LEXINGTON, Ohio — During the past 15 years, vintage Japanese motorcycles have become more popular than ever, said Glenn Rumburg, who manned the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club tent on Friday at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki.
Glenn Rumburg with his 1966 Suzuki T20.
"Our club is healthy and growing," he said. "It's the Baby Boomers and their toys. I think we have about 4,200 members now."
The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club has been a mainstay for years at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
Founded in 1977, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America (www.vjmc.org) is the premier worldwide club dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of vintage Japanese motorcycles. The club defines “vintage” as bikes that are 20 years old or older.
Vintage bikes on display at the VJMC tent.
"Japanese bikes are much cheaper collectables than cars," said Rumburg, whose 1966 Suzuki T20 among the 40 or so on display. "The modern bikes are all covered in plastic. They don't have as much character."
VJMC members have about 40 bikes on display.
The club has a display in the Old Bike Barn Crossroads and a booth at the swap meet. For a full schedule of events at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, visit www.vintagemotorcycledays.com.
"We're a bunch of kids reliving their youth," Rumburg said.