2021 Copper Classic

I wish to express my appreciation to all the TRS members, their families and friends for their outstanding support of the 2021 Copper Classic Re-Start Enduro held in San Manuel on Saturday March 6th. The event was a huge success!

Although all the final scoring results have yet to be tabulated, it appears we have established a new attendance record for the Copper Classic with a Big Bike racer attendance count of ~270 and Mini Racers over 40.

A special thanks goes to this year’s Race Director Todd Davis. He had the extremely difficult assignment of managing most all scheduling and planning activities. Great job Todd!
After the Big Bike Race, all of those able to stay the night, enjoyed a catered dinner meal with a raffle party afterwards. A big thanks goes to our moto shop sponsors for the raffle items. (On Any Moto, CSA, Tucker Motorsports and AZKKT)

A more comprehensive report will be published in a few days.

Arizona State Trust Land – Moto Use

Here is some good news form Az. State Parks & Trails about moto plans on State Trust Land. If TRS makes the final selection, we need to be ready to participate.
Good evening. As you may know, the State Land Department has been awarded funds to develop a Non-Urban Plan for trails on their properties. Recently the project lead reached out to Arizona State Parks and Trails for recommendations on a few organizations/individuals that could provide valuable input towards this project’s success. I am writing you today to inform you that I have provided the project lead with your contact information and they MIGHT reach out for input during the course of the project. As always, we appreciate your dedication to Arizona’s off-highway vehicle community and will stay in touch. Take care and ride safe.

Matthew Eberhart
State Off-Highway Vehicle Coordinator
Arizona State Parks & Trails
23751 N 23rd Ave, Suite 190
Phoenix, AZ 85085
(602) 542-2146
1-877-MY-PARKS |

Newbie Ride of 1-31-21 a Hit!

THANK YOU, everyone. It was a beautiful day for a ride.
We had about 50 riders show up on everything from a TW200 to an R1250GS… and everything in between. Most folks just enjoyed the ride out to the Arizona Trail Trailhead, but a handful of hard-core riders got to see some of the gnarly parts of the desert.
We’ll do this again soon. Hope you’ll join us. – John Bingham

Shawns group also had a great time. The range of bikes were a kx 100 to yes that 800 We made it down to the San Pedro and back no issues. I showed them the well dug into the side of the cliff at the ranch house, and the “Quemado” the place where the ground water comes up to the surface and makes a nice little stream, also told them of the history of the Camp grant wash and San Pedro and Arivaipa confluence.

So, with a little more experience everyone could do this loop on smaller bikes and provides more interest over the wide road of Willow Springs. The only problem is the sand wash, it was wet for this ride, thus easier. If it’s dry, very difficult on the big bikes. – Gary Meeker

2nd picture below is from Willow Springs start (riders meeting) – featuring Serranos’ in the foreground and some of the 15 or so guys who broke off and rode with Shawn. (P.S. that little TW200 rocked – she was hauling azz) – Mike Branham on the way back) – Mike Branham

The first picture below is of about 2/3rds of the total group! Stop next to the Az. Trail, Trail Head.

Night Before Christmas, TRS Version

It has become a yearly tradition to recite our dirt bike version of the Night Before Christmas at our December TRS club meeting. Since we are not having club meetings right now, I am posting the story here for you to enjoy in the privacy of your own home. Each year I update some of the club member names used in the story to keep things fresh. Enjoy!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the store
Not a Serrano was stirring, why he didn’t even snore;
The mufflers were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Bingham soon would be there;
The riders were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Garmin GPS’s danced in their heads;
And Noah in his compression shirt, and Mary in her EVS cap,
Had just settled their brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the gravel there arose such piston chatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the seat of a new KTM Enduro,
Gave a luster of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a hyper 250 sled and eight tiny dirt ride-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and in in rhythm,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Bingham.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Meeker! now, McGuire! now Davis and Ivy!
On, Godwin! on, Brogmus! On Amborsio and Perry!
To the top of the hill! to the top of the wall!
Now ride away! Ride away! Ride away all!”

As dust that behind Bob Hurricane Hannah did fly,
When they meet with a 3 ft. rock step, did mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of bike parts, and St. Bingham too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the lobby
The digging and spinning of each little knobbie.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Bingham came with a bound.
He was dressed all in dirt riding gear, from his helmet to his boot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with tranny oil and muffler soot;
A bundle of bike parts he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And his jersey and pants were once white as the snow;
The spark arrestor end cap of a muffler he held tight in his teeth,
And the 2-stroke smoke, it encircled his red helmet like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old dirt bike elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all bike gas tanks with fuel; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his ring,
And giving a nod, he said I’m off to Red Spring Trail – and up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his hyper sled, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to TRS, and to TRS a good night!”

-by George Wysopal
(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

The Same Feeling 

We are riders of various skill levels and bike preferences. We have our favorite places to ride and favorite terrain type. Some like to ride sand washes others like rocky trails. Some like the longer distance exploration rides with some pavement thrown in to mix things up. But no matter our likes and favorites, when we are done with the ride on any given day, the feeling we experience remains the same. We share that awesome feeling of experiencing something special has just been accomplished. We might have pushed our comfort zone just a little past our normal red line. Sure, it might have scared us a bit, but because we made it through it, bike and body intact, we are excited and can’t wait to get out and do it again.  

Well, let me tell you, I experienced all of this first hand on Sunday. You may have seen the posting about the Las Cienegas “Newbie Ride.” Twelve riders showed up for this ride. The spectrum of rider experience was very wide. From riders just getting their boots dirty to an AMRA racer to old guys like me in between. But let me tell you, when we finished our 35-mile ride, the newbies were just as excited about the experience as I was last week after finishing a ride north of Webb Road in San Manuel. Our riding pace and terrain were extremely different, but we shared the same feeling after the ride. MAN THAT WAS COOL!!

Now for those in attendance on Sunday’s ride, start thinking about posting up more rides like this one for a repeat performance.  

Below is a picture of some of the riders who participated in Sunday’s ride. A side note.

We stopped to check out the historic Ranch House on the Las Cienegas. The buildings were open for self-guided tours and the restoration work is incredible. If you have a chance check this out. Check out www. Empireranchfoundation.orgfor more information.–

Copper Classic Planning Meeting & Jerry T – shirt Distribution

Place: IAFF Local 479 2430 N Huachuca Tucson, AZ 85745
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6 PM MST – 8 PM MST

This get together is for those interested in preparing for the 2021 Copper Classic
AND/OR For those who ORDERED and wish to pick up their TRS jersey, 2020 Copper Classic t-shirt or 2020 TWBD t-shirt, whatever the case may be.

TRS will provide soft drinks and appetizers. You can BYOB.

Come for all or part of this meeting, socializing is encouraged.

Maximum attendance allowed is 50. Social Distancing will be respected.

There Will Be Dust Report, Final

On Saturday, November 21st in Amado, Arizona, the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) hosted their annual event, There Will Be Dust Dual Sport Ride and Fundraiser.

Because of the rider’s, volunteer’s and guest’s support and contributions, TRS was able to host another quality event for the dirt bike community and raise funds for the Amado Food Bank. The final contribution amount of $2,300 exceeded our $1,500 goal. A donation check was presented to Vicki Turner, Community Programs Coordinator on Monday December 14th. (See the photo below)

The rider participation numbers turned out to be very strong considering the current concerns over the virus. The Longhorn Grill & Saloon supported the riders with meals and a staging area in ways better than we could have hoped. Their accommodations and food were top shelf. After the ride all the riders said they enjoyed the event and were glad they participated.

My helmet is off to all the TRS volunteers, family and friends, Rio Rico Scout Troop #508 and the Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District for making this event possible. Our goal was to provide a quality event and I believe that goal was achieved. If you were not able to attend this year, please plan to do so next year.

Finally a special thanks to the local bike shops and bike industry sponsors who pitched in merchandise for the raffle party: Tucker Powersports, On Any Moto, AZKKT, Cycle Skis & ATV, Serrano’s Motorsports & Service, Musselman’s Honda, Rocky Mountain MC/ATV, Giant Loop & RideNow.

Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!


George Wysopal