Two major motorcycle manufacturers and a premier helmet company are offering demonstration rides of their lineups this weekend during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
BMW, KTM, Schuberth Showing Off Their Products
Story by Jim Witters
Two major motorcycle manufacturers are offering demonstration rides of their bike lineups this weekend during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
BMW Motorrad and the KTM Ride Orange program have dozens of motorcycles available for rides throughout the day. For those who didn’t bring along a helmet, Schuberth North America can provide one.
Twenty BMW motorcycles, including 12 different models, are on the grounds, including the S1000RR.
Barry Snyder, BMW product specialist and ride leader, said the company missed the 2014 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, but is glad to be back.
“We started slow on Friday,” Snyder said. “But things got rolling as the day went on.”
Brian Perry and Darrell Kincer, both from Lexington, Ky., were among the riders waiting for the BMWs.
“I’ve been doing demos here for a long time,” Perry said. “I am just trying out stuff. It’s fun. Demo rides are always entertaining.”
“It’s become a tradition,” he said. “I come out to see everything. But this year, I am interested in the F800S. I don’t want anything too large – something I can handle, but that won’t handle me.”
Mark Hyde, Ride Orange manager, brought the KTM RC 390, 390 Duke, 690 Enduro, 690 Duke, 1190 Adventure, 1190 Adventure R, 1290 Adventure and 1290 Duke.
“The highlight for us is the 1290 Adventure,” he said. “That bike has all the bells and whistles -- cruise control, anti-lock brakes, traction control, heated seats, adjustable windshield.”
Tim Sexton, of Annapolis, Md., said he just bought a new Victory Magnum and also owns a Harley-Davidson. But he was waiting for his ride on a KTM.
“I really am interested in that 1190 Adventure,” he said. “I want to feel how it handles on the road…and maybe a little off-road, if they let me.”
Before heading over to register for the KTM demos, Sexton stopped by the Schuberth booth to pick up a helmet.
Jen Muecke, Schuberth’s sales manager for the Great Lakes region, said anyone taking a demo ride during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can grab a helmet to use.
“This is our first year doing this at VMD,” she said. “We are not selling anything here. But we do have all six helmet models available for demo in all the sizes we carry.”
Riders could opt to wear a Schuberth helmet on one of the demo rides.
All riders are required to provide:
- Driver's license showing a current motorcycle endorsement
- DOT-approved helmet and eye protection
- Long pants
- Long sleeve shirt
- Over-the-ankle boots
- On Sunday, rides will take place between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.