Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2011

Evening Thunder

Holly and I started our annual motorcycle tour with a quick stopover at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota. To avoid the thick of the fray in Sturgis (and because we booked so late) we stayed in Rapid City along with thousands of other bikers. Thousands more stay in Deadwood, Lead, Hill City, Whitewood, Hot Springs, Spearfish and a thousand campgrounds in between. At any one time there are thousands of motorcycles on the move from one of these city centers to another with Sturgis being the “hub.”

The one thing I remember from my first trip to the Sturgis Rally was the evening thunder. From early in the evening and all night long you can hear, and feel, the thunder of the thousands of Harleys roaming the streets and resonating along the distant highways. It’s a sound you don’t soon forget and you quickly learn to fall asleep to.

Eddie Trotta’s Drop Seat Soft Tail Thunder Cycle speaks for the spirit of the Sturgis Rally.

Freedom to create, freedom to choose, freedom to ride.

Especially in the details and the flames.

So does his award winning bagger.

Eddie Trotter up close and in person.

And then there are the other 500,000 riders that show up every year.

And of course the sidewalk variety show.

The watched and the watchers.

Don’t forget the t-shits.

And the Dinner and Drinks.

Vintage American Chopper

Harley-Davidson on Parade.

Proud Harley owner.

For all images of our visit to Sturgis 2011 visit Travelographer

2011 Sturgis      Motorcycle Rally

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