The American Motorcyclist Association announces the winners of the 2020 AMA Racing and Organizer Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA-sanctioned competition and recreational activity during the calendar year.

AMA members helped select the winners of certain racing categories, including the AMA Athlete of the Year and the AMA Racer of the Year awards.

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Have you ever wanted to compete in the world-famous Dakar Rally, pilot a MotoGP bike at a historic European race track or go wheel-to-wheel against some of the best Speedway racers on the planet?

You can. Sort of.

Right now, riders are stuck at home due to the COVID-19 virus or because of winter weather and are looking for ways to feed their motorcycle jones. One of the easiest ways is to play motorcycling-related computer video games. You don’t need a high-powered gaming rig to conquer the virtual motorcycle racing world, especially if you choose to play and older (and cheaper) game.

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The Manchester State Forest near Wedgefield in west-central South Carolina offers some great off-road riding on sandy, tree-lined trails.

The forest consists of almost 29,000 acres, with 1,400 acres dedicated to OHV recreation. The Red OHV Trail is 8.6 miles long, while the Blue OHV Trail is 7.8 miles, and the Green OHV Trail is 1.8.

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he Safe-to-Race Task Force members are named 2020 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year, seven riders give their impressions of BMW’s 2021 R 18 cruiser and a motorcyclist explains her role as a federal highway safety specialist in the January 2021 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.

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The all-new 2021 Benelli TRK502 and TRK502X mid-sized adventure-tourers are being sold in the United States.

Offered by Benelli Motorcycles USA and SSR Motorsports, the TRK502 retails for $5,999 while the TRK502X sells for $6,399. A full set of EVO aluminum cases consisting of a top case and two side cases retails for $999.

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Mary McGee, who learned to ride a motorcycle on a 200cc Triumph Tiger Cub in 1957, was one of the first women motocrossers and road racers in the United States.

She started her off-road career by riding a 1962 250cc Honda Scrambler in an AMA District 37 enduro. She began riding Baja events in 1967 and, in 1975, rode solo in the Baja 500. Also in the 1970s she competed with three men on a team in a 24-hour road race aboard a 650cc Suzuki.

For her contributions to motorcycling, McGee has been inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. She supports the Hall of Fame and would like you to join her.

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Suzuki’s Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Special Suzuki) performance cruiser comes in two new paint schemes in 2021 and sits at the top of the company’s Boulevard line, which includes the C50T touring bike and the C50 standard cruiser.

The 2021 Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. sports an aggressive look with slash-cut mufflers, drag bars, blacked-out engine covers and a distinctive headlight. A tail cowl can replace passenger seat for an even more aggressive look. The choice of colors for 2021: Candy Daring Red and Glass Sparkle Black or Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black.

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One of the best places ride OHVs in Oregon is the John’s Peak/Timber Mountain OHV Area in Jacksonville, near the city of Medford.

The area offers some 600 miles of trails winding through 14,000-plus acres. Can you get lost? Yes, but the chances are minimal because many of the trails and roads eventually form a loop. If you’re reasonably competent at navigating in the woods, there’s always a trail or road to lead you back to where you started.

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Elvis Presley’s 1975 Harley Davidson FLH 1200 didn’t sell at auction in November 2020 as part of an “Artifacts of Hollywood and Music” auction held by Kruse GWS Auctions.

The highest bid was $250,000 but that apparently wasn’t enough to entice the seller into parting with the machine.

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The American Motorcyclist Association and INIT ESPORTS announce the formation of the AMA eSports National Championship, an AMA-sanctioned national championship that INIT ESPORTS will organize and promote under a multi-year agreement as an AMA-chartered promoter.

The AMA-sanctioned esports calendar will include two-wheel video game competitions of varying size and scope, culminating in an annual national championship that will award AMA National No. 1 plates to class champions as early as 2021. The AMA and INIT ESPORTS will announce schedule and registration information as it becomes available.

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Two American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned International Six Days Enduro Qualifier Series will be used to determine which amateur off-road racers will represent the United States at the 2021 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Italy.

The 2021 AMA East Region ISDE Qualifier Series and the 2021 AMA West Region ISDE Qualifier Series each consist of three rounds, beginning in March and ending in May. The 95th edition of the ISDE is scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 4 in Lombardy-Piedmont, Italy.

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AMA Charter Life member Arthur Ranney talks track days at the age of 69, AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman, who is also a charter life member, discusses his sidecar project, and the Lansing (Mich.) Motorcycle Club is featured in the December 2020 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.

Ranney teamed up with buddies to race endurance races back in the early 1980s with his last race in 1983. In his column titled Time Traveling at Speed, Ranney says he decided to get back on the race track in 2019 at the age of 69.

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