Cyclerides.com Weekly Update

7/9/03

 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, here we are, July 4th, 2003 is behind us. For those of us that live in the area it means that we are now looking forward to the Dog Days of a Phoenix Summer. For those of you that are new to the area that means that extremely hot weather and Monsoon's are right around the corner. I've lived here for 22 years and love the Phoenix area and Arizona. But I still dread the months of July and August. I have no problem with the heat up to about 105, in fact, being from Kansas, I prefer the hot dry weather over cold any day. But the thought of being on a motorcycle in 116 degree temperature on what seems to be 1000 degree asphalt doesn't really excite me. And while the monsoon storms are fun to watch from afar, being in one on a motorcycle is way less than desirable.
 
So you are new to the area and you are thinking this stinks, I live in this beautiful area and I can't even ride my motorcycle. That's not necessarily true. What do you do if you are an avid rider like I am and you don't want to let your motorcycle sit for 2 months? What you need to do is break down your riding day into segments. Even in the hottest of days it doesn't hit much over 100 degrees before Noon, that is still a decent riding temperature. If you are riding after noon, just make sure you have a good destination with excellent outdoor mist system or air conditioning that won't take you very long to get to. The Hideaway in Cave Creek, Sugar Daddy's and The Billet Bar all have excellent outdoor cooling systems. And in the evenings the sun is down and it is usually excellent riding weather. Even last night after a hot day it was 85 degrees in the evening. So if you are planning a ride out of the area just plan it that you are leaving early and returning before noon or returning to the Valley late.
 
So for those of you that are like me and are going to ride no matter what and want a quick little morning ride I have one for you. I hadn't been out here for a long time and forgot how enjoyable of a ride this is. Many of you have done this before but it is certainly worth highlighting for a way to get out of town and to a little higher elevation without spending an entire day doing it.
 
I am calling it the Bartlett Lake Day Ride. But it is actually more of a Half Day Ride. Depending on where you live in the Valley it can vary in distance and is easily accessible from loop 101. For me at about I-17 and the 101 it was 113 miles roundtrip. If you are looking for something quick, scenic and fun to ride this is the one for you. Bartlett Lake is located about 20 miles East of Carefree in the Tonto National Forest. You just go 5 miles East of Pima Rd. on Cave Creek Rd. and then take Bartlett Dam Rd. 14 miles to the lake. It is a very fun ride that will take you as high as 3200 feet in elevation while meandering through the desert twisties and rolling hills before dropping down to the lake. Once you get in sight of the lake you will experience some beautiful desert saguaros, mountain vistas and lake views. After you make it to the lake you can turn left on the road to Bartlett Flats that will take you 3 3/4 miles through some beautiful scenery to the lakes edge or turn right that will take you to the Marina. On the weekends you can go to the Concession trailer that will let you into the Marina area for food and drink.
 
Once you come back from the lake to Cave Creek Rd. you can turn right and follow this road another 5 miles until it turns into gravel. This was truly the surprise of the trip for me as this road is full of 15 mph switchbacks hills and turns. It is well worth the ride back there. On the way you can even stop at the Sears-Kay Ruin. This was built 900 years ago by the Hohokam Indians. If you are inclined to take a little hike, there is a 1 mile loop trail that leads to the top and through this ancient fortified village. Signs tell about the ruin and the lives of those who built it.
 
I'm sure you would enjoy this nice little morning or late evening getaway. On the way back home stop at The Hideaway on Cave Creek Rd. for Lunch or refreshments. Click Here for the full details of the ride including pictures of the area, text and map. As always, take plenty of water and sunscreen with you this time of year.
 


In This Issue:
Sunday, July 13th
Biker Brunch Blowout at Sugar Daddy's.
3 Live Bands, Fashion Show by Hacienda Harley at 2 PM and Bikini Bike Wash starting at Noon.
All on the 5000 Sq. Ft. Air Conditioned Outdoor Patio.
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Saturday, July 12, Claro De Luna Moonlight Motorcycle Ride for Cancer Victims

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Through Friday, Sale-A-Bration. at Chosa's Harley-Davidson
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Saturday Night - Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest at Fandango. 2 Winners Every Week.

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See the Extras column below for more information.


 

This Weeks Events
 
Wednesday
 

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. It really gets going at around 10:00PM when the bartenders sing Karaoke on the bar. 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% Off 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. 

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. The evening riding weather is still 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. 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.

 

ACME Bar and GrillRemember 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 8:00-9:30 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.
 

Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night.
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. 

Saturday Night 

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

Bike Days at The Hideaway
Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see a display of some awesome custom motorcycles from Bourget's Motorcycles.
The HIDEAWAY Grill is the creation of a guy named Mark, a motorcycle enthusiast who loves to ride his Harley-Davidson ! The HIDEAWAY opened in August 0f 1998 and was the only biker friendly establishment in Cave Creek. Since that time The HIDEAWAY Grill has become known World Wide. Any day of the year you can stop in and see some of the most Amazing Show Quality and Road Warrior Bikes in the southwest. Some of the Hideaway events have become legendary.  If you haven’t heard about these then keep an eye on the website for events. 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 

Sunday, July 13th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's 
This Weekend - "Combo Deluxe". 
Here is your chance to take a ride up the hill to some cooler country to hear Lori and the Boys with Combo Deluxe. Stop in at Hailey's for some good food and fun 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:
July 13th:
Combo Deluxe. July 20th: Car and Bike Show and Joker's Wild 2-6pm. July 27th: Combo Deluxe.
 

 
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
JULY 13th – BIKERS BRUNCH BLOWOUT 11:00am - 5:00pm.
Hacienda Harley-Davidson and Sugar Daddy's are teamed up for the biggest biker's brunch of the year. Come celebrate Harley-Davidson's 100th Anniversary and Hacienda's 30th Anniversary.
Live Music From 3 Different Bands (Matt Tener 11am-2pm), Paris James (2pm-6pm), Knee Deep (9pm-1am), Custom Bikes, Motorcycle Vendors, Fashion Show (2pm) And Bikini Bike Wash By The Girls From Party Naked starting at Noon. 
Beat the heat with the coolest outdoor patio in Scottsdale. Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. We will also have our delicious brunch items like Eggs Benedict, Chicken Crepes, Biscuits and Gravy as well as our regular full menu. Plenty of biker parking and the best build your own Bloody Mary Bar, a perfect touch to a Sunday afternoon. Plus, Live bands throughout the day. For more information call 480-970-6556.
 
Fandango
Friday, July 11th, "Combo Deluxe".  
Saturday, July 12th, Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest
Sunday, July 13th, George and Duane from Mogollon.

COMBO DELUXE FRIDAY, JULY 11 - 9 PM TO CLOSING - FANDANGO'S 3RD ANNIVERSARY PARTY - Come help us celebrate........enter the "Leave Your Hat On" Dance Contest or the Susie Johnson Whip Cream toss!  You never know what will happen when we all get together!  $2.00 Bud & Bud Light Longnecks, free appetizer table 4 - 6 pm, extended Happy Hour 2 - 9 pm. 
CAVE CREEK IDOL KARAOKE CONTEST Saturday July 12 at 8:30 pm.  Sponsored by Ori Custom Homes and hosted by Erika Krueger.  YOU could be the first Cave Creek Idol.   2 winners from each week will advance to the finals.  Cash prizes at the finals.  Bring your friends...the winners each week are selected by audience applause.
GEORGE & DWAYNE OF MOGOLLON - SUNDAY, JULY 13 from 5 - 9 PM
We are keeping the Sunday Bike Day going for you!  Come party with George & Dwayne, have a cold draft Bud or Bud Light for only $1.25 and try one of our new menu items, like the Hickory Burger or Hawaiian Burger.
Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 480-595-5633.


This Weekend 

Sunday, July 6th - Friday, July 11th
Sale-A-Bration. Customer Appreciation Days All Week at Chosa's Harley-Davidson.
Customer Appreciation Days featuring special clearance items in Parts and Accessories throughout the week. Sunday from 10am-4pm All denim 20% off. Monday from 8am-7pm spend $50 and receive a free gift. Tuesday from 8am-7pm Footwear 20% off. Wednesday from 5pm-7pm 20% off Mens Leathers, Goggles, H-D Sunglasses amd Genuine HD Shirts. Thursday 5pm-7pm 20% off Womens Leathers, Purses, Wallets, Stamper and MOD Jewelry. Friday 5pm-9pm Free BBQ and Beverages. DJ music spun by Michael of Riz Biz. 25% off all 100th Anniversary Parts and Accessories and General Merchandise. Chosa's Harley-Davidson is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Beat The Heat on Saturday July 12th at Chosa's HD Shop in Apache Junction. Sunrise Specials from 6am-10am with a free continental breakfast. 25% off all 100th Anniversary General Merchandise.
 

Friday-Sunday, July 11-13
6th Annual Muddy's Mine Poker Run & Motorcycle Show. Sign-In Friday at noon or Saturday 9am-Noon. Charity Run to benefit Wilcox Community Food Pantry and DES Child Protective Services. Run location 15 miles Southeast of Wilcox at I-10 and Exits 334 or 336. Hwy. 186 Dos Cabezas Muddy's Mine. Donations: $10 per person + 1 ten dollar toy + 1 can of food. Proceeds to benefit local Willcox Children's Charities & Food Bank. Live Music, High & Low Hand Poker Run, Door Prizes, 50/50, Largest Organization Award, Wet T-Shirt Contest, Tattoo Contest, Field Events, Bike Show, Tight Jeans, Hairy Chest, & Best Pick-Up Line Contest, Trophies. All motorcycles welcome. More information at: 520-384-3006.
 

Saturday, July 12
Claro De Luna Moonlight Motorcycle Ride for Cancer Victims.
Take a moonlight ride benefiting Chandler Hospital's East Valley Regional Cancer Center. This benefit helps in purchasing items for the Center. These items might include music, headphones, wigs, prosthetic devices, books or help with living expenses, which aid in the care and comfort of cancer patients. The benefit ride will begin with registration at 6 PM at the Cancer Center. Riders leave at 7 PM and will go 43 miles to the benefit at The Galloping Goose Saloon in Coolidge. A $15/single or $20/couple donation will cover the cost of the ride, entrance and dinner at the Galloping Goose Saloon. The
first 100 riders to sign up will receive a Benefit T-Shirt. Address: 1875 W. Frye Road (South of Chandler Regional Hospital). Your donation includes a spaghetti dinner and a rock-n-roll band to party with by the full moon. Those not wishing to ride can meet at the Galloping Goose Saloon for the party. A $5 donation will be collected at the door. Address: 1980 S. Arizona Blvd, Coolidge, AZ (520) 723-3223.

Saturday, July 12th
Maricopa County Task Force Against Domestic Abuse. Sign-in 8-10am at Roosters Nightclub Cocktails & Food, 3731 E. Main Street in Mesa, AZ. Entry $10. Poker Prizes and End Party at TJ's , 1734 E. Main Street in Mesa, AZ. Live Music, raffles, 50/50 and more. (Donations gratefully accepted). Hosted by the MMA's Salt River District. For more information: 480 641-2125.
 

Next Weekend

July 18 & 19
10th Annual Great Escape Rally
Located in the Kaibab National Forest, at an elevation of 6700 feet above sea level. Williams Arizona offers clear, crisp air, with mild temperatures in July, your Great Escape from the summer heat and the crowded big city.  And the historic district of this once bawdy frontier town now offers glimpses into Williams Arizona colorful past. On Friday night, the Great Escape Rally Kickoff party with live music, and the Bar Stool Races, at the Famous Sultana Bar from 8pm - Midnight.  Then on Saturday at the Events Fair Grounds, there will be Live Music, Vendors, 50/50, Bike Games, Tent and RV camping  and more!  And the popular Great Escape Poker Walk leads you along the brick sidewalks of the historic district Saloon Row. Scenic rides through Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, and more, that you can enjoy during the Great Escape Rally. The 1200 motel rooms and dozens of restaurants make Williams an ideal location, so make your motel reservations early for the event, ride in and have a good time. The Great Escape Rally is open to All Motorcycles! For more information call 928-758-5699.

For more information go to the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com

 
Upcoming Events
 

September 11th - 14th
The 3rd Annual Las Vegas Bikefest
For the last 2 years this has been one of my favorite events. It is held in downtown Las Vegas without the hotel gauging rates associated with other runs in the State of Nevada. And this year the Vendor area has been moved to the air conditioned Cashman Center. As always there will be the Friday night party and bike parking on the outdoor mall under the Fremont Street Experience with the music of Blue Oyster Cult and Steppenwolf. There will be the always high quality Custom Bike Show, Mr. and Mrs. Las Vegas Bikefest competitions, a $10,000 Poker Run, Poker Walk, Tatoo Contest and all of the fun associated with Las Vegas. And of course cruising the Las Vegas Strip. If you are planning on going you'd better make hotel reservations now. 2 hotels have already sold out. They are expecting over 20,000 riders to attend this year. Click here for more information and to register.  
 

 
Extras 

OK, this one is a hoot. Have you ever wondered why we were able to march into Baghdad with so little resistance? Or why Palestinians throw rocks? This might clear it up for you. This is a 2 mb Quicktime Movie. Click the pause button when the player comes up and let it fully download. Turn up your sound, click the play button and watch it, then watch it again while you are still laughing. Click Here.
 
The attached text is supposedly what Rush Limbaugh talked about on his radio show. I don't want to make this a political forum, so I am not going to endorse or refute what he has said here, but it is definitely some food for thought as we compensate people in our country. Take a look and see what you think.
 
Need an excuse to ride your motorcycle to work? Wednesday, July 16th is the 12th Annual National Ride To Work Day. Why is there a ride to work day? This day was organized to demonstrate:
* The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
* That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
* That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
* That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
* That motorcycling is a social good.
For more information on Ride to Work Day go to
www.ridetowork.org .
 
Enjoy your weekend and if you are out riding take plenty of water.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com

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