Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Well, since the rain and cold have hit the valley for a few days I have had more time to look at the world news. Let's recap what has happened in the last week. There is so much going on that newspapers are going to have to increase the size of their front pages just to get all of the headlines in. We all now know that "Joe Millionaire" picked Zora and we all heard and firmly believe that Michael Jackson has had only 2 plastic surgeries and is living a perfectly normal life....Yea, Right. There are actually some other headlines. Let's take a look at a few:
"Deadly snow storms blanket the Northeast".
"Pepper spray in nightclub causes stampede for the door, 21 perish".
"Bush vows to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, thousands of troops head to gulf".
"Stocks Struggle, stock market trades lower", Again!
"CAREFREE, AZ Begins Enforcement Of Noise Ordinance"
What was that last one? How did that make the National news? It really didn't, but yes, it is true. Doesn't seem like much compared to the problems in the rest of the world, but it is still something we are going to have to deal with. Carefree, a town of 2300 has passed and implemented a sound ordinance that requires ALL motor vehicles (not just motorcycles) to emit noise levels no greater that than 85 dBA. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has installed the decibel meters in the patrol cars and are currently training officers in how to use them. I am not going to bore you with numbers, comparisons, etc. I simply want to let you know what is going on and how that we as a group can comply.
I have been in contact with Lt. Dave Trombi from the MCSO and he has said: "If you read the ordinance you will see that 85 dBA is the maximum allowance. During the first 60 days we will stop and educate those vehicles that are not in compliance. Warning's will be issued, not citations. It is our goal to get the word out to all of those who visit Carefree about the sound restrictions, not to cite everyone we can. For motorcyclists we ask that you choose the proper gear and take it easy on the throttle. I have been told that a motorcycle that would not normally be in compliance could be, provided that the operator exercise proper gear and throttle control. In other words, please take it easy".
Lt. Trombi has been really good in passing on timely information to me and letting us know what is going on out there. In talking with Lt. Trombi, he is very concerned about working with the motorcycle community and letting us know how we can comply with this ordinance and still ride through the Carefree/Cave Creek area. This is not something that Sheriff Joe has cooked up to harass motorcycles. The MCSO is simply employed by the town of Carefree and is obligated to enforce their ordinances. So if you are not happy with this, you should direct your concerns to the City of Carefree. Click here to read the entire text of Lt. Trombi's letter.
How do I know if I am in violation and how can I avoid a ticket? I have volunteered to be the guinea pig in this test. I am going to take my bike, which is equipped with a Thunderheader, to Carefree and test it with Lt. Trombi. We will do several tests to see how different Gears, RPM's and Speeds affect the decibel meters so that I can report back to you to see how you have the best chance to comply.
When is all of this going to start? The formal training for the officers is not until the later part of this month. However, the equipment is installed and ready to go. So it will probably start around the first week of March. If you see a Sheriff's car sitting on the side of the road with a little boom microphone sticking up about 2 feet off the top of the car, you will know that they are conducting an interview with your exhaust pipes.
Should I still ride to Carefree/Cave Creek? Absolutely! It is Carefree that has the ordinance. We don't go there anyway except to get to Cave Creek. Anything else would be punishing the businesses in Cave Creek that welcome our business. But, if you are thinking like I was, about going into Cave Creek on Cave Creek Rd. North of Carefree Hwy. to avoid Carefree. Surprise! The first 1/2 mile North of Carefree Hwy. is Carefree city limits. So Cave Creek is virtually land locked by roadways coming into it. But it would probably be the best bet anyway.
Is Cave Creek going to pass a similar ordinance? I really doubt it. Why would they? You have to go through the Carefree to get to Cave Creek. So ideally the noisy vehicles would be stopped before they get there. This way, Carefree is the bad guy and Cave Creek still has the image of being pro motorcycle by not passing the ordinance. It is a win/win for them as it is.
What is my spin on this whole thing? I see it like this. It reminds me of the situation with Iraq and the United States. The U.S. is saying come into compliance with your weapons of mass destruction or we will unleash these 400 cruise missiles we have pointed at you. Carefree is saying come into compliance with the way you ride through our town or we will use the decibel meters to write you at ticket. I really think this whole thing is a way for the city to get riders to respect the area and ride through there sensibly while trying to co-habitate with the residents. There is no reason that cannot happen. That area happens to be a great place to live, but it also happens to be a great place to ride. So their goal and ours should be to be able to come to a happy medium. I would hope that if we exercise some restraint with the way we ride they will do the same with issuing citations. We could always ask that the French Military come over here and patrol the area. They would probably just raise the white flag and wave us all through.
This whole thing does create some interesting questions:
What happens when a group of motorcycles go by the decibel meter and raise the level? Who gets the ticket?
What happens when their own city vehicles bust the sound barrier?
What happens when a school bus lights up the dial?
And my favorite one. What happens when the MCSO is leading a charity ride for the 100 club to Cave Creek???
HMM! That could be a sticky situation.
I will be back to you within the next 2 weeks to give you my report on the decibel meter trials with my bike as well as some answers to the above questions and any other updates on this story.
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. All of you that used to go to Chuy's, this is your new place on the East side of town. This is a new 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 Bike Night. This bike night is growing
bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. Jetz is a Very Nice Restaurant located in
North Scottsdale 1 block South of Shea on Scottsdale Rd. behind the California Pizza Kitchen. They have a
beautiful interior with flat screen TV's to watch your favorite teams or a large bar to lounge at with your friends.
Jetz also has a large patio with an outdoor bar right next to where you will be parking your bikes. Happy
hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM
till close there will be BURGER
& BEER $7.95 (½ lb of Certified Angus Beef and a domestic pint or bottle), DOMESTIC BOTTLES $3, JACK DANIELS $4.
Bike night is all night till close. This is one nice place to go for dinner or hang out on the patio and watch
the bikes roll by. Stop by and take a look. You will be impressed. Bikes are always welcome. Take a look at Jetz
Saturday food and drink specials and the Sunday Brunch and the Bloody Mary bar with over 75 items. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
Casey Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones will be packed as it always is from here on. 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 drafts. 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.
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.
Be sure and try the 33 American Bistro Friday Bike Night. We went there on opening night and the food is excellent. Finally! A good place to go for an organized Friday Ride Night with live music every week from 6-10pm. American Bistro is a really comfortable restaurant that features an outdoor patio that seats 40 people with 4 wood burning fireplaces to keep you warm at night and a mist system to keep you cool in the summer. And a beautiful interior with a lounge for relaxing and keeping an eye on your favorite game. They have a broad menu including Bike Night Specials of Grilled Chicken Sandwich meal for $6.00 or a Steak Caesar for $9.00. They also have Pizzas, Pasta, Burgers and Fish and Chips just to name a few items. You have to try the Chicken Sandwich! It is the best I have ever had. $3.00 House Wines, $3.00 Well Drinks, $3.00 Rolling Rock Bombers. This is a very comfortable place that makes you feel at home when you walk in the door. And the food is very good. 33 American Bistro is located on Hayden Rd. one block South of Frank Lloyd Wright on the East side of the road. Help us kick off the first night February 7th starting at 6:00pm with live music on the patio. You won't be disappointed. Click here to see the pictures and info.
Every Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at
February 22nd: This Saturday The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. This weekend enjoy the ride to Cave Creek and the beautiful weather from The Hideaway. Be a part of the Porch Posse at The Hideaway, one of most popular stops in the Southwest for riders that come to Arizona. Stop by for one of their great burgers and shop and Stampede Leathers while you are there. Check out the Friday Night Steak Fry from 6-10 PM for only $7.95. Don't Forget, Every Day is Bike Day at the Hideaway. "There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet! " 6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. 480-595-0358
The Hideaway Schedule for February:
Monday-Friday: 10am - 6pm: $2 Well, Wine & Domestic Beer. Free Pizza Buffet 3pm - 6pm
February 22nd: The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories.
There are now 3 stops with Sunday with live entertainment and food and drink specials.
Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch and Live Music
This day is continuing to grow. Great Reviews on the Food. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for Brunch or Lunch on their relaxing 5,000 square foot Tree Covered Patio from 11am - 5pm. Enjoy live music from 1-5pm and choose from the all you can eat "Bunch O'Brunch", 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 email@example.com .
Sunday, February 23rd "Combo Deluxe"
Fandango - Live Music Every Sunday from 1:00PM - 5:00PM.
Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking.
COMBO DELUXE joins us this Sunday with their special combination of classic rock and a great time to be had by all. SEE YOU SUNDAY! Sunday Bike Day features food and drink specials from NOON to 6pm and the best bands in Arizona. Fandango is located at 6432 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. There is also live music Friday and Saturday nights. For more info call 480-595-5633 or www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
February 22nd: Run to Fandango Old Time Clam Bake, Noon - 6PM. Live Reggae music with Walt Richardson and the Morning Star Band.
February 23rd: "Combo Deluxe"
Sunday, February 23rd
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Jokers Wild". Also visiting Hailey's is the monthly classic and muscle car show. Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy Pandy and Rhonda with "Rhondavous". The weather should be nice this weekend, give it a try. If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend with some good food and entertainment, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448.
March 2nd: "Combo Deluxe", March 9th: "Rhondavous", March 16th: "Rhondavous" and Car Show,
March 23rd: "Combo Deluxe", March 30th: "Joker's Wild"
Saturday, February 22nd
H.O.G. Chapter Chili Challenge at Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop in Apache Junction from noon to 1:30PM. Located at 2910 W. Apache Trail. The best chili cookers from the Superstition HOG Chapter and the East Valley HOG Chapter compete for the trophy. Vote for the best tasting chili and put "out the fire" with thirst quenching beverages provided by Chosa's Harley-Davidson Shop. People's choice determines the winning Chapter. The Chapter with the most votes takes the trophy home for 1 year till the next Chili Challenge. Donations are accepted with all proceeds benefiting a local charity. For more information call 480-346-0500.
Thursday, February 27th
Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest. This year Arizona Bikeweek is going to bring this contest to the public. What was once a one night affair at the Kickstart Party, will now take a page from "American Idol" and bring the contest to you, to help decide the winner. This will be a 5 week long contest on consecutive Thursdays at 5 different locations starting February 27th. There will be multiple contestants at each location strutting their stuff to get the attention of the judges so that they can make the cut to be one of the final 10 contestants the night of the Kickstart Party on April 4th. There will be 2 winners from each location that will move on to the finals. And yes, your cheering has been known to sway the judges opinions. The winners from each week will be posted on Cyclerides.com for all to see. At the end of week #5, all the contestants will be on the site and you will be able to vote online for your favorite Miss ABW "Biker" Idol. Your votes will be weighted 50% with the judges votes on April 4th. The first week will be at the Steelhorse Saloon at 1768 W. Bell Rd. Second week will be at Jetz Americana on March 6th. Other locations will be announced next week. KSLX will be there to MC the competition and have some free giveaways.
If you would like to be a contestant, Click Here For An Application.
Saturday, March 1st
Friends For Life Animal Sanctuary Charity Ride.
The ride will depart at 9:00am from The Helmet Harbor located at 511 W. Guadalupe Rd. #4 Gilbert, AZ and travel East to Globe, Winkleman, Mammoth, Florence, and back to the Valley. The ride will total 235 miles, and take the group through some of the most beautiful desert scenery in Southern Arizona. A $10.00 registration fee will be collected from each rider, ($5.00 per passenger) with ALL of the proceeds going to Friends for Life. Friends For Life is a nonprofit organization helping animals find new homes. Special need animals are also cared for, with many of the vet services paid for out of private donations. Friends for Life currently maintain a shelter and an active adoption program for the unwanted animals. In addition, they maintain two community programs designed to help low-income families keep their animal companions through times of crisis. For more information call Todd at 480-635-1009.
Saturday, March 1st
1st Annual Arizona Bike Week "Ride To The Suns". Be a part of Motorcycle Theme Night at the Suns. $20 cost gets you a ticket to the Suns Vs. Hornets game, a visor, a pin and the ride. You can get your tickets ahead of time at any of the Harley dealerships in the valley, Metro Motorsports, Town and Country Motorsports or on the day of the ride. The ride will leave at 3PM from all of the above dealerships. There will be secured parking on Jackson Street with the street closed. You will need to leave from one of the dealerships to get your parking pass. There will be lots of giveaways and pre and post parties. Post parties will be at Jackson's and Cooperstown. For more information, call any of the dealerships listed on the flyer. Tickets are limited. Sounds like a good time to me.
Saturday, March 1st
Memorial Ride For Steven "Brownie" Brown. This is a benefit memorial run that will celebrate the life "Brownie". Sign in at Bikers Discount Supply at 15242 N. Cave Creek Rd. from 10AM - Noon. Poker run ends at the Hideaway with an auction, 50/50 starting at 3:00PM. Prizes for Best Hand, Second and Worst hand. $10 donation for poker run will be given to the Brown family. For more information call 602-992-2229. A good opportunity for the friends of Brownie to get together and celebrate his life.
Saturday, March 1st
2nd Annual Fun Run. Sign In from 9AM - 11AM at the Lightning Lounge & Thunder Lanes located at 4575 Highway 95 in Fort Mohave. Games start at Noon Sharp. First Stop: Oatman, Arizona for the Game "Shoot The Sherriff". Last Stop back where you started for "Biker Bowling". $3.00 per stop or $7.00 for all stops. There will be a Bike Show, 50/50, Raffle, Vendors and live music at the last stop. For more information call Leon at 928-768-6353.
March 8th is The Diamondbacks Line Drive For Kids. Many of you have done this one before and it is here again. Cost is $30.00 per rider and participants receive: Breakfast, Lunch, Event T-Shirt, Spring Training Game Ticket and Ride Pin. This ride is limited to 500 Participants. You can sign up online at the above link. This ride is always a good time. I have been to 2 out of the last 3 and will probably go this year.
Last week's poll question was: How far
do you like to ride for a Day Ride?
With 649 votes cast the results were:
200-300 miles - 32%
150-200 miles - 28%
100-150 miles - 17%
50-100 Miles - 8%
300-400 miles - 5%
There were 26 of you that were honest and said "To the nearest bar" or "Just around town".
This week's poll question is very simply: "What is your favorite month to ride in Arizona?
Go to the front page of www.cyclerides.com to vote.
Here are a few tid bits that I have collected that I thought you might enjoy.
Here is a fun one. Answer these 11 little questions and see how smart you are. Make sure you read them good. I'm just a farm boy from Kansas and I scored 10 out of 11. See what you can do. Click Here.
I have always been a little motorhead since I was about 12 years old. So here are some interesting facts that I somebody emailed me about top-fuel dragsters. Even if you aren't a motorhead you might enjoy these facts. Click here.
There has been a lot of talk about how the French seem to be abandoning the world in respect to the Iraq situation. Here is is a funny picture of a magazine cover called Soldiers of Surrender that was emailed to me. Click Here.
I have mentioned this before, but it has saved me yet again. With all of the junk that we get in email and all of the different complex programs that we load, occasionally something goes wrong. Here is a program that I have installed that I wouldn't be without. It is called Go-Back by Roxio. If something goes wrong with your operating system. Just Go Back to when it was working right. Go Back is also part of the Norton System Works package.
As for me this weekend, I am going to try and get out to some bike nights and bike days this week and over the weekend. Maybe we will see you around.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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