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Zero Motorcycles sponsors AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame rings for class of 2012

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American-made electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero Motorcycles is the official ring sponsor for the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 

The prestigious Motorcycle Hall of Fame ring is a symbol of the significant contributions made by an inductee to the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling. The gold ring, which is created exclusively for the Hall of Fame, bears the institution's logo, the "Glory Days" design and the name of the inductee. The rings will be presented to the 2012 inductees and Hall of Fame Legends during the gala event at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa on Friday, Nov. 16, in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Receiving the rings will be roadracing world championship tuner Nobby Clark; off-road racing champion Ty Davis; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and representatives for the late-Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary, as well as the late-Al Wilcox, iconic race flagger. 

"It is refreshing to see Zero Motorcycles, a pioneering company that is taking electric motorcycle technology to new levels, honor motorcycling's storied history and pay tribute to pioneers of yesteryear," said Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the Hall of Fame. "The Hall of Fame rings are an important piece of the induction ceremony and, for many inductees, the ring is an enduring symbol of their lifetime achievements. Zero Motorcycles' support is helping make all that possible." 

Two existing members of the Hall of Fame will be honored as Hall of Fame Legends and will also receive rings: 1998 inductees Malcolm Smith, a pioneer in off-road motorcycling, and Mert Lawwill, the 1969 AMA Grand National Champion. Both Smith and Lawwill starred in the classic motorcycling documentary "On Any Sunday." 

Scot Harden, who is vice president of global marketing for Zero Motorcycles and also a member of the Hall of Fame, said that Zero Motorcycles is proud to be a part of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 

"On behalf of the entire staff of Zero Motorcycles, it is a proud honor indeed to support the Hall of Fame as official ring sponsor of the 2012 induction ceremony," Harden said. "The men and women selected reflect the highest level of achievement and accomplishment possible in our sport. I can't think of a better way for a company like Zero Motorcycles, one that is clearly focused on the future of motorcycling, to pay tribute to, and acknowledge, the legends who built this sport by sponsoring the ring ceremony." 

The AMA Legends Weekend also includes one of the country's leading motorcycle shows and the finale of one of the most thrilling AMA-sanctioned national racing series. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Red Rock will host the 2012 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Concours d'Elegance, featuring many of the country's most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. That evening, at the nearby Orleans Arena, fans can catch the last round of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series. 

Tickets for the AMA Legends Weekend are available online at or by calling (800) 342-5464

The AMA Legends Weekend will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Resort, a world-class spa, hotel and casino, featuring a range of entertainment, dining and family-friendly attractions. The facility's expansive ballrooms provide a stunning backdrop for the AMA Legends Weekend. Room reservations are available now at a special group rate by calling (866) 767-7773 and referencing group code RCIAME or AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST. Online room reservations are available at

For tickets to the final round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship Series at the Orleans Arena, see

Ducati previews the release of 2013 Multistrada models

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Ducati has given a preview of its highly-anticipated 2013 range by revealing exciting new Multistrada models that introduce new features such as enhanced aesthetics, a second generation Testastretta 11° engine, the very latest ABS and, on the “S” versions, the innovative semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The brand new range, full of owner-inspired improvements, signals the next stage of the Multistrada journey with a longlist of fascinating and high-tech features. It includes the Multistrada 1200 with the associated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) in addition to the very latest in ABS, while the Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now equipped with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), R-b-W, DTC and ABS with additional side luggage, heated grips and centre stand. The new touring flagship of the range for 2013 is the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo with increased side luggage capacity, top case, additional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection and long-distance tires, while the enhanced Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak celebrates the sporting side of the model’s character with a replica of the famous 2012 mountain race bike in its stunning new race-winning livery.

The Multistrada’s award-winning Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro electronic Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customizable riding experience separated by just one click of a button. The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, and now ABS and Ducati Skyhook Suspension, instantly transforming the Multistrada 1200 to suit its rider and environment with even more precision.

Hailed as a true ‘game-changing’ motorcycle, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 has attracted all types of riders to the Italian brand by removing the borders between different motorcycle categories and creating a model that is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels. The eight-level DTC and new three-level ABS introduce the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) concept to the Multistrada family; further underlining Ducati's focus on performance safety.

Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 International Press Test is set to take place in Bilbao, Spain from 20-27 September, while the first public showing of the 2013 Multistrada range will be at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany from 3-7 October. The brand new Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the official Ducati dealer network from December 2012.

AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series finale Sept. 23 in Cuddebackville, N.Y.

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A thrilling 2012 season of classic battles in vintage dirt-track racing will conclude Sunday, Sept. 23, at the AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series finale in Cuddebackville, N.Y., with a short-track event promoted by Tri-State M/C. 

"The country's top vintage dirt-track racers are headed to southeastern New York for what will certainly be one of the most exciting rounds of the 2012 series," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "With AMA National No. 1 plates up for grabs, riders won't hold anything back as they push their vintage machinery to the limit for national championships." 

Alex Snoop, Tri-State M/C vice president, said the club typically runs hare scrambles races, but club members are looking forward to their first dirt-track event. 

"The club was looking for something else to do, and I've been racing dirt-track for years, along with several buddies, and we recommended this to the club, and everyone jumped at the chance," Snoop said. "The club is really excited. The facility we're using for the event is a quality venue with a real nice clay track. It also looks like there will be a good turnout. We've been getting calls from Illinois, Florida, Kansas, and there are titles up for grabs in several classes." 

More information about the race can be found at

The AMA Racing Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series recognizes national champions in period-correct classes that reflect the storied history of AMA dirt-track competition. From the original factory Class A racing in the 1920s to the Class C production-based structure that emerged shortly after, dirt-track competition wrote much of the early history of racing in America. Today's competition rules are written so that the class structure reflects the diverse eras of dirt track's history while avoiding non-traditional modifications that violate the spirit of a vintage meet. 

The top three class finishers in the 2012 AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series will be honored Jan. 19, 2013, during the 2012 AMA Championship Banquet at the Aladdin Shrine Event & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. They will join hundreds of other top competitors in disciplines ranging from land-speed racing to motocross to woods racing. 

The program will include dinner, door prizes, refreshments, a bike show and entertainment. Class champions will receive medals and No. 1 plates, while second- and third-place finishers also will receive awards. Winners of special annual awards, such as the AMA Grand Championship Athlete of the Year and the AMA National Championship Athlete of the Year awards, will be announced as well. 

Columbus' Aladdin Center, located adjacent to the expansive Easton Town Center shopping complex and only 20 minutes from AMA headquarters and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, offers free parking, easy access to Interstate 270 and is a short drive from Port Columbus International Airport. 

Tickets for the AMA Championship Banquet are $75 each. AMA Life Members will receive a $10 discount. Registration is available at



Premium Day Bag

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