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Raffle Bikes at STAR 2016

By now most of you know that our primary raffle bike for this year’s STAR in Stratton, VT is a 2016 BMW F800GT.  Your odds of winning this bike in OUR raffle are far greater than most simply because a relatively small number of tickets compete for the prize.

What you probably don’t know is that this year we’re giving away TWO bikes. In addition to the awesome BMW F800GT, we’ll be giving away a super fun 2015 Honda Grom on the same raffle tickets!

gromThat’s right, your raffle ticket purchase makes you eligible to win either bike . The winning ticket for the BMW will be drawn first and then another ticket will be drawn for the winner of the Grom.  The winners of the raffle bikes will be drawn at the STAR member’s banquet on June 29th. You do not have to be present to win either of the bikes but you must be a current member of MSTA to participate in the raffle.

Ya hoo! Your odds of winning a motorcycle at STAR just doubled! Raffle tickets are discounted to $8 until April 15th May 15th and can be purchased here:

Honda Demo Team Coming to STAR 16!!!!!

It’s happening! American Honda Motor Company is sending its street motorcycle demonstration team to the STAR rally!

When STAR rally attendees arrive at the Black Bear Lodge in Stratton, VT, one of the first things they will see is the 80 foot long, red and black Honda Demo Team truck in the Lodge parking lot. Honda is providing a full truckload of their latest models, including the new Africa Twin and VFR1200X adventure motorcycles, to STAR for demo rides.


Demonstration rides will begin on Saturday, June 25th, for early arrivals, and continue thru the end of the rally. Attendees will be able to sign-up for free demo rides on the models of their choice, based on availability. The free demo rides will be held continuously throughout each rally day, subject to weather conditions.

The Honda Demo Team Managers have advised MSTA they intend to provide extended length demo rides, 15-20 miles as available by routing for the event, so that attendees can take advantage of the beautiful Vermont countryside while experiencing the best of Honda’s motorcycle line-up.

The Demo Team is also going to offer a once-a-day Lunch Run, taking a limited number of attendees on an even longer demonstration ride through the Vermont countryside, and providing a sit-down, hot lunch before heading back to Stratton and the Lodge. The Lunch Runs are extremely popular, and unlike the regular demo rides, attendees will be limited to one Lunch Run during the event, to give everyone a chance at this fun ride.

Whatever else is on your agenda while you’re at STAR 2016, make sure you set aside at least an hour on one of the days (or on multiple days!) to join the Honda Demo Team, and take a free ride with them through the Vermont mountains on new Honda motorcycles.

STAR 2016 – Registration Open

2016 STAR1Registration is open for STAR 2016 – June 26-30 in Stratton, Vermont

There has been a change in dates for STAR this year. STAR 2016 will be a week later than originally planned – June 26-30th.  Originally we tried to schedule STAR for June 19-23rd. Stratton Lodge was not aware that our group has a large check in component on the Saturday prior to STAR. The Stratton Lodge has extended our excellent room rates to 3 days before and 3 days after STAR.

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Big Lynn Lodge Ride – Little Switzerland, NC

July 24 – July 26, 2015  Little Switzerland North Carolina

You are all invited to the 2015 MSTA Big Lynn Lodge Ride

The Big Lynn Lodge is located 300 feet off the Blue Ridge Parkway on

Room Information

Be sure to tell them this is for the MSTA Event

You will have to phone them to make your reservation. I have negotiated special rates for this Big Lynn Lodge Ride. When making your room reservation be sure to provide your T-shirt size as they will be giving free event T-shirts to all MSTA who attend the event.

The Big Lynn Lodge is located in/near Little Switzerland, NC and is literally hanging on the side of the mountain right on NC-226A. You will be AMAZED at the view and you will be ASTONISHED by the roads! The riding is what I go there for but the scenery and the locating is what has me staying.

The Big Lynn Lodge has a unique “formula” in that their nightly room rate INCLUDES an excellent home styled cooked meal and a full Breakfast for each person!

MSTA Event Registration:

Pre-Registration will be $20 for Members and $15 for M.O.H.

Deadline for pre-registration is postmarked by July 17, 2015

Registration at the event will be $25 for Members and $20 for M.O.H.

Sustaining and Lifetime members receive a 10% discount

For more information contact:
“Brick”… Dave Brickner  828-448-5429

Click this link for the event registration form

If you’ll be attending this event please click the link below and fill in your information: 

Click this link and fill out your information Indicate if you want event route information You’ll be notified when it’s available.


DATES: THURSDAY(7/16/15)-SUNDAY(7/19/15)


600 ROUTE 6 & 209
(800) 764-MYER

Quiet cottages with a courtyard and separate parking areas for each.
There are only 19 cottages on site so don’t wait to reserve a room.

Please reference MSTA when booking a room at the Myer.

591 ROUTE 6 & 209

Typical one floor motel directly across the street from the Myer.

Questions directed to Jim(Doc) Lane @ (908) 766-2330 or


The Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania provides an ideal backdrop of scenery, good roads, and an abundance great eateries. As mentioned above, the motels are directly across from each other on US 6 and 209. Regardless of your approach to Milford, it would best to use Exit 46 and venture into town via US 6. This route eliminates the potential traffic snarl at the intersection of I 84, US 6 and 23 in Port Jervis/Deerpark. The traffic there can be a real bear especially at rush hour.

The highlight of this event besides the roads and camaraderie is Bethel Woods which is the site of the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The grounds are gorgeous and the concert field is still intact, A plaque commemorates the performers and the museum is a must see. The displays and memorabilia will take you on a journey from 1960 to 1969 culminating in a concert experience in its tiered theater.

High Point State Park and its Monument is a nice side trip off off NJ 23. Phoenicia, NY is a nice turning point on a route through the Catskill Mountains. Frequented by Babe Ruth, it remains a tourist destination for outdoor sports. If you stop for lunch, I would suggest “Sweet Sue’s” or” Brios” for some oven-fired pizza.

The Hawks Nest on NY 97 provides some nice scenery and plenty of pull-outs for photo ops. Dingman’s Ferry Toll Bridge is the last privately owned bridge on the Delaware River. It connects Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and you will pay both ways for the privilege of crossing. The Roebling Aqueduct Bridge spans the Delaware at Barryville, NY to Lackawaxen, Pa, and would be right on the way to Bethel Woods. It is the oldest wire suspension bridge in existence.

The roads in New Jersey will surprise you compared to what you may have heard. Most riders who have not experienced the Northwest Quadrant of the Garden State believe that the state is just multi-lane highways, oil refineries, and urban locations. The counties of Sussex and Warren will provide a really nice combination of roads, elevation changes and technically challenging curves amidst a backdrop of very picturesque scenery.

All three states have something to offer and chances are you will return after your first exposure. I can’t compare it to West Virginia(my all-time favorite), but it has been my “playground” for the last 37 years on two wheels.

State by State Attractions and POI”S:

New York

Bethel Woods Concert Area and Museum. You have to go “Back to the Garden”

Catskill Mountains. Rural New York State at its best.

Orange County Choppers: Nuff Said.

Motorcyclepedia Museum. Fantastic Exhibits from the past.

Elk Park Overlook: Scenic view of Port Jervis and Matamoras.

Hawks Nest: A gorgeous stretch of roadway overlooking the Delaware River with parking.

Schwanagunk Mountain Range: Scenic overlooks at the base of the Catskills.

Downtown Woodstock: Artist Colony & not the site of the “69 Concert.”,_New_York

New Jersey:

Chatterbox Drive-in: Located on Route 206 in Augusta (Thursday Night is Bike Night). (Link removed, reported as potential malware)

Stokes State Forest and Sunrise Mountain: Park the bike and hike up to the Pavilion on the Appalachian Trail.

High Point State Park and Monument: Stand in three states at the same time.

Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area: Rural roads through the Jersey side of the park including historic Millbrook Village and Worthington State Forest.

Peters Valley: Artist Colony.

Dingman’s Ferry Bridge:


Grey Towers: Built by conservationist Gifford Pinchot:

Promised Land State Park: A great route up through the Pocono Mountains on Route PA 390.

Pocono Mountains: Spectacular roads through the area.

Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area: Interesting Roads on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River.

Downtown Milford: Shopping for the non-rider: