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Photo Gallery: 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

By John Galvin

If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the Sturgis Rally this year, as always you missed one hell of a party. The Thunder Press crew was posted up on the outskirts of downtown to take it all in and try to bring our readers as much of the Black Hills experience as our pages allow… which, if you’ve ever spent time in the print-media industry, is never enough room. So we’ve thrown together a small taste of Main Street madness and beyond from this year’s batch of photos that didn’t make the print “cut.” Enjoy. (Photos by John Galvin and Shadow, unless noted.)

**And be on the lookout for the October North and South issues that are jam-packed with Sturgis coverage — they ship to dealerships and mailboxes 9/11 and 9/12, respectively. October West will be on its way to dealerships and subscribers on 9/25.

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Cover your ears around these guys if you're not a fan of metal scraping on pavement

Cover your ears around these guys if you're not a fan of metal scraping on pavement

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Keeping the bikes clean at the Knuckle Saloon

Keeping the bikes clean at the Knuckle Saloon

It's not a party until the stripper-pole bike comes out

It's not a party until the stripper-pole bike comes out

Cycle Boyz out of Canada - the engraving on this bike is absolutely insane!

Cycle Boyz out of Canada - the engraving on this bike is absolutely insane!

Rat's Hole Bike Show

Rat's Hole Bike Show

Not sure what that is, but I want it!

Not sure what that is, but I want it!

Patriotic photo shoot at the Rat's Hole Bike Show

Patriotic photo shoot at the Rat's Hole Bike Show

Showing the Rat's Hole some love

Showing the Rat's Hole some love

Action from the BAKER Drivetrain Smoke-down Showdown at Easyriders

Action from the BAKER Drivetrain Smoke-down Showdown at Easyriders

Action from the BAKER Drivetrain Smoke-down Showdown at Easyriders

Action from the BAKER Drivetrain Smoke-down Showdown at Easyriders

Paint ’em if you've got ’em...

Paint ’em if you've got ’em...

Sean Ruddy of Chop deVille takes home the big check in the Freestyle class

Sean Ruddy of Chop deVille takes home the big check in the Freestyle class

Awards presentation at J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Sturgis Bike Show held Wednesday

Awards presentation at J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Sturgis Bike Show held Wednesday

Badass baggers at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Sturgis Bike Show held Wednesday

Badass baggers at the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Sturgis Bike Show held Wednesday

Not during the Rally...

Not during the Rally...

There's irony there, somewhere...

There's irony there, somewhere...

Always a party at the Side Hack Saloon

Always a party at the Side Hack Saloon

Wall of Death

Wall of Death

Inside the Full Throttle Saloon

Inside the Full Throttle Saloon

Smoke show

Smoke show

Sunsets on Main Street

Sunsets on Main Street

That's different...

That's different...

Ride-In Bike Show at Full Throttle Saloon

Ride-In Bike Show at Full Throttle Saloon

Awards ceremony at the Ride-In Bike Show at Full Throttle Saloon

Awards ceremony at the Ride-In Bike Show at Full Throttle Saloon

The scene at the Full Throttle Saloon

The scene at the Full Throttle Saloon

Tea? Yes, please.

Tea? Yes, please.

Ready to subdue unruly cowboys at Full Throttle

Ready to subdue unruly cowboys at Full Throttle

21 custom-painted helmets representing the café racing style were on display at this year's Motorcycles as Art exhibit organized by Michael Lighter and Paul d'Orleans

21 custom-painted helmets representing the café racing style were on display at this year's Motorcycles as Art exhibit organized by Michael Lighter and Paul d'Orleans

Ray Drea, styling chief for Harley-Davidson, and his 1984 XR1000 on display in Ton Up!

Ray Drea, styling chief for Harley-Davidson, and his 1984 XR1000 on display in Ton Up!

Michael Lichter and Paul d'Orleans welcome the press to the Motorcycles as Art exhibit titled "Ton Up! -- Speed, Style and Café Racer Culture"

Michael Lichter and Paul d'Orleans welcome the press to the Motorcycles as Art exhibit titled "Ton Up! -- Speed, Style and Café Racer Culture"

FXR Motorbike Show in City Park

FXR Motorbike Show in City Park

FXR Motorbike Show in City Park

FXR Motorbike Show in City Park

Cruisin' back to town from the Chip (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

Cruisin' back to town from the Chip (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

The legendary Chip (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

The legendary Chip (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

Main Street madness (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

Main Street madness (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

'Nuff said... (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

'Nuff said... (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

This house was trying to lure in Toby Keith after his performance at the Chip (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

This house was trying to lure in Toby Keith after his performance at the Chip (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (Photo by Nicole Siewert)

The view from Easyriders Saloon

The view from Easyriders Saloon

Death by broken toe. True story...

Death by broken toe. True story...

The year of the Indian Chiefs at the 73rd annual Sturgis Rally

The year of the Indian Chiefs at the 73rd annual Sturgis Rally

Managing Editor John Galvin with Victory gals

Managing Editor John Galvin with Victory gals

Ole Smoky Moonshine girls keep folks hydrated. I recommend the 'White Lightning' and the cherries...

Ole Smoky Moonshine girls keep folks hydrated. I recommend the 'White Lightning' and the cherries...

These guys are huge. And gorgeous.

These guys are huge. And gorgeous.

Going solo...

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A peek at Patch McGillicutty inside the Wall of Death

A peek at Patch McGillicutty inside the Wall of Death

Flags fly at the Chip

Flags fly at the Chip

The paint/detail on this big rig was insane

The paint/detail on this big rig was insane

The paint/detail on this big rig was insane

The paint/detail on this big rig was insane

Legendary

Legendary

Quiet time at the Buffalo Chip

Quiet time at the Buffalo Chip

Full Throttle fun

Full Throttle fun

Great album, great paint job

Great album, great paint job

Angel Dawgs - to die for...

Angel Dawgs - to die for...

Angel Dawgs - to die for...

Angel Dawgs - to die for...

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Nice day at The Chip

Nice day at The Chip

 

One comment

  1. who made the helmet wall mount racks for the 21 custom helmets

    thanks

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