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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Harley-Davidson recall: 2014 Dyna Low Rider motorcycles – V-Twin Life

Harley-Davidson 2014 Dyna Low Rider Recall

Harley-Davidson 2014 Dyna Low Rider Recall

Last month, Harley-Davidson Motor Company had recalled over 66,000 of its Touring-model motorcycles due to pinched brake-line issues.  On Friday, Harley-Davidson issued yet another recall, this one for the 2014 Harley-Davidson Low Rider (FXDL).

Harley has recalled over 4,500 Dyna Low Riders built from January 6, 2014, through June 19, 2014 worldwide due to ignition-switch issues; more than 3,300 are in the USA.  Harley reports that due to engine vibration on modified Low Riders that rev over 5,600 RPM, the ignition switch can go from “on” to “accessory.”  If this occurs, the engine can shut off while moving, potentially causing a crash.  As of this writing, no crashes have been reported due to the issues of this recall.

The full defect notice goes into more detail explaining that the engine mount bracket on these models has a resonant frequency that happens around 5,800 rpm. At this point, it begins vibrating the ignition switch and can cause it to change position. The stock bikes only allow engine speeds up to 5,600 rpm, according to the report, but the company offers an option to increase the limit further.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners, and dealers will replace the engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob, free of charge. The recall was expected to begin by the end of July 2014.

Owners may contact Harley-Davidson customer service at 1-800-258-2464.

December Events: David Mann Chopper Fest and Progressive International Motorcycle Show

It’s December, the cold has set in and the days are getting shorter which means less riding for most.  Still there is a lot of events happening this weekend out west where the weather is chilly but not unbearable.  First, The Progressive International Motorcycle show is in Long Beach this weekend running Dec. 6-8th, featuring mostly new bikes, major parts vendors, seminars, and the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder competition.  Prices for the show are $15 at the door for an Adult but you can use code EM14GO and save $2 off admission.  If you’re looking to check out the 2014 Harley’s and the newest latest parts for your bagger then this is the show to go to.

 

If you are looking for something with an artistic flare and old school style, The David Mann Chopper Fest is Sunday Dec. 8th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds from 8 am – 4 pm and is celebrating their 10th Anniversary.  With a killer builder lineup I’m sure the custom cycles and artwork will be pleasing to the eye.  The festival started as a tribute to David Mann featuring an art display; all brand antique and custom bike show; new and used parts swap meet; custom bike builder displays; live blues and rock bands; vendors; beer and food.  General admission is $15, Military with ID $10, kids 12 & under $5.  

There will also be a pre-party for the Chopper Fest at the Tavern on Saturday in Ventura from 7 pm – 2 am.  They will have giveaways, blues bands, and food and drink deals.  Sounds like a good way to get the party started!  All info is on the flyer below.   Hope to see you guys out there!

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Tavern Pre-Party Choper Fest

 

 David Mann Chopper Fest

5th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Bike Show – V-Twin Life

 

Brooklyn Inivitational Bike Show

If you are into Custom Bikes and want to see some of the best builders in the world, then head out to the Brooklyn Invitational Bike Show this weekend.  Indian Larry Motorcycles have always been in my opinion some of the best choppers built out there and to see the bikes in person is something else.  There will be pre-parties going on from Dice Magazine on Friday and then the show starts at 3pm on Saturday and will run all night.  All the info from the site including links are below.  

Have a great day and cheers to a big weekend!

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 3PM-12AM
AT ROOT STUDIOS, 131 NORTH 14TH STREET BROOKLYN, NY
LIVE MUSIC . BEER . BIKES
 
SPONSORED BY ROOT STUDIOS, ASAHI BEER, AND REV’IT
 
DICE MAGAZINE PARTY FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE THE SHOW
70 NORTH 6TH ST.
 
 Builder List for this year’s Invitational:
ANDY CARTER – PANAGEA SPEED
BRANDON HOLSTEIN – THE SPEED MERCHANT
CALEB OWENS – CRO CUSTOMS
CICERO DE GUZMAN JR.
DAVE BARKER – SPEEDMETAL CYCLES
DAVE FRESTON – CHOPPERDAVE’S
DAVE POLGREEN – THE WRETCHED HIVE
ERNIE BARKMAN
UGH MACKIE – SIXTH STREET SPECIALS
JASIN PHARES – HAROLD’S IRON WORKS
JEFF WRIGHT – CHURCH OF CHOPPERS
KEINO SASAKI – KEINO CYCLES
KENNY CUMMINGS – NYC NORTON
KIM BOYLE – BOYLE CUSTOM MOTO
LOCK BAKER – EASTERN FABRICATIONS
MAX SCHAAF – 4Q
MATTIAS ANDERSON – LEBEEF KUSTOMS
NORITAKA FUKUOKA
PAUL COX – PAUL COX INDUSTRIES
ROLAND SANDS – RSD
SETH ROSKO – ROSKO CYCLES
STEPHAN PATE – RESTORATION WERKS
T-ROD
WALT SEIGL – WALT SIEGL MOTORCYCLES
 
 
MUSIC BY BROTHERS, NATUR, AND MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
ADDITIONAL WORKS BY=
BRIAN LANGER, JEFF WRIGHT, KEN NAGAHARA, MICHAEL MCCABE,
MICHAEL SCHMIDT, TROY CRITCHLOW, AND STEVE BONGE