First of all this week I would like to take a little informal
poll. Everyone who is sick of the heat already raise your hand. Uh
huh, that is what I thought. . . EVERYBODY! After working a lot of hours out in
the garage getting Mrs. C’s Street Glide put back together, I have gotten a full
dose of it. (More on Mrs. C’s bike in Tidbits section below) It is only June
20th but my internal heat indicator is registering somewhere in early August.
Hopefully it is not going to be this hot all Summer. I can handle 100 just fine,
it is the 113 that tends to kick my butt. But even at 100, dehydration is going
to be an issue. Be sure to read the newsletter from last week that outlines how
to avoid dehydration. You will be glad you did. Click
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that a friend of mine had gotten
a noise ordinance violation in Jerome for excessive noise from his
pipes while leaving town. Noise issues and motorcycles have been going on for a
long time around the country and here in Arizona specifically with the noise
ordinances in Carefree and Jerome. The subject seemed to pretty quiet for the
last few years, (no pun intended) possibly due to the switch from customs that
utilized straight pipes, to baggers that use mufflers for 90% of the riders. But
noise and motorcycles has been brought to the forefront again as Jim Moore from
Biker Information Guide received a nice little $240 reminder that the ordinance
is still alive and well in Jerome.
I’m not here to debate the need, validity or motivation behind a city
having a noise ordinance. That has all been done before many times
over. I am of the opinion that we should respect not only these small towns that
have a particular problem with it, but in all areas that we ride. As motorcycle
riders, we seem to have enough of a bad rap for sins of the past that we don’t
need to have any more attention attracted to us by obnoxious pipes. Like I
mentioned before, this problem seems to have subsided for the most part as the
transition to baggers with mufflers over the last several years.
But. . . there are still a couple brands of pipes that by design tend to
make more noise than most and they include fish tails, megaphone
type pipes and pipes with no baffles. Unfortunately, it is not only motorcycle
riders that are familiar with this knowledge, the police in these towns know it
too. So if you have these types of pipes, you will automatically be watched, and
if you can’t keep them under control as you accelerate up the hill, there could
be a problem when trying to stay under the radar so to speak, in a town like
Again, my take on this is that if a town wants to have a REASONABLE noise
ordinance to curb the few that want to rip up and down Main St.
just to attract attention and make noise, that is up to them. I get it. If I am
aware of this and have pipes that will pass muster, and ride respectfully, then
I will get through town without a problem. If I am aware of the ordinance and
have pipes that I know are louder than what is the norm, and I will stand out
even riding responsibly, then no one is making me ride to that particular town
and risk getting a $240 ticket. As long as I am aware of it, the choice is mine.
I can roll the dice or avoid the situation all together. I personally run
Rinehart 4 inch slip on’s on both of our bikes that would be more than quiet
enough in the court of public opinion to make it through any town.
The problem that I DO have with this whole story is the completely
subjective method of which these tickets are written. I believe
that if you are going to have a noise ordinance, there has to be some sort of
gauge and benchmark to ascertain what is too loud for the community. In the case
of the Jerome noise ordinance, it is totally the opinion of the officer writing
the ticket as to whether your pipes are TOO loud. How can that possibly be
consistent and unbiased?? I don’t believe that it can. In my opinion, there
needs to be a decibel limit stated and a decibel meter on hand to prove the
infraction. That being said, I suppose there still has to be a way to cite the
guy who chooses to rip up Main St. just to create a scene when a decibel meter
is not around. The problem is that it just turns into an ugly gray area that
could be abused by the wrong police officer.
But as we will find out, what do I know? That is just my opinion. So I called Alan Muma, the Police Chief in Jerome and a fellow rider, to
get his take on the City policy and procedure on enforcing the noise ordinance.
I did some extensive work with Alan several years ago while testing the decibel
meter in Carefree and found him to be a straight shooter and fair individual
that is not out just to bust motorcycle riders in Jerome. Rather than
paraphrase, I am going to publish his exact response to me on 6/3/12. I’m sure
you will find this interesting and enlightening:
Jerome Police Chief Alan
In response to whether a
noise meter is necessary for enforcement, I told you it is not, and that I have
had two noise violation cases appealed to superior court, which I personally
wrote, and both were upheld. Additionally, case law that is out there,
specifically: Everett vs. O'Brien 31 Wn. App 319, 641 P2 714 which upheld
charges of unreasonable motorcycle noise without the use of a sound meter, and
went on to state;
"A person of
ordinary understanding is capable of determining when noise from his motorcycle
is unreasonably disturbing the peace, comfort, and repose of others. This
standard is more helpful than decibel levels to the average citizen in
determining whether or not his conduct is unlawful"
this being said, last year Jerome Police issued about a dozen noise citations,
all were under the "unreasonable" section of the ordinance. I personally issued
the most, and the officer in question in this "complaint" issued less than half
the number I did. With the number of motorcycles that come to Jerome, this is
hardly a "picking on the motorcycles" type of activity. This year is no
different, when I checked I believe there has been three noise citations issued
to date in 2012! when you compare that to the number of motorcycle noise
complaints I receive, complaints are about ten to one over
The bottom line is the operator of the motor vehicle is
well aware of how loud their vehicle is, and Jerome does have an ordinance
(since 2001) prohibiting unreasonable noise from any motor vehicle, including
motorcycles. During almost every citation I have given for noise, the operator
has stated something to the effect of, "I was a little loud" or " I knew better"
or "that was pretty stupid". If you choose to ride a motorcycle with a big inch
motor, with big cams and aftermarket exhaust with names like "Thunder headers"
or "Boom Cans" or "Crack Pipes" you know your bike is loud. Is it possible you
could get a ticket? Yep. But then again, I have many extreme motorcycles that
ride the streets of Jerome is a respectful manner, they come here routinely, and
have never been stopped, and "no" I don't know them personally. Pick the right
gear as you ride to or through Jerome and stay out of the throttle, give the
town some respect, and the law doesn't have to get involved.
while we are on the topic of "problems", one that is quickly becoming a major
problem is vehicles (a majority of which are motorcycles) not stopping at the
stop sign at the intersection of Main Street and Jerome Avenue (beside the
Spirit Room Bar). This is a "Stop" sign, not a "Yield" sign or "Slow" sign, and
it is located at the busiest intersection in town with hundreds of pedestrians
and vehicles passing through it every hour. The definition of stop is a
"cessation of all forward movement" not rolling through at 10 mph! Fair
Jerome is a great little mountain town on a really fun
road to ride motorcycles on, just respect the people of the town by being quiet
and obeying the traffic laws as you ride to or through, and the only contact you
are likely to receive from police is a friendly "hello". If you want to
ride a loud motorcycle, and are "starved for attention", then Jerome might not
be the right place for you.
Thanks for your
Allen Muma, Chief of Police
So there you have it. Thanks to Alan for responding to my
request to present his insight on this issue. If you think your bike could
possibly be too loud, be sure and tip toe through this area and not draw any
unwanted attention to yourself either inadvertently like Jim, or on purpose, and
you should not have a problem. I’m sure most of us can continue to ride through
Jerome without a problem. In my conversations with Chief Muma on the phone, he
seemed to be as interested in people obeying the stop sign at the corner of
where the Spirit Room is located. Jerome has turned into a huge tourist
attraction and there is a large amount of pedestrian traffic in that area.
Tidbits and Updates:
Mrs. C’s Street Glide update:
As you might recall from a couple of weeks ago, I stripped down Mrs. C’s
new Street Glide and chromed the wheels, added chrome calipers,
chrome hand controls and just about everything else I could chrome. I also added
Harley-Davidson CVO stretched bags and Paul Yaffe side covers that he specially
cut for me to match the CVO bags that really give it a custom look while not
impeding with her reach at all. Paul is now selling those as an item in his
catalog for stock bags as well as CVO bags at BaggerNation.com.
All of the tin went into Chad at C.R.
Designs for a fresh coat of custom paint and is
now all put back on. It is hard to tell in these photos, but this is a tri color
called Molton Orange Effect. It is a red base with a gold pearl over the top
followed with clear. It then has candy apple red graphics with a gold pin strip
and a drop shadow. It is absolutely beautiful in person especially with the sun
highlighting the pearl in the paint. After MANY hours of putting it back
together it is now completed, and I only ended up with 3 bolts and 2 washers
left over. :) My days of a shade tree mechanic are over. Now I know why these
builders get paid so much to do custom bikes. Mrs. C. will have it at the
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by Law Tigers for the last 2
Thursday nights on June 21st and 28th. Click Here for Photos of the
***Since I sold my yellow Road Glide I now have an extra set of stretched
bags that I was going to put on it. This is a brand new set of 4”
stretched bags that have frenched in LED lights, are fully lined & padded
including the lids and are painted vivid black. These would be an easy bolt on
for anyone with a black Street Glide or Road Glide. Or you could easily paint to
your color. If interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk with me at Westgate
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Every Tuesday Night
Dog Saloon Tuesday Bike Night
in Mesa. I am really excited about Mad Dog
Saloon as it is a perfect stand alone bike night location with a huge
patio. For those of you that live in the area you will recognize it
as the former Salty Senorita’s. The patio is huge with an outdoor bar, the
inside is huge as well with garage doors that open to the outside and TV’s
everywhere you look. And plenty of motorcycle parking. There will be food and
drink specials including $1.00 tacos on Tuesday’s. Mad Dog Saloon is located at
1860 S. Stapley, just 3/10 of a mile South of U.S. 60 on Stapley. Stop by and
check it out. See you there for opening night on Tuesday, May 8th. Click Here for Details,
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Every Thursday Night
Our 2 best bands will close out the
season. “Legend City on June 21st and “Kung Fu Grip” on June
Where: Westgate City Center,
Loop 101 and Glendale Ave. SE Corner. Next to Jobing.com Arena.
When: Thursday nights
beginning March 29th – June 28th
Time: 5 PM – 9 PM
What: Bike Night. Live Music,
Food, Fun, Vendors, Motorcycles and Sturgis Style Cruising down Coyote Blvd.
will enjoy Live Music with “Legend City”.
and drink specials include: Calico Jack's -
$3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House -
$7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer,
Rib Shack is offering a FREE 10 piece Traditional Chicken Wings
Basket with the purchase of any Full Rack Rib Plate. Value $7.99.
Saddleranch - Chicken Tacos for $5.50, Classic Pints of
Draft Beer only $2.50, Large Pilsners of draft for only $4.50.
Margaritaville: 15% Off Food with “M” class license.
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links
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injury lawyers who help riders every day. Our association of motorcycle accident
attorneys consists of a skilled group of personal injury lawyers whose mission
is to support and promote the well being of motorcyclists. Dedicated to rider
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Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what
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Thursday, June 21st
* The family of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
* The JUMPSTART Experience.
* The pre-ride walk around – what you need to do before
* Custom helmet fitting and riding gear.
* How to pack for a weekend trip.
* Proper technique on how to pick up a fallen
PLUS: Light Food and Drink is provided, Raffle Prizes and
More, Representatives from T.E.A.M. Arizona will be on hand with rider course
You must RSVP for this event by calling 480-496-6800 or email:
Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler,
Saturday June 30th
Hogs and Dogs
Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson invites you to join them on June 30th from 11AM
till 2PM for their Hogs & Dogs Event! This month they will be
featuring a special Try Before You Buy Program. Their service team will have an
H-D® Seat and Wind Screen Demo where they will actually install the product on
your bike and give you a chance to Try Before You Buy! In addition, their Hogs
& Dogs will feature FREE food & drinks, live music, a bikini bike wash,
museum tours and more! Stop in and enjoy all that Buddy Stubbs AZ H-D has to
offer this month! Buddy Stubbs Arizona Harley-Davidson is located at 13850 N.
Cave Creek Road in Phoenix and can be found online at www.buddystubbshd.com. For
more information or questions call (602) 971-3400.
Saturday June 30th
Harley-Davidson Red, White and Blues Event
. Join Chandler HD from 10 AM – 4
PM as they celebrate Independence Day with our Red, White and
Blues Event. Enjoy FREE Food, Music, Bike Wash featuring the Chandler Harley
Girls, Raffle Prizes, and Specials on Licensed Harley-Davidson Products.
Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
Sunday, July 1st
Harley-Davidson Red, White and Blues Event – “Harley’s Heroes”
Arrowhead HD from 10 AM – 4 PM as we celebrate Independence Day with our Red, White and Blues Event. The Harley Heroes Mobile Truck will
be onsite all the way from California to process claims for VETS IN NEED! If you
are a Vet in needor know a Vet in need, please tell them about this event. Enjoy
FREE Food, Music, Bike Wash featuring the Arrowhead Harley Girls, Raffle Prizes,
and Specials on Licensed Harley-Davidson Products. Chandler Harley-Davidson is
located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Ctr. Dr. in Peoria, AZ.
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