Craig Vetter was the unanimous choice of the MDA committee for the 2006 Honorary Membership. Vetter didn't invent the motorcycle fairing - numerous examples had been on the market for many years - but he was arguably the first to make them look good. He was also an astute businessman, hitting the market with his Windjammer after-market fairings at a time when motorcycle performance was exceeding the limits of rider endurance.
The 2005 Honorary Membership has been presented to Gerald Kiska. Although a relative newcomer compared to previous recipients, Kiska received the award in recognition of his having promoted a design-led approach from KTM, and for pioneering "edge-design" in two-wheel applications. His influence on current motorcycle styling can be clearly seen on models from manufacturers the world over.
The MDA is pleased to announce that Atsushi Ishiyama, President of GK Dynamics, is the recipient of this year's Honorary Membership.
This year, the award goes to Mitsuyoshi Kohama, head of Honda's design centre in Japan. Kohama-san follows Massimo Tamburini of Ducati, Bimota and MV-Agusta fame, and Willie G. Davidson, pioneer of the current custom and cruiser markets as recipients of the 2001 and 2002 awards respectively.
The MDA is pleased to announce that the 2002 Honorary Membership goes to Willie G. Davidson. Willie has guided the development of the American motorcycle for three decades, and with it, changed our perception of the entire cruiser market.
Massimo Tamburini, joint-founder of Bimota, designer of the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4, and now chief of CRC, has been awarded the first Honorary Membership of the Motorcycle Design Association.