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Rapid City — What a Star !

John Button | California

rcws_01I’m back from the Motorcycle Sport Touring Association (MSTA) Sport Touring Association Rendezvous (STAR) event in Rapid City, SD traveling from June 4th to 16th 2014. The trip report is below.

Immediately after STAR 2014 was announced, I knew I’d be making the trip. No internal debates, discussions with others or vacillation on my part! It has been more than 15 years since I last visited South Dakota. That visit was for Sturgis–the event, not the town. My focus during that three day visit was on certain “activities” in town. This time, I was determined to maximize the fantastic riding to be had in this area. While I’m naturally prone to engage in moto-trips that are limited in planning and big on make-it-up-as-you-go adventure creativity, this time, with many miles, limited time, and Central Coast member Les Katz traveling along with me, it seemed best to assemble A Plan. My usual approach to route planning involves (too?) many mapping tools, Internet hotel finder sites, and numerous file imports/exports between Google Maps, Garmin’s multiple software products and my GPS. Given that I wanted to share the planning with my riding partner (an important ingredient to maintain long-term riding friends), doing all the planning in sharable Google Maps seemed wise. But, alas, many limitations were encountered.

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First Ride at STAR 2014

Don Moe | Florida Newsletter Editor

frstar2014_01Since only eleven members from Florida attended STAR 2014 this year, I thought I would share some photos from one of my rides there. Due to the rainy weather over the first weekend of STAR in Rapid City, the first opportunity for riding in the Black Hills during good weather came on Monday, June 9th. The adjacent map shows the route through the Black Hills and Custer State Park, including the Needles Highway.

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STAR 2014 from the West

Catching a glimpse of Mt. Rushmore through the tunnel
Catching a glimpse of Mt. Rushmore through the tunnel

By Doug Weir | Idaho

As usual, I was fired up to attend the STAR 2014 in Rapid City, SD. However, due to the earlier than usual date, I decided to take on a “Candy Ass” 900, and join the MS Trailering Association. The fun roads (Yellowstone N.P., US 212 (The Beartooth), and US 14 (Big Horn Mountain Highway)) from North Idaho to the site are usually still closed for snow. Droning on I-90 on my V-Strom didn’t expect to be much fun. Hence the trailer.

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