Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas MSTA       


March 2006

Kansas RTE (Ride To Eat)

March 11 Captain Tony's Pizza Winfield, KS


Fools on the Hill 7

March 17-19

Always the last full weekend of official winter, atop Mt Nebo, AR.

Contact: Mario Caruso, 708 Prospect Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-624-3668



April 7-9, 2006 Queen Wilhelmina State Park  All the rooms in the lodge are smoke free now.

Contact:  Becky Wing,, 501-824-3413 (h), 501-824-5738 (w)


Helen North Georgia Classic

April 28-30 Alpenhof Hotel, 15 Yonah Street, Helen, GA. 800-535-8678

Contact: Eric Larsen 770-805-0607


Arkansas Byway Boogie

May 5-7, 2006,

Hot Springs Village Inn, 4429 N. Hwy 7, Hot Springs Village, AR, 501-992-9600 or 888-922-9601

Contact: Robert Bashaw 870-460-9570 



Arkansas - Oklahoma - Kansas MSTA ERC Class this Spring

We need to have eight members to attend 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.  The web-site  will have more information.  Please call Ann or Mario at 501-318-5233 for more information and to register.  The course takes five to seven hours to complete.  Some insurance companies offer discounts for course completion and MSTA membership is not required.






Will's Group Riding Rules

1) Tell me where you are going.

2) "I'm slow - see you there"

3) Stop frequently for photos and smokes.

4) Stay the hell away from groups!




2006 Lunch Ride Schedule


March 11th Winfield, KS at 11:00AM Captain Tony's Pizza  details & map can be found here: Winfield is a small town SE of Wichita, KS, with some good roads in the area for an afternoon ride. There are several hotels in the area for anyone wanting to stay overnight.


March 25th Washington State Park. If you have not been to the old town of Washington near Hope, Arkansas, you should try to spend the day. The whole town is a historical landmark and State Park. It is a very nice place to visit.


April 1st DeValls Bluff, Eat at Craig's BBQ and then across the street to the Family Pie Shop. GQ Magazine rated these two spots as # 4 in the world to eat. Be prepared to take a pie home. Bill Wing made this suggestion.


May 13th Oark General Store and cafe in Oark. The Oark General Store and Cafe is the oldest run General Store in the State. Great roads to get there and very nice people running the place. One of my favorite spots to ride to. Mario Caruso made this suggestion


June 10th Tommy's Famous Pizza and Ribs in Mt. View. Robert Bashaw suggestion this one.


July 22nd LaMerienda in Danville, AR. Mario Caruso suggested this restaurant. Mario has taken over 60 people there and everyone has enjoyed the experience.


August 19th at Gaston's in Lakeview, AR. Dottie Powers suggested Gaston's Fishing Resort. Always a favorite lunch stop with its open grass landing strip.


September 23rd Kelts on the square in Altus, AR. This was all so one of Dottie's picks. You can't go wrong in Altus.


October October 28th Eureka Springs at Bubbas BBQ


November 11th Shirley's Outback Restaurant and Convenience Store on the north side of Mt. Magazine. This is a favorite biker spot. You can find allot of bikes there any week end.



 Wayne wishing he was five years old              





















Setting Laden Sag


Tosh Konya is the long, generic version.  A new bike first needs to be ridden for several hundred miles to loosen up shock linkage, shock seals, etc.


1) Look in you owner's manual and find "rear wheel travel."  Sometimes such things are not listed in the owner's manual so look in a magazine road test for your bike.  My guess is that it's around 5"+ of travel.  Divide that number by 3 (to be used later) and write it down.


2) With the bike just sitting on the ground on the side-stand, place one end of a string or tape measure on the swing-arm pivot bolt and the other end on the rear axle and swing it upwards in an arc (from the axle). You are making a simple compass.  Where that arc intersects a flat area on the bodywork, put a piece of masking tape and mark that point with an "X."


Sometimes there is a "hard point" on the bodywork you can use for upper measuring point - it does not have to coincide exactly with the arc but closer the better.


Whichever method you choose, let us call that Point "A" with Point "B" being the rear axle.  The reason to use an arc to find Point A is that it is most accurate for measuring rear wheel travel.  If you measure straight up from the rear axle, you are allowing some errors in your calculations.  -  Go have a cup of coffee to digest this experience.


3) Now, get someone to help you who knows how to read a tape measure.


4) If the bike has a center-stand, put it up on such.  If it does not have a center-stand, you can put the kickstand down and lean the bike to the left until the rear wheel is just off the ground, or if you have a rear wheel work-stand (for oiling chain) you can lift it by that method.


With daylight under the rear wheel, measure distance from point "A" to "B" - this is un-laden sag.  Write down this measurement.


3) Now, put the rear wheel on the ground and sit on it while wearing full gear.  You can approximate "full gear" by placing some weight on the bike.  The bike needs to be level.  I am only 5'6" so I put a crate on the ground to make it easier to hold the bike level without my having to be on tiptoes.


Have your friend again measure from "A" to "B" - this is laden sag.  Write down this measurement and it's now time for a little arithmetic.  Go have another cup of coffee.


Make adjustments to your adjustable pre-load until the difference between the two measurements should be approximately 33% of "rear wheel travel."


After rear spring preload is adjusted to achieve this 33%, the bike should still settle a small amount when sitting on the ground, without rider.


I've found you can deviate 3-5% on either side of the 33% and it'll still OK but it's best to start at 33%, ride it for a while on all types of roads before deciding you want it softer or harder.








2000 ST1100 (non-abs) with 38500 miles. It has been maintained according to the Honda maintenance schedule, has Avon Azaro ST tires        with 1200 miles on them, and has always used Mobil1 red cap synthetic oil. The 36000 maintenance has been performed. 


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Robert Bashaw

Arkansas Kansas Oklahoma

MSTA Newsletter Editor

PO Box 967

Monticello, AR 71657-0967