Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
What is the easiest job in the world right now? If you guessed the Valley area Chamber of Commerce you might be right. The weather has been absolutely perfect for riding, walking, driving with your head out of the window or whatever you want to do. If you haven't dusted off that motorcycle yet, now is the time to give it a try.
Last Saturday Mrs. Cyclerides and I took advantage of the great weather by taking the 30 mile ride out to Carefree to do some testing with the DB meters for the new noise ordinance being introduced into Carefree. I have never been in serious trouble with the law, but I have been stopped for what seems to be more than my fair share of times. So it was a little bit of a different experience going to meet with 5 police officers on purpose, knowing that there was no ticket waiting for me. The 3 mile ride on Tom Darlington (Scottsdale Rd.) from Carefree Highway North to Cave Creek Rd through the Boulders is one of the prettiest stretches of road in the Valley. But being concerned with the impact of this ordinance on motorcycle riding through this area, my thoughts that day were not of the beauty of the area, but where the MCSO (Sheriff) might set up the microphones to check decibel readings of passing traffic. It is amazing how a person's mind can be distracted by something as small as this and actually rob you of the beauty of a given experience. But it seems to work that way with a lot of things in life if you let it. It would be sad to ride through this beautiful area everytime and have to worry about that. So I wanted to prove that those concerns were unwarranted.
We finally found the group set up about 1/2 mile East of Tom Darlington on Cave Creek Rd. As we drove up we saw 2 Sheriff cars with microphones mounted about 2 feet above the roof of the cars, (click here to see one) TV cameras and 5 officers. I was hoping that I wasn't riding into some sting operation and going to be featured on America's Stupidest Criminals or something. But that was not the case. They welcomed us and started with some explanation about how the system works. The lead trainer was Chief Alan Muma from Jerome. He told me that they had only written 82 tickets for noise in the last 2 years in Jerome. And most of those could have been avoided if the rider was not trying to make noise. I know some of you have other stories about your own experiences in Jerome, but that is the official word. I found Chief Muma to be very informative and pro motorcyclist. He has been riding for years and put over 30,000 miles on his own motorcycle last year.
He explained that the key to keeping under the mandated level of 85 DB was simply in how you ride the bike. "You should keep the motor in a higher gear with the least amount of RPM's possible to maintain your speed and you will have no problem with the meter". He also said that "it is a very small percentage of riders out there that cause the problems. Those are the ones that want to show how loud their pipes are, burnout or just generally make noise on purpose". I claimed to have no knowledge about those types of riders and said that I would take his word for it. He said "that if you just ride your motorcycle responsibly, it will not be a problem". Still skeptical that my bike, equipped with a 107 engine and a thunderheader would pass the test, I put it on the road to see what it would do. The area we were in is 25 mph, similar to a lot of the other areas in town.
First test was 25 mph in first gear at about 4000 rpm. Survey Said: 91 DB.
Second test was 25 mph in second gear at about 3000 rpm. Survey said: 83 DB. Passed!
Third test was 25 mph in third gear at 2000 rpm. Survey said: 74 DB. Passed Easily!
Final test was a first and second gear all out burnout. Survey said: 110 DB. FAILED Miserably!
Click Here For Video Of The Tests and an interview with Chief Muma.
As you can see, the first and last test were unreasonable ways to normally ride your motorcycle. These were just done for benchmark purposes. The last test was pretty interesting though. Probably the only time I could do a burnout in front of 5 police officers and not get a ticket. I also did a test with a Bourget with short straight pipes. Probably the loudest motorcycles around. It also made it through the test registering 81 DB. There were also several groups of motorcycles that came riding by while we were there and they were all in the mid 70's on the DB meter. It didn't matter if there was one or 5, it still only registered in the mid 70's.
What is my spin on this? I found out what I wanted to know. Is it unreasonable? After being somewhat skeptical as to the motive behind this from the Town of Carefree, I'll admit, I was pleasantly surprised. Chief Muma was right. It IS all about how you operate the motorcycle. You can see in the video tests the difference a gear up can make. If you want it to make noise it surely can. If you want it to be quiet within the legal limits, it can also. The limits of 85 DB appear to very reasonable and attainable without even trying, if you just operate the motorcycle normally. There was an older gentleman that drove in as we were finishing up that appeared to be an official of the city. He asked me what I thought about the tests and I said that I thought that it was something that we could live with. He said "that their motive was not to write tickets, but to have a method in force to keep the noise down, that's all we want." I hope he is right.
I know there are a few of you out there that think all police are out to get you. Some of you might be right. But generally speaking, the paranoia in the motorcycle community seems to run wild. I have not personally experienced anything like that at all. In fact, I have actually gotten preferential treatment because I was on a motorcycle. I know, police are just like motorcyclists, there are a few bad apples there too that will try to push the envelope. In the case with this noise ordinance, the MCSO is told by the town of Carefree what to enforce. They have been told to enforce the noise ordinance, that is what they are going to do. All you have to do is ride through those 4 miles responsibly and with respect for the community and I don't see any problems. If you don't, you will get a ticket. The same needs to be done in Cave Creek also, so that they don't have to resort to enforcement. We will soon find out if I am right or wrong. Let me know your experiences with this matter as we move forward.
Remember!...High Gears, Low RPM's at the speed limit. You should be fine.
Channel 15, the ABC affiliate here in town was on site as we were doing these tests. They did a lot of filming of the tests, the DB Meters in action and interviews with Chief Muma and myself.
This will be shown on the Channel 15 News at 10:00PM on Thursday night.
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.
Billet Bar Specials: Monday, Stoli Citrone $1.50. Tuesday, Bacardi Silver $1.50. Wednesday, SKYY Blue $1.50. Thursday, Mike's Hard Lemonade, $1.50. One Week Only. Paradise Bar Now Open Wednesday Through Sunday.
33 American Bistro Friday Bike Night.
Live Music Every Friday Night 6-10PM
If you haven't been here yet, stop by and try some of Bistro 33's great food. 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.
Saturday and Sunday
Bike Days at The Hideaway.
Perfect weather for a ride to The Hideaway and try a few items from their new menu. 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
March 15th: Ride to Ramjet Customer Appreciation Day.
March 29th: The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories.
Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Live Music 1-5PM Every Sunday
If you haven't tried Sugar Daddy's yet, Now is the time. 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 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, March 16th "Combo Deluxe"
Fandango - Live Music Every Sunday from 2:00PM - 6:00PM.
Visit our outdoor Patio's and Roof Top Bar. Plenty of bike parking.
If you have not experienced Sunday at Fandango your are missing one of the best parties in the valley. Live music outside 2-6PM, weather permitting, the best seat in the house is the Rooftop Bar!. The Rooftop Bar also has the best views of Black Mountain, Spur Cross as well as all the bikes cruisin' Cave Creek not to mention all the action on the lower patio. Enjoy the drink and food specials NOON to 6PM. Fandango features the best of Classic Rock and Blues Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sunday afternoons. Fandango is located 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. For more info call 480-595-5633 or www.restaurant.com/fandango. Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
Fri March 14th Combo Deluxe 9pm-1am
Sun. March 16th: Combo Deluxe 2-6pm, Sat March 22nd Whiskey River 9pm-1am
Sun. March 23rd: Danny Rhodes & The Messengers 2-6pm, Fri 28th Rocket 88's 9pm-1am, Sat 29th Chill Factor 9pm-1am
Sun. March 30th: Combo Deluxe 2-6pm
Sunday, March 16th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - This Sunday - "Rhondavous". The popular Arizona Band Rhondavous will be taking their act to Hailey's this weekend from 1-5 PM. You can also take a look at the classic cars that will be on display at Hailey's. 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.
Upcoming Bands appearing at Hailey's on Sundays:
March 16th: "Rhondavous" and Car Show,
March 23rd: "Combo Deluxe",
March 30th: "Joker's Wild"
Thursday, March 13th
Miss Arizona Bikeweek Contest. OK Eastsiders!! Let's see what you've got! This Week the contest moves to The Wild Hare located on the NE corner of Rural and Ray. Last week was a full house and I expect the East side to be even better. Click here for last weeks results. 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 at the Steelhorse Saloon. 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. Come out and make some noise for your favorite contestant. 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. All contests start at 7:30PM. Next week will be:
March 20th: The Lucky Seven Sports Lounge, 7341 E. 6th Ave Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, 480 990-7770
March 27th: The Steelhorse Saloon.
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.
Sunday, March 16th
15th Annual Greasewood Poker Run. This is annually one of the biggest rides of the year. Usually 1500-2000 riders. This year will be featuring a little different route. This year the ride begins at Arrowhead HD located at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Dr. (1 block S. of Bell Rd. off 83rd. Ave.) Pre-register on Saturday for $15 per person which entitles you to Lunch, Ride Pin (to the first 1500 registered) Vendors and Live Music. If you have sent in pre-registration you can pick up your packet on the 15th at Arrowhead Harley. $20 day of ride (no ride pin). Registration between 8am and 10:30am on the 16th. Ride ends at Rock Springs where you will enjoy the great sounds of Arizona's favorite band Mogollon. Prizes to the top 3 Poker Hands. Big 50/50 drawing. For more information call Buck at 623-247-5542 or 602-999-8047. See ya there.
Sunday, March 16th
AZ Thunder Cycles St. Pat's Rally. Want to stay on the East side of town and take a beautiful ride up the Bee Line Highway to Roosevelt Lake? Then this is your ride. Join AZ Thunder Cycles as they present the St. Pat's Rally to Roosevelt Lake for a BBQ complete with all the fixins and drinks. Only $10 per person and $15 per couple. The ride starts at AZ Thunder Cycles location at 15001 N. Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale at 10:30 AM. RSVP to Melissa at 480-990-8700 or Call Torence at 480-905-3200 for more information. For some insight on this route Click Here to view my Day Ride of this route.
Thursday, March 20th
ACME is Back! That's right. ACME Bar and Grill is starting up their Thursday Ride Night again. 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 starting at 6:00 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 at 6:00 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. Click here for details and pictures.
Saturday, March 22nd
Run For The Hog Poker Run. Registration is from Noon to 1:00 PM at Chandler Harley located at 6895 W. Chandler Blvd. in Chandler. Poker run is from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. There will be a Pig Roast, Live Band, 50/50 and cash prizes to the top three hands. Single Rider-$15.00, Couple-$25.00. Dinner only: Single-$10.00, Couple-$18.00. Ride ends at the Chandler Elks #2429 at 1775 W. Chandler Blvd. All proceeds to the Tucson Children's Hospital Research Center. For more information call 480-963-6262.
Sunday, March 23rd
T.E.A.M. Arizona is offering a "Ladies Only" Experienced Rider Course. 7:30am-5:00pm. The fee is $75 and sign-up is limited to the first 24 who register. Ladies must have a current license or permit, their own bike and at least 6 months experience. It will be a fun day of both knowledge and skills improvement in an environment geared specifically for the ladies! To sign up call 480-998-9888.
Sunday, March 23rd
"Who Let The Hogs Out?" Charity Benefit Run. MMA/Verde Valley and Backyard Grill Co-Host for the Cottonwood Boys and Girls Club. Registration begins at 9am and leaves the Backyard Grill at 10:30am. $10sgl/$15 Cpl Poker Run, Raffles, & 60/40. For More Information: 928-646-3453.
A lot of people know about Joeta's
Leather. But not everybody knows that there are now 2 locations.
Joeta's 2 is located in just across the parking lot from Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson at 16140 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria. 2 blocks South of Bell Rd. just West of 83rd
Ave. I was in the new store on Monday and was very impressed with the broad selection and how well stocked
the store is. They are fully stocked with all leather accessories including chaps, vests, jackets, gloves and boots.
Joeta's also has a full line of authentic T-Bags as well as saddle bags and carry bags for all of your travel
needs. Need sunglasses? Check Joeta's price and selection for Wiley X and Guard Dogs goggles and sunglasses. And
for the discriminating Woman, stop by and see Joeta's selection of lingerie. If you are in the area this weekend,
stop by Joeta's and check out the quality apparel and competitive prices. For more information call Jim Moore at
Joeta's 2, 623-979-3335. Click Here For A Map.
2003 State H.O.G. Rally. Last year I was behind schedule on the registration deadline for this ride. So this year I thought I would be well in advance. If you are thinking about going to Williams for the 2003 Arizona State H.O.G. Rally the deadline for registration is May 1st. The event takes place June 19-22, 2003. You will want to start getting hotel reservations now if you plan to attend. You can print the registration form and see all of the activities at http://www.azstatehogrally.com . Mogollon will be playing at the downtown Williams block party on Friday and Saturday.
As for me this weekend, I will be at the Miss Arizona Bikeweek contest at the Wild Hare on Thursday night and going to the Greasewood Poker Run on Sunday. Should be a great riding weekend. Have Fun.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
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