The prizes keep coming in from the AMA. This time around it was for Brian Tadeo of Jurupa Valley, Calif., who will take delivery of a 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré after being selected as the 2015 AMA Member Sweepstakes winner.“I am still in disbelief that I won,” said the 31-year-old, who has been an AMA member since 2007. “I have never really won anything before, let alone a motorcycle and better yet a Yamaha Super Ténéré. I sat in my chair at my office and was thinking, ‘Oh man, I must have fallen asleep and was dreaming this.’ I am just ear-to-ear smiles.”
The new Super Ténéré happened to be one of two bikes being given away in the sweepstakes, the other being a Suzuki Boulevard 109R. Getting new bikes for free is amazing but plenty of other great items were being in the running as well: Four Tom-Tom GPS units, a Cardo Systems/Scala Rider G9 communications set, a Shark Kage ramp and 12 Guardian Weatherall Plus motorcycle covers.“We are thrilled that Brian is the grand prize winner of the Yamaha Super Ténéré,” said Martin Vivanco, retail sales promotion manager for Yamaha Motor Corp. USA. “The Super Ténéré was designed for the Adventure riding enthusiast who wants to explore the path less taken. Brain’s competitive spirit will be a great match for the Ténéré, and we hope to see him at a round of the AMA Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series.”The sweepstakes was open to all AMA members who joined or renewed their memberships in 2015 but more daring riders who participated in the 2015 Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series were able to earn additional entries into the sweepstakes drawing. Yamaha have put their best foot forward in the adventure class with the Super Ténéré. Designed with off-road and on-road capabilities in mind, it is a keen match to the AMA National Adventure Riding Series.To keep everything on the up and up, an Independent auditing and accounting firm Rea & Associates Inc., managed the sweepstakes. Tadeo joined the AMA to race in AMA-sanctioned events and thus reaped some great benefits.“I keep my AMA membership current for a few reasons, the main being the AMA helps keep our shrinking riding areas open,” he said. “I personally think anyone who rides a motorcycle should have a current AMA membership, even if you never plan to race. The next reason is I have to have a membership in order to race different series that are AMA sanctioned. I will be a lifetime member of the AMA, even when my racing days are over, because they support the sport that I love.”Envious of Tadeo? Well, who wouldn’t be! But if you’d like to try your luck at some great prizes, all you have to do is join the AMA. Those joining or renewing their AMA memberships between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016, are automatically entered to win any of these 16 great prizes:
A Yamaha Super Ténéré
One of four TomTom Rider 400 GPS units (one per quarter)
A Cardo Systesm/Scala Rider Packtalk Duo
A Shark Kage ramp
One of 12 Guardian Weatherall Plus motorcycle covers
Join the AMA by visiting www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.Again, all riders participating in the Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series are going to get a leg up on the competition with additional entries into the sweepstakes.For the 2016 season calendar, see www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Riding > Adventure Riding Series.For more information about the official bike for the 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series, 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 email@example.com 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!