Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, if I had to give this newsletter a name, which I will when I post it on the front page of Cyclerides.com, I would have to name it "Never Say Never". No, it's not a prequel to an old James Bond movie, but a motto that I might have to adopt. For those of you that have read the letter for a while, you might remember that I was not an advocate of having a windshield on my bike. The fact is, I have never had a windshield on any bike that I have owned. A lot of you over the last several years have tried to impress upon me how nice it is to cruise down the road being shielded by the wind and other elements of the road. I politely declined to listen and always maintained that I was doing just fine without one. I was wrong! The fact is, I was doing alright, but I didn't realize there was something that much better available for me.
I'm not sure what happened. I don't know if it was that the realization that on my next birthday I would be half a century old and I needed a bagger, or the fact that my riding style has changed and the need for speed had gone away, or that all of a sudden I just got smart. It might have been a little of all of those reasons, but I think mostly it was because, I just got smart! It wasn't something that happened over night, it had actually been building for a while. My first real taste was when Bill Nash from Arizona Motorsports Group loaned me his tricked out Electra Glide for a few days to try out. This bike was fantastic to ride and great blend of comfort and power with the 103 engine. I'd have to say after a few days on that, I was a serious candidate to defect from the performance bike to the comfortable touring bike. But there still wasn't that special "something" to make me take the plunge and I really didn't know what that was.
A bike that I had always been enamored with was the Harley-Davidson Road Glide. I liked the fixed fairing, dual headlights and the sleek look of the bike, but still that special "something" just hadn't shown up to get me to make the move to the "other side". The thought of having horsepower as the topic of conversation being replaced by how comfortable of ride I had just taken, wasn't something that I had worked up to just yet. There had to be that perfect Road Glide out there somewhere that would push me over the edge, but I hadn't found it yet. Scott Pasmore was also looking for a Road Glide in Black Cherry and found one at Chosa's in Mesa. He knew of my interest in a Road Glide and called me from there to tell me that they also had one in "Yellow Pearl" on the floor that looked really good as well. He took a picture from his cell phone, emailed it to mine, and I knew right then that I had found the missing link. It was the Yellow Pearl color that put me over the edge.
I showed it to Mrs. C. and we both agreed that after 5 years with the same bike, this was the one for me. At the end of a model year like this, I was fortunate that a yellow one was still around. Chosa's quickly added my accessories, tied some balloons to it and I coincidentally took delivery of my new 2005 Road Glide on my birthday last Wednesday the 6th. What better way to near 50 years old than to get a bagger. Thanks to Ron and Debbie for all their help. Scott picked up his Black Cherry version of the Road Glide on the 3rd.
After 140 miles around town to get some break-in miles I headed out Monday morning to really get a good idea of what I had gotten. To beat the heat I headed out at about 6:15am for Wickenburg, Yarnell and the back way to Prescott through the forest. I was in Prescott at about 8:15am at a cool 80 degrees. I have been on this road several times over the years, but it is funny that no matter how many times you have ridden a road, you always see something different. Here is a picture I took of the bike in front of an old gas station as well as some other pictures of the road along the way. I found out I could have gotten a coffee for 25 cents, so it was definitely not a Starbucks, and gas was a lot cheaper than it is today. If you haven't been on this route lately. The vegetation growth from the fires a couple of years ago is coming along great. So if you want to get out of the heat and take a great ride, you can still do it by leaving early and getting back to the valley before it reaches 100 degrees.
Needless to say, the bike performed great, and I have now gone to the "other side". To those of you that were trying to tell me the virtues of a windshield and bags, this is my time to say that you were right. After 225 miles I was not fatigued at all and ready to go another 300 miles.
Now you know the reason for the title of this story, "Never Say Never". I never thought I would get a bagger, but never is a long time. Things can and will change as we go through life. We just have to learn how to be humbled once in a while and accept the life cycles and changes as they come. We might even find that change is a "good thing". It is hard to see my bike go after 5 years, but for those of you that are still in to the performance side of a cruiser, my Titan is now priced to sell. Click Here for the picture and the information.
The new bike is now being shipped to Seattle where Mrs. C. and I will begin our 2005 trip where we will quickly add about 2300 miles to it. We will start in Seattle and go up to Hwy. 20 where we will cross Washington through the Cascades on our way to Coeur D' Alene, Whitefish, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone Nat. Park, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and back home through Utah. If you have any suggestions of can't miss places to see, eat, stay or roads to take, please reply to this email and let me know your suggestions. Or email to email@example.com . I would appreciate any tips that I could get. As usual, there will be plenty of pictures and video of the trip when we return.
For special deals see the Extras column below.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Copper State Cycles Two Wheeled Tuesday. Who knew that north Scottsdale's newest bike night was such a great place to hang out. Last nights motorcycle trivia contest was a huge success, and the winner really enjoyed the grand prize. Join Copper State Cycles and K O'Donnell's this Tuesday for a great time on the mist cooled patio. Enjoy $2 Bud drafts, Happy hour pricing on appetizers or a great meal from the full menu. Come see the new 2005 Red Horse Customs on display and visit with your friends. K O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill (formerly Uno's Pizza) located in the north Scottsdale area at 14850 N. Northsight, just of of the 101 & Raintree. Every Tuesday night from 7:00pm until...... 61" TV's and music on the mist cooled patio! Reserved parking in plain view for all bikes. For more information call 480-596-6820.
Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
is one for those of you in the far East Valley!
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. 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, $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. A valley favorite bike night for
over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
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 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.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop
by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before
and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek
directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large
bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's,
but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place.
I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it
was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Thursday: "Todd & Ethan" 8:30pm - 12:30pm
Friday: Live Music with "Danny Rhodes and the Messengers" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Danny Rhodes and the Messengers" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Novella Bentley Band" 3pm - 7pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
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 - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Friday - Sunday, July 22nd - 24th
Too Broke For Sturgis. It is that time again when A.B.A.T.E. of Arizona hosts the Rally in Mormon Lake known as "Too Broke For Sturgis". The weekend features camping Friday and Saturday night, Bike Games, Bike Show, Poker Run, Tattoo Contest, Kids Games, 50/50, Wet T-Shirt Contest and many local amenities. Food and Beverage available on site. The Chuck Hall Band and Myklos will be playing Friday and Saturday nights. Cadillac Angels will be playing in the bar. $25 per person for weekend. $15 per person for Saturday and Sunday. Kids under 17 free. For more information call Billie at 480-855-3395.
Changes At Local Harley Dealer
You may have noticed while driving down Country Club in Mesa or Mill Ave in Tempe
that a familiar Harley-Davidson dealership no longer sports the same name. What used to be Chosa's is
now Chester's Harley-Davidson in Mesa and Chester's
Harley-Davidson On Mill in Tempe. We
still have the same great salespeople, factory trained technicians, and outstanding service you've come to expect
from us…the only thing that has changed is the sign. We are still a Harley-Davidson dealership with the same team
but with a new focus.
Understanding that customers may be wary of the "new kid" in town, "Chester's Harley-Davidson would like to assure both new and past customers that they plan to carry on Chosa's longstanding tradition of offering first rate customer service and a facility that invites all types of motorcycle enthusiasts. The only thing that has changed is the sign. We are still a Harley-Davidson dealership with the same team but with a new focus." In addition to the Mesa and Tempe locations, this family owned and operated business, has several locations in Idaho - Snake River Harley-Davidson in Twin Falls, ID; Grand Teton Harley-Davidson & Buell in Idaho Falls; Eagle Rock Harley-Davidson & Buell Shop in Pocatello, ID; and Jackson Hole Harley-Davidson in Jackson, WY. Be sure to stop by and visit us in Mesa or Tempe. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, July 30th
Bikes and BBQ at Buddy Stubbs. Join Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson from 11am - 2pm for a free BBQ lunch and meet Amy, the Arizona Dream Girls Calendar Cover Model. There will also be a Free Bikini Bike Wash, Free Motorcycle Museum Tour hosted by Buddy Stubbs. Free Pool Tournament starting at 11am, signup begins at 10am. 50/50 raffles hosted by Phoenix H.O.G. Chapter 93. Discounts and Specials throughout the dealership. Buddy Stubbs is located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
It's time to get your
scoot ready for Sturgis! If you are going to ride that many miles on one
trip, you don't want problems with your tires. Now through the end of
State Cycles is having a HUGE TIRE BLOW OUT SALE to get you ready
to ride. All Dunlap, Metzeler and Michelin tires are on sale at 30%
off retail. On top of that, we'll install them on your scoot
for $35.00 flat fee plus tax. If you don't need your new tires now, take advantage of our lay away
program. Pay for them now to take advantage of these huge savings. We'll install them when you wear your
current set out! Need to get the rest of your bike ready to go? We will change all your fluids, check and adjust
everything, lube all your cables, and detail your scoot for $250. Think about it! Your bike will run like new!
Call Copper State Cycles for these specials or any other needs you might have to get ready to ride. Copper State
is located at 8245 E. Butherus Dr. in Scottsdale. or call 480-596-6820.
Evil Twin Custom Cycles has found a way that your wallet can TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE HOT WEATHER! Evil twin offers one dollar off our normal $55 per hour service rate for every degree above one hundred degrees per day. For example Wednesday the temperature was 110 degrees, therefore the discount would be ten dollars off service for the day. Evil Twin Custom Cycles has factory certified service technicians to expertly take care of all of your needs. Rinehart exhaust is the hottest thing on the market. You can also take advantage of Rinehart true duel exhaust on sale at $686.00 as well as many more in store specials. Stop by the first Thursday of every month for a meet and greet with free ice cream. Bring your bike and come and see what we're building, starts at 8pm, first Thursday of every month. Visit Evil Twin at 2534 W. Broadway in Mesa (that’s just East of the 101 on Broadway) or call them with questions or to make an appointment at 480-784-0040.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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