AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has reaffirmed its support for the AMA Legends Weekend — and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013 — by returning as banquet sponsor of the Induction Ceremony at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino, Friday, Oct. 18.

The gala event will officially welcome the Hall of Fame class of 2013: AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael; AMA and desert racing champion Danny Hamel; racer, promoter and motorcycle industry icon Norm McDonald; AMA roadracing champion Randy Renfrow; and motorcycling fundraisers and Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

“Kawasaki has a great history with motorcycling, and especially with one of our 2013 Hall of Fame inductees, Ricky Carmichael, who enjoyed factory support through the company’s Team Green program as an amateur, as well as support as a professional on the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross circuits,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. “Kawasaki was part of many amateur and pro championships for Carmichael, and we’re proud to have the company’s support as they help us honor all of the members of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Zero Motorcycles, manufacturer of American-made electric motorcycles, is the official ring sponsor for the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, taking place on Friday, Oct. 18, at the Green Valley Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

The prestigious AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame ring is a symbol of the significant contributions made by an inductee to the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling. The gold ring, which is created exclusively for the Hall of Fame, bears the institution’s logo, the “Glory Days” design and the name of the inductee. The rings will be presented to the living inductees and Hall of Fame Legends during the annual gala event.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — With voting completed for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the inductees who will be formally elevated to the Hall of Fame: multi-time AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael, multi-time desert racing champion Danny Hamel, K&N co-founder Norm McDonald, multi-time roadracing champion Randy Renfrow and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

“The Greatest of All Time, an AMA and Baja racing standout, a well-known industry business veteran, a multi-talented AMA roadracer and a visionary couple of motorcyclists who started the Ride for Kids program and raised millions of dollars from fellow riders — I can’t think of a more wide-ranging and well-deserving class of inductees,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the AMHF, which oversees the Hall of Fame.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Got a cool Husqvarna motorcycle? Want to show it off? BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 19-21 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is just the place.

This year’s event shines the spotlight on the riders and champions of Husqvarna. As part of the festivities, the American Motorcyclist Association will be putting Husky owners front and center in a number of ways.

“Husqvarna has a grand tradition in the U.S., from helping jumpstart AMA motocross competition in this country, to the brand’s success in off-road racing, but none of that would have been possible without the champions and riders of Husqvarna,” said Grant Parsons, the AMA’s director of communications and marketing. “This year’s BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days celebrates those riders in a number of ways. We can’t wait to greet all the riders — and their Husqvarnas — at the event.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — A dominant AMA Supercross and motocross champion nicknamed “The GOAT” (The Greatest Of All Time), a pair of riders who helped raise tens of millions of dollars in search of the cause of and cure for pediatric brain tumors, and a founder of one of the aftermarket’s most recognizable brands are among the motorcyclists who are on the 2013 ballot for possible elevation to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

Multi-time AMA champion Ricky Carmichael, the Ride for Kids’ Mike and Dianne Traynor, and K&N co-founder Norm McDonald are among the nominees on the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame ballot that includes racers, designers, tuners, and ambassadors for motorcycling in consideration of elevation to motorcycling’s highest honor.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is opening its doors to the local community as well as motorcyclists this Saturday, May 11, with half-price adult admission and free entry for those 17 and under.

This weekend’s visitors will be among the first to see the Hall of Fame’s latest exhibit, “2 Wheels + Motor, an International Art Exhibition.” A free moto-trials off-road motorcycle exhibition also will take place on the AMA campus this weekend.

“Not only is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame a place for motorcyclists to appreciate our shared heritage, but it also showcases our inductees’ significance within society as a whole,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “Our Family Fun Day is an excellent opportunity for members of the local community to stop by and learn what we’re all about — and that includes our latest exhibit of motorcycle-inspired art.”

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry, will be recognized as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend on Friday, Oct. 18, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Blackwell, an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer inducted in 2000, will be honored alongside the class of 2013 as part of the AMA Legends Weekend, hosted by the American Motorcyclist Association, on Oct. 18-19, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino.

“Not only did Mark Blackwell rise to the top to become the 1971 American 500cc motocross champion, but he also raced internationally at a time when the Europeans dominated the sport,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame. “His grit, a win in Switzerland, and a podium finish in Germany earned him fans worldwide.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association announced today its AMA Motorcyclist of the Year: AMA member and president of KTM North America Jon-Erik Burleson. Awarded annually, the AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the person or persons who had the most profound impact within the motorcycling community in the previous 12 months.

“Jon-Erik’s innovation and leadership have positioned his company to take full advantage of what could only be described as a challenging environment in the motorcycle industry-an industry that is fighting back from its worst downturn in history,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It is also important to recognize our honoree’s passion for, and commitment to, motorcycling. Jon-Erik exemplifies the motorcycle lifestyle. He was raised in a motorcycle racing family and has been around motorcycling his whole life.”

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Seven historic figures took their places among motorcycling’s greatest legends Friday, Nov. 16, at the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM. The ceremony is part of the American Motorcyclist Association Legends Weekend, powered by Paul Thede’s Race Tech, held at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa.

Hosted by actor motorcyclist Perry King, the event honored the Hall of Fame Class of 2012: the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary; world championship roadracing tuner Nobby Clark; off-road racing champion Ty Davis; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and the late iconic race starter Al Wilcox.

In addition to the class of 2012, the induction ceremony recognized the outstanding careers of two existing Hall of Famers as Hall of Fame Legends: 1998 inductees Mert Lawwill and Malcolm Smith. Harley-Davidson Motor Co., honored Lawwill’s recognition, while Tucker Rocky/Riders’ Choice sponsored Smith. Troy Lee Designs honored filmmaker and Hall of Fame member Bruce Brown, the director of the 1970 film “On Any Sunday,” which featured Lawwill and Smith.

Kawasaki Motors Corporation, U.S.A. was the sponsor for the dinner that preceded the gala ceremony. Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame, welcomed a sold-out crowd to the dinner and ceremony, voicing appreciation for their support.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to welcome KTM North America as the presenting sponsor for the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by KTM, on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

“With the late Rod Bush, who led KTM North America through its formative years in the United States, being inducted as a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2012, we’re proud that KTM orange will be front and center at this year’s induction ceremony,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame.