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First Quarter 2014 Louisiana MSTA Newsletter Page 1


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS John Ducote, Bill and Linda Martin, Todd Prevost and Nick Scansi. John and Nick are from the NOLA area, Todd is from Thibodaux and the Martins are long time members transferred from Texas. WELCOME TO ALL!

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A very brief 1st Quarter newsletter, no real ride reports but some nice pictures. We are still without a State Director and there has not been much organized ride activity so far this year. Tony and I have both tried to get some rides together but participation has been minimal. In February new member John Ducote and I met in Amite and rode back roads to McComb, MS and the Santa Fe Steakhouse. We met and recruited John at Taste of Bavaria during the November RTE. I was on the C14 and John rode his Ducati Multistrada. We had a good meal and good ride. Covered some new ground (for me) and found some decent roads. Here is a link to our track on Every Trail

Tony and Eric made an RTE to Taste of Bavaria near Ponchatoula in March and I heard from Tino that it was a nice ride and as always the food was great.

In mid March I made a ride to Biloxi where Stacie and I took in a concert. From Buloxi I set out on an all day loop to Pensacola Beach via the Alabama Coastal Connection: the Mobile Bay Ferry. It was a fun ride and the Spring Break scenery on the beach was sublime...

On Sunday May 29 I met Paul Lefort (YamahaFZ1) and his son Paul Jr as well as Paul's friend and GF (Kawasaki ZX14) at NOLA Motorsports Park for the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association races. We enjoyed watching our old NPR track day buddy Tim Ivanhoff race his Buell. Tim came in 5th in Battle of the Twins racing agains some far more competitive Ducatis and 4th in the Sound Of Thunder class. Later I watched my old friend former AMA Superbike Champion Jamie James wheelie the length of the front straight and romp to a first place finish in his race, the Next Gen Superbike class. He was riding a 90s Yamaha 750 with a 1000 motor. Later I got to visit Jamie and his parents in the paddock and relive old memories of following the James gang around the AMA circuit. Heading home I followed the west bank of the Mississippi all the way from Luling to Ventress. Perfect weather and all and all a great day!

So far my Big Money Rally has been pretty much of a washout. I was stymied from the outset by the alternating frigid and rainy weather and never really gotinto it. I scored my local parish library plus the Concordia Parish Library and the Jerry Lee Lewis Drive through liquor store (long out of business) in Ferriday for a whopping 5.4 points which puts me in 131st place. Atleast I'm not last!

Later...
Bob




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Last but not least here is here's a pic of my Christmas toy.I have only put about 300 miles on it so far due to fuel issues but I expect to have that worked out soon.
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That's all for now.
Keep riding & smiling

Bob Chappuis, State Director and Editor