Sturgis Rally 2012 Photos- click on the images to see the full size picture..
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2010 Number Two .. Let The Good Times Roll!
Sturgis Rally 2010 Before The Official Start
Pre Rally Main Street Sturgis
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Sturgis South Dakota USA is at least one time a year, early in August over ran with people that wear many patches on their clothes. They wear black leather with brightly colored insignias and graphics showing the world what their favorite motorcycle brand is, where their home town is or shouting their opinion in embroidered thread. At a typical rally there may be 500,000 people with an average of three patches each.. some have only one, some do not sport a patch and some… have dozens. So maybe 1,500,000 patches at a typical rally, yet a few draw a lot more attention than others.
More specifically Sturgis Motorcycle rally like many other rallies is a gathering place for many who live the motorcycling lifestyle. They eat, breathe, work, play, live, love, wake and sleep with motorcycles involved. Some of these are the members of three piece patch motorcycle clubs. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery then the clubs should be flattered. So many want to appear as the club riders do, but without the baggage, with out any commitment and I say with out honor. Every year at Sturgis Rally, we see more shirts and patches that resemble a motorcycle club patch so the average joe can look like a real biker.. why are these colors as they are called so copied and coveted. Many live for them, would die for them and many have perished for the sake a a three piece patch set…
What is it about motorcycle club colors? Is it just a intimidation tool?
We can observe this behavior as it is quite common. People take on a persona designed to get others to leave them alone. As a young boy I was always heavy and overweight, as a defense I quite often acted mean or tough to get some to leave me alone. Believe me I never was real mean and or tough.. I am a lover of people and fun yet I had to survive. People wear macabre graphics and even tattoo skulls and other grotesque figures on themselves to give a feeling of dread. To show the world how tough they are. Many go through great lengths to just intimidate others. Do not be mistaken many who wear motorcycle club colors are very serious individuals and can be very intimidating, the difference is that is who they really are. Most of them have had to live up to the image so many times that it is not an act but who they really are. They have also been tested time and time again of their loyalty to their colors, many more have paid a huge price for the life style that they have chosen. Many motorcycle club colors, to the uninformed are quite intimidating yet for those that just want to intimidate others maybe just stick to some really scary grotesque patches and if you really want to be tough get them tattooed on you but being loyal to a group may be a little out of your realm.
Is it just a target?
It can be! If you want the attention of every rubber necker, most people, DEA CIA, local law enforcement and Club member around just ride down Main Street with a set of motorcycle club colors that is unfamiliar and you will know they are a target.. For many years I thought that it would be foolish to live and die for a huge group of men most that I didn’t know, not wanting to wear their target on my back. Things have changed for me as I am honored to wear the yellow and black for Soldiers For Jesus MC.
Our club colors are a badge of honor..
As I have lived in and around the motorcycle club communities I meet more men every year that would die and live every day for the rag on their back. If I have to explain than you may not understand anyway..
Many of them I have a deep respect for because of the price they have paid to wear the patches that they do. These are not patches that are bought but earned.
I say that they are a badge of honor for those that understand what they really mean and live the life that backs it up.
Again this year many of us have felt the discrimination of private businesses not allowing club colors in their establishments. I say this is a direct reflection of the way our society is going and a infringement of our right to the pursuit of happiness.
To the riders who proudly wear their colors and have earned them I say fly yours , ride free , and like us just don’t spend your money where they discriminate.
This is still America, home of the free because of the brave..
Love, Loyalty and Respect
Soldiers for Jesus MC
Sturgis South Dakota USA
Though the 2009 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is just fading into our memory, it is time to start getting for the 70th Anniversary of this world famous event!
Thousands of bikers, motorcycle enthusiasts and people watchers from across the globe have made their plans to make the trek by motorcycle (the sacred way), truck (with bike trailer), car, boat, plane and train to be a part of the seventieth anniversary of the Black Hills biggest event.. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is gearing up for a large crowd that have come another year and those who are making their pilgrimage for the first time.
The world famous museum has been building their world-class historic motorcycle exhibits and accepting nominees for the Hall of Fame. The Motorcycle Museum will have a big collection of official 2010 Sturgis Rally patches, pins and other memorabilia to make your trips memory better.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum officially opened in 2001, the museum was started as a way to preserve motorcycling history and culture,combining our rich past history with the current event. Throughout the rest of the year, you can support the museum and further this cause. You can sign up to reap the benefits of membership. Members receive exclusive motorcycle patches, free admission to the museum, Sturgis gift shop discounts, invitations to member’s only events, and more.
While being present at the 70th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will make you a part of motorcycle history, support of the non-profit Sturgis Motorcycle Museum will help to ensure that heritage is preserved.
999 Main Street
Sturgis, SD 57785
TruTV Features The Full Throttle Saloon
TruTV has had an eye full of Sturgis Rally fun and decided to make a show featuring Micheal Ballards Full Throttle Saloon. This will be a
The shows will detail the events and also the struggles of running this operation. It will detail the behind the scenes of running a operation that is 30 acres of tattoos, leather, alcohol, Harley Davidsons and the ladies and gentlemen that ride them. The Full Throttles set up includes indoor and outdoor bar, a famous burn out pit, numerous stages with live music, tattoo parlor, wresting ring, stores, vendors, cabins for rent, and parking for thousands of bikes.
What an operation! This is all planned for the two weeks of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
I wish Micheal the best as he has always been a friend and helpful to us. Micheal has donated a booth to our non profit organization and helped us with fundraisers for the Rapid City Club for Boys for many years. It will be interesting to see the behind the scenes of the Full Throttle Saloon!
Thanks to Mike, Angie and the Full Throttle crew for all of your support ! FTS rocks!
My Latest Video Production from Sturgis Rally 2009. The Famous Main Street Photo and the Hail Storm!…
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2009
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Video taken in the City Park of Sturgis South Dakota USA
Please take a break from your internet toils and enjoy! A short video to welcome you to my site…
Please see the footage below of the bronze work of Samuel Sturgis here at the city park, while shooting this I had a scaled surprise visitor! Samuel Sturgis is the historical figure that this fine town is named after. You can find out some more by clicking the history tab above or click here A Little Sturgis History
Originally uploaded by mrkensworld777
I am looking forward to this years pictures and posts!
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally otherwise known as The Black Hills Motor Classic Rally and Races, comes in the first week of August every year. Here is what main street will look like again this year.
Will you be in the picture?
It is the event of the year here in Sturgis South Dakota USA!
It is loved by many and dreaded by some.
The Black Hills Motor Classic brings up to 400,000 extra people to our area every August!
The first week of August every year since 1943 Sturgis transforms from a small town to Hog Heaven USA!
This is Main Street 2007!
Traffic counts were down to 400,000 last year.It is hard to tell the difference!
Here are some past statistics from The South Dakota DOT
DOT Traffic Counts:
2008 (68th) – 401,000
1990 (50th) – 400,000
1999 (59th) – 300,000-325,000
2000 (60th) – 550,000-633,000
2001 (61st) – 410,000
2002 (62nd) – 450,000
2003 (63rd) – 502,000
2004 (64th) – 514,951
2005 (65th) – 525,250
2006 (66th) – 456,968
2007 (67th) – 507,234
2008 (68th) – 400,000
This is part of Main Street that you dont usually see, the other end..
Here is some more information on Sturgis 57785 Home of the Black Hills Motor Classic!
Here is a short Video of Sturgis Main Street In March of 2009
Here is another resource of mine The Black Hills Motor Classic in Sturgis, South Dakota USA 57785
2008 has come and gone, many things have changed. We elected the 44th and first black president of the United States, the economy has sunk to a historical low and many of us are now looking for new jobs. One thing hasn’t changed however and that is the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Yes indeed no matter how things change you can always count on the Sturgis Rally to lift your spirits. This year being the 69th is set for August 3rd – 9th. Are You Ready! Don’t count on the world stopping and waiting for you, it’s time to make your plans. Before we know it, August will be here and we’ll be right back in the middle of Main Street madness and partying mayhem, loving every minute of it!
Many of us begin planning for “next year” soon after leaving “this year”. The excitement and memories are hard to let go, new friends are made and old acquaintances are renewed, deciding to come back and do it all over again is a no brainer. Some folks will be coming for the first time, and others will just show up. No matter what group you fit, you are sure to make some wonderful memories, new friends and have a fantastic time.
The beauty of the Black Hills is breathtaking and the roads are pure joy for a biker.
There are many places on this planet that offer this kind of riding but Western South Dakota in August is unbeatable. Incredible roads like Iron Mountain, Needles Highway, Spearfish Canyon and the Wildlife Loop take you to amazing destinations. Rides to Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Bear Butte State Park, the Badlands and Devil’s Tower National Monument are truly incredible rides you are sure to enjoy. Highway 14A’s big, wide turns transport you to the infamous town of Deadwood and the mining town of Lead, and the awesome Highway 385 meanders past towns like Hill City, Silver City and Custer, all contained in the Black Hills National Forest. These rides are awe-inspiring and amazing and are a joy that will be remembered until the day you (insert own word or phrase here).
In addition to the roads and day trips there are many events: concerts, races, and bike shows, five blocks of Main Street bikes-only street vibe, the 7th Annual Mayor’s Ride, Michael Lichter’s annual exhibit, the 6th Annual World Championship of Custom Bike Building, free style stunters, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, organized rides, the Limpnickie Lot, some pretty impressive watering holes, custom legends, blue skies, warm and sunny days. There are many other of motorcycle related events to keep participants occupied. Boss Hoss demo rides are featured throughout the event. Burnout competitions are popular with spectators and are offered a few times during the week at the Full Throttle Saloon. There are demos and exhibits throughout the day each day of the event and shows featuring custom bikes from around the country. There will also be many vendors on hand offering everything from motorcycle related merchandise to tattoos as well as great food and of course your favorite beverages are plentiful.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an experience of a lifetime, if you haven’t started your planning now is the time to begin. The town of Sturgis has a population of less than 7,000 so it is understandable that an event attracting over half a million bikers would create logistical problems with lodging concerns. If you are planning to attend, it is wise to make reservations for accommodations well in advance of your trip to ensure you can secure a room close to the main site of the rally. Below is a list of some great places where your sleeping accommodations can be made.
To find a lodging in the Sturgis area go to:http://www.blackhillsmotels.com/.
Camping is the most popular option for those attending the rally (mostly because there are not enough lodging for everyone), don’t sweat it though, some of the best parties are in the camp grounds! Nearby campgrounds include the following:
Big Rig RV Park: – features wireless Internet access and spacious lots of 60′ and 100′ close to the rally site.
Bulldog Campground: – features RV camping as well as cabins which accommodate 2-8 guests. This campground is located five miles from Sturgis and features nightly entertainment and happy hour as well as an onsite restaurant.
Creekside Campground: – located 4 miles from Sturgis, this campground features RV camping, tent camping as well as cabins. Highlights of the campground include an onsite store selling food and beverages and easy highway access.
Glencoe Camp Resort: – has been catering to Sturgis participants for over 20 years. This campground has over 160 acres of camping with ample shade. In 2006 they will unveil a 34 acre outdoor amphitheater which will feature live music all week long. A 24 hour restaurant is also onsite for the convenience of campers.
Hog Heaven Campground: – with over 150 acres of camping, this campground situated in the Black Hills is an ideal location for Sturgis participants. The campground is open from July 31st through Aug. 13th this year and will host live bands providing entertainment for guests.
Katmandu Campground: – features 250 RV sites, cabins and 50 acres of camping. Located just two miles from Sturgis, this location is convenient for participants. Highlighted amenities include laundry facilities and wireless Internet access.
Sturgis View Campground: – located only 1.5 miles from downtown Sturgis. This campground is famous for its spectacular views. Other highlights include RV camping, cabins and ample acreage for tent camping.
For more information about these accommodations do a web search using the respective venue name as the key phrase.
One Word of Caution
Don’t want to be a downer here but please be advised. An unfortunate aspect of Sturgis is the frequent occurrence of the disappearance of motorcycles. Estimates indicate approximately a $250,000 worth of motorcycles are stolen each year. Considering today’s prices this is equivalent to 3 to 10 bikes or so. That’s not many considering there could be 200,000 bikes at the event. However if it’s your bike that gets stolen this fact is only make you feel worse. Motorcycles on the higher end of the price spectrum as well as custom bikes and show models are those most likely to be stolen, but all participants should take precautions to avoid becoming a victim.
For more information about Sturgis 2009 do a web search on key phrase “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally“. There are many great sites available with complete event information and news to help you plan a great and enjoyable adventure.
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