PICKERINGTON, Ohio – Motorcycle enthusiasts attending AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio, July 7-9, will have several opportunities to attend seminars where they will learn from experts who have traveled the world, published books, hosted podcasts and more
The seminars, including presentations and question-and-answer sessions, will be presented in the Goodyear Tower, which features unparalleled views of the track’s famous turns and rolling hills.
Simon and Lisa Thomas from 2ridetheworld will host seminars on July 7-8 about their 14 years of global motorcycle adventures.
Author Armand Ensanian will be on hand to speak about the future of electric motorcycling on July 7, the evolution of the internal combustion engine on July 8, and the history of the Japanese motorcycle industry on July 9.
On July 7, Guy Cooper will speak about his involvement in the Indian Tribute Ride.
Cleveland Moto/Motorcycles and Misfits Podcast with Phil Waters, Liza Miller and gang will conduct a live recording of their show on July 8.
AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla will give a behind-the-scenes rundown of the U.S. ISDE Team and the men and women who make it possible on July 8. He will be joined by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and longtime Kawasaki off-road racing star Jeff Fredette, who has won a record 33 ISDE medals.
Other seminars include presentations by U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of the U.S. Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, Hall of Famer Craig Vetter & Distinguished Panel, and Mike Wells.
Wells is a noted Harley-Davidson restorer who will speak about his work on the 2017 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle bike, a 1966 Harley-Davidson that will be given away on Sunday at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Tickets can be purchased at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
For a full schedule of speakers visit www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com/seminars.
For 2017, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, will celebrate the riders and machines that have made Kawasaki motorcycles famous for more than five decades in America. In addition, the AMA affinity group for fans of Kawasaki -- ROK, Powered by the AMA -- also will be front and center throughout the event. AMA members who join the ROK, Powered by the AMA, receive special benefits from Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA, such as a 10 percent discount from all purchases at www.kawasaki.com. For more information, see www.kawasaki.com/rok/whoweare.
An annual fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, features vintage motorcycle racing, bike shows, seminars, demo rides, a swap meet with nearly 1,000 independent vendors and much more.
Tickets are available for purchase at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com (click on “Tickets”) or at the gate. A weekend pass is $60, a single-day admission for Friday or Saturday is $40 and a single-day admission for Sunday is $35. Kids 12 and under get in free.
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Friday, July 7
10-11 a.m. – Guy Cooper; Indian Tribute Ride
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Armand Ensanian; The Future of Motorcycling… Is it Electric?
1-2 p.m. – Simon and Lisa Thomas; The Search for Freedom
Saturday, July 8
10:30-11:30 a.m. – Erek Kudla; The ISDE You Don’t See
Noon-1 p.m. – Armand Ensanian; The Evolution of the Internal Combustion Engine
1:30-2:30 p.m. – Simon and Lisa Thomas; The Search for Freedom
3-4 p.m. – Cleveland Moto/Motorcycles and Misfits Podcast with Phil Waters, Liza Miller and gang
Sunday, July 9
8:30 a.m. – Worship Service
10-11 a.m. – Armand Ensanian; A History of the Japanese Motorcycle Industry
11:30 a.m. – The Future by Craig Vetter & Distinguished Panel; Streamlining and the Right Power
1-2:30 p.m. – Mike Wells; Restoring Dreams – Restoring the 1966 Harley