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First AMA Online Motorcycle Community recognized

The Bay Area Riders Forum (BARF) has become the American Motorcyclist Association's first official AMA O/MC, or Online Motorcycle Community.

The forum has been the go-to gathering spot for riders in the San Francisco area for 10 years, and BARF members have established a contribution fund in the club's name at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

As an AMA O/MC, BARF has a unique special branding on its site at http://bayarearidersforum.com/forums/, that's unique to members of the new online program.

"The Bay Area Riders Forum has long been the kind of enthusiast hangout that exemplifies the best things about the Internet and motorcycling," said Grant Parsons, AMA's director of communications. "The group has built a vibrant community around a shared love of two wheels, and this latest outreach effort to support the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame just shows the kind of commitment the folks at BARF have."

BARF CEO Bud "Budman" Kobza said the group is glad to support the AMA and protect the future rights of riders.

"I originally joined the AMA to race in the early '80s and enjoyed the heck out of those days," he said. "However, I soon learned that the AMA is so much more than racing, and the good work it does to help protect our right to ride, our places to ride and the opportunity to ride for future generations became so important to me. Also, the historical aspects of the AMA and the Hall of Fame Museum are so awesome. I hope to share that with the members of our forum as we move into our second decade of existence and bring more motorcyclists into the AMA to help with the great work they do for us."

For more information on the AMA O/MC program, click here, or email gparsons@ama-cycle.org.

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