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It's time to "get out and ride" during 2012 AMA Get Out And Ride! Month!!!

Throughout April we’ll be celebrating all the on- and off-road riding that AMA members are doing, so be sure to tell us all about it! Just send your stories, images and URL links to submissions@ama-cycle.org, and we’ll pop them up on this blog or mention them on the AMA Get Out And Ride! Facebook page.

Get Ready – Get Set – Let’s Ride!


2012 AMA Flash Tours

Looking for a great reason to ride? Want a challenge? No time to commit to a full-on AMA Grand Tour? Get out and ride the AMA Flash Tours!

AMA Flash Tours Challenge #1 - take a picture of your bike in front of a diner. You have until April 19, 2012 to get the picture. Full rules available here


2012 AMA Get Out And Ride Smart! Week 4 Trivia Contest question:

Monday, April 23 -- Which AMA Hall of Famer headed up the most significant motorcycle crash causation study ever conducted in the U.S., and what year was the study published? Send your answer to submissions@ama-cycle.org. The winner must be an AMA member, and will win a Tour Master Sabre Series 3 riding jacket!

Friday, April 27, 2012 -- The correct answer: Professor Hugh "Harry" Hurt, 1981. Congrats to nine-year AMA Member Kim Mike Ginocchi, who was randomly selected from the correct entries submitted by AMA members, and will receive a gift certificate for a Tour Master Saber Series 3 riding jacket!

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AMA Get Out And Ride For A Cause! Week

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 -- This week we honor the 2012 AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award recipient, Bernie Bredbenner. Bredbenner created a fundraising ride called the Motorcycle Miracle Tour. His goal for the ride was to raise funds to benefit pediatric services at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa. The ride has persevered for 26 years, raising more than $1 million. Established in 1987, the AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award honors an individual who has generated good publicity for motorcycling. Its namesake, Hazel Kolb, has been memorialized in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. 


2012 AMA Get Out And Ride For A Cause! Week 3 Trivia Contest question:

Monday, April 16 -- Which Grammy award-winning musician donated an autographed guitar to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame fundraising auction in 2008? Send your answer to submissions@ama-cycle.org. The winner must be an AMA member, and will win a Tour Master Sabre Series 3 riding jacket!

Friday, April 20, 2012 -- The correct answer: Keith Urban. Congrats to AMA Competition Plus Member Kim Gabriele, who was randomly selected from the correct entries submitted by AMA members, and will receive a gift certificate for a Tour Master Saber Series 3 riding jacket!


2012 AMA Get Out And Ride Your Way! Week 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - This week we honor the 2012 AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award and 2012 AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award recipients: AMA District 36 (Northern California) director Bill Wollner and District 17 (Northern Illinois) hare scrambles director Jay Hall, respectively.

Presented 27 times since it was created in 1977, the AMA Outstanding Road Rider Award is given to an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle and the protection of on-highway motorcycling, and has consistently demonstrated leadership, hard work, and dedication to the AMA mission. Bill Wollner has been doing that for more than two decades. As a District 36 vice president and a three-time president of the Port Stockton MC, Wollner organizes 18 road events a year through the club.

New for 2012, the AMA Outstanding Off-Road Rider Award highlights the achievements of an individual who has contributed to the promotion of the motorcycling lifestyle and the protection of off-highway motorcycling, and has consistently demonstrated leadership, hard work, and dedication to the AMA mission. Jay Hall, who runs Hall's Cycles in Springfield, Ill., has been making those contributions for dozens of years. This AMA Life Member is also an AMA off-road congressman, District 17 (Northern Illinois) hare scrambles director, former International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) racer and longtime ISDE team manager, mechanic and selection committee member.


2012 AMA Get Out And Ride Together! Week 2 Trivia Contest question:

Monday, April 9 -- Which AMA board of trustees member made the initial motion in 1961 to create the "Grand National Enduro Championship" starting in the 1962 season? Borrowing the concept from the Grand National Championship that had crowned the country's top dirt-track racer since 1954, the move was a major one in the rich history of AMA off-road racing, and marked the first time the national champion would be selected from a series of events rather than a single, winner-take-all race. (Clue: The answer can be found in the online searchable archive ofAmerican Motorcyclist magazines hosted by Google Books.)

Friday, April 13 -- The correct answer: Walter Davidson. The source for the answer is the Jan. 1962 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine, page 9, which can be viewed online here. Congrats to AMA Member Ron Morris, who was randomly selected from the correct entries submitted by AMA members, and will receive a gift certificate for a Tour Master Saber Series 3 riding jacket!


AMA Get Out And Ride Your Way! Week

Thursday, April 5, 2012 -- The theme for Week 1 of AMA Get Out And Ride! Month is Get Out And Ride Your Way! And judging from the posts on the AMA Facebook page, AMA members are doing just that.

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We asked folks to reflect back on their first-ever ride. Tina Rahlf wrote, “My first ride ever was with my boyfriend who introduce me to the love of motorcycles and the ride. We flew to Connecticut where he bought his BMW and we rode and toured the northeast without ever breaking out a map. It was the best trip/vacation I've ever been on.”

Justin McDermott posted: “First time on a bike, I would have been about 2 [or] so. [In] 1988 my dad used to put a belt around me and him and I [laid] on the tank… First time for me by myself would have been around 8 years old I think, so 1994, and it was an old yellow moped.”

This from Gordon Lunde. “‎1966? I was 15, [a] Honda step through rented from U-Haul dealer. $10 all day, no license of any kind required. Milwaukee, WI. Thank you U-Haul!”

Clyde Armstrong explained, “I bought a 1971 Honda Z50 trail from the neighbors down the road for $150 in 1976, Walla Walla Washington, I think I was 11 . Earned it by picking strawberries all summer for 25 cents a flat... I made jumps and a track in the yard, me and the neighbor kid would time ourselves…”

When asked about the most exciting solo ride, John Wrench Morrissey said, “My first long distance ride after coming home from Iraq. Boston to VA beach. Just a few weeks after getting my [motorcycle] license.” 

James Moran wrote, “It had to be a trip I took solo in 1978 on a home built chopper, leaving Florida and traveling up to NY on the back roads. Leaving NY and traveling through Canada to Minnesota and then back to Florida… no malfunctions, just plenty of good riding and meeting good people.”

And Jo Ann McKahan Bobby-Gilbert posted: “First time at Bike Week in Daytona after getting my own bike - a Harley 883 Sportster - for Christmas, instead of riding behind my husband. Riding into the ocean on the pier was awesome!”

Many of you are sending your solo ride stories to submissions@ama-cycle.org, and we’ll be sure to include the best ones here.

When we asked, “What’s on your 2012 riding “must-do” list?” a number of your wrote in. Curt Lewis posted, “A meandering ride from the SF Bay Area up to Portland to visit my niece and her new daughter. Or maybe truck the dirt bike up with me and play in some Oregonian and Washington dirt while I just happen to be in the neighborhood...”

Eric McNamara wrote: “MN to the Tail of the Dragon. Tail of Dragon to Key West. Key West to Taladega. Then home to MN.”

Mike Grieff added, “Return to participating in Super Senior class, Amateur, Flattrack, half mile, racing after a 7-year hiatus. Looking forward to the Amateur Grand Championships Half Mile and Mile.”

Some of you are “shopping,” judging from the answers to our question, “What cool motorcycle accessory or gadget is on your wish list this month?” 

Jay Windsor wrote, “A simple clock I can see mounted on the cross-bar of my 2010 Triumph "T100." Want it. Need it.”

From Joel Storm: “Bike to bike communication (chatterbox) for me and my wife so we can communicate better when we are not on our touring bikes that have CB.”

Cynthia Warner posted, “Heated gloves!! C'mon spring, it's cold here in Colorado.”

And Matt Bickford added: “HJC Symax III Hi-Viz helmet.”

We also asked, “Tell us about a little-known but incredible riding road or trail, we promise not to tell anyone...” So if you want to read the responses, you’ll have to go to the AMA Facebook page to find out what secrets AMA members were willing to part with!


2012 AMA Get Out And Ride Your Way! Week 1 Trivia Contest question:

Monday, April 2 --This AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer fell coming out of Laconia’s infamous hairpin turn in 1963, but quickly picked up his bike and got back into the race, reclaiming the lead to win his first AMA National. What is his formal name, what was he formally trained to do, and what significant amateur victory did he win in 1961? Send your answer to  submissions@ama-cycle.org and you may win a Tour Master Saber Series 3 riding jacket!

Friday, April 6 -- The correct answer: Joel Edward Nicholas; classical musician; "Jody" Nicholas won several significant amateur titles in 1961, including the 100-mile amateur title the first year at Daytona International Speedway, and the amateur program at the Springfield Mile. Congrats to AMA Life Member Bern Pulver, who was randomly selected from the correct entries submitted by AMA members, and will receive a gift certificate for a Tour Master Saber Series 3 riding jacket!

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