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August 2009 Louisiana MSTA Newsletter Page 1

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Greetings! Prime RIDING WEATHER is arriving! We had a great turnout for last months lunch ride despite the August heat so I am really stoked for the fall riding season. I know of a couple of groups already on the road during September for some organaized events and I expect to see some great ride reports! As for our local riding plans I am taking Dennis Hedrick up on his suggestion and have scheduled a southern meeting for our September lunch ride on the 26th. In October, Stacie & I plan to attend the Byway Boogie in Paris, AR the weekend of Oct. 9 and we welcome all to ride with us. Event organizer Mario Caruso has published an outstanding sport touring guidebook for Arkansas roads and I expect this event to be a winner. Locally, for Halloween weekend (Oct. 31/Nov 1) we will have a weekend MSTA trip to Vicksburg, MS and Clarence. LA, covering some of the best roads in both states (not to mention some awesome Bar B Que). Finally, the first weekend in December is our Cajun Christmas event. Plans are well under way for this popular event and we guarantee great food and fun. Online registration will be up soon. See all the details below!

Also in this issue we have a ride report from Drew Newcomer and my own report on our August Lunch Ride.


Later...
Bob





New Bike Fever

by Drew Newcomer

Back in the spring, I decided to sell my Suzuki SV-650. It was a hoot to ride but I just couldn't justify keeping it riding it no more than I had over the previous six months. After all, it was two years old with 2100 miles on it. So, I put it on Cycletrader.com and was relieved of it's ownership about a month later.

In an effort to help the economy I had been searching the internet and looking at some used Tigers and a couple of Moto Guzzi Norges. The Tiger is a great motorcycle of course, as is the Norge, but the lack of a large dealer network made me shy away from the Moto Guzzi. So, the internet search continued and I became interested in BMW's venture into cruiserdom. I started researching and looking at some R1200Cs that were available. Can't really say what prompted me in this direction (I can be an impulse buyer at times!) but after a small negotiation I found a 2002 R1200C in Indianapolis that I just had to spend some money on. So, after telling the owner it would be a couple of weeks before I could actually get there (he had no problem as long as I purchased the bike) I made an electronic transfer of the agreed amount and became the proud owner of a motorcycle I had never seen before (he had posted 13 photos on the web.)

With everything in place, I left on July 15 and flew to Indianapolis. I had to pay $15.00 for my one checked bag which set wrongly with me, but I suppose that is the nature of air travel these days. Maybe that is why I have not been on an airplane in several years. I did manage to get to Indy on time and Ly (pronounced Lee) met me at the airport and took me to dinner. He also picked me up at my hotel the next morning and took me to his warehouse where the R1200C was waiting. The bike was in immaculate shape and it took me a little while to unload my duffel bag, pack the saddlebags, then bungee what was left in the duffel bag to the pillion seat. At about 9:30 a.m., I left Carmel, Indiana and headed north on US 31 till I intersected IN 28 and turned east. I stayed on 28 to Albany, IN then headed northeast on IN 67 to Portland and IN 26. IN 26 became OH 119 at the border and I continued east. Eventually, I made my way to highway 47 and then 229 to Mount Vernon, Ohio. From Mount Vernon, I jumped on OH 3 northeast to Loudonville, Ohio where I was ready to stop for the evening. The bike had performed very well and I was adjusting to a new riding position and a transmission (5-speed) that was geared for cruising. I also had to find the only pay phone in town to make a call

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since my AT&T network was useless here. I did get to the public library and managed a few emails. The next morning, July 17, I was on the road early heading southeast on 39 towards the heart of Amish Country. The largest population of Amish in the US lives in this part of Ohio. The rolling hills provided a very nice backdrop to this enjoyable ride. In Louisiana temperatures were sweltering, but here I had to stop and put a sweatshirt on to cut the chill. Highway 39 took me to 250 near Dover, OH where I turned further southeast heading to Wheeling, WV. Once in West Virginia, I climbed some mountains and rode through the southwest corner of Pennsylvania on my way to Oakland, MD. I rode I-79 for about 15 miles to Morgantown, the home of WVU. From Morgantown, I found WV 7 which would take me to western MD where I planned to spend the weekend.

Now, I don't know what it is about WV, and as I have stated before, I think WV is pretty close to motorcycle nirvana, but it started raining soon as I got into the mountains. So, here I am on an unfamiliar motorcycle in mountain twisties, in the rain. After putting on my Frog togs, I continued (maybe I slowed down just a tad:!!) in an easterly direction. At 12:45 I arrived at the Long Branch Saloon and Motel and was glad to get off the bike. It continued to rain for a little while, but the rain was not a problem for me now. The 250 mile ride took nearly seven hours, but I was reminded that once you get into mountains, distance takes on a whole new meaning! I stayed off the bike on Saturday and visited with my friend that had joined me from Pittsburgh.

Sunday morning it was time to head home and I began my westward journey on WV 50 till I intersected I-79 near Clarksburg. I-79 took me to I-64 where I entered Kentucky. I was interested in making time so I pretty much deadheaded the way home on major highways. You know though, even riding the interstate is scenic in WV! I made it to Elizabethtown, KY Sunday afternoon and spent the night in one of the nastiest hotel rooms I have stayed in -- I don't think it was the nastiest, but it was pretty close! I guess the $33.00/night tax included should have clued me in! Anyway, I was tired so slept fairly well and was on the Blue Grass Parkway before sun up. This road got me to Memphis where the old familiar I-55 was waiting. I was through Memphis before noon and arrived home about 5:30 that afternoon. I had done 651 miles - the longest day in the saddle I have ever spent. I was glad to get home a day early though, as I had plenty of things to do upon my return. One was to get an inspection sticker. I also had some work related things I had to get out of the way which would have been difficult had I taken 2 days to get home instead of two. Still, my first distance ride via a cruiser worked out well. I like the bike and the riding position didn't bother me at all. Of course, it doesn't carve the corners like my R1150R but I didn't feel cheated at any point during the week. Now I have two bikes to ride and shouldn't have an excuse for not making a trip out-of-town on a regular basis!!




LOCAL

AUGUST LUNCH RIDE SATURDAY AUGUST 15

Nine members and one guest attended the August lunch ride. For our small chapter this was an excellent turnout considering the oppressive August heat. Tim Cundiff, Suzuki 1200 Bandit and Bill & Sherri Ellis Yamaha FJR1300 and FZ6, made up the Baton Rouge contingent. Dave Dickson, BMW K1200R Sport; Dennis Hedrick, BMW R1200RT; and Eric Babcock, ZZR1200 and Rod Fors, Triumph Scrambler 900 rode up to join us from New Orleans. I rode down to the Baton Rouge Starbucks meeting place from St. Francisville on my Kawasaki Concours14. Of the nine bikes on this formerly HONDA only club ride the only Honda was ridden by guest Rusty Abadie, Sr. My buddy Rusty, of Prairieville, rode his new Honda CBR 600RR. Proof to me that our vote to change the name was the right decision!

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My wife Stacie met us at our lunch destination, Nyla's Burger Basket, Osyka, MS in her Mazda MX-5 Miata. Member Tim Cundiff suggested this ride and offered to lead us on a back road route of his own design. The route meandered through some of the more colorful as well as scenic parts of Livingston parish and St. Helena Parish mostly avoiding any major highways, ending with a run east on LA 38 to Kentwood then north on US 51 to Osyka. Tim's route was about 90 miles and we arrived at Nyla's about 11:30 and grabbed a couple tables. The place was nice and clean and the walls were all decorated with Britney Spears posters. Britney is from nearby Kentwood and the owner (Nyla?) is said to be a friend of the Spears family. There was a fairly extensive menu for a burger place but most of us opted for the burger since our waitress said that was what they did best. Service was prompt. My cheeseburger was pretty good and I heard no complaints around the table, except for Stacie who said her patty was too thick !x She said her fried onion rings were excellent, however.

We hung around chatting for a good while after everyone finished eating but eventually we headed outside. The NOLA area riders and Bill & Sherri plotted a southerly return route to their respective homes while Tim, Rusty, Stacie and I headed west on backtracking a bit then continuing on 38 to Chipola. We continued west on 432 and 422 to Norwood before heading southwest on 953 to Jackson and then home, with Tim splitting off at HWY 19.




UPCOMING RIDES

September Lunch Ride

DATE: Saturday September 26, 2009
WHERE: Sunshine Truck & Casino Plaza
104333 Hwy 70 W
225-474-8606
WHEN: 9:30 AM RIDE at 10:00
DESTINATION: Joe Drefus Store, Livonia, LA

As suggested by Dennis Hedrick we will meet closer to the New Orleans Cadre (just west of the Sunshine Bridge) and ride the roads along Bayous Plaquemine and Grosse Tete and eat lunch at Joe's in Livonia. We will first swing south and hit Choctaw Rd and 966 and reach Plaquemine via Morgan City.

HALLOWEEN RIDE Weekend Trip

DATE: OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 1
WHERE: BATTLEFIELD INN, VICKSBURG, MS
SUNDAY DESTINATION: GRAYSON'S BBQ, CLARENCE, LA


The plan is to ride some good back roads up to Vicksburg and stay the night at the Battlefield Inn. This is a motorcycle friendly motel with an excellent restaurant and lounge on premises that we have stayed at before. The lounge features Karaoke on Saturday nights and I am told to expect some wild Halloween costumes. Should be a HOOT! I will lead a Baton Rouge Area group and the NOLA area group can either join us or plot their own route. Hopefully the North Louisiana members will join us as well. Sunday we will explore some northeast and central LA roads on the way to Grayson's BBQ in Clarence, LA, approximately 200 miles. On our return south we will hit highway 126!

Optionally, members who have not toured the battlefield park or ironclad may choose to do some Civil War sightseeing.

19th ANNUAL CAJUN CHRISTMAS

DATE: FRIDAY & SATURDAY DECEMBER 4 & 5
WHERE: JIMMY DAVIS STATE PARK, CHATHAM, LA
DETAILS
CABIN OR CAMPING RESERVATIONS 1 877-226-7652 or
ONLINE



That's all for now.
Keep riding & smiling

Bob Chappuis, State Director and Editor