This is Street Vibrations weekend in Reno. It is also the second year the event, which was once and may yet again be everything Laughlin and Sturgis are not, will try to enforce a no colors policy.
The gutless boilerplate reads: “Due to events which have occurred at recent motorcycle rallies, and for the safety of participants, Street Vibrations prohibits the display of colors affiliated with Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs as defined by the US Department of Justice. Persons displaying these club colors at Street Vibrations Reno and Sparks venues and participating sponsor properties will be asked to conceal them or exit the event.” Presumably, the “events which have occurred at recent motorcycle rallies” means the gunfight Gary “Jabbers” Rudnick started two years ago at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.
Color free or not, most of the event will take place on public property in downtown Reno where visitors can wear anything they want. Local resident Troy Regas told Emerson Marcus of the Reno Gazette-Journal, “The event will survive. This (the color ban) isn’t going to hurt this event. This event will grow. It will come back to be normal again. It’s just going to take time.” You can read all of the Gazette-Journal article here.
Event planners expect about 1,000 people to “register” for the event. Registration costs $70 and entitles you to a parking pass, “Official Event Participant T-Shirt,” “Official Event Participant Ride Pin,” bike games, two poker runs, three poker walks and three “VIP Parties.”
Another 29,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to just show up. A room for Friday and Saturday night will cost them about $400. Room packages include soap, towels and shampoo but do not include food, beer, liquor, drugs, women, lawyers, court costs or medical fees.
Reno boosters expect registered visitors to spend $614 per day during their visit. People who just show up will spend an average of $390 each day. The five day event should pump about $56 million into the local economy.
Safety Ueber Alles
Biker visitors who are as afraid of motorcycles as they are of the people one may meet riding a motorcycle may want to visit the website for HaulBikes Motorcycle Transportation.
HaulBikes appreciates your neuroses and is there to help. “Cycle transport makes getting to Street Vibrations a smooth ride,” the company’s website explains. “Planning to make Street Vibrations road show your next cycle rally destination but don’t want to deal with weather or wear and tear along the way? HaulBikes understands that when you go to a rally like Street Vibrations you want your bike waiting for you when you get there – battery connected, fluids intact and ready to ride.”
“HaulBikes Motorcycle Transportation will haul your motorcycle from almost anywhere in the United States, with shipping rates based on mileage from pick up to delivery location, making delivery of your cycle to Street Vibrations hassle-free.”
Bikers who intend to pose on their outlaw machines for a few photos then leave them parked will also be happy to know that there will be a free shuttle from the Nugget’s valet area to Downtown Reno every half hour from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. A woman named Lauren Garber who works for the Nugget explained “The Nugget encourages event goers to take advantage of the free shuttle to help keep our roads safe.”