Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, here we are, one week from October 1st. The crown jewel of our riding season. The days will be warm (not hot) and the nights are awesome. The calendar is filling up with rides and plenty of events with the dealerships wanting to show you the 2004 models. So if you are in the mood for discounts, free food and entertainment, take a look at the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com . Mrs. C. and I took a great 450 mile ride on Sunday that I will bring to you as a Day Ride feature in next weeks letter.
But for now I want to jump ahead a couple of months. I have been reporting on rides and events with Cyclerides.com for almost 4 years now and I have never actually had a Cyclerides sponsored event. I kept looking for the right cause or the right type of ride that would be a little different, fun for everyone to participate in, and really let the riders be an interactive part of the ride. After participating in some of the Toy Runs last year, I kind of walked away with an empty feeling. I'm not saying that there was anything wrong with them, but it just didn't give me a warm fuzzy by walking up and throwing my toys into a truck and riding off into the sunset wondering what was going to happen to them. I really did some thinking to figure out what was missing with the rides that I had been on last year.
The answer was there was no kids to give the toys to. Wouldn't it be nice to actually see a child in need pick out your toy and see the smile and the joy that your gift would bring? So I thought, why not just bring the kids to riders and let us enjoy the kids enjoying our gifts? So that is what we are going to do. We are bringing in 200 homeless and underprivileged children from the Pappas school and other shelters in the Valley. Interactive entertainment will be provided by "The Singin' TV Guys", Mike Chamberlin from TV3 and Chris Coragio from Channel 5. There is nothing like hearing kids singing Christmas songs. And a 200 child choir, that will be tremendous!!
I knew it was a good idea but I didn't have the expertise or knowledge to make this happen, so I discussed the idea with a guy who had put on many big events in our city, Rich Dillman of Arizona Bike Week. He thought it was a great idea and immediately wanted to be a part of it. He contacted Al Corte with Outback Productions and this project was put into motion. These guys have been amazing getting things done. I am amazed at all the details that go into this type of project. So together with Cyclerides.com, Arizona Bike Week and Outback Productions we are definitely on the fast track to putting together a very fun event.
Here are the details as they are right now:
The name of the event is the Toys To Kids Ride, "Give a Toy, See a Smile".
Date: Saturday, December 6th.
Time: Registration from 8-11am. Ride leaves at 11:00am
Starting Location: The ride will start in Fountain Hills on the Avenue of the Fountains. We will block off the entire street which will allow parking for thousands of bikes. There will be plenty of things to do and see in the shops while you are waiting. Morning coffee and doughnuts will be provided by Bank One on site.
Destination: We will have a Sheriff escort and parade through Fountain Hills North on Saguaro Blvd. through Rio Verde and up Dynamite to Pima ending at Rawhide.
Activities: At Rawhide there will be 200 homeless and underprivileged kids waiting for us as we parade through the Old West town of Rawhide on our way to the Rawhide Pavilion. The riders will place the toys at the Pavilion. The 200 kids will then be brought in an allowed to pick out 2-3 toys from Santa's Helpers. You can watch them pick out the toys and play with them right there in the Pavilion. A full meal including entree, salad and drink will be served to the riders at this time.
Entertainment: Mike Chamberlain from TV3 and Chris Corragio from Channel 5 started a duo called The TV singin' Guys. They will entertain the kids and riders with Christmas songs and interactive sing alongs with the kids.
Cost: The cost will be One toy and $10 per person that includes the Ride, Meal and a Ride Pin.
The Maricopa County Sheriff department has been extremely helpful in blocking streets, parade logistics and they will also be the ones busing in the 200 kids from the Pappas school and other Valley shelters. Thanks to them for being a big help to pull this kind of an event together.
As you can tell, I am very excited about this event. I think it will be a lot of fun and very rewarding for all who attend. I personally want to invite every one of you to attend and share with me the joy of "Giving a Toy and Seeing a Smile". If you work, take the day off and join me on Saturday, December 6th. 100% of the proceeds will go to charities. There are no salaries or administrative expenses taken out. The funds will be directed 3 ways by Me, Rich and Al. I will be reporting and documenting how much and who this money will go to. I look forward to seeing you there.
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This Week's Events
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 features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.
NEW!! Starting October 2nd.
Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. The Hooters at Arrowhead Thursday Bike Night was such a success with 200 bikes the first night that Hooters Ahwatukee wanted to provide the same for the riders in Chandler and Ahwatukee. Starting next Thursday night, October 2nd, there will be a Thursday bike night 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.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Over 200 Bikes Last Week!
The first night was a huge success. 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 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 opened for the first time 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 and Sunday
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
Stop by The Hideaway this Saturday and see Ramjet Racing Performance Parts Expo. 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, September 28th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sundays -
This Weekend - Sunday, September 28th: "Ricky Jolene and Rhondavous".
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, 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:
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. September, 26th: Combo Deluxe. 9pm-1am.
Sat. September, 27th: Karaoke Contest. 8:30pm.
Sun. September, 28th: GD Roadshow 4-8pm.
Saturday 9 am - 2 pm Out for a morning ride? Stop by the Farmer's Market set up next to our patio every Saturday morning from now until May. Organic produce, fresh baked goods and acoustic music. And we do Happy Hour on Saturdays 2 - 6 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) is back in full swing. There will be 3 winners from each week that will participate in the finals on October 25th. Anyone can join in on the Karaoke starting at 9:00pm and if you want to join the competition, sign up for the contest at 8:30pm. This will all lead up to the finals on October 25th where the winner will receive $500 Cash. 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. 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 and Sunday,
September 27th & 28th
Arrowhead Harley's 1st Anniversary Party. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Launches it's 2nd Year. Arrowhead Harley has had a tremendous first year. To show appreciation to their fellow riders and friends, new and old, THEY ARE THROWING A HUGE BASH! Come to the first party of Harley-Davidson's new century. Event hours 10-6pm both days. Store will be open normal hours.
10-12pm: Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts. 11-4pm: Hooter's Bikini Bike Wash & Pool Party. 10-3pm: Bike Show (Saturday) must register prior to 2pm. 12-2pm: Radio Remotes. 12-4pm: Free Food by Hooter's Catering. 2-6pm: Live performances by Sonny Jim & The Prowlers on Saturday and Furious George on Sunday. 2-6pm: 9 Ball Pool Tournament (Sunday Only). And don't forget the Famous Tier Discounts up to 20%. Sunday at 5pm. 100th Anniversary Harley Raffle. Must be present to win. Stop by and have a Hog Wild Great Time. For more info: 623-247-5542.
Saturday, September 27th
Operation Freedom Bird. Operation Freedom Bird is holding a poker run to raise funds to send vets to the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. this year. This is a non profit organization. All proceeds go directly to assisting Vietnam Veterans attend the Wall in Washington, D.C. Operation Freedom Bird provides Arizona's veterans of the Vietnam War with a unique opportunity to share their experiences, confront their feelings and pay tribute to their fallen brothers and sisters. Fifty veterans have been selected each year since 1988 to participate in a 4 day therapeutic trip to the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day. Ride starts at the Steel Horse Saloon, 19th Ave. and Bell. (NE Corner). Sign in at 10:30am, ride leaves at 11:30am. $20 per rider includes ride shirt. Information at 602-942-8778.
Saturday, September 27th
1st Annual Founders Motorcycle Ride. Presented by Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Arizona. Enjoy the beauty of Northern Arizona while helping to raise funds to provide wishes to children who have life threatening medical conditions. Ride pins to the first 100. Ride starts at Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson in Mayer, 10434 Hwy 69 at 9:00am. Ride ends at Bucky's Casino, Food, Band, & Entertainment. $20 single and $25 double. Information at: 928 632-4009.
Sunday, September 28th
Memory Ride Poker Run. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter. Ride leaves from Outback Steakhouse in Tempe at 1734 E. Southern (corner of Southern and Mc Clintock). Event day registration $15, all passengers $5. Registration times: 7:30 - 9:30am. Coffee and light refreshments, Lunch and Entertainment. 602-528-0545.
Go to the Rides and Events Calendar on www.cyclerides.com for more ride information.
Friday, October 3rd
BRAG Southwest Torque-Fest Adventure
Registration/check-in and Dealer Party with food and beverages for rally participants from 10am to 3pm at Chosa's Harley-Davidson/Buell in Mesa. The BRAG East Valley Sportbike Club welcomes you on Friday! Interested in joining? Want to learn about what they do and where they ride? Members will be available to answer any of your questions and accept memberships! Self-guided rides around the Phoenix/Mesa area will be supplied by the East Valley Sportbike Club.
Saturday and Sunday
October 4th & 5th
Hacienda Harley's Model 2004 Open House. Thunder into the next century at Hacienda Harley with a "Monster Parts Basement Sale", Fashion Shows, Free Food, Giveaways and Door Prizes. You will have the chance to Win a new 2004 Harley-Davidson and see the new 2004 model Harleys, Motorclothes and Motor Accessories. Also, Join the ride to Fort McDowell Casino for the David Lee Roth concert. Tickets are $25.00. Ride leaves Hacienda at 6:30pm sharp. Saturday hours from 9am - 6pm. Sunday hours from 10am - 4pm. Hacienda is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in North Scottsdale. More information at 480-905-1903.
Saturday, October 4th
C.U.F.F.S. 2003 Presented by The Arizona Choir Boys LEMC. The Arizona Choir Boys LEMC will host their 6th Annual Poker Run benefiting the families of Law Enforcement Officers, Correction Officers and Fire Fighters who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. All proceeds go to the 100 club. Registration at Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop, Apache Junction, located at 2910 West Apache Trail, Apache Junction. Starting at 8am with last bike out at 10:30am. Ends at the FOP Lodge 2 located at 19th ave. and Sweetwater. $10 per rider and $10 per passenger. Includes one Poker Hand and Ride Pins to first 500 registered. There will be Raffles, 50/50 Drawing, Vendors, Dancing, Indoor Seating, Indoor Band.
Saturday, October 5th
14th Annual Lost Dutchman Poker Run. This is one of my favorite runs of the year to one of my favorite destinations. The Poker Run starts at Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa and ends with one of the most beautiful rides in the Valley area to Canyon Lake. There you will have a Vendors Mall, Bike Show/Contest, Door Prizes, 50/50 and a Silent Auction. Prices is $15 early registration the day before at Chosa's 8am - 1pm and $20 per person the day of 7:30am - 10:30am. Registration includes Poker Run, Ride Pin to the first 900, Event Entry at Canyon Lake and Lunch. Here are the photos from last year. And here is the video from last year. (Dialup Here and Cable modem here). And while you are there, check out my Day Ride feature of Tortilla Flat to see other things to do while you are there. For more information: 480-894-0404.
It's always exciting for me when you hear something about a product
and it actually does what the advertising says it will do. I have been hearing about synthetic oils for several years now and
finally got around to trying it. I put it in the Vrod last week and it is INCREDIBLE! It immediately made
the shifting smoother and quieter. It has also quieted down the engine noise. I highly recommend it. Without going into detail here, the benefits of synthetic oil is its
resistance to oxidation and thermal degradation, which inhibit the formation of sludge and deposits that contribute
to increased wear. Click Here for the complete explanation. Harley has finally come out with a synthetic oil but AMSOIL has been
making oil for over 30 years and has perfected the synthetic blend for superior protection of your engine which
can be used in all 3 cases. Not to mention that it is $1 -$2 less expensive per quart to install. The next time you change your oil I would give this strong consideration.
I was impressed. Skunkworks at 480-649-2800 and Riverside Choppers at 602-547-8288 are having synthetic oil change specials. You
can also contact Jon Wright, the AMSOIL dealer at 480-985-4287.
It looks as though Indian Motorcycles might have become a part of our past once again. Indian closed down their Gilroy plant and sent all of their workers home. Even though sales had increased and the motorcycle was being well received, they have run out of operating capital to keep the production going. I guess the Terminator bike was a little prophetic. Click Here for the complete story.
Warning!! I have recently been notified by some riders that they ALL got DB tickets while riding in a group of four in Carefree. Even though the officer couldn't identify which ONE of the riders were actually creating the noise, they all got tickets. I don't think this is right and certainly not in the spirit of the law! As Ricky would say to Lucy, I think they "have some splainin' to do". The riders clearly saw the officer sitting there with the microphone on the car and were doing everything possible to obey the law. But with 4 bikes together it is next to impossible to do. When I was testing this with the Sheriff Dept. in Carefree they told me that this would not happen because they could not accurately identify which bike it was when riding so close together. This means, that if I was in that group with the Vrod and stock pipes, I would have gotten a ticket too!! I'm not an attorney, but I doubt it will hold up in court. I plan to go to the hearing and report what happens. It's one thing if a rider deserves a ticket for intentionally trying to make noise. But when you have four together trying to obey the law, I think the City of Carefree should be a little more understanding on a case by case basis. I guess with only a hand full of tickets written up to this point, Carefree decided to get that equipment paid for a little quicker by giving four tickets at a time. I know there are 2 sides to every story, but here is the email I received from these riders. Click Here.
You can and should continue going to Cave Creek, but I would suggest entering and leaving from the Cave Creek Rd. side. You only have about a mile of Carefree to go through in that direction and will require no starts or stops when taking that route. As long as you are riding in a high gear, you should have no problem. It seems as though most of the patrolling is being done between Pima and Tom Darlington.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,