postheadericon State of the SIR’s 2014

State of the SIR’s 2014

Once again it is that time. The Sky Island Riders have had another birthday and we are 6 years old. November 8 marked our anniversary.

Membership” continues to grow and we had more events this year than last. Our number of riders, however, has been declining a bit. I am hoping to work a bit less in 2015 and leave myself more time for ride/event planning and promoting.

What did 2014 look like?

Members: I will focus only on the Facebook group, since that is where 99% of our activity is. Last year at this time, there were 184 “members” of the Facebook group. This year, there are 237. That is an increase of 53. In 2013, we only grew by 40. As of this writing, there are 2 membership requests pending, as I cannot ascertain whether they are humans or spammers.

Rides/Events: In 2012 and 2013, we had 24 rides or club events. This year we had 32! A 33% increase. There are actually more, but I count multi-day events only once, even though there were actually 3 Facebook “Events” scheduled around this year’s Fall Classic.

Some points of interest: Our “For A Few CC’s More” 3 day rally, was changed, this year, to a 6 day tour around AZ, also know as the 7-Corners Ride. Due, in part, to a perceived lack of interest in attending a 3-day rally, I think we will continue to do an annual, multi-day tour instead of the regular rally. It was a good run and maybe we’ll try it again someday.

On the other hand, 7-Corners was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Five of us rode about 2000 miles in 6 day, going from Tucson to Yuma to Vegas to Four Corners and back home. We have already been contemplating possible routes/destinations for a 2015 tour.

The Phoenix scooter community had some changes this year and there was no Phoenix Scooter Fiesta this year. To my knowledge, no SIR’s attended High Rollers in Las Vegas either. We did, however, make a fine showing at the Fall Classic this month. 13 SIR’s showed up for Saturday’s ride from Tucson to Parker Canyon Lake.

Attendance at this year’s El Scoot de Tucson was way down, as well. We are considering moving this to a different time of year.

We had another multi-day ride called “3:10 to Yuma.” A few SIR’s met up with some Cali riders, led by Doug and Dorothy Hoover. We all met in Yuma and had a memorable time.

It was also great to see some other SIR’s stepping up and planning some events. Earlier in the year, John K. held a few Bikes & Brews events. They were a lot of fun and were held and Maker House, Maker House, unfortunately, has been so successful, that it got too difficult to keep doing the event. I hope John comes up with another location. I was out of town most of the 2 weeks leading up to the Fall Classic. Warren stepped in and planned rides for Friday and Saturday. That was incredibly helpful. Thanks john and Warren as well as anyone else who scheduled an event this year.

2015 Ideas:

  • Another multi-day touring ride

  • 3:10 to Yuma. We are hoping to do it again and increase it to 3 days.

  • I would like to do a month long scavenger hunt

  • Let’s see Bikes & Brews or similar social event to resume.

  • I see that last year in the State of the SIR’s, I mentioned starting a club roster. Yup, it’s still there.

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