Known as "The Kentucky Kid," AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Nicky Hayden, of Owensboro, Ky., was a force on the American motorcycle racing scene before taking his talent to the world stage. Hayden was the consummate American motorcycle racer, emerging from the amateur ranks to dominate American road racing on his way to the 2006 MotoGP World Championship.
Hayden also won the 2002 AMA Superbike Championship, the 1999 AMA 600 Supersport Championship and was the 1999 AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year. He was the first recipient of the AMA Horizon Award, which was renamed in his honor in 2017.
Hayden passed away on May 22, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained when he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle in Italy.
As a tribute to Hayden, the American Motorcyclist Association and American Honda commissioned two custom motorcycles that celebrate his life and his career as a professional American road racer and flat tracker.
American Honda donated a 2018 Honda CBR1000RR and a 2018 Honda XR650L, which were customized by Tony Prust of Analog Motorcycles and Jason LeCavalier of Artistimo Customs. The CBR1000RR is decked out in a full Repsol Honda livery, while the XR650L was heavily modified in a street-tracker motif.
Throughout 2019, the bikes will tour to select events and be on display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio.