Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, our awesome riding weather didn't last too long, but hopefully you at least got your bikes out for a spin around valley. I'm sure there are some riders in New York or Illinois reading this letter right now that would trade us their 14 degree weather for our mid 60's. After living in the valley for 23 years, I'm not sure I truly appreciate the great riding weather we have in this area. But it only takes one trip to the 30's help me figure it out. I have added a lot of new subscribers in the last week. If you did not see last week's letter on safety and the Deb Moran story, Click Here To Read.
Some of you might remember my newsletter last October about the "Loud 4" that soon turned into the "Loud 8". These were two different groups of four riders that were stopped and given tickets that they had violated the Noise Ordinance in Carefree. There was one rider from each of those groups that decided to go to court in Carefree and present their case that it was unfair to gauge the sounds of four motorcycles together and then give individual tickets while not actually having individual readings. Sounds logical to me. The cumulative sound of four motorcycles together HAS to be more than one by itself. So I decided to go to the hearing myself and see the Judge "do the right thing" and rule in favor of the rider.
If that's what I was thinking I had either not fully woken up that morning or I had forgotten that I was in Small Town USA sitting in front of a "Rent a Judge" that didn't know a decibel meter from a corn dog. Nor was he willing to take the time to figure it out. As you can hear from the testimony yourself, his main concern was to let us know that we were "Riding in Packs" to circumvent the ordinance and that "He" would decide what the Cumulative Effect of Sound means. Fully disregarding the experts testimony that was presented to him. Most of you know the end of the story, the riders that went to court were fined $50 more than the ones that just went in a paid their fines.
As I said before, if they want to have a noise ordinance in their city that is fine with me. It will not upset me at all if I never ride through Carefree again. There are plenty of other places to ride. But when they started ticketing four riders as a group, that saw the officer sitting there and were obeying the ordinance, that was just not right. After witnessing this whole charade of justice, I wanted to do what I could to help bring this whole thing to a logical resolve.
I contacted Warren Levenbaum of The Law Tigers and asked him if he would be interested in taking this case Pro Bono to get some justice for the riders. He agreed that the ruling was not correct and would be more than happy to appeal the case to a higher court. Warren writes the following in his Overview of Appeal.
"At issue in this appeal is the improper application and validity of the Noise Ordinance to Mr. Parete since there is inadequate evidence to find him individually responsible for a violation of the Noise Ordinance and because the Noise Ordinance, as applied, is unconstitutional. In particular, the trial court found that, irrespective of whether Mr. Parete individually violated the Noise Ordinance, since he was "riding in a pack" he could be held individually responsible for the accumulation of noise from "the pack." Not only is such reasoning plainly erroneous under the unambiguous terms of the Noise Ordinance - which is directed at individuals, not groups - but application of the Noise Ordinance in this regard is a violation of Mr. Parete's constitutional rights".
Warren closes this argument by saying that:
"This is simply unfair, as it discriminates against motorcycle riders who chose to ride in a group, which is very common among motorcycle enthusiasts, and acknowledges that those same riders who do not ride in a group, would not necessarily violate the Noise Ordinance. Inasmuch as the state has no legitimate interest in discriminating against "group riders" versus "individual riders," doing so violates the State and federal Equal Protection Clauses and the Noise Ordinance must be declared unconstitutional as applied".
As you can see by these two small excerpts, Warren not only feels that the Superior Court should reverse the trial court decision, but that the whole noise ordinance as it is written and being enforced is unconstitutional. I have included the entire 12 page Overview of Appeal, Factual Background and Argument for you to view as a .pdf file. I found this to be intriguing and very interesting reading as I watched the wheels of justice turn. Click Here to read. In addition to what you read above, the entire 63 page submission to the court included a full transcript of both trials, DB Meter information and schematics and the Carefree ordinance. Warren and the Law Tigers did a great job of presenting this case. I'm sure you would enjoy reading how this is all presented to the Court.
I mentioned last October that I thought the businesses in Cave Creek that benefit from the riders coming into town should be the ones to fund this appeal. That is, the cost to file with the State Courts. I contacted the known places for riders in Cave Creek and some of them were willing to step up and pay whatever was needed to take this to the next level without discussion. Thanks to Harold's Cave Creek Corral and Fandango Bar and Grill for their contributions. They are both very interested in the riders business and were anxious to help out in any way that they could. And thanks to Boot Scootin' and the Leather Mill. They cater to the riders needs for leather and boots and want to see you back. I thought it was great that these businesses would come up with money to back up their desires to get this situation resolved. I applaud them.
Thanks to all of the time and effort The Law Tigers have put into this case without ANY compensation, all for the good of the riding community. I will let you know as soon as the Superior Court reviews this appeal and what the outcome is. Stay Tuned.
In This Issue:
This Week's Events
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.
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. 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. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures.
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. Sunday.
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.
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.
Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. Many of you have been to Cocomo Joe's in North Phoenix. There is now a day just for riders. Cocomo Joe's is a very open and comfortable place to hang out that is decorated in a Jamaican theme. They have a new large outdoor patio as well as 2 smaller ones around the side. There is a large dining area with TV's all around to keep up on all NFL football on Sundays. See the pictures here. After football season they will be bringing in live entertainment on Sunday afternoons. There is also 3 pool tables and games for your enjoyment. There will be food and drink specials for ride days starting at 10:30am as well as blocked off preferred parking for motorcycles. The day starts at 10:30am with breakfast foods available. Bike day is from Noon - 6pm. Cocomo Joe's is located on the NW corner of Tatum and Dynamite Rd. So if you are riding to or from Cave Creek, or want to take a ride up North and not have to run the DB gauntlet, stop by Cocomo Joe's. 28244 N. Tatum Blvd. 480-535-8008. Stop by this Sunday for opening day. Click Here for all the details.
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. 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 - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-6pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 480-970-6556.
Saturday, January 24th
Customer Appreciation Day. This is a FREE Poker Run. Best hand wins $200, worst hand $50. 50/50, Raffle Prizes and more. Sign In 10:00am - Noon at Ramjet Racing, 13207 N. Cave Creek Rd. Run ends at Casey Jones located at 4163 W. Thunderbird. SE Corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird. Ride sponsored by Casey Jones and Arizona Biker Information Guide. For more info call 602-708-3024.
Sunday, January 25th
Ramjet Racing Swap Meet. Finally! An opportunity for you to get rid of your old parts or find some you have been looking for. Do you have some parts laying around the garage you would like to sell? Are you looking for that rare part and haven't been able to find it? How about a great deal on some take off parts? Then this is the place to find it. Ramjet is building a monthly Swap Meet for people to buy and sell their own parts. Call Now To Reserve Your Table! Contact Jerry to reserve your spot to display and sell your parts at 602-788-0364. Discounts on all In-Store purchases as well as discounts on all RamjetWear. The swap meet hours are from 9:00-12:00 Noon. Setup from 7-9am. www.ramjetracing.com .
Saturday, January 31st
Chosas's 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Sale in Apache Junction. Join us at Chosa's in Apache Junction for our 1st Annual Customer Appreciation Sale on Saturday, January 31st, from 9am - 3pm! BIG SAVINGS ON SELECTED HARLEY-DAVIDSON MERCHANDISE: 10-60% off selected MotorClothes Apparel, Leathers, Helmets, Boots, Gifts & Collectibles; and selected Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories. (All specials are limited to IN STOCK items only. Cannot be combined with any other Chosa's offer). The Hooters girls will be at Chosa's H-D in Apache Junction serving FREE refreshments and Chosa's Biker BBQ from 11am to 2pm! Chosa's Apache Junction is located at 2910 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. 480-346-0600.
Saturday and Sunday
January 31st and February 1st
Hacienda Harley Make an Offer Sale and Swap Meet. Hacienda has a Huge Surplus of Parts, Saddlebags, Fenders, Gas Tanks, Seats, Take-Off Parts, Etc. in their semi trailer. ALL MUST GO - MAKE AN OFFER! The sale times are Saturday from 9am - 6pm and Sunday from 10am - 4pm. There are also spaces available for you to sell your "Stuff". There are limited 10' x 10' Vendor spaces available at $25 per day. Call 480-905-1903 to reserve your space. Hacienda BBQ will also be available. Stop by for that great deal on the parts you have been looking for.
Sunday, February 1st
A.B.A.T.E. Superbowl Poker Run. Poker Run sponsored by ABATE of AZ Phoenix Chapter. Sign-In from 9-10:30am at the Hometown Buffet at 2730 W. Bell Rd. in Phoenix. $10 per hand. $2 for extra cards drawn at last stop. 50/50 drawing and Door Prizes. Run Ends at Slap Shots at 7941 W. Glendale Ave. Last card drawn at 2:00pm. More information at 623-873-3460.
Apparently Cyclerides.com Classifieds are still a favorite among
the Cashiers Check Scam artists. I have had several people contact me
saying that they had received an email from someone out of the country that wanted to buy their bike. That is the
first clue. If they are from out of the country and want to send you a cashiers check, Cease Communications. Do
not give them ANY
information about yourself or where you live. Do not take a cashiers check from ANYONE and wire part of it to someone out of the country, unless your bank has waited a
week and clears the check. If you want to know more about these scams, Read My Newsletter from October 22nd.
This will fill you in.
Stay tuned next week for my announcement of two new Bike Nights starting on February 5th. I will also be outlining the details for the bigger and better Miss Arizona Bikeweek competition. Prize money each night are at stake for this years contestants and a trip to Hawaii will be awarded to the winner. I will have details of how you can enter next week.
As for me, I am going to try take advantage of some sunshine this weekend to put some miles on the bike. Sunday I am going to check out the Swap Meet at Ramjet. Have a good weekend.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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