Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, we are at that time of year when the trip meters are starting to spin and Father's have their day. Yes, believe it or not 2007 is almost half over now and Father's Day is right around the corner on June 17th. The good news is that if your Father/Husband is a motorcycle rider, finding a gift for them couldn't be much easier. And if they happen to ride a Harley, the scope of potential gifts just increased by a quite a bit given that HD is a master at engraving their logo on just about anything that you can imagine.
As a Harley rider, I decided to take a trip down to Buddy Stubbs HD to see some of the latest logo items and leave a list of potential gifts laying around for Mrs. C. I also wanted to share with you some of the things that I use in my daily riding that I thought might be cool gift ideas for your Father or Husband.
I will start with three of my favorite riding accessories that also happen to be the most expensive and work my way down. And then look to the bottom for my favorite NEW gift idea under $10.
1. In-Ear Monitors. My number one favorite gift idea would be the molded In-Ear Monitors that I plug into my MP3 Player. You have probably seen these hanging around my neck in pictures. Mrs. C. and I never go on a long trip without them and I am now on my 3rd generation of these and they just keep getting better. The IEM's are molded specifically to your ear, so they serve a dual purpose of keeping the wind noise out and placing perfect sounding music right to your ear. They now come as a single driver and a dual driver monitor. I am currently using the dual driver which are fantastic, but both are excellent. They run from $275 for the single driver to $375 for the dual driver. The good news is AZ Ear Protection is now offering a 10% discount on these just for saying you are a Cyclerides.com reader. Call Ron Ariela at 480-236-2997 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your fitting. Click Here for Website.
2. Garmin Quest GPS. I know you have seen and heard of this from me several times before. But it is still one of my favorite travel tools. Can I get anywhere in Arizona without it? I surely can. But it is really nice in those long stretches of open highway to know exactly how far I am to my next stop. Also, in areas that I am not familiar with it has saved me more than once from making a wrong turn and ending up far from where I needed to be, especially when you are second guessing yourself about where the heck you are. Another nice feature is that you can find the nearest gas stations or restaurants in the upcoming cities. The trip computer is also something I really enjoy. Click Here for my article on the Garmin GPS. You can also order from that page. It comes priority mail and they ship immediately in plenty of time for Father's Day.
3. Roady XT for XM Radio. This is a nice addition to entertainment if you have a bagger with a radio. Just install the small Roady XT to your fairing and plug it into your existing radio for over 160 channels of music, comedy and even FOX News and CNN. You can even plug your headphones into the XT for optimum sound. Cost is around $12.95 per month for the service and $50 to as low as free for the radio. Click Here for my article on the Roady XM Radio.
As I walked through the dealership I was looking for items that would make particularly good simple gift items. I will break them down by price. Each item will have a link to a picture of it. Of course there are many more in the stores, these are just the ones that caught my eye. Check your local participating dealer for availability. See Below.
Pocket Watches. These would be a great addition to a desk for decoration. Very intricate designs with stands.
Brake Light Hitch Cover: This is a really cool hitch cover that doubles as a tail light and brake light. 104 LED's.
$25 - $75:
HD Clocks. There is a large selection of clocks from all price ranges. Always a great gift idea.
Trailer Hitch Covers. The perfect finishing touch to a truck or SUV.
License Plate Frames. The suddle way to show that you also ride while you are driving.
Ride Atlas. Get the official HD Ride Atlas.
$10 - $25:
Cool White Sunshade: Always need to keep your cage cool in the summer.
Peel and stick Diamond Plate. Spruce up your tool chest. Pretty cool stuff.
Night Lights. Even a lava lamp looking night light. Pretty cool.
Soap Dispensers and soap dish. Nice quality silver metal.
Harley-Davidson Rugs. Very nice non skid rubber backed rugs ($18-$50).
Glassware and Mugs. All kinds of HD branded glassware, mugs and wine glasses.
HD Beef Jerky. Get the original Road Food.
Favorite New Product Under $10:
EZ Towel. This is one of the greatest new product ideas I have seen in quite
a while. When riding many miles during a day you are bound to get a
little road dirt on your face and hands along the way. Some carry Wet Wipes or something similar. The problem is,
the Wet Wipes usually aren't wet when you need them to be. After a few weeks in the saddle bags they will dry out.
The EZ Towel gets wet when you need it. EZ Towels are durable, full-sized towels made of 100% Rayon. The
EZ Towels are compressed to the size of a nickel and come 50 to a pack for $9.95, all you need to do is add water
and watch it grow! Once the EZ Towel is activated, simply unroll and unfold and it becomes an 8 1/2 in.
X 9 1/2 in. towel that is ready for use. EZ Towels are soft, durable, and bio-degradable. Click Here for a 40 second video demonstration of the EZ Towel in action from Tammy at Buddy Stubbs.
When we are on the road we always carry a bottle of water with us, so it would be no problem to have a disposable wet towel in seconds. It also comes with a little plastic tube that holds 10 towels for you to carry with you. The tube is small and easy to carry in your saddlebags or windshield bags. To my knowledge, the only place you can get these are at Buddy Stubbs and Chester's HD. They just got their shipment of 60 bags in today. My guess is they will soon be gone. Click Here for Picture.
Special Pricing For Cyclerides.com Readers!!!
Now that you have some HD gift ideas, here is the good news. Buddy Stubbs HD-602-971-3400, Chester's HD 480-894-0404 and Chandler HD 480-496-6800 are all offering 15% off of anything in their motorclothes department from now through Father's Day, June 17th for all Cyclerides.com readers. (Discounts not available in Parts dept.) All you have to do is say you would like the Cyclerides.com 15% discount. This gives you the opportunity to get your shopping done early. Just in case that someone didn't get the memo, you can just print out this page of the newsletter and take it with you. Buddy Stubbs will be offering free gift wrapping and Chandler will be having up to 25% off on selected items on June 16th and 17th.
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 and Sausage 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.
No events scheduled.
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 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.
Once again, the foreign car makers have gotten creative. This
one really makes you think about what they are advertising. You will have to read the subtitles. Click Here to View.
This one totally cracked me up! It goes to show that you never know who is on the other end of the computer when doing internet dating. Click Here to View.
This is another one of those funny foreign commercials. A good example of bad timing. These ad guys really are creative. Click Here to View.
Ok, I saved this one for last because it totally creeped me out the first 5 times I watched it. Click Here to View.