Chill-in out. For most of us it is getting on the motorcycle in open countryside and letting the flow take you. Little traffic and a load of bikes in front of you set the stage for a lovely backdrop memory for the day. But chill-in out also states you are relaxed or in the zone. For a new rider on a new bike being relaxed tends not to be the norm. It comes with training, confidence and letting your body set the speed you are comfortable with. When I did a MAP (Member Assistance Program) I always checked behind to insure my speed was in the comfort zone for my new rider. The new rider must know to relax. More rigidity in the arms prevents the bike from turning effortlessly. It also counters your body position inputs. Tightness in the bars in a turn can result in straightening your line and not making the turn. Zen is one term used when you find yourself with a clear mind while riding. You have a rhythm going and find yourself traveling at a much higher speed in the turns than you normally would for your focus is just on technique, and the road ahead. You have cleared your mind of all of your daily worries, cell phone interruptions, your breathing is calm, and you are letting the zone determine your speed. To have an enjoyable day on the road, focus on becoming one with the bike and one with the spirit of your environment.
MSTA sanctioned Texas Hill Country Rally takes the limelight based out of the great YO Ranch Resort Hotel in Kerrville, Texas. Texas’ Ken Bowen spins us a tale of food treasures, and open roads like the Twisted Sisters all blessed by unusually good weather. Choon Gan acted as the MAP instructor for the ride. Florida’s Paul Van Steelant tells us of the ride to the Navy UDT/SEA museum and the high energy AIMExpo where MSTA had a successful showing. Colorado’s Charlie Thompson gives us an insight into lessons learned from his collision with a deer on an open road. Our now Texas transplant David Edinger (aka Johnny Cool – Factory Rider) takes us on a whirlwind trip to see the China that tourists seldom see.
This issue’s featured State Director is Texas Southeast Assistant State Director Leigh Anderson. This month’s Member Profile is Wisconsin’s Robert Ohm. This month’s Sweet Rides features a Kawasaki Ninja 1000 owned by Florida’s Dianne Park. This month’s Road Test is the 2014 EBR 1190RX (Eric Buell Racing). It is a real American “exotic,” with American made technology in a new slick package that will bring smiles to past Buell riders and to a whole new generation; at an affordable price. The Road Test – Quick Look features the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS a “Sport Adventure Tourer” with adventure bike looks, long distance sport touring legs, and light off road capability in a very affordable package.
Several product tests are showcased. Our first is the Mtech Adventure Motorcycle Protective Jacket and Pants Waterproof; a highly styled comfortable riding suit with flexible temperature coverage. Next is Presta Products, a professional vehicle paint preparation and restoration product line of washes and waxes to make your pride and joy shine. The last is Thermalblade, a thermostat controlled electrically heated wiper blade to insure your drive home is not hampered by snow or sleet buildup on your motor vehicle windscreen.
As a reminder, Choon Gan, who has been our Membership Director for years is being promoted to member. This position is open for someone who wants to help out MSTA and walk into a well-organized position. Contact Choon at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Thanks Choon for all your help over the years.
Check out our MSTA Photo Archive sites, Jim Park our Photo Archivist has done a great job in putting memories to posterity. To showcase your stories and events in STAReview Magazine, email me your articles, and high resolution photos, with the best in portrait mode. Showcase your treasured 2011-2014 motorcycle (Sweet Rides), or 2010 or older motorcycle (Safe Money). I will provide you full editorial support. The embedded hyperlinks will link you to web sites for travel planning information, and bikes and accessories to lust over without leaving your digital copy of STAReview Magazine. I want YOU to be the star in STAReview! So kick back with a cool one and enjoy this issue of STAReview Magazine.
Ride Safe my friend…
Clear skies, clear roads…