Full Throttle Saloon Burns

September 8, 2015

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Full Throttle Saloon Burns

The Full Throttle Saloon, a biker bar on Highway 34 east of Sturgis, South Dakota burned down early this morning and was completely destroyed.

The Full Throttle marketed itself as the “world’s largest biker bar.” It was a sort of 30-acre biker theme park that featured multiple bars, multiple stages, zip lines, tourist cabins and a staff of 300. It was only open ten days a year but it sold a lot of t-shirts and a lot of beer in those ten days. It was also the subject of a reality television series on TruTV.

Multiple news outlets are calling the bar a “total loss.”

Volun ary firefighters from Sturgis, Whitewood, Fort Meade, Vale and Piedmont responded to the fire about 12:15 a.m. Tuesday. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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56 Responses to “Full Throttle Saloon Burns”

  1. NortonSmitty Says:

    New owners less than a year. T-shirt printing Lawyer couple from Daytona also own half the Iron Horse. All I got to say is it don’t surprise me.

  2. Wolfenlover Says:

    Hell, musta not been any storms this year? Ol’Mikey had Million $ insurance on
    the place if it rained “so” much. Hell, from ’96 to 2003 it stormed everytime.
    He musta wanted to get out from under it. Here’s hoping fire marshall marks
    ARSON as cause. hehehehe

  3. Wolfenlover Says:

    Irish 1%ER, What you said! LMFAO!!! I bet that would have been a raunchy ass
    smell that you couldn’t get out of yer nose for MONTHS!

    RESPECTS Rebel & to the real regulars

  4. Irish 1%ER Says:

    I just wish the owners nasty hippy dread locks would of burned off too! Respects to the real

  5. Jim666 Says:

    bcnasty Says:
    September 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

    ” we got passed by two old fucks on what sounded like vacumn cleaners”

    Funny as hell.

    Yea they had another silver bike called Aspencade around the same time I think
    too quite, also looked like a bunch of boxes with wheels on the bottom

    I remember once back in 1990 I think my bike was down hole in the bottom of tranny case borrowed a bros jap bike Yamaha I think had to constantly look at the tac to make sure motor was still running,
    Screw Sturgis nowadays too much b/s

  6. ElleElle Says:

    @brainfart-def the laugh of the day!! @stroker- I got as far west as Nevada prior to back through Utah and sliding through Vale and Denver. Biggest surprise for me of that entire trip was the amount of $&@) people that live in Salt Lake City . Horrible ungodly place to drive through during NON rush hour

  7. brainfart Says:

    It was John Travolta that burned the place down.

  8. bcnasty Says:

    In fact remembering now it was the first year Honda Gold wings come out because we got passed by two old fucks on what sounded like vacumn cleaners and said Honda on the back. I asked a brother what the hell was that as I had never seen a Gold wing.Sometimes these conversations unlock shit my mind has hidden in storage.
    Respects,
    BC

  9. bcnasty Says:

    First time for me was in the early 80’s. I remember seeing buffalo and my ass pukered. Way too many for me to be comfortable. Remember brothers saying you pussy fuck. Back then a lot younger and bulletproof so I told them I can fight one not 100. To see them beautiful creatures would be my only reason to return ever.
    Respects,
    BC

  10. Tooj Says:

    Beartooth is fun around the SE of Custer Natl Forest, stroker. Both sides of the WY MT border. Nice switchback roads there.

  11. Phuquehed Says:

    @ap – HA! I laughed for five minutes after reading your comment. Unfortunately because it’s so fucking true of way too many people who own bikes. I mean what the fuck…trailer a motorcycle somewhere to ride it?! How fucking pathetic can anything be?

  12. Skintback Says:

    LOL.. Shakerag Tn. Pop 44 & 1/2 Now back in the day it was not a RUB hangout. youtube “Shakerag III” And now Harpo’s Hog Pen is open on 51 hwy.

  13. ElleElle Says:

    @stroker-yes! Thank you-have you been?

  14. stroker Says:

    ElleElle…….I think you mean “Beartooth” Hwy….que no?

  15. ElleElle Says:

    I enjoyed the hell outta going to Sturgis. Probably because I decided to go one week before I did- but mostly because I went four days early and got to see it and leave it before it got too crazy. 8 states and 2200 miles worth of The Black Hills, Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, Bear Claw Highway,,, and lots more!

  16. Tooj Says:

    Sorry about the double post.

  17. ap Says:

    I heard it will be rebuilt into a state of the art 10,000 trailer parking facility with a golf cart rental and the worlds largest spray painted cowboy hat and bling bandana vendor.

  18. Tooj Says:

    Johnny Dare there playing with his flame thrower again?

    I am of the mind BC has. Seems like Sturgis any more is for folks to say, “I went to Sturgis, ain’t I cool? See my t-shirt?”

    Yesterday a fellow stopped by a shop I was in wearing a “South Seas H-D” t-shirt. I asked him how he liked the islands and if he had been to the dealership on the big island just off Alii Drive. Guy looked at me and said, “Never been to Hawaii.”

    Went to S.D. in the eighties, early nineties and saw what was to come. I was mighty glad to be there with friends and brothers rather than mucking about at today’s version.

    Michael Ballard has taken the FTS on the road, so folks can “have the experience” without having to get their bikes dirty.

  19. Tooj Says:

    Dunno, maybe Johnny Dare was there playing with his flame thrower again…

    I am of the mind BC has. Seems like Sturgis any more is for folks to say, “I went to Sturgis, ain’t I cool? See my t-shirt?”

    Yesterday a fellow stopped by a shop I was in wearing a “South Seas H-D” t-shirt. I asked him how he liked the islands and if he had been to the dealership on the big island just off Alii Drive. Guy looked at me and said, “Never been to Hawaii.”

    Went to S.D. in the eighties, early nineties and saw what was to come. I was mighty glad to be there with friends and brothers rather than mucking about at today’s version.

    Michael Ballard has taken the FTS on the road, so folks can “have the experience” without having to get their bikes dirty.

  20. Pervert Says:

    A little “Jewish Lighting” and an over inflated insurance policy make good bed fellows.

  21. stracc Says:

    Does anyone else consider it the best part of their day when rebel has a new article on the site?

  22. Coolaid Says:

    From what I have heard they where open for some sort of mustang rally that weekend.. The claims are the fire started in the main bar area and spread through all the dry reclaimed wood aided by high winds. It’s a shame.. The place had its charm, but I’m sure another manufactured bar will pop up in its place. Maybe they can get a new reality show out of it….

  23. John Deaux Says:

    Stracc
    Yep. Big crowds and traffic is pretty much the norm, best times are a week or so new or at the very end. Better prices and open roads.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip.

  24. Outside it all. Says:

    2 shots for $20? Geez!…. I quit drinking almost 30 years ago ????…. Man! That’s un-American or something along that line. {Those are uptown prices to be sure.}…. glad I didn’t go.

  25. Anonymous Says:

    and nothing of value was lost…

  26. bcnasty Says:

    There are some places that memories from twenty years past get polluted when you go back. Full throttle saloon is one of them.
    Respects,
    BC

  27. Cap'n Bill Says:

    There is a place in my area that has met a similar fate…TWICE (I think)
    If memory serves(?) Shakerag, near Memphis, is on it’s 3rd reincarnation.
    A fire mysteriously occurred and the place was rebuilt…hmmm…

    FTW FTP

  28. stracc Says:

    @john deaux – I was in Sturgis this year. It was awful – so many people you could barely get around. While I was there the million number was being thrown around, but hell I have no idea. What I do know is that stop and go traffic everywhere does not make for good riding or fun. I rode 1360 miles to get there and 1360 miles back. I got a kick out of the bikes going down the main drag on the back of a trailer. I ended up spending most of my time in camp talking to grey haired old bikers. Talked to one guy who had ridden his FXR from southern california. Cool guy, can’t remember his name but he knew the names of every member of every band I knew of from the 70s and a bunch of bands I didn’t know of (I was born in 68)

  29. gerald Says:

    not sure why everyone says it’s open 10 days a year…..i been in july, august and october, it’s always been open.

  30. Tooj Says:

    Sorry, wasn’t talking to you LL. (Or BL or whatever.)

  31. ElleElle Says:

    Not at all-strickly coincidental but I can undetstand why you would think that.

  32. Tooj Says:

    Been waiting?

  33. ElleElle Says:

    Glad I got to go this year, and Sturgis had record numbers for the Big 75. Must say, the booze was more expensive there than anywhere else in Sturgis. 2 shots for 20 dolla…oh, but got to keep the memorabilia. I was also impressed with the fact that they actually had “eye candy for girls” there. For being a bit of an expensive dump-they had some good ideals. No one was hurt (good) and of course what has been destroyed may be rebuilt?

  34. Tooj Says:

    This shit happens when you use the script of “Wild Hogs” s a business plan.

  35. T Hell Says:

    Going to the Throttle lately was like going to Woodstock to see Justin Beiber, once you leave home you can never go back….

  36. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    The quickest way to wind down a business.

  37. old & stoned Says:

    thank heavens we’ve got a tlc mock-you-drama to ‘relive the authentic experience’. Box set comes complete with strike-anywhere matches. guess that’s one way to negotiate contracts.

  38. Wolfenlover Says:

    Was there the first year they opened. I’m betting it was an insurance fire too.

  39. NOS4A2 Says:

    @Bob
    Not Any More

  40. John Deaux Says:

    Stracc
    Maybe in South Dakota.
    According to everyone I’ve talked to the numbers in Sturgis weren’t anywhere near a million, high end count was closer to 650,000-700,000.

  41. Road Whore Says:

    Damn!

    Ride Free

  42. Bob Says:

    I just think it’s funny how their logo is a three piece patch and
    They don’t allow patch holders in…

  43. FF Says:

    Jewish lightning.

  44. Asskiller Says:

    Well, that’s a shame. Had fun there this past August.

    “…a fire that might have gained momentum when it hit an adjoining distillery containing 500 gallons of grain alcohol.”

  45. popeye Says:

    My guess Insurance job

  46. stracc Says:

    There were a million people at Sturgis this year. I would have thought they would be in the money. I am anxious to learn more about the cause of the fire.

  47. VAGO 1%er Says:

    Doh!

  48. John Deaux Says:

    Hmmm
    Numbers down for the rally for a few years, couldn’t be for insurance claim.
    Naww just my suspicious nature.
    Respect sent to, well yall know who.

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