Biker's Choice
Nat'l Motorcycle Museum

National Meets & Road Runs

The AMCA’s annual calendar of National Meets and Road Runs, organized by affiliated Chapters in the United States and overseas, represents some of the premier antique-motorcycle activities held anywhere in the world. From major events attracting thousands of visitors to friendly gatherings of a few hundred enthusiasts, they all offer the chance to share an appreciation of classic machines and the people who ride them.

The heart of most National Meets is the vendor field, in which AMCA members can offer for sale parts and even entire motorcycles over 35 years old. It can take a keen eye to spot the truly significant piece among the acres of parts offered by vendors, but many award-winning restorations have begun as piles of parts found on an AMCA vendor field.

In addition, every AMCA National Meet features the Club’s National Judging Program, in which motorcycles are displayed to be judged by experts. For AMCA members, bike judging offers recognition for restoring, or preserving, an important piece of motorcycling history. But for spectators, the judging field turns into an antique-bike show rivaling the country’s best museum exhibits.

Beyond those two common elements, each AMCA National Meet takes on a flavor of its own, based on other activities over the weekend. These range from the incredible Timeline of History at the Grand National Meet in Rhinebeck, New York, gathering together 400 or more motorcycles representing every year from the dawn of the Motorcycle Age through the ’70s, to seminars on historical subjects and displays of featured motorcycles matching an event’s yearly theme.

In addition, many National Meets offer the chance to appreciate antique machines in motion, through road rides and field games—a friendly form of competition showcasing a rider’s ability to control his or her machine. Some National Meets also turn back the clock in the most American of all motorcycle sports—dirt-track racing. At these events, racers compete for trophies on half-mile dirt ovals, just as motorcyclists have for more than a century.

Young woman in field gamesIn between all that, there is plenty of time for vendors and visitors to settle in and talk about old bikes, from the fledgling efforts of early experimenters to the classic machines of the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.

In short, an AMCA National Meet can be a weekend escape from the modern world to a simpler, more relaxing time.

That description goes double for AMCA National Road Runs, which offer the chance to ride with others on the machines, and roads, of yesterday. These multi-day events follow routes laid out by local riders, who know the back roads of their own area best. And each night, participants get together to share road stories over dinner.

The schedule of AMCA Nationals typically begins in late February or early March and ends in October, stretching from New York to California. For details on individual events, click on the links in the schedule below.

2014 AMCA Nationals

February 21-22
Omaha Chapter National Meet
Fremont, NE
(402) 660-5151
www.omahachapteramca.org

March 7-9
Sunshine Chapter National Meet
New Smyrna Beach, FL
(386) 322-7984
www.sunshineamca.org

April 14-16
Cherokee Chapter National Road Run
Texas
(830) 931-3046
jnixon@texas.net

April 25-26
Perkiomen Chapter National Meet
Oley, PA
(610) 948-4553
oleyfleamarket@comcast.net

May 9-11
European Chapter Meet
Geldrop, Netherlands
+44.1303.256266
www.amca-europe.eu

May 16-18
Southern National Meet
Denton, NC
(417) 838-4777
www.amcasouthernnationalmeet.com

May 18-21
Bluegrass Chapter National Road Run
Bardstown, KY
(859) 432-0018
www.bluegrassamca.org

June 13-14
Rhinebeck Coalition National Meet
Rhinebeck, NY
(518) 622-8519
www.rhinebecknationalmeet.com

June 13-15
Viking Chapter National Meet
St. Paul, MN
(952) 941-4997
www.vikingmc.org

June 20-21
Fort Sutter Chapter National Meet
Dixon, CA
(209) 748-5126
www.amcafortsutter.org

July 17-19
Oregon Trail Chapter National Road Run
Oregon
(503) 428-6641
oregon.trail@amcaotc.org

July 18-20
Wauseon National Meet
Wauseon, OH
(419) 929-0291
www.wauseonnationalmeet.org

August 1-2
Yankee Chapter National Meet
Hebron, CT
(603) 458-5013

www.yankeechapter.org

September 8-10
Allegheny Mountain Chapter National Road Run
Elkins, WV
(724) 861-4681
www.amcaamc.org

October 3-4
Chesapeake Chapter National Meet

Jefferson, PA
(410) 692-9291
www.ccamca.org