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JR Kelley, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer and longtime supporter, passes away

December 11, 2012

JR Kelley, 1926-2012

The AMA and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame are saddened to learn of the passing of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Harry "JR" Kelley. The 86-year-old Kelley died over the weekend. The AMA offers its most sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the Kelley family and friends during this difficult time.

Kelley is best known for founding the successful motorcycle parts and accessories company, KK Motorcycle Supply, headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Kelley was also a top national racer, a motorcycle dealer, sponsor of several nationally ranked racers, a race promoter and a tireless fundraiser for Dayton-area charities over the years.

Kelley also was deeply involved in the governance of the AMA. He was elected president of the AMA in 1971 and helped guide the association out of financial difficulties.

Read more about the amazing life of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer JR Kelley in his Hall of Fame biography.

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