One of the great places for riders to go to test their skills is The Badlands Off-Road Park near Attica, Ind. Privately owned, the Badlands consists of more than 800 acres of sand dunes, pea gravel hills, mud, off-camber woods trails and more for experienced, casual and beginning riders, including children. Plus, there is a full-size MX track–although it’s best to call about it first since sometimes it’s closed due to bad weather. Riders can travel over a rolling sand hill and enjoy the view of the terrain, sunsets, or an occasional deer, fox, or coyote crossing the path. The trails are two-way, and the facility also offers large mud areas to be conquered. You must sign a waiver of liability and a consent form for minors, plus other forms. The minor forms must be notarized for minors not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, so it’s a good idea to have the forms faxed or mailed to you before you go. Riders 12 and older pay $25 a day for an entrance fee. The cost is $45 for two days, $60 for three days and $70 for four or more days. Riders ages 6 to 11 pay $20

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If you want the latest scoop on off-highway riding on electric motorcycles in the United States or are looking for some scenic roads to ride through Arkansas, then the May 2020 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine has you covered. The magazine is chock full of other information, including the winners of the latest information AMA Board of Directors awards, government relations news from around the country and a couple thoughtful columns. AMA President and CEO Rob Dingeman wrote about the COVID-19 crisis and personal freedoms while AMA Member Joanna Duda wrote about parting ways with a well-used touring machine. If you want tips on how to take great pics, motorcycling photographer extraordinaire Jeff Kardas offers his insights. If you like classic machines, there’s a story about a 1954 Vincente Rapide that is currently on loan to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. You can read the dirt and street issues of American Motorcyclist online. Would you like an actual paper magazine? You can get it at home if you’re a Life Member Plus subscriber. Call AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646) to join for just $29 a year. The membership includes a hard copy of the magazine, AMA roadside

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Now’s your chance to try to win a 1973 BMW R75/5 sidecar rig while supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the same time. Each year, the Hall of Fame raffles off a bike to raise money for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame preserves the heritage of motorcycling; educates the public about American motorcycling’s great traditions; maintains archives of publications, photographs, records and other documents relevant to the history of motorcycling; and maintains a Hall of Fame to honor those who have contributed to the heritage of motorcycling. For the chance to win this 1973 BMW R75/5 sidecar rig, you can get one ticket for a $5 donation or five tickets for a $20 donation. You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the United States to win. This 1973 BMW R75/5 was restored by Jay Medieros of Vintage Triumph Supply in Bedford, Mass., and features a classic sidecar and custom upholstery. In 1973 BMW started rolling out “5-series” motorcycles at its plant in Berlin, Germany. The “5-series” bikes featured the famed BMW boxer engine turned on its head, with the camshaft

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The Gypsum City Off-Highway Vehicle Park in Fort Dodge, Iowa, is an 800-acre park with 60 miles of trails. The park is constantly expanding and one day may encompass 1,500 acres. Built on former mining land, the park came about in a cooperative effort by government agencies and officials, state lawmakers, non-profit groups and four gypsum companies. Besides 60 miles of trails, the park includes a 1.5-mile motocross track, a .4-mile kids’ track and a beginner circle track. Trails range from open prairie to heavily wooded areas that include water crossings and mud. OHVs must have and display a valid state Department of Natural Resources registration. Non-residents must have their vehicles registered in their home state and must have evidence of registration. This requirement is waived if the rider’s home state doesn’t have a registration or numbering system. Trail head signs indicate what machines are allowed on trails. The Gypsum City OHV Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. There may be closures due to the weather or park maintenance so check before you go at https://www.iowadnr.gov/Things-to-Do/Off-Highway-Vehicles/OHV-Parks-and-Rules/OHV-Park-Closures. All nonresidents must display an IDNR Non-resident User Permit. These are available at County Recorder’s Offices and any license agent that sells

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Heading into summer, you may be thinking to yourself that now might be a good time to buy a bike, new or used. We’re here to help you find a little commuter machine or the bike of your dreams the easy way. With modern technology, you can use the internet to research machines, check out prices, and even buy. Here are a few suggestions for buying a bike online. First, it’s best to only buy a bike that you can look at and evaluate in person. So when doing an internet search it’s best to only consider bikes that are within a reasonable driving distance. Unless you’re looking for something really rare, you should avoid buying sight unseen. A good place to start your online search is the AMA website at www.americanmotorcyclist.com under “Shop” and then “AMA Classifieds.” Although the ads can be read by anyone, only AMA members can list bikes so you know you’ll be buying from an experienced motorcyclist. Another popular site is www.cycletrader.com, especially if you are looking for a new machine from a dealer. Plus there are the “motorcycles for sale” pages on Craigslist (www.craigslist.com) although these listings tend to be grouped around large metropolitan

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For 2020, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company is offering a new Fat Boy 30th anniversary model that features dark finishes, bronze highlights and a blacked-out Milwaukee-Eight 114 engine. Only 2,500 will be made. Each will feature a serial number number plate on the fuel tank console. Introduced in 1990, the Fat Boy was a modern reflection of the 1949 Hydra-Glide. Harley created an all-new version in 2018 and decided to do something special for the 30th anniversary by making a limited-edition black-and-bronze machine. Legendary Harley-Davidson stylists Willie G. Davidson, who is also an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer, and Louie Netz designed the original Fat Boy painted Fine Silver Metallic with a matching powder coated frame. The bike featured aluminum disc wheels, a wide handlebar and seven-inch headlamp in a massive chrome housing. Harley-Davidson notes that the Fat Boy entered popular culture in 1991 in the movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” when actor Arnold Schwarzenegger rode a Fat Boy through Los Angeles in a dramatic chase scene. The 30th anniversary Fat Boy is painted Vivid Black and comes with satin-black cast-aluminum Lakestar wheels with machined highlights. The Milwaukee Eight 114 engine is also blacked out. The bike boasts a Softail frame

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The Bonhams auction house and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company have joined forces to sell a one-of-a-kind LiveWire electric motorcycle to raise money for the United Way Worldwide COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. The online auction takes place until 4 p.m. ET on May 26. Bonhams is waving its auction fees. The special bike is No. 500 of 500 “First Strike” editions of the LiveWire electric motorcycle. The bike is custom painted, has carbon fiber accessories and is signed by the Davidson family. Besides getting the bike, the winning bidder of the U.S.-spec machine and a guest will get a “behind-the-scenes” Harley-Davidson tour, including a look at the Willie G. Davidson Product Development Center and the Harley-Davidson Museum. “Everyone at Bonhams is a proud supporter of the United Way, and we share the mission of this auction to aid those on the frontlines and those who are affected by this crisis,” Eric Minoff, senior specialist of motorcars and motorcycles at Bonhams New York said in a printed statement. “We are honored to be working with Harley-Davidson to auction a truly remarkable piece of motorcycling history for such good cause.” Said Jon Bekefy, general manager of brand marketing at the Harley-Davidson

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Are the soles of your favorite motocross boots warn out? Can’t afford a new pair of boots right now? AMA partner MX Boot Resole & Repair offers a low-cost alternative that will get you back on the track or trails in no time. The Southern California company can resole or repair your motocross boots and will give you a 10 percent AMA discount to boot. The company says it can replace soles on most boots that have welted and molded soles including Alpinestars, SIDI, Gaerne, Thor, Fox, O’Neal and more. Anthony’s Shoe Repair, which has been in business for more than 65 years, formed MX Boot Resole & Repair. It has nine craftsman who do the repair work. You can get your 10 percent discount on your repair order by using the AMA code that is available on the AMA Deals and Discounts page at https://americanmotorcyclist.com/ama-member-deal-and-discounts/ For more information on the company’s services go to www.mxbootrepair.com

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Imagine 2,000 acres of riding nirvana in Missouri with more than 50 miles of trails. Welcome to the St. Joe State Park near Park Hills in southeastern Missouri. St. Joe State Park offers some unique riding opportunities. Wooded trails twist and turn and wind their way up and down hills and valleys. The trails wind through trees and brush, with small hill climb areas and wide open flat areas, alike. The mixture of wooded trails and sand flats makes for very enjoyable and diverse riding. There are special vegetative management areas in the off-road vehicle riding area meant to allow the regrowth of vegetation to stop erosion. Those areas are to be avoided. Officials say riding on large grass-covered areas on the “flats” and on extremely steep, eroded trails in the wooded areas kills grass and jeopardizes stability. Some areas are identified by an 8-inch red octagonal sign. St. Joe State Park provides more amenities than most of the riding areas in the country. The campground has basic camp sites and electric sites. The campground has bathrooms with hot showers, a real plus to help you relax before an evening cookout. All riders must wear helmets, and riders under 16

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Miguel Duhamel was a dominant AMA roadracer in the 1990s and early 2000s, and was a true iron man of the sport. Here are a dozen interesting facts about Duhamel, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2016. Duhamel is Canadian, born in Lasalle, Quebec, in 1968. He began racing motocross at age 9. Miguel’s father is AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Yvon Duhamel, best known as a Kawasaki road racer. The No. 17 that Miguel raced under was the same number used by his father. During his career, he rode for five  factories in AMA and international competition. Duhamel won the AMA Superbike Championship in 1995. Bonus: He won the Daytona 200 five times. He also won five AMA Supersport titles and two AMA Formula Xtreme titles. Duhamel was one of the winningest AMA Superbike racers ever, with 32 class wins. His 40-plus AMA Supersport victories set a record. In all, he took home 86 career AMA wins. He credits attention to detail for helping give him the edge over the competition. For example, he said he paid a lot of attention to tire selection and riding setup. Duhamel was fanatical about physical training, particularly

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The Haystack Mountain OHV Area, just off U.S. 70 22 miles northeast of Roswell, N.M., features 1,920 acres of trails to ride. Enthusiasts can find the proper terrain for their skill levels, from rock to sandy washes to deep gullies with difficult hill climbs. The Haystack Mountain OHV Area is designed for OHVs no wider than 50 inches. Officials say the area is ideal for motorcycles, with its varied terrain. AMA-sanctioned trials competitions are sometimes held there. Haystack Mountain’s parking lot is big enough for easy loading and unloading of machines and is used as a staging area for large events. OHV use, motorcycle riding, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, nature viewing and wildlife watching all are allowed at the area. Camping is allowed in pullouts next to the sun shelters and in the large gravel parking lot used for parking and events. Dispersed camping is allowed within the entire area, but OHV trails must be used to access the interior of the area for camping. The area has several picnic sites with shelters, tables and grills. Toilet facilities are available. No potable water is available. Anyone operating an OHV on land controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management must

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An initiative called the AARE Generous Giving Program is in a position to help the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame through donations. How? The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the 501c3 nonprofit established by the AMA to raise money for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is a participating charity in AARE’s Generous Giving Program. This program donates a portion of real estate sales commissions toward helping the Hall of Fame collect, record, preserve and honor the rich history of motorcycling in America. There is no cost to you. While the AMA and the AMHF don’t endorse or promote any real estate brokerage services, the AMA and AMHF are letting AMA members know about this opportunity. To learn how you can help the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame through this program, visit http://aare.news/generous-giving-program/. AARE is a real estate company that created the Generous Giving Program. The company says the purpose is to generate contributions to support charities worldwide. You can learn about AARE by going to www.AARE.org. Or you can speak to an AARE staffer by calling (619) 448-3777. The company’s website states: “If you or someone you know is thinking about buying, selling or leasing property anywhere in the United

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The Progressive Laconia Motorcycle Week in New Hampshire scheduled for June 13-21 has been postponed to Aug. 22-30 due to the coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, Johnstown, Pa.’s Thunder in the Valley that was set for June 25-28 has been canceled. Organizers hope motorcyclists from around the country will plan to attend the event June 24-27, 2021. The annual rally features vendors, live music and displays from a variety of motorcycle manufacturers. Info: www.visitjohnstownpa.com/thunder-valley. Laconia Motorcycle Week and Thunder in the Valley are AMA Gypsy Tours, which are some of the largest motorcycling gatherings on the planet. The Gypsy Tour tradition began in June 1925, less than a year after the creation of the AMA. Thousands of motorcyclists all over the country joined together and held the first-ever AMA-sanctioned Gypsy Tour. These weekend rides, usually including field meets and other forms of entertaining competition, became a staple of the AMA. This year, Laconia Motorcycle Week organizers announced they were changing the dates of the massive event after the Laconia City Council decided to reschedule the rally. New Hampshire is under a stay-at-home order because of the virus. Officials felt that June was too early “for a gathering of tens of thousands of

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You may be stuck at home because of the coronavirus restrictions, but you can still start planning for an overseas long-distance ride or perform some basic maintenance on your motorcycle. The May 2020 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine tells you how. You can read the dirt or street issues online at www.americanmotorcyclist.com. If you would prefer a paper copy delivered to your home, you can get it by becoming a Life Member Plus member. Call AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646) to join for just $29 a year. The membership includes a hard copy of the magazine, AMA roadside assistance that covers all the motorcycles, cars, trucks and RVs in your household, and more benefits. AMA Member Rick Wheaton is planning a 2,500-mile trip across Australia to celebrate his 80th birthday and spells out how he plans for the trip in the May issue of American Motorcyclist, offering tips that are useful for all long-distance riding. Wheaton discusses what to consider including budget, timing, flights and accommodations as well as what gear is vital for such a long ride in a foreign country. The magazine also includes an article called “Motorcycle Maintenance Basics” that offers tips on saving money

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Ohio offers some great off-road riding with 145 miles of trails in the Wayne National Forest near Nelsonville in the southeastern part of the state. The Wayne National Forest is more than just one area. There are three separate riding areas. Monday Creek is the closest to the Columbus metro area, while the Pine Creek and Hanging Rock OHV trail systems are farther south near the Ohio River. Monday Creek has 75 miles of designated trails, with something for everyone. Several of the trails that are marked “less difficult” are wide, generally smooth and suitable for even beginning riders. The trails that marked “more difficult” or “most difficult” feature twisty trails and challenging hill climbs strewn with large rocks and slippery tree roots that will catch you off guard, if you aren’t paying attention. The Pine Creek OHV system has about 20 miles of trails, while Hanging Rock has 26 miles. The Hanging Rock trails wind through an area that was strip-mined in the 1960s and 1970s, which means there are some challenging trails up and down steep slopes. Wayne National Forest trail passes are $20 for three days or $35 for the season. There are no single-day passes. All

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You can’t talk about motorcycling in the 1990s without remembering “Mr. Daytona” Scott Russell, AMA Supersport champ Miguel Duhamel and the “King of Supercross” Jeremy McGrath, who all were eventually inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Here’s a look at those awe-inspiring racers and other notable people and events from the 1990s. The decade got off to a good start with the opening of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Westerville, Ohio, in 1990. The museum’s mission? To tell the important stories of American motorcycling and recognize those who have made significant contributions to the sport of motorcycling. In 1990, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Scott Russell (above) began an unprecedented domination of AMA 750 Supersport (later renamed Superstock) aboard a Kawasaki. Russell won the championship three consecutive seasons, 1990 through 1992. In 1991, he scored a perfect undefeated season in the class, winning all nine rounds of the series. Russell would go on to become the all-time wins leader in AMA 750 Supersport with 23 career victories. But he’s best known in the United States for earning the title of “Mr. Daytona” for winning the Daytona 200 a record-setting five times. In the 1990s, the

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BMW Motorrad has been building motorcycles for almost 100 years, so when the company decided to reach back in time for styling and no-frills technology for a new cruiser it had plenty of bikes to choose from. The exercise resulted in the 2021 BMW R 18 cruiser, which BMW Motorrad says “borrows from famous models such as the BMW R 5 both technologically and visually, shifting the focus back onto the motorcycle essentials: purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the epicenter of riding pleasure.” The BMW R 5 was introduced in 1936. The 2021 BMW R 18 is powered by a 1,802cc two-cylinder “Big Boxer” engine that produces a peak 91 horsepower at 4,750 rpm and 116 foot-pounds of torque at 3,000 rpm. Concerning the torque, BMW reports that more than 110 foot-pounds are available from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. The bike has a rigid-frame look with its double-loop steel tube frame and rear swing arm with an enclosed axle drive, telescopic fork with fork sleeves, cantilever suspension strut and wire-spoked wheels. The R 18 also has twin discs up front and a single disc in the back with four-piston fixed calipers to handle stopping chores. “The new

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Now’s your chance to win a 2020 Yamaha XSR900 while supporting the AMA. The XSR900, with an MSRP of $9,499, is the Grand Prize in the 2020 AMA Member Sweepstakes. In addition to the XSR900 and other annual prizes, the AMA is offering monthly and quarterly prizes as well. Annual prizes include the Yamaha XSR900, a SHOEI helmet of your choice, a Helite Moto airbag vest, a Cardo Systems Packtalk Bold JBL and an Aerostich R3 one-piece suit. Quarterly prizes include a Bohn Armor pants/shirt set, Motool Slacker Street Kit and a Motion Pro air pressure gauge. Monthly prizes include Liberty Sport eyewear, a Nelson Rigg bike cover, a Powercases jump starter, a Warm & Safe USB power adapter, a Bohn Armor neck brace and an AMA Gear T-shirt. For your chance to win, just renew your Life member Plus membership by the end of the year. To renew, log into your account at www.americanmotorcyclist.com or call (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646). The drawing will be held in January 2021. Not a Life Member Plus member? You can join and automatically be entered in the sweepstakes drawing. Life Member Plus members not only get the monthly American Motorcyclist magazine delivered to their

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Learn about an exciting new form of off-road racing called a sprint enduro in the April issue of American Motorcyclist magazine. Or, if you’re a road rider, be sure to read about touring tips to help make this riding season one of your best. You can read the dirt or street issues online. Would you prefer an actual paper magazine? You can get it at home if you’re a Life Member Plus member. Call AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646) to join for just $29 a year. The membership includes a hard copy of the magazine, AMA roadside assistance that covers all the motorcycles, cars, trucks and RVs in your household, and more benefits. American Motorcyclist magazine’s Michael Marino writes that a sprint enduro is not just a shortened version of a traditional enduro. “Rather than emphasizing the endurance demanded by longer-established off-road events, including hare and hound races or hare scrambles, riders in sprint enduros focus on posting fast times for relatively shorter test sections,” he writes. “The format is exciting and accessible. It’s great for new off-road racers and allows clubs and organizers to host off-road competition events with a lot less land and volunteer power.” On

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For some good riding in Kansas check out the Syracuse Sand Dune Park in Syracuse. It features 1,300 acres of prime dunes open for riding. Syracuse is just 15 minutes south of the Colorado border along Highway 50. A rancher had leased the dunes but the lease expired allowing the city to create the Syracuse Sand Dune Park in 2007. The site features rolling hills, bowls and some fast flat areas that will appeal to sand drag enthusiasts. There are no dunes higher than 50 feet. There is a 40-acre kid-friendly stocked fishing pond for enthusiasts to enjoy. A fishing license is required. Fish include largemouth bass, bluegill, perch, crappie, catfish, carp and rainbow trout. Just a few hundred feet north, visitors will find the Arkansas River that originates in Colorado. There are 14 hook-up camping stalls at the park and reservations can be made online. There is also primitive camping at the park. Parking fees are $25 a day for hook-up camping and $10 a day for dry camping. Syracuse, with a population of around 1,800 people, has a grocery store, restaurants, gas stations, motel and more. Fuel can only be purchased in town because there are no pumps

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