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Sturgis 2003: Bikers, Beer, and Babes - part 2

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Well I know this doesn't belong in ski discussion, but I figured this is where the most people visit and I wanted to tell you all about the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year.

I was HUGE! Over 540,000 visitors this year by the best estimate. That means that for one week, the population of the entire state of South Dakota almost TRIPLES!!! Amazing. There almost wasn't a time that you couldn't hear the rumble of one or many Harleys moving about. (Music to my ears!)

I didn't do my usual every night of the week in Sturgis, as my job requires me to awaken at 4:00am, but I did get down there once, and it was sweet. My wife and I went to a spot called the Loud American Road-house and watched some really good cover bands and had a large time partying well into the night... well after the bars were supposed to close. The day was spent wandering from shop to shop, vendor to vendor to check out all the latest and greatest. I got to sit on one of the Dodge V-10's, but hte guy wouldn't let me start it : . Row after row after hundreds of rows of bikes as far as the eye could see were parked on Sturgis main street. It's hard to explain.

Here is a list of bands that I missed, just off the top of my head. Alice Cooper, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Our Lady Peace, Nazareth, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Warrent, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Great White, Toby Kieth? (what the hell he was doing here I'll never know if I live a thousand years), Jackyl, Skynyrd, Ronnie James Dio, AND THE DRUMMER (or bassist, I can't remember) FROM MOLLY HATCHET was featured in some half-assed tribute band. Some good ones, some bad ones. I really was mad at myself for missing Alic Cooper. How many times does he come to South Dakota?

Texas Choppers brought up some of their custom bikes for display (yum!), Jesse James (of MONSTER GARAGE fame) was there with some of his collection, and Orange County's American Choppers also showed with a great assortment of bikes that even I would be afraid to ride... and I'm not afraid of anything!

My friend met Wee Man, Party Boy and Mike-O from Jack-ass as they played Black-jack at the Silverado. He said they were super cool guys, not at all like their MTV alter-egos. I guess I missed them by about 2 minutes. I was a wreck anyway.

We went to a concert... the Goo Goo Dolls, and Corey and the Fireflies and it was really good. We saw Playboy's Dahm Triplets there and they seemed nice once I quit looking at their butts.

The entire Black Hills area was just saturated with bikers and the party lasted for a week and a half... non-stop. If you ever get the chance, it's a spectacle to be seen!!!

It was FUN.

Spag :

[ August 23, 2003, 07:03 PM: Message edited by: Notorious Spag ]
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Awesome man. I was supposed to be there, a friend has 640 acres 20 minutes away and we were gonna camp out. Didn't happen.

I did just come back from a 3 day trip with my wife on an '03 Road King (rental). We cruised from NYC, down to Atlantic city, and then down to Maryland. Nice little getaway.

Maybe Sturgis next year.
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