By Michael Marino
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Tim Motts, Ed Parker and Bill Karg were among the more than 200 who attended 2018 AMA Hall of Fame Fall Bike Night. Then event was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio.
Motts was attending his first AMA Hall of Fame Bike Night. He rode his Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster to the AMA campus his home in Pickerington, Ohio. He was impressed by the variety of motorcycles at the event.
"It's fun just to walk around and look at all the bikes that are here," he said.
Attendees enjoyed music, food from vendors Mega Bites and Russo's Wood Fired Pizza, a selection of beer from North High Brewing and a raffle. The event attracted a wide range of motorcycles, and owners of vintage motorcycles were encouraged to attend. Several members of the Columbus Area Vintage Motorcycle Group had their motorcycles on display near the entrance to the Hall of Fame.
Pataskala, Ohio, resident Karg rode to the event on his 1975 Honda Gold Wing. He said he has about 71,000 miles on it and has ridden it on trips to Americade and St. Louis.
"I bought this bike for $200 more than 20 years ago," he said. "I swapped the front end for one from a 1200cc Gold Wing model."
Parker, of Blacklick, Ohio, owned of one of the most unique motorcycles at the event. He rode to the event on his 2004 Arlen Ness custom motorcycle. The motorcycle had no speedometer or front brake, and the rear brake disc doubles as a rear sprocket. The motorcycle is powered by a 1200cc Harley-Davidson Sportster engine.
"Only 51 of these were built," he said. "You can't really oil the chain on it."
The big winner from the event's raffle was Will Alder of Logan, Ohio, who won a $250 Biltwell gift card. Other raffle winners were Kolman Fuzy and Kathy Gantner, each of whom won a Tourmaster motorcycle jacket.
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.
All proceeds from Bike Night will 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.