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AMA Go Ride! Month winner Randall Beecham!

Randall Beecham -- Go Ride Shoei winner

Randall Beecham won this cool Shoei GT Air helmet in the AMA Go Ride! Month drawing, congrats! And Randall, that's a very cool full-scale wooden BMW you've built!

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AMA Go Ride! Month winner Phil Perry!

Phil Perry Tour Master jacket winner Go RIde Month

Phil Perry shows off his new Tour Master Saber jacket, which he won in the AMA Go Ride! Month drawing.  Phil won a Cortech tank bag but because he rides a Gold Wing, the good people at Helmet House allowed him to select the jacket instead!

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AMA Go Ride! Month winner Lee De Leonard!

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IBA rider Lee De Leonard with the Cortech tank bag he won in the AMA Go Ride! Month drawing!

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AMA Go Ride! Month -- And the winners are...



May 8, 2013 -- Several lucky motorcyclists will receive new riding gear and other products from Helmet House, manufacturer of Cortech and Tour Master and exclusive distributor for Shoei Helmets, thanks to drawings held by the American Motorcyclist Association. Why? Because they entered one of the AMA's cool contests during AMA Go Ride! Month in April!  The winners, and what they won, are: 

- Randall Beecham of Bellville, Ohio: Shoei GT-Air helmet 
- Trevor Payne of South Plainfield, N.J.: Tour Master Intake jacket 
- Phil Perry of Howell, N.J.: Cortech tank bag 
- Lee De Leonard of Roswell, N.M.: Cortech tank bag  

It's been a great 30+ days of contests, info and networking here and on Facebook during 2013 AMA Go Ride! Month -- thanks for playing gang!

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Freedom Friday week 4 winners!


May 3, 2013 -- Congratulations to our Week 4, and final Freedom Friday winners, Saken Aizhulov and Raymond Wyszynski. Each submitted photos illustrating their concern about distracted and inattentive driving. Well done to both winners who will receive a $20 gift-card from BikeBandit as well as an AMA gift bag!


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AMA Go Ride! Month - It's a wrap! Or it is? 


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May 1, 2013 -- AMA Go Ride! Month in April 2013 concludes today after a month-long celebration of the motorcycling lifestyle with on- and off-highway motorcyclists across the country. 

As you know, we've been posting event and riding information all month, and we've also conducted a number of weekly photo contests -- but we are not done yet! Why?

Because this Friday, May 3, we will determine the winners of the drawing for prizes from AMA partner Helmet House! We're talking a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket and Cortech tank bags. If you are an AMA member and entered one of the photo contests, you were automatically entered into the month-end drawing. So stay tuned...


For the full recap of AMA Go Ride! Month, click here.


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AMA Go Ride! Flash Tour week 4 winner!


AMA Go Ride Month Flash Tour winner Chris Tanber pic 


May 1, 2013 -- AMA Champion Member, Chris Tanber went to extraordinary heights – Pike’s Peak, Colo. – to make this submission to AMA’s Up, Down, All-Around Flash Tour. We love the Bigfoot crossing sign almost as much as the 1988 Honda Hawk. Chris will receive a cool next-generation HelmetLok for his winning photo for the final AMA Go Ride! Flash Tour week. Chris will also get a chance at the month end drawings for cool Tourmaster, Shoei and Cortech gear on Friday, May 3 -- congrats Chris!
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This week's Freedom Friday theme: Distracted and Inattentive Driving


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April 26, 2013 -- How often are you on the roadway and see a car or SUV careening from one side of the lane to the other and realize that the driver is using their phone or paying attention to something other than the road and their surroundings? Distracted and inattentive driving is a huge concern for all road users, but particularly to more vulnerable users like motorcyclists. 

Send us a photo of your bike next to a car, SUV or truck (parked of course!) that illustrates the dangers of distracted driving and submit it, along with your AMA number to: grassroots@ama-cycle.org. Two weekly winners will receive a $20 gift card from BikeBandit.com, an AMA gift bag and be entered to win in our month-end drawing with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket, and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House!

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AMA Go Ride! Month winner of Choice Hotel drawing announced!


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April 25, 2013 -- Congratulations to our winner of the Choice Hotels contest, AMA member, Mike Scott! Mike submitted the difference between the gas mileage of his bike (65 mpg) to the gas mileage of his truck (5 mpg), for a chance to win a $100 gas card and a two nights’ stay at a Choice Hotel good in 2013. Every AMA member who submitted an entry will also be entered in our AMA Go Ride! month-end drawing for cool gear from Helmet House like a Shoei helmet, Tourmaster jacket and Cortech tank bags. Full details can be found here!

Thanks to everyone who participated and congrats again Mike!

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AMA Go Ride! Flash Tour week 3 winner!


AMA Go RIde Flash Tour Week 3 winner Matt Taylor

April 24, 2013 -- This week’s AMA Up, Down, & All-Around Flash Tour winner, Matt Taylor, submitted this fun picture of himself and his favorite riding partner, Maya crossing the George Washington Bridge in New York on his 1975 Honda CB750. Matt’s picture was selected mostly because it didn’t feature even one car, and because he captured his bike is in motion. Matt will be receiving a next-generation HelmetLok bundle to keep his riding gear safe on the rare occasions he is off the bike. Ride on, Matt! 

It’s not too late to get in on the AMA Go Ride! Month Flash Tour fun. Simply submit a picture of your bike Up, Down, or All-Around your favorite riding areas to flashtours@ama-cycle.org and you will not only get a chance to win a HelmetLok set, but every submission earns you a chance for our AMA Go Ride! month-end drawing for cool gear from Helmet House like a Shoei helmet, Tourmaster jacket and Cortech tank bags. Full details can be found here!

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AMA Go Ride Safely! week promotes rider training, wearing good gear 


April 22, 2013 -- The final week of AMA Go Ride! Month begins today and the theme is "Go Ride Safely!" AMA Go Ride Safely! week promotes rider training and the use of appropriate riding gear to help ensure that every ride is enjoyable and every rider is prepared for the unexpected. 

Sure it's a serious subject, but did you know that being trained and selecting the right gear (hint: gear that not only protects but gear that fits) will make you more comfortable when you ride? And when you're comfortable, you are going to enjoy the ride so much more. 

Speaking of fun, have you entered one of our three AMA Go Ride! Month contests? Get the details here, it is so easy to enter and you will also be entered into our month-end drawing for great prizes from Helmet House! 



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Freedom Friday week 2 winners!


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April 18, 2013 -- Hat's off to Tom Steele and Phil Perry, winners of the second week of the Freedom Friday campaign during AMA Go Ride! Month. 

"No Motorcycles Allowed" was the focus of last week's drive to raise awareness of discrimination against on- and off-highway motorcyclists related to access to streets and public areas. Tom and Phil will receive an AMA prize bag containing an AMA patch, lapel pin and $20 gift card from BikeBandit.com.

We've just announced our theme for the week 3 contest -- E15: Fuel for Thought -- to bring attention to the potentials harm this fuel can bring to motorcycle and ATV engines. Enter now! 

Submit your photos for each week's theme by sending them, along with your AMA member number to: grassroots@ama-cycle.org. Contest entrants will also be entered in a month-end drawing with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket, and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House.

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AMA Go Ride! Flash Tour week 2 winner!

April 17, 2013 -- Congratulations to AMA Defender member Avila Lagzdins for sending in the winning photo last week in the AMA Up, Down, All-Around Flash Tour. Avila will be receiving a sturdy next-generation HelmetLok set to keep her gear secure while she is out exploring.There are still two weeks left in the AMA Go Ride! Flash Tour photo contest and all submissions will earn members entry into the Go Ride! drawing for Shoei, Tourmaster & Cortech gear, courtesy of Helmet House. So, get out there and send us some photos to flashtours@ama-cycle.org. Full details can be found here.

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Another AMA Go Ride! Month contest? Why not!

Choice Hotels

April 16, 2013 -- AMA members are riders, and Choice Hotels recognizes that. Choice Hotels, whose 11 brands include Quality Inn, Comfort Inn and Sleep Inn, is partnering with the AMA during AMA Go Ride! Month in April to give away this week a $100 gas card and two nights’ stay at a Choice Hotel good in 2013. 

The catch? There isn't one! 

Just send us your name, AMA number, and the difference between the gas mileage of your bike and your car or SUV. Put the words "Choice Hotel" in the Subject line and send to submissions@ama-cycle.org. A winner will be selected at random and announced next Monday!

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Freedom Friday week 1 winners!

April 16, 2013 --As part of AMA Go Ride! Month, four Fridays in April are designated as "Freedom Friday." Freedom Fridays raise awareness about issues that threaten motorcycling freedoms. Kicking off on Friday, April 5, was a week-long focus on health-insurance discrimination.AMA members can take part in a photo contest related to the issue and win prizes. The AMA received entries from members and selected the photos of Jeff Goldstein and Saken Aizhulov (above)!

Jeff and Saken will receive an AMA prize bag containing an AMA patch, lapel pin and $20 gift card from BikeBandit.com. Submit your photos for each week's theme by sending them, along with your AMA member number to: grassroots@ama-cycle.org. Contest entrants will also be entered in a month-end drawing with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket, and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House.

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AMA Go Ride! Flash Tour week 1 winner!


Randall Beecham Go RIde Flash Tour winner week 1

April 10, 2013 --  Randall Beecham is a real believer that you can’t win if you don’t enter! He snapped this bucolic scene at Malabar Farms off OH 603 – one of ten photos he and his wife, Lynne, submitted for this AMA Up,Down, All-Around Flash Tour. Malabar Farms is a real, working farm that also hosts tours and events, including weddings. Once a stop on the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days “Ride ‘Em, Don’t Hide ‘Em” bike show, the farm is open year-round. According to Randall, this is a must-see for any visitors to Ohio.

For his effort, Randall wins a next-generation HelmetLok lock and lanyard set to keep his gear safe as he travels. Randall  will also be entered in a month-end drawing with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket, and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House

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Have you entered the AMA Go Ride! Month contests yet?

April 10, 2013 -- No? There are so many ways to win!

First, each week we are giving away great prizes from Helmetlok and Bikebandit.com -- all you need to do is send us photographs in one or both of our two contests: the AMA Up, Down All-Around Flash Tour and the Freedom Friday promotions. Check out the details here!

Best of all, at the end of the month, our partner Helmet House has given us some great prizes to giveaway: a Shoei GT Air helmet, a Tour Master Intake jacket, and two Cortech 18-liter tank bags. They are all pictured above, and all you need to do to be in the month-end drawing is enter one of  the two weekly contests

Now, what are you waiting for? Enter now!

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Welcome to Freedom Friday -- plus another contest!

More chances to win cool prizes!

April 5, 2013 -- As part of AMA Go Ride! Month, the AMA has designated each Friday in April as a "Freedom Friday" to raise awareness about issues that threaten motorcycling freedoms. AMA members can take part in a photo contest related to the issue and win prizes.

Over the next week, our focus is on health-insurance discrimination. The issue is one of the most important to AMA members, according to Danielle Fowles, AMA grassroots coordinator.

"With the current U.S. economic situation, we are hearing of more employers refusing to pay for health care for injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash," said Fowles. "Imagine getting seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident and then having your health insurance company refuse to pay the medical bills because you were riding a motorcycle The AMA has been fighting this type of health-insurance discrimination for years and we are advocating to change the law so that this form of discrimination no longer exists."

For more, click here.

Each week's Freedom Friday photo contest asks AMA members to send a photo of themselves and their bike near a symbol of that week's topic. For the first week, members should send in photos near hospitals, ambulances or anything medical-insurance related to illustrate their concern as a motorcyclist. Photo(s) and the AMA member number should be sent to the AMA at grassroots@ama-cycle.org to be entered in the contest.

Contest entrants have two chances to win. Each week, two photo winners will be announced and each will receive an AMA gift bag and a $20 Bikebandit.com gift card. Contest entrants will also be entered in a month-end drawing with great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket, and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House.

Complete contest rules are posted here

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World's Largest & Smallest AMA Flash Tour winner announced

AMA Go Ride! Month Up Down All-Around AMA Flash Tour is going on now

Go Ride Flash Tour winner, Phil Perry, week 1

April 4, 2013 -- Phil Perry from Howell, N.J. wins the World’s Largest & Smallest Flash Tour with his photos of Lucy, the Margate Elephant! Congratulations, Phil! Look for some cool AMA gear coming your way! 


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Get Ready – Get Set – Let’s Ride!

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April 1, 2013 -- Today marks the official launch of AMA Go Ride! Month -- All month long, motorcyclists nationwide are encouraged to kick-start the 2013 riding season in style with information, entertainment, contests, prizes from Helmet House, Shoei HelmetLok and more via this site and the AMA Facebook page

During the first week of April, "AMA Go Ride Your Way!" week taps into the individualism of motorcycling on favorite trails and twisties. Riders are invited to post pictures of their favorite rides on the AMA Facebook page and send stories describing their favorite rides tosubmissions@ama-cycle.org. The best story will be featured here on the AMA Go Ride! Month blog.

AMA Go Ride! Month is also the launch of a special edition of AMA Flash Tours with a contest for street and dirt riders. The AMA Up, Down, All-Around Flash Tour invites motorcyclists to photograph a trip to the highest, lowest or most remote part of their state, or an historical or cultural landmark unique to the state. Each week a winner will be selected to receive a Helmetlok next-generation lock and cable set. Plus, all qualifying entrants will be entered into a month-end drawing to receive great prizes, including a Shoei helmet, Tour Master Intake jacket and Cortech tank bags, courtesy of AMA partner Helmet House.

Contestants must be AMA members. For those who aren't members, it's easy to sign up at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/join. Contest details and rules are posted on the AMA website here, and updates will be available on the AMA Facebook page.

Also during each week of AMA Go Ride! Month, Freedom Friday will alert motorcyclists to important issues that pose threats to motorcycling freedoms. Watch for the first Freedom Friday announcement on April 5. A Freedom Friday contest will also launch that day, and each week in April two lucky AMA members will win an AMA gift bag and a BikeBandit.com gift card. Contestants will also be entered into the month-end drawing for Helmet House prizes.

Stay tuned to www.americanmotorcyclist.com and www.facebook.com/americanmotorcyclist in the coming days for more announcements about 2013 AMA Go Ride! Month.



What's in a name? We asked, you answered!

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April 3, 2013 -- Apparently a lot! During “AMA Go Ride Your Way!” week, we asked AMA Facebook fans, “Our bikes all have personalities, but have you given yours a name?” More than 27,000 read the post and hundreds of you responded.

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Cris Sommer Simmons said, “Effie, after Effie Hotchkiss... since my Effie is a 1915 HD, the same make and model Effie Hotchkiss rode across the USA in 1915.”

Jenny Lefferts, founder of Mad Maps and an AMA partner wrote, “Stella and she just turned 20 this April.”

AMAer Bob Maddocks had quite a few: '93 Ducati 900SS/SP - "The Olde Red Bike," '09 BMW R1200GSA - "The Silver Slug, " '07 Yam FJR1300 - "Barney," '13 Triumph Thruxton - "Greenie."

Off-roader Jenn Lala told us: “Big Red Pig XR650”

Mark Davey had a good one – “Cruella Diavel”

Rebecca Thompson Atherton wrote, “Bonnie Blue, like the Bonnie Blue flag since she's a Rebel... Honda Rebel that is! My first bike!”

Bob Dahringer told us, “My FLHTPI was 'Suzy Q. Motorcycle.' I have a 2013 Moto Guzzi Stelvio, NTX on order; she will be 'Sophia'… named after another Italian beauty…”

Virginia Vinson Pressley posted, “Angel, cause she let's me fly. Honda VTX1300.”

Neil Robert Pille gave us this: “I've had my VFR for 19 years and have ridden 100K+ without ever being pulled over by cops. I call it the Stealth Fighter.”

And Ron Matthews wrote, “2008 HD Sporty named Remedy… for what's ailing me.”

Here’s Nigel Nicholson: “Black Jack: 2009 Bonnie in, you guessed it, black. Has a couple of Union Jacks tastefully displayed...”

Jaylin Billig, “My first was Elvis, my race scooter is the famous Maverick, my dirt bike is The Rooster and my brand new cafe racer is Hattori Hanzo.”

Kathy Fletcher wrote, “Can-am Spyder named Vengeful. She gets even if I make her jealous!”

Deborah Swanson posted this: “My 2013 Triumph Triumph Thruxton 900 is named Dolly Dagger, a Jimi Hendrix song.”

Robert Childs has a theme: “All my bikes have been called Freedom.”

Edward Lawhon added, “Holly Davidson, most expensive woman I've ever been in love with!”

And Joseph Quentin gave us this: “My grandad calls my 08 Suzuki DR650 the Basuki.”

Michael Rodriguez: “Cherry Bomb for my Aprilia Tuono.”

Kimball Bryan had this to say: Red Harley Road King -- Miss Red.”

Perhaps Christopher Needles spoke for many when he wrote, “Haven' t really thought about naming my FZ-1; I' m too busy enjoying the ride.”

But then again, when the shoe fits… Hunter Grunow gave us this: “My ktm525 is snort cuz she raps so loud.”

Or, from Ernest Graham: “My zx12r's name is Godzilla.”

‘Nuff said, and we hope everyone is enjoying AMA Go Ride Your Way! week.



Go Ride! (an enduro :)

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April 1, 2013 -- If you like to have fun in the woods on your motorcycle, consider an enduro. For western states riders, the AMA-sanctioned West Chec Enduro Series (www.ridechec.com) offers a number of options, including restart enduros, traditional timekeepers and the format used for International Six Days Enduro qualifiers.

Perhaps best of all, there are a few this month to get you going. Here’s the rundown:

April 6-7: The SawMill Enduro, Lakeport, Calif., hosted by North Bay MC. This is a restart enduro. Riders won’t be penalized for riding too quickly through timed sections, and all timed sections will be known. Although you won’t need to keep time, you should have a watch handy because you will have to start each section on a particular minute. The Crosscut Family Enduro will be the Saturday before.

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April 14: Sheridan Mountain Showdown Enduro, Camp Wood, Ariz., hosted by the Arizona Trail Riders. This also is a restart format.

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April 20-21: Ghost Rider Enduro, Red Mountain, Calif., hosted by Training Wheels MC. This one is a timekeeper. You’ll want to have the proper equipment and understand the basics. A family enduro will be hosted the Saturday before this event as well.

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There’s more on the West Chec schedule, though -- including an ISDE qualifier (http://www.boiseridgeriders.org/pre_entry.htm) in Boise, Idaho, on June 1-2. For all the details, see www.westchec.com.



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