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.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.