WE ARE THE VIKING CHAPTER.
Welcome to the digital home of the Minnesota chapter of the AMCA (Antique Motorcycle Club of America). Established in 1974, the Viking Chapter sought to bring folks together with the shared interest of antique motorcycles. Membership is open to anyone with an passion for two wheels, you don't even need a bike. Just a love for old motorcycles.
The Antique Motorcycle Club of America was founded in 1954 by a group of antique-bike fans in the New England area. In the decades since, the AMCA has grown to become one of the largest organizations of antique motorcycle enthusiasts in the world, with 12,000 members worldwide. National membership is required to join the chapter level Viking club.
Founding member, Bob Battin on his 1950 BSA B34, named "Alice."
The MN Chapter is Born
27 old bike enthusiasts met at Bill Wieczorek's in St. Paul. It looked like a chapter of the A.M.C. was becoming a reality. A naming debate ensued with "Viking" Chapter emerging as the winner. This first Summer would see the start of annual traditions that carry on to present day.
Fairgrounds & Fights
The Viking Chapter participates in the first and last Great National Motorcycle rally at the state fairgrounds. The rally proved to be a success until a big fight broke out and everyone went home. Roy Egeberg is awarded a lifetime membership in the club.
The First Meet
The club hosts it very first meet at the Farmington fairgrounds. With Dean Hanson's 1914 Harley winning "Show Favorite." The Farmington meet would lay the ground work for today's annual meet at the MN State Fairgrounds.
Viking Chapter hosts it first National Meet. Registration fee for judging is set at $1. The club tops 120 members in 1986.
The 35 Year Rule
The national club enacts the 35 year rule. Any motorcycle is required to be 35 years or older to be eligible for national events.
Sturgis Turns 50
The club has 140 members and nearly a grand in the bank. The Farmington meet is dampened with rain and temps in the 40s. "Everyone" is committed to attend the 50th anniversary of Sturgis. First Thursday moves to Dulano's Pizza on Lake St.
25 Years of the Viking Chapter
The club celebrates it's 25th anniversary with 155 members and over $13k in the bank. The enthusiasm and comradery around antique and vintage motorcycles continues to thrive as the club grows.
CLUB DIRECTORS & STAFF
Viking Chapter directors are elected annually by the club members.
I am an avid Indian Motorcycle fan who has only joined the motorcycle community in 2001 with the purchase of a Yamaha Road Star. I have graduated into a 1940 Indian 4 Cylinder, 1947 Custom Build Chief, 1948 Chief with sidecar, 2002 Chief Roadmaster with Sidecar, 2009 Indian Chief Vintage, 2010 Chief Dark Horse, and 2014 Chief Vintage. I enjoy the motorcycle hobby especially the vintage community. I plan to keep growing my knowledge of other types of bikes and enjoying motorcycle events.
I find the tangible nature of old internal combustion engines a welcome escape from the micro-miniature world I normally work in as an equipment engineer in the computer industry. I’ve been a bicycle enthusiast and wannabe racer since childhood and antique motorcycles are a natural merging of those two interests. My first bike was a 1950 Norton Dominator Model 7, which I still have. I enjoy all brands and models and find the progression of design from the early days of motoring to the present fascinating. After years of hanging in the background, I joined the board to help keep the club going and to pay back the effort put forth by all those who volunteered before me. I hope to see everyone out on rides and at events. If you see me, please say Hi! and introduce yourself. Let’s keep these old machines rolling and have some fun doing it! Ralph Smith - Director, Viking Member since 1996
Hello, my name is Kathi Rimnac, and I am the current Membership Coordinator for the Viking Chapter Antique Motorcycle Club of America. I became a member of the Viking Chapter in 1994 and have held various board positions thru out the years. I ride my own antique motorcycles and enjoy the camaraderie of being with other people who also ride, restore, and want to promote the awareness and
appreciation of antique and vintage motorcycling.
I developed a fascination with motorcycles when I was 12. Now, 54 years later, I have not outgrown that fascination. Along the way I've had street bikes, sport bikes, adventure bikes and dirt bikes. Even one touring bike. New bikes and old bikes. I raced with the Central Roadracing Association for three years, and later served as their Chief of Tech for 11 years.
I love the machines, both riding them and working on them. And I really love all the avid and interesting people I've met along the way. My oldest and best friends are almost all motorcycle people.
Along the way I became interested in restoring and riding old bikes. I like to resurrect bikes that were never really popular, like the '82 Yamaha XZ500 Vision, '81 Vamaha XV920R Seca, '85 Suzuki GV700 Madura, and '85 Honda VF500F Interceptor. Parts sourcing is sometimes a challenge, but it's great fun to show up with something weird.
Mild enthusiast turned fanatic for antique motorcycles.Built my first Harley (27 J) in 2017 with the help and advice from some local legends in the AMCA. It was the first Harley Davidson I'd ever taken out on a ride! Starting with early 70's Hondas and moving through sportbikes (now almost considered vintage), I'm now firmly planted in the world of vintage motorcycles. I enjoy these machines where history, engineering, and riding collide; and every minute with an old bike is one well spent.
A newer member of the chapter with five years of club experience I now find myself as newly elected board member. I believe we should maintain, expand and offer more to all members of the club moving forward today from the pandemic.
Myself I have survived like all seven of my original condition Triumph motorcycle’s have, my two plunger framed Cubs, ‘55 & ‘56 to the ‘69
Trophy TR250 trail up to both of the
‘73’s, a Tiger 750 & Daytona 500, then a ‘77 Bonneville Silver Jubilee.
Finish it off with a new generation
‘16 Bonneville T120 bought new. Each is unique in its own way just like our club is and all members are.
This hobby/passion/sport must be
preserved, we all are the future……….
Cal is a professional in the music industry who likes to restore and ride European motorcycles, Specializing in Italian scooters (Vespa, Lambretta, Ducati) but also 60's & 70's BMW, Triumph, Benelli, and a stray Honda here and there.
Hey, I'm Gabe. I have a background in design and branding. My entrance into the Viking Chapter was by way of a clapped-out 1970 BSA Lighting. I was in over my head on my new (to me) purchase. I met club member Rick Wyatt at the IMS show and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Rick had me over to his shop and helped restore that bike to road worthiness, including a full motor rebuild. It was the start of a new friendship and garage full of leaky old European bikes.
My name is Roger Rimnac, and I am the current Deputy Judge for the Viking Chapter AMCA. My job is to oversee a Judging team for the yearly National AMCA Meet hosted by our chapter. I joined the Viking Chapter in 1994 and have served on the board in various positions such as president and director. I enjoy the members and their appreciation of antique and vintage motorcycles. I also enjoy showing and riding my own antique motorcycles.