January 2005 Louisiana HSTA Newsletter Bob Chappuis, Editor


2004 was a great year for the Louisiana HSTA. Although few in numbers, the Louisiana Chapter ranks high in participation!. This is probably impossible to measure but I'd wager we rank tops per capita in HSTA events attended and miles ridden. 2004 saw significant Louisiana contingents attend the AMA Superbike Races at Barber Motorsports Park in AL, STAR 04 in CA, SESTAR in GA, Byway Boogie in AR and Friends of Freddies in MO. 2005 should be even better! We already have big plans brewing! But first the news.

The Louisiana HSTA welcomes new member Christopher Laderer of Madisonville. Chris rides an 02 Honda RC51 and is an Instructor for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

New Years Breakfast Ride

by Bob Chappuis

NewYearsRideThb.JPG 360x270New recruit Chris Laderer (Honda RC51) and four friends (two BMW's, Honda ST1300 and Suzuki GSXR600) met Tony Crowell and myself at the International House of Pancakes for breakfast on New Years Day. Chris, a Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor brought along three of his fellow instructors and a friend, including Chief Louisiana MSF Instructor ED Patterson, an old friend of mine. Chris and friends rode in from Madisonville and the Metairie area. We had a good breakfast and even better motorcycle conversation before breaking up for the return ride home. Baton Rougean Ed was persuaded to ride along with the out-of-towners South on River Road. It was not a long ride for me back to St. Francisville but it was good to start the year off on two wheels.


Only Tony Crowell and Bill Ellis showed up for this ride. State Director and ride coordinator Bob Chappuis was unable to attend due to a dirt bike injury sustained earlier in the week. Tony and Bill decided to take the opportunity to take care of some tire replacement chores and rode the FJR and ST 1300s up to Tim Moore's All Pro Cycles on Highway 19 in Baker, where Bill got front and rear replacements mounted for the FJR and Tony ordered a tire for the ST. Tim offers great prices on parts and service. Tim and his staff of experienced mechanics provided meticulous, expert service. Tim is a RaceTech trained suspension expert. I recommend his shop for all your M/C needs; tell Tim or Karen that Bob Chappuis sent you.


RIDE THE RIO Feb. 17-20

LA HSTA will have a group attending the 2005 edition of Ride The Rio held in the Big Bend National Park are. Members from Baton Rouge, West Monroe and Thibodaux will be converging on Terlingua, TX. The Event HQ motel is booked but our group is staying at the Longhorn Motel (432) 371-2541 and rooms were available when I checked last week. I was planning to go but my accident has forced me to cancel.

1st Annual Real Florida Spring Fling
8, 9, 10 April 2005 Tallahassee, FL.

This is a new, non-AMA sanctioned event organized by the Florida Chapter located an easy day's ride from New Orleans. It sounds like a great weekend and Stacie and I are planning to attend even if I am not able to ride yet. Try the link above or call Sam for details. Contact: Sam Ulbing - 352-262-6221 or n4uau@cox.net


Make your plans now to join several other Louisiana members who are already registered for annual national event. The group that shared the journey in 2004 to Mammoth Lakes, CA will again converge for what should be a fabulous 10 days of Sport Touring. Routemaster Tony Crowell has already put together a great route to get us to Lexington via some terrific roads.

The Indiana Squadron will roll out the carpet in Lexington Kentucky as HSTA riders meet from all over the country for STAR 05. Mark your calendars for June 19th-22nd and plan on attending what promises to be an exciting event. Riders will be treated to miles of scenic byways to ride and enjoy. Routes include pristine pavement with sharp turns and steep climbs. The vistas are breathtaking, taking riders past Historic Civil War battlegrounds, some of the finest horse farms in the world, through rolling hills, rivers and streams. National Geographic says the Lexington area is one of "Americas Most Spectacular Drives" and was also named one of "America's Most Scenic Byways". Kentucky is also blessed with several covered bridges. For more information on these bridges check out the web at: http://www.hultgren.org/things/bridges/index.htm.

The Holiday Inn North Lexington will serve as Inn keepers for the event. Centrally located at the intersection of I-75/I-64 and Newtown Pike (exit 115), the Holiday Inn Lexington North is central to everywhere you would want to be in the Bluegrass. Rooms have been reserved for HSTA members for the flat rate of $67.95 a room per night. Some of the amenities include a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, shuffle board, ping pong, state of the art virtual reality electronic game room, outdoor sand volleyball and indoor basketball. Camping is also available on site, for both tents and RV's, however all RV hook-up sites have been reserved.

Some other highlights of the event include:

Guest speaker: Ron Ayers
Ron's motorcycle touring experience includes extensive trips through North America, South America and Africa. Two books about his long distance and endurance riding experiences have become Whitehorse Press best sellers. His third book is now available from Whitehorse Press, Going the Extra Mile: Insider Tips for Long-Distance Motorcycling and Endurance Rallies. Please check out the new "Star Review" for an interview with this amazing author/motorcyclist. More information including several pictures of Ron's many adventures can be found at: www.ronayres.com

The Lunch Ride: Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort commemorates more than one era of history! Salt springs at Blue Licks attracted prehistoric mammoths and formed a center of Indian life, then later proved important to frontiersmen like Daniel Boone, who was captured here by Indians while operating the saltworks. During the 19th century, the mineral springs were a popular health resort. But Blue Licks is most renowned as the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War in Kentucky. In 1782, Kentuckians engaged Indians and British soldiers near the Licking River. For more information check the web: http://parks.ky.gov/bluelick.htm

For more information on STAR 05 or to get a copy of the registration form check out the HSTA web site at www.ridehsta.com.


from Regional VP Jim Poulos The HSTA-MAP program is designed to assist any HSTA member who would like to be temporarily teamed with a veteran HSTA member for any or all (but not limited to) of the following reasons.

They are a new HSTA member, new to attending HSTA events, a returning HSTA member, new riders, new to “Sport Touring”/”Sport” motorcycle riding, would like to have an experienced rider review their road riding skills, they are uneasy about riding due to a recent accident or close call and/or would like to be introduced to more HSTA members.

MAPs will be teamed with members of similar riding tastes and skills. They will introduce their partner to other HSTA members, help to familiarize them with the event, give them a better understanding of what the HSTA is all about, take them on at least a one day ride during the event and stress the value of “riding your own pace” on that ride. The MAP will be teamed with their partner for this event only, unless they both agree that they would like to be teamed in the future.

The MAP program was tested at the 2003 Mail Pouch Fly-By and the results were very promising. Members that were teamed together were very pleased with the program. The map program will be available at all future HSTA AMA sanctioned events and at larger local rides. Look for the sign-up forms at the next event you attend and be a MAP for the day. Your participation will help to make another member feel welcome in the HSTA, help them to have a safe, enjoyable event and you may gain a new friend in the process.

Posters will be at each sanctioned event promoting the program. So sign up as a MAP, if you would like to help out.



Your usual monthly lunch ride coordinator (me, Bob Chappuis) is out of commission for at least February, March and April due to a broken shoulder. If you would like to plan and lead a lunch ride during any or all of these months please contact me. All you need to do is pick a date, meeting location and lunch destination AND RIDE. I will publish your ride info via the web and email and newsletter if timely. I will be unable to ride but I will do everything else I can to keep our monthly rides happening.

Also, when you do ride, wether with the group or not, take your camera and take pictures. Send me some good ones via email or USPS (I have a scanner) plus a story or just a note about the ride. I will need material for the newsletter!

broke shoulder: I took a fall on my trials bike in the woods behind our house and fractured the left proximal humerus in a couple places. I am scheduled for arthroscopic surgical repair on Feb 11. I should be able to start rehab in 6 to 8 weeks, until then the arm will be immobilized in a sling

chappuis@demco.net (225)635-3171 (Home) (225)281-0799 (Cell).
and Ride Safe,

Bob Chappuis

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