AMA Club Recreation Members can form and affiliate an AMA Riding Group or AMA Riding Club and promote touring trips, meets, gatherings and associated activities for members with their registered motorcycles. Even Moto manufacturers and dealers can form and affiliate their own brand specific AMA Driving Group or AMA Driving Club just for the buyers of their products. The following recreational riding discipline definititions exist in the AMA:
Adventure riding is a great way to cover a variety of terrain, both on- and off-road.
Requiring little more than a functional motorcycle and an eye for exploration, adventure motorcycling is riding in its purest form. Often associated with big motorcycles sporting knobby tires, adventure riding simply means venturing into the unknown on two wheels.
The route in an adventure ride typically includes limited use of highways, favoring gravel or dirt roads and less serviced forest or desert roads. Some off-road trails are used, when appropriate for adventure motorcycles. These routes should be designed to accommodate adventure motorcycles (600cc and up).
Routing may be by descriptive route sheet, arrows, ribbons, maps, GPS routes, led by guide(s) or any combination of these. No speed competition or timing is allowed. Motorcycles must be licensed and insured for street riding.
In addition to an adventure ride, an Adventure Ride Rally may offer seminars/workshops, guest speakers, vendors and/or demo rides held over a period of two or more days.
A registered dual sport is a type of street legal motorcycle that is designed for both on road and off road use. The terms all road, on/off road, dual purpose and dual sport are also used for this class of motorcycle. Dual Sport motorcycles are equipped with street legal equipment such as lights, speedometer, mirrors, horn, license plate mounting, and muffler.
Dual sport riding provides the opportunity to experience single or double track trail sections connected by lesser traveled highway sections. The events may offer one or many routes.
More difficult alternate routes are sometimes referred to as: “Hero sections” or “A loops.” These sections are typically short, challenging loops that leave the main route and return to the main route either at the same place or farther down the main route. Alternate routes are optional, and a rider may bypass them by remaining on the main route. No speed competition or timing is allowed.
Motorcycles must be licensed and insured for street riding, since sections of roads connect the participants to more trail riding. Motorcycles are typically under 600cc with tyres that have a high profile knobby design.
In addition to a dual sport ride, a Dual Sport Rally may offer seminars/workshops, guest speakers, vendors and/or demo rides held over a period of two or more days or more.
Road motorcycle means a scooter, sidecar, street or trike.
Cruising the interstate highway, the backroads or anything in between is a great way to to enjoy the scenery, spend time solo or with friends and maybe even support a good cause.
A road ride, also called a road run, is a single or multi day organized ride on the road that may be a guided or self guided route. Organizers may use a variety of mapping and other options, from paper route sheets to GPS to follow the leader.
There are several variations of road rides that can be operated, such as a charity ride where organizations raise money for noteworthy causes or a toy run where participants provide a toy to be donated to a charitable organization upon registering for the ride.
A poker run is also a popular variation on the road ride. At established checkpoints along the course, participants draw sealed envelopes containing playing cards, pickup slips or markers distinctive to each checkpoint. They exchange them for a poker hand at the finish. Winners are determined by the best five-card poker hand. Any variation of poker games may be used, but the rules must be announced before the first participant begins the run. The course must be at least 30 miles long and have three or more checkpoints on the route.
For all road-riding events, riders must have a valid motorcycle temporary permit or license and follow state and local laws. Motorcycles must be licensed and insured for street riding.