You know that a bike is going to be in good hands when the new owner has this to say, “Bikes aren’t meant to sit and look at,” said Ben Horgen, a 15-year AMA member. “Bikes are meant to be ridden. I’m looking forward to taking this one to a vintage race this year for sure.”This is what Ben Horgen of Rochester, Minn., had to say, the 15-year AMA member after he had won the 1986 Honda CR250R from the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame raffle.
It seemed serendipitous that Horgen, a man that races hare scrambles, motocross, flat track and ATV motocross, would become the proud owner of this classic dirt bike, during the 2015 AMA Championship Banquet held in Columbus, Ohio, on January 23rd.“I was reading the AMA Extra e-newsletter, saw there was a raffle and bought a ticket online,” Horgen said. “I really wasn’t planning on winning the bike. I was just sitting at home, thinking about racing, and saw it as a way to support the Hall of Fame museum. I want to make sure my little ones, who are 1 and zero, can grow up and see these old bikes at the museum.”The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so they rely exclusively on donations to maintain their AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio. The Honda CR250R is a fine example of how the AMA supports itself, by raffling off great prizes such as this, not only is the museum supported but motorcycle history is preserved.For fans of the American V-Twin, you’re in luck – the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is raffling off a 1947 Indian Chief. There are few bikes that carry the weight of the Indian Chief, it is by design, Americana at its finest. The V-twin, the skirted fenders and low slung exhaust are all representative of a golden era in American design.If you’d like to take your chances, not unlike Ben Horgen who came out with quite a prize, head over to www.motorcyclemuseum.org. In order to participate you must contribute a $5 dollar donation but you can also buy in for five chances to win at the cost of $20 dollars. All participants must be 18 years of age or older and a current resident of the United States. As much as I’d like to see our European reader try their luck at this, I’m afraid they won’t be shipping the bike anywhere outside of the US. The winner will be announced during the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 8-10, 2016.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!