The State of the Union, Jack (Part Deux)

In last month’s column, I went through the club’s history as best I remember it but this month, I’d like to review who we are today and the concept.

I personally am not a fan of very organized clubs. When asked why we ride a motorcycle, about 99% of us will mention the word freedom in our explanation somewhere. This is why there is no formal decorum in our breakfast or dinner meetings. If there’s something you’d like to bring up to one of the board members in attendance, just ask away and we’ll do our best to address it. Out on the road, as groups get bigger, for safety’s sake, there has to be a bit more decorum and following etiquette.

The club was founded as a Triumph Owner’s Club (Riders Association of Triumph) but over the years as Triumph owner participation dwindled, the concept had to change in order for the club to continue to exist. The club’s focus has changed over the years from what you ride to the ride itself. I personally love motorcycles of all brands and types and enjoy the variety that we have that participate in our events.

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Mission San Xavier Ride Recap

GO AZ Motorcycles Scottsdale

Today was going to be a beautiful day for a ride through the desert to see the San Xavier Mission in Tucson. As I pushed out of the garage to start the day it was a brisk 40 degrees outside, so I cranked up the seat warmer and grip warmer to MAX in order to stay warm on the way to GO AZ in Scottsdale. Upon arrival I only noticed a few members and thought maybe others decided it was too cold to ride today, fortunately I was incorrect as many others arrived a short time later. We had John & his wife Lorraine from GO AZ joining us on the ride today as well assisting us with paperwork, which is always important..

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The State of the Union, Jack

The title of my column this month is taken from my yearly summary of the club back when we were a Triumph owners club. Now that I’m completing my 10th year of being president and the AZRATPack going into its 20th of existence, here’s a summary of where we’ve been, where we are, how we got here, where we’re going and some other tidbits.

I first heard of the AZRATPack in 2003 while on a bus transporting me and other Ducati dealer representatives from Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama to the local airport. I was sitting with a group at the front of the bus which included Peter Kramer of Phoenix International Motorsports whom I knew as one of my customers from my days at Fast By Ferracci. He was telling the group about the new initiative that Triumph had started similar to that of Harley Owner’s Group and that he had started a local R.A.T. (Riders Association of Triumph) Pack in Phoenix.

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Registration For All 2023 Rides Open, Possible Change To March Tour

Parts Unknown, AZ

We are happy to announce that registration for all 2023 rides is open.  Full details on all of the rides will be updated as soon as they become available so check AZRATPack.info often!

Also, Ride Chair, El Chino Loco is going to revisit the original concept for the 2-Day Tour set for March 25-26 that was originally set to go into California and ride around the Salton Sea.

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Board Member News

Carlos and Dean Accept New Rolls For 2023

The roll of the Board of Directors is to organize club activities, administrate, market, seek out and interface with sponsors. Our philosophy is to have a bunch of people doing a little so to not impact too much of our time while getting the necessary things done.

With that said, I’m happy to report that Carlos Goodwin will be taking over as Membership Services Director. Also, Dean Sarrocco will be taking on the role of Count Di Monet (Treasurer). Both are rolls I’ve been handling this past year and now will have more time to devote to other aspects of the club along with personal endeavors.

I sincerely thank both of them for taking on these responsibilities! Also, I would like to remind everyone that we do have two more seats open for the right people. Please let one of us know if you’re interested. We do ask that you are or become a member of the AMA.

Our current Board of Directors are: Victor Castaneda (President, Sargent of Arms), Rodney Chew (Risk Manager, Vice President), Dean Sarrocco (Treasurer), Carlos Goodwin (Membership Services Director) and Shain Bare (Member). The following is a list of positions on our board of directors:

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2022 GO AZ Motorcycles Ride Series Award Recipients Announced!

Parts Unknown, AZ

The results have been tabulated in less than a day! The 2022 GO AZ Motorcycles Ride Series Awards will be presented at our 8th Holiday Dinner & Awards Banquet on December 27th at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral.  It would be great if you could attend and receive your award in person along with some of our famously funny awards along with the Crowd Favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater Award!

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Ajo Ride Recap

GO AZ Motorcycles Peoria

The last ride of 2022 started with a brisk morning ride to the start point at GO AZ Motorcycles in Peoria. After a brief rider’s meeting, we all set out for Ajo, a charming little town just north of the Mexican border along Arizona State Route 85 featuring a traditional town square where the restaurant that hosted us for lunch was located.

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Looking For Two People For Our Board of Directors

We currently have two openings on our board of directors. Though we are at five members, it is better to have more people doing less, no? Interested? We are looking for people that are on board with the philosophy of how our club is run and the way we interact with our members and sponsors. You will also need to be a person that engaged and fairly tech friendly.

At first, new board members will not hold a title so they can acclimate to the way we handle club business, once familiar and comfortable, you will be asked to take on the responsibility of one of our open positions. Board members may hold more than one position.

Here is a list of positions on the board with descriptions/qualifications, who holds it and what’s open:

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The Alien Invasion Tour Recap

GO AZ Motorcycles Peoria

Ten, Nine, eight, Seven, Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, One — a great flash of light, a mushroom shaped cloud rising into the desert sky, a moment that changed the course of civilization. The first nuclear bomb was ignited. Fast forward to October 15, 2022 and you are waiting at the Stallion Gate of the White Sands Missile Test Range waiting to goto the exact place where the the bomb was first set off. Wait, this place is top secret? radioactive? Radiation is dangerous right?.!

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2023 Ride Schedule Announced!

Parts Unknown, AZ

The AZRATPack Board of Directors is proud to announce our 2023 Ride Schedule!  In celebrating our 20th Anniversary, we present to you some all new rides, some new twists on tradition and the return of an old favorite!  The highlight of next year’s schedule is the 20th Anniversary Tour which will be four nights out combining some of the traditional elements of rides we’ve held over the years along with a new and exciting stop along the way.  As always, things are all subject to change.

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