2014 American Motorcyclist Association Membership SweepstakesAmerican Motorcyclist Association membership has its benefits. Just ask AMA member Ron Fluke of Trinity, Ala., whose membership in the association won him one of the most versatile motorcycles ever made: a brand new Yamaha Super Ténéré, courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
AMA members who joined or renewed in 2013 got a chance to win the coveted Super Ténéré. In addition, riders in the 2013 AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series earned additional entries in the sweepstakes. Independent auditing and accounting firm Plante & Moran of Columbus, Ohio, administered the sweepstakes.“I’m really looking forward to throwing a leg over a modern motorcycle,” said Fluke, who picked up his bike at Allsport Powersports in Decatur, Ala. “I have a lot of vintage bikes, an old Bultaco 250 Astro, an old 700cc Yamaha and a Yamaha XS 650 that I’m trying to make into a street tracker, but I’ve never ridden a modern bike. The most modern bike I’ve ridden was in the 1980s. So first, I’m going to just go out in the morning and ride the country roads around my house and get used to this Yamaha.”David Docktor, Motorcycle Marketing Manager of Yamaha’s Motorsports Group, said “we’re pleased that the Ténéré is being awarded to Ron, who is an obvious enthusiast, and who appreciates Yamaha motorcycles old and new.”“Adventure riding combines motorcyclists’ loves of freedom, exploration and testing their limits,” Docktor added. “The Yamaha Super Ténéré is built to conquer all of those challenges. We are certain Ron will put his new Super Ténéré to good use. For everyone else, we invite you to check out a Yamaha Super Ténéré at a dealer near you, or come see us at a round of the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series.”Designed to ride for days, on and over just about any kind of terrain in comfort and style, the Yamaha Super Ténéré serves as the perfect inspiration for the national adventure riding series. The bike, known as the ultimate transcontinental adventurer, is even better for 2014 with a more powerful inline twin, electronic cruise control, dual drive modes, traction control, anti-lock brakes, an adjustable seat and more.Fluke, a 17-year member of the AMA, says that he originally joined when he was younger to race flat track. Today, he’s primarily a member to support the AMA’s advocacy and government relations efforts.“It’s awesome that the AMA fights for motorcyclists’ rights,” Fluke said. “When a federal agency tried to ban small motocross bikes because of lead – give me a break – that was the silliest thing I had ever heard. It’s great to have someone to fight those battles.”New and renewing AMA members are already earning an opportunity to ride off on a new Yamaha Super Ténéré in the 2014 AMA Membership Sweepstakes, and those who are participating in the AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series are improving their odds as well. Join them by visiting www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Join the AMA or by riding an adventure ride near you. For the 2014 season calendar, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Riding > Yamaha Adventure Riding.For more information about the Yamaha Super Ténéré, see www.yamahamotorsports.com.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!