Why Are We Here?

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Why Are We Here?

New postby admin » Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:39 pm

We see several purposes for the Sky Island Riders here in Southern Arizona. Of course, our first purpose is to encourage riders of two-wheeled vehicles to get together and ride. We want to regularly organize rides and scooter events to encourage like-minded people to find each other and then to spend some time together.

Second, we want to encourage safe riding practices. It is our goal to intermittently provide scooter training and practice in a controlled environment. We want to coaches to give feedback. This training could be used as pre-msf training or reinforcement. We believe all riders should be properly licensed. The states of AZ requires a motorcycle endorsement to your driver's license. We further encourage all riders to take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation riders course.

Third, we will promote a positive image of scooters in our communities. To do this, we will participate in local events, such as parades, that will allow the public to see us in a positive light. We will also consider community projects as they arise.

The Sky Island Riders are a loosely organized group of scooter enthusiasts. We have no dues and no officers. We are not associated with any one type, make or model of scooter or group of scooters. All riders of two-wheeled vehicles are welcome.
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Re: Why Are We Here?

New postby Jean&Gerry » Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:33 pm

So, how did you come up with the name?
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Re: Why Are We Here?

New postby Howard » Wed Dec 30, 2009 3:27 am

To quote our facebook page, which quoted the original SIR's webpage:
The Sky Island Riders got their start in the late summer of 2008. Increasing gas prices and year-round riding weather led to a surge of new scooter riders. Not content just to ride alone, riders started looking for others of their kind. Las Scooteraches, a mostly inactive club, still had an active Yahoo forum. This became the catalyst for the new scooter community. Rides were organized and the groups rides went from 2-3 riders to 9-10.

Critical mass felt like it was here. Some of us wanted to be a part of a club. Feeling a bit of bad mojo in adopting the name of a club which had failed to prosper, a new name was chosen by the then-active riders. Thus the Sky Island Riders were born.

"What are "sky islands," you may ask? Sky Islands are the name given to the many small, island-like group of mountains located in southern Arizona. Like their oceanic cousins each "island" has a unique eco-system with it's own flora and fauna. Many of our rides go through one or more "sky island" ranges. In the hot Arizona summer, the peaks of an island may be as much as 30 degrees cooler than the desert floor, thus making for the ideal summer ride destination.

And that's the way it was....

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