Postcards From The 76th Sturgis Rally. Part 4.

0BH0000BH00000BHThis is the 4th and last series of my postcards from the 76th Sturgis Rally. Many taken at the Rat’s Hole Bagger Show on Thursday August 11 and on the road. As usual, the awesome, the wild, the pretty and everything between was everywhere to be seen. Regarding attendance, I would guess that numbers are those of a “regular” Sturgis.

FYI, as of Thursday August 11, the City of Sturgis has issued 717 Temporary Vending Permits. This number compares to 897 in 2015 (75th Anniversary) and 673 in 2014.

The South Dakota Department of Transportation gave some traffic counts. The counting began the Wednesday before the Rally opened officially, just as last year. (Sturgis city officials count the rally crowd by different methods, including sales tax and garbage and sewer use.)

From Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 11, 406,920 vehicles entered Sturgis, Thatโ€™s 269,868 fewer than the 676,788 vehicles that entered Sturgis during the same nine-day period in 2015, a 40 percent drop-off. (DOT continues counting through today Sunday, Aug. 14) Total citations And Arrests. As of Friday. about same as last year. – Fatalities. As of Friday, 2 compared with 12 a year ago.

(Photography Onno “Berserk” Wieringa for JeremySumpter)

13 Responses to “Postcards From The 76th Sturgis Rally. Part 4.”

  1. 1 J. Costello Aug 14th, 2016 at 9:06 am

    The hubless bike on top should belong to an art museum. To ride? No.

  2. 2 Aug 14th, 2016 at 10:13 am

    That’s one hell of a drop in the traffic count….40% less…yikes!


  3. 3 nicker Aug 14th, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Nothing lasts forever……


  4. 4 JohnnySpeed Aug 15th, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Tattoos have to be the least rebellious and most conformist fashion accessory out there Its more rare to spot someone without tattoos these days. Basically all of my friends mom’s have them too. Show more bikes and fewer hilariously sad tattoo

  5. 5 grmp54 Aug 15th, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Clown bikes and costume party, what more could one want?

  6. 6 1550tc Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Guys can say what they want, but it’s a heck of an event
    with lots of good people and riding for all types.

    Something for everyone there

  7. 7 rebel Aug 15th, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I didn’t see the 40″ billet tire dipped in rubber bagger pictured anywhere

  8. 8 Sam Aug 15th, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    What a freak show. There is no motorcycle rally anymore. Just a sick circus.

  9. 9 David Aug 15th, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I agree with Sam…what has socitey come too…is it just a Look at me and see what I have done .. a lot of tattoos or piercings Or more doodads and crap put on their bodies than most people can imagine!
    IF you want to ride …Ride..if you want to drink..Drink and Party!!! …But Please don’t make a SPECKLE of yourself where everyone else in the WORLD can see you Make an ASSHOLE out of yourself!
    Johnny Cash said ” IF you aren’t going to say Exactly what you feel ,You might as well not say anything at all”….Well I’ve said my peace…Exactly like I feel!

    SSDD; David

  10. 10 Dante Aug 16th, 2016 at 11:56 am

    People watching has been and always will be one of the things that makes Sturgis, well, Sturgis.

    Speckles and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. 11 Aug 16th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I miss it !!!
    I got to get back there, soon !!

  12. 12 nicker Aug 17th, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    What are they “advertising”…???

    “Rebels without a clue.”
    No wonder no one takes motorcyclists seriously any more……


  13. 13 Sam Aug 18th, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Overdone. You and Blackmax (there’s a speckle for you) get together and go to any “rally” and you can check out the freaks just the two of you.

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