Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, I'm sure no one is complaining about living in Arizona right now. The beautiful weather we are having right now is about as good as I have seen it in January for the 25 years I have lived here. Normally we would be doing local rides around the valley now, but what this weather has done is open up the Northern part of the State for riding that we would normally not be doing right now. I checked the weather in Wickenburg, Sedona, Jerome, Prescott and Payson to find high 60's and low 70's for daytime highs. You just want to plan to hit those areas near mid day or early afternoon to enjoy the most comfortable temps. If you are planning going this weekend, it looks like Sunday is forecasted to be rain. Close to town I still recommend the Tortilla Flat Ride or the Bartlett Lake Ride for something quick and easy out of the metro area.
I get a lot of emails showing me motorcycle related articles, etc. Every once in a while one will catch my eye as something to share with all of you. A couple of weeks ago I got one emailed to me titled "Boomer Bikers Accelerate State's Look at Road Rules" written by Curt Woodward of the Associated Press. The article states that the baby boomers, those that are 40 and over, have now become the largest single group of motorcycle owners in America accounting for over 46% of riders. That's fine, but with that they have also become a statistic more than any other group. This age group has waited till their kids are grown, use some of their expendable income and go out and buy the biggest bike they can get. The problem is, some of these new riders haven't ridden for over 20-30 years and are not as skilled as they could or should be to go hop on a new Ultra Glide or Custom with a big motor and take off riding.
The State of Washington shows that motorcycle fatalities are on the rise, with most involving riders 40 and older. In 2004, the NTSA had motorcyclists 40 and over involved in about 47 percent of the 3900 fatalities. They're also expected to account for more than 60 percent of the yearly increase in deadly crashes. Do to these numbers, the State of Washington Department of Licensing is already discussing ideas to curb these rising numbers. Some of their solutions include refresher training courses for experienced riders or a requirement to show a motorcycle license before buying a bike. I personally think showing a motorcycle license would not be a bad idea.
The article is much longer and I will link to it at the end of this letter, but I find it interesting that the writer of this story would make it look like it is the age of these riders that is causing the all the accidents. I love numbers and enjoy reading statistics and tearing them down, but I also kind of have to laugh when writers take statistics and use them in headlines just to sell a story. What I found through my research is that 46% of riders are in the over 40 group, so you would not be surprised when you see that 47% of fatalities were in the over 40 group as well. Where's the story? In my opinion, it's not about the age of the rider as much as it is the training of the rider. I agree with Washington when they suggest that training would positively impact the amount of motorcycle accidents, especially in this demographic when you see that 46% of fatal motorcycle crashes are single vehicle.
It is a bit of a scary proposition when you have a guy or girl that hasn't ridden for 20 years, or at all, walks into a dealership, buys a bike and is riding the next day with no motorcycle endorsement and no training. They are likely to be a liability to themselves and others riding around them. There is something wrong with this picture, especially when you look at this staggering statistic that says that more than 92% of all motorcycle accidents involve untrained riders. This should be pasted on the front door of every dealership in the Country. Another statistic says that 50% of the motorcycle accident-involved riders had less than five months' riding experience or less than 500 miles on the motorcycle and that riders getting into accidents showed significant collision avoidance problems, such as overbraking of the rear wheel and underbraking of the front. The ability to countersteer and swerve was essentially absent. All things that basic and advanced rider training courses would teach you.
If you have no motorcycle endorsement on your drivers license, you are not alone. (Even the Governor of California seemed to have forgotten to get his endorsement.) I talked to a Lieutenant on the Peoria Police Department about this issue. He said that approximately 20% of the motorcycle riders stopped for traffic violations do not have a valid motorcycle license. He said that if you are stopped without the "M" on your drivers license, there is a fine of $100. But worse than that, you will be required to leave your bike parked where it is, have a licensed rider come ride it home or trailer it home. For City liability reasons, YOU will not be allowed to ride the bike. Hmmm...think about that one for a while. It would probably be less effort to just get your license. If you choose not to go to a formal training school, all you have to do is go to the MVD, take a 25 question test and then go to the MVD testing area and do some basic maneuvers on your bike. So there really is no excuse to not have a license.
Here are some more interesting statistics:
* Five crash types account for 86% of fatal motorcycle crashes:Motorcycle runs-off-road 41%, Motorcycle or other vehicle runs traffic control 18%, Head-on collision 11%, Car turns in front of cycle 8% and Motorcycle goes down in roadway 7%.
* Almost 50% of the fatal accidents show alcohol involvement
* Injury severity increases with speed, alcohol involvement and motorcycle size.
* The typical motorcycle accident allows the motorcyclist just less than 2 seconds to complete all collision avoidance action.
* Almost two thirds of the fatalities were associated with speeding as an operator contributing factor in the crash
* Almost one third of the fatally injured operators did not have a proper license
* Braking and steering maneuvers possibly contribute for almost 25 percent of the fatalities
* Almost 60 percent of motorcyclist fatalities occur at night
* 50% of the fatalities are related to negotiating a curve prior to the crash* In single vehicle crashes, 52 per­cent are alcohol related compared with 28 percent of multi-vehicle crashes.
* The use of the safety helmet is the single-most critical factor in the prevention or reduction of head injuries.
* Severe brain injury was found to be 600% higher for unhelmeted riders based on an Oregon Study.
The reason I am bringing this to your attention is to encourage you to continue to brush up on your riding skills, keep them sharp and keep you safe. Very soon we will be riding a lot more, taking our longer Summer trips and we need to be on our game. The statistics that I have presented are very compelling to show that motorcycle training is extremely important to keeping us safe on the roadways. We can't control the actions of others, but we can hopefully help ourselves stay out of the statistic that says that 46% of all fatal motorcycle accidents are single vehicle related.
I am not a fan of the government telling us what to do, but I would like to see them encourage us in areas such as motorcycle training. How about if the State would give us a one time tax credit toward the registration of our motorcycles if we presented a receipt that we took a training class? Any politicians reading this?? If you are not completely comfortable with your riding skills, I would suggest looking into one of the rider training courses here in the Valley. The only one that I am personally familiar with is the T.E.A.M. Arizona Motorcycle Training Class that both Mrs. C. and Lil Ms. C. went to. I have heard nothing but good things about the advanced rider training course and I plan to take this within the next month myself.
If you don't have time to take a formal riding class you can at least go over some basic maneuvers by reading through this very good booklet of safety tips. It is a PDF that you could even print out for your riding groups. The table of contents is on pages 3 and 4. Click Here to view.
If you are wanting to take the test to get your motorcycle license, here is a link to the MSF Motorcycle Operator Manual. This manual was designed to help novice motorcyclists reduce their risks of having a crash. It is also a good refresher for anyone to browse through. Click Here to view.
The mental part of riding is sometimes the most important. Here are few bullet points of safety to revisit. Especially the "Mental Strategies". Click Here.
If you ride in groups, here are some good tips from the MSF including diagrams for hand signals. This would be good to print out and hand to your riding groups. Click Here to view.
Here is an excellent booklet from the Experienced Rider Course Suite. Click Here to view.
For all information about riding check out the MSF web site. Click Here to view.
Here is the link to the story that I referred to above.
Highlights This Week
Saturday and Sunday, January 14th and 15th 8am - 5pm.
Grand Opening of the Hog Pen at the Cave Creek Roadhouse. To kick off the Hog Pen, this weekend will feature a $6.95 all you can eat breakfast buffet, $1.00 Burgers and Hot Dogs, $2.00 Miller Lites, Live Music and 100 free T-Shirts each day to the first 100 riders at Noon. See the new patio and concrete motorcycle parking. See details below. Mrs. C. and I will be there from 11am - 1pm on Saturday to give away some Cyclerides.com T-Shirts.
January 13th - 15th
37th Annual World of Wheels Custom Motorcycle, Car and Hot Rod Show.
This Week's Bike Night Events
Chesterís 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 palateónot 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.
Superstition Harley-Davidson and Spirits Bar and Grill have teamed up to bring riders in the Far East Valley a great Thursday bike night.
For those of you in Far East Mesa and Apache Junction, you
now have a place to go on Thursday nights. And better yet, just for riding your bike to Spirits, they will give
you a free hamburger. Thatís right, every
rider to show up on their bike between 7-10pm will receive a free hamburger! Stick around and win great prizes and raffle items from Superstition Harley-Davidson. Spirits
is located at 9303 E. Apache Trail in East Mesa. One block East of Ellsworth on Apache Trail (Main St.). Come sit
on the patio and watch the bikes roll in, stay inside and enjoy a game of pool, and friendly wait staff.
The large dance floor is always open with music from Goodtime Charlie The OUTLAW DJ playing The Best of Country
and the Best of Rock and Roll every Thursday night from 8:30p.m till 2am. With an extensive food menu, 2 patios,
and monitors inside to watch your bike, Spirits is the hottest Bike night place to be in the east valley. The LEGEND
of Spirits Lives on. More info at Superstition
HD at 480-346-0600 or 480-986-5572.
Hooter's has cancelled all of their Bike Nights.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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. Sunday. You can always count on lots of bikes here.
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
Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop
by the "Hog Pen", the Hottest New motorcycle patio in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend.
Now Featuring a new Breakfast Buffet starting at 8am Saturday
and Sunday and a grill on the patio! There is plenty of new concrete
motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before and now it has finally opened to rave
reviews. 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.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Thursday: Live Music with Todd & Ethan 9pm - Close
Friday: Live Music with "T.A.T.E." 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Walt Richardson" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Jim Lugo" 5pm - 9pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website. 480-575-3098
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. Live Music from 10am on the patio.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1: Eggs Benedict Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular 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. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather 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.
Saturday and Sunday
January 14th and 15th 8am - 5pm.
Grand Opening of the Hog Pen at the Cave Creek Roadhouse. It isn't very often that a restaurant will remodel a whole section just for motorcycle riders, but the Roadhouse wants your business and has done just that. The patio has been retrofitted with a new bar rail with stools that will seat 40 people with a view 20 feet from Cave Creek Rd., new tables and chairs and music just for the patio. There will be motorcycle artifacts hanging from the walls and ceiling, as well as brand new concrete for motorcycle parking only. It is made just for riders and even has its own name, the "Hog Pen". So when you tell people where you are going, they will know exactly what you mean.
To kick off the Hog Pen, this weekend will feature $1.00 Burgers and Hot Dogs, $2.00
Miller Lites, Drink Specials, Plan your ride for breakfast as there
is an all you can eat Breakfast Buffet for $6.95 from 8am til Noon both days. There will be live music on the patio
and more cool giveaways from Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. The
first 100 riders at noon each day will receive a free "Hog Pen T-Shirt". You can also ride in with others from Buddy Stubbs HD and be one of the first 100 at the dealership and get a free Hog Pen T-Shirt. Ride leaves at 11:30am from the South Parking lot. The Hog Pen at the Roadhouse
is located at 6900 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. Be sure and stop by and join in on the Grand Opening celebration.
HERE for all of the information.
January 13th - 15th
37th Annual World of Wheels Custom Motorcycle, Car and Hot Rod Show. World of Wheels is the perfect blend of Custom Cars, Hot Rods and Motorcycles. Show is at the Phoenix Civic Plaza located at 225 E. Adams in downtown Phoenix. Friday, 3-10pm, Saturday, 11am - 10pm, Sunday, 11am - 7pm. Cost is $12.50 per person and $5 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under free. Features of the show include: The wild cartoon hot rod ďDefibrillatorĒ, Street Rodder Magazineís Fabulous Fat Fenders, Super Chevy Magazineís Street Heat, Old Skool Rodz / Car Kulture Deluxe Traditional Rod and Custom Exhibit, Rod and Custom Magazine presents the Pinstriper Showcase & Auction Benefiting Childrenís West Valley Crisis Center, Great American Motorcycle Show presented by Arizona Biker Information Guide.
Saturday, January 21st
Chester's Harley-Davidson Customer Appreciation Day. Let Chester's HD thank you for being a customer by knocking 10%-50% OFF Selected MotorClothes, Merchandise and Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories. While you are there, enjoy their Chili and Brew Fest. There will be Chili and Salsa Tasting with the Tilted Kilt Girls as well as Beers of the World Sampling from 1-4pm. There will also be Live Music from Noon to 4pm as well as Prizes and More! The Arizona Adopt a Greyhound will be at the Dealership "Paws and Tales" from 11am - 3pm. Chester's is located at 922 S. Country Club Dr. in Mesa, AZ. 480-894-0404.
The date for the Cyclerides.com Hearts To Heroes Ride has now been set for Saturday,
March 25th. The event will start at CCV, 67th Ave. and Happy Valley
Rd. like last time. Be sure and mark your calendar and plan to attend this very special event to Support Our
Troops and benefit Packages From Home. More details will follow in the next couple of weeks. This is a great
event and will be bigger and better than before.
I started a new poll last week called the Cyclerides.com "What Do You Ride?" Poll. Click Here to tell us the brand of motorcycle you ride. Poll will end Tuesday. If you tried before and didn't get through, try again.
This is a video of an unbelievable Military Helicopter crash. Watch as one of the guys bails out as it is going down. I hope he got out of the way in time. Click Here to view.
Here is an example of why it is easy to dislike some politicians. Click Here to view this former soldier, Sgt. Seavey expose these Congressmen on CSpan.
As for me this weekend, Mrs. C. and I will be at the Grand Opening of the Hog Pen at Cave Creek Roadhouse from 11am - 1pm this Saturday to give away some Cyclerides.com T-Shirts. Hope to see you there.