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I from time to time write about motorcycle deaths. With Sturgis coming up, hopefully all of the riders will be looking to make this a safe ride for the rest of 2012. 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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