Laughlin Yet Lives

May 1, 2015

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Laughlin Yet Lives

The annual Laughlin, Nevada biker lifestyle and police overtime festival was last weekend. Officially, the event is called River Run.

Greed has been killing the golden goose that literally built this Colorado River gambling town for years. Yet somehow, it lives. It is now an over-policed, third rate swap meet – which is probably unfair to third rate swap meets that do not require you to buy a minimum of $600 of food and lodging before you can enter. Local boosters claim 45,000 people attended this year. There have been no official attendance estimates announced. A good guess is that there may have been as many as 30,000 people in town. That is down about 5,000 from 2010 and significantly lower than in 1995 when the event was at its peak and may have attracted 50,000 bikers. This was the annual event’s thirty-third year.


There were no colors in sight again this year. Motorcycle club patches have been banned since 2002.

Vegas Metro, which polices Laughlin, issued 189 traffic tickets in town and another 96 to motorcyclists outside town. There were 35 arrests at the River Run this year. Twenty-seven of them were misdemeanors. There were a total of 25 arrests last year.

On the eastern side of the river, Bullhead City police issued 67 traffic tickets. They only wrote 40 last year.

There were 11 motorcycle accidents this year on both sides of the river. Four of them resulted in injuries. Nobody died. One motorcycle was stolen.

In general, the numbers for everything except tickets and arrests were down this year which continues a long time trend. There wasn’t a single arrest for public nudity.


A police Lieutenant named John Healy, who runs the Vegas Metro substation in Laughlin declared “The thirty-third Laughlin River Run was a huge success. Overall the event was well attended and very peaceful. As I walked along Casino Drive with several members from our Command Staff, numerous out-of-town visitors and local citizens, along with security chiefs, commended the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and how well the officers were working amongst the public to keep the community safe and allowing the visitors to have an enjoyable River Run,” he said. “I look forward to the 34th Laughlin River Run in 2016.”

The musical acts included Slaughter, ZZ Top, Foghat and Burton Cummings who was once the lead singer for The Guess Who.

Also, it rained.


21 Responses to “Laughlin Yet Lives”

  1. tracknicholson Says:

    I’m glad that I didn’t go after seeing the first video. I remember that the weather was shit last year as well. I had a feeling that I didn’t miss anything.

  2. Ser Says:

    Just moved to Vegas a few months ago so I went. I should have known it was shit when csu time hit and I was one of three. The only nice thing was the ride down, only nicer was the ride back an hour later. Btw, 60 mile an hour gusts both ways.

  3. Tooj Says:

    @Road Whore,

    Lived in CR for thirteen years prior to 2000. We may have crossed paths a time or two. If you get a hankering for pizza, you gotta hit Zoey’s on the downtown square of Marion. Some of the very best I’ve had. They let me in, so I imagine about anyone is welcome.

    I miss riding the blacktops in Iowa, but any day riding anywhere secluded is a good day.

  4. Whitepride Says:

    @Paladin. I agree with you. Ride over the hump to Parumph! A lot more fun there.

  5. Gtrtek Says:

    Seems like the whole thing is about money anymore. Whether it’s the overpriced hotels, food and venders or it’s the cops busting you to get their share. Oh, and RUBs. I can’t believe how many trailers I saw last week at the local motels. They trailer in, stay up here in Kingman then ride down the hill.

  6. Phuquehed Says:

    That second video showed me all that ‘rally’ seems to be – a fucking vendorfest!

  7. bcnasty Says:

    I spent Saturday riding with six other men I love and respect. The laughs and ball busting along with ride is what puts a smile on my face.As I have aged crowds creep me out as there is always some asshole that wants to spoil your day. Simple things like respect and honor along with complete trust of every man to control their actions goes a long way towards inner peace.

  8. Wrangler Says:

    @ Phuquehed- LOL

  9. VAGO 1%er Says:


  10. Wolfenlover Says:

    Road Whore, WITHOUT CHEESE?! Holy smokes, ya did have a good
    It really is too bad that a good non-monetary biker get together can’t happen.
    Sure sad that $$$$ is the “be all, end all”. That’s what happened to Pawhuska.
    Ah, fuck! End of times is nearer than it was yesterday!
    Keep yer powder dry & yer lead in balls! If ya run out of powder, those 36 & 44
    cal. balls work in a fuckin’ sling-shot!!!

    RESPECTS for the regulars

  11. AZ MC Supporter Says:

    I had to cancel last minute going up with a buddy and I’m glad I did… Like a previous poster said it looks boring as hell.

    This is my first post after lurking here a long time and I just wanted to thank Rebel and all the regulars who I’ve learned so much from.


  12. Gtrtek Says:

    I live in Kingman which is only 40m up the road and wouldn’t go. Your just asking to get busted.

  13. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    Road Whore, You nailed it perfectly Sir that’s what it’s all about right there.

    Well done.

    Viva Los Vagos

  14. AVAGOVFFV Says:

    All I can say is that I’m ripped off enough in local, state and federal taxes plus these shitty “use” fee’s in communist California. So when I get the opportunity to go on a mini vacation out of state the last thing I desire is to be fucked blind again or not to mention surround myself with people that believe soa and the urine odor are real. Don’t get me wrong I have met some really good loyal civilians folk at the different runs but they are extremely hard to find damn near extinct.

    Paladin, Exactly Sir. ahhhhhh the girls are always great hostesses.

    Viva Los Vagos

  15. concho Says:

    Damn those videos make it look incredibly boring.

  16. roachclip Says:

    R W- sometimes cheap dates are the best dates. Did almost the same thing yesterday.

    Respects, roach.

  17. Road Whore Says:

    Rode the bike along back roads out into the toolies, passing by the corn fields. Saw various wildlife. Enjoyed being one with my machine and with nature. Had a sky so blue it hurt to look at it…no clouds. Eventually made my way to J&P Cycles and spent a little money. Went to Burger King and ate my favorite road food: Whopper, no cheese; fries; and a Sprite. Coming home took the back way and went by a beautiful park where folks were flying large, colorful kites. Made me smile even more. Made it home safe and sound, parked the bike, kissed her and thanked her for the ride. Better’n Laughlin any day.

    Ride Free

  18. calvin, john Says:

    Meanwhile, Atlantic Beach is gearing up for Black Bike Week on Labor Day weekend. Given the recent “afro centric” festival in Baltimore, what could possibly go wrong?

  19. Wolfenlover Says:

    Pawhuska Oklahoma was considered the 5th largest party in the US (twice a year,&if ya missed this party, man did you miss a party!!!
    once in May & again in Aug.) NO COPS were allowed. It was NATIVE AMERICAN
    property & ran for some 35 years. This was one of the BEST parties you could
    ever think of attending. We policed our own! Nat. Geo. was supposed to have
    filmed it at 1 time, but I never saw it. Maybe I was in it, don’t know.Won’t
    tell ya if I was.
    All the good stuff is disappearing, with this NWO & political correctness.
    I have no desire to associate with these “NEW fuckin’ POS supposed bikers”
    because they ain’t!

    RESPECTS for the regulars

  20. Paladin Says:

    No thank you! For about the same amount of money, I can have a more enjoyable time in Parumph, NV. If I spend my money in Parumph, I’ll consider my money well spent and I’d leave with a smile on my face.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  21. Phuquehed Says:

    “…numerous out-of-town visitors and local citizens, along with security chiefs, commended the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and how well the officers were working amongst the public to keep the community safe and allowing the visitors to have an enjoyable River Run,”

    Interpretation: Three pigs from out of town and out of state came up to me to kiss my ass, and a few ex-pigs-now-rent-a-pigs that work in a couple of these rinky-dink casinos did the same. I got a hard-on from it because it made me feel like a big man and allowed me to say this bullshit to a reporter making me feel important.

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