History & Background of the MSTA

How a Honda Sabre club became the best known Sport Touring Organization
by Dana L. Sawyer - Founder - Member #0001

Dana L. Sawyer ‐ the first member of the Motorcycle Sport Touring AssociationIn the spring of 1982 I placed a notice in most major motorcycle magazines suggesting an association be formed around the notion of sport touring. Texan Dave Nicolson wrote back, “If you're going to start a club, I'm ready to join.”

When Dave became member #0002, he assumed the duties of Vice President. We discussed things like a logo, name, newsletter name etc. We gave some thought to calling the club the (Honda) Sabre Owners Club, but abandoned that idea in favor of letting (Honda) Magna owners join also.

The Honda Sabre, introduced in 1982, was a motorcycle designed for long distance yet remarkably agile while offering the torque delivery of a freight train. It was a perfect sport touring machine, with its sibling the Magna having all the same characteristics except for a more relaxed seating position.

We thought that Honda would manufacture V-4 engines for a long time, and opted to name the club Honda V-4 Sport Touring Association. Our first newsletter in August 1982, declared the following: A Greek philosopher once said that a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. That step was taken last March when I became the proud owner of a 1982 Honda Sabre! Someone else said that when two Americans meet they form a committee right on the spot, and, if three or more meet, they start a new organization! Well, we do have a club; it is alive and well, and we welcome each one of you (and those that certainly will follow in the months to come!)

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You will be joining a truly outstanding group of motorcycle sport touring enthusiasts! You will find our membership to be comprised of others just like yourself who are looking for a quality motorcycling experience. We tend to have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, we love to take trips – long and short, we enjoy spending our time together discussing our favorite subject – motorcycles! But mostly, we love to ride, to go with a flair towards adventure – little luggage, a full gas tank, and some money in the wallet (You might want to throw in some twisty roads, and hills too). The MSTA is quite a dynamic organization, where Safety, Fun, Camaraderie, and Riding Skills Enhancement are values shared by all.

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