So, this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has come and gone and, there were the usual festivities for hardcore rally goers. There were also, and this is not really surprising for such a big event, stories of vice, with reports indicating that up to 9 people had been arrested in sex stings during the rally. So, what’s the takeaway from this year’s event?
This year’s rally was a little subdued
The first thing that we need to note about this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle rally is that the event was somewhat subdued. The 2017 edition of the rally saw attendance increasing by only 1.1% percent, which is the lowest it has been in over three decades.
Figures from the Department of Transportation indicate that around 376 000 vehicles were in the town of Sturgis during this year’s rally. That’s an increase from last year’s figure of 360 000 people.
Favorable Weather Conditions
Although attendance may not have increased as much as anticipated, the weather proved to be favorable for the duration of the the ten day event. A number of past rallies have had to be carried out in the rain, and the clear whether at this year’s rally could only have been welcomed by attendees.
Number of Deaths Increases
On a sombre note, 8 people were killed in accidents during this year’s edition of the Sturgis Rally. That’s an increase from the 3 lives that were lost during the same event last year. The number of wrecks also increased during the 77th edition of the Sturgis Rally, according to law enforcement officials.
Violent Crime Decreases
Fortunately, the 77th Annual 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rallythere witnessed a decrease in violent crime when compared to the year 2016.
Event lives up to billing
Away from the rather grim statistics, the 77th Annual 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally actually lived up to its billing, with motorcycling enthusiasts from across the globe congregating in the otherwise sleepy town of Sturgis from the 4th to the 13th of August. Rally goers were treated to a wide range of events; from camping to concerts and stunts.
The Sturgis Rally on YouTube
If you want to learn more about what took place during this year’s Sturgis Rally, you only need to head over to YouTube to view the hundreds of videos that’s have been posted by motorcycling enthusiasts over the past few weeks. One of the things that you will notice in the videos are the clear skies and favorable conditions that we mentioned earlier.
Camping, Concerts, Amazing Bikes and Motorcycle Stunts
The above video was posted by Robert Witham, who mentions that he went to this year’s Sturgis Bike Rally with his son and his son’s friend. The guys clearly had fun, as can be seen in the clip. Some of the motorcycles that are shown in the are pretty mind boggling, for want of a better phrase. Quite a number appear as if they would be more at home in a showroom, and not on the road. Its good, in any case, to see the kind of innovation that still exists out there.
Primed from Day 1
There could be no doubting the fact that things were primed and ready to go from day 1, as you can see in the above video. The atmosphere during the 77th Annual 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was pretty amazing, and enthusiasts can expect even more at next year’s event.
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