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Off-road demo rides come to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

May 22, 2012

How can you make a perfect day at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 20-22 in Lexington, Ohio, even more perfect? Include off-road demo rides on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course infield.

For the first time at this popular annual event, KTM will have several of the company's new XC and XCW off-road bikes available for demonstration rides. Prospective buyers will get to see and experience the Austrian company's 2013 lineup.

Mark Hyde, KTM's Ride Orange manager and a former AMA National Hare Scrambles champ and International Six Days Enduro gold medalist, will run the off-road demo area.


Ride a 2013 KTM off-road bike like this one at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.

"AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days might celebrate classic bikes and the people who ride them, but we're also all fans of modern motorcycles," Hyde said. "We're excited to offer attendees this opportunity to experience some of the latest off-road technology. We will have fresh-from-the-factory 2013 models for potential buyers to ride, and I'm sure they'll come away impressed."

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days attendees will need to be over 18 years old, have photo identification and bring, at minimum, a helmet, eye protection, gloves, motorcycle boots and long pants. Additional off-road riding gear, such as knee guards, a jersey and elbow pads, is recommended.

With proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the country's premier celebration of vintage motorcycles and motorcycling heritage. In addition to demo rides of current street and off-road motorcycles, the event includes amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt-track in vintage classes. The weekend also features North America's largest motorcycle swap meet, bike shows, a classic field meet for motorcycles and scooters, and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.

This year's AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will celebrate the classic "Rockers and Mods" two-wheeled subculture that is experiencing a popular resurgence in America. Activities will shine a spotlight on British café-racer motorcycles and Italian metal-bodied scooters made popular by the self-described Rockers and Mods of the early 1960s.

The Grand Marshal this year is AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and noted designer Craig Vetter, whose contributions to motorcycling range from the iconic Windjammer fairings and the Triumph X-75 Hurricane to the Mystery Ship limited-production high-performance motorcycles and a number of high-profile motorcycle fuel-economy contests.

AMA members can purchase a weekend pass to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days for $35, a $10 savings off the regular advance rate, and a one-day pass for $20, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate. The AMA member discount is in addition to the regular $10 savings on advance ticket purchases, and there is no service charge for AMA members when purchasing through the AMA. Kids under 12 get in free with a paying adult.

AMA member pricing, available through May 28, is only available by calling the AMA directly at (800) 262-5646.

More information about AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days can be found at www.AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.