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Merced STAR Chapter 212

What is Star Touring and Riding (STAR)?

Conceived in 1995 and founded in 1996, STAR Touring and Riding Association is an international family riding organization. As the "Official Riding Organization of Star Motorcycles.," STAR is a non-political, non-confrontational association. Its main focus is on family, fun, camaraderie and RIDING. All brands of motorcycles are welcome.

Comprising over 65,000 members and over 285 chapters, STAR recognizes safety as a first priority. The STAR community is a mix of riders with varied riding experiences. Chapter rides follow the highway laws and limits, to keep everyone as safe as possible. This allows everyone to enjoy the ride and not have new riders feel overly stressed.

STAR chapter rides do not include "tavern runs", and
consumption of alcoholic beverages on chapter rides is prohibited. We want to see you back safely for the next ride.

If you are looking for a family motorcycle association, with a lot of pride, spirit and camaraderie without the "attitude" you have
found the right organization. Come ride with us and feel the spirit!

For more information, please click here to visit the STAR International website.

STAR Touring and Riding Assoc.

Creating the experiences of a lifetime!


Local Merced Chapter 212 information:

Since 2001, our focus has always been on a friendly atmosphere,  safe riding, touring all across our state and beyond, helping our local community, and  honoring our Veterans. Our main activities include a Chapter meeting and ride on the second Saturday each month, our annual Veterans Memorial/Support the Troops event, supporting our local community and other nearby STAR Chapters, and our annual Christmas Party. In addition to these events, Chapter members often ride together to various locations and events all over the state, and beyond!

Our emphasis is always on fun and safe riding. Every member of your family is welcomed and encouraged to participate, and we occasionally hold events targeted at our kids and teens so they don't feel left out. This is a family organization, and we are always looking for friendly people to join us!

Please keep an eye on our 
upcoming events, and feel free to jump in!

Does all this sound good to you? If so, please click how to join, or contact a Chapter Officer.
*All new riders are required to sign our 
Ride Waiver form before riding with the group.


Chapter Officers for the 2016 calendar year:



STAR President
Jason Goss STAR Vice President
Jennifer Vieira Goss STAR Secretary
Jennifer Vieira Goss STAR Treasurer
Maggie Alexander Administrative Assistant
Ben Edmondson STAR Sergeant of Arms
Robert Gatto STAR Road Captain
Whallen Adams STAR Tail Gunner
Julius Curinton STAR Vet's Rep.
Tricia Cook Ladies of STAR (LOS) Rep.
Ron Buie STAR Shepherd
Mike Mendes STAR Webmaster
Blake Alexander STAR Teen Reps.



STAR Chapter 212 founding:

Our Chapter was officially founded on December 13th, 2001 by Vern Warnke. Vern was a Sergeant in the Merced County Sheriffs Dept. and is known to have conducted Chapter meetings while in full uniform. Jumping forward 14 years, Vern is now our current Merced County Sheriff!

A quote from Vern on why he formed our Chapter:

    "I started riding with the Charter members when I worked at Merced Power Sports. These folks came in and we would talk about doing rides. These rides started out as Poker Rides and fundraisers for local charities. The more we rode, the better friends we became. As far as why I chose "STAR Touring"....Well, I was very acquainted with the STAR organization through Yamaha, and I also beleive that Yamaha is one of the best motorcycles ever built. Another "selling factor" was the fact that any motorcycle is welcome".

Vern participating in "Bike Games" during the Chapters "Second Chance" Poker Run  in 2003.

How to join:

How do I join the Merced STAR Chapter?

We are always looking for friendly people to join us, so please come check us out! You are invited to attend one of our monthly Chapter meetings, currently held @ 8 or 9 a.m. on the 2nd Saturday each month. Our meeting place and event dates have been moving around lately, so be sure to check our upcoming events, for the next meeting time and location.
We have no local Chapter dues, so once you have checked us out, signed our Ride Waiver form, and ridden with us for a while so everybody feels are in! You can then take advantage of STAR Touring International, and all the perks and benefits that membership has to offer!

If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact us for more information.

Still not sure? We have an extensive collection in our 
pictures and video page dating all the way back to 2002 for you to browse.

We hope to meet you soon!

*All new riders are required to sign our 
Ride Waiver form before riding with the group

Make a donation to our Chapter:
We are a 501(c)7 charitable organization who helps our community in many ways each year. Your donation to our chapter would be very much appreciated, and will go to helping us support our friends and community, and the activities we put on together.

You can click here to make a secure payment donation via PayPal (no PayPal account required).


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