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May 25, 2012

Even More On The AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference

AMA announces additional seminars for 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The AMA is pleased to announce additional seminar offerings at the 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference. The conference will take place July 26-29 in Carson City, Nev.

In keeping with the conference theme of "Ride Well," the seminar lineup includes topics that promote safety, health, awareness and preparation.

"We are pleased to announce more additions to an already exciting seminar lineup at the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference," said AMA Marketing Manager Tigra Tsujikawa. "These seminars will offer something for riders of every type and skill level. The expertise of our speakers is second-to-none, resulting in a slate of offerings that is as diverse as it is informative."

The latest additions include:


* Motorcycle Matchmaker. Offered by veteran motorcycle instructor Christine Firehock.

* Why Motorcycle Riding is Good for Your Health. Presented by psychotherapist Jana Mulvaney.

* The Health Benefits of Off-Road Riding. Jo-Anne Farquhar, director of communications and public affairs for Canada's Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC), and Kellee Irwin, chairwoman of the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada and vice president, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia.

* Wherever the Road Takes You. With Athena "Chickie" Ransom, owner of Vagabond Cycles.

* Riding Past Your Limitations. Presented by Holly Ralph, a director of the Canadian Motorcycle Association and the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group.

* Motorcycle Helmet Seminar. Conducted by Randy Northrup of Schuberth North America.

For a complete listing of seminars, visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Events > Women and Motorcycling > Seminar Speakers.

Through May 15, AMA members can realize significant savings by taking advantage of the $125 discounted registration fee to attend the conference. After that date, the fee for AMA members increases to $175. Non-members can register for $235.

At $49, an AMA membership not only pays for the conference, it provides a host of benefits, including AMA Roadside Assistance. To join, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com. Online registration to the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference is available at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e5b2rc65a3dc83f3

Included in the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference registration fee is entry to seminars, the marketplace and Moto Action center, the Saturday Women's Health Fair -- where women can get a variety of health screenings such as mammograms and cholesterol and blood pressure checks -- priority registration for manufacturer demo rides, the Friday Night Cookout and Saturday Night Celebration Party, as well as a conference t-shirt and gift bag.

Full conference details, as well as information about how to become an AMA member, are available at WomenandMotorcycling.com. Watch for updates on the conference Facebook page at Facebook.com/AMAWomenAndMotorcycling.



About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.




More, from another press release issued by American Motorcyclist Association:

KYMCO USA demo fleet headed to AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that powersports distributor KYMCO USA will provide scooter demo rides at the sixth AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference. The conference will take place in Carson City, Nev., July 26-29.

"KYMCO scooters are fun, practical and easy to ride," said Tigra Tsujikawa, AMA marketing manager. "With their automatic transmissions, they offer riders with little or no shifting experience a great opportunity to participate in the sport, and for more-experienced riders, they are an enjoyable and sensible approach to the motorcycling lifestyle. We are very pleased to have KYMCO on hand in Carson City to show off their exciting new lineup."

The KYMCO USA scooter line includes a wide range of models and colors, including the Xciting 500 Ri ABS, powered by a 500cc fuel-injected dual overhead cam engine and featuring anti-lock brakes and a two-year limited factory warranty. Other models range in engine size from 50-300cc, and many feature sleek European and retro styling. The Spartanburg, S.C.-based company has been on the U.S. powersports scene for more than three decades, and today it distributes motor scooters, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and side-by-sides manufactured by its parent company in Taiwan.

"The women motorcycling market is an important segment to KYMCO USA, and we're looking forward to bringing our demo fleet of scooter models to Carson City this summer," said KYMCO USA Director of Marketing Rick Pawelka. "We'll have models on hand designed for everything from around-town errands to touring. Plus, you never know, we just may have a surprise in store."

In addition to the demo ride lineup, the 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference will feature a number of motorcycling seminars, the marketplace and Moto Action center, featured speakers, the Friday Night Cookout and Saturday Night Celebration Party, and a Women's Health Fair where women can get a variety of health screenings such as mammograms and cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to donate blood to the Red Cross. Registrants also receive a conference t-shirt and gift bag.

Through Tuesday, May 15, AMA members can rack up significant savings through AMA member-only pre-registration, which offers a discounted price of $125 to attend the conference. After May 15, the fee for AMA members increases to $175, and registration opens for non-AMA members. Attendees can register now here: events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e5b2rc65a3dc83f3

"In addition to the dozens of benefits we already enjoy as AMA members, the conference adds yet another," Tsujikawa said. "With non-member registration rates at $235, a $49 AMA membership pays for itself and opens the door to anyone who wants to take advantage of the early registration discount."

Full conference details, as well as information about how to become an AMA member, are available at WomenandMotorcycling.com. Watch for updates on the conference Facebook page at Facebook.com/AMAWomenAndMotorcycling.


About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.




More, from another press release issued by American Motorcyclist Association:

Kawasaki Good Times™ Street Demo Days headed for sixth AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference

Early bird AMA member registration pricing ends today

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that Kawasaki Good Times Street Demo Days will be part of the demo ride program at the sixth AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference in Carson City, Nev., on July 26-29.

"Kawasaki motorcycles have a reputation for being sporty, trendy and well-engineered vehicles that every rider can appreciate," said Tigra Tsujikawa, AMA marketing manager. "We are excited that Kawasaki will be part of the demo ride program in Carson City, and I'm sure all of our attendees will want to sample their new model lineup on the exciting demo route we're putting together for the conference."

The Kawasaki Good Times Street Demo Days line features a wide range of Kawasaki motorcycles, including the Ninja® ZX™-6R, the Ninja 650, Versys®, Z1000, Ninja 1000, Ninja ZX-10R ABS, and Ninja ZX-14R sportbikes. Kawasaki's cruiser line will be represented by the Vulcan® 900 Classic LT and Custom, the Voyager® ABS, the 1700 Nomad™, and the 1700 Vaquero™. Additional demo units include the Concours® 14 sport tourer and KLR® 650 dual-purpose machines.

"Today's motorcycling community is made up of many different groups, and female riders are not only becoming a more significant component, but their voices are being heard throughout the industry," said Director of Marketing Communications Chris Brull, with Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. "Kawasaki has for many years sold a large number of units to women, and the company is pleased to be able to include this AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference on the Good Times Street Demo Days Schedule."

In addition to the demo ride lineup, the 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference will feature a number of motorcycling seminars, the marketplace and Moto Action center, featured speakers, the Friday Night Cookout and Saturday Night Celebration Party, and a Women's Health Fair where women can get a variety of health screenings such as mammograms and cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to donate blood to the Red Cross. Registrants also receive a conference t-shirt and gift bag.

Today, May 15, is the last day that AMA members can rack up significant savings through AMA member-only pre-registration, which offers a discounted price of $125 to attend the conference. After May 15, the fee for AMA members increases to $175, and registration opens for non-AMA members. Attendees can register now here: events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e5b2rc65a3dc83f3

Full conference details, as well as information about how to become an AMA member, are available at WomenandMotorcycling.com. Watch for updates on the conference Facebook page at Facebook.com/AMAWomenAndMotorcycling.


About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.




More, from another press release issued by American Motorcyclist Association:

Motorcycle racing pioneer Mary McGee to be honored as special guest at AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that noted motorcycle racer Mary McGee will be the special guest at the 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference in Carson City, Nev., July 26-29.

McGee, who lives near Carson City, will address the conference participants during the Saturday Night Celebration at Mills Park.

"Meeting Mary was an unforgettable experience," said AMA Marketing Manager Tigra Tsujikawa. "Among other things, she is a pioneering woman who started roadracing a Honda CB92 in the United States in 1960. And in 1975, she rode her 250 Husqvarna solo in the Baja 500, zipping by 17 two-man teams. Mary McGee is an inspiration for any woman who rides, and we are honored to have her join us for the conference."

Prior to entering the world of motorcycling, McGee enjoyed auto racing, driving cars that included Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche and Jaguar. She bought her first motorcycle, a 1956 Triumph Tiger Cub, in 1957. Her next bike was a Honda C110 that she used to commute to her job as a parts manager for a foreign auto shop. In 1960, she started motorcycle roadracing, often switching back and forth between the auto and roadracing circuits. It wasn't until legendary actor and racer Steve McQueen told McGee she needed to "get off that road bike and get out to the desert," that she discovered her love of desert racing.

Now 75, McGee has not hung up her riding boots. She still races -- and wins -- in vintage competition. And, although she learned how to ride on her own, she has a different recommendation for today's riders.

"Take a motorcycle safety training course and wear all the right gear," she said.

For women who want to race, she has this advice: "If a woman is thinking about racing in any form, [she should] just do it! Get out and do it, you'll find out it's a lot of fun. The people are wonderful, it doesn't matter how fast you go, and it will add to your life."

The 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference is the "must-do" summer event for women who ride. The four-day conference will feature a number of motorcycling seminars, the marketplace and Moto Action Center, the Friday Night Cookout and Saturday Night Celebration Party, and a Women's Health Fair where women can get a variety of health screenings such as mammograms and cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Registrants also receive a conference t-shirt and gift bag.

The fee for AMA members to attend is $175 (through July 10), and registration for non-AMA members is $235. Attendees can register at: events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=vw9ldxbab&oeidk=a07e5b2rc65a3dc83f3

Not an AMA member? At just $49 a year, the $60 savings off non-member conference registration pays for itself. AMA members receive 12 issues of American Motorcyclist magazine, get numerous money-saving member benefits on products and services, are eligible to participate in AMA-sanctioned events, and protect motorcycling by supporting the organization that fights for the right to ride and race. Plus, AMA Roadside Assistance is available at no additional charge to members who choose to autorenew.

Full conference details, as well as information about how to become an AMA member, are available at WomenandMotorcycling.com. Watch for updates on the conference Facebook page at Facebook.com/AMAWomenAndMotorcycling.



About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.