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Wendy Reuer, Published May 10 2012

VIDEO: Motoring in Moorhead

MOORHEAD – As Bill Cullen started his bike here, a wave of Bike Night passersby circled around his 1925 Harley-Davidson and 1921 sidecar to hear the purr of the engine.

Cullen, who is from Horace, N.D., was at Moorhead’s inaugural bike night representing the Roosevelt Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America. Cullen brought other vintage motorcycles, but the army green-colored bike was a crowd favorite.

Cullen rebuilt the bike over the past four years, starting with most of a frame, an engine and transmission parts. He said he continues to work on its restoration.

While Cullen stayed with the bikes, his son, Joe Cullen, peddled an original 1929 Coca-Cola vending machine – a bicycle-powered cooler with water and original glass-bottled Coke inside.

But the Cullens were not the only motorcycle enthusiasts to draw awed stares. The west end of the Moorhead Center Mall quickly filled up with hundreds of local motorcyclists and enthusiasts.

Organizer and city Councilwoman Nancy Otto gushed about how happy she was to see the large turnout.

Bob Bucklin, co-owner of Indian Triumph of Fargo, brought about 10

2012 models for display alongside other local vendors.

While Indian Triumph often travels to motorcycle shows and events around the country, Moorhead’s event is the first of its kind in the metro area, Bucklin said.

“I think it’s been good. The motorcycle community is an extremely good community,” Bucklin said.

He said the timing of the event is perfect, considering May is Motorcycle Awareness Month.

Motorists are reminded to be mindful of the two-wheeled travels on the roads.

Other Bike Nights will be held on the second Thursday of June, July and August in the Moorhead Center Mall east parking lot.

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

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