Mecum Auctions is offering a wide variety of desirable motorcycles at its auction March 11-14 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., including a bike once owned by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Bud Ekins and Steve McQueen. Also for sale is a 1974 Suzuki 400 TM RN motocrosser reportedly built for AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer John DeSoto to race. Here’s a look at some of the machines being sold. For more information, go to www.mecum.com. One of the oldest bikes on the auction block is a 1926 Excelsior Super X alcohol-burning factory flat tracker/hillclimber (above, photo courtesy Mecums) once owned by Ekin and then McQueen. The rare 750cc, two-cylinder still runs. Ekins was one America’s pioneering off-road motorcyclists. Plus, he was one of the first Americans to compete in the World Championship Motocross Grand Prix circuit in Europe during the 1950s. He also earned gold medals in the International Six Day Trial (now International Six Day Enduro). After his racing career, Ekins went on to become one of Hollywood’s leading stuntmen. His most famous stunt was the climactic motorcycle jump scene in the 1963 movie, “The Great Escape,” starring McQueen. McQueen not only was one of the leading

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The Shepherd Ah Nei Recreation Area just north of Billings, Mont., is one of the most popular off-highway vehicle riding areas in the state. With 50 miles of trails on more than 1,000 acres, the off-highway riding portion of the Shepherd Ah Nei Recreation Area offers plenty of thrills. The other part of the recreation area, encompassing about 4,000 acres, is dedicated to hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking and bird watching. The area is operated by the federal Bureau of Land Management. A day pass is $5 and can be purchased at an on-site kiosk or at the BLM Billings Field office or BLM Montana State office. Both offices are at 5001 Southgate Drive in Billings. Proof of vehicle registration is required. You must buy a special state recreation permit for each vehicle to ride there. Montana State Parks notes that OHVs operating on public land for recreational purposes must be registered and display a decal placed in a conspicuous location on the machine. Residents must register their OHVs at the county treasurer’s office in the county where the owner resides. This is a one-time registration and valid until the current owner sells the OHV. Nonresidents using their OHVs

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Tickets are now available for the MotoAmerica North American professional road racing series, which is sanctioned by the AMA and is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. As an AMA benefit partner, MotoAmerica provides AMA members with a 15 percent discount on general admission for select 2020 MotoAmerica events. (Ticket discount doesn’t apply to the following events: Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Road America in Wisconsin, Utah Motorsports Campus or WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California.). Simply enter your AMA member discount code when buying tickets on MotoAmerica’s online ticket portal at www.motoamerica.com/tickets. To get your AMA discount code, long in at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/ama-member-deal-and-discounts. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. This year’s schedule includes: April 3-5: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Texas, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas April 17-19: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Atlanta, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Ga. May 1-3: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Virginia, Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va. May 29-31: MotoAmerica Superbikes at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. June 26-28:

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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company reports it will unleash an all-new street fighter called the Harley-Davidson Bronx in late 2020 as part of its effort to expand its market. The company calls the Bronx a middleweight machine that “rolls with an unapologetic attitude and performance to match.” High-end components include Brembo brakes. The bike is shod with Michelin tires. The heart of the machine is the 975cc Revolution Max powerplant, which is a liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin that pumps out more than 115 ponies and boasts more than 70-foot pounds of torque. “The Revolution Max is designed to offer flexible performance with a broad powerband that builds to a surge of high-RPM power,” the Harley-Davidson Motor Company says. “Minimizing weight and maximizing performance, the Revolution Max provides a narrow powertrain profile that is integrated into the motorcycle as a stressed member of the frame to enhance center of gravity and handling. “The fully balanced power train has an internal counter balancer that mitigates primary engine vibration to enhance rider comfort and improve vehicle durability,” the company says. To learn more about Harley-Davidson products, go to www.harley-davidson.com.  

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The 2020 AMA Grand Tours are under way so plan now to take part in some of the most interesting and scenic rides on the planet. The riding events allow you to ride to checkpoints at your own pace. Each AMA-chartered organizer sets the tour routes, checkpoints and rules. Jan. 5-Dec. 20: AMA District 2 Polar Bear Grand Tour. If you live in the Northeast and want to get out and ride, join riders starting in the winter season, where they ride to points each Sunday within New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut. Of course, the rides continue year-round, but they start in the winter. (www.polarbeargrandtour.com) Jan. 15-Nov. 30: The SCMA USA Four Corners Tour AMA Grand Tour offers two different USA Four Corner Tours: the “Regular” and the “True X.” The organizer will send a package containing the materials for the ride you choose. The organizer will review your completion of either ride once they receive your finisher’s package. (www.sc-ma.com/rides/usa-four-corners-tour-site) Jan. 15-Nov. 30: The SCMA USA 15 Best Roads Tour. This challenge started in the spring of 2011 after the AMA published a “Best 15 Roads” article in “American Motorcyclist” magazine. Two riders took the challenge that

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As an AMA Life Member, you know you get some great AMA benefits. One of the best benefits involves Medjet. Medjet coordinates medical transport back to a home-country hospital of the member’s choice should injury/illness occur during domestic or international travel when more than 150 miles from home. Motorcycle Transfer Protection is an optional benefit for motorcycle return during North American travel. Medjet Horizon membership adds travel security and crisis response protection. Visit www.medjet.com/AMACycle to learn more and enroll in advance of travel, or call (800) 527-7478 and reference the American Motorcyclist Association. Once you sign up you’re ready to enjoy peace of mind.

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The personal ride of the late-Indian Larry who died while performing a motorcycle stunt in 2004 was auctioned off for $220,000. The bike, named “Grease Monkey,” was the first custom chopper Ithe popular custom bike builder created that attracted worldwide attention. (Photo courtesy of Mecum Auctions) It was just one of the many motorcycles sold at Mecum Auctions’ 29th annual Vintage and Antique Motorcycle Auction Jan. 21-26, 2020 at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the other machines that sold. For more information on the auction results, go to www.mecum.com. Two 1973 Triumph X75 Hurricanes were up for auction. One sold for $26,400 and the other for $22,000. AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter created this design initially for BSA to transform the Rocket III. The Vetter-designed BSA prototype had an American hot rod look to it. Unfortunately, BSA was in its final days and the bike never made it to production. Triumph revived Vetter’s concept a few years later with the release of the limited-edition Triumph X75 Hurricane. Mecum Auctions had several Maico dirtbikes on the auction block. The auction house says a 1972 Maico 501 that was the

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As an American Motorcyclist Association Life member, you know what the AMA does for motorcycling and for you. But do your riding buddies know? From the statehouse to the White House, motorcyclists are under attack and the AMA has been fighting those threats for almost 100 years. More members mean more clout for the AMA to fight those threats to motorcycling. Are your riding buddies AMA members? If not, then pass along some of these reasons why they should be part of the largest motorcyclists’ rights organization on the planet. Then ask them to join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com or by calling (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646). AMA members save cash with AMA discounts on everything from hotel stays to motorcycle parts, gear, apparel and more. Roadside assistance is available to cover bikes, cars, pickups, motorhomes and trailers for the entire household. The AMA is involved in some of the greatest road-riding events on the planet. Whether you like touring the country, attending rallies, or having fun on your dual-sport bike, The AMA has a ride for you. Whether you want to race amateur motocross, enduros or hare scrambles, the AMA is the place to be. The AMA can get you started

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The No. 6 Mystery Ship, one of just 10 of the special machines built by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter in 1980, sold at the Bonhams auction at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas on Jan. 23, 2020, for $55,200. While that’s a lot of cash, the Mystery Ship wasn’t the highest selling machine. That honors goes to a 1949 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow Series C that sold for $97,750. The lowest priced bike that went home with a lucky bidder in the auction was a 1972 Yamaha 100cc LS2 two-stroke street bike that sold for $575. The No. 6 Mystery Ship (photo courtesy of Bonhams) is very special because it is one of only two turbocharged Mystery Ships ever built. The turbocharging reported boosted the horsepower of the 1,015cc machine by 40 percent. When auctioned, the bike had 2 miles on the odometer. Another turbocharged machine, a 1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC, sold at the auction for $20,125. It’s one of the turbocharged machines produced by the major motorcycle manufacturers for a short period of time. The heavy, ill-handling machines never really caught on with the public. Powered by a 1,016cc, air-cooled, turbocharged, double-overhead-cam inline four engine, this

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If you’re looking for a cool pit bike or something to you can use to scoot around town or the neighborhood, then look at Hondas 2020 Super Cub. In 2019, Honda brought back the iconic machine to U.S. shores. The bike continues in the lineup for 2020. The Super Cub is best remembered from the 1960s advertising campaign “You meet the nicest people on a Honda.” Many riders caught the motorcycling bug after riding a Super Cub. The 2020 Super Cub C125A’s base MSRP is $3,649. The Pearl Nebula Red machine features a 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, fuel injection, transistorized ignition, a plush seat and ABS brakes. The bike also features a 26mm telescopic fork with 3.5 inches of travel, twin shocks in the rear with 3.6 inches of travel, a single 220mm dis brake up front and a drum brake in the rear. The front tire is a 70/90-17 while an 80/90-17 graces the back. Plus, it has a four-speed, semi-automatic transmission, a chain final drive and automatic centrifugal clutch. The little Honda has a 48.9-inch wheelbase, 30.7-inch seat height, a gas tank that holds a gallon and weighs 240 pounds full of fluids and fuel. The Super

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So you’ve always wanted to ride sand dunes, but can’t get to Glamis in California or Silver Lake in Michigan. Consider St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho. Some 40 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes consist of more than 10,000 acres of dunes rising as high as 400 feet. The dunes stretch for 15 miles, so you can get plenty of riding in. The riding area on the west side of St. Anthony Sand Dunes, west of Egin Lakes Campground, known as “the big dunes” are closed from Jan. 1 through sunrise April 1. The area south of Egin-Hamer Road is also closed from Jan. 1 through sunrise April 1. The areas surrounding the open sand of the St. Anthony Sand Dunes are closed from Jan. 1 through sunrise May 1. The smaller dunes, east of Egin Lakes Campground to Red Road, are open year-round, but are usually covered in snow by Jan. 1. The Egin Lakes access is located midway along that 15-mile stretch of dunes. To the east are small, rolling hills suitable for beginning riders or youngsters. To the west are challenging hills. To get to the Egin Lakes access, take the North

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Let loved ones know where you are at all times with the SPOT (Satellite Personal Tracker) system and be able to signal for help immediately, as well. With just the push of a button, this GPS transceiver can find your position anywhere on the planet and send a preprogrammed text or e-mail message to loved ones or emergency agencies, which is handy for both on-road and off-road riders. AMA members receive unprecedented and exclusive service credit on SPOT products in addition to existing device promotions. By sending an email including your AMA membership number, what product you purchased and the ESN# of the Spot device, AMA members receive a one-time discount code for any Spot Trace and Spot Gen3 (above). Please note the discount is applicable on the first year of service of new activations only. For more information go to www.findmespot.com/AMA.

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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter only made 10 of his very special 1980 Mystery Ship motorcycles, and Bonhams Auction House is selling one of them. Bonhams is offering the 1980 Kawasaki 1,015cc turbocharged Mystery Ship and a number of other rare and desirable motorcycles at its auction at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas on Jan. 23. To build what he called “a streetable roadracer,” AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Craig Vetter took a 1980 Kawasaki KZ1000 frame and remove all the unneeded tabs and brackets. He then welded on struts and gusseting to strengthen the frame, bolted on a box-section swingarm for strength, installed “laid-down” shocks for more travel and progressive action, and put on lightweight magnesium Dymag wheels. He also created a six-gallon gas tank, installed rearsets, attached a Yoshimura four-into-one pipe and created unique full bodywork, which is essentially just two pieces: the nose fairing and the body. Vetter sold the Mystery Ship for $9,995 at a time when the stock KZ1000 cost just $3,500. From the beginning, the bike was planned for a limited production run. In the end, only 10 were built, each bearing its production number on the side number plates. Bonham’s

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The Stony Lonesome Off-Highway Vehicle Park in Cullman County in North Central Alabama is a 1,456-acre park that offers tons of fun for motorcycle and ATV riders, bicyclists, horse riders and others. The trails are single-use, one-way-only trails. The only exception is the service road that connects all the areas, which is two-way traffic for all types of users. The terrain varies from low areas that are a little more open and can get muddy in spots to heavily wooded, hilly areas with a few small rocky areas thrown in to make it interesting. Work your way up to the top of the mountain and take in the views of the surrounding county. The park, owned by Cullman County, is open year-round. Admission is $15 for those 13 and older, and $5 for those 6-12. It’s free for kids 5 and younger. Waivers must be signed to enter the park and can be obtained online and then mailed in. The park hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The park is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The park also may close because of bad weather so call before

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Fight the winter blues with a good motorcycle magazine or four. We know you already getting American Motorcyclist magazine in the mail. You don’t’? Well, there’s an easy way to take care of that and to get extra AMA benefits at the same time. If you sign up for AMA Life Member Plus, you not only get the monthly American Motorcyclist delivered to your home but you’re also are enrolled in the AMA Roadside Assistance program that covers all of the motorcycles, cars, trucks, trailers  and RVs in your household. AMA Life Member Plus dues are just $29 a year. It’s easy to join. Just call AMA Member Services at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646). Other great motorcycling magazines that you can enjoy and that you can get with an AMA discount are Adventure Motorcycle Magazine, Rider and RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel. Adventure Motorcycle Magazine (ADVMoto) offers an AMA 20 percent discount on all subscriptions through AdventureMotorcycle.com. A subscription includes further discounts to other ADV-related parts/service partners. Also get 20 percent off ADVMoto branded items and back issues on ADVMotoShop.com. Rider Magazine takes you along on riding adventures from California coastlines to quaint New England villages. Unbiased editors give you information you

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A 1973 Norton Commando, a turbocharged 1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC and a 1973 Montesa 250cc Cappra are among the motorcycles on the auction block at the Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction being held by Bonhams Auction House at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas on Jan. 23, 2020. Other motorcycles for sale include a 1970 Triumph 650cc T120R Bonneville, 1974 Honda CB750, 1979 Yamaha RD400F Daytona Special, 1990 Honda VFR750 RC30 and more. The 1973 Norton 750 Commando Roadster was built by NYC Norton in Jersey City, N.J. Bonhams said: “This stunning 1973 late-model 750 Commando Roadster underwent a complete rebuild by Kenny Cummings’ NYC Norton located in Jersey City from the fall of 2018 to the spring of 2019. Barely broken in with just over 100 miles on the odometer this might be called the ’’perfect Norton,’ certainly the ‘perfect Commando.’” The 1978 Kawasaki Z1R TC is just one of the turbocharged machines produced by the major motorcycle manufacturers for a short period of time. In theory, a turbo comes as close to producing free horsepower as anything ever invented. It uses exhaust pressure to spin a small turbine that packs more fresh air and fuel into the cylinders. This

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The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has released details related to its all-new Pan America adventure-touring machine that will be available in late 2020. The company first publicly unveiled the machine at the EICMA (Milan Motorcycle Show) in Milan, Italy, Nov. 7-10, 2019. The new Pan America is a departure from the company’s traditional offerings and is part of Harley-Davidson’s effort to expand its market for the future. The Pan America “is an all-new advanced adventure touring multi-purpose motorcycle equal parts campfire, wanderlust, and grit,” Harley-Davidson says. “The Pan America is a two-wheel multi-tool built to endure, designed to explore, and engineered for the unknown.” The Pan America will be powered by Harley’s latest Revolution Max V-twin engine. The company says the Pan America’s 1,250cc engine will pump out more than 145 horsepower and produce more than 90 foot-pounds of torque. The engine is a liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin that Harley-Davidson says “is designed to offer flexible performance with a broad powerband that builds to a surge of high-RPM power.” The new bike also boasts Brembo brakes and Michelin tires. To view the Harley-Davidson Motor Company line of motorcycles, go to www.harley-davidson.com.

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  AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Russ Collins created the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe drag bike in 1973. Here are a few facts about the awe-inspiring machine. The monstrous three-engine Honda was probably the most famous drag bike of the 1970s, being featured in numerous motorcycle and drag racing publications. The bike featured three nitro-burning CB750 engines mounted in tandem. Collins named the revolutionary drag bike after the famous Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad line of the late 1800s. That railroad was a pioneer in freight transportation. It ceased operations in 1996. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe set numerous records. Collins rode it to the first seven-second quarter-mile (7.80 seconds at 179 mph) turned on a motorcycle in Ontario, Calif., in 1973. The bike became the first Top Fuel motorcycle powered by a Japanese engine to hold an National Hot Rod Association national record. It was the first motorcycle to win the NHRA’s “Best Engineered Car” award. The bike was so powerful that it was difficult to control. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe was destroyed in a horrendous accident in Akron, Ohio, in 1976. The crash landed Collins in the hospital, and while recuperating he dreamed

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The Suzuki Katana, Kawasaki Z1 900 and a Triumph café racer may be motorcycles you lusted after when you were young, or even not so young, but for some reason they were out of reach. Now’s your chance to get those machines with retro looks but modern reliability and performance. Let’s start with the 2020 Suzuki Katana (above), which pays tribute to the 1980s bike of the same name. “The original Katana had a connection with the GS1100E while this new Katana is built upon the proven, extraordinary performance of the long-stroke GSX-R1000 engine and the solid stability of the GSX-S1000 chassis,” reads the description on Suzuki’s website. “The Katana’s chassis provides easy control over the GSX-R-based engine and adds a comfortable riding position. The Katana’s dramatic bodywork rests upon a twin-spar, aluminum alloy frame, and superbike-type braced swingarm that provides great road holding performance.” The new Katana is powered by a fuel-injected 999cc inline-four engine that pumps out a claimed 147 horsepower. The bike also features a torque-limiting clutch and Suzuki’s three-mode Traction Control System. MSRP: $13,499. Color: Metallic Mystic Silver or Solid Black. For more information, go to www.suzukicycles.com.   Kawasaki, meanwhile, offers several modern retros for 2020,

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Don’t get stuck in the winter doldrums. Get out and ride on some of the best roads on the planet. Or just start planning your riding trips for the spring and summer. It’s never too early to plan your dream ride. Here are four great choices to consider. U.S. Highway 212, Beartooth Highway, Montana and Wyoming: This 67-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Mont., and Yellowstone National Park at Cooke City, Mont., zigzags across the Montana-Wyoming border through a series of steep switchbacks, rising from about 5,000 feet to 10,947 feet at Beartooth Pass (above). The route features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, high alpine plateaus, glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife. California Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway: This 655-mile-long stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway in California should be a must-do ride for every motorcyclist. From Dana Point in Orange County to near Leggett in Mendocino County, the road offers achingly beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, dramatic, cliff-hugging curves and throwback small towns, especially in northern California. If you can only ride one road in California, this is the one. U.S. Highway 550, from Ouray to Durango, Colo.: They don’t

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