Cool Off With the Classics This Summer

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Two-wheel enthusiasts are invited to the American Motorcyclist Association¹s (AMA) Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum this summer for the 4th annual Japanese Motorcycle Saturday on June 6, 2009, and the 4th annual British & European Motorcycle Saturday on August 22, 2009. Located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, just a few miles east of Columbus, the Museum is the country¹s premier showcase of motorcycling heritage and history.

Both events are expected to attract hundreds of riders, and will feature un-judged bike shows and seminars from collectors and experts. The 4th annual Japanese Motorcycle Saturday on June 6 will showcase a wide variety of motorcycles representing decades of metric design and engineering ingenuity. From sportbikes to café racers to tourers, every bike style is welcome. Enthusiasts can ride in on a classic Japanese bike or simply stop by to admire the vintage machines. Last year a 1983 Honda CB1100R and an early 1980s Yamaha RZ500 two-stroke were highlights of the event.

Later in the summer, the Museum will host the 4th annual British & European Motorcycle Saturday on August 22. Plenty of Ducatis, Triumphs, Nortons, BMWs, Aprilias, Moto Guzzis and other marques that are sure to impress will be on display for the event. The spotlight at British & European Motorcycle Saturday was stolen last year by the Ducati Riders of Ohio Club, with over 20 members riding in for the event ­ one on Ducati¹s finest, the Desmosedici. This year¹s showcase promises to feature equally compelling classics.

Admission for each Classic Motorcycle Saturday event is only $10 and includes access to all museum exhibits, including ³MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles,² an installation spotlighting a number of the world¹s most well-known enthusiasts, and ³Awesome-Ness,² chronicling the career of the legendary Arlen Ness.

Additional details about Classic Motorcycle Saturdays are at www.motorcyclemuseum.org or (614)856-2222.