Tag Archives: Sturgis

Sturgis 2017

August 10, 2017

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Sturgis 2017

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally makes a little less noise, and gets a little bigger and a little safer every year. The other day, USA Today wondered if the “world’s biggest motorcycle rally” has “lost its edge.” McNewspaper expects a half million people to stream through the far western suburbs of Rapid City this year to […]

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Got The Sturgis Itch

August 3, 2016

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Got The Sturgis Itch

There are still rooms and camping spots available for the 76th Sturgis Rally. They aren’t cheap but they don’t seem to be any more expensive than they always are. At least 29 hotels and motels in Rapid City still have rooms available. Ypu can get a room with a queen sized bed at the Comfort […]

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The Sturgis Lawsuit

November 5, 2015

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The Sturgis Lawsuit

Last Friday, an eight person federal jury in Rapid City, South Dakota ordered retailer Walmart and a Rapid City souvenir shop called  Rushmore Photo and Gifts to pay the nonprofit Sturgis Motorcycle Rally corporation $790,000 in damages for trademark infringement. The suit, which was filed in June 2011, has featured extensive lawyering, a countersuit and […]

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Bucket List Sturgis

January 28, 2015

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The city of Sturgis, South Dakota is desperately trying to convince a million motorcycle enthusiasts to attend this year’s Black Hills Rally. The rally dates this year are August 3 through 9 and it is officially the 75th rally. An Indian dealer named Clarence “Pappy” Hoel started the rally 77 years ago in 1938. But […]

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Sturgis 2013

August 13, 2013

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Sturgis, the Black Hills Motorcycle Rally, ended Sunday and most of the official numbers haven’t been calculated yet but it looks like it was another banner year for motorcycle tourism. Event sponsors said this years rally attracted more visitors than last year. Event sponsors say that every year but South Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Kevin […]

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Postmodern Sturgis 2012

August 9, 2012

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It’s Sturgis if you can afford it. It is also Sturgis if you are willing to travel hundreds of miles for a temporary job. Most of all it is postmodern Sturgis for the “next generation of Harley-Davidson” customers. Postmodernism, one may learn from Wikipedia, “postulates that many, if not all, apparent realities are only social […]

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Calendar Days

March 15, 2012

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I grow restless. I must go. I need a road trip. It is not just me. These are frustrating times and I think the road trip is one of the last remaining fragments of the broken American dream. I cling to it like a splinter from the true cross. We may no longer be able […]

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Burnout Wednesday

September 1, 2009

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As long as I was in the greater Rapid City – Gillette metropolitan area I figured I might as well ride over to the Devils Tower and pay my respects. It only took me about fifty miles out of my way. Then it turns out, to make a long story short, Devils Tower does not […]

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Bruce Rossmeyer

August 19, 2009

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Bruce Rossmeyer, the millionaire Harley-Davidson dealer who owned Destination Daytona, died July 30th on the ride to Sturgis. Rossmeyer was on Route 28, a lonely, 76-mile stretch of road in western Wyoming when a pickup truck cut him off. According to a spokesman for the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Rossmeyer was traveling with five other motorcyclists […]

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Where Rebel At

July 29, 2009

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Some late summer mornings I wake up and I think to myself: I know what I’m gonna do! I’m gonna go ride across about six or seven hundred miles of desert in August. And then I’m gonna ride across the Rockies. I love hail. Don’t you love hail? Doesn’t everybody? And then I’m gonna ride […]

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Bob Illingworth

April 1, 2009

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Bob Illingworth died last week at home in his bed after fighting cancer for almost four years. Bob Illingworth was a bikers’ rights advocate for more than 30 years, a faithful friend to sick and needy children and a long time member of the Hamsters Motorcycle Club. The Hamsters started as a satire of other […]

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Iron Pigs Victim Released, Charged

September 9, 2008

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Joseph McGuire, the man shot by a member of the Iron Pigs motorcycle gang a month ago at the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis was released from Rapid City Regional Hospital late last month. After his release, he testified before a Meade County Grand Jury on August 27. McGuire of Imperial Beach, California has been […]

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Pigs Charged In Shooting Of Hells Angel

September 3, 2008

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Ron Smith, 43, a member of the Iron Pigs motorcycle gang, has been indicted by grand jurors in South Dakota with two felonies and a class 1 misdemeanor for the shooting of Joseph McGuire, 33. The shooting occurred at the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis about 1 am on August 9, 2008. The Iron Pigs […]

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