Ugh, there are very few bikers here so far this year. Today has been the busiest whereas in past recent years the entire week before the "Official Rally" Sturgis was slammed. It's not even close to busy much less slammed as of mid morning today.
Today there is a fair number of bikes on the lower blocks of Main St near Junction but you can easily park anywhere downtown as of an hour or so ago when we were down there. The sidewalks are not crowded at all.
Up further on Main St it is even less crowded so far.
Heading up toward Indian at the top of Main St there should be bikes clogging Main and there are pretty much ZERO bikes parked for a few blocks between Main St Downtown and Indian.
Lazelle has very little traffic today and still lots of empty lots where vendors normally are. There are empty spaces where vendors normally are on Main St, the side streets off Main downtown, and Junction.
We took the 385 from Deadwood to Mt Rushmore yesterday and saw maybe 100 bikes between Deadwood and Mt Rushmore. Mt Rushmore was not busy yesterday. The I-90 coming back from Rushmore to Sturgis was very light on bike traffic too except near Black Hills Harley. We didn't stop in there so I don't know how busy that was. There weren't that many bikes packed with gear or trailers hauling bikes into Sturgis either.
This evening we are going to drive out to the Full Throttle and wander around.
Compared to last year this year is WAY less bikers so far, and last year was very slow compared to busy years like the last big Rally in 2006.
One of my friends in Salt Lake just rented an Electra Glide from Eagle Rider Salt Lake to come visit. He said Eagle Rider told him normally they rent all 75 touring bikes for people to come to the Rally and this year they have 12 bikes rented to people headed to Sturgis from Salt Lake.That is down 80% of normal rentals for them. I figured this year would be maybe half of last year for the Rally but if that is an indicator of people traveling from a major market to Sturgis... I'll find out from my cop neighbor what he thinks since he has been working 12's for a couple of days now.
But it is another BEAUTIFUL day up here.
The lawyer gave me the Dr's name they are going to have me see but no date to get in so we may be here a few days next week before we had to that and then central NV for a visit with my wife's folks.
SouthTexas wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:52 pm
There are a ton of bikes in Sturgis, the Indian dealership is busy, and reports are that the Hills have bikes everywhere. A great Rally!
Kudos to all that got out and attended.