Bikers are a special breed, but not necessarily because of the clothes they wear, or their hairstyles. If a group of people can be generalized at all, it would be safe to say that motorcycle enthusiasts are a very patriotic as well as a philanthropic group. If you have a worthy cause, chances are you can get motorcycle club members around the Valley of the Sun to show up in a spirit of support.
And that's exactly what happened on September 11, 2002 when W. Steven Martin, a local celebrity, organized a special memorial to the victims and survivors of the 9-11 attack of the previous year. The 9-11 Patriot Parade featured over 5,600 motorcycles and riders covering a 30 mile parade route beginning in south Chandler and traveling through Chandler and Tempe to the Arizona Memorial at the State Capitol in downtown Phoenix. The bikers rode in divisions, with each biker assigned to represent a specific fallen hero from each of the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, the airplanes, the firefighters and police officers. Motorcycle riders also were assigned to represent our military service people who continue to fight to protect our freedoms.
Our bikers once again rose to the occasion, coming out in full strength, setting aside their other responsibilities of the day to pay a special tribute to those victims and heroes of 9-11.
Resources for Bikers and Motorcycle Information
ABATE of Arizona
A non-profit organization that is dedicated to freedom of the road for all motorcyclists, fights discriminatory legislation aimed towards the motorcycling community and promotes rider education for all motorcycle riders, and motorcycle awareness for all automobile drivers. There are three chapters in the Phoenix area.
Rent a Motorcycle
Several places near the airport can provide motorcycle rentals for locals and tourists.
Arizona Motorcycle Operator Manual
From the Arizona Department of Transportation. Includes Arizona motorcycle laws and license requirements.
Local information, resources and events for the Phoenix, Arizona market.
A local retailer of street bikes, new and used, parts, and accessories. Five locations in the greater Phoenix area.
Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson
Located in North Phoenix.
Located in Chandler.
Located in Scottsdale. New and used bikes, service, parts, accessories.
Your About Guide to Motorcycles provides everything you could want to know about bikes. There's a forum, too!