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Time For Sturgis: Let’s Make It Safe For Riders For The Rest Of The Year


I’ve been blogging all year about the increased number of motorcycle deaths this year and last. With Sturgis coming up, hopefully all of the riders will be looking to make this a safe ride for the rest of 2009. The way to do this:

Is to watch your speed

For bikes and cars to start seeing each other

For riders to be well trained and safety conscience

And no drinking, texting, or talking on the phone while driving.

With a goal for the rest of the season to be safe here are a great list of Sturgis facts from the Examiner:

    • In 1976 the average attendee spent $50.

    • In 2009 the average attendee will spend more than $1000.

    • 1/3 of western South Dakota’s motorcycle accidents connected to the event.

    • The rally features hundreds of thousands of bare, saggy breasts. And that’s just the men.

    • Sturgis businesses make 95% of their annual revenue from the rally.

    • South Dakota collects approximately $1,000,000 in sales tax from the event.

    • The town of Sturgis, population 6,000, adds $200,000 of taxes to its coffers.

    • The first rally was in the summer of 1938, and has been in Sturgis every year except during WWII.

    • In 2005 a rider was killed by a flying toilet.

    • A conservative estimate of beer consumed in the two weeks surrounding the event: 3 million gallons


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  1. Daniel 8791 says:
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    Nice list of trivia ! The Sturgis Rally is a great event with a long tradition. It probably has got more safe over the years (per person attended) but with the increased numbers there will always be some mishaps. Hopefully they’re mostly minor ones this year and 2009 will be one of the safer years on the High Plains of South Dakota.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    Hope so, I know a lot of people that go out. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  3. Mark Bello says:
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    Mike: Interesting post; am I the only person who never heard of this event? Your safety suggestions are the most important part of the post. In the context of “3 million gallons” of beer consumed during the two week event, is there any hope that your “no drinking while driving” warning will be heeded? 1/3 of all western South Dakota motorcycle accidents are attributed to the event; I wonder how many are alcohol related? Please folks; think of others. If you drive, don’t drink; if you drink, don’t drive!

  4. Mike Bryant says:
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    It’s a very big deal and has had everything from the Leno show to a WCW event out there. You are correct there are a number of statistics that seem to suggest trouble. Thanks for taking the time to read and post a comment.