Sturgis 2019

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Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:21 pm

Sadly, the Sturgis Rally is dying a slow death. My opinion is attendance way down this year. Won't be much better next year, then even less from then forward.
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Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:37 pm

I wasn't able to go this year but it sure looked active from the street cams. Waiting for SturgisSoundGuy's thoughts on the Rally. :)
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Sun Aug 11, 2019 12:22 am

Sturgis was busy Saturday and Monday when we stopped, also I've never had to wait to get through Needles my guess it was a good turnout early in the week?
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Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:33 pm

I've been hearing this attendance down thing too. Maybe it's cause I'm old, seemed plenty busy to me. Put 700 miles on after we got there, so we did a little hill ridin. Couldn't just pull in and find a spot on Main Street 2 different days. Also waited to get through Needles tunnels. Although sitting at the Red Garter in Keystone one night was interesting. I was on the boardwalk and could see quite a ways. As far as I could see on both sides of the street, I couldn't see a bike without a windshield or faring. The biker population is definitely aging. :shock:
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Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:11 pm

From what I saw, Main street seemed full only on Monday... the rest of the time people could find spots to part their bikes. Also interesting to note how many 'spots' have been taked out of Main St parking. All the large Handicap spots at each end of every block and on both sides were pretty much empty. By Wednedsday or Thursday, 2 of the 5 streets crossing Main St were opened to cars. The Beaver Bar was mostly empty. The party seemd to be at the Campgrounds more than anyplace else. Early on, the DOT said traffic was up, but I've not heard any later reports yet.
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Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:26 pm

SD DOT indicates 499,654 vehicles entered Sturgis during the rally this year... Vehicles, not just motorcycles. So if everyone only went into/through Sturgis twice like we did...that means 250,000 attendees, if all w are Even less, when considering everyone east of town pretty much gets counted everyday... :D I
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