If you’re looking for a break from watching vintage racing, participating in demo rides or cruising the swap meet, stop into The Tower to expand your motorcycling knowledge. Every year, motorcycling professionals from across the country share their expertise with AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days attendees. The air-conditioned building offers a place to sit and learn about motorcycle restoration, long-distance riding tips, route planning with GPS devices and more. Note: Seminars are currently being scheduled and topics are subject to change.

Have a topic you want to learn about or know somebody that would make a great guest speaker? Contact Serena Van Dyke at 614-856-1900 ext 1241.

Friday Schedule

Schedule is tentative, more details to come.

10 – 11 a.m.: Guy Cooper; Indian Tribute Ride

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Armand Ensanian; The Future of Motorcycling…is it Electric?

1 – 2 p.m.: Simon and Lisa Thomas from 2ridetheworld; The Search for Freedom

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Q&A with members of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus

Saturday Schedule

Sunday Schedule

Schedule is tentative, more details to come.

8:30 a.m.: Worship Service

10 – 11 a.m.: Armand Ensanian; A History of the Japanese Motorcycle Industry

11:30 a.m.: The Future by Craig Vetter & Distinguished Panel; Streamlining and the Right Power

1 – 2:30 p.m.: Mike Wells; Restoring Dreams- Restoring the 1966 Harley

Seminar Speakers

Simon and Lisa Thomas

We all love to ride but Simon & Lisa Thomas have taken it to the extreme.

After 14-years of continuous global adventure riding, the 2 Ride The World team will be with us at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki to share their incredible story and experiences.

With an exciting mix of story telling, photography and video captured from some of the most rugged terrain on the planet, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss. This is your chance to find out how it’s done and ask the pro’s the questions you want answering.

Armand Ensanian

Armand Ensanian is the author of Discovering the Motorcycle, a 510 page complete history of motorcycling since the late 1800s. He has been riding and repairing motorcycles for fifty years, and was certified as a Kawasaki service technician. He was a columnist for Popular Mechanics and has authored countless articles during his twenty years as a journalist.

Friday, July 7: The Future of Motorcycling…Is it Electric?

Armand will discuss the rapid development of electric motorcycles over the past decade.Specific noteworthy machines will be featured and evaluated. Included will be an overview of the technology that drives electric bike development for the street and racing.

Saturday, July 8: The Evolution of the Internal Combustion Engine

Armand will present an in-depth overview of the four-hundred-year history of the development of the modern internal combustion engine. Included will be steam engine designs that defined the technology for gas engines. Photos of rare examples of early prototypes will be presented.

Sunday, July 9: A History of the Japanese Motorcycle Industry

Armand will review Japan’s motorcycle manufacturing history since the late 1800s, including its dynamic rise as the world leader in motorcycle production and the circumstances that lead to its success. Detail discussion will include Honda’s explosive growth, and the entry of the other major brands, including Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha. Specific motorcycle and engine designs will be featured along with racing history that was to dominate the GP circuit.

Guy Cooper

Friday, July 7: Indian Tribute Ride

Recently, he took on the challenge of rebuilding his Father’s Indian Motorcycle, and this spring will go on a 65th anniversary Indian Tribute Ride, that his parents originally took on their honeymoon, 65 years ago.

Come hear his tale of restoring the Indian, and taking a trip down his parent’s memory lane.

Cleveland Moto/Motorcycles & Misfits Podcast with Phil Waters, Liza Miller and gang

• Saturday, July 8: 3 – 4 p.m.

Conducting a live recording with audience participation, covering such topics as:
• Keeping Vintage Bikes On The Road
• Tools, Tips and Tricks
•Buying and Selling.


Erek Kudla

Saturday, July 8: The ISDE You Don’t See

AMA Off-Road Racing Manager will give attendees a behind-the-scenes rundown of the US ISDE Team and the men and women who make it possible without even swinging a leg over a bike!

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