AMA and Husqvarna announce winner of Husqvarna TE449 in 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series
April 03, 2013
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- American
Motorcyclist Association member Chris Latham of Greencastle, Ind., has one more
reason to hit the trails this year. The 46-year-old Latham won the grand prize
for participating in the 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding
Series: a 2013 Husqvarna TE449 from series sponsor Husqvarna North America.
The annual AMA prize drawing, conducted by the independent auditing and
accounting firm of Plante & Moran of Columbus, Ohio, included participants
in all events on the national dual-sport calendar.
"This is awesome! I never dreamed that I would win anything like
this," said Latham, who was entered into the drawing thanks to his
participation in the Enduro Rider Association's Baby Burr dual-sport ride in
McArthur, Ohio. "I have a friend who has been going to the Baby Burr for
years, and he hooked me up with that ride. I've done it the last two years. I
took my son with me last year, and it was the best riding I have ever done in
Latham, who has been riding motorcycles since he was eight years old, said that
events on the AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series are some of
the most fun he has had on a motorcycle.
"We also do local cross-country races in Indiana, but these days,
dual-sport rides are where my real passion is," Latham said. "That's
what I enjoy doing, and it gives me an opportunity to ride with my son. I like
being able to just go out and ride with friends and enjoy the ride and not have
to cover the same trail over and over again. Going on a 100-mile trail ride
with friends and coming back to a campfire and camaraderie -- it doesn't get
Latham's Husqvarna is a big step up from the first motorcycle he rode in the
"Believe it or not, my first bike was a Honda Dream, and I rode that thing
all over the woods when I was a kid," said Latham, who is looking forward
to taking delivery of his Husqvarna so he can give his current bike to his son.
"Then, in 1977, I got a brand new mini-bike, and I was king of the world."
Dual-sport riders can learn more about the national series at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/riding/dirt/eventsandseries/nationaldualsport.
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