WARREN — It seems that selection is the spice of life, at the very least in terms of bikes.
Final yr, the Nationwide Packard Museum modified the format of its annual bike present. As a substitute of choosing machines for example a selected theme, the present took a extra all-encompassing method.
Government Director Mary Ann Porinchak stated, “We went away from themes, as a result of after we had themes just like the race bikes, it solely appealed to that group, and if you happen to weren’t into bike racing, you weren’t that .”
The swap labored. Final yr’s present was so profitable, the museum met its yearly attendance and merchandise gross sales objectives by Thanksgiving, Porinchak stated.
That method will proceed for its twenty third Bike Present, which opens Saturday and runs by means of Could 20.
“Now we’ve got an excellent stability — earlier bikes and later bikes, bikes for on highway and bikes for off-road, flat observe bikes. There’s loads of functions, loads of differing kinds.”
This yr’s present does have a sub-theme. Eight of the 35 bikes have been made by BMW and have been chosen to commemorate its a hundredth anniversary.
Tony Parish of Girard is displaying his 1983 BMW R100 RT, which was launched by BMW to have a good time its sixtieth anniversary. Solely 300 have been made.
“I’ve solely had this two years,” Parish stated. “I disassembled it and refurbished it, but it surely’s 99 p.c authentic. I simply touched it up a little bit bit. I’ve all the time needed one, however once they have been new I couldn’t afford it. I lastly discovered it.”
It wasn’t love at first sight when Ken Sampson of Sharpsville, Pa., bought a take a look at the 1990 BMW Ok-I that he’s exhibiting within the present. He met the earlier proprietor in Canton when it was listed on the market.
“I noticed that factor arising the highway and thought, ‘That’s the ugliest bike I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” Sampson stated.
The earlier proprietor inspired him to take the futuristic-looking, aerodynamically designed bike for a trip earlier than leaving empty-handed.
“It was easy and had all types of energy, and I ended up shopping for it,” Sampson stated. “It’s an excellent machine.”
Together with the BMWs, the present options every part from tremendous uncommon bikes to a 1972 Honda CT 70, a 70 cc, 5 horsepower mini path bike that will have been the gateway drug for generations of future bike fanatics.
The oldest bike featured this yr is a 1912 New Period 2-Pace. The latest is a 2022 Royal Enfield INT650 created for the a hundred and twentieth anniversary of the world’s oldest bike firm.
Essentially the most uncommon is the 1955 Victoria Bergmeister. A few thousand of the bikes have been made in Germany earlier than it was discontinued due to its excessive value, and it wasn’t exported to the US, so only some ever made it to this nation.
Ron Otte of Poland, who’s on the bike present committee, praised the design of the bike.
“It has sort of an artwork deco look,” Otte stated. “It’s an instance of gorgeous workmanship from the early Nineteen Fifties.”
For those who go …
WHAT: twenty third Bike Present
WHEN: Saturday by means of Could 20
WHERE: Nationwide Packard Museum, 1899 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren
HOW MUCH: $10 for adults, $8 for senior residents, $5 for youngsters ages 7 to 12 and free for youngsters ages 6 and youthful. For extra info, go to packardmuseum.org or name 330-394-1899
SPECIAL EVENTS: Packages deliberate on the museum at the side of the exhibition embody a film evening at 6 p.m. Feb. 7 that includes three quick movies introduced by the Pirate Bike Membership and a night with artist / pinstriper Man Shively at 7 p.m. March 22.