Copper Classic and Motorcycle Museum

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.

I hope this message is of interest to you.

The Copper Classic Will Be Here Soon!

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.

Send Todd Davis at text message at 520-360-5264.


Red Spring Trail Maintenance

The Coronado National Forest has arranged to have a professional trail maintenance crew available this coming week to perform some improvement work to the Red Spring Trail. We can participate by providing insight from a dirt bike rider’s perspective and do some light duty brush trimming while they do the heavy lifting. Granted, this is late notice and mid week work, but there is a growing list of retired members who might have time to commit to this effort.

Details from Gary Meeker.

TRS, come join the ACE (Arizona Conservation Experience) trail building/maintenance crew to perform some Red Spring Trail maintenance. 

Date: Wednesday Feb. 9th. 
Time: 8:00 AM, RTR
Location: Meet at the Hunters Parking area 

Bring your bike, riding gear and brush trimming tools. This effort will be spread over at least 3 days. The ACE crew will be working on a spot North of Coyote Well on 482. This first day the ACE crew probably won’t be doing much work, just scouting the work and meeting with George and Gary on the work we would like done. TRS will be doing some brushing along various sections of trail, and then checking back in with the ACE crew from time to time. Pack a lunch.

Gary 520-269-3581

Red Spring Trail (RST) Trash Clean Up

Twelve (12) Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) members and a representative from the US Forest Service, Nogales Ranger District met at the RST staging area before 9AM on Saturday morning 1-29-2022. After a quick check-in, safety talk and review of the day’s objective, the entire crew headed out to begin our assault on the trash left behind on sections for RST #482. About half of the crew went up to the northern section of #482 near Coyote Corral & Windmill where the trail crosses Forest Road #4139. The other half of the crew visited a section of #482 located south of Forest Road #4136 to collect trail trash.

By about 11:30AM the crews met up to load the last of the trash bags into the Forest Service truck. One club member made this comment about the trash haul, “If we estimate 36 bags at ~ 20 pounds each, the 13-man team from TRS removed around 700 pounds of trash!” Now this might not sound like much to some, but keep in mind, the filled trash bags had to be carried on the rider’s dirt bike across some technical single track a mile or more before reaching the drop off point along a main road. (Actually, we might have innocently discovered be a good trail riding skills improvement technique)

After the truck was loaded, we all headed back to the staging area. Some stopped at the Longhorn Horn Grill and Saloon in Amado for lunch.

Thanks to all who volunteered and to the Forest Service for supporting this effort. A job well done!

John (USFS)
Yours Truly


Copper Classic Race Flier

Special Notes & Items of Extra Emphasis: There will be a $10/vehicle camping fee this year. All camping fee proceeds go directly to support the San Manuel Schools. There is NOT a Gate Fee. Our Tech Inspection will be strictly enforcing the sound check and spark arrestor requirements. Don’t wait until the day before the race to get you bike compliant, do it now!

No camping fee for TRS members.

Red Spring Trail Trash Clean Up Day

Date: Saturday January 29

Time: 9:00am

Place: The Red Spring Trail system in the Tumacacori Mountains on the west side of I-19 near Tubac Az.

Where Will We Meet? At the Official Red Spring Trail Staging area, just off Forest Service Road # 684. This Staging area is about 4 miles in from the I-19 West Side Frontage Road access point. Some like to park at the Hunters Access parking area a few hundred yards in from the Frontage Road rather than driving all the way to the RST Staging area. The choice is yours but be at the RST Staging area before 9am.

What do you bring? Your riding gear, bike, hydration pack and a snack.

What will we do? Have a quick Safety Meeting with the Forest Service and issue working supplies. Ride our bikes to the trail spots in need of our attention. Pick up trash left along designated Red Spring Trail routes by visitors to this area. Drop the filled trash bags along the main roads for the Forest Service to collect in their trucks.

Along with Trail Riders of Southern Arizona, the USFS, Nogales Ranger District will be supporting this effort. Here is a chance to give back to your sport, please consider joining us.

TRS Riding Jersey

Trying to gage interest in ordering some more TRS riding jerseys.

Tim McGuire has volunteered to manage the order. As it was last time there is a required quantity to achieve a reasonable price point.
But first we need to know how many members are serious about ordering a new riding jersey. The design and color scheme would be the same as our last order.

Dirt Bike Happy Hours

Date: Tuesday February 8th.
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Native Grill & Wing, 3100 E. Speedway Blvd Tucson AZ 85716

Stop in for some wings and a drink, visit with fellow club members, pick up your club t-shirt & stickers, bench race, share highlights of recent trail rides, share tech tips & new riding product reviews. This is also a good time to ask questions about the March 5th. Copper Classic.

URGENT: Bike Night and Santa Catalina Ranger District Trails Planning Public Comment opportunity.

Location: Bear Canyon Pizza
Address: 8987 E Tanque Verde Rd #335, Tucson, AZ 85749
Time: 6:30pm

Come out and join us to relax, talk bikes, adventures, drink some beer, eat some pizza AND DO A LITTLE CIVIC DUTY.

An informal bike night is planned 1/20 @ 6:30pm, and as part of that we will host a community outreach opportunity for anyone who wants to comment on the Santa Catalina Ranger District’s trail planning effort.

Club representatives from Trail Riders of Southern Az. (TRS) & Tucson Dirt Riders (TDR) will be on hand as “tech coaches” with laptops to assist you in getting into the Forest Service web based public comment system, to help you share your views and opinions.

These efforts by you help support future trail riding opportunities for dirt bikes and OHV and have a little fun doing it.

Hope to see you out there for a fun relaxing evening.

If you are unable to attend this community outreach session, visit this video for instructions on how to provide your input on your own.

-TRS and TDR

New Year’s Ride

TRS brought in the New Year with a Red Spring Trail ride on Sunday. We staged this ride out of the parking lot of the Longhorn Grill & Saloon. Thanks to owner Greg Hansen for providing access to his property. 16 riders brave the early morning cold to get in over 50 miles of riding. The recent rains guaranteed zero dust, but did generate some large patches of water puddles on some of the connector roads out in the Tumacacori Mountains. After the ride a smaller group stopped into the Longhorn for lunch and recovery drinks!

As you know we are now in the prime riding season in southern Arizona. So let’s get together and ride!