Looking Back at Sturgis 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014 – BAM Motorcycle News
It’s hard to believe that the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has already come to a close, and by initial reports, revenue and attendance greatly exceeded last year’s numbers. Convention and tourism bureaus in the area have claimed capacity bookings at area lodgings, and vendors and organizers reported increased revenue over last year’s event.
The cooler than usual temperatures are getting a lot of credit for the increased rider turnout as hundreds of thousands of bikers made the pilgrimage to the Black Hills to take in the action in the bars, restaurants, concert venues, campgrounds and on the beautiful highways.
The week was not without its low points, as the South Dakota Highway Patrol reported 56 felony drug arrests, 69 motorcycle accidents with injuries and six fatalities.
As usual, Main St & Lazelle Street was the epicenter of the rally and the first big event was Indian’s launch of its brand new line-up of cruisers. The reception was overwhelming, as thousands lined the street to get a first-hand view of the brand new Indians.
Just out of town, the campgrounds were filled with rally-goers looking for more fun. The Full Throttle Saloon treated its guests to cheap drinks and concerts with appearances by Bret Michaels and Vince Neil.
To the north, the Broken Spoke Campground hosted the Editor’s Choice Bike Show and featured concerts by The Black Crowes, Gary Allan and Korn.
Monday’s Legends Ride brought the annual fundraising parade of 400 riders from Deadwood to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. For a fee of $150 each, upon their arrival in Sturgis, riders were treated to a buffet and concert by the Doobie Brothers and Kid Rock.
In addition to performances by the Doobie Brothers, Kid Rock, ZZ Top and Rob Zombie, the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip also hosted the annual “Motorcycles as Art” exhibit curated by renowned photographer Michael Lichter, whose focus this year was on café racers and the ton-up crowd.
On Thursday, the Chip hosted the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show and the Budweiser Clydesdales paraded through the amphitheater prior to the Freedom Celebration, which honored all the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in service to their country.
Now that the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is officially in the books, we are looking forward to the 2014 Rally. After all, it’s never too soon to start planning for Sturgis! If you want to be at the ‘Best Party Anywhere’, in 2014 the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground passes are now on sale and at the lowest price you will see all year so buy now.
For now, the little town of Sturgis, South Dakota will clean up, get some sleep, and start preparing for next year’s rally which is SURE to be the best one yet.
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