|March & April 2004||Louisiana HSTA Newsletter||Page 1|
Eight members (yes, all members) on 7 bikes gathered for this Saturday ride at Starbucks on Corporate Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Paul Lefort rode up from Thibidaux on his new Yamaha FZ1. Tony Crowell arrived on his ST1300. He showed us his new farkle, a signal amplifier from RadioShack which he had velcroed to his tank bag along side his IRiver MP3 player. In addition to a feed from the player, his radar detector's audio out was also hooked up, allowing the radar warnings to break in over the tunes. I already have an IRiver and radar detector, so the Radioshack gizmo is now on my shopping list. Bill and Sherri Ellis were ready to ride on there machines, 98 VFR and 02 Ninja 500.Bill announced that he has made a depositon an FJR1300!
|New member Mike Myers had the Buell S1 Lightning back on the road and Henry Pretus broke out the venerable Pacific Coast 800. Stacie and I were on the '99 VFR. We spent several minutes drinking coffee and admiring each others bikes|
Our destination for lunch was nearby Hammond, LA, location of the first annual Blues & Bar B Que challenge. This event, held in downtown Hammond combined life blues music and a Bar B Que cook-off with national level participants. Rather than take the quick I-12 route to Hammond, 45 miles away, we instead headed to River Road in excellent riding weather for a great run downriver to Burnsidewhere we connected to HWY 22. We rode 22, a popular biker road, all the way to Ponchatoula except for a short detour on short but terrific 936. From Ponchatoula it was a short hop north on 51 to downtown Hammond. We quickly located the Bikes only parking area and headed for the food. Free samples could be had from some of the participating teams and of course, one of the past champions was selling their championship delectables. Several commented that the ribs were the best they had ever eaten!After lunch, some riders headed of in different directions and agendas while the remaining group decided to catch thelast hours of the Buell Blast being held at Cortana Mall. This included Buell Demo rides, a Battletrax competition and the Bubba Blackwell motorcycle stunt show. The Battletrax involves timed runs through a very tight course layed out with cones and painted lines on the parking lot. Contestant ride any bike they choose but the advantage clearly went to the shorter wheelbase dirtbikes due to the extremely tight course. Low et was owned by a young lady on a lightweight Kawasaki dirt bike with street tires. I also saw a Honda CRF and and old Honda 70 mini trail. The only street bikes we saw were an SV650 and a Yamaha FZ1. These machines were never able to uleash their horsepower and were clearly hampered by their wider turning radius and recorded times about 12 to 15 seconds slower than the dirt bikes.
WE did not get to demo ride the Buells. The second to last ride was full when we arrived and we would miss the Bubba show if we took the last ride. We decided to stay and watch the show. We weren't disappointed. Bubba performed only average bike stunts compared to the dozens of videos circulating lately but his showmanship and sense of humor made for an entertaining show. He was having himslf a great old time and he let the crowd know it.
Web Site Address
|April 23-25||Road and Track Rally||The Brass Door Motel Gassville AR (870)435-2288||Tim Bailey (901)-737-7210 Biking2gether@aol.com Kathy Mellembakken (870)322-7777 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Pietz (870) 435-6777 email@example.com|
|Apr 30-May 2||Helen 2004||Alpenhof Hotel15 Yonah street, Helen GA 1-800-535-8678||Eric Larsen (770)805- 0607 firstname.lastname@example.org||http://bellsouthpwp.net/p/i/pippin01/helen/page1.htm|
|May 22-23||TwiSTAR 2004||Voyageur Inn: Reedsburg, WI 608-524-6431 or 800-444-4493||John Perkins (608)280-8204 email@example.com|
|May 28-31 (Memorial Day Weekend)||Tri-Star||Allegheny Inn, Sparta, NC (888)372- 2501 (mention HSTA when you call) http://www.planet-nc.com/AlleghanyInn/index.html||Galen Diehl (276)647-3162 firstname.lastname@example.org||http://bellsouthpwp.net/p/i/pippin01/tristar/page1.htm|
|June 20-23||STAR '04||Sierra Nevada Rodeway Inn Mammoth Lakes, CA||Jim Alexander (925)458-4596||See registration form elsewhere in this STAReview.|
|August 27-29||Mail Pouch Fly-by||Knights Inn 506 Pike Street Marietta, Ohio (800)526 5947||Jon Campbell (513)932-3341||http://ohio.hsta.us/MailPouchForm-2004.pdf|
|September 10-12||Ozarks BS Rally||Theodosia Marina & Resort Highway 160 Theodosia, Missouri (417)273 4444||Ed & Linda Young (417)926-3075 email@example.com||http://come.to/The_Ozarks_BS_Rally|
|September 17-19||SE-Star||Holiday Inn Express 64 White Oak Lane Dillard, Georgia (706)746 3585||Trey Hall (615)574-9927 firstname.lastname@example.org||http://bellsouthpwp.net/p/i/pippin01/sestar/page1.htm|
|September 24-26||Byway Boogie||Colonial Inn Heber Springs2949 Hwy 25B North Heber Springs Arkansas (800)230-3452 www.colonialinnhebersprings.com||Kathy & Arild Mellembakken(870)email@example.com||http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/AR-GAP/|
|Oct 1-3||River City Ride||Baymont Inn 2495 Landmark Avenue Corydon, Indiana (812)738 1500||Don "Moose" Parish (317) 936-5818 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oct 8-10||FOF - XII||Tradition Inn Intersection of Hwy 67 & W Farmington, MO (877)355-6205||Bob LaMear (636)938-3788 email@example.com|
|Nov 4-7||Texas Hill Country Ride||YO Ranch Resort 2033 Sidney Baker Kerrville, Texas 78028 (877)967-3767||Joe Paolili (830)537-5552 firstname.lastname@example.org||http://michelleandjoe.com/hsta.htm|
Stacie and I have been searching for a nearby place to ride our dirtbikes (besides our own back yard). We confirmed that the old Chipola area has been closed. The closest place we could find is Bonnet Carre Spillway. This area is owned/controlled by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers. Recently, The Corp signed an agreement with the South Louisiana Trailblazers, an off road riding club, to develop an area for off road riding within the spillway. We decided to check it out and loaded the bikes on the trailer and headed for Norco, LA on Sunday, April 18. The area is easy to reach, not far from the La Place Exit of Intersate 10. The ATV club has obviously done a tremendous amount of work and created a great free facility for off road riding with something for everyone. There are child and adult motocross tracks, a pair of accerlation lanes for mud drags and miles and miles of trails, both in open terrain as well as woods and boggy areas. We had a blast! If you have dirt bikes we recommend this place.
I replaced the Dunlop 207 sport tires that were on my VFR when I bought it with a set of Dunlop D220s. These were advertised as providing improveded wet grip and mileage over the D205 sport touring tires they replaced in Dunlop's product line. I feel these tires do provide very good wet weather traction. In dry weather I noticed no problems, handling felt as good as the 207's as far as turning and high speed stability. But as far as grip, they were not very confidence inspiring, however that may just be the result of my expectations of a "mileage" tire. I must admit they never slipped in either wet or dry pavement except on road debris such as gravel or sand.
As for mileage, my results were oddly mixed. The rear tire did not last 4000 miles, I took it of with the cord showing at 4500. The front however is just now showing wear bars at 14,476! That is excellent mileage for a sport touring tire. Another good cahracteristic of the D220 front is that it resisted cupping or scalloping better than any tire I have tried. Many front tires will last 8 or 10 thousand miles but often develop a scalloped wear pattern, sometimes within the first 1500 miles, that produces handling issues such as front end wobble on deceleration. Many sport or sport touring oriented motorcyles suffer from this problem and worn wheel or steering stem bearings are often blamed. However, I firmly believe it is tire related as I have experienced this phenomenon with brand new motorcycles.
SUMMARY: D220 Rear: Thumbs down, less than average life. D220 Front Excellent touring tire, good sport touring compromise.
Meet at STARBUCKS on CORPORATE BLVD 9:00 Destination to be decided by the group. Very little interest shown for the three suggestions offered in the online ride poll so we will see who shows up Sunday morning and decide on a destination at that time. No Problem Raceway is holding a National level drag race, the NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals so that is one option. Or we can pick a lunch destination. If the weather continues as it has been it would be a shame not to ride!
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.
Members Bill and Sherri Ellis will host a CRAWFISH BOIL for all Louisiana HSTA members at their home in Baton Rouge on Saturday May 29, 2004. Directions and a map to Bill and Sherri's place can be found in the Members Only Area of the Louisiana HSTA Web Site. If you have forgotten the login info email me (address at bottom of this page).
My bike and gear are almost ready and I can barely wait for this trip to start!!!... Louisiana should be well represented at this
annual Sport Touring Association Rendezvous despite the considerable distance to Mammoth Lakes. Although getting there will involve some hot riding, once there the elevaton of the High Sierras should keep the temperatures comfortable.
Well, that's all for now. Keep riding & smiling.
Bob Chappuis, Editor
7060 Barrow Creek Dr.
St. Francisville, LA 70775