Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
3/13/19

Greetings Riders,


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Well, it is the middle of March and that means at least 3 things will soon be happening over the next couple of weeks. March Madness for college basketball, Bike Nights beginning and Arizona Bike Week. It is a busy and exciting time of year here in the Valley as the weather will soon be prime, and welcomed for riding after a bit of a funky winter that we had here. Every year about this time it gets pretty exciting as we are all ready to get out and start enjoying our bikes and the great temps again.

As most of you know from last weeks letter, Cyclerides.com Bike Nights will begin at High Street on Thursday, March 21st followed by Westgate on March 28th to get the bike night season kicked off. More details on that later. But that is not the only project that I am working on right now. Last Fall the owner of Loess Hills HD in Pacific Junction, Iowa called me and asked if I would be interested in helping the put on a big event at their dealership in Iowa that is located about 20 miles South of Omaha. That is typically not something that I would have entertained, but since I was not going to be working on Phoenix Bikefest, I thought it would be fun to do something like that. So I accepted the challenge and am working on the Rally In The Hills for the Loess Hills Harley-Davidson dealership.

It is going to be a fun event that for me is a mini Phoenix Bikefest as we are constructing a Ride Through Bar just like we had at PBF. Along with that we will have the Globe of Death, Dyno Drags, Bike Show and other activities. So while this has been a little out of my normal scope of doing events here in the Phoenix area, it has been fun to try and spread some of the cool things we get to do here to riders in other parts of the country. It will be fun to see them enjoying the Ride Through Bar just as we did here. If you are in the area, plan to stop by and say hi May 3-5. Click Here for details.

Weather and politics seem to own the news cycles these days and the buzz these last few weeks have been the weather across the midwest with all of the snow and cold. I had the chance to witness part of that myself this week while on a visit to Loess Hills HD Monday and Tuesday. As I flew into Omaha, NE on Monday I looked out the window and the ground was white as FAR as I could see. Click Here. When I got my rental truck and started driving past my first 4 foot mound of snow, it really took my mind on a visit back in time to when I grew up in Kansas. It was just how I remembered it back then as the graders would come along the country roads and leave huge mounds of snow along the road after a snow storm. When I got to the dealership I couldn't resist throwing a few snowballs and taking this Photo Op in front of a huge mound of snow.
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I have lived in Phoenix for almost 38 years after moving from Kansas and I think I have only touched snow maybe 4 times since. Back then it was fine, because that was all I knew. It was just a way of life. I enjoyed reliving the memories of those days, but I don't miss the inconvenience of having to deal with the cold and snow one bit. God Bless all of those that are going through this in the Midwest right now. It has to be tough.

When people from home ask me how I deal with the heat here in Phoenix, my answer is this. I don't have to shovel it, scrape it off of my windshield, and my car starts every time I get in it. Maybe it is a product of living in a warm climate for so long, but when I get severely cold, it takes me hours to get warm again. But when I get hot, I can cool down in 10 minutes. And when I saw a bunch of motorcycles being stored with battery tenders on them at Loess Hills HD for the winter, it reminded me how good we have it here. I am fine with making short visits in that type of weather, but I'm happy to call the desert home now.
And it looks like I got out of there just in time before the heavy winds and flooding began yesterday.

As I mentioned above, Cyclerides.com Bike Nights are beginning in one week on Thursday, March 21st:

Cyclerides.com Bike Night at High Street in Association with Ride AZ Promotions.
This will start on March 21st and then be every other Thursday night through May 30th. Located at 56th Street and Deer Valley Rd., just North off of the Loop 101 on 56th Street. Vendors and Live Music in 2 locations.

Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District.
The following Thursday night
we will be kicking off our 11th season on Thursday, March 28th at Westgate located at the Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. on the West side next to the Coyotes Arena. (This will be every other Thursday Night starting on March 28th - June 6th) Opening night will feature Live Music with "Skarlett Fever".

Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Tempe Marketplace. On Wednesday, April 10th we will begin a 5 night run at Tempe Marketplace.
It will be every other Wednesday night starting on April 10th through June 5th. A big change for the Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Tempe Market place will be that we are adding a large beer garden the center area where the band stage is located. This will give you a great opportunity to be outside to enjoy the great Spring weather and watch the bikes roll by. Live Music in the Beer Garden with "Skarlett Fever" on opening night.
Below are the complete dates and schedules.

Cyclerides.com Bike Nights Spring 2019

High Street:                              Westgate:                  Tempe Marketplace
Thursday, March 21st        
Thursday, March 28th        
Thursday, April 4th            Thursday, April 11th            Wednesday, April 10th
Thursday, April 18th           Thursday, April 25th           Wednesday, April 24th
Thursday, May 2nd             Thursday, May 9th               Wednesday, May 8th
Thursday, May 16th            Thursday, May 23rd             Wednesday, May 22nd
Thursday, May 30th            Thursday, June 6th                  Wednesday, June 5th

I will be reminding you every week of the schedule for these bike nights on the
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Enjoy your week and
Please Ride Safe!
Barry


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This Week

March 14-17
Mecum Collector Car and Motorcycle Auction. Mecum Auctions is coming to Glendale at the State Farm Stadium on Thursday March 14 -17. They will be featuring 1000 collector cars and over 100 motorcycles including 17 motorcycles from the Buddy Stubbs Collection. Gates open at 8am daily with auction starting at 9am Thursday - Saturday and 10am on Sunday. Road Art and collectibles will be auctioned off daily before the automobiles. Advance Ticket: $20 per person, per day. (Advance Tickets sales offered until 11:59PM March 13, 2019 CDT) Once Auction Begins: $30 per person, per day. (At the gate and online) Children 12 years and younger get in free.

Saturday and Sunday
March 16-17
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Demo Ride Weekend. The Harley-Davidson Demo Truck will be on-site offering Free Test Rides to the public. Test ride the ALL NEW 2019 Models! -All Weekend Long!! 9am - 4pm.
Free Lunch at Noon.
Special On-Site Financing.
15% Off all Aftermarket Parts with Bike Purchase.
3-Fluid Change and Safety Inspection.
Sunday Only: Used Parts Swap Meet.
Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N Arrowhead Fountains Center Dr, Peoria, AZ 85382. 623-247-5542.

Next Week

Saturday, March 23rd
4th Annual Dakota’s Run. Riders will meet at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, 16130 N Arrowhead Fountains Ctr Dr, Peoria AZ. 85382. Sign up 8:00 A.M. Poker Run to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There will be music, food, vendors, and a silent auction! Please join us in raising funds for this great cause! Every little bit helps!

Saturday, March 23rd
Nation of Patriots Poker Run. Sponsored by the Chandler Elks Riders. Help us fund grants to Arizona Wounded Veterans and their families in need through the AZ Nation of Patriots!!  Registration 9-10 AM, last bike in at 4 PM.  $20 Singles; $35 Doubles, includes Poker Run, Dinner & Band.  For more info see: www.nationofpatriots.com or https://www.facebook.com/Nation-of-Patriots-Arizona-1623319764577968/

Upcoming Event

Arizona Bike Week 2019 – April 3 – 7 - at WestWorld
Arizona Bike Week has knocked it out of the park again with this year’s concert lineup!  BUCKCHERRY will kick off the party on Wednesday, followed by GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS on Thursday, 3 DOORS DOWN on Friday and GODSMACK on Saturday.

ABW is committed to offering as much top notch entertainment at the most affordable price possible.  When was the last time you found a concert ticket for under $70? Well here’s your chance to see four concerts, flat track racing, three different stunt shows, twenty great local bands, three bike shows, contests, demos and a couple hundred of the finest vendors, exhibitors, builders and dealers the motorcycle world has to offer, ALL for under $70! An event pass to all days, all shows, vendors and CONCERTS is just $68! Arizona Bike Week offers single day passes as well, for those who are unable to make a multi-day commitment. For anyone who wants to skip the concerts but still see all the other shows, vendors and flat track races, Sunday April 7th is a FREE admission day!!

Check out the event schedule on the ABW website: http://www.azbikeweek.com/. You’ll want to plan your days carefully if you’re going to get in everything you want to see at WestWorld and still try to do a little riding.  Harley-Davidson® and Indian® demo trucks will be there to greet you each day, with all the latest models. The stunt teams will be showing off their extreme riding skills.  The HandleBar Saloon, presented by Harley-Davidson® of Scottsdale will be rocking all day and late into the night. And the RockYard will kick into gear each evening.

Saturday, April 6th
Buddy Stubbs 15th Annual Bike Week Bash. Buddy Stubbs Bike Week Bash brought to you by Law Tigers has continued to be one of the greatest events of Arizona Bike Week! 2019 is here and we're getting ready to party! Here are some highlights and dates to put on your calendar. This year we are raffling off a NEW Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 1200! With proceeds benefiting the Phoenix Harley Owners Group Chapter Charities, this is a great opportunity to turn $10 into one killer motorcycle! See complete details HERE.
Saturday April 6th: Bike Week Bash! From 11am to 7pm Buddy Stubbs H-D will host one of the best parties of Bike Week! Join us for Live music from Drop Diezel, RIG, Black Horse and Zeppapotapuss. Vendors, raffle prizes, bikini contest, food trucks and definitely the drinks to keep you cool!

You will not want to miss the much awaited reveal of the Buddy Stubbs Battle of the Kings motorcycle happening at this years event! Also on Saturday April, 6th is the V-Twin Visionary Custom Bike Show hosted by Buddy Stubbs H-D!


Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to www.facebook.com/cycleridescom. Over 7000 LIKES! Take a look at all the new photos posted on the wall. If you are not on Facebook, you can still view the  page, but you will not be able to post. There will be a link there for you to sign up for Facebook if you are inclined. Click the LIKE button!

Here is one for dog lovers. Very well done production
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Video of the Week.
It's that time of year. Here are some ski fails that might leave a mark!
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,

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

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