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Unless you have been doing a tour of duty on the International Space Station over the last 3 weeks, you have probably heard or seen at least a few reports about the Carefree Noise Ordinance. The ordinance is old news, it was passed in 2002, but the reintroduction of it in an educational way is what is captivating the headlines. Due to a large amount of citizen complaints to the Town council about the motorcycle noise, they had to do something. After a struggle of minds within the council, some were for writing tickets immediately, the more rational ones decided to try a more friendly approach of reminding the riders to respect the fact that this is a residential community, and to ride into Carefree as quiet as they can while being mindful of not creating any excessive noise.
Instead of coming out and writing tickets immediately, Carefree has decided to create what could turn out to be a model program for the entire United States. Click Here to see how they plan to enforce it. OK, Gotcha! Just kidding. They have actually instituted a 6 month educational approach through the media to let everyone know that there is an 85 db limit to noise emitted by motor vehicles and ask that the riders be considerate and respectful of this as you ride through the town. Sounds easy enough to me. They ask us to obey their ordinance, we act like responsible citizens and try to adhere to that. They don't write tickets, no one gets hurt, we can still ride through the area, everyone wins.
To kick off this campaign they have posted signs along the roads that look like this. Unfortunately, the graphics on a little one 18" tall sign have taken the focus away from the purpose of the campaign. You might notice that there is a motorcycle on the sign. This is where the focus of this issue seems to have run off of the tracks. I don't know who was advising them on this, but I wouldn't hire them again. Even though I get it, everyone knows where 95% of the noise is coming from, they kind of threw us under the bus by putting a motorcycle on the sign. Right away, this turned the talk away from what they were trying to accomplish to talk of discrimination of bikers. But I'm sure we have all seen the signs with the trucks on them telling them not to "engine brake". The second thing that is being discussed on the sign is that it shows an 80 db limit when in fact the ordinance is 85 db. I still don't understand why they did that. Take a look at the large sign with all of the target violaters on it including a jackhammer and a plane.
These are all little things on the surface, but ones that mean something to the target audience, motorcyclists. When I met with Matt Dingman and Lloyd Meyers I mentioned that it probably wasn't a good idea to have a picture of a motorcycle on the sign unless they were going to include all of the other violators of noise even though they would be a small percentage of the total problem. They indicated that they were not just targeting motorcycles, in fact any type of motor vehicle that would create excessive noise, but the motorcycles were getting the most complaints. They agreed with my assessment, and as of today, Matt Dingman said that they did not want to appear discriminatory to motorcyclists and that the picture of the bike would be coming off of the sign immediately. Good for them. Another example of wanting to work together.
One thing I do find interesting about the sign controversy is that in 2003, Cave Creek took a stab at their own version of quieting motorcycles with the "Burpin' Down" campaign which we haven't heard much about lately. There was a huge picture of a motorcycle on this sign, and no one said a word about it. Go figure. This is a good example of how presentation can make a difference.
As I got more into this and did my research, I found that not only is this a motorcycle issue, but it is also a political football between two small neighboring towns. Since Cave Creek had experienced issues with motorcycle noise in the past, Carefree asked if Cave Creek would join them in their quest to collectively encourage the motorcycle riders to respect the noise ordinances and take it easy through the towns. Cave Creek turned them down cold. Now this one I could not figure out. Why in the world would Cave Creek not seize the opportunity to tag along on the campaign and not have the target on their back? It would only make sense to me that Cave Creek would have an interest in a positive resolution to this would be crisis. Because if the word doesn't get out, riders don't make an effort to take it easy and Carefree starts writing $175 tickets (not $750) for your first offense, the businesses who cater to motorcycles in Cave Creek will be the big losers, do to the fact that motorcycle traffic will dwindle to a fraction of what it is now.
You would think that even if the town itself did not want to get on board, at least the local businesses would have enough sense to see that a positive resolve in Carefree, which also happens to control the only way in and out of Cave Creek, would ultimately be a positive for them. For some reason, this little bit of common sense has seemed to allude them which has kept these businesses from seeing the big picture, while making excuses and trying to find ways around it. I don't get it. Why not simply educate the riders as to what is going on and be a service to everyone involved?
Still lingering in my mind was the fact that Cave Creek so flatly turned down the request to join the campaign. So I called the Town Manager of Cave Creek, Usama Abujbarah to ask him why the snub of Carefree's request. He said that the answer was simple, "Cave Creek was not going to allow another town to tell them how to handle their noise issues". He went on to say "that he was insulted that people would say that the only reason they did not go along with Carefree is that they were protecting the businesses in the town that cater to motorcyclists". Usama further stated that the businesses who derive income from motorcyclists were not his concern. It was their problem to figure out how to run their business successfully.
His concern was for the quality of life and welfare of the town as a whole. He concluded by saying; Get this! "The town of Cave Creek had not had a motorcycle noise complaint since 2001". Hmmmm. I'm guessing that his memory may be a little off on this because the "Burpin' Down" campaign was in 2003 and was a direct result of motorcycle noise complaints. They have also spent the last 2 years on a noise ordinance for the town of Cave Creek and had to shelve that because they could not come to agreement within their own council. So if his information is correct, and they have not had a motorcycle complaint since at least 2003, then the Burpin' Down campaign must have worked which would bode well for the Carefree educational effort.
You have now read the capsulized version of the facts as I know them. Now I will give you my spin on this whole subject as I see it from a motorcycle rider point of view. Some of you will have a different opinion and that is fine. I'm sure we can agree to disagree if that is the case.
1. I personally appreciate the way Carefree is handling this whole issue. The governing body of Carefree have their population complaining about too much noise, they have to respond to that concern. Carefree has the hammer so to speak, if they wanted to make life tough on us, they could do it tomorrow, but instead of writing tickets, they are reaching out to motorcycle community to ask that we would be mindful of keeping the noise as low as possible when riding through their residential community. They have agreed to a 6 month educational period with no tickets to allow us to self-regulate. I honestly think we can all make it for 2 miles on the East side and 1 mile on the West side of Carefree without making excessive noise. Most of us do, it is the few that cannot restrain themselves that are making the rest look bad.
2. Here is the really bad news. If we don't regulate ourselves, the government will do it for us. Carefree isn't the only town in the United States going through this exercise, they are only the tip of the iceberg. Noise is becoming a major issue. That is why you see rubberized asphalt and walls next to freeways. It is a global problem that is either going to be solved by us as riders or it will be legislated and enforced what pipes we will be allowed to have on our bikes. There is already an Arizona State Statute 28-955.01 in place that says:
28-955.01. Motorcycles; noise level equipment; unauthorized equipment
A. A person shall not operate or as an owner permit the operation of a motorcycle in this state that is not equipped with the manufacturer's original muffler or other original noise reduction equipment or with a replacement muffler or replacement noise reduction equipment capable of reducing the noise levels below the maximum operating noise levels established by the department pursuant to section 28-955.02. The state level is also 85db.
B. A person shall not use a muffler cutout, bypass or similar device on a motorcycle operated in this state.
If this were to be enforced, we wouldn't be having this other discussion.
3. If you don't believe it, just ask the airline industry. The government has mandated maximum noise levels generated by multi-million dollar jet airline engines in a multi-billion dollar industry. Do you think they wouldn't do it for motorcycles? If the problem persists and grows legs, you can count on it. That is why Harley-Davidson, The Motorcycle Industry Council and the AMA, among others, are on board to encourage self-regulation.
Rebecca Bortner, spokeswoman for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co. in Milwaukee, said the industry is keeping an eye on Carefree's program, particularly the educational aspects in which the community is reaching out to bikers. "It's a cool model," Bortner said. "We support the effort and are interested in the resolution."
Jen Dreis, media administrator for the Motorcycle Industry Council, said her national organization is considering giving Carefree a grant to carry out its sound reduction campaign. "The Motorcycle Industry Council agrees that excessively loud motorcycles are a growing industry and public concern," Dreis said.
Here is what the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is saying:
Shifting blame and failing to adopt responsible policies on a voluntary basis can only result in greater prejudice and discrimination against motorcycling. The consequences of continuing to ignore this issue will likely result in excessively rigorous state and federal standards, more expensive and less attractive motorcycles, the reduction of choices in aftermarket products, loss of riding opportunities, abusive enforcement of current laws and other punitive measures to riders and the motorcycle industry. Whew! That can't be good!
4. Am I for the noise ordinance in Carefree? Absolutely not, but I am more against legislation telling me what equipment I can put on my motorcycle, and I am afraid that is where we are heading if our riding habits don't change. But not to worry, it can be done! Last Saturday I arranged for the Sheriff to bring out the noise meter to do some testing of my own. I will be back next week to follow up with story and pictures of how we did.
In closing, I believe that we should show some respect for others particularly in certain areas, primarily residential. I'm sure you wouldn't go blasting through your own neighborhood or mine. I like to hear my pipes bark as much as anybody. But I don't think in this case it has to be done on a couple of miles of Carefree roads. (I guess you can do it in Cave Creek, apparently they don't have a problem with it there. :)
As a group we always say that we are misunderstood because we wear leather jackets, bandannas and ride motorcycles. We claim to be good people just out expressing our freedom. We ask for respect and don't want to be treated differently. In this case, I think we have to show respect, to get respect, we have to be good citizens if we want to be treated like good citizens.
Remember, Carefree's complaint is not about motorcycles in general coming to the area, it is about the small percentage that are making UNNECESSARY noise. Just simply take it easy, quick shift to keep the RPM's down and it will all be good. Anyone can get past the DB meter with no problem if they want to. The sad facts are that 90% of the riders that go through there now are already mindful of the issue and are not a problem. But the other 10% can and will mess it up for the rest of us we don't police ourselves and remind others in our groups when they forget. Everyone likes to hear a good rumble of the pipes once in a while, just pick the right spots to do it. If this program works here, it could save the entire industry.
Look for next week's letter as I will take you through how to get past the DB meter and show you with video and pictures that it will work.
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Highlights This Week
December 4th - 15th
Chester's Win A Harley-Davidson DiceRoll Contest. This sounds like fun!
Want to win a brand-new Harley? YES! Alright then!
Saturday, December 16th
Buddy Stubbs Customer Appreciation and Holiday Party.
This is Our Thanks to you for a great year! Live Music, Food.
Saturday, December 16 and 17th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Candy Cane Weekend. Mmm, candy canes.
Bad for your teeth, great for your wallet. Up to 30% Discount.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Harley Davidson Biker Night at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe! If you are looking for some fun on a Tuesday night, With
2 outdoor patios and plenty of excitement, This
place is a good time! The Tilted Kilt is home to the best Scotch-Irish
experience in Arizona, with an award-winning menu, classic pub fare, and signature Kilt items sure to please any
palate, not to mention twenty four globe-spanning beers on tap! Biker
Night Tuesdays also mean $3 Jack Daniels and half-price appetizers.
And, with a Tilted Kilt Biker Night Card, you receive 15% OFF your total bill. So what are you waiting for? Come on down
and have a craic with Chesterís Harley-Davidson! The Tilted Kilt is located at 660 W. Warner Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Just 1.5 miles East
of I-10 on Warner Rd. 480-592-0102. Click Here for Map.
Chandler Harley-Davidson Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille & Pub. Stop by Two Wheel Tuesday Bike Night at Nozzlehead's Grille and Pub located at 4920 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler, AZ. Join us for Munchies and Music, Food and Drink, Specials, and good old fashion H-D fun! Nozzlehead's is a fun firefighter-themed restaurant that serves the best pure angus burgers and meatiest wings in the valley. 12 flavors of wings! 11 tap beers served out of the front-end of a real fire truck. Hot Times, Cold Drinks and Great Food! Stop by this Tuesday for the First Night!! Stop by Chandler Harley-Davidson located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler for a Nozzlehead Food Discount Coupon.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. 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 Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. 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. 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 Genesis Custom Cycles on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
Every Saturday and Sunday
"Hog Pen" at the Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Breakfast Buffet Now Beginning at 8am - Noon on Saturday!
Grab a seat at the new Hog Pen bar rail and watch the bikes ride by. There is plenty of new concrete motorcycle
parking right out front. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's.
It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your
riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by
this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their
hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good. Check out the
Monday Night Football BBQ.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Wednesday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "Easton Ashe" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday: Live Music with "Chris Alcaraz and More Love" 9pm - 1:30am
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
Sugar Daddy's Blues
Biker Sunday Brunch.
Sugar Daddy's welcomes you back to riding with the Award Winning Sugar Daddy's Sunday Brunch voted "Best Sunday Brunch" by Newtimes 2006. Enjoy a $9 All You Can Eat Buffet, $2 Mimosas, $4 Bloody Mary Bar from 10am - 4pm. Relax to Live Music from 10am - 4pm on the 5700 sq. ft. climate controlled patio. Riding by later? Grab a quick BBQ from Noon - 5pm on the patio. You can also order off of the extensive 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 - 4pm. Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd. 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 email@example.com . 480-970-6556.
December 1st - 24th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Holiday Scratchers. Does your holiday shopping include any authentic MotorClothes gear? From December 1st through the 24th, just drop $100 or more on MotorClothes here at Chesterís and youíll get a free Scratcher card, which could net you a shotglass, logo t-shirt, pair of boots, leather jacket or even a $5,000 Chesterís gift card. But like they say, youíve got to play to win, so stop in and buy today! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
December 4th - 15th
Chester's Win A Harley-Davidson DiceRoll Contest. This sounds like fun!
Want to win a brand-new Harley? YES! Alright then! Tune in to Kool 94.5, December 4th through 15th, and listen for the cue to head to Chesterís. When you hear it, get here fast for a 10 percent discount on your next MotorClothes purchase, AND an invitation to Roll for a New Ride on December 16th! Come back with your invitation that day and roll the diceóif it spells ďH A R L E YĒ, you win a new Harley. Itís that easy, and that funóand thatís just how we roll at Chester's! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday, December 16th
Buddy Stubbs Customer Appreciation and Holiday Party. This is Our Thanks to you for a great year! Ride by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson for some Holiday Cheer!
* Live Festive Music from 11 am - 3pm.
* Buddyís Angels Holiday Fashion Show Ė showtimes 12:30pm & 1:30pm
* Free lunch 11 Ė 2pm, Free Pool Tournaments (sign up at 11am) Win top prizes
* Motorcycle Museum Tours starting at 12:30pm
* Free Gift Wrapping 11am Ė 3pm by Ladies of Harley, Free door prize giveaways throughout the day.
* All Day Personal Shopper Service. Chrome Center Workshop @ 11:30AM. Want to add more power to your bike? Stop by our Chrome Center and enter your name to win a free chrome gift.
* Over 215 great General Merchandise gift ideas under $40. Harley Gift Baskets for sale starting at $50.00 to $250.
Buddy Stubbs is conveniently located at 13850 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix. 602-971-3400.
Saturday, December 16 and 17th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Candy Cane Weekend. Mmm, candy canes. Bad for your teeth, great for your wallet. You heard me! Stop by Chesterís for Candy Cane Weekend, December 16th and 17th, pick up one of our candy canes, and you could end up saving as much as 30% on your total Motorclothes purchase! And if sugary sweets arenít your thing, weíre also slinging pipiní hot FREE pizza from 11 to 2pm. Your stomach or your wallet, like it or not, one of you is leaving here FULL! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
Saturday December 16th
Phoenix Rescue Mission Canned Food & Clothes Drive. Sponsored By Bikers For Christ/Rushing Wind Bible Fellowship. Phoenix Rescue Mission is a vibrant and growing Christian Mission serving needy and homeless men, women and families in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Founded in 1952, the Mission today seeks to provide food, shelter, and other services to as many as possible of the estimated 10,000+ homeless people in need throughout the Valley of the Sun. Join us from 9:00 - 10:30am to drop off the much needed items. Rushing Wind Bible Fellowship @ the Crossing Community Church campus. 2452 West Warner Road Chandler. Warner just east of the 101 on the North side of the road.
Sunday, December 17th
W. Steven Martin's Police Toy Run. Check in starts at 8:30am at the Gilbert Police Department located at Gilbert and Civic Center Dr. North of Ray Rd. Food, ATM and fuel are available across the street. Ride leaves at 10am. The ride will be 50-60 miles and will end at Tempe Police Dept. Ride will be escorted by DPS. $10 donation and a new toy per bike. Gifts will be given out to children in Arizona by Officers and Fire Fighters year round to make a difference in the life of a child this holiday season. The most needed gifts are for boys and girls 11-16 years of age. 480-899-0366.
Sunday, December 17th
Todd's Kids Benefit Run. Ride starts 10am at Superstition Harley-Davidson located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. $25 per couple or $15 single. Todd Beauregard, 31, was killed in a hit and run motorcycle accident Sunday, November 12th while on his way to work. Melani, his wife and their children, Alex, TlJ., James and Kyle mourn their loss. Kyle is only 5 weeks old. Join the memorial ride to benefit Todd's Kids. The ride is to Saguaro Lake, through Fountain Hills to Greasewood Flats ending at Sugar Daddy's in Scottsdale. Click Here for donation information.
December 1st - 24th
Chester's Harley-Davidson Holiday Scratchers. Does your holiday shopping include any authentic MotorClothes gear? From December 1st through the 24th, just drop $100 or more on MotorClothes here at Chesterís and youíll get a free Scratcher card, which could net you a shotglass, logo t-shirt, pair of boots, leather jacket or even a $5,000 Chesterís gift card, But like they say, youíve got to play to win, so stop in and buy today! Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404. Click Here for Map.
December 13th - 24th
Superstition Harley-Davidson 12 Days of Christmas Sale. Forget counting down the 12 Days of Christmas with one of those chocolate calendars; bring 'em in Harley style! Rev on into Superstition Harley-Davidson December 13th through the 24th for our 12 Days of Christmas, 12 Days of Gifts, and 12 Days of Savings! Everyday there will be a new sale! Save up to 24% on selected items during Superstition HD's 12 Days of Christmas - there won't be any 'Geese a laying', but there will be plenty of Bikers saving! On December 22nd - 24th just mention Cyclerides.com to receive a free gift! Superstition HD is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction, AZ. 480-346-0600. Click Here for Map.
December 23rd and 24th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson and Chandler Harley-Davidson Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Party! Get your Christmas shopping done all at one time at savings of up to 30% off on selected items. Not only that, you don't even have to wrap your gifts. There will be free gift wrapping by the Harley Elves with any purchase while supplies last. Enjoy Cider and Cookies while you shop, a great selection of Motorclothes, Apparel and Gift Ideas. Bring the kids and get your pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 23rd only. See Santa at Arrowhead from 11:30am-1:30pm and at Chandler from 2:30pm-4:30pm. Arrowhead HD is located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Drive, Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542. Chandler HD is located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler, AZ. 480-496-6800.
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Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,