Are you on the fence about attending the 2021 National Rally?
#1: Connecting with old friends
Rallies are a great way to reconnect with old friends. 2020 was a different year. Many Rallies were cancelled and those that were not, had a much lower turn out due to riders playing it safe and staying closer to home. This year hopefully we will see more rallies being held and more riders out hitting the road. There are a number of rallies that I have attended, where I would get to see friends, that I had not seen since the last event a year earlier. Due to distance, time and life this was the only time that our paths crossed. I am sure there are many of us who can’t wait to kick some tires with friends we have not gotten to see in months or even years. These rallies are a great meeting place to catch up and reconnect.
Photos taken from MSTA Website – Past STAR events – A BLAST from the past!
#2: The chance to make new friends
One of the great things that happen at these rallies is the forming of new friendships. There is so much opportunity to speak with new folks. When you are sitting in the lobby, chatting with new friends and planning the rides for the next day this is a fantastic chance to start building relationships that can go on for many years in the future. Remember the first rally you attended? Keep that in mind when you are walking around, having dinner or taking part in a ride. Take a chance and go introduce yourself to someone new. It could be a start to a lifelong friendship. To me this is one of the most exciting things about attending a rally
#3- The Great Riding
At the heart of all rallies is the riding! Getting to visit a new location, being able to enjoy roads that may be new to you or roads that you have not gotten a chance to ride in awhile. It is one of the main reasons we all visit these rallies.
Usually there is a local, or many locals that know all of the great rides. They know the destinations of choice, the places where the “locals” eat and the “can’t miss” locations that all riders must visit when in the area. Maps or routes are usually provided and there are a number of smaller groups you can always tag along with. The riding! I don’t think I have to say anything else.
#4- Making Memories
These rallies lend themselves to making memories that you and your friends will talk about for years and at many future rallies. There is always the ride that has some sort of adventure, that could include, but not limited to; scenic lookouts, fantastic roadside conversation, mechanical issues (hey flat tires happen), making the wrong turn, going down a dirt road that looked like a good idea on google maps but is a rutted mess. Hanging out at the rally site, laughing and drinking beverages and telling lies about the day. It’s all about the memories.
Slow down, smell the roses, take pictures. There are times when we all want to tackle a twisty road with a pace that might be spirited for some and too slow for others. It’s all about the ride and making memories and doing it safely! I always like to look back after a day of riding during a rally. I want to make sure I have taken it all in and I have not taken any of the miles for granted! I never know when I will be in this part of the country again. I don’t want to miss a thing.
More great memories from the MSTA website – Previous STAR events – Fun times!
#5- Hanging out with like minded people
Some individuals see people riding a motorcycle in the rain and they think to themselves “why would anyone do that” ? At these rallies you will find out quickly that no matter where we are from, what you do for a living, no matter our age, color or sex we all have one thing in common and that is this great Passion!
Being a motorcycle enthusiast is a rarity. Look around at your day to day life and you realize that many people will never understand why you ride, they will never understand or get to enjoy the freedom that we feel when we throw our leg over our bike and ride off for an afternoon of twisty roads and good friends. It’s a magical combination.
At these rallies everyone thinks alike. We all know that feeling of freedom. That feeling of adrenaline when you are pushing your limits. We might not have anything else in common but we have that to share. Being around motorcycle enthusiast’s is one of the reasons I love attending these events. I think you all will agree as well.
Bonus Reason: You could come home a proud new owner of a new motorcycle!
ANNOUCING THE MSTA RAFFLE BIKE FOR 2021!
Honda NC750X – Manual Version.
The bike we have chosen for this year is the Honda NC750X (manual). Raffle tickets are on sale now for $8.00 each at: www.planetreg.com/MSTAraffle2021. You must be a full MSTA MEMBER at the time of the drawing to win. You can join the club or renew your membership at www.planetreg.com/MSTAJOIN or www.planetreg.com/MSTARENEW. Drawing will held on June 16, 2021 at the conclusion of the STAR rally banquet.
Honda will deliver the bike to you local Honda dealer for pickup there at no charge to yourself. Winner is responsible for all federal, state, and local taxes and fees. Please see order website for details.