Happy New Year! 2016 was awesome, but the best is still to come!

I would like to start 2017 by saying thank you to each and everyone of the Azusa StreetRiders!!

Thank you for your dedication to this ministry. thank you for all the prayer that went out in 2016, not only for our members in need of prayer but for all who were in need of prayer.

2016 was an awesome year. There was awesome growth in this ministry in many places of the country.  We each have had our own trials and victories, but we made it through with the help of an awesome God.

Please continue to pray that we can reach more soul’s in need of a relationship with Jesus and that the right door will open so we can share His Word with them.

We started off 2016 with Bind the Strongman all night prayer service in Cincinnati Ohio and we had an awesome time in the Lord a big thanks to Bro. & Sis. McGhghy for all there work.

Our2016  National Rally was awesome! We had a great turn out in Cameron, Missouri. The chapter  that hosted the rally did an awesome job. I would like to thank Bro. Jones and his group for a job well done!! The Azusa StreetRiders had their first Chapter of the year and Coordinator of the year in 2016.  Keep pushing, your chapter could be picked in 2017. We had some Holy Ghost filled Church!!!

I would like to thank our National board for all their work in 2016

Rev. Jim. Curley  National VP

Rev. Lydia Diaz  National Treasurer

Robert Thompson National Secretary ( former )

Michael Luttrell National Secretary

I would like to thank my friend  Bro. Robert Thompson for his many years of service on the National Board of Directors.

2016 we added a Chaplain brigade headed up by Rev. Robert Eades our National Chaplain and our National Ladies Chaplain Sis. Julie McGhghy. the list of 9 chaplains and their districts can be found on our national website please use these men and women they are there to assist you..

Like I said 2016 was an awesome year, but 2017 will be even greater!!

We must stay in prayer and HIS WORD!!

Now for a few things about 2017 and even a little bit of what’s to come in2018.

First, March is not far off, so plan to be in Clarksburg WV March 3-4 2017 for bind the strong man. We are always blessed at this all night prayer service. Bring a friend!

Our National Rally will be in Dennison Texas Aug. 2-5 2017

Thursday night missionary service, Rev. Bruce Howell, St Louis Mo will be preaching.

Friday, Rev. Samuel Smith,   Evansville In will be preaching.

We are going to have an awesome time of fellowship and worship you will not want to miss it.

I am going to share a little about the 2018 National Rally in Ohio

Thursday night Missionary service. Rev Dwayne Abernathy from Belize and he is also our 2017 sponsored mission for the ASR motorcycle for missionaries program.

Friday night  service. we  will have Rev. Aaron Bounds preaching.

It’s going to be good !!

Vicky and I are looking forward to seeing each of you in 2017

We pray that God Blesses each of you and your families in the years to come. God Bless

Love Ya’ll

Rev. Anthony Storey

Azusa StreetRiders

International President

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Planning your First Day or Weekend Trip in 2017

 

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Maybe you’ve just got your first motorcycle and want to make sure it’s well used. Maybe you’re a moto-commuter, but you’re looking for a good recreational ride. Regardless of your reason, it’s possible you have never taken a full day trip on your motorcycle. Where should you go? What should you bring? How do you plan out your first day ride? Everyone’s got to start somewhere.

Planning a Motorcycle Day Trip

If you have never planned a day trip before, you might feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect. Fortunately, it’s not nearly as difficult as it seems. All you need to do is sit down and approach planning systematically. You might be surprised if the trip practically plans itself!

Where Should You Go?

The most important aspect of planning any trip is deciding where to go and how to get there. When all is said and done, this is the part of your trip that will leave you with the most memories.

I suggest choosing a “destination ride,” where you choose an area of the state with great views or a place you have never been before. This can make a trip especially memorable as you experience a scenic route for the first time from your bike or travel to that national park in your state you have always wanted to visit.

Let’s take a look at a few things you should consider as you decide where you will go.

Ride Length

The first thing to do is determine how far you want to go. That begins with recognizing how far you can go. Ask yourself this question: How long do I want to be gone? Be reasonable with your expectations, especially if this really is your first ride. Or First ride of the new season. You might think that you can handle a 12-hour day, but it simply isn’t worth finding yourself burned out from riding when you’re several hundred miles from home. You might want to plan your first trip at eight hours or fewer. At the end, if you think it was too short/long you can always make the next ride longer or shorter.

Categorizing Your Time

Motorcycle trips are best spent admiring the views on scenic roads and enjoying the sights and sounds of your destination. Make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to do both. You might want to break out your time into separate categories like riding, recreation, meals, breaks and extra.

Of course, you will need to spend time riding – that’s part of the fun! Just don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can travel four hours one-way in an eight-hour day. There will not be any time to do anything else before you have to turn around and go home. Spend about a third of your time on the road. Make sure that you allow yourself plenty of time to see different attractions. Your recreational activities should be roughly the same amount of time that you spend riding.

The other third of your trip is split among meals, breaks and extra. You can decide exactly how to split up your ride, but make sure you give yourself enough time to eat and rest. And what exactly is extra? Nearly every trip includes the unexpected – unanticipated traffic, a flat tire, or mechanical issue. Or additional attractions worth seeing or a 30-minute discussion with a fellow rider at the gas pump. Of course witnessing. By planning for these things in advance, you ensure that your overall plan isn’t interrupted. If you don’t like the thought of getting home early, plan some tentative stops as part of your extra time that you won’t mind cutting out if you need to – and make sure they’re towards the end of your trip.

Planning the Route

Once you know how long you will actually  be on the road, you can begin to plan an actual route. Since you only have a certain amount of time allotted to riding, how far you can go is largely dependent on how fast you can go. If you stick to highways, you can go a lot farther, but you might miss out on some great views. Even if you don’t think that scenery is for you, plan a route that incorporates the road less traveled for your first ride. You might be surprised how much you like it.

There are several ways to pick a riding destination. You might already have somewhere in mind, and that’s okay (as long as it isn’t too far). But if you just want to explore somewhere you’ve never been and know nothing about, there are plenty of online tools to help you.

Using Online Resources to Choose a Ready Route

There are several great resources with routes that others have already tried and tested. Here are a few that you can check out:

  • MotorcycleRoads.com – All you need to do is make a few clicks to see great routes that others have already created. Each route is given a score for scenery, road quality and roadside amenities, making it simple to gather a lot of great information at a glance. A user-rating system allows you to easily see how popular a given route is with other site visitors.
  • Sunday Morning Rides – With a slick interface and plenty of options, Sunday Morning Rides allows you to identify a route in your area and easily access relevant information via Goggle Street View or Goggle Earth.
  • Open Road Journey – You can enter a location in the search bar to find routes that others have added nearby. It includes a description, a map and an option to download the route to a GPS unit.
  • BestBikingRoads.com – It’s easy to zoom in and click on a specific route in your area. Each route is rated on a variety of factors (including corners, visibility, hazards, etc.)

In some cases, the routes available in your area may not be exactly the right distance for the trip you want, but they can be a great starting point for getting ideas.

Setting the Date

Once you’ve got your trip planned out, it’s time to set a date. You may have already started with one in mind, but if you haven’t, you might want to consider if any events are occurring at your destination. Participating in festivals or other events is a great way to enjoy the local culture and make your trip that much more memorable.

Setting a date is largely up to you, but there are a few things you might want to be aware of. Check the weather ahead of time. Sites like The Weather Channel or Weather Underground are great for this. You should also remember that in heavily populated areas, larger roads (and sometimes smaller ones) can become congested during rush hour. You may also experience heavier traffic during events or holidays.

What Should You Do?

Once you know where you’re going, you need to decide what you’re going to see or do while you’re there. Take a look at your route. Be sure to include both your destination city as well as other places along your route.

There are a number of useful web sites that display information about things to do in practically any location in the United States. A few of those resources are listed below.

  • Virtual Tourist – Browse things to do and restaurants to eat at listed by real people (many of them locals or residents). The user-content aspect of Virtual Tourist means that it misses a few items picked up by other sites, but it also includes a few unique details you might not find anywhere else.
  • Scout.me – With a focus on events more than locations, Scout.me is a great place to discover what’s going on in a given location. It features a number of great categories, such as Culture and Outdoors. It will also display details for nearby locations.
  • Yelp – Search an extensive database of local businesses, complete with reviews and other details. Yelp is a great site to find restaurants to eat at. If you want to cut through a lot of the noise on the site, access theArts & Entertainment category for a few points of interest.
  • Trip Advisor – While it is primarily a site devoted to flight and hotel bookings, Trip Advisor also has an impressive database of tourism attractions. After you search for a city under Destinations, click Things to Do or Restaurants at the top of the page.

Timing

With as extensive as these online resources can be, you might find too many things to do even in the smallest of cities. Decide in advance how long you want to spend at each location. That way, you’ll make sure to see everything on your list, and you won’t plan so many things that you run out of time.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to set time limits, you might just want to place each item in the order you’d like to accomplish it, understanding that you will not see everything. When you run out of time, you simply head home.

Restaurants

Of course, if you are going to be gone all day, you will need to find yourself at least one good place to eat. You can always pack a lunch if you prefer, but choosing a local restaurant is one more way to get to know the area and enhance your overall experience. A nice meal at a local favorite is a good way to meet  people and get great food. Avoid hitting up chains or other establishments that will not add to the unique aspects of your trip.

Gas Stations

If you’re going for a particularly long trip, don’t forget to identify where you plan on filling up your tank with fuel. There are some stretches of country where gas stations are few and far between. Don’t forget that some stations are listed online that may have gone out of business. It never hurts to call in advance just to find out if you’re worried about gas station availability.

Rest Stops

Identify locations on your route where you can take a break if you need it. Since breaks are factored into your trip’s schedule, you shouldn’t feel like you don’t have the time to stop

What Should You Bring?

If your motorcycle is outfitted with some sort of luggage, you’ll be able to take a little bit more with you. If your bike doesn’t, you might want to pick up a day pack or saddlebags. At the very least, you can use a backpack. Other than a bag, there are a few things you might want to consider taking along.

Cash

If you plan on doing anything that costs, you  definitely want to bring along something to pay for it. Don’t forget that you will also have expenses for meals and fuel. But even after that, you may come across toll roads in your route that you were not aware of. You may also need money to pass through certain national parks. It helps to look into those details in advance, but it never hurts to keep a little cash on you just in case. Don’t forget that while credit cards offer an extra level of convenience, it’s best to carry cash as well since some places still are not set up to run plastic.

Appropriate Gear

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/722/43607/Joe-Rocket-RKT-Prime-Motorcycle-HelmetBring along appropriate riding gear like jackets, gloves and boots. It’s important to be comfortable to avoid getting rider fatigue. And definitely don’t forget safety gear like your helmet.

Aside from riding gear, make sure you wear appropriate clothing for your excursion as well. You might consider multiple layers of light clothing that you can take off if it’s too warm or put on if it’s too chilly.

Mobile Phone

Your mobile phone is your lifeline in the case of an emergency. Make sure you bring your phone along and that it’s in a secure (and dry) location. Remember to completely charge it the night before your trip to make sure it has plenty of power.

Navigation

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/2631/33488/Garmin-Dakota-20-GPSIf you’ve never been along the route you’ve planned for yourself, make sure to bring some sort of navigation. Today’s technology makes navigation easier than ever with GPS units. Some are able to mount directly to your bike’s frame or handlebars. Use this setup if you already have it, but it isn’t essential if you don’t. Also, many modern phones include GPS navigation software that operates in essentially the same way. Either way, make sure your device is fully charged in advance.

If you do not have a GPS unit. Paper Maps are still as useful today as they ever have been. In fact, some maps are available that are specifically designed for motorcyclists. If you do not already have a map, you can print one online using a service like Goggle Maps.

Food

If you are  not the type that likes to eat out, you can pack a lunch. But even if you are, you might want to bring along some snacks. It’s also important to take water with you to make sure you do not get dehydrated.

Camera

Don’t finish your trip with just memories. Take along a camera and take pictures.

Emergency Kit

Nobody likes it when bad things happen, but those who do not prepare like it even less. Make sure that you have an adequate emergency kit for unexpected problems.

A good emergency kit incorporates items for both you and your bike. A simple motorcycle repair kit is important. Keep a few spare parts and tools to fix common issues – flat tire, bad spark plug, etc. You don’t have to bring the whole toolbox with you, just take along what you need for minor repairs.

https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/rm-rider-exchange/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/blue-first-aid-kit.pngJust as your emergency kit should have basic repair parts and tools for your bike, it should also have a simple first aid kit. Even if it’s nothing more than small bandages and a tiny bottle of pain medicine, you’ll be glad you have it if you ever need it.

It’s not a bad idea to purchase an emergency phone battery just in case your mobile phone dies unexpectedly and you need it. Take along a list of emergency phone numbers as well. You may feel that this is unnecessary if you have relevant numbers stored in your phone’s memory, but if it is damaged on your trip, you’ll still be able to call important people from a payphone. You might want to look at tow services along your route in advance and write down their numbers just in case your bike breaks down.

You might be able to think of other items to pack along as well. For example, rain gear would be nice if you find yourself caught unexpectedly in a rainstorm.

How Should You Prepare for Your Ride?

For one thing, you should always perform any needed maintenance or repairs on your motorcycle before your riding day ever comes. You’re going to be quite a distance away, and it’s best if your bike is in top shape for the trip.

Pre-Ride Inspection

T-CLOCS is a mnemonic acronym developed by The Motorcycle Safety Foundation and designed to help with pre-ride inspections. Each letter stands for a vital motorcycle component that should be checked.

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  • Tires – Check the tires for any problems. Check the air pressure.
  • Controls – Check all levers and the brake pedal. Ensure that both front and back brakes function properly.
  • Lights – Make sure that all lights (including turn signals) operate.
  • Oil – Ensure that oil levels are appropriate. Fill up the motorcycle with gasoline.
  • Chassis – Check the suspension and drive system (chain and gears). Make sure all nuts and bolts are sufficiently fastened.
  • Stands – Ensure that the stand doesn’t swing down when you’re riding and that it securely holds your bike when you’re not.

Tell Someone

Before you go, tell someone about your trip: where you plan to go, when you plan on returning, etc. Give them your specific route and the spots you plan on visiting. This is important in case of an unexpected event.

You might also find someone to go along with you. There’s nothing better than going for a ride and sharing the memories with friends.

Conclusion

Now you know how to plan and prepare for a day trip, even if you’ve never been on one before. Remember these key points:

  • Determine how long you want to be gone.
  • Categorize your time before you plan a route.
  • Utilize online resources to find ideas for a route.
  • Map out a route ahead of time. You can use a tool like Goggle Maps.
  • Set an appropriate date for the trip.
  • Identify the attractions you want to visit and how long you want to be there.
  • Make sure you don’t forget to take important objects like cash, a mobile phone, navigation methods, an emergency kit, etc.
  • Complete a pre-ride inspection before you go.
  • Tell someone where you’re headed.

Once you’ve been out on the road, let us the ASR Family know how your trip went. Share it with us post about it on our web site. We would all love to hear about your great ride/trips.

Enjoy the 2017 Riding Season

Michael Theodore

National Road Captain

 

Controlling Your Lane

Controlling Your Lane

Two wheels are enough to own a lane 

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Lane position should be chosen based, among other things, on establishing escape routes, making yourself visible to others, staying out of the blind spots of other vehicles, and road conditions. What is often overlooked, in my opinion, is the concept of ‘controlling your lane’.


For example, assume you are riding on surface streets in a city and are stopped at a traffic light preparing to make a right turn. Logic suggests that you should be in the right track of your lane, but it is safer, I suggest, to be closer to the left track.

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Why? Because while nearer the left track of your lane you CONTROL the lane. There are people that upon seeing you in the right track with your right turn signal flashing will slide their vehicles into the lane beside you and try to share the lane – to get a jump off the line when the light changes.

 That you only have two wheels is of no consequence – you OWN the whole lane that they would try to share with you. If you were to change your mind and elect to not make that right turn, you would be in trouble. Worse, should that sharing vehicle actually decide to make a right turn too, you could easily be forgotten (in his/her blind spot) and they could drive right over you while making that turn.

Controlling your lane is as important as any other consideration when you choose your lane position.
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

New Life Resolution

New Life Resolution

I’ve been thinking about how at this time of the year, every single one of us makes a New Year’s resolution. Not only do we make a New Year’s resolution but we put thought and planning into it.

Many of us pray that we make the right decision, a decision that will effect our entire year or perhaps even our entire lIfe.

Most years I make New Year’s resolutions and stick to maybe 10% of the original plan. Sometimes only get about 10% of the things on my list accomplished and sometimes I have everything on my list accomplished but after the year is only about 10% over, I usually give up and go back to the way that I did things the year before.

With lots of thought and prayer I have made up my mind that this year I absolutely refuse to make a New Year’s resolution. Why?
You may be thinking that is a little extreme, But trust me I have put a lot of thought and prayer into this decision.

I do not want to focus on something that will change me for a temporary time. I do not want to focus on a New Year’s resolution, I want to focus on my New Life Resolution..

When I say my New Life Resolution I am not talking about my life here on earth I’m talking about life eternal in the presence of my creator.
I want to concentrate on my new life in the presence of the L-rd.

I looked up what a New Year’s resolution was on the Internet and here is what I found:

Wikipedia makes this statement.
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but is also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.

Wow. Are they actually serious? A tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning each year on New Year’s Day.

Something slightly nice. Wow, how impressive is this?

People actually make New Year’s resolutions to be slightly nice to other people.

We should be more than slightly nice to people, we should treat them with love, care and compassion and this is not something that we should do as a New Year’s resolution, this is something that we should do automatically because we are Christians.

I want my resolution to be more than a year resolution of treating people slightly nice here on earth. I want my new life resolution to be one that is focused on helping people get to heaven. One that is focused on them being prepared to spending eternity in Heaven.

I am pretty sure that my New Life Resolution does not include being slightly nice to someone.

But It does include killing them with kindness.

It does include being compassionate about the way I treat people.

It does include loving the lovable and the unlovable.

It does include focusing on helping people secure their eternity in the presence of the L-rd.

It does include feeding the homeless.

It does include visiting the jails.

It does include inviting people to church.

But it will never, let me repeat, never include being slightly nice to someone.

Instead of being slightly nice, as Christians, we need to go above and beyond when it comes to how we treat others.

Mark 12:29-31 says:
“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
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Ephesians 4:32
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Romans 12:10
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

We need to treat others with respect and kindness. You notice I did not say slight respect and slight kindness.

The best gift you can give anyone, is telling them about Jesus.

Sunday night at work I was working side-by-side with one of my partners that I work with. We started talking about or weekends and how we spend them. I told him that my weekends usually consist of going to the jail to minister to people, outreach,fellowship and Church.

We had a good long talk about church and G-d. He shared a story with me that absolutely touched my heart.

A story about a man, two young boys and a fishing trip.

He told me this story that he had heard about a Christian father that had taken his young son and his friend from school on a fishing trip over the weekend.

The friend of his son had a hard home life and they thought that this may be an opportunity to bond with this young man, witness to him and maybe even invite him to church.

While there were on this fishing trip the three of them were out fishing in their boat and the two boys fell overboard.

I don’t know all the details of the story but both boys were drowning in the water.

The father only had the time and the strength to rescue one of the boys.

Which one of the two boys do you think that the father saved?

His own son or his sons friend from school ?

The answer is his sons friend from school.

You may think how could this father not save his own son?

But this father knew that his son was saved and would make it to heaven and he also knew that his sons friend from school did not know Jesus as his savior and he wanted to save him so he could give him an opportunity to be saved.

And opportunity to make a New Life Resolution.

We have to start putting soul winning as our top priority.

My New Life Resolution is to share the love of Christ with every single person that I meet.

I am not personally satisfied with telling people about Jesus when it is convenient, sometimes you have to go out of your way and make it happen.

Going out of the way to tell people about Jesus is my New Life Resolution .

Most of us in ASR are faithful in our attendance to church, but when is the last time we actually invited someone to church.

I’m not talking about inviting somebody to that special service two or three times a year.

I am challenging each and every single one of us to make it our New Life Resolution that we invite somebody new to each and every single service of 2017.

I absolutely love fellowship with other Christians, but I f I truly want to follow my New Life Resolution, we need to take this message that we believe in to all the world.

ASR does this as a church but what about us as individuals?

If it comes to fellowship with the saints or witnessing to the sinners, which will we choose. I will choose the sinner.

The year 2017 will have no New Years resolutions for me. Instead I am choosing a New Life Resolution.

A decision that will start now and will not end every year on New Year’s Eve.

Let us, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This is my New Life Resolution.

Re. Jim Curley
National Vice President
Azusa StreetRiders