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|It’ll be a
cold day in Florida when the serious (or maybe just sick!) riders show
up for lunch.
And that’s just what happened this month when both of the monthly lunch rides fell during the coldest weather we’ve seen in these parts in over six years. The “warm-up” ride was the “south” lunch ride to Frostproof, FL. Funny coincidence that town name was our destination on a very nearly freezing day. Yet, in spite of the chilly start, 14 riders and 1 passenger showed up for a hearty lunch. Scott Wingerter made the 135 mile trip from Inglis, and you can be sure it was a lot colder there than our southerly destination!
Attendees were rewarded with the opportunity to see Terry Brown’s brand new ST1300 up close and what a beauty it is.
Frostproof Lunch Ride
|As it turned out,
the very next weekend the “North” ride was scheduled for Bunnell, FL.
This was a new destination, and one of the furthest I’ve ever made at
186 miles. And then there was the weather… Hard freeze warnings all the
way down into the southern counties had turned out to be warranted the
night before with the Friday evening forecasts even more bleak. So much so
that some riders who had planned on making the run did cancel. Even our
fearless leader Phil issued an email advising against riding the bikes,
instead offering to meet by car for lunch anyways. Well, despite the dire
warnings, several brave riders made the ride anyhow.
When I showed up at the Sun City meeting point at 7:30 Am, I wasn’t surprised that the only other rider to show was Gerry Stellwagon, and the only reason I wasn’t surprised at that is he emailed me with his intent to go (in case I was planning to cancel—fat chance!) Then one more rider, a non HSTA member, Jim Weagley, showed on his ‘03 Gold Wing.
It was interesting to note the varied methods of dealing with the cold weather. Gerry, on his HD, had the high-tech modern convenience set-up with electric socks, pants, jacket and gloves! Jim had the snowmobile suit approach, along with the excellent weather protection the Gold Wing affords anyhow, and I, running on my wattage challenged ‘91 ST went with the multiple layered approach. All three of us were so cocooned in clothes that it was difficult to communicate, so without much pleasantries, we were off in 36 degree temps at 7:30 AM sharp.
I tried some different routes on this trip and discovered one really great MC road - S. Binion Rd, part of CR437 running North-South between Ocoee-Apopka Rd and US441 in Plymouth (take Boy Scout Blvd south of 441 in Plymouth to get to Binion). Freshly paved, nice snaking turns and a view of Lake Apopka and others to boot. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
The rest of the trip there was fine, save the one obligatory missed turn that resulted in an alternate route that took us down about 3 miles of dirt road to get back on track :-) We still made it to the airport right on schedule though. As for the temps, though it was still a very coolish 45 degrees or so, I noted that some of my clothing layers were damp from perspiration—a sure sign that I was dressed warmly enough.
It was no surprise that there weren’t many other bikes there. Three others as I recall. But there were several folks already inside hiding out from the cold so once we got all our gear off in we went to join up with everyone for a great lunch.
Bunnell Lunch Ride
|All too soon it
was time to leave. We had a 4 hr ride home, even more for Jerry Stellwagon
who had come up from Venice, another hour on top of the group ride! A
quick group picture pose (good thing Bill Robinson made three attempts at
the picture - only got 1 - thanks Bill) We departed at 2:00 PM.
For the return ride home, I had planned retracing our route for the upper half, but taking a different lower half just because. We managed to avoid the dirt road detour we’d experienced on the trip up, but some of us still managed a slight dirt excursion later this day. Read on.
The upper half of the return route was uneventful. We did stop earlier than planned, partly for gas and partly to remove or open up clothing as it was now getting into the low 60’s. I had planned on taking us down CR561 from Clermont, a little more twisty than the alternative SR33, but when we got to the turn, there was a sign stating 561 was closed 1/2 mile south and a detour was in effect. Bummer. From the looks of the trailer park right there where the trailers all looked like they were each on an island, I am sure the problem was road flooding due to all the rain we had in December.
Oh well, SR 33 it would be to get us to another favorite, though somewhat challenging, road. Greenpond Rd - which runs SW from SR33 in Eva, FL to Rockridge, FL - both “towns” indicated on the map, but to drive through them there is no sign of anything even resembling a town. And then at Rockridge, the road name changes to Rockridge Rd., which continues SW until it emerges onto US98 about 8 miles north of Lakeland. Now, these roads were dirt not too many years ago. They travel through what is known as the Green Swamp. Now paved, they are a thin two lanes (at one point crossing over a one lane wooden bridge!) of very rough pavement that twists and turns nicely. Once onto Greenpond, there is a short stretch of settlement where we carefully went through, finally passing the church which was apparently having some sort of goings on as they were directing traffic into their parking lot. We passed on that ;-) Shortly after, as I took the first turn I felt like my rear tire was running low on air. That was really loose gravel that so resembled the surface of the road I couldn’t see it! Well, good enough, it put me into extra cautious mode. As we traveled further along there were several more turns, most of which were in better shape than the first, but still quite rough pavement. Then a nice “S” which, labeled at 25 MPH, I took at 30 successfully, though I thought Hmmm glad I wasn’t going too much faster there. A short stretch of straight and then another right hander and as I exited that, I looked for my entourage in my rear-views.. One second, two, then three and still no one. Uh-Oh I’m thinking… I quickly turn around and get back to the “S” to see a rider standing in the swale with his bike laying down. I was relieved to see the rider standing, though concerned that an incident had occurred at all. This was the very first time I’ve had any incident other than a parking lot drop happen on a ride I led. The rider was Gerry Stellwagon on his Harley Davidson Road King. He appeared to be all right. His right thumb was jammed up pretty good though. We got his bike righted and it was amazing that there appeared to be little, if any, damage to it. Took a few minutes for fuel to re-fill the carbs before it would start. But it finally did and ran fine. Gerry said he thought he may have started the turn too early and ended up making it into a decreasing radius. What ever the cause, he found himself scraping the Harley’s left foot board heavily and running out of road to make the turn. Thanks to his recent track training, he felt sure of what was happening and didn’t panic and he gently low-sided off the road. Fortunately there were no trees, and mostly just soft grass, hay and sand to accept his landing. He had no discernable marks on the helmet, though his riding gear showed signs of contact on the left hind quarter and his left elbow had a small tear in the jacket. His left glove also looked to have scraped pretty good, probably with the pavement from the looks of it. After minutes of assessment and checking out him and the bike we decided he was well enough to continue the ride home.
We did stop once out on US98 to get some ice to treat his now ballooning right thumb. We even ended up makeshift splinting it with duct tape. We also decided to take the most direct route home as we’d had enough adventure for one day. So, off we were for US 301 and then I-75 for the cruise home.
When I got in, I had 377 miles on the clock, run in 7:23 moving time (10 1/2 hrs. elapsed time) with an average speed of 51 MPH. A nice day’s ride. I later checked with Gerry and he was doing fine, contemplating whether or not to ride his VFR on Sunday! He had gone over the Harley and reported that there were only a couple of minor scratches on his mirror housing which he thought would buff out. And, he will have some “badges of honor” on his riding gear but it is still serviceable.
As for the incident, I can’t help thinking about possible causes… It was late in the day, about 4:30 PM so the lighting was beginning to get gray especially since we were in the forest. Too, we had been riding a long day at that point some 300 miles, and Gerry’s particular case more like 360 miles. Add to that Gerry was riding his Harley on a road probably better suited for his VFR. And, the road surface left a lot to be desired. I don’t know that we could or should have done anything differently but I do know this - We all need to keep in mind that stuff can and does happen. Think about it (don’t get complacent or cocky), plan for it (wear the right gear), and ride well within your limits at all times. I am glad that due to the first two points, I think Gerry’s incident was just that, an incident and nothing worse. For that I am grateful.
P.S. If anyone wants a map picture of the roads mentioned, or any others for that matter, please call or email me and I can send one. They’re just too big to include in the newsletter and still be readable.
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We would like to extend a hearty and sincere welcome to the following recent new members. Thank you for choosing to join our group. Many long lasting friendships have begun here and we hope your experience will be a satisfying one!
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related items - wanted or for sale, riding buddies or room mates for
events can be placed right here - for free! Just send them to arrive by
the 20th for the next month's publication. Send to Bill Royal, 1515
Blackstone Circle, Sun City Center, FL. 33573 or email to email@example.com.
1996 BMW R1100RT - BMW's top boxer touring bike, complete with factory bags, ABS, electric Parabellum windshield and a new BMW comfort seat. Just broken in at 38k miles. Beautiful dark blue. Priced well below market at $7250. Call Bill at 904-730-9719, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sargent Cycle Seat for an ST1100 - Black Grip-Tex cover with silver piping. $150 or best offer - Phil Ridgdill at 904 287 9654 or email@example.com
1989 Honda GB500 Incredible original collector bike with only 2400 miles! Purchased from Honda corporate employee. Multiple award winner, including best street stock in Riding Into History Concours. Runs and handles beautifully. New Avon tires, color matched cafe fairing. May be the best looking bike Honda ever made. $4750. Contact Bill at 904-730-9719, firstname.lastname@example.org
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2003 is here, my god what happened to 2002. I don’t know about you guys but I guess it’s a sign of age when the year flies by like 2002 did. My guess, if all of you sat back and thought about all events that you attended, not necessarily motorcycle events, it would be a mountain. Think about all the new bikes that came out last year. I remember riding a rented 200cc Yamaha 2 stroke Twin, 1959 in the Japanese Mountains. Never in my greatest Buck Rogers imagination did I ever think we would ride Motorcycles like we have today. That Yamaha put out a smoke cloud that extended at least 75 yards, so thick you’d need an IFR rating to follow that bike, it was unbelievable. Even today, when I think about riding that bike I can’t help but smile. It was great fun. We didn’t have a clue about where we were going, didn’t know anything about the motorcycle, quite frankly we didn’t have the first clue about anything we were doing on those Motorcycles. What a change the years make.
Terry Brown has a new ST1300, after he gets a few more miles on it we’ll get him to write us a little bit about the bike & what he thinks of it. Bill Robinson has a new FJR1300 and he has quite few miles on that bike. I haven’t asked him for a critique but I will, he’s an experienced rider and he’ll give us detailed report on the Yamaha. I’ve been looking at both of these bikes with a great deal of interest. Having said that, every time I ride my 91 ST1100, it feels great even though its 12 years old and 82000 on the clock. I know the new bikes have all the new everything on them and most likely when I get the opportunity to ride one of these new ones, it will come home to me how outdated my old ST really is.
Awhile back I wrote a bit about what I’d like to see in a new Motorcycle, anybody remember, probably not. Here’s an update, SPORT BIKE MODEL; Wheel base 56-56.5 inch, Single sided swing arm, Shaft Drive or Chain Drive (they make them better now), Fully adjustable suspension, front & rear, Motor- V5, V4, inline 4 or Twin, FI injected 1200cc, meet all emissions standards, rear wheel 140hp, 45 mpg plus, 6 speed close ratio gear box, very latest digital ignition, 32000 mile service interval, 17inch wheels Front & rear, Z rated radials Front & Rear, Radial mount Calipers, ABS Brakes complete with Rider control (off/on), braided lines, full faring, aerodynamic, small with excellent weather protection, comfortable ergonomics for 5ft 3in-6ft rider, seat as good as any Sargent/Corbin or Russell seat, adjustable to at least 3 positions, heated grips, MAX Weight--500lbs wet. For the SPORT TOURING MODEL, minor changes; Shaft Drive, a more up right riding position, powered windscreen, super lights for night riding and saddlebags, body styled so when bags are removed, it looks good, MAX Weight—550lbs wet. Everything else just like the Sport Bike. It would be so nice. I think Honda could build it, don’t know what the price would be, anybody want to guess. Or better yet, lets hear what some of you guys/girls have to say about the perfect bike.
Don’t forget the HSTA activities going on during Daytona Bike Week, Lunch ride on Thursday 6 Mar 03, Lunch at 12:00 noon, Blackwater Inn, Astor Park FL. Sat Nite 8 March 03, Dinner at Indigo Lakes, make your reservations early. While I’m on HSTA Activities I’d like to bring this up to our members. We have our Monthly Lunch Rides and I don’t see very many of our Lady members. We have approximately 14 Female members here in FL and I would like to make sure they feel welcome at all of our events/rides or whatever. When we have our Lunch rides, 15-20 of us guys show up for lunch, some of our Female members, riders/passenger, may not feel comfortable being the only Lady there. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen, so don’t forget your Wife/Girl Friend/SO, they are welcome.
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HSTA Members Save on Riding Into History
The 4th Annual Riding Into History Concours d' Elegance for motorcycles has been scheduled for May 3rd, 2003. The event will once again be held at the beautiful World Golf Village, just north of St. Augustine on I-95, exit 95A.
There will be 100 or more antique, vintage and custom bikes on display, as well as dealers, vendors, clubs, food and exhibitions. HSTA members can receive a voucher that will save them $10, so that two people can attend for the price of one. Just e-mail Bill Robinson at RIH2003@aol.com and request a voucher. He'll mail you one - just be sure to include your return snail mail address. Make your plans now. it's a great destination.
For more information you can also go to www.RidingIntoHistory.com.
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The Daytona Dinner is scheduled for Saturday 5:30pm, March 8th 2003. We will have a speaker this year. Mr. Jon Seidel from American Honda has agreed to speak to us about Honda and the good things they do for all of us. The Dinner will be at the same location as last year, Indigo Lakes Golf Club, 312 Indigo Drive, Daytona Beach, FL. The Manager is Marc Lillis. Great Location, 5 minutes from the Daytona Speedway and 5 minutes from the Daytona Memorial Stadium (dirt track). Indigo Drive is the first intersection East of I 95 on International Speedway Drive (US 92 ), turn left on Indigo Drive, pass in front of the Holiday Inn, continue on Indigo Drive through a residential area until you come to the Indigo Lakes Golf Club (approx 1 mile) If your coming from the Speedway, it’s the last traffic light before I 95, turn right on to Indigo drive.
We will have a private Banquet Room and will have a buffet dinner, menu as follows; Same as last year only better, as promised by the manager of Indigo Lakes Golf Club. Tossed Garden Salad with dressing, Pasta Salad, Fruit Salad, Cranberry gelatin Salad, Chicken Marsala, Broiled Fish du jour (grouper) Roast Beef Sliced, Savory Rice, Mixed Vegetable Medley, Fresh Baked Rolls & Butter, Hot bread pudding with Brandy hard Sauce & a Choice of Beverage, Coffee, Tea, & Ice Tea. There will be an Open Cash Bar in the Banquet Room. Price, Meal $ 18.95 per person, with tax & service charge total will be $23.70 per person.
Dinner will be by Prepaid Reservation. All cheques made out to the Indigo Lakes Golf Club, Mail Cheques to Phillip Ridgdill, 720 Opossum Lane, Switzerland FL 32259, last day to receive reservation will be Feb 26 2003, all checks will be deposited with the golf club. The Golf Club Staff will have the Reservation List at the Banquet Room.
Coordinator – Phil Ridgdill, (904 287 9654) e-mail email@example.com
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|Ever wonder what
it would be like to ride a scooter for ten days? Or why anyone would
want to? Like nothing you imagined, and because I'm certifiably Nuts.
Actually this trip to STAR was as comfortable as any of the past eight STAR rides. The Honda Reflex 250 performed admirably, was reasonably comfortable and really surprised me in the twisties. On a smooth surface, with no whoop-t-doos it cornered as well as the PC800. Of course, the suspension and light weight wouldn't permit hard cornering on a rough surface.
|I rode with Bill and Eve on his ST1100 and Scott Wingerter with his VFR800. Taking three days each way made the average less than 400 miles per day; piece of cake for any rider. Running around 60-65mph, I don't think I held up the parade too much.||
||Surprisingly, I didn't get any ribbing about my ride at STAR or during the entire trip; nice bunch of people! Actually I did get a lot of attention with the Silver Reflex, not a large percentage of sport bikers ride a machine like this, wonder why?|
|After 2600 miles
my 1.2 qt oil level was still right up there. Average fuel mileage was
Bottom line, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride and plan on keeping 'Pogo' as my primary ride, (Although, I have no plans for long distance touring with it.)
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Ride/Events are compiled for your convenience from a variety of sources. HSTA Sponsored rides are indicated with the "¨" symbol. If you are considering making any of the rides we suggest you call the contact ahead of time to confirm the ride is still on as listed.
¨ HSTA Florida South Lunch Ride - Saturday, February 8th - Noon, Clock Restaurant, Arcadia FL. The Clock restaurant is located on SR70, about 3/4 mile east of US17. This is an easy 125 miles from West Palm Beach, 150 from Melbourne, even a do-able 175 from Miami so we hope to see some of you southern Florida riders attend. This ride’s for YOU. As always, NON-HSTA members are welcome.
¨ HSTA Florida North Lunch Ride - Saturday, February 15th - Noon, Blackwater Inn, Astor Fl. “Practice Run” for Bike Week lunch ride—see below for details
¨Bike Week Lunch Ride - Thursday March 6 2003, Lunch at 12:00 noon. - Blackwater Inn, Astor Park FL. Located on US 40 west of Ormond Beach FL. Same place as last year. Foods good, plenty of parking and just far enough way from Daytona. For Info contact Phil Ridgdill at (904) 287-9654.
7th Annual Leesburg Bikefest - Fri-Sun, April 25-27th - Leesburg, FL Free Event in Historic Downtown Leesburg. BikeFest draws over 60,000 Bikers from through out the Southeast United States and has been featured on Born To Ride TV, Thunder Press, Full Throttle and Motorcycle Events Magazine and is one of the most unique, up-and-coming Biker events in the Country. Streets are closed to Bikers only! No Cars. Trade Mark $2.00 Budweiser, available from one of many beer stations, vendors, festive foods, antique and gift shops, restaurants and bars, Rats Hole Custom Motorcycle Show, Live entertainment on two stages, Miss Bike fest Contest, see Web Site for entertainment Line up, field events, observation rides into the Countryside of Lake County. (Located 12 miles east of I-75, Just south of Ocala and north of Orlando, Dead center of the Sunshine State). e-mail questions to LeesburgPartnership@earthlink.net, web site: http://www.leesburgbikefest.com/.
4th Annual Riding Into History Concours d' Elegance - May 3rd - World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL - See details in event spotlights.
¨ And all the known HSTA Events across the country (now covering 2003 events scheduled so far!)...
NOTE: Items highlighted GREY are not yet confirmed/scheduled for 2003 so be sure to check on updates before making any plans!
|Feb. 07-09||Ride the Rio||Ft. Davis, Texas||David Gorham (281) 996-5043 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Apr. 18-20||T-15||Mena, Arkansas||Danny Gordon (903) 463-4973 email@example.com|
|May. 02-04||Huck's Memorial Road & Track Rally||Gassville, Arkansas||Peter Peitz (870) 435 6777 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|May. 02-04||Helen 2002||Helen, Georgia||Eric Larsen (770) 805- 0607 email@example.com|
|May. 16-18||TwiStar 2002||Spring Green, Wisconsin||John Perkings (608) 280-8204 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|May 23-25||Tri-STAR||Sparta, NC||Galen Diehl (276) 647-3162 email@example.com|
|Jun. 06-08||WeSTAR||Buck Meadows/Groveland, California||John Button (925) 736-2670 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jun. 22-25||STAR 2003||Charleston, West Virginia||Jon & Janet Campbell (513) 932-3341 email@example.com|
|Aug. 22-24||Mail Pouch Fly-by||Marietta, Ohio||Jon Campbell (513) 932-3341 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sep. 05-07||Ozark BS Rally||Theodosia, Missouri||Ed Young (417) 926-3075 email@example.com|
|Sep. 12-14||SE-Star||Dillard, Georgia||Trey Hall (615) 574-9927 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sep. 26-28||Byway Boogie||Hot Springs Village, Arkansas||Robert Bashaw (870)460-9570 Robert.Bashaw@ocse.state.ar.us|
|Oct. 03-05||River City Ride||Corydon, Indiana||Don Parish (317) 936-5818 email@example.com|
|Oct. 10-12||FOF XI||Parkshills, Missouri||James Radcliff (314) 213-5854 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Oct. 31-Nov. 02||Texas Hill Country||Kerrville, Texas||Jim Poulos (817) 268-4620 email@example.com|
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