What Sturgis Police Will Be Watching For During This Year’s Motorcycle Rally : V-Twin Life


Nothing puts a damper on fun quite like a run in with Johnny Law, and with the increased police presence in and around the city of Sturgis during the annual motorcycle rally, knowing the state and local laws is a must. To make sure you have the 411 on what law enforcement officers will be looking for, Sturgis Rider® News sat down with Chief of Police Geody VanDewater of the Sturgis Police Department. Make sure you and other riders on the road can have a safe and fun time during this year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally by checking out his list of dos and don’ts.

Drinking and Driving



This is a no-brainer. If you plan on kicking back some cold ones, please designate a sober driver to get you back to your home base safely. If that’s not an option, there are modes of public transportation you can use that will cost you significantly less than a DUI. The Sturgis Party Shuttle can get you where you need to go with stops at most of the area’s campgrounds and hotels including Sturgis and Deadwood. With the Buffalo Chip as its headquarters, the Sturgis Party Shuttle has shuttles that route every 30 minutes from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Aug. 4-13 at both the Chip’s east and west gate. 

Illegal drug use

During the Sturgis motorcycle rally there are plenty of rides, concerts and activities that’ll give you a high that’s just as good as the hard stuff. According to their website, the Sturgis Police Department has a zero tolerance policy on all drug arrests no matter how small and will not relax charges on any violations. Just say no to drugs and you can avoid spending the bulk of your vacation in the clink.

Traffic Violations



Failure to Stop at Red Lights and Stop Signs

Traffic congestion is to be expected when you come into the city of Sturgis, but it’s important to remember to obey all traffic laws. When stopping at red lights and stop signs, you must come to a complete stop.

“Some people can balance their bike at a complete stop, but to be safe, we suggest you put at least one foot down and stop for 2-3 seconds.”
 – Sturgis Chief of Police Geody VanDewater

Passing on the Sidewalk or Shoulder

You might get impatient when waiting in traffic, but don’t try to pass on the right shoulder or sidewalks. If you are caught doing this, Sturgis police will stop you and issue you a $111 ticket. You can also use Fort Meade Way to avoid the hassle of waiting through heavy rally traffic.

Bike Modifications


Recent law changes allow you to have handlebars on your bike at the height of your choosing, but there are other modifications that are still illegal. For example, there are rules about how loud your exhaust system can be. All modifications must be factory altered. Removing the baffles in your exhaust is still against the law.
There is no specific decibel level for exhaust in the state of South Dakota, but every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise. Sturgis Police will be listening for unusually loud exhaust to determine if you are violating South Dakota’s vehicle noise law, 32-15-17. If you are, they’ll fine you $120.

Indecent Exposure


When the number on the thermometer starts climbing, you might be tempted to wear less. While there’s no dress code, it’s smart to remember the law requires you to keep your naughty bits covered. Failure to do so will get you charged with indecent exposure, which will land you a $111 fine.

Helmets and Eye Protection


Helmets are required for any passengers under 18 and protective eyewear is a must. Beyond that, there are no restrictions on what you can wear on your bike, but Chief VanDewater recommends you play it safe and wear the right gear when riding. Full leathers and closed-toe footwear are encouraged.
Get great gear recommendations from seasoned riders prefer by checking out “10 Essential Pieces of Gear You Shouldn’t Ride Without.”
Parking Violations
The most common complaint the Sturgis Police Department receives during the rally involves parking violations. Parking downtown can be a real pain in the you-know-what, but that doesn’t mean you can park just anywhere.
You are allowed to park anywhere on downtown streets within the barricades, except for intersections. If you are parked in handicap spots or in zones outside of the barricades that are painted yellow or red, your vehicle will be ticketed and towed. Avoid parking in alleyways or private parking lots. Public Works cleans the streets nightly to keep Sturgis looking beautiful, so if you leave your bike parked downtown after 2 a.m., it will be towed. Chief VanDewater suggests taking advantage of public transportation to keep you and your bike safe.
Outside of the city, you won’t find parking to be nearly as regulated. Remember, there is always plenty of free parking available at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads.

Have you been stopped by Sturgis police? Share your stories in the comments below to help your fellow bikers. 

Repost: Written By Becky Kindvall 

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Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation Ride – Brooklyn, NY

Good cause with good people and a tour of Brooklyn with the guys at Indian Larry Motorcycles. Donate and enjoy the festivities this Sunday June 4th. Pre-Registration tonight or show up and pay day-of. 👊🏼😎

#indianlarrymotorcycles #nyc #aidansride #goodcause #motorcycle #vtwinlife

Born-Free 7 Pre-Party – VTL

It’s that time again when invited builders are starting to get their bikes ready for Born-Free 7.  To kick things off you need to head on down to the Biltwell and Born-Free Pre-Party. The event will be  held at Garage Co in Inglewood, CA Saturday March 21st.   Good times hanging with good people and the usual assortment of badass rides.  Hope to see you there!  Save the date this party gets packed!

Easyriders 2015 Bike Show Tour – Long Beach, CA – V-Twin Life

If you plan on attending a show to kick off your 2015, then there is nothing better than the Easyriders Bike Tour!  For more details on full schedule click here http://www.easyridersevents.com/.

SATURDAY JANUARY 10, 2015
LONG BEACH, CA

Location:
Long Beach Convention Center
Halls B & C
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
ADMISSION Adults: $20.00
Admission Kids:
Ages 6-12: $10.00
Ages 5 & Younger: Free

Host HOTEL:
Hilton Long Beach
701 West Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90831
Ph (562) 983-3400

FEATURES

Sons Of Anarchy Star Tommy Flanagan “Chibs”
– VIP Meet & Greet
– General Public Autograph/Photo Session

Event DATE: Saturday January 10, 2015
Show Hours: 10am-7pm
TICKETS: Sold at door the day of the show

Biker Battleground Phoenix
Meet the stars of Biker Battleground Phoenix
John Shoppe & Paul Yaffe

Meet The World’s Top Bike Builders

The Purrfect Angelz
Check out the Purrfect Angelz from
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, performing live!

The Industry’s Top Vendors Showing Off All The Industry’s Latest Products

Dave Mann Original Art Display

Don’t Miss Hot New Announcer Lisa Ligon

Exciting All New Bike Show Classes
Compete for one of 40 custom Bike Show trophies and major bragging rights! Get your bike featured in Easyriders, V-Twin, Wrench or Road Iron magazines!

***New Location***
$5 Bike Parking

 

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – V-Twin Life

How time flies when you’re having fun.  It’s that time again for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show to start revving there engines.  Dates are set and every year this show keeps growing and getting better and better.  If you’re in the hunt for a new bike or even want to test ride the new 2015 bikes then it’s time to get down to the Progressive International Motorcycle show.  Raise your motorcycle IQ down at the main stage where over two dozen free seminars are held by industry leaders and celebrity bikers.  For the custom lover check out the talent that comes here from all over for the J & P Cycles build off that is  top notch.  The custom rides never cease to amaze me and the competition is stiff.  From old school cool to the newest technologies one can incorporate into a build is a phenomenal site.  There is always tons of vendors showing their latest gadgets and clothing available for purchase.  If you need anything they probably have it!

Parking is easy when you ride in all cagers (cars) will have to park further out.  One cool thing is the free gear check in area for all your helmets and jackets that way you can be worry free and ready to hang out.

The event we will be covering is the Long Beach show which runs Friday November 14th through the Sunday November 16th.  For more event details or to purchase tickets near you click on the link below.

www.motorcycleshows.com/content/buy-tickets

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® have partnered with a local dealership in your area to bring you a night fueled by community, great entertainment and a genuine love for riding motorcycles. Join us in the fun, ride out from your local dealership to a private screening of the film Why We Ride, and get the scoop on what’s to come for your city’s next Progressive International Motorcycle Show.

Featuring the world’s leading customized bikes and offering the largest prize purse of any builder competition on earth, the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Presented by J&P Cycles offers you direct access to the foremost custom competition on the planet. Check out jaw-dropping designs, unbelievably exact engineering and painstakingly precise paint-jobs in this premier head-to-head motorcycle match-up. You’ll even have the opportunity to meet the artists, get their autographs, take pictures, and then voice your opinion to help decide the winner!

 

 

6th Annual Brooklyn Invitation Custom Motorcycle Show – V-Twin Life

If you are into seeing some of the best bikes in the world and some of the best builders then head out to the Brooklyn Invitational this weekend.  Below you will find info on different parties and the builder list which is just out of this world.  Happy riding if you are on the road heading out.  Have a great weekend and keep the rubber side down #vtwinlife #harleydavidson #brooklyninvitational #indianlarry

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