Kanab has been filled with the sights and sounds of motorcycles this week, as the city has been host to the 23rd International Rally for the American Voyager Association (AVA). Over 160 members from nine countries and 49 different states rolled into town Monday for four days of tours, seminars, fun and camaraderie.

AVA is the world’s largest international Kawasaki Voyager owners group; but they welcome and invite riders of all brands and models to join. In fact, you don’t even have to own a motorcycle to join. Some of this year’s attendees came in cars that they drove on the bike tours. Club emphasis is on fun and friendship.

The AVA was formed in 1986 by Bob Jones who was the International Chairman until 2005. Duane Ash then took over and is still in the position today. Ash has been a member since 1990 and makes custom motorcycle accessories. His wife Charlotte manages the association magazine and they co-manager the association’s website.

Club members registered on Monday,  had how-to seminars and vendor sales. A pre-rally dinner was spent at Chuckwagon Cook-out. 

 Tuesday was filled with self-guided tours in the area, trying to beat the heat and dinner at the middle school catered by Houston’s. A parade of bikes cruised through downtown Kanab at 7:30 ending with a bike show on Main Street. 

While waiting to perform their motorcycle light show at dusk, members gathered and relaxed in the parking lot of the Shilo Inn. The air was filled with smiles and laughter, and stories by riders who were proud to show off their machines. Some spunky folks from Texas and California praised the area’s sights and their wonderful treatment by Kanab residents and businesses.

Wednesday was a 160-mile fun run that ended in Cedar Breaks National Monument. Attendees were free to take advantage of Kanab’s wide choice of restaurants for dinner that evening. Skill games where riders had to navigate a course and cones, demos and field events closed out the evening. 

The rally concluded Thursday with self guided tours and an award banquet where plaques were awarded to the winners of all the events. The American Voyagers Association and Kawasaki Motor Corp. USA provided prizes. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers provided the plaques.

AVA Chairman Ash said, “The town went all out for us, and we really appreciate it.”