Paid Membership Contributions For 2019 Is Now Open!

Parts Unkown, AZ

by El Presidente

As previously announced, the time has come to start asking participants in our club to contribute in maintaining the infrastructure of our organization.  Though we do seek out sponsors to help pay for targeted aspects of what we do, they do not pay for everything.  That burden has fallen on the Board of Directors since forming and on myself previously.  For example, GO AZ Motorcycles is currently our Ride Series sponsor and cover all costs related to our rides and ride related awards that we give out at the end of the year, but they do not cover things like the costs related to keeping and maintaining our website.

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5th Annual Holiday Meatfest & Awards Banquet Recap

Rodizio Grill, Mesa, AZ – December 27, 2018

by El Presidente

Wow, it feels good to be at this point of the year!  Last Thursday, we closed out the wonderful year that 2018 was for the AZRATPack!  2018 was a year that saw a growth in participation in our rides, breakfasts and monthly dinners.  This evening was a celebration of the camaraderie, the interesting places we’ve been to, the way we got to those places and recognition for those of us that were dedicated to seeing and traveling to those places.

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Southern Arizona Tour News: The Shady Dell Announced As Official Hotel

Parts Unkown, AZ

by El Presidente

Though full details are being worked out, Ride Chair, Rodney Chew has announced that the Shady Dell has been named as the official hotel of the SO AZ Tour 2019.  We are announcing it now because this hotel sells out well in advance and would like it to be full of people attending our ride.  The Shady Dell is a truly unique destination.  Here’s more on the Shady Dell:

The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court’s long and epic journey began in 1927 as a place to provide trailer and camping spaces to weary travelers along the famous Highway 80, which stretched from Savannah, Georgia to San Diego, California.

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December 2nd Sunday Breakfast Recap

Matt’s Big Breakfast Biltmore – Phoenix, AZ – December 9, 2018

by El Presidente

This morning was extra chilly here in far out west Buckeye.  At 45 degrees, I felt there was no reason to be cold, so I opted for the warm confines of my car.  Plus I hadn’t been on a motorcycle since the last breakfast so there was going to need to be a bunch of extra prep this morning like getting the heated vest together and airing up the tires of either the Honda or the Harley.  The Ford was a good choice this morning!

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The AZRATPack Is Nominated 2018 AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year

by El Presidente

I am proud to announce we are among three nominees for this year’s AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year award!  The special award winners will be announced at the 2018 AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus, Ohio. The event is part of the 2018 AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, Dec. 7-9.  Among those recognized at the banquet are top clubs and promoters in competition and recreational riding categories.

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Final Ride

Williams, AZ – November 28, 2018

by Al Messimer

 Dear RATs,

This is to let you know that I have thoroughly enjoyed my rides with your group (although limited by my Williams’ location and several health issues over the past 5-years). Whenever I recall riding with you, I get a big bug eatin’ grin on my face and wish I could have participated more. Victor, our fearless leader, has been the focal point, friend and motivator for me, and I will always cherish the thoughtful, well-planned rides and camaraderie he has managed to quietly inspire through the years. Thank you, El Presidente. 

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GO AZ Motorcycles Continues As Ride Series Sponsor For 2019!

Parts Unkown, AZ

by El Presidente

We are excited to announce that GO AZ Motorcycles has committed to sponsor the entire 2019 Ride Series.  What does this mean?  They will continue to publicize our rides to their customers along with hosting the start of each of our six rides this year either at their Scottsdale or Peoria locations, including the new Indian Motorcycles location on Butherus Dr. in Scottsdale, and continue to extend their hospitality to us.

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November General Membership Meeting & Dinner Recap

Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, Gilbert, AZ – November 29, 2018

by El Presidente

Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles is one of my perennial favorites, but this time we tried out their Gilbert location instead of the usual one in Scottsdale that we go to.  Luckily, when our group started arriving, there was plenty of room.  Our group grew and grew along with the amount of regular patrons sitting down for dinner.

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