Welcome to the state, welcome to SBW also!
I don't know how far you're willing to travel but the only shop in the North Phoenix area that I'll take my bikes to is A to Z Moto. It's on Cave Creek road about half way between Bell and Greenway. It's a short hop from the Loop 101.
James is the mechanic and a truly class act.
Their phone number is: 602.787.4277
I ride mainly with Phoenix Sportbike Club (www.phoenixsportbikeclub.com
). I met up with them about two years ago and was impressed with their level of maturity when riding. They stress safety and being respectful on the road above all else, but have a great time doing it. It's all about the ride with them!
The catch 22 is that in order to "gain access" to the online forums, you have to go on a ride first. Finding out about the next one is as simple as dropping an e-mail to: [email protected]
Some people find this "policy" elitist.
Personally, I think it reduces the amount of squids.
There are other riding groups in the valley also, I just happen to have fallen in with PSC.
Another great way to meet up with people is to go to the Pavilions on Saturday nights. It's on Indian Bend Rd and the Loop 101. It's a huge car show where us motorcycle element also shows up to just hang out and see some cool vehicles. 6:00 pm - about 9:00. Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe is always a way to meet up with other riders though it's become quite the squidfest of late. It's fun, just expect to have to wade through large amounts of BS.
And there are always trackdays. There's a group of hardcore riders in the Valley that go to ALL the trackdays, it's always a sure way to meet other riders, going into the pits. The inaugural trackday at the new Arizona Motorsports Park (AMP) track is on March 22nd. There will be a TON of people there.
Anyway, I hope this helps you some. Shiny side up!