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MSTA STAReview Issue 3404 Available for Download!

STAReview Issue 3404 – Download Now!

STAReview3404CoverNick Zarras, Managing Editor, on the Triumph Tiger 800 XCx on Lake Shore Drive, Lake
Mead National Recreation Area. Photo by Jeremie Elliot.

In This Issue:
3 2015 Fools Run Ride Report5 View From The Top
5 VP Views
6 Entry-Apex-Exit Points
7 National Event Calendar
8 Event Previews
9 Around the MSTA
14 North Georgia Classic
16 Safety Strategies
17 State Director Profile: Gregg Mitchell
18 Ride Group Sign-up System
19 Make the Weather Work for You
21 Member Profile: Clay Gott
23 Road Test: 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XCx
26 The Trip to the End of the Road
26 Product Review: AEROstich Tool Roll
27 Spring Training for Riders
28 Product Review: AEROstich Arm and Leg Window Pockets
29 Eighteen Years in the Making
32 MSTA 2014 Financials
36 Mail Pouch Fly-By Pre-Registration Form
37 Safe Money: 2005 Yamaha FJR
38 STAR ’15 Raffle Bike Ticket Order Form
39 STAR ’15 Registration Form
40 MSTA Membership Form
41 Road Test Quick Look: 2015 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES

STAReview Issue 3404 – Download Now!

STAReview back issues are available here:

Big Lynn Lodge Ride – Little Switzerland, NC

July 24 – July 26, 2015  Little Switzerland North Carolina

You are all invited to the 2015 MSTA Big Lynn Lodge Ride

The Big Lynn Lodge is located 300 feet off the Blue Ridge Parkway on

Room Information

Be sure to tell them this is for the MSTA Event

You will have to phone them to make your reservation. I have negotiated special rates for this Big Lynn Lodge Ride. When making your room reservation be sure to provide your T-shirt size as they will be giving free event T-shirts to all MSTA who attend the event.

The Big Lynn Lodge is located in/near Little Switzerland, NC and is literally hanging on the side of the mountain right on NC-226A. You will be AMAZED at the view and you will be ASTONISHED by the roads! The riding is what I go there for but the scenery and the locating is what has me staying.

The Big Lynn Lodge has a unique “formula” in that their nightly room rate INCLUDES an excellent home styled cooked meal and a full Breakfast for each person!

MSTA Event Registration:

Pre-Registration will be $20 for Members and $15 for M.O.H.

Deadline for pre-registration is postmarked by July 17, 2015

Registration at the event will be $25 for Members and $20 for M.O.H.

Sustaining and Lifetime members receive a 10% discount

For more information contact:
“Brick”… Dave Brickner  828-448-5429

Click this link for the event registration form

If you’ll be attending this event please click the link below and fill in your information: 

Click this link and fill out your information Indicate if you want event route information You’ll be notified when it’s available.


DATES: THURSDAY(7/16/15)-SUNDAY(7/19/15)


600 ROUTE 6 & 209
(800) 764-MYER

Quiet cottages with a courtyard and separate parking areas for each.
There are only 19 cottages on site so don’t wait to reserve a room.

Please reference MSTA when booking a room at the Myer.

591 ROUTE 6 & 209

Typical one floor motel directly across the street from the Myer.

Questions directed to Jim(Doc) Lane @ (908) 766-2330 or


The Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania provides an ideal backdrop of scenery, good roads, and an abundance great eateries. As mentioned above, the motels are directly across from each other on US 6 and 209. Regardless of your approach to Milford, it would best to use Exit 46 and venture into town via US 6. This route eliminates the potential traffic snarl at the intersection of I 84, US 6 and 23 in Port Jervis/Deerpark. The traffic there can be a real bear especially at rush hour.

The highlight of this event besides the roads and camaraderie is Bethel Woods which is the site of the Woodstock Festival in 1969. The grounds are gorgeous and the concert field is still intact, A plaque commemorates the performers and the museum is a must see. The displays and memorabilia will take you on a journey from 1960 to 1969 culminating in a concert experience in its tiered theater.

High Point State Park and its Monument is a nice side trip off off NJ 23. Phoenicia, NY is a nice turning point on a route through the Catskill Mountains. Frequented by Babe Ruth, it remains a tourist destination for outdoor sports. If you stop for lunch, I would suggest “Sweet Sue’s” or” Brios” for some oven-fired pizza.

The Hawks Nest on NY 97 provides some nice scenery and plenty of pull-outs for photo ops. Dingman’s Ferry Toll Bridge is the last privately owned bridge on the Delaware River. It connects Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and you will pay both ways for the privilege of crossing. The Roebling Aqueduct Bridge spans the Delaware at Barryville, NY to Lackawaxen, Pa, and would be right on the way to Bethel Woods. It is the oldest wire suspension bridge in existence.

The roads in New Jersey will surprise you compared to what you may have heard. Most riders who have not experienced the Northwest Quadrant of the Garden State believe that the state is just multi-lane highways, oil refineries, and urban locations. The counties of Sussex and Warren will provide a really nice combination of roads, elevation changes and technically challenging curves amidst a backdrop of very picturesque scenery.

All three states have something to offer and chances are you will return after your first exposure. I can’t compare it to West Virginia(my all-time favorite), but it has been my “playground” for the last 37 years on two wheels.

State by State Attractions and POI”S:

New York

Bethel Woods Concert Area and Museum. You have to go “Back to the Garden”

Catskill Mountains. Rural New York State at its best.

Orange County Choppers: Nuff Said.

Motorcyclepedia Museum. Fantastic Exhibits from the past.

Elk Park Overlook: Scenic view of Port Jervis and Matamoras.

Hawks Nest: A gorgeous stretch of roadway overlooking the Delaware River with parking.

Schwanagunk Mountain Range: Scenic overlooks at the base of the Catskills.

Downtown Woodstock: Artist Colony & not the site of the “69 Concert.”,_New_York

New Jersey:

Chatterbox Drive-in: Located on Route 206 in Augusta (Thursday Night is Bike Night). (Link removed, reported as potential malware)

Stokes State Forest and Sunrise Mountain: Park the bike and hike up to the Pavilion on the Appalachian Trail.

High Point State Park and Monument: Stand in three states at the same time.

Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area: Rural roads through the Jersey side of the park including historic Millbrook Village and Worthington State Forest.

Peters Valley: Artist Colony.

Dingman’s Ferry Bridge:


Grey Towers: Built by conservationist Gifford Pinchot:

Promised Land State Park: A great route up through the Pocono Mountains on Route PA 390.

Pocono Mountains: Spectacular roads through the area.

Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area: Interesting Roads on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River.

Downtown Milford: Shopping for the non-rider: