Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, as I mentioned last week, the internet is a great thing, but occasionally it can have a hiccup. It seems like every week I get a few emails from riders that say they are on the newsletter list, but didn't get it. There are various reasons that can happen, but it could be a new junk mail filter that you have installed or that your server has implemented. That will sometimes catch the letter. Click Here for the link to last week's letter in case you missed the story about the Cashiers Check Scams. If you don't get the letter by Wednesday evening, you can always read it from the front page of www.cyclerides.com . A lot of us now have cell phones that can surf the internet. I have formatted the newsletter so that you can pull it up on your cell phone. Just bookmark www.cyclerides.com/letter.htm in your phone browser.
The Loud Four Go To Court!! About a month ago I mentioned that 4 riders were ticketed as a group in Carefree for violation of the Noise Ordinance. With hopes that justice would prevail, I decided to attend the hearing of one of "The Loud Four", and see for myself. As I was riding into town thinking about the ensuing trial, I passed the designation of the city limits, even though the sign said "Entering Carefree", this day it felt more like I was crossing the Macon County Line. I hoped this wasn't a vision of things to come. After finally finding the Municipal Court/Post Office located at 100 Easy Street, I had to wait 10 minutes before inquiring where I would find the courtroom. The lady had an older gentleman come out of the office door to lead me around the building to the courtroom located next to the P.O. Boxes. As we were walking around the building I was talking to the man about how hard it was to find the place and that I was really cutting it close on time. After about 200 feet of walking and me talking he turns around and pointed at his ears and indicated that he was deaf. I immediately noted the irony of being led to a hearing on a noise ordinance violation by a guy that couldn't hear. I also noted that everyone else in town must have great hearing, or I wouldn't be here.
As I was led into the "Courtroom" I noticed that the Judge was eager to get going and had started the proceedings early. While emptying my pockets, being interrogated and wanded by security, I politely asked what gate my flight was leaving from. Apparently Not Funny! After redressing I took a seat in the middle of the room where Judge Skull immediately exposed a "Faux Paux" on my part by very directly asking me to remove my new HD hat. I wasn't sure if it was more of the anti-Harley posture being developed in Carefree or that he didn't want hats in his courtroom. But I respectfully obliged him by removing the hat and laying it on the chair next to me. Now that the formalities were out of the way it was time to settle in and try and make sense out of the trial.
I am going to make this very brief in the letter due to space. But I do have the entire audio of the trial for you to listen to and make your own conclusions. The defense side of the case was very clear. The Noise Ordinance says that "it is unlawful for any person to operate a motorcycle in such a manner as to exceed 85 dba". It says nothing about groups of motorcycles or the cumulative effect of noise generated by the group. It specifies only one person. In this case, these 4 riders were not cited individually, but as a group reading. Officer Palmer stated that he did not have individual readings on the riders, but only a beginning number of 86 and ending of 90, and the number kept growing as the bikes went by. DUH! That is because he was measuring the sound of 4 motorcycles riding staggered and spaced 6 feet apart, not one by itself like the ordinance specifies.
The defendant submitted to the judge an opinion from a man that is board certified as an acoustical engineer with 20 years experience that has worked for NASA and written numerous articles on the subject. He stated that if you have 4 motorcycles that were all at the 85 db limit in close proximity, that due to the cumulative effect of sound, you would have to add 6 db to the final reading to compensate for the cumulative sound. In other words, it would have to read 91 db to justify giving a ticket. His highest reading was 90.1. Based upon this, there should have been no tickets.
The Judge listened to all of the testimony, had the paperwork in front of him and told the defendant that he understood his case about the cumulative effect of sound, but that HE would decide about that himself. Judge Skull asked if he had any more to add and then promptly pronounced him guilty and fined him $100.
What is my view of the matter? It is simply this. The rider was guilty in the Judges eyes when he woke up that morning. There wasn't anything presented or said that was going to change his mind. He didn't even take time to read the material that was presented, he just said, "Tell me what it says". He didn't bother to comply with the city ordinance that clearly states that it is individuals that are to be cited based upon individual DB violations. Officer Palmer could not even tell the defendant where he was in the line or what 2 of the db numbers in the middle were. He only remembers a beginning number and an end. The Judge indicated that riding in a group was a way to circumvent the ordinance. The defendant suggested that the ordinance should be changed to include groups.
What Carefree has done is set a precedent. If you are riding in a group of 3 Honda Goldwings putting out 75 db and one other bike putting out a DB of 100, it will raise the db meter to a violation reading and you will all be cited and found guilty. Now where is the justice in that? As you all know, I was at the training for the officers here in Carefree. I talked to the man doing the training specifically about group riding, and he clearly indicated that there should be compensations made in the readings for those purposes. Officer Palmer must have not been present for that chapter in the training manual.
After viewing this trial I am flabbergasted at the outcome. You can hear it for yourself and come to your own conclusions. I have no problem with the ordinance that is in place or by abiding by it. It is their town, they can make whatever ordinances they want. I am the first one to say if you are guilty by the letter of the law, then you make restitution and you go on. If I don't want to deal with it, it is my choice if I want to risk riding there or not. But why so blatantly deny the spirit of the law and go to any extremes just to make a few bucks off of this ordinance?
I personally feel that this proceeding was a total mockery of the justice system and the town of Carefree and the officer that wrote those tickets should be extremely embarrassed by their actions. I really didn't think that in 2003 that I would witness this kind of backwoods justice from a Judge that was unwilling to educate himself on the ordinance or even read expert testimony that was laid before him. And there was no excuse, we were the only ones in the courtroom. It is now your call. Listen to the trial and see what you think. But if you are going to ride in the Carefree area, you should know that Carefree is out to ticket motorcycles and you won't be getting out of it. If you are in a group, all the worse, because if you couldn't set off a DB meter under any circumstances, you are still guilty by association in Carefree.
Click Here for the link to the audio portion of the trial. It is broken into 4 segments of 3 mb each for easier downloading. Click Here for the explanation of "Cumulative Effect" as described by the expert. Maybe Officer Palmer and the Judge should read this one.
Be sure and take a look at the Extras Column at the end of the letter every week. This is where I put Miscellaneous Information, Things to do and Humor.
This Week's Events
New! Second Night!
Los Gringos Locos Wednesday Bike Night sponsored by Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop.
Here is one for the riders in the far East Valley and Apache Junction. Los Gringos Locos and Chosa's HD Shop have combined for a Wednesday Bike Night. This is a great facility with a separate Cantina and an outdoor patio. Enjoy great Mexican food in the dining area or eat in the Cantina or outside. Happy Hour will be all evening long. $3.00 house margaritas, $1.50 domestics and $2.50 imports. Los Gringos is located at 280 S. Phelps Dr. in Apache Junction. That is just 2 blocks South of Apache Trail (Main) on Phelps. Join the gang from Chosa's HD Shop on Wednesday nights for some good food and fun. There will be raffle prizes and giveaways. More information at 480-288-5626. Click Here for Pictures.
San Felipes Wednesday Bike Night. - Click Here to see why the Arizona Republic is calling DC Ranch's Market Street the next "Hot Spot" As always you can enjoy good Mexican Food, Good Drinks and a Rockin' Good Time? San Felipes is your place in North Scottsdale. Not only are you allowed to dance on the bar at San Felipes...It is encouraged! See the pictures. San Felipes starts out mellow for the dinner crowd and then builds as the night goes on. It really gets going at around 10:00PM when the bartenders sing Karaoke on the bar. Billed as North Scottsdale's Only Dance Party with 100 Tequilas and No Cover, the DJ begins at 8:00 and will be playing your favorite tunes to get you going. And now they are inviting all riders to stop by and join in on the fun. Stop by for dinner and then sit back and wait for the fun to start. Located on the SE Corner of Pima and Thompson Peak Pkwy. There is a big new retail center there that is built to look like an old mining town. Really neat atmosphere with Bike Parking all across the front. San Felipes is easily accessible from just about anywhere. Just 2 miles N. of the 101 on Pima Rd. You can sit inside and eat, watch your favorite teams on the big screen or sit out on the patio and enjoy the evening weather. Bike night specials include: $3.00 Margaritas, $3.00 Bottles and 25% off all entrees. This is really a fun place. Some of you might recognize the San Felipes name from their restaurant on the Main St. in Flagstaff. Bike night is from 6PM - Close. For more information: 480-563-9495. Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Cardholders will get 25% Off Entrees all week long.
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. Looking for a Bike Night on the East side? Here is a bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
Thursday Night features Bike Nights all over the Valley. Look below to find one near you.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night The evening riding weather is good. You
can always count on lots of bikes here. Ride in for what I
call the Best Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts
and foosball. Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones
is a great place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of
you that want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite
to get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM
and a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic bottles and $2.00 Jacks. There are always
a lot of bikes showing up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays.
Hooters at Ahwatukee Thursday Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. The riders in Ahwatukee were wanting a Bike Night of their own, so Hooters Ahwatukee stepped up to provide a great place to come on your motorcycle on Thursday nights. Stop by for raffles, good times and good food at Hooters in Ahwatukee located at 4804 E. Chandler Blvd. There will be raffles and giveaways from Chandler Harley and Hooters as well as 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Click Here for the pictures and all the details.
Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways
Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items (25% off with Cyclerides.com V.I.P. Card). $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.
Pass Food and Spirits Lounge Thursday Bike Night.
Far East Siders you now have a nice big place to go on Thursday nights. The newly remodeled and very large Thunder Pass Food and Spirits Lounge opened for the first time Thursday May 29th to kick off their Thursday Bike Night from 6pm to close. Thunder Pass owners are the same as the Spirits Lounge in Gilbert that a lot of you have gone to in the past. Spirits closed the doors on Saturday due to the loss of the lease. Rick's new place, taking the place of Spirits will be Thunder Pass located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). They will have ladies night on Thursdays with $1.00 drinks, extensive food menu and a huge dance floor with a DJ. Thunder Pass features 2 patios. One out front and one in the back. Park your bikes right next to you. Rick invites all that have come to Spirits for the last 21 years to the new 300 seat Thunder Pass located on the County island between Mesa and Apache Junction.
ACME Bar and Grill . Remember when downtown Scottsdale was the place to be? They are back with the complete remodel of the place including the new rooftop bar. You will enjoy a Free Buffet from 8:00-9:30 PM, Drink Specials, Raffles every week, Great Music, Pool and lots of fun in Downtown Scottsdale. Make your plans for Thursday March 20th to kick off the return of ACME. Come early for the free buffet and get your raffle ticket and return at 10:00 PM for the drawing. ACME is located in Old Town Scottsdale at 4245 N. Craftsmen Ct. just South of 5th Ave. and West of Scottsdale Rd. For more information call 480-990-7111. Ride by and be a part of the Rebirth of the Acme Ride Night This Thursday Night. Click here for details and pictures.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes on Bike Night. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located right next to Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876.
Hailey's Grill in Mayer Has Closed Their Doors as of Sunday October 19th. I hated to hear this. It was a great stop on the way to or from Prescott, but the weekday business just didn't keep up with the weekend business. If you would like to get into the restaurant business, the place is for sale.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to live music while dining from the Brunch Menu. Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm and choose from 9 delicious ala carte brunch items or order off of the extensive menu including pizza, salads, burgers or sandwiches. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. You can even play a game of pool as you watch the activities on the patio. Don't forget to go inside and see the unbelievable decor inside Sugar Daddy's. It's a Cajun and blues delight. Even if you can't make it Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Has Been Cancelled Due To The Fires In San Diego.
Sunday, November 2nd
5th Annual Sunset Riders and Friends Car, Truck and Motorcycle Charity Show. The event is held at Castles and Coasters located at I-17 and Dunlap. Go to the West Parking lot near Best Buy in Metro Center Mall. Show times from 10am - 3pm. Proceeds to benefit the Arizona Chapter of the Lupus Foundation. If you would like to enter your car or motorcycle, the participant fee is $15 with pre-registration, $20 day of show. There is also a swap meet. $20 for a vendor space. There is 24 car and truck and 5 motorcycle classes. Top of Class Trophies will be awarded. For more information call Robin or Nick Claus. 602-331-0599.
Sunday, November 2nd
Motorcycle Mania 4. Two events in one day. Roar 'N' Thunder Escorted Rides start simultaneously at Arrowhead and Chandler Harley. Registration is from 7:30-9:00am at both locations. Riders will converge and continue on a 92 mile scenic desert ride. $30 per rider, $25 per passenger. Includes T-Shirt, Ride Pin, Continental Breakfast, Lunch and entry into the Block Party.
The Downtown Block Party. 10am - 4pm. Two streets will be closed for the party that includes Lunch, Live Music, Motorcycle Mania Bikini Contest, Bike Contests, Motorcycle Stunts and over 50 vendors. $10 at the gate, $5 for children under 12. Charity Event benefits the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Youth Assistance Foundation. For more information click the above link or call 1-888-529-8443.
There are 10 Events This Weekend, So I will give a brief overview and you can click on the links for details on the ones that you are interested in.
Friday-Sunday, November 7th - 9th
Arizona Motorsports Expo. This is going to be a very large Manufacturer Tent Sale taking place in Tempe Diablo Stadium. There will be motorcycles, ATV's, Watercraft, Boats and Scooters. All Brands, All Models, Dirt, Street and Ski. Over 400 Units Show Priced and Drastically Reduced and ready for immediate delivery. There will also be Demo Rides and Bike Show, LBZ Freestyle Shows, Jeff Aaron Stunt Trial Rider, Dyno Competitions, Kids Games, Food, Raffle Prizes, Vendors and an ATV Charity Raffle. And $200,000 in Gear, Apparel and Accessories plus savings up to 50%. Friday: Noon-8pm, Saturday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 10am-6pm. For more information call 62-923-4360.
Saturday, November 8th
Chosa's Harley-Davidson Holiday Fashion Show in Apache Junction. Come see the latest Harley-Davidson Fashions modeled for you on Saturday, November 8th at 1:00 PM. There will be Food, Door Prizes and 20-60% off on selected General Merchandise and Motorclothes Items. This includes Summer merchandise, selected leathers and more. Chosas Apache Junction is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
Saturday, November 8th
2nd Annual Rock N Roll Poker to Benefit Make A Wish. Meet at the Make A Wish Foundation located on the SE Corner of 7th Street and Northern Ave. for donuts provided by Krispy Kreme. Event registration and Sign In between 10am and Noon. Draw a card at the designated sponsored stops and on to the final stop at Thunder Pass for Music, Food and Fun starting at 4:00 pm. Entry Fee $20 per rider, $10 per passenger. Ride pin for the first 300 registered riders. For more information call Sandy Frazier at 623-907-3741.
Saturday, November 8th
2nd Annual Darrell Ashford Charity Run. The ride will start at the Eagles at 2314 E. Apache in Tempe at 10:00am. $25 donation. For more information click the above link or call 480-491-8568.
Saturday, November 8th
Ride For New Life Charity Poker Run. Ride from Glendale to Wickenburg. Rides starts at Arrowhead Community Bank from 8:30-10:00am located one block North of Bell Rd. on 75th Ave. Over $3000 in prizes. $15 per hand, $10 per passenger. Run Benefits the New Life Center domestic violence shelter. Click the above link for more information.
Sunday, November 9th
Biker Babe Bonanza For The Woman Motorcyclist. Attention Lady Riders!! Here is your chance to learn from the Pros. First lesson is: How to be a Safe Rider presented by T.E.A.M. Arizona. Second lesson is: Bike Basics 101. Mick and Jack from Skunk Work will give you hands on training on how to do basic maintenance on your motorcycle. Third Lesson is: Learning how to Protect Yourself presented by Becky Alan. This will all take place from 11:30am to 1:30pm at Skunk Work Motorsports located at 1902 N. Country Club in Mesa. There will be free Hot Dogs, Bottled Water, Door Prizes and Gift Bags sponsored by Joeta's Leather and Skunkwork Motorsports.
Space is limited so be sure and register early. Call 480-649-2800.
Sunday, November 9th
Cody Newcomb Benefit. A charity ride to benefit a great kid who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Poker Run, 50/50, Silent Auction, Raffle, Dinner Catered by Carrabba's and Live Music by The Tina Bailey Band. Click the above link to read about Cody and the ride.
Sunday, November 9th
19th Annual Verde Valley Toy Run. Ride begins in Cottonwood at the Fry's Parking Lot at Hwy 260 & 89A. Ends at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. Everyone Welcome. Live Music, Dinner, Auction, Raffles Bike Show, Car Show, Vendors and More. $20 and new unwrapped toy. Click the above link for more information.
Sunday, November 9th
Wings of Phoenix 22nd Annual Motorcycle Turkey Run. A poker run that starts at Arrowhead HD from 8-10am. $18 per person, Bike Games, Lunch, Door Prizes. Click the above link for more information.
I have been riding the freeways lately and have seen the new signs in the HOV lanes that read
HOV 2+ . There are no other designations like there used to be about motorcycles, buses, etc.
So I asked Stan Dale to check it out. Here is what he came up with:
CONFUSED BY THOSE NEW HOV 2+ GUIDELINES? The new “HOV 2+” designation guidelines had changed on our freeways. The new signs, at least some of them in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area, no longer specify motorcycles as accepted vehicles. There was some concern that riders where being pushed back into the main stream of traffic unless they had a passenger, thereby meeting the 2+ designation. A call to the Highway Patrol Duty Officer’s desk clarified these new signs. Motorcyclists, whether riding solo or with a passenger, may still use the HOV lanes freely as they have done before. The new signs do not remove that driving privilege from the motorcycling community.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
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