Join AMSAF March 5th 2017 for the "Ride for the Long Haul"!
Cave Creek is a town that embraces its way of life by celebrating its many diverse events. From Arizona Wild West Festival and Fiesta Days Rodeo, to Bike Week and Custom Bike Builder Showcases...just to name a few. You're sure to meet the friendliest folks when you visit our slice of heaven in the Sonoran desert.
Cave Creek residents known as Creekers, will agree there is nothing more fulfilling in life than the feel of a good leather saddle while riding in the wind. So saddle up and take a trail ride into the beautiful and historic town of Cave Creek, just 34 miles north of downtown Phoenix.
Movies like Marlon Brando’s 1953 classic The Wild One and the ‘not so’ iconic John Travolta’s 2007 Wild Hogs may show group riding to be easy. In reality it’s not. It is certainly enjoyable riding with friends, however group riding takes effort and coordination.
This is where the universal code of group riding can help. There is a lot of work that goes into organizing a group of riders. You have to consider the amount of road you are covering, the varying skill level of different riders and the chaos that could ensue if the formation does not work out.
Clearly, to ride safely – ‘safely’ being the operative word here – in a group, you need a set of ground rules to make your group riding experience pleasant for everyone.
Here are 10 tips that will help you when riding with friends or strangers:
1- Hold a Pre-Ride Meeting
This meet can help you decide many things. Where you will stop, how long will it take you to get from point A to point B, what route you will be taking and what to do in case someone gets lost etc. If you are confused about any of the above, this meet will be a good opportunity to clear everything.
2- Decide on a Riding Order
The first thing you need to do is choose a lead rider, who will ride upfront and a sweep rider, who will bring up the rear. The leader will be responsible for letting everyone know what to expect ahead in terms of traffic jams, rainstorms, road closures etc. The sweep rider, on the other hand is responsible for setting the pace of the group. Everyone besides these two should also have a predetermined spot in the formation, with the more experienced riders at the back and the less experienced ones lined up right behind the leader.
3- Be Prepared
Preparation would include keeping simple items with you that could make your journey comfortable. For instance, come with a full tank of gas, and keep your cell phone with you at all times. Also make sure that someone in the group carries a first-aid kit and bike tools. Keep your driving license handy as well.
4- Don’t Go Rogue
It is very important for the group to stick together and hold their positions. There is no checkered flag waiting for you which means there is no need to boast how great you are on your bike. Showboating is not only frowned upon, it can also seriously jeopardize the safety of your fellow riders. Be a team player and also don’t stop anywhere without letting your group know.
5- Stagger the Formation
This one is tricky. You want your group to stay in formation, but you also want comfortable space in between riders. If you ride in a single file, it limits your room to maneuver. The best way to go about this is to stagger: maintain an alternate side formation.
For instance, if the lead rider is on the left side, the one behind should be slightly towards the right. And the third rider should be a little to the left, and so on. On curvy or roads blessed with potholes, you might want to stick with a single file formation. Also, a single file would be much easier to manage when getting on a highway, going through an underpass or turning at intersections.
Make sure that the space between individual riders is comfortable. A 1-2 second gap in between every two riders in the group should be enough.
6- Passing in Formation
When you are on a highway, or in traffic, you should pass by other vehicles one by one. Make sure everyone gets back in formation once the road is clear.
7- Take Breaks
Group riding is meant to be a fun activity. To make sure it does not become unnecessarily exhausting, you should take plenty of breaks in between. This will help you maintain your concentration and energy levels and help you savor every moment.
When riding, it is highly probable that one or two members might get left behind – in traffic or may be due to a red light. In such a situation, everyone must be aware of the rest spots. And as soon as a member gets left behind, the entire group should go up to the next rest spot and wait for them to catch up.
9- Be Considerate
You should try and make the riding experience fun for everyone in the group. Not all riders may have the same level of experience and expertise when it comes to riding. You should plan your speed and formation according to the least experienced rider in the group, so that no one gets left behind.
10- Know Your Signals
This might vary with different groups. You need to agree on signals and make sure that everyone knows and understands them.
For instance, you will need a signal to:
Start engines – Extend right or left arm and move the index finger in a circular motio
Left turn ahead – Raise left arm horizontal with the elbow full extended
Right turn ahead – Raise left arm with elbow bent at 90 degrees vertically
Stop – Extend left arm downward at a 45 degree angle with the palm of hand facing backward
Single File – Position left hand over helmet and extend fingers upward (specifically for lead riders)
Tighten Up – To close ranks, raise left arm and repeatedly move up and down in a pulling motion
With this information in mind, you can make your riding experience more fun and stress-free. Make sure everyone in your group is well aware of the rules to avoid confusion or worse accidents. Riding in a group is all about discipline, make sure you trust your fellow riders and never under any circumstance leave anyone behind. May the wind be in your face and the sun on your back and we’ll see all of you on the open road.
Cave Creek Live's Motorcycle Host Chaz Lee with "The Iron Scene"
I think most everyone is fascinated with motorcycles and wants one at one point in their life. From the way a motorcycle is made all the way to the way it feels to have the wind blowing through your hair. People seem to find something about a motorcycle that really is interesting and exciting. If you are one of these people, here are 5 interesting facts about motorcycles.
1. Slick tires offer more grip on wet roads than treaded tires, up to the point at which they hydroplane. The slick tires have more velocity with a minimum about of effort. They have more grip than other tires when on asphalt, and other hard, even surfaces. Slick tires sometimes have a V-shaped grip pattern which helps on wet roads. Because they have limited grooves in the tires, water doesn't get trapped in the tire which normally causes hydroplaning.
2. The Fonz (aka Henry Winkler) couldn't actually ride a motorcycle. Steve McQueen's motorcycle from the scene at the end of the movie "The Great Escape" (1963), was the same motorcycle that The Fonz rode on in "Happy Days" (1974). When he "rode" the motorcycle in the show, it was actually mounted on a piece of wood on wheels. For the action shots during the show, they would simply wheel the motorcycle to give the effect that he was riding it. The reason Henry Winkler wasn't able to ride the notorious Harley Davidson in the show was because of poor co-ordination which is a symptom from his dyslexia.
3. In the 1920's some farm boys, who became known as "hog boys", continuously won motorcycle races and had a live hog as their mascot. After a win, they would put the hog on the motorcycle and do a victory lap with it. In 1983, Harley Davidson formed a group call HOG., Harley Owners Group. Eventually Harley Davidson attempted to trademark the word "hog", but lost the case. In 1999, it was officially ruled that the term "hog" officially meant any generic type of large motorcycle and could therefore not be trademarked.
4. One in five upgraded bikes in inner cities gets stolen. People believe that Harley Davidson is the most stolen motorcycle when in fact it is Honda. The next most stolen motorcycles are: Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Harley Davidson.
5. Up to 25 per cent of bike theft claims are fraudulent. In today's economy, some people think that a way to get some of their money back is to report their motorcycle as stolen, in hopes that they can get some money back from the insurance companies. There are several ways that people do this. They can leave their motorcycle in a random ally, or in a bad neighborhood, then report its stolen. Or they will pay someone to steal it, and then file a theft claim. Another way that some people attempt to report a false claim is by selling their motorcycle to someone and have them resell it overseas, then report it stolen when it is overseas. In the US, the punishment for filing false insurance claims can be anywhere from a fine, if someone was injured it can result in 10 years to 20, years in jail. If someone was killed due to the actions taken to commit fraud, a possible punishment is a life sentence.
Riding motorcycles is exhilarating, and it hardly matters what type of motorcycle you are riding. Many of us grew up riding dirt bikes, or got our first Street bike as a teenager. As folks get older they wish to slowdown a little bit and they might get themselves a Harley-Davidson and enjoy the open road, there is nothing better. Just man and machine and the ultimate freedom - that's what motorcycling is all about.
THE CAVECREEKLIVE.COM FEATURED BIKE FOR BIKEWEEK 2014!
Jeff Price, Owner of the Horny Toad, shows us his Bagger...
While the corporate bike world that dominates Phoenix fights amongst each other to see who can sell the most $5 cans of beer during Arizona Bike Week, the real bikers will take their party north of town to the rural hamlet of Cave Creek for 10 days, March 20-29. Biker Central, of course, will be The Hideaway Bar & Grill, with a ton of bands, bike builders and half-naked women seeping out through all edges of the club and onto Cave Creek Blvd. Up the street a half block, at The Hideaway's sister bar, The Tap Haus, one of the top builders in the country, Azzkikr Custom Baggers, will be hanging out.
Led by Len Edmondson, Azzkikr Customs had a starring role in the short-livedBiker Battleground Phoenix television series. Beyond his own custom designs that will be on display at the Cave Creek Rally, Edmondson praised the bike building talent that Hideaway owner Mark Bradshaw was bringing to Cave Creek for the annual bike rally, calling it “genuine and pure.”
“It's the premier destination for Bike Week,” Edmondson said, noting the some of the top bike builders in the country will be in Cave Creek. “There will be the who's who of builders there.”
Edmondson said he will bring over a million dollars worth of bikes to the event, primarily baggers, his signature style.
Azzkikr will hold an open house and tour of their shop at 22410 N. 18th Drive in Phoenix, from 10 a.m. until noon on March 25. After the open house, the Azzkikr team will lead a ride to the Tap Haus where there will be a full day of builders, vendors, giveaways, photo ops and music by Sour Diesel Trainwreck beginning at 1 p.m.
Check out the "Biker Battleground Phoenix" on the History channel, the first episode was filmed in Cave Creek. Here is what the History channel says about the show:
"Phoenix, Arizona—where the country’s top motorcycle builders compete day and night. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, where buyers are willing to pay upwards of $150,000 for a fully-customized, one-of-a-kind ride. Biker Battleground Phoenix follows the temperamental and talented bad boys of the bike business. In their world, showcases are for pride and bragging rights, competition is cutthroat and money talks. When egos and passion collide, the aftershocks echo across town."