American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Life Member Roy Craft of Cocoa, Fla., had a Bike Week to remember this March. That’s because the long-time adventure and dual-sport rider took delivery of Yamaha’s new 2012 Super Ténéré — the world’s hottest adventure bike — for riding in the 2011 AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series, courtesy of series sponsor Yamaha.
Craft was the winner in the annual drawing for a Yamaha Super Ténéré. The drawing included participants in the 2011 AMA Yamaha Super Ténéré National Adventure Riding Series. It was conducted by independent auditing and accounting firm Plante & Moran of Columbus, Ohio.
“It’s difficult to put on these events, and it takes volunteers and support, and if it wasn’t for the AMA clubs and Yamaha supporting adventure riding the way they do, these opportunities wouldn’t exist,” Craft said. “Of course, winning this bike is frosting on the cake and an unbelievable feeling, but the rides are great, and the people you meet on these rides are great.”
David Docktor, Motorcycle Marketing Manager of Yamaha’s Motorsports Group, said he’s pleased to see the grand prize go to such an enthusiastic and dedicated adventure rider.
“Adventure riders embody some of motorcycling’s best elements — from exploring the unknown to pushing your limits — and we’re sure Roy will put his new Super Ténéré to the test,” Docktor said. “For everyone else, we plan to have a Super Ténéré at many AMA ride events, so make sure you come out and see this class-leading motorcycle first hand.”
Designed to ride for days, on and over just about any kind of terrain in comfort and style, the Yamaha Super Ténéré serves as the perfect inspiration for the AMA national adventure riding series.
Craft, who has participated in nearly all forms of motorcycling, said adventure riding is a new discipline that strikes all the right chords.
“I became a member back in the mid-1970s to race motocross in places like Lake Sugar Tree,” said Craft. “Although I’ve moved away from competition, I still enjoy the camaraderie that you can find at organized rides, and you can find it at these adventure rides. You can experience great routes, go at your own pace and still bench race after the rides on Saturday night around a campfire.”
With the 2012 season set to begin soon, stay tuned for exciting news on this year’s adventure riding series. See AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > Yamaha Adventure Riding for the 2012 schedule, latest news and updates.