Is The Sturgis Rally Going To Be A Bust This Year

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Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:28 pm

We are headed up aug 2nd and will bet there Aug 5th. Headed home Aug 17th. My buddy did not get to go last year and we are looking forward to this year. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THEY ARE REQUIRING MASK THIS YEAR.
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:52 pm

randee wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:09 pm
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Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:57 pm

The Rally isn't going to be a bust, the 2020 Sturgis Rally is going to be extremely small. My guess is maybe 100,000 over the week before and the week of the Rally.
Hey Ken! I agree. I'd go to 150,000 but only if you count August 1st - 16th. I'd also guess that this rally will be over by Thursday the 13th.
I’d have to agree , that’s perfect , if I don’t get to distracted along the I plan on getting there Wednesday or Thursday the 13th
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Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:55 pm

flaboy wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 8:28 pm
We are headed up aug 2nd and will bet there Aug 5th. Headed home Aug 17th. My buddy did not get to go last year and we are looking forward to this year. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THEY ARE REQUIRING MASK THIS YEAR.
I’m sure someplaces will and some won’t , don’t think the city of Sturgis is , Which could change at anytime :shock: I’d carry one just in case..
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Tue Jul 28, 2020 4:26 pm

The state of SD has not shut anything down... some restrictions in Rapid City, but now lifted as well.
I expect we'll see a lot of folks with masks, and as I've seen in the stores here, they wear the masks on their caps or around their necks, not over their mouths and noses. :shrug:
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Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:15 pm

Hey All,

My brother Joe came in yesterday from Nevada. (Driving so he wouldn't make me jealous! Actually he drove because he brought a bunch of crap and he can take my bike out if wants to take a scoot around the hills)

He went through Jellystone yesterday morning, said it was 36 degrees about 9am on the N.W. part of the upper loop from West Yellowstone entrance over to Northeast gate by Cook City and the Beartooth Hwy, Red Lodge, Billings and then the 212 to Belle Fourche getting in to South Dakota. He said all the roads are good that way.

We went driving around town yesterday evening. I'm guessing this will be the year of no test rides or new model year displays in Sturgis, we didn't see any of the big motorcycle displays getting set up yet and we are only 10 days from the official start of the Rally on the 7th.There are only 2 small tents set up at the Knuckle where they normally fill with vendors along Lazelle and the Knuckle has it's little beer bar canopy set up in the lot by the "outside" stage. Lynn's parking lot only has one tent set up on the corner closest to Sturgis Liquor and that end of The Knuckle. J&P had a semi from Vance & Hines in that parking lot. Most of the big blacktop lots along Lazelle are still empty and not much sign of vendors that normally squeeze in between spaces on Main Street. There is a good size tent on the lower end of Main St at Junction across from the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

LOTS of car traffic coming through town the past few days during the day.

Black Hills Harley in Rapid looks like they'll have a decent vendor village from what I saw driving past on the I-90.

We'll see how the next day or two look while he is in town before he heads on to Michigan to visit his son. He'll be coming thru on his way back from Michigan and then we'll all head to Nevada to visit my in-laws.

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Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:25 pm

I'm hoping to prove the surgeon wrong :) Haven't heard a word from MsHenderson in a couple of years but I'd have to buy a 900 pound motorcycle to be in the same class as her! I remember her showing up at my place one year on one of her Henderson motorcycles and since my place is on a slight uphill street she asked me to park it at the curb. She used to scoot right up my driveway on her "little" bike but knew better than to try that on her "big girls" bike! I wouldn't try to take that one up my driveway either even before my shoulder injury!
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Shouldn't need ten days for the rally this year. Without all the traffic of the 75th you can do all the rides in about three days and the downtown in 1/2 day. Kenny stay off your bike and allow your shoulder to mend. You are going to be in the same class as MsHenderson now.
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I'm hoping to prove the surgeon wrong :) Haven't heard a word from MsHenderson in a couple of years but I'd have to buy a 900 pound motorcycle to be in the same class as her! I remember her showing up at my place one year on one of her Henderson motorcycles and since my place is on a slight uphill street she asked me to park it at the curb. She used to scoot right up my driveway on her "little" bike but knew better than to try that on her "big girls" bike! I wouldn't try to take that one up my driveway either even before my shoulder injury!
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Shouldn't need ten days for the rally this year. Without all the traffic of the 75th you can do all the rides in about three days and the downtown in 1/2 day. Kenny stay off your bike and allow your shoulder to mend. You are going to be in the same class as MsHenderson now.
MsHenderson has pretty much retired from riding. She got rid of two of her bikes and the big old Henderson isn't running, I think it has electrical problems. She was an interesting riding partner.
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:54 pm

Indian is planning to have test rides on Lazelle and at the Indian dealership, Soundguy. I hope that doesn't change.
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Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:13 pm

Is Harley Corp coming this year? I've not heard anything out of them yet.
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Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:59 pm

Yes MsH was a woman all her own! One day she just decided to drop out of touch. The wife was pretty bummed as was I.
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MsHenderson has pretty much retired from riding. She got rid of two of her bikes and the big old Henderson isn't running, I think it has electrical problems. She was an interesting riding partner.
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Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:31 pm

Indian has test rides all year long ever since they opened up here :) They should since it was an Indian Motorcycle Dealer that STARTED the Sturgis Rally back in 1938.

Harley Davidson Motor Company is NOT going to be at the Rally this year. Black Hills Harley might be hosting some new model year bikes but doesn't sound like 2021 bike test rides during the Rally.

The last time I was in Sturgis Motorsports they had brand new motorcycles that were 3-4 years old in their showroom/lot. They are a BMW, Yamaha, Suzuki dealer that is open year round.

I still haven't seen any signage of the other major motorcycle companies around Sturgis.

There's a bit more vendor tents up east of Junction on lower Main St but the parking lot in front of Lynn's Dakotamart is still 90% blacktop as are most of the vendor lots on Lazelle.

The streets downtown should be clogged with vendor trucks and trailers getting set up but they are not. I think by the time we leave next week it will still be pretty empty of vendors around town.
SouthTexas wrote:
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Indian is planning to have test rides on Lazelle and at the Indian dealership, Soundguy. I hope that doesn't change.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:41 pm

This morning 2 Harley semi's are over by the Community Center. There's a few more vendor tents scattered around town going up but still lots more blacktop in the lots where vendors are usually crammed in everywhere. Nothing like previous years where there was an army of trucks/trailers and vendors all over town weeks before the Rally to set up every nook and cranny possible.

But it is a beautiful day in South Dakota! 57 degrees to start the morning 8)
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Is Harley Corp coming this year? I've not heard anything out of them yet.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:52 pm

What percentage of visitors are wearing masks while walking around? Do stores and restaurants require masks? It looks to be less than 10% from the street cams but it's hard to see. Thanks
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:14 pm

Pretty much no one wearing masks on the streets whether they are walking or on bikes. Inside the grocery stores, Lynn's on Lazelle and Grocery Mart on Junction on my end of town most people working are wearing masks. The few other places we poked our heads in the employees are 50/50 wearing masks. Down in Rapid pretty much all store employees wear masks but I think that is required down there, different County/City government people in charge.

A couple of new vendor tents and vendor trailers showed up on the lot behind the bowling alley today along Lazelle. There are also some vendors showing up in some of the gas station outer blacktop space along Lazelle on the Exit 30 end of town. (my place is off exit 32)
SouthTexas wrote:
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What percentage of visitors are wearing masks while walking around? Do stores and restaurants require masks? It looks to be less than 10% from the street cams but it's hard to see. Thanks
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:52 pm

Thanks Soundguy. Living here in southeast Texas and seeing how fast this virus spreads, and wanting businesses to remain open, I don't get the no masks. Especially given the age, weight and physical condition of so many of the attendees. I guess they'll be able to say 'I gave the finger to the Man' on the masks, if they make it, big deal, but I'd like to think more would think about their fellow citizens and small business owners. I'm glad I just recently chose not to go this year.
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Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:23 am

We arrived today and checked in at the Buffalo Chip. It seemed like a normal pre-rally crowd. We rode through Yellowstone/Beartooth Hwy./Chief Joseph Hwy/Big Horn to get to Sturgis. There were lots of bikes, especially Saturday night in Red Lodge.

As far as mask go, not many people are wearing mask. Maybe 1% of the folks walking around had a mask. None of the restaurant and bars require mask.

I'll post an update after we ride through the hills.....

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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.
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Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:27 pm

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.
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Fri Aug 07, 2020 6:35 pm

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.
The traffic is picking up but it has a long way to go to be crowded. During the 2015 Rally you could walk the length of Lazelle Street faster then you could ride a motorcycle. The renovation the city did on Main Street about three years ago eliminate some of the parking so it looks crowded with fewer bikes. I think all the bikes you see at the Indian dealer are their bikes for sale because I have watched them being put out every morning. Still there is more people than I want to be around at this time.
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Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:28 pm

You're right, Sancho. Nothing like 2015, for sure. It looks like a decent sized Rally though. It's tempting but like you, it's more people than I want to be around right now. It may end up more like 2016, one of my favorite Rallies.
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Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:57 am

This Rally was anything but a bust as it is turning out. Crowds are still heavy going into mid week. Kudo's to all attendees.
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