Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Harley Davidson riders faithfully congregate at Sturgis SD

Sturgis, S.D. - Tony and Vicki Sanfelipo are unfazed by the thousands of rumbling motorcycles and throngs of people, most clad in black leather, in this usually quiet town in South Dakota's Black Hills.

The Milwaukee couple are among the eclectic mix of bikers here for the 72nd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The six-day event officially began Monday and could attract more than 700,000 people - nearly equal to the entire population of South Dakota.

The Sanfelipos have been coming to the rally for decades, and they've seen it morph from a modest-size gathering of motorcycle racers and then outlaw bikers to what's now one of the largest, and most civil, events of its kind in the world.

They are so fond of Sturgis, they were married here 10 years ago on top of Crazy Horse Mountain.

"No one had asked to do that before, and we were the first. We have a long history out here of loving the Black Hills. That's for sure," Vicki Sanfelipo said.

The annual rally began in 1938, organized by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club as a venue for racing and stunts, and it has continued every year except for two during World War II.

Today, it's as much about partying and cruising around town on expensive bikes as anything else. Many riders bring their bikes here on trailers towed behind motor homes. Hundreds stay at nice hotels costing hundreds of dollars a night rather than pitch a tent in a park or a farmer's field.

Harley-Davidson Inc. has its own area in downtown Sturgis filled with motorcycles, riding apparel, parts and accessories. The company uses the rally to recruit motorcyclists, including women riders, and connect with its longtime, faithful customers.

"Sturgis is really where our riders are able to come together with a sense of belonging, a sense of family and brotherhood," said Harley chief executive Keith Wandell.

"It's an opportunity to demonstrate our products, do test rides, and have people be part of the overall experience. And then they go into the Black Hills and ride," he added.

Years ago, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was more of a rowdy affair that drew biker gangs known for drugs, drunkenness and nudity. Hundreds of people were arrested every year, only to come back and do it again.

"It was a little bit unruly and unlawful," said Wade Fletcher, a Milwaukee-area motorcyclist and Sturgis rally-goer for more than 30 years.

Today's hard-core Sturgis rider is grayer, much better behaved, and has a lot more money.

Vicki Sanfelipo is a surgical nurse. Tony Sanfelipo is an accident investigator for the law firm Hupy & Abraham.

You're more apt to run into a hog-riding doctor or lawyer than an outlaw at this year's rally, although the Hells Angels have a booth here amid hundreds of vendors selling everything from tattoos to hearing aids.

And even with hundreds of thousands of motorcycles and seemingly no escape from the noise, there's solitude only a short distance away in the canyons and sparsely populated back country of western South Dakota.

"Everything is what you make of it," Vicki Sanfelipo said. "If you want to hang out in the crowds, you can, but we typically put 800 miles on our bikes while we are here."

For Susan Lucas, of Sheboygan, there's nothing comparable to this year's rally because this is her first time here.

Lucas bought her Harley-Davidson Dyna a few weeks ago, and three friends asked her to make the trek to Sturgis with them.

"So I said yes. Life is too short not to go," Lucas said.


Anonymous said...

that is very cool but hey post the story on NIGGER trayvon parents got their insurance claim denied on that little nigger!!!

Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

Shines and RUB's took all the fun out of being a biker. Fuck it, they can have it.

Anonymous said...

Been there.....overrated......you ride 1,000 miles to get there and what do you do....go ride again...fucking boring if you ask me...and you ain't getting laid...dont even bother trying unless you bring your own ass!!!

Anonymous said...

Too many people worshipping The idol Harley Davidson, and not enough worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ. America is doomed.

Anonymous said...

Q: What's the difference between a Harley-Davidson and a Hoover vacuum?

A: The position of the dirtbag.

Anonymous said...

11:08am....surely you jest??? You don't believe in all that magical hocus pocus, giant in the sky, heaven in the clouds, hell in the middle of earth stuff do you really????

Jesus was just a cool dude...that be it..and for a "god"...nice try sorry he dont exist either!!!

Anonymous said...

If you could reclaim the oil from all those oil drippers and collect the Harley parts that vibrated off you'd be rich man

Chuck said...

The Hells Angels will steal your bike if you leave it unattended

I Voted For Obama said...

I wonder if I can go with the Briggs and Stratton 3 hp engine I put on my bicycle. Sweet!

Anonymous said...

went last year and got a BJ in a gay bar,hell ya!

Anonymous said...

White trash. Just like shaved.

Anonymous said...

I dont get it.

foot fetish cop said...

I am okay with Sturgis just so long as women do not wear those butch-looking black boots. They show NO foot clevage at all. Seeing them on a woman makes my dick limp.

However, HD does market/license a pretty good looking pair of open toed mules for women.

Foot Fetish Cop endorses this product.

Those and a nice french pedicure equals footjob heaven!

Anonymous said...

A bunch of nobodies that need to be noticed.Vrooom Vrooom---Yawn.

Anonymous said...

Was gonna trade in my crotch rocket for a Harley, can't get past the gay fucking costumes they all wear. Why do all the Harley fags have to make so much noise. Fucking unbearable.

Anonymous said...

I would say the vast majority, maybe in the area of 99.9 percent, wil not be voting for the NIGGER. So God Bless these people. And if you have a problem with that- GFY.

Anonymous said...

I like when the cops join those stupid police mc clubs, and talk the cool "biker lingo".

they call their wives "my old lady."

they have corny meetings.

some are delusional with the 1 percent biker stuff

they get stupid looking tatoos.

they ride aroound with a scowl on their face trying to look as tough as possible. most of these guys are afraid of their own shadow on the job. big posers who never do anything.

Anonymous said...

this is the white america I love! fuckn stank ass toothless non washing honkeys with a sixth grade degree pulling a train on "i voted for Obama"'s mama.

Anonymous said...

So true. They have small penis and orher infeiority issues. Have to play the Macho Man, 24-7. Big rough bikets, big macho cops, gotta try to play cool all the time. Show us your tattoos and flex for us, Girly-Men! Queers love to fantasize about fucking you in the rump, while mature people laugh at you all.

Anonymous said...

11:33pm. You aren't dissin' the Lost Saints are you?

It would be funny if you were though!

Man did you describe those guys to a "T"

I Voted For Obama said...

My mother doesn't like trains. Too noisy.