Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
8/6/03


Greetings Riders,
 
Well, here we are into the countdown phase of the dog days of Phoenix summer.
After 22 years of these I segment the days so that mentally I think it is going faster. I use September as my month that things will start turning around. So in my world, I have 25 more days till I can see the beginning of the end of the heat and humidity. Events will start taking place and the motorcycle world will once again awaken here in the Valley. And speaking of events, stay tuned for next week as I will announce the details on the Patriot Ride taking place on September 7th. There is a very exciting destination and activities for the end of this years ride, one of the best I have seen. And the bracelets will be back as they had last year. This should be a very big and exciting event.
 
Most of you reading this know that I love to ride, just as you do.
There are times I will start up the bike and ride around the block just to hear the motor and get a little wind in the face. (Sticking my head out of the car window just doesn't have the same results). When you enjoy something like that and have passion for it, it is hard to just let it sit. But with this fast paced world we live in, there never seems to be enough time to do the things WE really would like to do for our own enjoyment. Bit by bit, our time seems to be taken away from us by other obligations. By the time we split up available time between work, raising children, keeping a house going, social obligations, family and sleep, there isn't a whole lot of time left for riding. We usually just have to MAKE time for it or it would never get done. I'm sure a lot of you would agree, I have heard the same concerns before.
 
Everything just seems to be a whirlwind on the go kind of lifestyle in our world right now.
It seems like the more technology that we get to make life easier, it in turn makes more for us to do. We seem to have MORE at our disposal in this world today, but at the end of the day we have LESS time to offer to ourself or to others.
 
I was going to have a completely different story today, but this email came and I wanted to share it with you.
This is an excerpt from the 1995 book "Words Aptly Spoken" by Dr. Moorhead. (The internet myth is that this was written by George Carlin after his wife passed away, but that is not true.) Read this and see if it rings true for you. I hope you enjoy.
 


 

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
 
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
 
Excerpt from the 1995 book "Words Aptly Spoken" by Dr. Moorhead
 


 Be sure and read the Extras column below for updates on the
Cave Creek decibel enforcement
and the emissions testing information. 


 

This Week's Events
 
Wednesday 

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
 
Thursday Night features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.
 

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 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 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.
 
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 Bike Works. These are some of the most radical 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 havenít 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 

Saturday & Sunday, August 9th & 10th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's 
This Weekend -
Saturday August 9th: Cash Dailey Band, 2-6pm.
Sunday August 10th: Cash Dailey Band, 2-6pm. 
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 17th: Combo Deluxe and Car and Motorcycle Show.
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 sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

Fandango
Fri Aug 8: Round #4 Cave Creek Idol Karaoke Contest 8:30 pm
Sat Aug 9: Chris Hiatt Band 9 pm
Sun Aug 10: Combo Deluxe 4 - Pam "Didn't Go To Sturgis Party"

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.

CHRIS HIATT FANS - don't miss Chris and his band this Saturday night starting at 9 pm.  For all of you that know and love Chris don't miss this one!  For those of you that don't know Chris, come and check him out.  He is best known for doing Stevie Ray Vaughn hits and his rendition of "Superstition" is incredible.

Llory and the Boys of COMBO DELUXE are back on Sunday starting at 4 pm and we're going to have a little extra fun with a "Didn't go to Sturgis Party" or as Llory calls it "Too Smart to go to Sturgis Party".
Budweiser will be bringing the T-shirts for the wet t-shirt contest.  Enjoy $1.25 Bud or Bud Lite drafts all day. And ladies, wear your bikini top and get your first drink for only a quarter!

Lots of great stuff going on this weekend so come on out to Cave Creek and join the rest of us that didn't go to Sturgis!  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.

This Week 

Saturday, August 9th.
The First Annual Lunatics Poker Run and Bike Show.
Ride sign in at Asylum Cycles located at 8926 E. Long Mesa Dr. #B in Prescott Valley from 9am - 10am. Ride ends at Hailey's Grill in Mayer, AZ for Bike Show and Party with the Cash Dailey band playing from 2-6pm. $10 single and $15 couple. Call 928-775-2924 for more information.
 

Next Weekend
 

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.
 

Upcoming Events 

August 28th - 31st.
Rally In The Rockies. Many of you remember this as the Four Corners Rally. This is held in the land of beautiful riding in Colorado. Last year this rally was cancelled. This year it is brought back under a new name and promoter and they promise it to be bigger and better than ever. The inaugural Rally In The Rockies to be held Ignacio, Colorado, over Labor Day Weekend is gearing up to bring a solid motorcycle rally back to the Four Corners Region. "We are really excited about getting the party started," said Rally In The Rockies organizer Dan Bradshaw. "We've been working real hard to put together a program of events that will be a good time and make people want to come back next year. Labor Day is going to be a lot of fun in the Four Corners." The rally was created last year after the Four Corners Ironhorse Rally failed to stage an event in 2002. Rally In The Rockies will be held at the Sky Ute Events Center, as were past Rallies. "We've been scheduled in the same place for a while now, and as far as I know, there are no other events scheduled at the events center that weekend," Bradshaw said. The rally costs $45 for four days, which grants entry to the events center, entry in all poker runs, access to the car and bike show in Durango, a chance to win four motorcycles, and other good stuff. Single and two-day tickets are also available for $15 to $35. Click Here for full press release.
 

Extras 

Warning to riders heading to Cave Creek! As many of you know, Carefree is now checking decibels on motorcycle sound. The limit is 85 db and from what I hear, they are getting some pretty good business from riders that are going over that limit. It appears that they have set up shop on Tom Darlington (Scottsdale Rd.) in Carefree. Your best route to get into Cave Creek would be Cave Creek Rd. There is only about 1 mile of Carefree town limits that you have to go through that way. So keep it in 5th gear and putt past these guys.
 
Ok, I have some video funnies for you. This first one is a CITI commercial that really made me laugh. It is a 2mb .mpg file so anyone should be able to watch it. You will need Quicktime to watch this video. Click Here. The second one is a video from a bull ring in some foreign country. This is also a small 1.7 mb file that anyone can view. See what happens when a guy comes running by and the bull catches up with him. Very funny. Click Here. 

Want to stop going through emissions testing with your motorcycles?? There is a movement going on to stop this. But, the Arizona's Motorcycle Rights Organizations need your help in efforts to get rid of motorcycle emissions testing in Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima Counties. The MRO's are gathering statistics to present to Arizona's Department of Environmental Quality. These statistics will in turn support a proposal to the EPA. You can find the form in AriZona Rider, in various shops and businesses, and online. It only takes a second to fill it out and a stamp to mail. But the easiest way is to go to the following link and cut and paste it into an email and send it to priestmma@aol.com . Be sure and include your plate number (what the heck, they have it anyway) or it will not count. This is one way of possibly becoming exempt from emission testing for motorcycles. An early deadline is 8/22/03. I hope it works. Click here for the form.
 

If you are out riding late at night, or just sitting out catching some quiet time, you might catch a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Mars with the naked eye or binoculars. Never again in your lifetime will the Red Planet be so spectacular! This month and next, Earth is catching up with Mars, an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in recorded history.  The next time Mars may come this close is in 2287.  Due to the way Jupiter's gravity tugs on Mars and perturbs its orbit, astronomers can only be certain that Mars has not come this close to Earth in the last 5,000 years but it may be as long as 60,000 years.  The encounter will culminate on August 27th when Mars comes to within 34,649,589 miles and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. So, mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month. Click Here for the website with all the information and details.
 
As for me this week, I am looking forward to good riding weather.
 
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 
Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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