Dublin Villager

Classic motorcycles to converge on Historic Dublin

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Get ready to see classic machines in Historic Dublin the first Monday of every month.

May 6 will mark the first Dublin Vintage Bike Night starting at 6 p.m. near the Dublin Village Tavern, 27 S. High St.

Dublin resident David Call came up with the idea for the gathering after he started building his own European-style motorcycle.

"Grandview does a similar event," Call said.

"There's not something like this and we were looking for a place and decided to contact Dublin ... . We're specializing in European motorcycles.

"The key market is European, pre-1980s (motorcycles), but we're not turning our nose up at anyone who has motorcycles," he said.

Call's own bike is a cafe racer, made popular in London about 50 years ago.

"We're trying to mimic the scene from the late 60s in London," he said.

The motorcycle Call has been working on since last fall is rideable, but he foresees many modifications to the bike in the future.

"I don't know if it's ever done," Call said.

"It keeps evolving and changing," he said. "I will ride it to the event, but I'm continuing to tweak it."

Call hasn't owned his motorcycle for long and picked it up in Detroit last fall.

At 6-feet, 9-inches tall, Call has had to make several modifications to the bike because of his height.

"The whole thing snowballed," he said.

"It started last fall. I picked it up in Detroit and rode it two times.

"I told myself I wasn't going to tear it down until riding season is over, but I'm not the most patient person in the world," Call said, adding he had to have some parts made for the bike.

"It's a small motorcycle. It's not really built to fit my size. There were a lot of challenges."

Now that the motorcycle is rideable, Call is looking forward to meeting others each month in Historic Dublin with a similar interest in bikes.

"It's all about the people more than the bikes," he said.

"This brings a lot of people with a common interest together. It's not a parking lot event.

"I'd really like to help businesses in downtown Dublin, too, and get people in restaurants eating and drinking. The people come first, motorcycles just bring them together."

"We're excited about it," said Dublin Village Tavern Owner Tim Picciano.

"I think not only will it bring vintage motorcycles to the district, but we also think when word gets out we'll have a lot of spectators come out to view bikes in one location," Picciano said.

The event has gotten the blessings of both Dublin and the Historic Dublin Business Association, Picciano said, and it's expected to bring in more people to the area.

"It's different from a Harley Davidson night... ," he said.

"This is more a historical education kind of group," Picciano said.

"It's a little different than a normal bike night. Once people are in the district, they will explore the district.

"People are going to recognize that this event is taking place and come down and look at bikes," he said.

"We're very excited and think over time there will be a significant increase in traffic on the typically slow night in the historic district."

Call created a Facebook page for the group called Ton Up Columbus. More information about Dublin Vintage Bike Nights can be found there.

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