Each year at the ceremony inducting a new class into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, an existing Hall of Famer is honored as an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. For 2016, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend is Dick “King Richard” Burleson, the most successful racer in the history of the AMA National Enduro Championship.
“One man has achieved more than any other in America’s grandest and oldest off-road racing discipline: Dick Burleson,” said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the AMA Board of Directors. “We are pleased to recognize Mr. Burleson as our 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend and showcase the drive, athleticism, talent and focus that powered him to eight consecutive AMA National Enduro Championships.”
Burleson, who was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1999, will be honored Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando alongside the Class of 2016.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate all the members of the Class of 2016 for being elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” Burleson said. “As for me, I’m humbled to be selected as the 2016 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. It’s a great honor to be recognized among other legends of motorcycling. I can’t wait for the ceremony in Orlando. It’s going to be an amazing time.”
From 1974 to 1981, Dick Burleson won eight consecutive AMA National Enduro Championships. In addition to his incredible domestic record, Burleson also won eight consecutive gold medals in the International Six Days Trials (now called the International Six Days Enduro).
While Burleson’s first sport was motocross, earning AMA recognition as the national motocross champion in 1970 before the creation of the national series, he is one of the all-time greats among American off-road racers.
The Class of 2016 includes road racing champion Miguel Duhamel, Indian motorcycle designer and engineer Charles Franklin, racer and tuner Chris Haines, engine builder Dennis Mahan, race frame builder Jeff Cole, desert racer Jack Johnson, motorcycling pioneer Gloria Struck and dirt track racer Ronnie Jones.
They will be honored along with Burleson, now an AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Legends are Hall of Famers whose accomplishments transcend their categories in impactful ways.