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Cycle World Motorcycle Show Tour Kicks Off

Posted in Custom Bike Show, Motorcycle Event, Press Release, Uncategorized with tags on October 21, 2008 by ArtBiker

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October 21, 2008
Phoenix – (October 21, 2008) – The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows® presented by Toyota kicks-off its 13-city nationwide tour at the University of Phoenix Stadium Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2. This motorcycle extravaganza is an all access pass to the world of motorcycling with hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for both new and experienced riders. Several manufacturers will showcase U.S. debuts of hot new models and offer attendees an up-close look at the latest in fuel efficient transportation with more than 500 new vehicles that get 50-plus miles to the gallon – there has never been a better time to ride! From a record setting number of demo rides to a Scooter Pavilion jam-packed with fuel sipping options, the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show offers something for everyone.    

The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows is the first place to see the 2009-model motorcycle collections from the leading motorcycle manufacturers. Ducati and Kawasaki will unveil new models for the first time ever in the U.S. on Friday, October 31, live on the show floor. Attendees will also get a first look the all new Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager and Ninja ZX-6R and the Ducati Monster 1100 and Monster 696. In addition, a custom Phoenix Suns Ducati 848, signed by all the players and featuring a seat made out of basketball skins will be unveiled to the public for the first time ever. This one-of-a-kind bike will be auctioned off at the annual Suns & Stars Gala to raise funds for Phoenix Suns Charities in early 2009. 

“Phoenix is the first show for the new model season and Arizonans will be treated to exciting U.S. bike debuts from several manufacturers,” said Group Show Director Jeff D’Entremont. “Enthusiasts will also have the unique opportunity to test ride the largest demo fleet in tour history to truly experience all the great brands and machines we have lined up. This first stop on the tour will showcase several new show features including first-time rider seminars, a Scooter Pavilion featuring the latest brands and products fitting of the scooter lifestyle, high-flying freestyle motocross action and more.” 

Following is a brief description of the exciting new features coming to the University of Phoenix Stadium: 

    * Scooter Pavilion – With high gas prices, scooters are all the rage and the Scooter Pavilion will showcase all the newest models from several manufacturers all in one location. This is the perfect place for showgoers to learn more about these high mileage transportation options and compare models from Aprilia, CF Moto, Genuine, Honda, KYMCO, Piaggio, Vectrix, Vespa and more! 
    * More Demo Rides Than Ever – Licensed motorcyclists who bring their own riding gear (including a helmet) can test drive the hottest new street bikes from more than 10 manufacturers on Saturday and Sunday, during daylight hours. These manufacturer-sponsored demo rides will offer showgoers the chance to hop on the latest models from BRP, Ducati, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, Star, Suzuki, Victory and Yamaha. 
    * Explore Motorcycling New Rider’s Welcome Center – The Welcome Center is the inviting home to a surplus of information for new riders, as well as a place to ask questions and learn about motorcycle safety, women’s programs and local riding clubs – the perfect place for those interested in or new to two wheels. This feature area will also house floor plans, exhibitor lists, product giveaways and serve as an ideal introduction to the world of motorcycling. 
    * Freestyle Motocross Action – Freestyle motocross fans are sure to be thrilled by performances from the Team Cartel Freestyle Motocross Team. Riders will dazzle attendees with their one-of-a-kind aerial tricks and back flips to a heart pounding soundtrack. 
    * The Hub – For the first time ever, this new high-energy area will be jam-packed with great speakers covering touring tips, new rider seminars, safety topics and advanced rider clinics. Attendees will also be treated to the American debut of several bikes, on Halloween afternoon. 
    * Vintage Pavilion – This retro showcase returns with an expanded collection of rare vintage motorcycles including classic dirt bikes, cruisers and more from various vintage groups throughout the country. 
    * Family Action Zone – Children will enjoy several interactive activities including an obstacle course with Strider Running Bikes, an interactive gaming area featuring the latest video game systems and more! 

For the 16th consecutive year, Cycle World, the world’s most popular motorcycle magazine, is the title sponsor for the series and leading manufacturer Toyota will return for the 11th year as presenting sponsor. The show will be open to the public Friday, October 31 (Halloween) through Sunday, November 2, at the University of Phoenix Stadium, located at 1 Cardinals Drive, in Glendale, Arizona. Show hours are Friday, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is $12 for adults and $6 for children 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free.  Families are encouraged to attend on Freaky Friday, where kids under 12 get in free for safe trick or treating from all the exhibitors at the show!  Plus, Sunday is Ladies Day Out with all women receiving half price admission at the door with our online coupon!  $2 off discount tickets are available on the Web at The Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows® presented by Toyota is the world’s largest motorcycle show series. For more information, call 800/331-5706 or visit


House of Blues Opens in Houston

Posted in ArtBiker's Thoughts, Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle Event, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 18, 2008 by ArtBiker


The weather in Houston was beautiful today, perfect for a spin on the sled.  As luck would have it, it was also the day of the House of Blues Rock Ride put on by two of the local Harley dealerships.  I had managed to score two of the tickets to participate and was looking forward to the day out with the Ol’ Lady.  But, as is apt to happen when you are a parent of small children, the plan changed.  The window of opportunity to potty train our oldest daughter threw itself wide open and Big Mamma jumped at the opportunity.  She also told me to go ahead and enjoy the weekend while she took care of business at home… just one of the many reasons I married the woman.

Anyway, a quick call to my Bro 8-Ball and the plan was set.  I met him at the gas station near my place and we started the short jaunt to the dealership where a police escorted ride led by Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi was staging.  The air was cool and refreshing as we rolled handlebar to handlebar on the way to the parade.  I heard the word “cop” as if it was whispered in the wind and my Bro and I instantly slowed to the posted 40mph speed limit.  I watched my mirrors for the next quarter mile while the police car followed at a safe distance.  It finally made a quick u-turn and without a look or nod, both throttles cracked open and we were back at a comfortable 80mph in a matter of seconds.

As we rolled into the parking lot, the other 500 bikes were already staged and ready to leave.  I led Baller around the building so we could line up in back.  As we ran the perimeter of the shop, we saw a separate group of bikes lined up.  We took our places at the end of the staging line and looked at each other.

“You know, that group we just passed behind the building is where we wanna be.” Baller stated.

“Ya think?” I said as I cranked my twin cam up again.

He said, “Go check it out, if I don’t see you back here in a few, I will come join you.”

Well, being self important, I pulled out of line, backtracked to the back of the building and lined up behind the bikes that were there.  As the bikes riders emerged from a huddle and began to mount up, my Bro sauntered across the parking lot and lined up with me.  Within moments we were intermixed with the owners and managers of various House of Blues establishments from around the country.  They had come out to join the festivities. 

We hit the highway and the 500 or so bikes that were waiting in the lot joined us on our escorted ride to the next dealership where we were picking up Dan, Jim, and the other 500 bikers who were lucky enough to get tickets to the party.  One thousand of us hit the road and the police escorts did an amazing job of shutting down the entire freeway system as we rode into downtown to celebrate the opening of the new House of Blues.  As we arrived, the celebrities we were intermingling with were whisked away as the rest of us parked our bikes in front of the club.

En masse we headed upstairs to get in for the free food, drink, and the opportunity to hear the Blues Brothers go through their sound checks and warm up.  Problem was, as we got to the doors of the club, everything was locked up.  The 1000 bikers waited patiently for about ten minutes… at 15 minutes people started to get hot standing in the sun and were a bit agitated… at 20 minutes, the doors finally opened and we all filed in and headed straight for the bar.  Complimentary Coke, Diet Coke, and water were waiting for us, but there was a frightening absence of beer.  Not only was the booze not complimentary (as was implied), but there was no booze to be had at all… couldn’t even buy a beer if you wanted one.  There was some complimentary food: sausage gumbo, jerk chicken, and cornbread.  It was really good and everyone appreciated it.  I downed a couple Diet Cokes as we listened to the roadies do the sound check for the Blues Brothers.  Didn’t take us long to decide to split and find a bar with beer.  (update:  Note to self… patience is a virtue.  The Blues Brothers did take the stage and entertain the group.  I understand it was fantastic!)

We had met up with a few other Brothers from the Club and we all headed out to a nearby haunt where the beer flowed and the rest of the afternoon was enjoyed.  We were all glad to be included in the event and I would certainly do it again.

The  new House of Blues looked great, the food was good, and I bet those that were able to make the show this evening are having a fantastic time.  The bar should be open, the Blue Brothers themselves will be playing on stage, and everyone will be letting loose.  If you have not been to a House of Blues before, it is worth a visit, good music and a good time.


Love, Respect, and Ride Safe





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