Rare racing motorcycles on display at AMA Legends Weekend

Publish Date: 
Oct 15, 2013

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame announces that a number of rare, one-of-a-kind bikes with ties to its newest inductees will be on display at the 2013 AMA Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna, at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Friday and Saturday, Oct 18-19. 

"The icons of motorcycling that are enshrined in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame made their names as racers and riders, and we're very pleased to have amassed an impressive collection of motorcycles representing our Class of 2013," said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame.

"Many of the bikes that will be on display at our gala event are the very bikes that our Hall of Famers rode, which makes them extremely rare and historic," Heininger said. "Attendees will get to see these famous machines during the induction ceremony itself on Friday night, as well as at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday."

The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Husqvarna, takes place on Friday evening, Oct. 18. The gala event officially honors the class of 2013: AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael; AMA and desert racing champion Danny Hamel; racer, promoter and motorcycle industry icon Norm McDonald; AMA Roadracing Champion Randy Renfrow; and motorcycling fundraisers and Ride For Kids founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.

In addition, two existing members of the Hall of Fame will be honored as Legends that evening: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time FIM World Motocross champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America as well as founder of the Thor brand.

The bikes are also available for public viewing on Saturday during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception. At the reception, the Class of 2013, the 2013 Legends and numerous AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be interviewed on stage. Fans will also have the opportunity to get autographs from Hall of Fame members at a special autograph session

Bikes on display for the event include:

Danny Hamel's 1994 Kawasaki KX500
Built by Dave Pyle of Kawasaki Team Green with Pro Circuit additions, the KX500 is in unrestored race condition, just as it came out of the desert after Danny Hamel's 1995 season. This was the machine that powered Hamel [d.1995], to his 1994 Baja 1000 Championship when he was teamed with AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Larry Roeseler and Ty Davis. It also played a part in his 1995 AMA National Hare & Hound Championship -- his fifth title on Kawasakis. This historic KX500 is owned by Kawasaki Motors Corp.

Randy Renfrow's 1989 Pro Twins RS850D Race Bike
Good race bikes are often not born, they are made, and that's definitely the case with this Pro Twins RS850D, campaigned in 1989 by Randy Renfrow [d.2002]. Built with a Honda Racing motor originally destined for flat-track competition, the bike was purpose-built from the bottom up to be a small, light, reliable-yet-ferocious race machine. Renfrow campaigned it in the 1989 season, taking the championship all the way to the final race, which Dale Quarterly won in the last turn of the last lap. In the end, this bike either won or came in second in every race it finished. The bike has been restored to its original race condition by Martin Adams.

2010 Ride for Kids U.S. Grand Prix Moriwaki MD600
For the 2010 U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Honda cooked up something special: A vehicle to help spur donations for the Pediatric Brian Tumor Foundation's Ride For Kids events, which were founded by Mike and Dianne Traynor. The race bike, a Moriwaki MD600, was campaigned in the Moto2 class by Roger Lee Hayden and overseen by a race team headed by AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Kevin Schwantz. The bike sported Ride For Kids stickers, and was used in part of a fundraising campaign for the Ride For Kids. This machine is on loan from American Honda. (continued)