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Get ready for a night of laughs, tall tales, and industry insight with Bill Dutcher, Fred Rau, David Hilgendorf, Brian Rathjen & Momma D!  We've pulled together some of the most colorful people in motorcycling to out-do each other with their best motorcycle stories (some of which will be true), most surprising experiences on two wheels, as well as provide rare insight into the past and future of motorcycling.

This will be fun, informative, and funny!

Bill Dutcher: Americade Founder; formerly H-D's Director of PR; worked for Bombardier (Can-Am) and Bultaco, winning motorcycle racer on dirt, ice & asphalt. Recipient of AMA's Hazel Kolb award; Adk North Country "Citizen of Year"; has ridden as far S. as Tierra del Fuego and as far N. as Northern Labrador plus a couple of rides through Europe. "Still crazy after all these years."

Fred Rau: Editor, Motorcycle Consumer News 1991-1995; Author of Motorcycle Touring Bible; proprietor of Fred Rau Adventure Tours. Has ridden over a million miles; previously Editor, Road Rider and Wing World, consultant to Can-Am's Spyder division, a recipient of AMA's “MVP Award”, has been a regular at Americade for over 30 years. "Still riding after all these miles: 1+ million !"

David Hilgendorf: Editor, Motorcycle Consumer News (MCN.) Dave is very busy modernizing a unique 50-year-old, ad-free, print motorcycle magazine for the next generation of riders, He has also trained over 6,000 motorcyclists, developed and marketed products for industry-leading brands, and rides like he stole it. And he enjoys Americade enough to come a good distance to attend - again.

Brian Rathjen: with his wife & riding companion Shira, founder (1995) & publisher of Backroads Motorcycle Tourmagazine, a regional motorcycle publication serving the northeastUSA. Regulars at Americade, when not scouring the planet looking for the next great touring story, they can be found at their humble home in the Backroads Central Compound, located in the forests of northwestern NJ.

Momma D.: aka Dee Jones, is a 6' tall, 130lb., 50+ yr old, post-menopausal, African-American wife, mother, motivational speaker, personal trainer and sports nutritionist who's rolled ½ million miles in 20 yrs - to Fairbanks, AK 5 times and through Canada, Mexico, Spain, Africa, and Brazil plus all 50 states twice on two different motorcycles that sit side-by-side in her display in the Nat'l Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.


  • Where: FWH Conf. Ctr.
  • When: Thursday 6/6; 6:30pm - 8:00pm