Ron Gonichelis of Euless, Texas, was chosen as the winner of a 2016 Yamaha Super Ténéré in the 2016 AMA Member Sweepstakes. Gonichelis, who has been riding street bikes for 12 years and has been an AMA member since 2014, picked up his new motorcycle April 21 at Freedom Powersports of Hurst in Hurst, Texas.
"I want to say thank you for the Yamaha Super Ténéré," said Gonichelis, 57. "I rode the bike Sunday morning-no traffic-to get acquainted. It was wild. Honestly, I felt like I was 18 again."
"I just love it," he said. "When I got my license in 2005, that inspired two of my friends up in New Jersey to get their licenses, and we used to ride together when I lived in New Jersey. And the motorcycle was one of the factors that made my wife fall in love with me. My second date, I called her up and asked her out to breakfast and to take a ride on the bike. She was mine ever since."
Those who join the AMA or renew their memberships during 2017 are automatically entered to win prizes. The grand prizes for the 2017 AMA Member Sweepstakes are a 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 and 2016 Suzuki GSX-S750.