Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
Many of you might recall the ongoing saga of the noise ordinance issues in Carefree that I have written about over the past 10 months. For those of you that are new to the area, I originally did a story complete with video explaining the ordinance and quoting from the City their intentions in enforcing this ordinance. It was told to me that this would be used as a deterrent for those that ride their motorcycles irresponsibly and without regard to the noise emitted from their motorcycles. I performed tests with them on video that showed that you could, when riding with noise in mind, easily stay under the DB limits.
Well, either this was all lip service to appease us or everyone did such a good job of staying under the DB limits that the local Sheriff had to invent ways to write tickets and maximize his time by writing them to groups. Late Summer last year I got word that two separate groups had been cited for the DB violation when riding in groups of 4. I wrote a story on that atrocity dubbing them "The Loud Four" and went to the trial. This trial was such a sham by the officer and the Judge that I thought we needed to appeal this case to stop this kind of injustice to motorcycle riders. I contacted the Law Tigers and Warren Levenbaum, (Click Here for that story) he agreed with me and gladly took the case "pro-bono" to represent the motorcycle riding community. The appeal filing costs were contributed by Harold's, Fandango, Boot Scootin' and the Leather Mill.
This brings us to today. And this part of the letter should be entitled: "We won the battle, but lost the war". Warren Levenbaum writes: "What this means is that the Superior Court will not hear our argument that the Carefree Noise Ordinance was unconstitutionally applied to Mr. Parete in view of the Town of Carefree's concession that the Trial Court erred in finding Mr. Parete responsible based upon insufficient evidence". The Carefree Town Prosecutor wrote in his response to this case that: "Appellee (Town of Carefree) confesses error and agrees with Appellant (Mr. Parete) that there was insufficient evidence presented at the hearing to find Appellant responsible for violating Carefree Municipal Code 6-2-4(D)(3) (Noise Ordinance). Therefore, Appellee concedes that the finding of responsibility in this case should be reversed for this reason". Click Here for full description.
That is all good, BUT....He goes on to say: "Because Appelle concedes that the trial court erred in finding Appellant responsible based on the evidence presented in this case, the issue of how it was applied to Appellant is moot. There is also no need for this Court to address the facial validity of the ordinance. However, in the unlikely event that this Court believes there is a need to address the constitutionality of the Noise Ordinance on its face, Appelle asks this Court to find that the Noise Ordinance is constitutional for the reasons stated in the following memorandum". You can Click Here for the memorandum. Click Here for the press release.
What does all of this mean to us who want to ride in the Carefree/Cave Creek area? Here are a few of my thoughts:
1. First of all, it means that Carefree is intent on hanging onto the Noise Ordinance. They found a way to wiggle out of this one without the Superior Court hearing the constitutionality of the ordinance. So the ordinance will stand as it is currently written.
2. It looks like the Sheriff's days of having the "Judge" rubber stamp everything that he testifies to have come to an end. The Judge is actually going to have to read the ordinance himself and make an "intelligent" decision from the facts, not just what the Sheriff officer is telling him.
3. The risks of being ticketed while riding in a group should be minimized greatly by the recent admission by the Carefree Town Prosecutor that they erred in these citations.
4. What happens now? Now that the Sheriff's Dept. got their hands slapped are they going to let this quiet down for a while? Or will they be more aggressive looking for individual riders now that they know they can't knock us off 4 at a time?
5. Most of our bikes when ridden responsibly would pass the DB meter. The fact that they will not be able to ticket in groups mitigates your risk a lot.
6. But I'm sure that during Arizona
Bikeweek they will have microphones erected and ready to take readings from the bikes riding through the Carefree/Cave
Creek area. So be alert and take it easy when riding this area.
We will just have to wait and see what the answers to the above questions turn out to be. In the world of politics and law, it is hard to guess what will happen. If you are one that gets a ticket, let me know.
Thanks to Warren Levenbaum, Geoffrey M. Trachtenberg and the Law Tigers for all of their hard work on this issue.
In This Issue:
Thursday, February 26th - Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest at The Billet Bar
Sunday, February 29th - Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest at Coyote Hill
Saturday, February 28th - Chrome For A Cause 2004
Saturday, February 28th - 1st Annual Bikers For Babies
Sunday, February 29th - Ramjet Racing Swap Meet. Sell your old parts!
Sunday, February 29th - Poker Run for The Arc of Tempe
This Week's Events
Rocks Beach Club Bike Night. This is our first bike night in the Downtown
Tempe Entertainment District. Margarita Rocks is a multi
level building with outdoor patios on each level that will feature a Bike Night every Wednesday starting at 6:00pm.
This is a fun place decorated in a beach theme with a large dance floor that can be viewed from the second level and waitresses
dressed in beach attire. >From the second level patio you will also have a view of all the bikes parked on the
large brick patio in front of the building that provides parking for hundreds of bikes. (See the pictures) Bike Night
will feature 1 Cent Tacos, 10 Cent Wings and $2.00 Buds, Bud Lights and Jack and Cokes. There will also be
a DJ playing tunes that you can dance to or just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. KUPD will be on-site with prizes and concert tickets. Ride by and take a look. Margarita Rocks is located on 4th Street just West of Mill Ave.
The street ends there but just ride right up on the brick patio and park where ever you can. 480-968-3301.
Click Here for Margarita
Rocks Web Site.
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 7 Bike Nights all over the Valley.
Hooters at Arrowhead
Bike Night. Hooters Best Bike
of the Night Contest Every Thursday through February. There will be 2 winners
each night for gift certificates and the finals on the 26th.
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.
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.
Eastside Riders Can
Now Make The
"Scottsdale Road Fun Run" to 4 Great Places for Food and Drink.
Start from the North or the South!
Jilly's American Grill. Many of you have been to Jilly's in the past. They now have a regular Thursday Bike Night. The food at Jilly's is excellent and would be a great place to start off your riding night on the outdoor patio or in the dining room with your own personal TV and sound. Motorcycle parking will be provided right in front of the building. Bike Night dinner specials include the Hog Heaven Sampler, The Fat Boy Burger, The Custom Chopper, Indian Mikes Smokey Pork Chops and The Flaming Bird. For a mouth watering description of all the specials Click Here. After dinner enjoy the music throughout or try your luck at Pool, Darts or Shuffleboard. This is a great laid back atmosphere with great food and fun. Jilly's is located just 1 block inside the front entrance to Scottsdale Airpark off of Scottsdale Rd. at 7301 E. Butherus (Greenway). Bike Night hours are from 6pm til Close. Click Here for Pics.
Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. Jetz Bike Night Is Back! The Party In Full Force With Great Drink Specials And Giveaways. Dj Swerv Rocks The House With Nonstop Music And Classic Videos. If you want to get there early there is a complimentary Happy Hour Buffet from 4-6pm and Half Price Happy Hour Cocktails from 4pm - 7pm. You can enjoy $1.00/ Dozen Hot Wings 6pm-close, $2.50 Sam Adams Light or Lager all night, $4.00 Jack Daniels Cocktails, $7.95 1/2lb Burger and Domestic Beer all night. Jetz is in the SW corner of Scottsdale Road and Gold Dust, just one block south of Shea behind California Pizza Kitchen. Pull up, park, and party at one of Scottsdale’s finest. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and more information. 480-948-2606.
ACME Bar and Grill . ACME is under Major Renovation and will reopen soon. You will see a new improved ACME including the new rooftop bar. Stay tuned for new
pictures and activities.
Second Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest Here Thursday Tonight!
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.
Cocomo Joe's Sunday Bike Day. NEW!! Live Music Every Sunday from 1:30-4:30pm. 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 – Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or Sugar’s Pancakes – You won’t eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Can’t 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, February 28th
Chrome For A Cause 2004. The popular Chrome For A Cause 2004 edition will be held on Saturday, February 28th and begin at the Krispy Kreme Donut shop on 83rd Ave., just south of Bell Rd. Registration starts at 9:00am ride starts at 10:00am. Chrome For a Cause is a special motorcycle ride, held annually in February, open to all bikes. Proceeds benefit prostate cancer research, support groups, community education and outreach. The ride will be an unescorted poker run with the end at Prospector Park in Apache Junction. Due to scheduling problems the ride end location had to be moved. All proceeds from the event will go to help support the Prostate Cancer Programs at Banner Health. Use the link below to go to the ride registration site. More info: STARofPHX@cox.net .
Saturday, February 28th
1st Annual Bikers For Babies. Presented by Desert Diamonds & Arizona Roadmasters motorcycle clubs to benefit the Phoenix Chapter of March of Dimes. Starting location & first card draw 8-10 am at Indian of Phoenix, 1133 West Bell Road, Phoenix. Ending location with Food, Music, Raffles & Vendors at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ. Click Here for more information about the charity. For more information: email@example.com
Sunday, February 29th
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 . Stop by and find that part you have been looking for.
Sunday, February 29th
Poker Run for The Arc of Tempe. Registration is from 10am-11:30am at AZ Thunder Cycles, 2302 N. Scottsdale Rd. Cost is $20 per person, $15 pre-registration. Last stop 4pm. Sponsors include AZ Thunder Cycles, Bourgets of Arizona, Steel Horse Saloon, The Fuel, and Alamo Saloon. Look for Auction Items, Poker Run prize, 50/50, Wet T-Shirt contest, Raffle items and a Lingerie Show. The Arc of Tempe, a 501(c)3 chapter of the Arizona and national organization serves persons with developmental disabilities. In 1981, The Arc of Tempe started a recreation program for mentally challenged teenagers and adults. Today, the recreation program is funded through participant fees, donations, fund-raisers and profits from The Arc of Tempe Thrift Store. Info: 480-990-8700.
Saturday, March 6th
1st Annual H.O.G. Chapter Chili Challenge. The Battle For The Best Chili Continues... Come feel the heat at the 1st Annual HOG Chapter Chili Challenge at Chosa's Harley-Davidson in Mesa on Saturday, March 6th, from 11am to 1pm. The Hooters Girls will be here stirrin' things up as they serve some of the best chili made by Chapter members! The Superstition HOG Chapter is defending the trophy that they won at the Inaugural HOG Chapter Chili Challenge held in FEB 2003. Vote for the best tasting chili and put "out the fire" with thirst quenching beverages provided by Chosa's Harley-Davidson. Remember - YOUR vote determines the winning Chapter, so if you have a taste for competition - as well as great chili - make plans to join us! The Chapter with the most votes takes the trophy home for 1 year until it's time to kick off next year's Chili Challenge. Be a part of something hot when the weather is cool! The HOG Chapter Chili Challenge - definitely not for the mild! 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. 480-894-0404.
Saturday, March 6th
2nd Annual American Legion Poker Run. This run is to support the Veterans home and youth programs. Check-In at the American Legion Post 105 located at 3534 W. Calavar, 1 block North of Thunderbird on 35th Avenue. Breakfast available from 7:00 - 9:00AM. Finish at American Legion Post #1 located at 7th Ave. & Van Buren in Phoenix. Live music with KrakSmokin Grannies. 50/50 Drawing and Raffle. Dinner available 4:00 to 7:00PM. For more information Call George Cushing at 623-544-0797.
Sunday, March 7th
Agent Orange Ride. This ride is to raise money for agent orange victims and the order of the Silver Rose. They issue no Purple Hearts for wounds or death from Agent Orange. The Order of the Silver Rose issues a medal, a citation and will arrange for a presentation ceremony for victims of Agent Orange dioxin wounds. The ride begins at Evolution Custom Cycles at University Plaza located at 1435 E. University Dr. #101 in Tempe, AZ. $20 single rider, $30 couple. Ride pin to the first 250 registered. Poker Run, Biker Bingo, 50/50, Door Prizes, Raffles. Prizes include a Fender Amplifier, Hotel and Resort Packages, Event Tickets, Gift Certificates, Hundreds of dollars of Raffle Prizes. Ride ends at Sugar Daddy's in Scottsdale.
Saturday, March 13th
Diamondbacks Line Drive for Kids Ride. It's that time of year again. Baseball is right around the corner and so is the Diamondbacks Line Drive for Kids ride. March 13th you can join this popular ride to Tucson to get an early look at the 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks in a Spring Training game. You can still register on line to reserve your spot. Many of you have enjoyed this event before and it is here again. This is really a fun time. The ride begins at Claim Jumpers in Tempe, AZ located at 1530 W. Baseline Rd. Sign in from 8-9AM. The ride will go to Tucson via Florence and then onto the Diamondbacks Spring Training game. Cost is $30.00 per rider and participants receive: Breakfast, Lunch, Event T-Shirt, Spring Training Game Ticket and Ride Pin. This ride is always a good time. Click Here to sign up online.
Some of you might have been wondering what happened to what was Hailey's Grill in
Mayer. I always enjoyed that short 60 mile ride from North Phoenix. Hailey's
closed the doors and went out of business last Fall. The owners of Grand Canyon Harley bought it and are currently
remodeling the place and will re-open under the name of "The Big Bug Roadhouse". The name comes from
Big Bug Creek that runs just North of the dealership. The new owner said that it will be really nice and a lot
of events coming up this Summer. There will be a Grand Opening the first part of May. I will announce that in the
next couple of weeks.
Here is a site that came across my inbox that I thought was interesting. It shows a series of pictures of raising the USS Cole to take it in for repairs. Click Here.
I mentioned last week that I was going on the Ultimate Day Trip. I did that and will be reporting on it with pictures and video in next week's letter. But here is a clue. It was a total of 4300 miles done in 21 hours with a top speed according to the GPS of 645 miles per hour. This might help too.
As for me this week, I will at the Miss AZ Bikeweek competitions and then dodging rain clouds this weekend to hopefully see what is at the Ramjet Swap Meet. Tonight I will be going to the opening night of Mel Gibson's "The Passion Of Christ". I'll let you know how it is.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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