2010 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Welcomes Eyvind Boyesen

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has almost finished announcing this year’s Hall of Famers. The eighth motorcycling icon to join the Class of 2010 is renown two-stroke tuner Eyvind Boyesen. Off-road racers in the 1970s through the 1990s were using Boyesen's aftermarket performance parts.

Boyesen founded Boyesen Engineering in 1972 and is known for his reed-valve innovations, a special porting technique, new methods of water pump design and enhanced accelerator pump operation used in four-stroke carburetion. He holds more than 40 patents for the aftermarket motorcycle industry so far.

"Eyvind developed many of his innovations in an era of great change in performance off-road motorcycling, and in the process joined other AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers in becoming a household name in the sport," AMA Director of Operations and Hall of Famer Jack Penton, said in a release. "Both everyday riders and national champions alike used Boyesen's products over the years, and many more will in years to come."

Boyesen joins the previously announced members, namely championship team owner Mitch Payton, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, off-road rights activist Clark Collins, dirt-track racer Don Castro, off-road riding gear pioneers John and Rita Gregory and sidecar champ Larry Coleman. There is only one member left to be announced.

"To be honest I was rather surprised at hearing the news of the induction," Boyesen said. "I immediately thought, 'Who would have nominated me?' I will say that my career has been balanced by my ability to do what I truly love. To this day I will always remember the first time I saw a motorcycle. It was magical. As many that have achieved any level of success (big or small), I am very fortunate to be able to contribute to this sport and industry."

Induction ceremony is scheduled to take place this November 19 in Las Vegas.
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