2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days events

Past, present and future of motorcycling

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jul. 21, 2009
The 2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will feature a moving timeline of motorcycle history celebrating the 85th anniversary of the American Motorcyclist Association.

The 85th anniversary parade is just one of many events scheduled for the July 24-26 event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Motorcycle Hall of Famer and 1972 Daytona 200 winner Don Emde will serve as grand marshal in the parade of vintage motorcycles from 1924 to today on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car track on July 25. Leading the way will be a 1924 Harley-Davidson JDCA ridden by its owner, motorcycle magazine publisher and Hall of Famer Buzz Kanter.

“As the most recent custodian of this wonderful old machine, I have owned the JD for more than 15 years but seldom get to ride it,” says Kanter. “It is a great honor to be participating in the AMA’s 85th anniversary festivities on a motorcycle from the year the AMA was founded. I look forward to meeting a lot of old and new friends among the fellow enthusiasts at the event.”

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days celebrates classic bikes. Harley-Davidson Archives.Kanter is a longtime motorcyclist and collector. He discovered the ’24 JDCA along with a ’29 Harley JDH two-cam which he displays at his office at American Iron Horse Magazine. Kanter says he’s looking forward to meeting other vintage motorcycle enthusiasts at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.

“Everybody raves about how incredible (AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days) is,” says Kanter says. “I love old machinery and the romance of it. There’s just something very honest about a lot of these uncluttered old bikes. Jay Leno says he doesn’t trust a motorcycle (engine) he can’t see, and I’m the same way.”

AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will also feature the traditional swap meet. Event organizers say the 2009 swap meet should be larger than last year’s.

“We have already filled more swap meet spaces for 2009 than we had at last year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, and we expect even more vendors to sign up on location,” says Tigra Tsujikawa, AMA special events manager.  “This will be one of the biggest AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meets in history, and certainly one of the best opportunities to find that elusive part or project that you’ve been searching for – maybe even since last year’s event.”

New for the 2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is the Federal/Allied Used Bike Corral. The corral allows visitors to park and market their running motorcycles.

The 2009 VMD will introduce the new AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships.“The Federal/Allied AMA Used Bike Corral, which is available at no-charge for attendees to display their machines, is our way to help organize the numerous used bikes that are ridden to – and often sold – at this event,” says Tsujikawa. “In addition to the motorcycles you’ll still find for sale in the swap meet, we hope the Federal/Allied AMA Used Bike Corral will bring more buyers and sellers together.

“The rules are simple. All motorcycles parked in the Federal/Allied AMA Used Bike Corral must be running, and contact and pricing information must be visible,” Tsujikawa says.

Though Vintage Motorcycle Days showcases classic bikes, modern motorcycles will also be featured. BMW, Can-Am, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Kymco, Triumph and Yamaha are set to bring their demo fleets offering test rides of their new models.

The 2009 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will also showcase the future of motorcycling with an exhibition of zero-emission race bikes. Motorcycles from the TTXGP on the Isle of Man will perform exhibition laps between vintage road races.

“As the AMA celebrates its first 85 years, it seemed appropriate to glimpse into what the next 85 years of motorcycling may bring,” says Tsujikawa. “The AMA TTXGP Introduction will display the cutting-edge technology that will drive one aspect of motorcycle development for years to come.”

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