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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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

10th ANNUAL INDIAN LARRY GREASE MONKEY BLOCK PARTY

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74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Harley-Davidson and V-Twin Life

Another year has gone by and already it’s time for Sturgis!  Sturgis is always an adventure and I don’t mean just during the rally.  Folks are coming in from all over the world for the biggest party in the world and getting there is half the fun.  With so much crazy weather out now and monsoon season in full force.  Your bound to get wet so make sure you get to South Dakota safe so the partying can begin!  If you’ve never gone keep an open mind and remember there is so much to do in Sturgis that you can go for years to come and have a different experience each time.

The excitement is hard to shake and the new friends are hard to leave so deciding to come back and do it all over is a fairly easy choice. The magic of the Hills is mesmerizing and the roads, well; there are few places on this good earth that offer this kind of riding.

Incredible roads like Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, the Wildlife Loop, Vanocker Canyon Road and Spearfish Canyon take you to amazing destinations – Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Bear Butte State Park, the Badlands and Devil’s Tower National Monument. Highway 14A’s big, wide turns transport you to the infamous town of Deadwood and the mining town of Lead, and the awe inspiring Highway 385 meanders past towns like Hill City, Silver City and Custer, all contained in the Black Hills National Forest. It’s breathtaking and it’s glorious and it will make you want to come back.

The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally is the experience of a lifetime in a place where local people can still show you a thing or two about hospitality and visiting exhibitors can show you anything and everything you’d want or need to dress you up or dress up your bike. Or heck, demo virtually every kind of bike on the market – custom, V-Twin or metric. It’s like being a kid again, in a candy store. Only better! Because in addition to the bikes there are concerts and races and bike shows, five blocks of Main Street bikes-only street vibe, the 12th Annual Mayor’s Ride, Michael Lichter’s annual exhibit, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, organized rides, some pretty impressive watering holes, custom legends, blue skies and warm, sunny days. It’s all waiting for you in Sturgis and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. #HarleyDavidson #VTwinLife #SturgisMotorcycleRally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Welcome

 

For a list of events click the link below

http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/news/list-news/

Bike Show Events

August 3, 2014   11:00 am
August 4, 2014    
August 4, 2014   10:00 am
August 4, 2014   12:00 pm
August 5, 2014   11:00 am
August 5, 2014   12:00 pm
August 6, 2014   11:00 am
August 6, 2014   12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
August 6, 2014   2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
August 7, 2014   10:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 7, 2014   11:00 am
August 7, 2014   9:00 pm

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V-Twin Life - Riding the Black Hills

V-Twin Life – Riding the Black Hills

Legendary Buffalo Chip

Legendary Buffalo Chip

V-Twin Life - Road King at the Sturgis sign

V-Twin Life – Road King at the Sturgis sign

Harley-Davidson recalling 66,421 motorcycles!

Harley-Davidson recalling 66,421 motorcycles

DETROIT (AP) — Harley-Davidson is recalling 66,421 Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles from the 2014 model year because their front wheels can lock up without warning.

Motorcycles with anti-lock brakes built between July 1, 2013, and May 7, 2014, are included in the recall.

Harley-Davidson Inc. says the front brake line can get pinched between the fuel tank and the frame. That could cause front brake fluid pressure to increase, increasing the risk that the front wheel could lock up while riding.

The company knows of five crashes and two minor injuries related to the defect, which it discovered last fall through warranty claims.

Harley-Davidson will notify owners later this month. Dealers will replace the brake lines for free and attach straps to hold them in place.  Make sure you check to see if your new Harley is on the list before you start your trip for the summer.  Have a safe ride and we’ll see you out on the road.

Born-Free 6 – Vintage Chopper and Classic Motorcycle Show

Summer is heating up and riding season is kicking in.  One of my favorite local events which is gotten huge over the past couple years is Born-Free at Irvine Lake June 28-29th.  This will be the 6th year and the boys have decided to make it a two-day event for the first time.  Each year the event has grown and with the popularity of old school scoots continuing I don’t see it going anywhere soon.  They have invited some stellar talent from all over to showcase their custom choppers and bobbers.  You will have a chance to win a bike both days by already purchasing a ticket from Lowbrow Customs or buy one at the event for $25.  Last year the kid who won  went home with a killer UL Flathead and was super stoked.

There will be a ton of pre-events going on starting with the Born-Free 6 pre-party at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach on Thursday the 26th brought to you by Dixie and Dice Magazine. (Flyer info is below)  Friday the Show Class Magazine party at Cooks Corner kicks off at 3 pm and is always a good time to see who will get to showcase their custom ride at BF6.  Also after Saturday head back over to Cooks Corner for the Biltwell Gnarbeque for some free pulled pork info flyer below.

Tickets can be bought online or at the day of the event.  This year they have incorporated a “Fast Pass” pre-order only which allows you to park inside the event on the grass.  Got mine already and looking forward to seeing you all there.  If you see any of us wearing V-Twin Gear come say hi and introduce your self.  That’s what it’s all about and some of my best memories besides the bikes is meeting great people from all over who share the same interest.  The love of Two-wheels.  All other info and links are below including the Born-Free mission.

http://www.bornfreeshow.com/

http://bornfreeshow.blogspot.com/

http://www.cookscorners.com/

 

 

THE ACTUAL EVENT (June 28-29)
Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Note: Fast Pass riders will get in around 9:00AM

KEY TIMES TO BE AWARE OF
Saturday: 4:00PM Invited Builder’s Awards / Invited Builders Giveaway winner picked
Saturday 5:30-7:00PM Biltwell Gnarbeque at Cook’s Corner
Sunday: 3:00PM Winners for Spectator Bikes, Best in Show, Born Free Award and ’47 Knucklehead Giveaway will be announced

Event will be held at:
Oak Canyon Ranch
4700 Santiago Canyon Road
(at Blue Diamond Haul Road)
Silverado Canyon, California

Born-Free Mission Statement

The Born-Free Show is about the love of old motorcycles and like minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying these bikes of the past. It is also a family event, young and old a-like are welcome to come out and enjoy the show. This show is meant to unite people from all walks of life by bringing the passion that we all have of these old machines together for two special days. If you come out to the event please be prepared to have a great time, see neat old bikes…lots of neat old bikes, in a peaceful, friendly, family environment. The event site and local law enforcement have a (( NO PATCH / NO COLORS )) policy that we must abide by. We respect everyone’s right live & do as they choose so we must respect the event site’s policy as well. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and look forward to seeing everyone June 28th & 29th.

 

Born-Free