The vocation of the The Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) is to gather people who are having fun with old motorcycles, preserving, restoring and riding them. Every year fellow club members are rubbing elbows, shopping swap meets and showing their Old Irons in 9 national events around the country. And starting in 2010, the AMCA is opening its doors to a new audience of young riders who may not have the financial ability to own a true classic, but who are buying up machines from the past that they can afford, and turning them into their personal vision of a cool motorcycle.
So, starting this year, in addition to the club’s normal classes for beautifully restored classics, perfectly preserved original-condition machines and period-correct modified bikes, two of this year’s AMCA Nationals will feature a special “Custom Culture Class” designed to highlight ways that motorcyclists express themselves through their machines. The class will focus specifically on the era of the 1960s and early ’70s, when the custom-bike movement blossomed across the United States. The only eligibility rule is that bikes must have an engine that was sold in a production motorcycle sometime between 1960 and 1975, the most recent machines that fit the AMCA’s 35-year rule for antique designation.
The Custom Culture Class will be sponsored by prominent motorcycle publications at two of the AMCA’s premiere National Meets this season. Hot Bike magazine will sponsor the class at the AMCA Fort Sutter Chapter National Meet June 18-19 in Dixon, California, and Cycle Source magazine will sponsor the class at the AMCA Chief Blackhawk Chapter National Meet September 2-5 in Davenport, Iowa. For more information on the Custom Culture Class at this year’s AMCA meets, contact the following organizers: 1- Fort Sutter Chapter Meet, June 18-19, Dixon, CA: AMCA Fort Sutter (916) 455-7398 or (209) 368-7259. 2- Chief Blackhawk Chapter National Meet, September 2-5, Davenport, IA: Chief Black Hawk