AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days

Aug 08, 2011 View Comments by

The AMA wrapped up another successful Vintage Motorcycle Days event on July 22-24th at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The RoadRUNNER table, located in the AMA tent, saw a steady stream of both new and old subscribers, with many stopping by to say hello and voice their support of our magazine.

Notable visitors to the RoadRUNNER table include a ninety-four year-old man who plans on resuming his lifelong passion for motorcycling soon, a couple of familiar faces from the Touring Weekend, as well as several people from RoadRUNNER’s home state of North Carolina. It seems the world is getting a bit smaller with so many well-traveled subscribers!

Craig Vetter, founder of the Vetter Corporation, also stopped by for a visit before heading to the Goodyear Tower for a seminar on fuel economy. Craig’s influence on the sport of motorcycling spans several decades, starting with his innovative fairing designs in the late sixties, and continuing today with his efforts to make motorcycles more practical, comfortable, and fuel efficient.

The activity-packed event included factory demo rides, stunt riding exhibitions, as well as road, motocross, hare scrambles, and trials competitions. Numerous seminars on various aspects of motorcycling were held daily as well.

Kawasaki was the marque of the year, and two bikes were raffled off at the event, with the winner receiving both a beautifully restored 1973 Kawasaki Z1 and a brand new Z1000. Those restoring their own vintage bikes had close to one thousand private vendors offering parts for sale, and older bikes in every condition imaginable lined the streets and walkways.

The annual event is North America’s largest swap meet, and offers a unique opportunity to re-live days long gone by seeing, and perhaps riding or purchasing, the bikes that started it all.

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