Josiah Brennan (Assistant GM) of On Any Moto has approved the use of the Off-Road building for TRS’ next club meeting and social gathering.
Date: Tuesday July 12 (I know we don’t normally meet in July but we did not have a meeting in June and we have some important topics to cover.) Time: 6:30pm Place: On Any Moto, 2535 N Jackrabbit Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745. Mostly streetside parking.Josiah will provide pizza for us to enjoy. You can bring in your own food if you wish instead of pizza. You should bring your own drink(s) (alcohol is OK to bring in) Bring a chairSome Meeting Topics to be Addressed: The funniest ride I have ever been on – or – how scary it is to load my bike into the bed of my pickup truck Financial report Membership report AMRA update Az State Parks OHVAG (Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group) update Red Spring Trail grant application for information kiosks and trail “roll over” structures There Will Be Dust Copper Classic Special recognition for the TRS members who reported the Pipe Line fire in Flagstaff
I hope you can make it. PLEASE RSVP so Josiah can order the right amount of pizza.
This past weekend, several members of the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) made annual trip to Flagstaff for a weekend of camping and trail riding. On Friday and Saturday, the group enjoyed riding the Kelly Canyon trail system.
On Sunday a group of 6 TRS’ers broke camp and headed up to ride the Fort Valley trails. After the early boulder fest at upper moto the group took Newman to Secret trail. They doubled back and hit Rocky Moto. As one rider in the group rounded a turn, he saw a fire 200 yards straight ahead! Holy crap! He alerted the rest of the group at the next turn and that’s when the action began. First a call to 911 was made, while others headed back towards the fire to try to contain it. Two others in the group noticed a white pickup fleeing the scene and it was on! These two chased the truck got him to pull over while they video recorded him and his license plate. They called the Sheriff and reported the fleeing suspect.
These TRS’ers were at ground zero of the Pipeline Fire. The news reported a fire spotter first reported the fire around 10:15am Sunday. The TRS group came upon the fire around 10:30am. In that short period of time the fire had already ground to about ¼ of an acre in size. As you have probably heard the local news reports the suspect is now in custody. As trail riding advocates these riders were happy to take action to try and preserve the riding Fort Valley trails and the Coconino National Forest. Great job guys!
After I posted the notice from the USFS about Stage 2 Fire Restrictions, a fellow club member asked for my reaction to this statement of prohibitions “…operating any internal combustion engine off designated roadways…”. Sounds like no off-roading motorcycles to me.”
So, I contacted Dana Backer of the USFS. I said, “I believe we at TRS have asked for clarification on this in years past. In the Fire Restriction notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD1025296 it is stated that “…operating any internal combustion engine off designated roadways…” is prohibited. TRS understands that if we ride our motorcycles on officially designated MVUM routes or trails we are not in violation of the Stage 2 Fire Restriction guidance.” Please advise.
A response from Steven Miranda, Chief 5, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer, Forest Service, Coronado National Forest was received this morning. Yes, we are still allowed to ride our motorcycles on MVUM routes or trails during the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.
For your reference I have attached the signed action letter from the Coronado Forest Supervisor, Mr. Kerwin Dewberry and associated fire restrictions map.
TRS hosted this extremely successful event in San Manuel on Saturday. We staged for the ride in the parking lot of JWJ Cycles Motorcycle Museum. Parish Traweek (Museum owner and local Renaissance man) and his staff welcomed us to their establishment and offered outstanding hospitality. They really made us feel at home.
Almost 30 riders were on hand at the RTR time of 8:00am. Some chose the Dual Sport route others the Copper Classic racecourse and the hard core “heat doesn’t bother me” group explored the trails north of Webb Road.
There was some time to view the extensive collection of bikes in the museum before the rides, but plenty of time to do so afterwards. What great way to wind down after ride, a cool drink in one hand, a slice of pizza in the other and reviewing the historic bike collection and associated stories that were documented throughout the museum. If you look closely, you found a picture of a young Jerry Kyle at race pace and a Carlos Serrano autographed Maico dirt bike.
Parish encouraged me to host more events at the museum in the future and I can’t disagree. The atmosphere there is perfect. He plans to continue to develop the property with food service and overnight accommodation (casitas).
So please plan to join us at the next event at the museum, you won’t’ be disappointed.
Staging Location: JWJ Cycles parking lot. 102 W Main St, San Manuel, AZ 85631 (this is the location of the soon to be opened motorcycle museum)
Ride Description: A TRS member and their friend’s ride. 75 mile Dual-Sport route. Dirt bikes on Copper Classic course or other choices. Family friendly. Kids can ride on the CC “Mini” course. Pizza Party after the ride.
TRS will provide cool drinks and a pizza lunch post ride.
Gather in the outside patio with a cool drink and bench race about your recent dirt bike rides and hear about upcoming TRS club activities. You are allowed to bring in your own food if you like. A food truck is on site.
Likely topics to be discussed · Copper Classic recap · Baja rides · Sky Island Adventure ride · April, Red Spring Trail camp & ride · May, San Manuel Dual Sport ride · On Any Sunday movie · TRS financials
The Copper Classic Racecourse is Staked and marked ready for directional signs and pink ribbons.
Well, at least the Big Bike course. The Mini Course will be staked, marked, signed, and ribboned Thursday.
Thanks to the 10 TRS members who made it all happen today!
Before leaving San Manuel today, Gary Meeker, Tim McGuire and I met local legend (Desert racer, pilot, flight instructor…) Parrish Traweek at the La Casita restaurant. After some small talk, he invited us to come over and visit his motorcycle museum, JWJ Cylces. Tim had to head back home, but Gary and I accepted the offer.
Although the museum is not ready for the public, the state of the inventory is amazing. All types of bike types, from trials, to dirt, to street he has them all. Some hanging from the ceiling, others mounted on the wall. Parrish is an amazing dynamo, he has his hand in so many different activities and after listening for a while I asked him when he has time to sleep and eat. We spent over a half hour talking bikes and potential projects to support motorcycling in the area.
Now here is some very interested stuff. He would like to arrange a meeting with him, TRS, a Pinal County Supervisor and BHP Copper to begin serious discussions about establishing a new Copper Classic racecourse. The aim is to get off Az. State Trust Land, thereby reducing the cost of liability insurance.
But that’s not all. He is also wanting to support TRS with Dual Sport and Adventure bike rides and or events. He welcomes us to stage from his business property. Eventually he will have a few B&B’s on site to support riders. He even offered the use of his secured storage lot for any purpose in the future.
Gary, please chime in with the details I may have missed.
Welcome banners have been made and will be posted around the race campus in San Manuel on race weekend. (See the example below) These banners are being paid for with grant funds received from the Pinal County Office of Tourism (thanks Mike Cook). Their logo will be appearing on race fliers, t-shirts, banners, and other printed materials used to promote or support our race.
I hope you have plans to volunteer on the days before and or on race weekend. We can never have too much help. Please let Todd Davis know of your plans if you have not already done so.