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Wendy Reuer, Published April 25 2012

Moorhead to host bike nights May to August

MOORHEAD – Councilwoman Nancy Otto has always had a soft spot for bikers.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon outside the Moorhead Center Mall, Otto pointed to her wedding ring and said she wouldn’t have gotten it if her husband hadn’t sold his motorcycle to buy it.

Otto is paying tribute to motorcycles and Moorhead motorcyclists by organizing a series of summer events devoted to them, similar to the classic car cruise nights in Fargo and West Fargo.

A kickoff event for “Bike Night in Moorhead” will be held May 10 in the Moorhead Center Mall east parking lot. Local vendors such as Fargo Harley Davidson, Moorhead Marine, Wheels Inc., Indian Triumph and U Motors plan to display their newest models.

Antique motorcycles will be on display and bikers are invited to bring their own motorcycles to show off.

Thumper Gregor with FM Crusaders Motorcycle Club said the event will allow bikers the chance to get to know one another better, something they don’t always get a chance to do while riding.

The bike nights are planned throughout the summer, scheduled for the second Thursday of the month through August.

Otto said Wednesday that in the future, she hopes Center Avenue can be cordoned off for bikes to cruise, but since summer construction is planned for Main Avenue, this summer’s events will be contained to the parking lot.

Co-organizer Larry Nicholson said the cruise nights in Fargo and West Fargo inspired him to create a similar event in Moorhead.

“I’ve never ridden a bike in my life,” Nicholson said.

Paul Lenzmeier, who leads Bethel Riders, a church motorcycle group, plans to hold a blessing of the bikes at 7:30 p.m. on the night of the kickoff event at Melberg Christian Book & Gift, which is in a strip mall across the parking lot from the mall.

“It looks like it will be a lot of fun,” Lenzmeier said.

If you go

What: “Bike Night in Moorhead”

When: 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday in May, June, July and August

Where: Moorhead Center Mall’s east parking lot

Info: Free event. Music, food and prizes will be given away.

For more info: Contact Nancy Otto at (218) 233-2834


Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530


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