The Pickerington-based American Motorcycle Association this month will kick off the spring riding season with a Bike Night event that will feature a "fun run" and an exhibit of police motorcycles.

As central Ohio eventually transitions into springtime, motorcycle enthusiasts often turn their attentions to preparing their rides for the season.

To celebrate that, and to spur more interest in motorcycles, in general, the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is will play host to Spring Bike Night from 5 to 8 p.m. April 28.

The event will be held at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, 13515 Yarmouth Drive, and will include free admittance to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

In addition to a wide range of motorcycles that show the history of bikes, the museum will feature motorcycles from law enforcement agencies such as the Hilliard, Obetz and Reynoldsburg police departments, as well as the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Additionally, there will be a 90-minute "fun run" ride, led by employees of Motohio European Motorbikes, from their site at 5936 Scarborough Blvd., Columbus, to the museum.

The ride stages at 3:30 p.m. April 28.

Those who register before April 18 can take the ride for $10.

Onsite registration is $15.

All proceeds will benefit the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for the AMA Hall of Fame.

To register online, visit americanmotorcyclist.com.

"Our Bike Nights are cool," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "We always have a great turnout, rocking entertainment and good food.

"And everyone loves to go through the museum and check out all the cool bikes and memorabilia. It's a fun time for all ages."

In addition to tours of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, there will be food vendors, such as the Schmidt's Sausage Truck and Tortilla.

A selection of beer from North High Brewing also will be available for purchase.

"We're hoping for good weather and a nice crowd," said James Holter, AMA vice president of communications and marketing.

"This isn't just for local motorcyclists. This really is for the entire community."

Holter said the AMA has been host to spring and fall Bike Nights the past several years to celebrate Ohio's riding season, which generally spans from March to November.

"The AMA has been around since 1924," he said. "We are the largest motorsports sanctioning body in the world, and it's right here in Pickerington.

"There's absolutely no charge to come to Bike Night. It's an open house."

Holter said people travel from throughout the country and world to visit the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum as it offers ever-changing exhibits that show off transformations and achievements in motorsports throughout the years.

But Bike Nights provide an added benefit for visitors, he said.

"We're going to have our displays and we're going to have a few (law enforcement motorcycles) here for folks to check out and see how they look up close," Holter said.

"But the best part of any Bike Night is to see what bikes show up.

"It's always a lot of fun."

Additional information about the AMA and its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, as well as Bike Night, is available at americanmotorcyclist.com, or by visiting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Spring Bike Night event page on Facebook.

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