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Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/20/12

Greetings Riders,

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 Here.

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 Jerome. 
 
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 Muma, 6/3/12
 
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"
 
With 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 citations.
 
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.
 
And 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 warning!
 
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 consideration.
 
Allen Muma, Chief of Police
Town of Jerome

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 completed bike.
 
***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 info@cyclerides.com or talk with me at Westgate Bike Night. Click Here for photos.
 
Archives:
The archives on Cyclerides.com have been updated. If you want to review a past newsletter you can go to the Archives to review. If you don’t remember when it was, type in a keyword to use the Google search of the site. This will give you all the possibilities available with that word. Click Here to view.
 
Cyclerides.com Photographs:
Need something to do while staying out of the heat? See recent photos that I have taken from rides and events on the Cyclerides.com Smug Mug photo gallery. Plenty of Riding, Flying and Event photo’s and Video. Click Here to View.

 
Bike Nights
Every Tuesday Night
 
Mad 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, Map and Photos of the Mad Dog Saloon.
 
Every Thursday Night
 
Cyclerides.com Westgate Bike Night presented by The Law Tigers: Only 2 nights left!
Our 2 best bands will close out the season. “Legend City on June 21st and “Kung Fu Grip” on June 28th.
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.
Music: You will enjoy Live Music with “Legend City”.
Food and drink specials include: Calico Jack's - $3 Tacos, $2 Bud and Coors Original, The Shout House - $7 Burger, Fries, and a Beer, Shane's 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.
Click Here for Flyer.
 
I would like to give special thanks to our Sponsors of the Westgate Bike Night.
Please visit their booths at the event and click their links below to learn more about them.
 
Presenting Sponsor The Law Tigers
"Visit LawTigers.com or facebook.com/lawtigers for your chance to win a $500.00 Renegade Classics gift card."
Law Tigers is a professional association of motorcycle 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 safety, awareness, and education, we are committed to the riding community. Find an attorney near you from our network of motorcycle accident lawyers or call Law Tigers, toll-free, at 1-800-529-8443. Our lawyers are available -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Arrowhead HD
Your local Harley-Davidson dealership and proud sponsor of the Cyclerides.com/Westgate Bike Night. Stop by and see the latest in what Harley-Davidson has to offer. Speak to one of our trained sales staff about what Harley-Davidson motorcycle would be right for you. We are located just South of 83rd Ave. and Bell Rd. 623-247-5542.
 
Curly's Customs.
Curly's Customs is a full service Custom Paint & Body Shop for the motorcycle enthusiast. We refinish Harley Davidson and Metric motorcycles. Our goal is to provide high quality workmanship & materials at a very reasonable price. Curly's is located at 12030 N. 111th Ave. in Youngtown, AZ. 623- 977-0339. Stop by and see them at Bike Night.
 
Ridenow Powersports
Stop by and talk to our staff at bike night or at one of our many valley locations. We feature many brands including Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Can-Am, BMW, Victory, KTM, Spyder, and Ski-doo. Click Here for a list of our locations.
 
This Week
 
Thursday, June 21st
Chandler Harley-Davidson “Guys Night Out”. Bring a non-riding friend & receive a FREE Gift. Learn more about:
* The family of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.
* The JUMPSTART Experience.
* The pre-ride walk around – what you need to do before riding.
* Custom helmet fitting and riding gear.
* How to pack for a weekend trip.
* Proper technique on how to pick up a fallen motorcycle.
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 information.
You must RSVP for this event by calling 480-496-6800 or email: chdmarketing@ridenow.com. Chandler Harley-Davidson is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ.
 
Next Week
 
Saturday June 30th
Buddy Stubbs Hogs and Dogs. Buddy 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
Chandler 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. 480-496-4800.
 
Sunday, July 1st
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Red, White and Blues Event – “Harley’s Heroes”. Join 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. 623-247-5542.
 
Extras

Mid Week Updates will be made on the Cyclerides.com Facebook. New Easy to remember Facebook address. Go to Cyclerides.com Facebook. Over 3800 FANS! 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 that is titled “20 Idiots” on motorcycles. I think you will see what he means. Click Here to View

Trask Performance, Arizona’s premier performance and service center, will take care of all your bikes needs. Get ready for your Summer trips. We provide routine service, maintenance, dyno tuning and emissions service are just a couple of examples of what we can do. From mild to wild, we can create a custom build to suit your needs contact us for more info at 623-879-8488 ask for James or Nick
 
This is hilarious! Bloopers taken at church. Funny stuff. Click Here to View
 
Video of the Week: OMG, this is a compilation of “Jump Fails”. Some of these will make you cringe for sure. Click Here to View. Click on the Video of the Week graphic on the page.
 
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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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