From newbies to longtime riders, hundreds turn out for bike night

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame hosts spring fundraiser

AMA News Author (no byline)

Hundreds of motorcyclists converged Saturday, May 18, on the Pickerington, Ohio, campus of the American Motorcyclist Association and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of fame, taking advantage of perfect weather to enjoy AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Spring Bike Night, sponsored by Nationwide.

The event, a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, featured free admission to the Hall of Fame museum, a KTM motorcycle display, music, vendors and food.

Before the event, KTM offered demo rides on its motorcycles.

Also on hand were Kenda Tires, Motorcycle Ohio, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and ABATE of Ohio. Food vendors included The Cheesy Truck and Schmidt's Sausage Truck.

Matt Hill

Matt Hill of Bellefontaine, Ohio, was attending his first Bike Night since becoming an AMA member.

The 32-year-old was riding his first street bike, a 2018 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401.

"I have a Husqvarna dirt bike that I have been riding for a couple of years, mainly on trails. So I thought I would stick with Husqvarna," Hill said. "I'm a web designer and developer. So riding gives me a chance to take a break and get my hands dirty.

"I came over to Bike Night for a while just to be a part of the motorcycling community."

Jessica Eberhart

Jessica Eberhart of Columbus, Ohio, rode her 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 to Bike Night with sister members Angie Bahr and Sara Ogg and "Diva Dude" David Yingling of the Columbus Chapter of the Chrome Divas female motorcycle club.

The group said they attend Motorcycle Hall of Fame bike nights to ride, hang out with other motorcyclists and enjoy the weather.

Eberhart said she has been riding for more than 30 years—since she was 14 years old.

"I got into riding out of rebellion," she said. "I was not listening to my mom. And a lot of people in the area where I grew up rode, so I thought it was a good thing to do."

Over the years, Eberhart has owned 11 motorcycles. Her current Vulcan is sporting a purple wrap that she is trying out before deciding whether to spring for the paint job.

But she also was eyeing a Triumph Rocket III a few bikes away.

Both Hill and Eberhart said they plan to attend future bike nights. And Hill said he hopes to participate in an AMA-sanctioned enduro soon.

All proceeds from Bike Night benefit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. The nonprofit AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame was established in 1998 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation to honor the legends and heroes of American motorcycling and highlight their achievements and contributions to motorcycling.