Rare racing motorcycles on display at AMA Legends Weekend

Publish Date: 
Oct 15, 2013

Ricky Carmichael's 1997 Kawasaki KX125
All stories have a beginning, and for Ricky Carmichael's AMA pro career, the beginning started with a Kawasaki KX125, built by Pro Circuit and tuned by Chad Watts. With this bike, Carmichael won eight outdoor AMA Motocross Nationals and three AMA Supercross main events, en route to winning the 1997 125 MX National Championship and the AMA Supercross East Championship. The bike remains in unrestored race condition and is on loan from Pro Circuit's Mitch Payton, himself an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer.

Ricky Carmichael's 2001 Kawasaki KX SR250
Built by the Kawasaki Race Team and tuned by Chad Watts, this KX SR250 propelled Ricky Carmichael to two championships in 2001. In the AMA Supercross series, Carmichael rode the bike to 14 race wins (13 in a row) for the title. In AMA Motocross, it took him to seven AMA National wins and the title. It is said to have been his favorite bike during his Kawasaki career. The bike is presented in unrestored race condition, and is on loan from Kawasaki Motors Corp.

Norm McDonald-era Yamaha Ascot Scrambler
Pulled together by John Stein in a mere 90 days to race at the Catalina Grand Prix, the faithful Yamaha Ascot Scrambler replica harkens back to the time when Norm McDonald rode a similar machine at Ascot Park in California. Built on a 1962 Yamaha YDS2, with engine work by Scott Clough Racing, frame work by CIP Powder Coating, Race Tech shock work and plenty of other new bits, the bike was run in the revived Catalina Grand Prix in 2010 finishing with the 22nd fastest time out of 104 entries.

Mark Blackwell 1971 Husqvarna 400
This is an exact replica of the first Husqvarna that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Mark Blackwell raced when he was sponsored by the brand's firs U.S. importer, Hall of Famer Edison Dye. Blackwell himself acquired this machine and had it restored by Don Bailey as closely as possible to the original race machine.

Arrangements are also being made to bring host several Husqvarnas from the era of Hall of Famer Torsten Hallman from the Kelly Owens Collection, as well as additional machines from Suzuki and Honda that were campaigned by Ricky Carmichael.

Tickets for both public events are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. The price is $140 for Friday night's induction ceremony, which includes dinner, and $20 for Saturday's reception, which includes a continental breakfast.

The AMA Legends Weekend, presented by Husqvarna, is organized by the American Motorcyclist Association. It is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio. The Hall of Fame's mission is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America.

Press release posted by Mary Slepicka