Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
As advertised in last week's letter, the weather is really starting to get nice for riding, especially in the early evening. I went out at sunset last night for a putt around our area and it was fantastic. There are 17 charity rides on the October calendar now with a wide variety of benefactors, plus bike nights for you to get out and enjoy the evening weather on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday's with more to come soon.
Last weekend we decided to make a quick trip up to Las Vegas for the Bikefest to look at the vendors and recruit some Custom Motorcycles for the Best of the Southwest event with OCC in November. Since this was more work than pleasure we decided to fly up since we didn't anticipate there would be much time to ride. I took the 8:00am flight Friday morning with our overnight bag so that Mrs. C. could just hop on the 2:00pm flight straight from her meeting. I got to the airport in what I thought was plenty of time, but the new security measures must be kicking in and the line was at least 100 people long. So as I am making my way back and forth in the serpentine line, eyeing up the same people every 50 feet as I make the turns East and then West, I start to notice that what I thought was ample time to make the flight was now becoming closer with each turn in the line.
I finally made it to the front of the line with ID and boarding pass in hand with a 2 minute walk to the gate in front of me and 20 minutes to spare. That's when the interesting part began. The lady looked at my boarding pass and yells out "Select!" and said, step over here sir. I thought, Cool! They know I'm running late and they selected me to go right through. Not! It was more like, "Oh No, I've been profiled", they know I'm a biker. A minute later a guy comes over and said come with me. Without offering any explanation he asked me to sit in the chair, take off my shoes and socks and raise my legs. So now I am sitting there with nothing in my pockets, stripped down to my bare feet with my legs in the air and watching the other passengers go by while this guy examines the bottom of my feet. Now I know what it must be like to go to the gynecologist. Knowing that a pedicure wasn't in the cards, he must have been looking to see if anything was taped to the bottom of my feet. He then has me stand up with my feet in those little chalk foot drawings on the floor and proceeds to wand me in places that I didn't even know you could hide things. At this point I am pretty much feeling like an idiot. Then he takes me over to another man who is standing there with a smile on his face wearing rubber gloves. I thought, OH NO! A proctologist moonlighting as a TSA agent. I'll walk to Vegas! But he just asked if he could go through my overnight bag.
This is precisely the time that I realized that I was also carrying Mrs. C's clothes and undergarments in MY bag. As he is unzipping the bag he asks if I am traveling alone and I said yes. As he gets to Mrs. C's part of the bag he asks me where I was going. I said to the Las Vegas Bikefest. He looked at me, smiled and responds, Oh, Really! Now I am turning 3 shades of red imagining that this guy thinks I am some cross dressing biker from Phoenix heading to Las Vegas for a little alter ego fun on the strip. So... wanting to clear things up right there, I said, my wife is meeting me in Vegas later this afternoon, I am just carrying the bag for us. He smiled and said, Uh Huh, well HAVE a good time. Now after being thoroughly searched from head to toe, sat in a chair with my bare feet up in the air and being labeled a cross dresser, I felt fully emasculated and now had 10 minutes to spare to catch my plane.
From what I found out later, my boarding pass was flagged with a checkerboard at the bottom when I got it out of the ticketless travel terminal. The fact that I was traveling alone on a one way ticket (with Women's panties in my bag and a fear of Men with rubber gloves) is part of the profile that they are looking for to be what is called a "select" passenger. The moral of this story is, don't put anything in your bag that you wouldn't want a total stranger to see, rummage through, and put their hands on. They are very thorough.
FYI, the Las Vegas Bikefest was very well done and very well attended. We were able to talk to a lot of good vendors and got commitments from awesome bike builders to enter the Best of the Southwest show here November 5-7.
Tickets are finally available for purchase and are going fast. Sorry for the delay, but I just didn't want
to release them until the system of printing at home was as good as possible. If you choose print at home, the
file will be emailed to you as a .pdf file and you can print it right at your printer at home. You can
buy single day tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Or for
the best value you can buy a 3 day pass that will get you in all 3 days
for less than the cost of 2 single day tickets. There are no additional costs for events or displays once you are
in the park. OCC does not charge for autographs. Show hours are 10am - 11pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am - 6pm
on Sunday with live entertainment every day including Bad Company's Paul Rodgers on Saturday night. Click
Here for the link to buy tickets. Read the instructions before going
to the purchase page. Or you can always reach the link from www.cyclerides.com .
We have a few vendor spots still available. If you know of anyone who wants to be a vendor, have them email firstname.lastname@example.org .
V.I.P. Tickets For OCC:
There are limited tickets now available for the V.I.P. reception on Thursday night. If you would like to get "Up Close" with The Teutul's and their bikes, this would be a memorable way to do it. On Thursday, November 4th from 5-9 pm there will be a V.I.P. reception with The Teutul's in the tent that will include: Live Music, Food, Giveaways, Autographs With OCC, Photo Ops With OCC, Up Close Bike Viewing and Other surprises.
There are only 300 total tickets with only 100 left to the public. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that would be a perfect Birthday or Christmas present for the OCC Fan in your life. Or if you have a business, this would be an ideal incentive or reward for your special employees. Seating will be in tables of 8. You can buy individual tickets. Cost is $300 per ticket and will be sold on a first come basis. This will be a special time. Click Here to order your VIP Tickets online. Questions at email@example.com .
In This Issue:
Fri - Sunday: BMW of Scottsdale Grand Opening and Demo Rides
Saturday: Superstition Harley-Davidson Chromecoming Open House
Saturday: Best Buddies Bike Bash Charity Motorcycle Ride & Family Event
Sat - Sunday: Chandler Harley-Davidson Chromecoming New Model Year Open House Party
Sat - Sunday: Thunder Valley Rally Poker Run
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. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. 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 (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $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 The evening riding weather is 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.
Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
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.
Saturday and Sunday
Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon. Now opening at 6:00AM for Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. All of us are looking for that quick getaway out of town for an early morning breakfast on the weekends, or a good stop on our way up North. The Pioneer Restaurant and Saloon is the perfect place for that and they are inviting all motorcycle riders to stop by for a good old fashioned breakfast on the patio or a cool drink on the way home. Sundays feature a $6.99 all you can eat breakfast including drinks and any day you can get my personal favorite 1/2 order of biscuits and gravy for $1.95. This is a great dish. Breakfast starts at 7:00am. Pioneer is also open for lunch and dinner until 9:00 pm. On Saturday nights Canyon Walls plays from 7pm - 11pm. Pioneer is also a great place to get your group together for a sunset dinner ride. Sit out on the patio or the air conditioned dining room. Click Here for the complete menu. If you are organizing a ride, it is the perfect place for a ride end. Pioneer is located just 1 mile North of the Carefree Highway exit on I-17 at Pioneer Rd. exit 225. For private parties call Joey at 602-696-5245 or 623-465-1821.
Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Cocomo Joes's is now your place to ride to for Sunday NFL Football Games. Enjoy breakfast starting at 10:00am with $5.95 for a Burrito Loco, French Toast or 2 Eggs, Hash Browns, Bacon and Toast. Cocomo Joe's has the full NFL Package to make it easy for you to watch the game of your choice all day long. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out and watch the games. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:00am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:00am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-538-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.
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. 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, September 24-26
BMW of Scottsdale Grand Opening Open House and Demo Rides. I'm sure you have heard a lot about the new BMW Motorcycles, but have you ever wondered how they really are? Now is your chance to see for yourself. The new BMW dealership in Scottsdale is having a 3 day Grand Opening Open House and Demo Rides from the factory. Stop by and see this beautiful new dealership and the new BMW bikes. They will be grilling Hot Dogs and Brats. Enjoy Bavarian Pretzels, popcorn, fruit smoothies and more. Top manufacture reps on hand to show you their newest apparel and accessories. Talk to vendors from Garmin, Gerbings, Vemar, Held Gloves, Schuberth Helmets, TEAM Arizona and Arizona Ear Protection. And then go for a ride and see for yourself. You must have a DOT helmet to ride.
Friday: Sign up starts at 9:00am with demo rides starting at 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.
Saturday: Sign up for demo rides starts at 8:00am. Rides from 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Sunday: Rides from 9:00am - 1:00pm.
BMW of Scottsdale is located at 14870 N. Northsight Blvd. #100 in Scottsdale, AZ. Just E. of Hayden on Northsight Blvd. For more information phone 480-609-1800 or go to www.bmwmotorcyclesofscottsdale.com
Saturday, September 25th
Superstition Harley-Davidson Chromecoming Open House. Head to this year’s hottest party! The Harley-Davidson Chromecoming, September 25th, from 8am to 5pm at Superstition Harley-Davidson. All our 2005 models have already RSVP’ed, dressed to the nines in their finest chrome ... and they’ve brought friends along! Visit with all the classics and some exciting new faces, including many in Motorclothes and Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories. Chromecoming celebrates all that's new from Harley-Davidson. The new 2005 Models, The latest MotorClothes Apparel, Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. From 8am to 5pm on September 25th there will be: Hourly Door Prizes! Registration to win your own 2005 Softail Deluxe,
MotorClothes Special #1: Stamper jewelry, buy one, get the 2nd 1/2 off (equal or lesser value)
MotorClothes Special #2: Selected Leathers will be $20 off!
Plus enjoy FREE refreshments & Superstition Biker BBQ from 11am - 2pm served up by the HOOTERS Girls!
Saturday, September 25th
Best Buddies Bike Bash Charity Motorcycle Ride & Family Event. Saturday, September 25th, 1st Annual Best Buddies Bike Bash at Pioneer Restaurant & Saloon, benefiting Best Buddies of Arizona, www.bestbuddiesarizona.org. The mission of Best Buddies Arizona is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendship and employment. Register and ride from either of Joeta's Leather's stores. Register in Mesa from 7 to 8:30, then ride to the Arrowhead store. Register at Arrowhead from 8 to 9:45, depart at 10, escorted by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Dept. Arrive at Pioneer Restaurant & Saloon for lunch, music, live auction, 50/50 drawing and more. www.bestbuddiesbikebash.com or 602-359-5429.
Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th
Chandler Harley-Davidson Chromecoming New Model Year Open House Party. Last chance to celebrate the Harley-Davidson 2005 model year open house. The 2005 models bring a broadened Sportster, Dyna Glide & Softail motorcycle line including 4 new models and eleven new color options. You have to come check them out. Join us for Famous Tier Discounts ALL WEEKEND up to 20%. The more you spend the more you save. PLUS: Free Harley-Davidson gift to the first 75 purchases Each Day. PLUS: Every purchase over $25 get's entered into a drawing for a free special edition Willie G. Jacket and matching chaps. Event Hours: Saturday 8:30-8:00pm, Sunday 10-8:00pm.
10-Noon FREE coffee and donuts.
Noon - 4pm FREE food from the Wild Hare Saturday & Papa Johns Sunday.
11-3pm the last Hooter's bikini bike wash of the year.
Hourly raffles all weekend long and much more! Click Here for all of the activities.
Chandler Harley is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. 480-496-6800.
Saturday and Sunday, September 25th and 26th
Thunder Valley Rally Poker Run. This is the 4th year for this very popular event.
Saturday Poker Run: This is a 7-Card, beautiful 150 mile ride through the high country starting at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, through Munds Park, Mormon Lake, Happy Jack, Fort Verde Gas and back to Cliff Castle Casino. Registration begins at 8:00am with the organized part of the ride leaving at 10:00am. Riders and/or passengers will each receive a commemorative T-shirt, commemorative ride pin, a coupon for $5 in quarters, $5 blackjack matchplay coupon, and 5 entries into the Cliff Castle Casino Custom motorcycle giveaway. Cost of run is $25. $15 goes to Make-A-Wish. Prize money will be distributed for riders and passengers. Highest Hand: $1,000. Lowest Hand: $500. Total of $3000 in prize money. Click Here to pre-register online.
Sunday, September 26th: Thunder Valley Rally's Bike Show. This is always a good bike show and worth the ride up for. Registration is $10 to enter your bike. Register from 8:00am - 10:00am. Bike show class viewing and voting will take place between 10am - Noon. Will announce prizes from 3pm - 4pm. There will be $7225 in prize money awarded in 11 different categories. Click Here to see all the categories and detail information on the Bike Show. Cliff Castle Casino is located off of I-17 at Exit 289 in Camp Verde, AZ.
September 30th - October 3rd
BiketoberWest. This time around we're taking the action to 2 locations in the east county. The beautiful Barona Valley Ranch & Casino will provide a picturesque setting for our custom bike show and tattoo exposition, plenty of outdoor space for our vendors, Food & Drink including beer, live entertainment and The Discovery Channel Biker Build-Off between contestants Hank Young of Young Choppers & Hot Rods in Marietta, GA and Cole Foster of Salinas Boyz Customs in Salinas,CA. SoCal Custom Choppers and Run-What-U-Brung Racing will host Biker Drags a few miles down the road at Barona Drag Strip. They will also have vendors, including many San Diego area performance shops.
Included in the BiketoberWest festivities will be poker runs and a VIP ride to the USS Midway Museum to watch the annual Sea & Air Parade on San Diego Bay, celebrating our fantastic heroes in uniform! Visit our website, www.biketoberwest.com for more details and to pre-register.
Saturday, October 2nd
AZSTAR 3rd Annual Paws of Life Poker Run. This ride is to benefit the Arizona Search Track and Rescue search and rescue dog teams trained to assist with locating lost or missing persons. Sign in at the Steelhorse Saloon (1768 W. Bell Rd.) from 9am - 10:30am. Ride entry is $10 per bike, $5 for extra rider. 1st 100 participants receive a ride pin. Prizes for Best Hand, Worst Hand, Raffle and Auction. Last Card in at 6:30pm. For more information call: 623-266-3268.
Yavapai A.B.A.T.E. & Young's Farm Annual Pumpkin Fest, Bike Show and Poker Run. This run is to benefit Yavapai A.B.A.T.E. Youngs Farm 9am - 4pm. Jct. Hwy 69 & 169 in Dewey, AZ. Poker run sign up at Pinon Pines, 2701 E. Hwy. 89A, Prescott, AZ. Sign in 9am - 10am. $10 single, $15 couple. Bike Show 11:30am - 4pm, registration $5. Biker Rodeo 2pm. Free pumpkin w/bike event entry, 50/50, raffles, door prizes, live music, beer garden biker clowns, hay rides, paint ball, photos, haunted house, merchandise. Food, Fun and Entertainment for the entire family. More info: Pat Rogers, 928-639-4675.
Saturday, October 2nd
Biketober Poker Run. This is a late afternoon/evening poker run to benefit the Fire Fighters Association Charities. Sign in from 3-6pm at V-Twin Consignments located at 1716 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. $15 for single, $20 for couple. Every sign in receives a T-Shirt, 2 Raffle Tickets & Food and Drink Specials at each stop. Cash prizes for Best and Worst Hands. More information call 602-548-5799.
Saturday, October 2nd
Darrell Ashford Jr. 3rd Annual Charity Poker Run. Sign in at 10am at Chopper Kings & The Paint Shop located at 3232 W. Virginia Entry fee a $25 donation, $10 per passenger. Includes T-Shirt, Entry into the Monastery, Lunch and Raffle Ticket. Winner of poker run will win a 45" Big Screen TV. Trucks and cars are welcome. Click Here for all information. More information at 480-491-8568.
Sunday, October 3rd
15th Annual Lost Dutchman Poker Run. This is always one of the bigger runs of the year and to a great destination at Canyon Lake. Registration from 7:30am - 10:30am at Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa. $25 registration fee includes poker run, ride pin (first 1000), event entry at Canyon Lake and lunch. All event and raffle proceeds are donated to the East Valley Charities. Poker Run with cash awards, Bike Show, Door Prizes, 50/50, Vendor Mall plus Silent Auction & Bike Games at Canyon Lake. Enter now to win a 2004 lava red Road King® Custom. Raffle tickets are only $10 each and are available for purchase from East Valley H.O.G. Chapter members or at Chosa's Harley-Davidson. Drawing will be held at Canyon Lake on Sunday, October 3, 2004. (Tax and license to be paid by the winner). All event and raffle net proceeds benefit the East Valley Charities. Call the East Valley H.O.G. Chapter Activities Hotline (480) 844-0803 for additional details.
Ok, now for that mindless entertainment. Here
is a parody of Frank Sinatra's Strangers in the Night called Strangers on my Flight. Click Here, turn your sound
And now for you guys out there that think you have hot bikes, take a look at this article about the Minnesota rider that got a ticket for doing 140 mph over the posted speed limit of 65 mph. Click Here to read how they caught him.
As for me this weekend, Friday afternoon I am going to go over to the Grand Opening of the BMW of Scottsdale and demo one of the 1200 LT road bikes. I've heard a lot about it, so now I will be able to say I rode one. Saturday or Sunday, we plan to take a ride to Cliff Castle Casino for the Thunder Valley Rally. A good excuse to get back out on the road again.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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