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Fall 2010

The Official Publication of The Motorcycle Touring Association

Fall 2010
Fall Edition Vol. 26 No. 4

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Fall 2010 2
by Pat Klix
MTA President

he leaves are falling, and the days are smoothly. Also, thanks to Susan Frye for spending a
shorter. But, some of the riders are still lot of time for a full and comprehensive financial re-
moving along. I hope this time of the year is port. We are lucky to have such good members in our
finding everyone healthy and happy. organization. The new financial program should give
us the ability to have reports and member services in a
Now you can start thinking and making plans for our timely manner.
next rally in Utah. It should be a beautiful and nice
place for riding. The scenery is awesome. The Board I hope that those of you who received the last newslet-
has been working on keeping the costs down and get- ter enjoyed the full color. We will not be able to fi-
ting some great prizes. Please get your registrations in nancially do that again for awhile. But, remember,
early. that this is what you can get on-line.

I would like to thank Keith Yedica and Phil Andreas- Have a happy Halloween and a full Thanksgiving!
sen for making the move of the office go so

In Memory Of Don Sorenson

Why We Ride Motorcycles Oct 6 2010
Submitted online for Dave Karlotski
Hi everyone.

"There is cold, and there is cold on a motorcycle. Cold on I sent this message a couple of weeks ago, but don't know if you
received. If not, I apologize. If so, I apologize for sending twice.
a motorcycle is like being beaten with cold hammers
while being kicked with cold boots, a bone bruising cold. I want to let you know that Don passed away on October 6. It was
The wind's big hands squeeze the heat out of my body peaceful. He took a final breath and he was gone. He is finally
and whisk it away; caught in a cold October rain, the free from the struggle he was going through. I am sure he is riding
drops don't even feel like water. They feel like shards of on a bike now with our other motorcycle family that passed before
him. I am at a loss as to what I will do without him. I miss him so
bone fallen from the skies of Hell to pock my face. I ex- much I always hoped for a different outcome, but it was not to be.
pect to arrive with my cheeks and forehead streaked with I don't know what the future holds but it will be empty without
blood, but that's just an illusion, just the misery of nerves him.
not designed for highway speeds.
I left right after for vacation so I have some time to try and process
what has happened. Thanks for all of your prayers and support.
Despite this, it's hard to give up my motorcycle in the fall I apologize for the delay in sending the information, but it is still
and I rush to get it on the road again in the spring; lapses hard for me to talk or write about, even to comprehend that he is
of sanity like this are common among motorcyclists. really gone.
When you let a motorcycle into your life you’re changed
forever. The letters "MC" are stamped on your driver’s Time for me to go as I am in tears and folks are wondering what is
license right next to your sex and weight as if
"motorcycle" was just another of your physical character- Talk to you soon. I will be back home October 23.
(Continued on page 6)
Love Sarah
Fall 2010 3
FOR SALE Craftsman Motorcycle jack. Selling Host Hotel for the 2011 Gathering in Cedar
due to getting great deal on PitBull jack. Can- City, Utah is
not use two jacks. This is the same jack as ad- Crystal Inn Cedar city
vertised by Sears as: Craftsman Motorcycle/ATV 1575 West 200 North
Jack Sold by Sears | Sears Item# 00950190000 |
Model# 34612 Selling price on 1/26/2010 was
Cedar City, UT 84720-2005
$119.99. I paid less as I bought with my Crafts- (888) 787-6661
man Club Card. May be seen at this website: Room rate $65 plus tax for a single King or
Double Queen Room. Free Hot breakfast in-
Jack is used and has been used to lift Honda CBX, cluded. You must make the reservation usning
VTX1300, and GL1800. code MTAG to obtain the rate. Reservations
must be made by 5/15/2011. Reservations made
No warranty but can say that I did just use this after that date will be at standar rates.
in the last 60 days to pull front and rear WHEELS
off Wing. First $60.00 takes it plus cost of
shipping. Camping.
Host Campground is
Contact me to arrange payment and shipping at: KOA Cedar City KOA Kampgrounds - (435) 586-9872
- Harvey
* * * * * This campground has RV sites($35-$38), Tent
Sites($20), and Camping Cabins(1 Bed sleeps
For Sale: 1986 Yamaha Venture Royale - $1700 6 $40, 2 bed Sleeps 8 $50).
(Owasso) It is about 2.5 miles from the host hotel
1986 Yamaha Venture Royale - Has been sit- Look for further information on the 2011
ting in garage for over a year. Dead bat- Gathering in the near future.
tery, clutch needs bleeding, not tagged for
over a year. Need the room in the garage.
Black/copper color. Good shape. 59K miles.
CB, Cassette, Intercom, Cruise Control. Dam-
age to left fairing. I gave it a jump from
the truck and it started right up and ran
just like I remember. Make an offer.
No events scheduled for the
next 60 days.

June 20—23 2011

MTA Gathering
Cedar City, Utah

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Fall 2010 4
Letter from Lifetime Member, Guy Buster
Introduction by Harvey Wilson, BoD

t is with a great deal of pleasure that the Board of
Directors brings to the membership the below let-
ter/communication from Mr. Guy Buster, one of
our original members (his member number is 563).
It is always wonderful to hear from old friends.

Guy not only was a very early mem- 08/13/2010

ber, but he also became a Life Mem-
ber. Unfortunately the local VA My name is Guy Buster Sr. I am one of the original
chapter that he supported sort of members of the Club and my number is 563. I joined
folded as members left to pursue the Venture Touring Society in 1983. This was during
other things. But Guy has remained the time when you had to own a Yamaha Venture in or-
der to become a member of the club. Venture was the
loyal to the MTA.
strongest touring bike out and also very fast.
I remember the first time I met Guy The organization has since changed their name to the
and, of course, I remember his pris- Motorcycle Touring Association. Mr. Ron D'Allessio
tine Venture. He kept it cleaner than (May he rest in peace) was the Director of the club
I ever could keep mine. And Guy after Mr. Lawrence Knight. I've been riding motorcy-
loved to ride. But life intervened cles for 64 years. My favorite motorcycle is the Ya-
and I lost touch with Guy so I was maha. And I still ride my Yamaha. Currently, I also
very glad to see this letter and now ride a Renegade Trike. At present, I have been a mem-
ber of this organization for [27] years.
share it with all of our members.
I am writing you today because I've been a loyal and
Guy’s letter also serves as a re- active participant. I have paid my $500.00 Lifetime
minder to all of us that not every Membership fee and when the new organization was in-
member uses the internet for com- troduced, I paid the required $100.00 membership fee.
munication and that many of our
members rely totally on our maga- I am deeply concerned and upset that I am not recog-
zine for info about what is happening nized by name in our newsletter as were some of the
in MTA. other Lifetime Members.

I would greatly appreciate you taking a closer look

I hope that Guy is able to attend the into this matter, so that it may be resolved.
Gathering in Cedar City in June of
2011. Guy, you get not only your I am 83 years of age and "I shall ride till I die".
name displayed but your letter Please give me the joy of having my name displayed in
printed for all to read! Hopefully our newsletter as a lifetime member.
this will spark some of our other
members that we have not heard Sincerely,
from for a while to contact us also. Guy Buster Sr. No. 563

Here are Guy’s thoughts:

Fall 2010 5
Why We Ride Motorcycles
Submitted online for Dave Karlotski

(Continued from page 3) tems check for my soul. It tears smiles out of me: a min-
istics, or maybe a mental condition. But when warm ute ago I was dour, depressed, apathetic, numb, but now,
weather finally does come around all those cold snaps on two wheels, big, ragged, windy smiles flap against
and rainstorms are paid in full because a summer is the side of my face, billowing out of me like air from a
worth any price. decompressing plane.

A motorcycle is not just a two-wheeled car; the differ- Transportation is only a secondary function. A motorcy-
ence between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcy- cle is a joy machine. It's a machine of wonders, a metal
cle is the difference between watching TV and actually bird, a motorized prosthetic. It's light and dark and shiny
living your life. We spend all our time sealed in boxes and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it's
and cars are just the rolling boxes that shuffle us from a conduit of grace, it's a catalyst for bonding the gritty
home-box to work-box to store-box and back, the whole and the holy. I still think of myself as a motorcycle ama-
time, entombed in stale air, temperature regulated, sound teur, but by now I've had a handful of bikes over half a
insulated, and smelling of carpets. dozen years and slept under my share of bridges. I
wouldn't trade one second of either the good times or the
On a motorcycle I know I'm alive. When I ride, even the misery. Learning to ride one of the best things I've done.
familiar seems strange and glorious. The air has weight
and substance as I push through it and its touch is as inti- Cars lie to us and tell us we're safe, powerful, and in
mate as water to a swimmer. I feel the cool wells of air control. The air-conditioning fans murmur empty assur-
that pool under trees and the warm spokes that fall ances and whisper, "Sleep, sleep." Motorcycles tell us a
through them. I can see everything in a sweeping 360 more useful truth: we are small and exposed, and proba-
degrees, up, down and around, wider than Pana-Vision bly moving too fast for our own good, but that's no rea-
and than IMAX and unrestricted by ceiling or son not to enjoy every minute of the ride.
dashboard. Sometimes I even hear mu-
sic. It's like hearing phantom tele-
phones in the shower or false doorbells
when vacuuming; the pattern-loving
brain, seeking signals in the noise,
raises acoustic ghosts out of the wind's
roar. But on a motorcycle I hear whole
songs: rock 'n roll, dark orchestras,
women's voices, all hidden in the air
and released by speed. At 30 miles per
hour and up, smells become uncannily
vivid. All the individual tree- smells
and flower- smells and grass-smells flit
by like chemical notes in a great plant
symphony. Sometimes the !
smells evoke memories so strongly that
it’s as though the past hangs invisible
in the air around me, wanting only the
most casual of rumbling time machines
to unlock it. A ride on a summer after-
noon can border on the rapturous. The
sheer volume and variety of stimuli is The above photo was taken at Lake Powell, Utah. Summer 2010. Photo sub-
like a bath for my nervous system, an mitted online by John Madden, Jr. Please visit for the
electrical massage for my brain, a sys- rest of the photo gallery.

Fall 2010 6
Oldest Motorcycle Race In The World

The Isle Of Man

By Paul and Kathi Ingley

Originally published in Venture Road, October 1985

ow that the prints and slides are
back, the story can be told. One
of the two fondest dreams of my
motorcycling life became reality
on Friday, May 31 of this year when we
started north from Gloucestershire, England,
on the M-5 motorway towards Lancaster and
Heysham, to board the ferry to Douglas,
capital of the Isle of Man.

A full week awaited us — for me, to be sur-

rounded by the sounds and sensations that are
the very air I breathe — motorcycles moving
or still, large or small, singles, twins, multis.
For Kathi, the sea, potteries, beaches, craft
centers, mountaintop views and no office for spiraling hairpin turns on the rear of the boat and rode 15 miles across the island to our
a week! put us into the belly of the ferry, where the hotel in Port Erin, where the night clerk
bikes were tied down. The hold was locked awaited us. Through the picture windows in
The weather was great, dispelling once again and guards posted, insuring a safe trip across. the bar/ballroom, we saw a group of BMW
the myth that all England is foggy and damp. riders playing soccer — something that hap-
It remained great throughout the week, with The trip itself was very calm, with a brilliant pens, I understand, when they run out of
only a shower Thursday night (June 6), half-moon lighting the Irish Sea, which, by Geritol and turn to hard liquor.
which left the TT (Tours Trophy) course the way, is rumored to be the worst body of
damp on Friday morning. water in the Northern Hemisphere. Having Next morning, after atypical stomach- churn-
never been on a body of water other than ing British breakfast, we set off north to
Arriving on the dock at Heysham started my Chesapeake Bay, I received my proper intro- Douglas to the first place everyone should
juices flowing as wave after wave of an as- duction to the Irish Sea last summer when we stop upon entering any town this side of the
sortment of the wildest bikes I have ever seen ferried the Venture to Ireland — but that's Atlantic — the tourist bureau. The staff in
in my life whined, roared, thumped and another story. every tourist bureau office in each country
screamed down the winding way onto the we've been to has amazing amounts of rele-
ferry dock. A series of three downward- We arrived in Douglas at 1 a.m. on Saturday vant information, and they bend over back-
wards to help you. After loading the side bag
with maps and news material, we started
walking and taking photos.

The Venture became a focus for meeting

people from everywhere, as usual. French,
Irish, Swedes and Germans all came up to
admire the only Venture on the island, and
discuss its various features.

Walking back to the bike from a tour of the

shopping mall, we found a fellow on his
knees feeling the Dunlop K-291-T tire on the
rear of the Venture. He turned to his friends
standing nearby, and us, and said, "This is no
Gold Wing rider — the edges of the tire are
really feathered!"

We introduced ourselves and found Jock and

his friends to be from the Belfast area of
northern Ireland. I told him we had consid-
(Continued on page 8)

Fall 2010 7
(Isle of Man, Continued from page 7) torcycles parked three and four deep, on both
ered visiting there but had trepidations about sides of the street, from one end to the other!
our safety. Jock replied that it was safer than Not to mention all the full side streets and
Liverpool, even though his 1100 Yamaha parking lots and the constant stream of bikes
was completely painted flat black to discour- up and down the promenade itself 24 hours a
age thieves. After a long and far-ranging con- day. We found one road, on Thursday, where
versation, I began to formulate plans in my we didn't see another motorcycle for over
mind to go to the Glens of Antrim above Bel- five minutes!
fast in the year or so before we return to the
States. So we might just see Jock again. The TT races — which have been run yearly
since the first one in 1907 — were incredible.
A group of Swedish soldiers arrived on regu- By now, all race fans know that Joey Dunlop
lation Monarch bikes with 500cc side valve matched Mike Hallwood's 1967 record of
Albion engines. They told us of an old Swed- winning three of the five solo-rider races (the
ish gentleman on a 90cc bike who was in sidecar races were separate events). He rode confident that the madness was done for the
town, having ridden to Moscow, through the smoothly and seemingly without effort day.
Balkans and Europe prior to arrival here! We throughout the week and it paid off, espe-
looked all week for him, but without success. cially after the near disastrous trip over, when Imagine, if you can, bikes four and five
However, if you were looking for someone the boat carrying Joey and several other rac- across, at 130-140 mph — going in both di-
specific, one glance at the 2-1/2- mile prome- ers sank after striking rocks in the channel rections! A few cars, with foreign tags
nade on the Douglas Bay front showed mo- which had been missed on the first departure (tourists) were getting the surprise of their
from the Irish docks. I imagine they stood on lives! We cruised slowly (80-90 mph) on the
top of the late arrival they had turned back edge of the road, especially on the blind
for while they awaited the rescue boat in the curves, where I could feel Kathi physically
freezing water. No worry about rust and cor- shrinking and disappearing into the space
rosion, however, when Honda gives you an- between the seat and travel trunk on the Ven-
other brand-new bike to race with. ture.

On the nights after the races and the off-days After jumping Bellaugh Bridge with the rest,
between races, the island's schedule was full I started getting caught up in the action and I
of events. Numerous owners' club rallies don't remember much of what we did, al-
were held at scenic pubs and spots around the though we met people during the rest of the
isle. BMW, Moto Guzzi, Ducati, Vincent, week who mentioned that they had seen us
Suzuki, MV Agusta, Norton, Triumph, Royal on Mad Sunday and couldn't believe that a
Enfield, Laverda and BSA all had rallies, bike so big could do what it was doing!
while the vintage bikes (those built prior to After passing through Ramsey's Parliament
1930!) had runs up and down and across the Square, leaving some footpeg and muffler
island all week. marks on the road, we started into the moun-
tain section. The hairpin on May Hill caught
Mad Sunday. Everyone warned me about me unawares, but after making it through
Mad Sunday. My Yamaha dealer in town, my unscathed, doing a prolonged wheelie up
friends in the local motorcycle police force, towards the waterworks (and getting a round
Kathi's fellow workers — even my mother of applause from the spectators), I stopped
warned me! for some photos on the gooseneck. Kathi got
off without a word, got behind a parked truck
So we stayed away from the course on Mad and smoked the better part of a pack of
Sunday, the day the officials and police open Winstons in about 15 minutes!
the course to anyone who wants to play racer.
There are ambulances, helicopters and police Anyway . . . we made it through the week
standing by on the course, and there are no and are planning to return. The officials had a
restrictions or speed limits. The two- lane, 37 recruitment drive on for track marshals, and
-3/4-mile road course is open to all comers. I've volunteered for next year.
This year, though, they made the mountain
portion of the circuit from Ramsey to Doug- We left Douglas at midnight on Saturday,
las one way, to stop the carnage of past years. June 8, and rolled off the ferry in Heysham at
So we visited the potteries and scenic spots 4 a.m. with a group of other tired and physi-
and tried to find someone who knew what cally drained motorcyclists into a driving
time the course would reopen to the general downpour that lasted until Birmingham,
public. This was the first time we had been where the sun came out. The M-5 led us
there, and I hadn't had a chance to travel the southbound to our big queen-size bed and the
course to look for spots to take race pictures. first real sleep in nine days — with no all-
About 6 p.m. we ventured onto the course, night soccer game downstairs!
Fall 2010 8
See The USA with the AVA—Part II
Submitted by Phill Griggs, Wisconsin Chapter 1

figured JD from Ponca city was going to get out and get a lot
of points. My wife (Loraine) of 22 years was going to have a
knee replacement on the 31st of March so I figured I better get

It was a very windy cold Saturday March the 27th. I pulled the old
Venture out of its resting place and headed for Route 66. Oklahoma
has the longest stretch of the old and new Route 66 in the nation.
My first stop was the Sapulpa Historic Museum. The wind was
blowing hard and I had to pick my sign up 3 times before I got the
picture taken. No more sign for this day! After getting the picture I
headed on down “Historic Route 66”.

My next stop was the town of Depew, Oklahoma. Depew is a pic-

turesque historic town located on an original 1920s concrete align-
ment of Route 66. Originally a thriving oil boom town, it dwindled
to a shadow of its former population. However, its legacy is a main
street lined with early statehood buildings, testimony of the town's RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel
former grandeur.

Then on to Stroud, OK and the Rock Café. This extremely well-

worn cafe has been remodeled many times since it originally went Broadway. Davenport’s Brick Broadway (Route 66) is now on the
up in 1939 as the last of Route 66 was being paved. Roy Rieves National Register of Historic Places and is a fun diversion for trav-
built it out of rocks removed as the highway was constructed, and elers on the Mother Road. Read the historic marker in front of the
from 1959 to 1983 it was operated by Mamie Mayfield, who be- post office, denoting that the town started as a stagecoach stop and
came a legendary hostess among long-haul truckers and road trip- rural trade center in 1891. There are two large murals on two his-
pers on the old Mother Road. For the last thirteen years, the proprie- toric downtown buildings that depict nine scenes reproduced by
tor has been Dawn Welch, a prodigious cook whose legendary ham- professional artists from actual photos from the early days. At chan-
burgers are still sizzled on the old original Rock Cafe grill. dler I got a picture of the old 1930’s Phillips 66 station that still
stands today as did back in the 30s to the 60s. My next photo was
After getting a couple of pictures I traveled on down Route 66 to the Lincoln county museum.
Chandler, OK with a stop at Davenport to photo the Historic Brick
Making my way on west on “Route 66” I
stopped for a photo at the Seaba Service
Station. Seaba Station is listed on the Na-
tional Register of Historical Places and was
chosen as one of the top Route 66 roadside
attractions last year by Hampton Inns. The
building was built in 1923-24 by John Se-
aba as a NevrNox Gasoline Station, but in
the 1940s it was doing more engine rebuild-
ing and by the 1950s it was called Seaba
Engine Rebuilding and gasoline was no
longer being sold. John had a wholesale and
retail engine rebuilding business that cov-
ered a wide swath of the southwestern
United States. The wholesale business was
called Ace Engine Rebuilding. Then I ran
across a sign that stated Historic private
“Old 66” I thought I have got to check this
out. So I made a u-turn and went back.

I thought I would just run down this part of

the old 66, so off I went. It was so rough
that it almost shock my teeth loose. So I
went back to the main road and continued
(Continued on page 10)

Fall 2010 9
(USA with the AVA, Continued from page 9)

on west. I was running 65 and enjoying this windy day. I just caught
a clumpish of and old rock structure. Hey I had to check this out
also. So here I go again with a U’y in middle of “Route 66” and
back about ½ mile. When I first pulled of the side of the road the
bike and I almost parted company, but I managed to keep it up right.
After settling my heart rate a little I climbed off and to my surprise
it was an old service station. A picture of Lyle Melton & Red Ab-
bott the owners was a attached to the structure beams. The year was
the early 1940s and it looks as if it was a Conoco service station.

On west to Arcadia. In Arcadia I got a

points-of-interest photos of the Hillbilly’s
Bed & Breakfast and the Round Barn. The
Round Barn was built in 1898. The round
design was chosen with hopes that it would
successfully survive any possible tornado
hit. The barn is 60 feet in diameter, and 45
feet tall. The second story inside is rented
out for parties. The barn is in great shape
now, but it was in danger for many decades.
In 1988 the roof collapsed, and the repair
bill was a staggering $165,000. Local volun-
teers couldn't bear to see their landmark in
ruins, so over the next four years, they do-
nated the time and raised the money to re-
build it, completing the task for just

(To be continued in the next issue.)

Fall 2010 10
June 20-23, 2011
Cedar City, Utah
Register today on-line at or complete this form
and return by mail or fax. Enjoy the beauty of Cedar City, Utah, the
Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Pre-registrations
will be accepted until May 15, 2011.

- An AMA Sanctioned Event -


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which the event is operated in and that if any portion thereof is held invalid, it is agreed that the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect. 5. THE UNDERSIGNED HAS
READ AND VOLUNTARILY SIGNS THE RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT, and further agrees that no oral representations, statements or
inducements apart from the foregoing written agreement have been made.

Rider ______________________________ Passenger ________________________________ Date _____________

Participants under 21 years of age: parent or legal guardian must sign:

Parent/Legal Guardian __________________________________________________________ Date _____________

MAIL TO: MTA Gathering, 1441 Ugugu Drive · Brevard, NC 28712 (828) 483-4534 ·(877) 256-9303
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After May 15, please bring form with you to register on site.
READ CAREFULLY: Registration changes, cancellations, refunds: Accepted in
writing only, no phone calls please. Cancellations: If postmarked before May 15, Schedule Of Events
2011, a $15 handling fee will be deducted and a refund check will be mailed 2 weeks
after event. If post-marked between May 15 and June 1, no refund but full credit
minus $10 toward the 2012 event. After June 1, no refunds will be given; however, Monday, June 20
you can send a friend in your name. 11am - 3pm Registration
3:30pm-4:30pm Opening Ceremonies
Registration and Optional Fees 6:30pm-8:15pm Monday Dinner
(All fees in US Dollars)
Tuesday, June 21
8am CMA Services
Basic Pre-Registration ($63 non-member) $44.00 x ______ $ _______
8:30am Guided Tour
Basic Post Registration ($74 non-member) $55.00 x ______ $ _______ 9am – 11am Registration
9am Poker Run
Day Pass (Mon, Tue, Wed) $19.00 x ______ $ _______ 9am Observation Run
Contest Sheet
Day Pass (Thur, includes dinner) $35.00 x ______ $ _______
9am Seminar (tentative)
Children’s Registration & Banquet Ticket $20.00 x ______ $ _______ 1pm – 3pm Registration
All Day Self-Guided tours
Poker Run $10.00 x ______ $ _______ 7pm Bingo
Extra Grand Prize Tickets (6 tickets per book) $20.00 x ______ $ _______
Wednesday, June 22
50/50 Cash Draw (6 tickets per book) $ 5.00 x ______ $ _______ 8am CMA Services
(3 winners - 25%, 15%, 10%) 8:15am Life Member Breakfast
9am – 11am Registration
Monday Evening Dinner $12.00 x ______ $ _______
9am Poker Run
TOTAL $ ________________ 9am Observation Run
Contest Sheet
EVENT MERCHANDISE - (Below order form must also be completed)
10am Field Events
1pm – 3pm Registration
Short Sleeve T-Shirts $16.00 (SM-XL) x ______ $ _______
3pm - 5pm Bike Show
$18.00 (2XL) x ______ $ _______ 8pm MTA Business Meeting
$20.00 (3XL-5XL) x ______ $ _______ MO1 Dessert Fundraiser
Golf Shirts $32.00 (SM-5XL) x ______ $ _______ After Dark Bike Light Show
Baseball-style Hats (one size fits all) $13.00 x ______ $ _______
Thursday, June 23
8am CMA Services
TOTAL $ ________________
9am Guided Tour
GRAND TOTAL $ ________________ 9am – 11am Registration
9am Poker Run
 Check / M.O. Enclosed  VISA  MASTERCARD All Day Self-Guided tours
If sending check, please make payable to MOTORCYCLE TOURING ASSOCIATION. 6pm - 10pm Catered Dinner and
CC# ______________________________________ Exp. ___________ Grand Awards
Cardholder Signature _________________________________________
Friday, June 24
CONFIRMATIONS WILL NOT BE SENT. Your registration packet will be 8am CMA Bike Blessing
available for you to pick up at the registration area. If you have a concern, please and Farewell
feel free to call the home office at 877-833-3687.
* All events are subject to change.
ORDER EARLY! Quantities will be limited
and no orders will be taken at theFall 2010
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2010 Gathering Images—Galena, Illinois
Submitted by Harvey Wilson

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2010 Gathering Images—Galena, Illinois
Submitted by Harvey Wilson

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The Legal Word
By Russ Brown — Originally published in Venture Road, October 1985

this accident the driver of the pick-up, again while drunk and driv-
A True Story ing his pick-up, was involved in another accident. This time, how-
ever, we are glad to report that it was he who sustained the injury.

magine yourself riding through the gently rolling backways of
northern California on a warm Nonetheless, through the efforts of this office, the motorcyclist was
summer's day in the early afternoon. All of a sudden, another cleared of his citation. The district attorney was finally convinced to
vehicle appears directly in front of you going the opposite speak to the witness. Without further complication, all charges
direction. With nowhere to go, you close your eyes, hold your against the motorcyclist were dropped on the day of his trial.
breath and pray that you health insurance is paid up. Sound famil-
iar? This office thereafter, did a personal in-depth reconstruction of the
accident scene. From it, it was determined that at least 90% of the
Now imagine, that after it is all over, and you have subsequently Datsun pick-up was on the wrong side of the road at the moment
learned that the other driver was drunk when he hit you, that not when he impacted the motorcyclist. And although the pick-up driver
only have the police determined that the accident was your fault, but told the police that he had merely two glasses of wine with lunch
you have received a citation along with the bill from the hospital. that day, tests determined that he was well in excess of the 0.10 per-
Thus was the misfortune of another motorcyclist. cent limit of blood-alcohol set by the state law.

The facts are this; the motorcyclist was travelling on State Route 92 In terms of the criminal consequences on the drunken pickup driver,
in the unincorporated portion of San Mateo County on his way we wish to inform you that he had since pleaded guilty and is rap-
home from a friend's. He was not alone and his riding companion idly approaching his sentencing date in which the motorcyclist,
was with him the entire time and was a witness to the carnage that through this office, will address the court on the issue of punish-
was about to follow. After making a left-hand turn and continually ment.
travelling in a northbound direction, a small, but quite lethal Datsun
pick-up truck going southbound in the northbound lanes, struck the As to whether the motorcyclist will be able to recover for his perma-
motorcyclist head-on. The police arrived and after making an initial nent injury from the pick-up driver's insurance, we have been in-
eyeball of the scene, noticed that while conversing with the driver of formed that they feel the accident was still the motorcyclist's fault
the pick-up, "I detected a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage and for that reason he is entitled to nothing. The insurance com-
emitting from his breath." The officer further stated he ". . . noticed pany's day in court is also upcoming. We will keep you informed.
his (the driver's) eyes to be red-rimmed and bloodshot."

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MTA Statement of Cash Flows and Profit & Loss Comparison
Submitted by Susan Frye, Treasurer


Letter from the Treasurer

It is with great excitement that I submit the comparative 9 month profit and loss statement and cash flow
for the Motorcycle Touring Association. It would not have been possible without the detail and care of Keith &
Bonnie Yedica, Joel Bachhuber and Phil Andreassen!! I have reconciled the banks to the books beginning with
January 1, 2009 through the current statement received last month.

The profit and loss statement has been condensed for the newsletter, but we have the much needed detail
(example: new member dues, associate dues, rally income detail) in place to provide us with the useful tools we
need to help with budgeting and guiding our club.

Should you have any questions or comments, I can be reached at my home e-mail address of

Susan Frye, Member #03576 Treasurer, MTA

Motorcycle Touring Association

Statement of Cash Flows
January through September 2010
Jan - Sep 10
Net Income 3,442.21
Adjustments to reconcile Net Income
to net cash provided by operations:
1 2 0 0 A c c o u n t s R e c e iv a b l e -831.00

Net cash provided by Operating Activities 2,611.21

1500 Office Eq uipme nt -516.13
Net cash provided by Investing Activities -516.13

Net cash increase for period

Cash at beginning of period 20,981.93
Cash at end of period 23,077.01

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Motorcycle Touring Association
Profit & Loss Prev Year Comparison
January through September 2010

Income/Expense Jan--Sep
Jan Sep10
10 Jan--Sep
Jan Sep09
09 $$Change

4100• Membership Dues 4,545.00
4,545.00 4,581.00
4,581.00 -36.00
4200 • ERS (Emergency Rd Svc) 756.00 840.00 -84.00
4200 ERS (Emergency Rd Svc) 756.00 840.00 -84.00
4300 • Donation income 86.00 76.00 10.00
4300• Donation
4400 income
Mail & other 86.00
190.00 76.00
180.00 10.00
4400• Mail
other 13.00
190.00 50.00
180.00 -37 00
4700 • Miscellaneous Income 0.00 47.00 -47.00
4500 Store Sales 13.00 50.00 -37 00
Total Income 5,590.00 5,774.00 -184.00
4700 Miscellaneous Income 0.00 47.00 -47.00
5010 •Income
Less Life Member Dues Incl above 5,590.00
1,110.00 5,774.00
1,110.00 -184.00
5180 • Less Merchant Account Fees 215.24 331.75 -116.51
5010• Less
5182 Less Life Member
Bankcard Dues Incl
Discount Feesabove 1,110.00
235.77 1,110.00
256.29 0.00
5180• Less Merchant
Contract Expense-ERS
Account Fees Towing 360.00
215.24 463.00
331.75 -103.00
5182 Less Bankcard Discount Fees
Total 235.77
1,921.01 256.29
2,161.04 -20.52
5200 Less Contract Expense-ERS Towing 360.00 463.00 -103.00
Gross Profit 3,668.99 3,612.96 56.03
Total 1,921.01 2,161.04 -240.03
6000 • Advertising and Promotion 0.00 90.05 -90.05
Gross Profit 3,668.99 3,612.96 56.03
6022 • Bank charge-Foreign ck fees 4.69 68.06 -63.37
6030 • Internet Domain Expense 359.40 359.40 0.00
6000• Advertising
6035 and Promotion
Contributions 0.00
0.00 90.05
100.00 -90.05
6022• Bank
Dues and Subscriptions
charge-Foreign ck fees 117.00
4.69 39.00
68.06 78.00
6100 • Office Supplies 569.42 568.80 0.62
6030• Internet
6022 Printing Domain Expense
& Postage (magazine) 359.40
859.59 359.40
562.70 0.00
6035• Contributions
Rent Expense-Visa machine lease 279.00
0.00 346.20
100.00 -67.20
6140 • Repairs and Maintenance 50.00 0.00 50.00
6050 Dues and Subscriptions 117.00 39.00 78.00
6150 • Taxes on Corporation income 328.00 294.00 34.00
6022 Office Supplies
Expense 569.42
130.52 568.80
60.22 0.62
6022 Printing
Total Expense & Postage (magazine) 859.59
2,697.62 562.70
2,488.43 296.89
6130 Rent Expense-Visa machine lease 279.00 346.20 -67.20
Net Ordinary
6140 Income
Repairs and Maintenance 971.37
50.00 1,124.53
0.00 -153.16
6150 Taxes on Corporation income 328.00 294.00 34.00
Other Income:
7000 Expense
Rally Income 130.52
10,105.00 60.22
12,850.00 70.30
Total Expense:
Other Expense 2,697.62 2,488.43 209.19
7300 • Rally Expenses 7,634.16 8,426.95 -792.79
Net Ordinary Income 971.37 1,124.53 -153.16
Net Other Income 2,470.84 4,423.05 -1,952.21

Net Income:
Income 3,442.21 5,547.58 -2,106.37
7000 Rally Income 10,105.00 12,850.00 -2,745.00
Other Expense:
7300 Rally Expenses 7,634.16 8,426.95 -792.79
Net Other Income 2,470.84 4,423.05 -1,952.21

Net Income 3,442.21 5,547.58 -2,106.37

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Group discounts are available to members of the following groups, simply pre-
sent your membership to your agent for your discount!
ARTICLES can be mailed or e-mailed as an
· AMA - American Motorcycle Assoc. attached file. Electronic files should be in
· AVA - American Voyager Assoc. MS-Word or PDF.
· BLUE KNIGHTS - Blue Knights International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club
· BMWMOA - BMW Motorcycle Owners of America PHOTOGRAPHS should be mailed or sent
· GWRRA - Gold Wing Road Rider Assoc. electronically as a medium- to high-res TIFF
· GWTA - Gold Wing Touring Assoc. or JPEG (150-300 DPI). For mailed photos,
· HOG - Harley Owners Group please include a SASE if you would like to
· HRCA - Honda Rider’s Club of America have them returned.
· IBMC - Intl. Brotherhood of Motorcycle Campers
· MSF - Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor NEWSLETTER EDITORS: If you have
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MTA Membership Application (please print clearly)
Membership #
AMA # _______________________( If you are a member) (for renewals only)
Member Name:
(First) (Initial) (Last) (Age)
Associate Name:
(First) (Initial) (Last) (Age)
Mailing Address
Street or P.O. Box: Phone Number: ( )
City: State/Province: Postal Code:
E-mail Address: Motorcycle Make/Model

Optional Emergency Road Service Program—Just $28.00 Year (U.S. funds)

The following information is necessary for the Emergency Road Service Program. You can register as many bikes as you own (none
older than 1980), but YOU MUST be the driver to be covered. Coverage expires on the expiration date of your membership. This
program has no grace period. If an associate member drives their own bike and would like ERS coverage they must also pay the
$28.00 (U.S. fund) fee.
* Coverage is limited to the first $100.00 of each tow. Certain restrictions apply.
Year Make Model License Plate #
Bike #1 _____________________
Bike #2 _____________________

NEW Regular Membership 1 year $40.00 US funds $

Includes Pin. Embroidered Patch, Membership Card, 6-months of Motorcycle Roads as per new
membership rules, Annual Tour Directory, and numerous discount opportunities.
Regular Membership Renewal 1 year $20.00 US funds $
NEW Associate Membership 1 year $10.00 US funds $
Must be sponsored by Full Member. Includes all of the above.
Associate Membership Renewal 1 year $5.00 US funds $
Emergency Road Service (Only with Membership) $28.00 year US funds $

Total Amount Enclosed (Outside North America — Add $8.00 per year to cover extra mailing cost) $

Referred by (for recruiter credit) MTA # (if known)

Method of Payment: Check or M.O. Visa Master Card

Member Signature: Associate. Signature:

Card Number: Expiration Date:

Signature: Date:

Annual Tour Directory — MTA Fellow Pages

Please include My Name and Telephone Number Please Do Not List
Please Include My e-mail Address
Additional Services I can provide to fellow members are:
Pickup-Up Truck/Bike Trailer Tent Space Lodging Tech ‘N Tools

Where did you hear about the MTA? ________________________________________________________________________________

Will you be joining a Chapter? Yes ________________________________________ ____No

(If yes, Name of Chapter)

Motorcycle Touring Association • 1441 Ugugu Drive · Brevard, NC 28712

Phone: (828) 483-4534 · Toll Free: (877) 256-9303
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1441 Ugugu Drive
Brevard, NC 28712
(828) 483-4534 ·(877) 256-9303

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