Category Archives: State Director Profiles

Richard Giddish

This column is to honor the State Directors whose drive and personality improves the quality of life of their state MSTA members.

This month STAReview Magazine features Richard Giddish, East Tennessee State Director.

richard_giddishSRM: Tell me about your first bike? What motorcycle do you ride to events now?

Richard: My first motorcycle was a leftover 1971 Yamaha JT1 60cc Mini Enduro that I bought when I was 11 in 1972 after saving up the money by cutting lawns. I did not own it a year before my dad was already ‘hoping it up’ by milling the head, boring the carb, cutting back the rotary valve, replacing the air filter and modifying the exhaust to get me more horsepower. I currently ride a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere to Road based MSTA events and a 2008 Suzuki DR650SE to Dual Sport based MSTA events.

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Joe Johnston

This column is to honor the State Directors whose drive and personality improves the quality of life of their state MSTA members.

joe_johnstonThis month, STAReview magazine features Joe Johnston, Asst. State Director of Texas.

STAReview magazine (SRM): What prompted you to join the MSTA and how long have you been a member?

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State director profile – Nicky Zarras

This column is to honor the State Directors whose drive and personality improves the quality of life of their state MSTA members.

nicky_zarrasThis month STAReview magazine feature’s Nevada’s State Director Nick Zarras.

STAReview Magazine (SRM): What prompted you to join the MSTA and how long have you been in a member?

Zarras: I was hunting around the web sites and came upon the HSTA forum run off the micapeak.com site. It provided a casual spot to talk to like-minded motorcyclist. I was impressed with their knowledge and also the commentary was dignified. Not the media hype type of topics and language found on some forums. In the summer of 2007 I wrote an article for STAReview titled “Riding Disabled.” In January 2008 I was recruited to become an Editor at Large, which at my then 264-pound weight I was eminently qualified for. I have now trimmed down to 208 pounds. I became a Feature Editor in February 2008. In May 2012 I became Managing Editor.

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Texas Southeast Assistant State Director Leigh Anderson

Nicky Zarras | Managing Editor

This column is to honor the State Directors whose drive and personality improves the quality of life of their state MSTA members.

STAReview magazine (SRM): What prompted you to join the MSTA
and how long have you been a member?
Answer: I joined in 2011 at the Texas Hill Country Rally. Friends invited me to the rally, and MSTA membership was a side benefit. Over the years I found I liked the MSTA people and events in my region.

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Jonathan “Earthdude” Hirons

Nick Zarras | Managing Editor

This column is to honor the State Directors whose drive and personality improves the quality of life of their state MSTA members.

Jonathon Hirons - Rhode Island MSTA State Director
Jonathon Hirons – Rhode Island MSTA State Director

This month STAReview magazine features Rhode Island State Director Jonathan “Earthdude” Hirons.

Nicky: What prompted you to join the MSTA and how long have you been in a member?

Jonathan: I joined the MSTA (the HSTA back then) after seeing an advertisement for it in the back of one of the many motorcycle magazines I have subscriptions to, in June of 2005. I have been a member for almost 9 years at this point.

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