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PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Hundreds of motorcyclists rode into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the American Motorcyclist Association campus in Pickerington, Ohio, on Saturday, April 28, to enjoy a music, food, motorcycles and much more at the Spring Bike Night.
Attendees strolled around the AMA grounds looking at bikes while meeting friends, old and new.
"This is my third AMA Bike Night, and I had a fun time," said Brian Conrad of Blacklick, Ohio, who rode in with his son on the back of his Ducati 848. "I ran into a bunch of old friends, saw some sick Ducati bikes, and the turnout was great despite the colder temps."
Attendees enjoyed food from Schmidt's Sausage Truck and Tortilla, featuring Mexican cuisine, a beer selection from North High Brewing, and music. Additionally, a law enforcement motorcycle display featured bikes from the Hilliard Police Department, the Reynoldsburg Police Department, the Obetz Police Department, the Ohio Highway Patrol and a Harley-Davidson police fleet bike.
"This was my first time attending an AMA Bike Night," said Larry Watts who rode his built-from-spare-parts Moto Guzzi 1100 to the event from Blacklick, Ohio. "I was really pleased with the variety of motorcycles that showed up. The police motorcycle display was neat, and the turnout was great despite the chilly weather. Overall, a fun night."
About a dozen riders cruised into the AMA Hall of Fame Spring Bike night as part of the AMA Fun Run. The ride was led by staff from Motohio European Motorbikes, and took participants from Motohio's Columbus, Ohio dealership on a 90-minute ride before arriving at Bike Night.
Event attendees also enjoyed free access to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame's current exhibit is titled "Six Days - U.S. International Six Days Enduro Teams and the Chase for the World Trophy," which celebrates the history of U.S. competition at the FIM ISDE, capped by the 2016 title in the FIM World Trophy Division.
The ISDE exhibit features the four bikes ridden by the 2016 ISDE champions, along with Kurt Caselli's 2013 ISDE bike and Hall of Famer Dick Burleson's Husqvarna and Hall of Famer Jeff Fredette's Kawasaki.