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postheadericon State of the SIR’s 2013

Well, November 8th marked our 5th birthday as the SIR’s! Yay us!

 

With two of my kids getting married in the near future, I haven’t had as much time to sit back and formulate our annual “State of the SIR’s Address” but I will post an abbreviated version.

 

“Membership” continues to grow. Of course, by membership, I am referring to anyone who takes the time to register on one of our internet locations or who takes the time to ride with us.

 

The number on the Yahoo Group and Google+ are essentially unchanged. Due to so many potential spammers registering on skyislandriders.com, I closed it to registration. (For anyone concerned about this, registering really didn’t do anything and we had about one real person for every 500 spammers.)

 

The Facebook group continues to be our most active location. Last year there were 144 members, this year we have 184. There some of those who aren’t active on Facebook at all, some are just lurkers and there are a few who are very active.

 

I’m not sure how I counted events and activities for the 2012 address, but in counting from December 2012 til the end of November, 2013, it looks like we had 24 events/rides. This is about the same as last year.

 

Rallies:

For A Few CC’s More III – Attendance at this year’s rally was about the same as last year. Thanks to our sponsors and all those who purchased raffles tickets, we were able to donate $784 to Ben’s Bells. This is up from $752 last year.  Thanks to Sean for making those wonderful, collectible cards that we used for our Poker Run.

 

El Scoot de Tucson V – We had a record number of riders show up this year. We did have one injury crash at the beginning of the ride but the rest of the ride went well. I think there were 33 bikes start this year’s El Scoot. (For those wondering, there was a big foul-up at the patch place and El Scoot patches are still forth coming. We will announce when they are available.)

 

**On a serious note: 2013 was a bad year for crashes. We have had at least 5 significant crashes. 3 of these resulting in visits to emergency rooms. There were 2 hospitalizations and 1 person had to have surgery. Not all of these crashes occurred during a SIR’s event, but they all happened to one of us. Please, be careful out there, my friends.

 

Other 2013 notes:

  • We have had an increasing number of interactions with other area clubs. We have had riders going to Phoenix to ride with VespaAZ and the Phoenix S.C. We also had riders meet with the Prescoots of Prescott. Phoenix and Green Valley riders have been coming to some of our events as well.
  • Stan Scott rode in the inagural “Real Cannonball” from New York to L.A. He didn’t finish, but made it further than any of the other riders. Stan has been active in several events held by the MSLSF (Motor Scooter Land Speed Federation)
  • Several of us represents the SIR’s at this year’s Amerivespa in San Diego. We had a great time.
  • Chaeri & Randy met on a SIR’s ride, fell in love and they were married in November! Our first club wedding.
  • A new Ride Rating System was released. in November. Time will tell if this is helpful, or not.

Looking toward 2014:

  • For A Few CC’s More IV – The 2014 edition is hitting the road for the ultimate AZ scooter adventure. We are hoping to ride AROUND the state. This will be an 1800 mile, 5-day trek.
  • Stan is planning to ride in the 2014 Scooter Cannonball. They will be “racing” from Hyder, Alaska to New Orleans! The race is scheduled to end during Amerivespa. Should be great.
  • We are hoping to have a few of us make it to Las Vegas for High Rollers.
  • We’re looking forward to more interclub events with our friends in Phoenix.
  • We are planing to create a club roster. More info on the soon.
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postheadericon State of the SIR’s 2012

State of the SIR’s 2012

It is time, again, for the (hopefully) annual report on our Sky Island Riders. Now that I’ve done one of these before, this one should be a bit easier since I will (more or less) use the same format as the last one.

First – Happy Birthday SIR’s. 11/8/12 was our 4th birthday. From my limited research of scooter clubs nationwide, we are about 3 years older than average

MEMBERS

Let’s take a look at how our membership has changed over the past year:

tucsonscooters – The yahoo group number declined from 309, last year, to 2scooter club.90 as of this writing. Traffic there has also declined dramatically. In 2009, right after the SIR’s were formed, there were 1493 message posted there. In 2011 there were only 191 messages and this year only 139. I will continue to post club rides and info there, but it is clear that the majority of action has moved on.

skyislandriders.com – As of 11/21/12, there are 184 registered users on the SIR’s homepage. This is an increase of 44 users over last year, or about 30%. Unlike the Yahoo group, I periodically go through the names and delete accounts with email contacts like “cheapskate@dirt_cheap_canadian_pills.com.” As with the yahoo group, forum traffic is virtually dead, but like last year, overall visitors to our homepage to view the various articles continues to increase. At this time last year we were averaging 60 unique visitors per day. As of today, that number is 137 visitors/day. A change of over 100% over last year. Traffic is such that I have been contacted by a couple of companies about advertising on the site. Nothing definite on that has happened, yet.

Facebook – Our FB page now has 147 members, which is up from 114 last year. I am very pleased at the amount of traffic present on the page right now. There are people organizing there own rides and a lot of great chatter. This means that we don’t just have a bunch of lurkers. People are feeling comfortable enough to join in the conversations.

Google+ – I think there are now 3 people in the SIR’s circle. Nothing happening here.

RALLIES

Last year I reported that the SIR’s had conducted two rallies. Let me do a correction to improve accuracy. The fact is that we had conducted two SPRING rallies (For A Few CC’s More), now three. I would like to add that we have also conducted four FALL rallies (El Scoot de Tucson.) That means that as of November 2012, we have actually conducted seven rallies.

For A Few CC’s More – Our third spring rally was, again, a success. We were a little disappointed because the number of riders was slightly lower than the two previous spring rallies, but there were a couple of huge, positive differences this year. First, we had almost triple the number of sponsors for this year compared to last. 60 businesses participated! (Check out the list here: http://skyislandriders.com/?page_id=1293 then go by and patronize some of them.) Second, we actually finished with money on the positive side – a club first! Finally, we were able to donate $742 to Ben’s Bells, up from $545 last year.

El Scoot de Tucson IV – This was a banner year for El Scoot. Look back and read my report ( http://skyislandriders.com/?p=1610 .) In a nutshell, attendance surged over 100% for this years ride! It was very exciting.

*** Planning for For A Few CC’s More III will be starting soon. I hope you will consider bringing your time and skills to help.

RIDES/EVENTS

I didn’t do as good a job tracking rides and events this year, but it looks like we had 29 rides or events and our 3-day rally. This is a huge increase over last year’s 18 rides/events plus the rally. I don’t know that our average number of attendee’s per event has increased much, but we are certainly offering plenty of opportunity for people to participate and that means an overall increase in the number of people who have rideen with us.

In 2012 we also had our first official “Night Ride” as well as our first 2-day ride when we rode to Cottonwood and back.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2013

  • We have more members who are interested in actively participating in the organizing and maintenance aspects of the club. That means we should be able to increase the quantity and, hopefully, the quality of next year’s events.

  • We are planning at least one multi-day, long distance ride.

  • Although we slacked off as the year went on, I want to plan to resume our “Social Nights.” For those who don’t know, these are just simple gatherings for us to get to know one another and enjoy each other’s company. You may have friends who just “don’t get” your desire to ride a scooter. We do. Look for those to start again in December after the Phoenix rally.

  • We have already started “marketing” For A Few CC’s More III. We are hoping for a great turnout. We are very excited about this rally as we already have some fun ideas in mind.

  • I’m not sure how we’ll top this year’s El Scoot de Tucson, but we’ll try to think of something.

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