PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Highly skilled motorcyclists will maneuver their vintage bikes over logs, up and down hills, through creeks and around trees during the trials competition at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 8-10, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Trials riders at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days deftly control their motorcycle's throttle, clutch and brakes to execute intricate maneuvers on a course designed by Trials Inc., an AMA-chartered club that hosts events in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
"It's amazing to watch trials riders navigate the rugged terrain through the wooded areas at Mid-Ohio," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "Trials Inc. lays out a challenging course, and the competitors always have a great time. We invite trials riders of all skill levels to bring their vintage bikes to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and enter the competition."
Schedules and entry information are available at www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com.
"If you have a vintage trials motorcycle in your garage, dig it out and bring it to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days," said Travis Daniels, Trials Inc.'s trials master. "We have designed a course that will be rideable for competitors of all levels. Our goal is to have a competition that will be fun for the competitors and challenging enough to test their skills, culminating in crowning AMA National Vintage Champions in each class."
For 2016, with the generous support of Suzuki Motor of America, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days honors the career of Suzuki rider and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wes Cooley. The infield display, Celebrating 40 Years of AMA Superbikes, presented by Suzuki, will showcase the rich history of AMA Superbike racing with a number of historic championship-winning machines. The central piece of the display will be Cooley's 1980 championship-winning GS1000, which Cooley will ride in demonstration laps around the road race course each day.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days features the Moto Armory AMA Off-Road Vintage Grand Championship, including vintage and post-vintage motocross, hare scrambles and trials, as well as vintage and post-vintage road racing on Mid-Ohio's road race course and dirt-track racing at the nearby Ashland County Fairgrounds sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. Mini road racing and a pit bike race also will be held during the event.
The weekend includes North America's largest motorcycle swap meet sponsored by Federal Motorcycle Transport, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Bike Show presented by Old Bike Barn, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a classic motorcycle field meet, demo rides of current production bikes, seminars, live music, raffle bikes, a beer garden with the region's best craft beers, and displays of AMA clubs and custom bike builders.
AMA members who buy event tickets directly from the AMA before June 6 receive an exclusive price discount. AMA members can call (800) 262-5646 to purchase a weekend pass for $45, a one-day pass for $25 for Friday or Saturday, or a $20 pass for Sunday, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate. There is no service charge for AMA members when purchasing through the AMA.
For more details on AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, see www.amavintagemotorcycledays.com and www.facebook.com/AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Financial contributors include Moto Armory, Nationwide Insurance, Suzuki Motor of America, Federal Motorcycle Transport, Old Bike Barn, Iron Pony/Pony Powersports, and Sena Technologies Inc.