Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas MSTA  

December 2005

Motorcycle Safety Training & TOURS - Hot Springs, Arkansas


Update - We have finished our first year as Arkansas Rider Training after having put about 200 prospective motorcyclists through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Basic Rider and Experienced Rider Courses.  What started with Charlie Moore, a box of cones and an MSF certification in 2003 has blossomed into a fun partnership and a training program that attracts students from all over Arkansas.  We now operate with a dozen motorcycles in two different Hot Springs locations and have a deep bench of seriously experienced Rider Coaches to teach with us.  We have taught a lot but have also learned a lot from other coaches and students.


We have found that newbie and even experienced riders want to know more about how their motorcycles work and should be maintained so we now offer maintenance workshops for our graduates.   We charge $25 for the 4-5 hour sessions and an extra $5 if the participants want lunch from the Mexican grocery store.  Input from two of our Rider Coaches that are factory trained service technicians really makes these sessions shine.  It also gives our sponsoring motorcycle dealers a chance to strut their stuff.


This fall we invited some riders who have helped us out in one way or another to join us on an 800 mile weekend tour of the Arkansas and a little of Missouri.  We did some great riding, ate like fools and had a lot of laughs.  I've often gotten requests from out of state readers of Arkansas Rider's Guide to do Ozark motorcycle tours.   This shake-down tour was a rough version of a tour we hope to offer riders in the near future.

Here's the group at Gaston's White River Resort in Lakeview

Bet Newell, Kathy Wheeler Scruggs, Ann Caruso, Mario Caruso, Charlie Moore, Barbara Moore, Jay Barnett and Mandy Barnett



Arkansas - Oklahoma - Kansas MSTA ERC Class this Spring

Currently, we have eight members who have expressed interest in attending an ERC Class on April 29, 2006.  We plan to have the class on Saturday and do a lunch ride on Sunday.  Some of us will be utilizing our various club affiliations to pay the fee registration, which is a special MSTA price of $65.  The class will be conducted in Hot Springs.  Please contact Robert Bashaw 870-460-9570 or Artravlr@Seark.Net to be registered.  The course takes five to seven hours to complete.  Some insurance companies offer discounts for course completion and MSTA membership is not required.


Greetings Fans of "Ride The Rio"!


OK, RTR is still three months away, so maybe the title of this email "RTR Fast Approaching" is a bit misleading. However, I did want to let you know that plans are well underway for the 14th "Ride The Rio" and things are expected to run much as they did last year.


First, we will again be based at the Chisos Mining Company Motel at Easter Egg Valley in Terlingua. Those of you who stayed there last year, know it's not the biggest place and we will fill it up - so you'll need to reserve your room EARLY. However, the CMCM has told us that they will not accept reservations until three months prior to RTR - in other words, right now.


Also, like last year, there will be a choice for you on Thursday, Feb 16, 2006. You can either go to Ft. Davis for the RTR kick-off party at Cueva de Leon, or you can go to CMCM in Terlingua for a cook-out. If you're new to RTR, the kick-off party in Ft Davis is cool because you have a great/fun meal Thursday night at Cueva, then you get to ride the fantastic "Ft. Davis Loop" Friday morning, then head south to Terlingua. However, if you prefer to get an extra day of riding in the Big Bend area, as many dual sport riders do, then join the gang for a Thursday night cook-out at the CMCM. Please RSVP to me if you're going to Ft. Davis so I can get a good head-count for the restaurant. And, if you plan on going to Terlingua instead, please know the cook-out is "BYOM" - bring your own MEAT for grilling, and a few dollars to contribute to the salads, desserts, etc (if you're riding, and can't bring your own meat, let me know and we can bring something for you).


It should be noted, Thursday night in either Ft Davis or Terlingua is NOT part of the official RTR festivities - you're on your own, so to speak - surrounded by your closest friends.


What else?


Oh - there will be a group meeting for breakfast in Kerrville at the Cracker Barrel just south of I-10 Thursday (2/16) morning. From there, you can ride or drive to your destination of Terlingua or Ft. Davis.


Minor changes will be made to the RTR web site in the coming weeks, but most of the important things (dates and places) are set and already online.


Want to go to Mexico after RTR? Like years past, Tim Vipond will head this up. Send him an email with your questions.


That's all for now. Chris, Patty, Tonie, and I are all anxious to see you and for February to arrive!




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Web Address/E-mail

Little Rock


Feb 17-19

Ride the Rio: El Duodecimo

Chisos Mining Co Motel

Dave Gorham



Terlingua, TX 432-371-2254




April 7-8

T - 18

Queen Wilhemina Lodge/State Park

Becky Wing



1933 Hwy 270

501-824-3413 (h)




501-824-5738 (w)




April 28-30

Helen  North

Alpenhof Hotel

Eric Larsen



  Georgia Classic

15 Yonah Street, Helen, GA








May 5-7

AR Byway Boogie

Hot Springs Village Inn

Robert Bashaw



4429 N. Hwy 7, Hot Springs Village, AR




501-992-9600 or 888-922-9601



No Information

TwiSTAR 2006





as of this printing








May 26-29


Allegheny Inn

Galen Diehl


(4 days)


Sparta, NC








June 18-21

STAR 2006

The Christie Lodge

Mike Morris (Registrar)



Avon, Colorado

580-745-2294 (w)



580-924-6878 (h)



August 4-6

Nolichucky Valley Rally

Holiday Inn Express

Richard Giddish



Erwin, TN

423-245-5558 (home)




Aug 25-27

Mail Pouch Fly By

Best Value Inn (formerly Knights Inn)

Jon Campbell




Marietta, OH

513-932-3341 (home)



Sept. 8-10

Ozarks BS Rally

Theodosia Marina & Resort

Ed & Linda Young




Highway 160 Theodosia , Missouri




Sept. 15-17

River City Ride

Hotel not yet detrmined

Gary Dehner




606-233-0321 (o)




606-223-9117 (h)



Sept.- 22-24

SE Star

Holiday Inn Express

Trey Hall




64 White Oak Lane





Dillard, Georgia 706-746-3585



Sept. 29- 10-01

Friends of Freddie - XIII

Tradition Inn

Bob LaMear



Intersection of Hwy 67 & W




Farmington, MO 877-355-6205



Nov. 3-5

Texas Hill Country Ride

YO Ranch Resort

Tim and Teresa Vipond




2033 Sidney Baker



Kerrville, TX 78028 877-967-3767










The Dan Clark Safety Program

 Want to upgrade your helmet? Time for some better riding gear? Taking a M.S.F. or State approved rider education course? The “Dan Clark Safety Fund” may be able to off set some of the cost of these safety items.

The Dan Clark Safety Program

Will reimburse 20 members 50% of the cost of safety equipment and training, up to $100 each item, this year. All you need to do to be eligible for the drawing is send a dated copy of your receipts to:


731 Holbrook Ave. 

Lebanon, Ohio 45036-1647

Drawing will be held on January 15, 2006

The 20 winners will be announced at STAR~06

You don’t need to be present to win.



Robert Bashaw

Arkansas Kansas Oklahoma

MSTA Newsletter Editor

PO Box 967

Monticello, AR 71657-0967