Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, I've found a way to extend tire wear on a motorcycle. Actually, Mother Nature has. Just throw in a couple of record high days of 115 plus on the weekends and tires will last indefinitely because you won't see many motorcycles on the road. And the ones that are out there are high tailing it home before noon if possible. As I mentioned last I like to segment this brutal part of the Phoenix Summer. September 1st is my window to see the great riding weather that is to be ours for the next several months. So there is only 18 more days to go before the motorcycle world will awaken once again here in the Valley.
And the first ride that everyone will be out for is the Patriot Ride that is coming up on Sunday, September 7th. I have all the details below in the letter. The end of the ride this year will be on the Mezzanine of Bank One Ballpark for the ceremonies. Streets will be blocked off around Bank One for motorcycle parking and all the restaurants in the area will be open with food and entertainment. So wear your Patriotic gear, bring out the flags and make it a fun day.
Many of you have dogs and know what is involved in taking care of them. It is a lot like a motorcycle in that you have scheduled intervals of maintenance. One of those maintenance items for a dog is a trip to the Vet every year for a 5,000 bark service. You know the deal, the 5 point check of the gums, ears, eyes, paws and the lubing of the thermometer for that embarrassing check of their temperature. A couple of weeks ago our dog was about 2000 barks overdue for his trip to the vet. So I get his Harley collar on with the matching Harley leash and start with the story about going to dog park. If I actually said we're going to the vet his feet would still be firmly planted in the concrete.
Since I am an avid rider, my first option for a mode of transportation is always the motorcycle. So as I'm standing in the garage with the dog all geared up and ready to go, I'm trying to figure out how I can get him to sit on the back of the seat while we ride to the vet, and neither one of us gets hurt. I mean after all, he is probably going to have his head sticking out of the car window catching some wind anyway. Why not do it on a bike? He appeared to be game, but since I don't have a sidecar or a Goldwing to strap him in, I decided that it would probably be best for both of us to just take the car.
So off we go in the car with his head sticking out of the window, his tongue and ears flapping in the breeze. It's amazing how intuitive dogs really are. It's like the veterinarian building has some beacon on the roof that only dogs can decipher that says: "Beware, you are entering the Vet Zone. Do not obey your master and act like you can't walk. There is a man inside with rubber gloves on that will insist on taking your temperature." I can sort of feel his anxiety. I'm the one that has to continue the small talk with the vet for 2 minutes while watching a thermometer sticking out of my dogs rear end, saying things like: "Hey Doc, how bout' those D-Backs?"
So I get him out of the car and head for the front door. The closer we get, the tighter the leash becomes and the toenails are beginning to scrape on the concrete. I'm starting to think I am either going to have to pick him up or walk in with a leash attached to a neck and head. We finally get to the front door and I see about 6 other people in the waiting room with their dogs. Knowing that dogs never look each other in the eyes when they say Hello, I opened the door and said to myself: "Let the sniffing begin!" As I surveyed the room I saw a little white poodle sitting on the leg of an older lady. About that time, my dog apparently spotted the French booty as well. He broke away, ran over and put his nose right into the crotch of....the little old lady. Everyone in the place saw it and didn't know whether to laugh or gasp. Of course, being thoroughly embarrassed by the ill placed nose of my canine, I immediately tried to lighten the mood by saying: "Are you sure you aren't sitting on a Milk Bone? He really likes those".
After apologizing, I took a seat far from the French Poodle and her still smiling owner. We waited for our turn and got a clean bill of health and our new registration. My over friendly dog is now good for another year and 10,000 barks. But I still need to find a way to get him to ride on the motorcycle.
See the Extras column below for more important information.
This Week's Events
San Felipes Wednesday
Bike Night. How about some good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rocking's
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 features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.
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 Flintlock 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 Seders 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.
ACME Bar and Grill . 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 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.
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 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 Titan Motorcycle Co. These are some of the nicest custom bikes in the United States. 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, August 17th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's -
This Weekend - Sunday, August 17th: Combo Deluxe and Car and Motorcycle Show.
Here is your chance to take a ride up the hill to some cooler country to hear. 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, time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 SO. 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:
Sunday August 24th: Cash Dailey Band.
Sunday August 31st: Combo Deluxe.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music on the patio from 1-6PM this Sunday
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. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Fri Aug 15th: Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest Round #5-Karaoke starts at 8:30 pm; Contest at 10 pm; Karaoke after the contest till closing.
Sat Aug 16th: Soul Catcher 9 pm - Close.
Sun Aug 17th: George and Duane of Mogollon 4-8 pm.
Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest, sponsored by Ori Custom Homes and hosted by Erika Krueger (the short dark haired girl that can really sing) continues this week. Anyone can join in on the Karaoke starting at 8:30 pm and then if you want to join the competition, sign up for the contest at 10 pm. Don't want to join the contest, that's okay too! After the contest we keep the karaoke going until closing time.
Lots of great stuff going on this weekend so come on out to Cave Creek. Stop by and see George and Duane Sunday afternoon. Too hot for your bike? Pile everybody in the mini-van! If you do bring your bike please remember the best way in and out of Cave Creek is via Cave Creek Road. Have a great weekend and ride safe. Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. 480-595-5633.
Saturday - Monday, August 16-18
Las Vegas Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Week
This is one of the biggest parties I have ever seen planned by a Harley Dealer. It is a 3 day event that consists of many activities including Live Vegas Style Entertainment, Live Music, Vegas Showgirls, Impersonators, Stunt Acts, Vendors, Simulated Dyno Drag Races, Prize Drawings, Stunt Riders, Many Celebrities and a Silent Auction to benefit MDA. The events will include:
Saturday, August 16th: Poker Run Try your luck at winning the Best Hand prize of $5000 (LVHD Gift Certificate). Run will take you to our sponsoring partner's establishment - all Biker friendly! Each $25 poker hand fee will include a unique poker run pin, while supplies last. For your convenience, you may register online. All pre-registrations will receive pins first! Plus ongoing activities at the dealership. See link.
Sam's Town Presents 100th Anniversary Party with World Class Rockers Join the party with an All-Star Line Up featuring former members of The Eagles, Journey, Steppenwolf, Toto and Lynard Skynrd! Tickets are available at $20 each ($15 if you refer the ticket seller to code "HD100"). Tickets can be purchased at Sam's Town, online from Tickets.com or by calling 1-888-464-2468. No one under 21 admitted. Doors open at 8:30 PM with the concert starting at 10 PM.
Sunday, August 17. Celebrity Ride Our very Exclusive Celebrity Ride with our Celebrity friends. Scheduled to ride are Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Evel Knievel, Gladys Knight, Dan Haggerty, Michael Gregory, Gary Wood, Dennis Burkley, Paul Revere (and some of his band), and several local Las Vegas Celebrities. Each $25 fee will include a unique celebrity ride pin, while supplies last. For your convenience, you may register online. All pre-registrations will receive pins first!
Monday, August 18th. Fremont Street Experience - Activities
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Welcoming Remarks -- Executives from the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, including Willie G. Davidson will start the evening at 6:30 PM with Welcoming Remarks. The Marshall Tucker Band and Paul Revere and the Raiders - Fremont Street will rock beginning at 7 PM. Bands will alternate until 11 PM.
Saturday and Sunday
August 15th and 16th
Memorial Service for Salt River District - MMA Member, Bruce Harradence.
Fri - August 15th - Those that would like to visit the various places and haunts of our dear friend... We'll be riding to Prescott to meet some of his brothers. Leave TJ's Bar & Grill in Mesa @ 4pm sharp. Arrive in Prescott around 7pm.
Sat - August 16th - Breakfast at 7am sharp and gather for the ride back to TJ's. Back in Mesa by noon. The group will depart for services at 2pm at Apache Land. After the services there will be a stop at Jake's, Thunder Pass and Roosters to collect the donation boxes that have been placed in the above locations in Bruce's memory. The ride will end at TJ's where the donations will be tallied and given to Bruce's wife Sherry to donate to the 'Make-A-Wish' Foundation.
Contact 'Hacker' Dave for more info @ 480.600.9416. Once there is a head count lodging arrangements will be made for those that will need hotel rooms.
The family has requested that all donations in Bruce's name be made to the 'Make-A-Wish' Foundation. A special thanks to Jim Lopez, a new MMA member and JVL Refrigeration for the $500 donation. Memorial patches will be available at Salt River District - MMA August meeting.
Saturday, August 23rd
The Ante Up For The Kids Poker Run benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Northern AZ. This is another opportunity to get out of the heat and also to win some big money on a poker run. This ride got high marks for class and organization from those who rode in it last year. Registration at 8:00am.Registration is $25 per person and participants will receive at time of registration $10 in quarters, a commemorative T-Shirt (while supplies last), a free BBQ along with a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2003 Indian Vintage and a Club Thunder Card exclusively for motorcycle enthusiasts. Riders will begin their 109-mile journey from the Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde at 10am, qualifying for prize money totaling $3,000. High hand wins $1000 and Low hand wins $500. Stops include Hailey's Grill, Indian Motorcycle in Prescott Valley, Mingus Mountain Rest Area, KA Cycles and back to Cliff Castle Casino. Reservations can be made at www.cliffcastle.com or by calling the Castle Club at (928) 567-7999. Same-day registration is from 8am-10am August 23rd. Reservation fee is $25 per person in cash & will only be accepted on event day. There will be a free BBQ at Cliff Castle Casino for participants. BBQ will begin at 1pm.
Sunday, September 7th
9-11 Patriot Parade 2003.
Many of you were on this ride last year to make it one of the biggest in the state. The Patriot Parade is back this year bigger and better than ever. This year the ride is on Sunday, September 7th to accommodate the crowd and make blocking the freeways and streets easier. The ride is to be shown live in New York City. The first 5,000 to sign in will get a bracelet of one of the fallen in the 9-11 attack or one of the fallen heroes in the war on terrorism. W. Steven Martin has worked hard to make this one of the most exciting rides ever. The ride will start at the Gila River Casino/Wild Horse Pass located at I-10 and Exit 162A (Maricopa Rd.) with registration beginning at 8am. Food and beverage will be available at the start of the ride.
The fully escorted ride will leave at 11:00am and end in downtown Phoenix at The Bank One Ballpark for a ceremony and a time to honor our fallen soldiers and victims of 9-11.
The streets around Bank One Ballpark including Jackson St. will be blocked off for parking and the Restaurants in the area are going to be open to serve you. The donation is $10 per person paid at the start. T-Shirts and ride pins will also be sold at the event. You might ask why is it on the 7th instead of the 11th? It is so that the ride can accommodate more riders and that the logistics of blocking major highways on a Sunday is easier to do. Plus, the ride this year is going to be televised live in New York City. See you there. I will have more details as we get closer to the event.
Skunk Work Motorsports.
Don't let the name fool you. There is nothing smelly about this place. This is a one stop shop for ALL motorcycle parts at discount prices. Mick and Jack are a couple of great guys that love motorcycles and are there to help you go through the catalogs and pick out parts that would be best for your bike. And if you need the part installed, they can do that too. Don't have a Harley or a Custom? No problem! They specialize in Metric Parts as well. Skunk Works is an Authorized Dealer with the largest names in the motorcycle industry including Drag Specialties, Custom Chrome and Kuryakyn. Skunk works buys direct from the manufacturer in most cases and passes the savings along to you. Save 10% right off the top and the more you buy, the more you save with the Skunk Works discount program. Check out the Monthly Specials for deep discounts on various parts. Stop by their shop located at 1902 N. Country Club Dr. #4 in Mesa and see for yourself. That is just South of the Loop 202, one block South of McKellips. Or give them a call at 480-649-2800 to price some parts. Cyclerides.com V.I.P. members will receive 15% off at any time just by showing your card.
It's now time to give Kudos to our Governor. I'm sure you have all heard about the controversy over the monument of the 10 Commandments that has been at the capital for 40 years without any opposition. I guess the ACLU was running short on REAL issues to deal with so they decided to pick on this one. Last week our Governor weighed in with her opinion on this subject.
“The Governor does not believe that this monument in this location, constitutes government
endorsement of religion. She also believes there are a host of more pressing problems before us, including education
funding and forest health. The monument has been around for nearly 40 years, and the Governor will not ask DOA or the Legislative Mall Commission to remove
The Director’s Office has received over 950 telephone calls in support of retaining the monument in Wesley Bolin Plaza and only 4 opposed. Once again, it doesn't look like the ACLU is working for the majority! Maybe we should put them out there thinning the forests.
And now for the Quote of the Week from our Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city, is not sympathetic. He said Wednesday that he told the inmates: "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and the soldiers are living in tents and they didn't commit any crimes, so shut your mouths."
As for me, Mrs. C. and I are going to try and stay cool, while still getting out on the bike.
Stay tuned to the Newsletter and www.cyclerides.com for some exciting new things that we have planned for the rest of this year. If you know
of anyone that would want to be kept up to date via the Newsletter have them email email@example.com and put newsletter in the Subject column.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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