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January ‘American Motorcyclist’ features AMA Motorcyclist of the Year

Magazine also offers stories of riding and racing and updates on important issues

Check out your January issue of American Motorcyclist magazine for a story on AMA Motorcyclist of the Year Hayley Bell, a first-person account of a journey through Great Britain and Ireland, and a guest column that addresses the changing meaning of “biker.”

You can read the issue online. Or get a hard copy at home if you are a Life Member Plus member.

Not 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.

Hayley Bell of the United Kingdom is the AMA’s 2019 Motorcyclist of the Year for calling attention to the needs of women riders and for creating a worldwide connection among them.

Bell is the founder and president of global business development for the Women Riders World Relay, a movement joined by thousands of motorcyclists from 84 countries to create a “global sisterhood of inspirational women” and to demonstrate to motorcycle manufacturers and makers of riding gear that female riders are a formidable and growing market that deserves their attention.

The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation, awarded annually by the AMA Board of Directors, recognizes the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months.

AMA member Rick Wheaton’s story about touring the British Isles takes the reader on a magical three-week journey through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The reader experiences magnificent beaches, Conway Castle, Mount Snowden with an elevation of 3,560 feet and a pint of “The Black Stuff” in Ireland that traces its roots to 1759.

In his thoughtful column, AMA member Robert Johnson tackles the changing meaning of the term “biker” because of the new machines and new riders entering the motorcycling world.

Another meaningful column comes from AMA Chairwoman Maggie McNally-Bradshaw, who is leaving the board. Life member McNally-Bradshaw reflects on her 10 years of service on the board and discusses her plans for the future.

All that and more in the January 2020 issue of American Motorcyclist magazine.