Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Memories: It’s been a great ride—Why I am a member of MSTA

Note: Walter renewed this year and left us this note on his membership form…

Walter R, Meier Jr. | Nebraska

Gentlemen and Ladies,

It’s been a great ride! It all started at Aspencade in 1986 at Hot Springs, Arkansas. Brad and Cinda Mobley left a note on my V-65 Sabre to visit with them about this new club. I did and here I am 27 years later. I’ve made a few friends along the way: Dana Sawyer, Moose Parish, Brad and Cinda, Elbert Silbaugh, Don Clark, Lynn Weas, Jimmy Garton, who could forget Webb “Eldon” Rix and Janet Chuculate, Linda and Jim Vance, Mike Steger and more. I don’t make STARs anymore, but my heart is there.

Walter R. Meier Jr.

2014 Jean Monacelli Award

Beth Hemstreet | Colorado

The Jean Monacelli Award is presented to a special lady each year in honor of her dedication and passion for traveling by motorcycle and her many contributions to our beloved Motorcycle Sport Touring Association. Many of our current MSTA members never had an opportunity to know Jean. Jean Monacelli was an avid rider and on many occasions she would be the oldest female rider at (previously HSTA) events and gatherings. It seems that at one point she served as the State Director of California, or maybe it was the Co-State Director position. Regardless, many stories have been told through the years about Jean including the time she fell and broke her leg on the way to a pre-STAR get together in 1991. She was taken to the hospital, treated, and then afterwards came to the event anyway. Rumor has it that she insisted that the doctors put her leg in a cast in a bent position so she could still ride and shift gears. Moose introduced Jean Monacelli as the very first “Our Lady of the HSTA” recipient at STAR, back in 1997. Sadly, Jean passed away within a year of that event. From that point on, the “Our Lady of HSTA” award has been known as the “Jean Monacelli Award” which we have continued to present at STAR, year after year.

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Getting More From Your Rally Experience

Norm Kern | Ohio

Most MSTA members use the following format for attending regional events: Ride to the event on Friday, ride a rally route on Saturday, ride home on Sunday. There are at least two problems with this format. First, if they live 300-650 miles from the event, they will likely ride interstates to and from it. That means they only have one day at the event to ride a route out of a total of three days. Second, if it rains on Saturday, they have pretty much wasted the weekend.

If you leave a day earlier and arrive on Thursday, event riding time is doubled, plus it is less likely that both route-riding days at the rally will be rained out. When I first started doing this, I often spent Thursday night at the hotel by myself or with just one or two others, but more people are catching on to this idea. When they discover they won’t be alone, they are enthusiastic.

At Fall Colors this year, we had a Thursday dinner at a nice restaurant in Lewisburg, West Virginia. There were more than twenty attendees. It’s not necessary for the event organizers to set up earlier as most members are downloading routes and GPS files ahead of time and bringing them with them. Give it a try.