ago, that's exactly what Gary Glava, president of 21st Century Promotions in Phoenix, Arizona did. Today Big Boys & Their Toys USA gives men of all ages the opportunity to see and buy the latest and greatest luxury "toys" available. From the most exotic sports cars to high-end jewelry to the perfect easy chair, it's all right here. This year motorcycles have become a big part of the show with many local motorcycle manufacturers exhibiting. See the latest in Automobiles and Accessories • Luxury Homes & Properties • Electronics for Home and Business •Big Screen TV and Stereo Systems • Computers, Peripherals, & Software • Boats and Marine Equipment • Home Furnishings • Watches & Jewelry •Men's and Women's Fashions • Health & Exercise Equipment Aircraft and Aviation Equipment • Motorcycles and Accessories • Travel and Adventure Packages • Golf Equipment and Outings. Benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Cottonwood. For more information call: 602.331.4744.
Saturday and Sunday, June 7th & 8th.
The 2003 June Bug Blues Festival. It's our 10th anniversary party! And we're kicking it off this year with 2 full days of Red Hot Boogie & Blues in the cool pines of Payson, AZ. Best of all, we're proud to announce that this years festival goes back to our "roots"! Because, we're "back in the grass" at Rumsey Park! See your favorite bands including Alex Maryol, Danny Rhodes, UVON & the Blues Wizards, The Jim Glass Band, The Chuck Hall Band and many others. We've got it all - ice cold Michelob, Pepsi, BBQ, sausage dogs, philly cheese steak, kettle corn & more. Admission $12 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Sunday is the 1st Annual June Bug Thunder Run! Secured bike parking both days at the event. So boogie up the Beeline (Hwy. 87) to Payson. Turn left (west) at Hwy. 260 (Longhorn rd.) To McLane rd. North (right) and follow the signs to Rumsey Park. For info. - Call (800) 672-9766 or (928) 474-4515.
Saturday June 7th
La Casa Loca Motorcycle & Car Show. Proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Southern Arizona. $10 to enter the show. Bring a new or used blanket & get a free cheese crisp. La Casa Loca Restaurant & Bar is located at 1957 W Dunlap in Phoenix AZ. Live band, Fools Life on the patio 2-6:30pm. $2.25 House Margaritas & $1.25 Domestic Draft Beer. Trophies at 6pm. For more information: 602 870-7774.
Run with the Wolf Motorcycle Rally. This rally is located in Springerville, AZ. Vendor setup & free camping opens Thursday the 12th at Noon. Registration at 7:30am on Friday the 13th. Poker Run, Vendors, Tattoo's, & DJ all day. Bands start at 5pm & will continue until 12:30am. Saturday the 14th includes bike games, the parade through town, bands (including Mogollon), Vendors, & Tattoo's all day. CMA worship services on Sunday morning at 8am. Registration fees: $10 day pass, $20 event pass single, $30 event pass couple. Info at 928 333-2123 (8am-5pm, M-F) For Vendor Info: 928 333-2226 (8am-5pm)
Father's Day is only 11 days away. Still plenty of time to get your
Father or Husband the gift that keeps on giving. The Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card. $100 in free food and merchandise and one time 20% off all parts, accessories
and motorclothes at Hacienda Harley for up to a $5,000 purchase. All for only $39.95. You can order online and it will be sent out the next day. We have just added San Felipes Cantina on the card. You will receive 25% off All entrees every day of the
You will see a little format change on the site this week. Because of all of the new weekly events that have come online I have grouped them all together by days. So when you come into the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com you will see them all right there. The one time events will be listed below them. This should make it easier for you to read . Let me know how you like it.
This has gone around the email circuit for a while, but it is rather captivating in a simple sort of way. It is a commercial that Honda put together to show the fine workmanship of their automobiles. It is a flash movie so everyone should be able to view it. Click Here.
As for me this week, I am going to make the rounds on bike night Thursday night. Evening riding is great since it is so dry. This weekend I am going to the Big Boys and Toys to see all the latest cool stuff as well as the motorcycle displays. If you go to the June Bug Festival in Payson stop by the Tonto Natural Bridge if you have time.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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