PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Classic Grand Tour, which provides a fun and interesting way for motorcyclists across the country to get out and ride, returns this year as the American Motorcyclist Association celebrates its 95th anniversary.
Featured in 2003 and 2009, this popular tour includes a challenge, while allowing riders the flexibility of picking their route and timetable. The goal is to find and photograph signs that contain the letters "AMA" in sequence.
The AMA Classic Grand Tour is just one of seven events on the 2019 AMA Grand Tour calendar.
"Many AMA Grand Tour organizers promote regional tours," AMA Recreational Riding Manager Heather Wilson said. "This one is nationwide. It can be done at your own pace on your own route, solo, with a buddy or with a group."
To participate, register at the AMA website, then get a photo of your motorcycle and your Grand Tour flag with a sign containing "AMA" and send the photo to the AMA, along with a photo verification form. Self-made signs do not qualify.
Some examples of words that fit the bill: AlabAMA, JAMAica, KalAMAzoo, PanAMA.
But riders don't have to limit themselves to city or state names. Any sign—business, park, billboard, street—qualifies, as long as "AMA" appears in sequence. AMAzing will work. So will thingAMAbob. Or catAMAran.
Each word may be used just once by each participant. That means you can't spend a weekend in Alabama taking pictures of state signs and win.
The AMA Classic Grand Tour ends Nov. 1.
Each month, the AMA member with the most submissions in that month will be featured on the AMA Grand Tours Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AMAGrandTours).
At the end of the tour, the participant with the most points will receive a plaque and appear in American Motorcyclist magazine.
A $40 registration fee gets you entered at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/AMA-Grand-Tours. Other AMA Grand Tours are listed there, as well.
So, do some research, then get out there and find those "AMA" signs!
2019 AMA Grand Tours
- AMA Classic Grand Tour: April 1-Nov. 1
- AMA District 2 Polar Bear Grand Tour: Jan. 6-Dec. 22
- SCMA USA Four Corners Tour: Jan. 15-Nov. 30
- SCMA USA 15 Best Roads Tour: Jan. 15-Nov. 30
- SCMA California Adventure Series: Jan. 15-Nov. 30
- Tour of Honor: April 1-Oct. 31
- SCMA 44th Annual Three Flags Classic: Aug. 29-Sept. 3