PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Hundreds of motorcyclists rode into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame at the American Motorcyclist Association campus in Pickerington, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 23, to enjoy a live band, food, motorcycles and much more at the Fall Bike Night, the official after-party of the AIMExpo.
Attendees strolled around the AMA grounds looking at bikes in the Thunder Roads Ride-In Bike Show, while also catching shows from the Wheelie Wizzard, and trials demonstrations by Trials Inc.
"This is my first time being at an AMA bike night," said Ryan Towns of Columbus. "I've always heard about them, but never made my way out to Pickerington. I'm kind of disappointed I didn't do this sooner. It's a lot of fun, and these [trials] riders are incredible to watch."
ROK, powered by the AMA, sponsored the event.
Attendees enjoyed food from the Paddy Wagon Food Truck and listened to music by the Brian Panke Band.
"They've been playing some good songs," said Jacob Kline, who rode from Erie, Pa. "I like listening to these old tunes and just chilling out. It's been a nice evening here. The AMA did an awesome job putting this on. It's the perfect way to have fun after a long few days at the (Greater Columbus) Convention Center," where the AIMExpo was held.
Nearly 30 riders cruised into AMA Hall of Fame Fall Bike Night as part of the AMA Fun Run, led by Marie Wuelleh, AMA recreational riding and volunteer manager. The ride took participants from downtown Columbus through the Ohio farmland and past a couple of covered bridges before arriving at Bike Night.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame was packed with people anxiously awaiting the opening of the new exhibit 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.
Brian Rashid rode his motorcycle from Grand Rapids, Mich., to see the display in person.
"Of course, I attended the AIMExpo being in town, but the real reason I rode here was to see the ISDE bikes," Rashid said. "I have followed the ISDE the past few years and went crazy when we won the title. But with the event being overseas, it's difficult for me to be able go watch it in person, but this is like the next best thing."
Before unveiling the ISDE exhibit, AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman introduced Fredette, who received the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame ring.
Motorcyclists and fans of the ISDE and Fredette cheered as they filed down the museum stairs to view the new exhibit.
"How cool to experience something like that," said Greg Lambert, of Findlay, Ohio. "All the hard work these guys did at the [ISDE] race and the time that a guy like Fredette has put into it for so long blow my mind. I'm glad these guys are getting this recognition. They deserve it!"