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February 2004 Louisiana HSTA Newsletter Bob Chappuis, Editor

NEW MEMBER WELCOME

A hearty WELCOME TO THE HSTA is offered to two new members: Mike Myers and Fletcher Moon. Fletcher is from Frierson, LA (between Mansfield and Shreveport) and rides a 98 VFR 800 Interceptor. We look forward to riding with Fletcher soon. You have already read about the exploits of Mike Myers and his 2000 Buell X1 in these pages previously on our club rides as a guest. Mike lives in Baton Rouge and he and his X1 are a ton of fun to ride with. WELCOME ABOARD to Fletcher and Mike!

FEBRUARY RIDE REPORT

by Bob Chappuis

Only two riders partcipated in the February ride. It was a bit cold with a chance of rain. Drew Newcomer rode down on his BMW from West Monroe to meet your faithful editor at the Magnolia Grill in Natchez, MS. We both experienced electrical snafus in our heated garments and had chilly rides. In my case it was a loose connector and for Drew it was a blown fuse. Fortunately we are both tough, hardened, rugged individualist, Charles Bronson type motorcyclists so we just laughed at the frigid 42 degree (F) temperatures and carried on regardless.

For my part I discovered a neat road from MS 33 just 10 miles north of Crosby that runs all the way to downtown Natchez. It is called Liberty Road (why, I don't know... it does not go to Liberty, MS) and it runs through some pretty scenery with gentle hills and has a descent surface and enough twists and gentle sweepers to keep you from getting bored. This means we can connect with the moderately challenging MS 563 and have a really great ride from Woodville to Natchez. It may not be Arkansas or North Carolina but we do have some decent roads to ride! I hope more of you will join us as the weather improves.

Stacie and I drove down to Daytona Beach for the end of Bike Week and the Daytona 200 Superbike race. While there we checked out the International Motorcycle Show, shopping for accessories/apparel and sitting on the latest offerings of all the big manufacturers. We also attended the HSTA dinner and got to visit with lots of old friends. We also had a great time visting with our good friends and charter HSTA FL members Chuck and Frances Headrick who livw in Titusville, about 40 miles south of Daytona Beach. Other LA HSTA members attending bike week included Henry Pretus and J.C Ledbetter. This years Daytona 200 was blessed with great weather and we enjoyed some spectacular racing.

UPCOMING RIDES AND ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY MARCH 27 BLUES & BAR-B-QUE Challenge - HAMMOND

Baton Rouge area riders will meet at Starbucks at 10:00 am and we will ride our usual route: River Road and Highway 22 and then on to hammond via 51 North where we will pig out on some Prize Winning Bar B Q. New Orleans Area Members: If one of you guys wants to volunteer to coordinate a ride from your area to meet us either in Hammond or at some point South get in touch with me and we will plan a rendesvous.

AMA SUPERBIKE RACES AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

The event date has been changed to May 14-16 this year. We had a great time last year lets do it again in 2004! If you have not seen this great facity and you like racing or motorcycle history you should make this trip. One of the best spectator tracks in the country and a fantastic motorcycle museum. The Baymont Inn where we stayed last year is reasonably priced (less than $50.00) and convenient to the track. Baymont Inn, 513 Cahaba Park Circle. If you are going let me know and we will look for you.

STAR 04 MAMMOTH LAKES CALIFORNIA

June 20 - June 23

I have heard two different reactions from my many friends and aquaintances in the HSTA to the STAR 2004 location in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Either: it's just too far or, where's the map, lets start planning our route! You can count me among the latter! I have been adding some modifications to the VFR to prepare for long distance riding. A Sargent WorldSport seat and Genmar Bar Risers. Next is a valve adjustment and air filter cleaning and a new front tire. I have a fairly fresh rear so I will check with the STAR organizers to findout whether tire services will be available as in other recent STARS. If not I will put on a fresh rear a couple weeks before departure. This is going to be a trip to remember! Are you going?

See you on the road!

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

Bob Chappuis

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Bill Ellis and Mike Myers both identified the two obscure bikes pictured in last months issue. Here are two more additions to the rapidly expanding Chappuis stable: can identify these?