Mail Pouch Fly-By

Norm Kern | Ohio

I’ve attended the Mail Pouch Fly-By rally in Marietta, OH, every year since joining MSTA (then HSTA) in 2001. Since it’s the closest regional rally (only 200 miles from my home in Dayton, OH), it’s easy to attend. But there is a lot more to like about the Fly-By than its convenient location. When people attend for the first time they find it to be a no-brainer to go back and enjoy it every year. So, what makes the Fly-By so wonderful?

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Phil Tarman

Phil TarmanHometown/State? I live in Fort Morgan, CO.

What was your first motorcycle? A 1983 Honda GL650i Silverwing. This bike had skinny panniers and a trunk big enough for a helmet. It also had cool LED meters on the fairing that gave me digital readouts of voltage, CB channel, outside air temperature. I always thought they made the bike look especially impressive at night. Before I bought the Silverwing, I thought I’d be a “cruiser” kind of guy. The Silverwing made a sport tourer out of me.

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Richard (Rick) Watts

Richard (Rick) WattsHometown/State? Our current address is Box Elder, South Dakota. Being retired, we spend quite a bit of time in Illinois and Michigan during the summer and currently winter in south Texas.

What was your first motorcycle? My first motorcycle was a Black 1940 Harley Davidson 61 knucklehead that I bought used in 1966. The suicide clutch and tank shift took a little time to master.

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Kurt Asplindh

Kurt AsplindhHometown/State? I grew up in San Leandro, Ca. and moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2007.

What was your first motorcycle? My first motorcycle was a 1976 Suzuki RM125. I received it as a 15th birthday present from my parents.

Current motorcycle? I own a 2007 BMW R1200GS. This isn’t your typical stock GS. I have added several bits and pieces over the years, and it’s finally getting to where I like it. It has a custom set of wheels from Woody’s Wheel Works, AltRider protection parts, Machine Art Moto cylinder head covers and front and rear fender extenders, Jesse luggage, Garmin Montana GPS, Clearwater “Erica” and “Darla” Lights. Every “light bulb” has been replaced with LEDs and the headlight has an HID conversion kit. A custom windscreen, saddle by Seat Concepts, Doubletake mirrors, Ohlin’s shocks and ZipTy foot peg extensions make my rides more comfortable.

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Alan & Debbie Smith

Alan & Debbie SmithHometown/State? Cincinnati, Ohio

What was your first motorcycle?
Debbie: My first motorcycle was a 1970 Honda CB175.
Alan: My first motorcycle was  a 1964 Honda Sport 50.

Current motorcycle(s)?
Debbie: I own a 1993 Honda VFR750, 1997 Honda VFR750, 2003 Honda Super Blackbird and 2009 Triumph Street Triple R.
Alan: I own a 1999 BMW K1200LT, 2000 Honda VFR800, 2010 Honda ST1300, 2012 Triumph Tiger 800 and have ordered a 2014 BMW R1200RT.

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