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MR2 – Michigan Renegade Mountain Ride


By Ian Orr

The third annual weeklong MR2 event just wrapped up this past weekend and in short it was nigh on perfect, with glorious weather, fabulous roads and a blend of the truly unique people who belong to the Michigan chapter of the MSTA. Glorious weather is simply good timing with Mother Nature. Fabulous roads are just plate tectonics and some inspiration from the local department of transportation. Unique people are what truly matters and we had 45 unique personalities all coming together with a common mantra; ride, eat, sleep, repeat! Technophiles melded with technophobes, extroverts mixed with introverts and teetotalers had absolutely no effect on drinkers – when the bikes were parked liquid lubricants flowed freely. 45 people riding up to 250 miles per day for 4 to 5 days on some of the best and most technical roads in the U.S. would seem like an insurance company’s worst nightmare – surefire mayhem. But in spite of a large range of skill levels and a total riding distance exceeding 45,000 miles the two minor incidents that occurred came down to just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Despite of our best efforts only two high-performance riding awards were handed out and a single verbal warning for passing on the double yellows. Several riders burned through rear tires, requiring a last minute visit to a local bike shop for an expensive replacement tire.

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When you need help Call the MSTA!

By Vince Ursini

help_msta_01I’m writing about my recent experience at the MR2 Michigan ride event down in Waynesville, NC. Keith Danielson a fellow MSTA member and I trailered down our bikes for part of the weeks activities. Leaving on Mothers day was a nonstarter for either of us so we joined the group in the middle of the week. The first day out, we went for the ultimate Route 4 journey hitting Deal’s gap (twice), The Cherohala Skyway and part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a glorious day without a lot of traffic and we had the run of the roads for the most part. After 310 miles it was time to call it good for the day having hit the (3) majors I wanted to accomplish on this ride.

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Michigan – May Meeting Announcement

Saturday, May 23, 2015, we will be meeting at Doc’s Sport Retreat in Livonia, MI. Doc’s is located at 19265 Victor Parkway. East of I-275, north off seven mile road, across from Dave and Buster’s. The meeting begins at 8:30 AM Late arrivers are always welcome!


In memory of the three Michigan squadron members who lost their lives in tragic accidents during 2014 (Bruce Shott, Gary Gulick and Cecil “Lou” Lucas), all of the proceeds from this months 50/50 draw will be donated to the MSTA Dan Clark Safety Fund. To learn more about the Dan Clark Safety Fund and how you can participate – go to the following link on the National Website.

We will be drawing tickets for ten free breakfasts. The money for this will be provided from our squadron 50/50 fund.