Well, has anyone had enough rain yet? I’ve lived
here almost 32 years and I mentioned to Mrs. C. that I couldn’t remember getting
that much rain over the course of 24 hours. Then I found out that we hadn’t.
That was actually a record rainfall over a 24 hour period of just 1.1 inches.
I’ve seen some wicked floods around here in the past, but I guess if 1/2 inch of
rain drops in an hour it has a much different impact. But it looks like it is
moving out for now and we are in for some good riding weather this weekend. If
you missed last week’s newsletter about our tour through the Queen Mine in
Bisbee, AZ., Click Here to Read.
T.E.A.M. Arizona Motorcycle Training is a name most everyone in
Arizona has heard about over the years. You or a spouse might have
even attended training there at one time. Both Mrs. C. and our daughter have
gone through their classes several years ago. Ron Arieli, the owner and founder
of T.E.A.M. Arizona Motorcycle Training has been instrumental in providing
training and promoting safety in motorcycling for the last 23 years here in the
Phoenix area. The business started with two trailers and a few motorcycles and
now maintains 15 locations throughout the state including a 5 acre rider
training facility in Gilbert, Arizona.
But this week they have reached a rare milestone, they trained
their 100,000th student. And the lucky student that was deemed to
be the 100,000th was given a brand new Kawasaki motorcycle provided by
Kawasaki and the local Kawasaki dealerships. This is indeed a rare
accomplishment and a testament to Ron’s desire to fill the street’s with safe
riders. Given that roughly 25% of fatalities in motorcycle accidents were
improperly trained or unlicensed riders, he has been instrumental in keeping
that statistic from being much higher, but he still has a lot more training to
"I would have never imagined that from our humble beginnings
with two trailers and a few motorcycles that we would train this
many riders," said Ron Arieli, president of TEAM Arizona. "This really is a
testament to everyone involved with TEAM Arizona. Our patient, friendly, and
passionate RiderCoaches make all the difference.”
Here are some Fun Facts that Ron shared with me about the
training over the years.
• Number of rider hours spent on the
training range: 1.1 Million Hours
• Number of miles traveled by riders:
1.6 Million Miles
• Number of RiderCoaches Involved:
More than 200
• Number of RiderCoach Miles Walked: 500,000
• Number of training motorcycles used:
More than 1,000
• Number of current, active RiderCoaches:
More than 60
Congratulations to Ron Arieli and to all of the current and past rider
coaches of T.E.A.M. Arizona that have made this happen to make the
streets a safer place. You have touched a lot of people and made them better
riders. If you would like to get your motorcycle license or participate in some
advanced riding courses, contact T.E.A.M. Arizona Motorcycle Training at
480-998-9888. Or go to www.motorcycletraining.com for
more information. I would highly recommend it.
As a side note to motorcycle safety, I have recently accepted a position
on the advisory board for the Arizona Motorcycle Safety &
Awareness Foundation, more affectionately known as AMSAF. As you probably know,
motorcycling has grown in popularity over the last decade and it is more
important than ever to make sure that we keep our lifestyle as safe as possible.
There are more than 160,000 registered motorcycles in Arizona that translate to
over 3000 accidents per year. So clearly there are more reasons than ever to
promote motorcycle safety.
AMSAF is Arizona motorcyclists working for our fellow riders. Here are few
ways that we intend to meet our goals:
• Promote various media campaigns and public safety
• Develop motorcycle education, training and awareness
• Create legislation directly affecting motorcycle
safety and awareness
• Support rider-training assistance
AMSAF is a non-profit 501c3 Foundation established in 2011. There are no paid positions and all of the money goes directly into
promoting motorcycle safety through creating rider education programs,
billboards on highways, safety tips given to riders to just name a few. If you
would like to donate to further the AMSAF cause and help all of us that ride,
you can make a tax deductible donation of whatever size that you would like
right on their web site. Go to www.amsaf.org and click on the
“Support” tab. At the bottom of that page you can see some of the billboards
that have already been run by AMSAF.
I will keep you updated as to the progress of AMSAF along the way. In the meantime, for those of you on Facebook, keep up with ongoing
riding tips and other cool things along the way. Please “Like” the AMSAF
Facebook page. Click Here.
Saturday, February 9th
Cycles Grand Opening
. Long time resident of Fountain Hills, Peter Bordow and
his son, Patrick, have announced the opening of Sidewinder Cycles,
a full service and Harley-Davidson certified motorcycle repair facility, the
first in Fountain Hills. With the recession, the growth of motorcycle owners has
grown in our area and the southwest in general. The Bordows, avid bikers
themselves, see the value of such a repair shop in the excellent location of
17005 E. Colony Dr, Fountain Hills. The operation is set up for Certified
Warranty work as well as regular service, rebuilding and customizing your
motorcycle, all with a personal touch and reasonable pricing on all
models. They just love motorcycles and want to ensure your bike is in the
best condition for safe and enjoyable riding.
The Grand Opening is set for February 9 from 12:00-2:00 pm offering tours
of the facility, refreshments, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Riders USA and
the focus of the day, a 1947 Classic Indian will be on display. It's not
often avid bikers get a chance to inspect such a fine machine as this Classic
Indian motorcycle. If you can't make it to the Grand Opening, stop in any time
for a free inspection of your motorcycle and to take a look at this
state-of-the-art facility. The Bordows will be waiting with a friendly
Saturday, February 9th
Annual Chili Lovers Cook Off
. Hosted by American Legion Riders Post 53 –
Buckeye. Come Taste Some Of The Best Chili In The South West. Live
Music, 50/50 and prize Drawings. $10 event entry, children under 17 free. $5
entry for Chili Contest. $50 prize for Best Mild, Wild or Hot. Proceeds benefit
the American Legion and Veterans Charities. Event time 11AM – 4PM. Held at the
Tin Top Bar and Grill located at 37900 W. Salome Hwy. in Tonopah, AZ. Please
contact Nomad at 623-964-2455 with questions.
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they found in this old barn. Click
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