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STAReview Issue 3408 – 2015

STAReview Issue 3408 Available Now


Nick Zarras, Managing Editor, testing the BMW S1000XR near the Red Rock National Conservation Area, Nevada.
Photo by Kurt Asplindh.


  • Ozarks Bull Shoals Rally
  • View From The Top
  • VP Views
  • Entry-Apex-Exit Points
  • Around the MSTA
  • Road Test: 2015 BMW S1000XR
  • Mail Pouch Fly By
  • Fall Colors Ride
  • Membership Corner
  • Product Reviews:
    • SupaBrake-II
    • Vololights and VoloMod
    • AMSOIL Oil Products
    • Cheero Power Plus 3
    • tailBlazer Deceleration Warning Bulb
  • Ducati S4RS TriColore
  • Safety Strategies
  • Member Profile: Ray Karcher
  • MSTA Membership Registration Form
  • Road Test Quick Look: 2016 Indian Scout 33

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Big Bend just-for-fun 2015

I don’t know about you but I find that as I get older winter seems to be a longer and longer season. When I was a young whippersnapper (yeah, my grandfather used that term too), I was into alpine and Nordic skiing so I kind of liked cold weather and snow. Lately though, not so much. Around the end of January I’m usually getting just a bit of cabin fever and although I live far enough south that I can ride even during the winter months on good days, I definitely suffer from PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) to some degree.

For the past several years Roger Hazlewood has graciously hosted a crew of mostly MSTA folks at his Terlingua, TX compound for a week or so of riding in and around Big Bend National Park. This probably started years ago as an Eldon Rix just-for-fun event and is now mostly a dual sport outing but only because those tend to be the folks most interested in riding that time of year. The street riding would be excellent too if someone wanted to do that.

Last  February (2015) Mickey Tyler and I could stand no more winter so we decided to join the Big Bend festivities. Most people camp on Roger’s property. Good for them. Personally, I prefer walls, heat, warm showers and a comfy bed so Mickey and I opted for lodging at the 5-Star (Ha!) El Dorado hotel in Terlingua Ghost Town. It did provide the essentials, however, and it was just across the road from Roger’s place so it was all good.

The day before we were to depart, we got a pretty good snow at home which blocked Mickey’s trailer and bikes in his garage. Yeah that was a pain for him – had to find someone to plow his drive to extract his trailer. Then, when he came to pick me and my bike up before dawn we found the cul-de-sac at the end of my street was blocked too so he had to disconnect his trailer to turn around there. Bother. But, we eventually got away and headed west before the sun came up so we were happy for the time being. It’s a long, long way to Terlingua from the mountains of east Tennessee and the most direct route (~1700 miles) is through Dallas. However, late in the day when I checked the weather I saw that Dallas was expecting a big ice storm later that night. We elected to circumvent Dallas and headed due south out of Memphis to Baton Rouge where we would pick up I-10. Had we planned on I-10 from the outset it wouldn’t have made much difference in our mileage. Unfortunately, changing plans in Memphis added about 200 miles to our trip. Even so after we passed San Antonio on day two we encountered snow and icing conditions on I-10. The mighty Honda Element never missed a beat however and we arrived at Terlingua around 9pm. A couple of brews in the adjacent High Sierra Bar (not sure if that refers to the location or the patrons???) and we called it a successful journey.

So, a picture blog of our trip follows. Did we have a good time? — Oh yeah, what a great break from winter. I hope to go back again.

The annual Big Bend gathering is scheduled for Feb 22-28, 2016. Contact Max Hendrix or Eldon Rix (in your MSTA Blue Book) for more info.

Big Bend 2015 – picture blog

STAReview Issue 3407 – 2015


3407_coverMac Juvenal of Dallas, Texas during STAR ’15.
Photo by Jim Park


  • STAR Honeymoon
  • View From The Top
  • VP Views
  • Entry-Apex-Exit Points
  • Membership Corner
  • Around the MSTA
  • Thunder Bay
  • Product Review: Triboseat Non-slip Seat Cover
  • Road Test: 2014 BMW K1300S
  • STAR ’15 in photos
  • What Goes Into Planning STAR?
  • My STAR ’ 15 Trip
  • Safety Strategies
  • Product Review: Aerostich Sheepskin Saddle and BeadRider Seat
  • State Director Profile: Hal Kramer
  • 2015 Indianapolis MotoGP
  • Member Profile: Mike Baxter
  • MSTA Membership
  • Registration Form
  • Road Test Quick Look: 2016 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Ultra
  • Sweet Rides: 2015 BMW R1200RT

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STAReview Issue 3405 – 2015

STAReview3405_coverIn This Issue:
3 TWiSTAR 2015
5 View From The Top
5 VP Views
6 Entry-Apex-Exit Points
7 National Event Calendar
7 Event Previews
9 Around the MSTA
13 Membership Corner
13 Product Review: AEROstich Aero Compact Tire Repair Kits/Compressor
14 Book Reviews
15 Sweet Rides: 2014 Triumph Tiger 800XC
16 Racers Edge Performance – Track Day and Advanced Motorcycle Training Program
19 Road Test: 2015 BMW S 1000 RR
23 Member Profile: Dan Larson
24 Safety Strategies
25 Travel Planning
26 When you need help, call the MSTA 26
28 Staunton Spring Romp 2015
31 State Director Profile: Roger Smith
32 MSTA Membership Registration
33 Road Test Quick Look: Harley-Davidson LiveWire Prototype

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STAReview Issue 3404 – 2015

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  • 2015 Fools Run Ride Report
  • View From The Top
  • VP Views
  • Entry-Apex-Exit Points
  • National Event Calendar
  • Event Previews
  • Around the MSTA
  • North Georgia Classic
  • Safety Strategies
  • State Director Profile: Gregg Mitchell
  • Ride Group Sign-up System
  • Make the Weather Work for You
  • Member Profile: Clay Gott
  • Road Test: 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XC
  • The Trip to the End of the Road
  • Product Review: AEROstich Tool Roll
  • Spring Training for Riders
  • Product Review: AEROstich Arm and Leg Window Pockets
  • Eighteen Years in the Making
  • MSTA 2014 Financials
  • Mail Pouch Fly-By Pre-Registration Form
  • Safe Money: 2005 Yamaha FJR
  • STAR ’15 Raffle Bike Ticket Order Form
  • STAR ’15 Registration Form
  • MSTA Membership Form
  • Road Test Quick Look:2015 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES

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STAR 2015 Photos

STAR 2015 photos are starting to come in. Here’s a peek at what is posted so far! This gallery shows only 20 of the photos in the gallery. The complete gallery is located here: http://msta.smugmug.com/STARPhotos/STAR-2015/

If you have photos that you would like to add, please contact Jim Park for details.

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