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Women Riders To Converge To Sturgis For The Wild Gypsy Tour

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Women riders can experience the first-ever all-women’s camping and motorcycle festival at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip kicking off the 77th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on August 4-7, 2017 in South Dakota. Women from all over the world will gather in the mecca for motorcyclists to launch the historical event with live entertainment, private campgrounds, exclusive moto-related classes taught by industry experts, all women-led group rides through the landmarks of the country, and various activities including shooting guns on the range and racing on the flat track. Read more.

S&S Brings MASSIVE Horsepower To Legends Ride’s One-Off Commemorative Low Rider

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In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride S&S Cycle, Inc. is debuting a 165-170 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider custom to be auctioned in support of the milestone event that kicks off in Deadwood, SD on Aug. 7. The fully customized Low Rider, designed to look and feel every bit a “muscle bike,” will be unveiled on Saturday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. at the Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show in the St. Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, Minn.

As the uncontested aftermarket leader in V-Twin performance parts for almost six decades, S&S Cycle transformed the 2017 club-style chopper into a sleek and stylish beast powered by a T143 Black Edition engine packing 143 cubic inches and 165 horsepower to the wheel. Harnessing that extra horsepower required S&S to upgrade the transmission, clutch and primary work. To clothe the powerful machine, S&S added a Russ Wernimont FXRT style fairing some Dyna Defender bags. The piece de resistance is the hot rod inspired striped paint job, which recalls the wildly popular classic muscle car, the Shelby Cobra.

“This incredibly beautiful and powerful bike created by the masters at S&S Cycle will be going up on the auction block at the Legends Ride this August,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “It’s not only a real prize, but its sale will support the Ride, which has so far raised nearly half a million dollars for local charities including South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The top bidder is going to ride off on one incredible and unique motorcycle while feeling like a hero for supporting very worthy causes.”

To be one of the first to get a look at the 10th Anniversary Legends Ride bike, attend the official unveiling at the Donnie Smith Show on March 25. Information and photos will be posted at BuffaloChip.com after the event. The bike will be featured this summer in American Iron Magazine issue #351.


Industry News — Brenda Vasknetz and Tammy Bohn Join the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Team

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Experienced motorcycle rally event specialists Brenda Vasknetz and Tammy Bohn are now part of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip team.

Brenda Vasknetz will serve as the Buffalo Chip’s Brand Alliance Manager, working closely with Sponsorship Director Lon Nordbye. Vasknetz, formerly the Sturgis Rally & Events Director, served the City of Sturgis for the past 27 years.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip also recently welcomed motorsports, firearms and sponsorship expert Tammy Bohn. Bohn will be under contract to assist the Buffalo Chip’s sponsorship team, working to develop strategic partnerships and promote the Chip’s numerous assets to motorsports and related industries.

“We are thrilled to have both Brenda and Tammy on our team. They bring a great deal of expertise in the rally, motorsports and firearms industries and will be assisting us with exciting new developments,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip president.

Vasknetz’s extensive strategic development, organizational and financial operations experience is an asset to her new position.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Buffalo Chip team and being part of its planned expansion and new developments,” said Vasknetz. “This is an exciting time at the Chip, and this position will allow me to continue working with many organizations and businesses with which I have built relationships in order to help them experience an even more successful event.” Bohn has worked in the motorcycle, motorsports, and sponsorship industry for more than 17 years, most recently with the City of Sturgis. She and her husband, Justin, continue to own and operate Sturgis Guns in Sturgis, SD.

“I was drawn to the Buffalo Chip by the positive and energetic business atmosphere. They’ve been attracting some of the biggest names in the industry and have plans for even more development,” said Bohn. “I’m excited to be part of the growth and energy here.”

Danger to Jump Pit of Deadly Rattlesnakes at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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American stuntman Doug Danger plans to jump a pit of 2,000 live rattlesnakes at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. More about the jump and the official announcement video can be found here.

“Doug is a professional who’s completed some incredible jumps, but this one is truly over the top,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “He’s either the most courageous man I’ve ever met, or he’s got a genuine lack of fear. While we are doing all we can to ensure the safety of everyone in the amphitheater, including Doug, the threat to his life is real. These poisonous vipers will kill him nearly instantly should he fail.”

Prairie rattlers are known as one of the world’s deadliest snakes. One bite of a rattlesnake can kill a healthy man in the matter of a few minutes. It is reported that anti-venom can cost as much as $50,000 per injection, and an affected person may require several in order to survive, but only if administered in time. The snakes will be secured in holding tanks in an area designed to ensure the safety of all spectators.

The model of bike on which Danger will attempt this stunt further heightens the threat of receiving fatal rattlesnake bites. The 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750 was not engineered to leave the ground, nor was it manufactured to ensure a safe landing after doing so. But Danger has had a burning desire to jump this bike ever since seeing his hero, Evel Knievel, attempt both successful and not-so-successful stunts with the same bike.

Those wishing to witness Doug Danger’s Rattlesnake Jump may purchase passes at www.BuffaloChip.com. Danger’s death-defying stunt joins the previously announced American Flat Track Races in the lineup of spectacular entertainment for 2017.

New World Order Bikernet Weekly News for January 5, 2017

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I received a note from the MRF about a state trying to pass another helmet law.Over the last eight years we’ve seen a shift from a balanced approach to save everything. The notion that if one precious life could be saved we can torture thousands for years to prevent one death. Think about it from two prospectives.

First, the worst problem on the planet is overpopulation. And is the design to make health care a mega industry by keeping us alive as long as possible. Of course in the process, our freedoms fly out the window. I’m hoping to see freedom return as a priority in this country and a balanced approach for safety.

What do you think?

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Buffalo Chip Fans to Win Autographed Guitars and Shopping Sprees

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buckcherry-8-12-16The Buffalo Chip is giving away two collector’s guitars and two hefty holiday shopping sprees. Members of rock bands Buckcherry and Pop Evil each added their signatures to an Epiphone Les Paul Special guitar while performing at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip in 2016. One incredibly lucky Chip fan will win the Buckcherry guitar, another will win the Pop Evil inscribed instrument and both will win a $125 Hot Leathers shopping spree.

How to Enter
Fans may enter the Rock the Holidays Sweepstakes at Buffalochip.com/RockTheHolidays for their chance to win one of these exclusive collectibles. Registration closes Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 at 5 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced Dec. 12.

The participating partners who made the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Rock the Holidays Sweepstakes possible include Epiphone, Buckcherry, Pop Evil, Revolver Magazine, Rock 106.7 in Salt Lake City, Hot Bike Magazine and Hot Leathers.

Doc Robinson's Postcard From Sturgis

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It seems the AMD bike show is not being missed here in Sturgis at the Rally, with more bike shows being held than you can poke the proverbial stick at. Today’s efforts included the Road Iron/Eddie Trotta/Dirty Bird Concerts Bagger Show.Yep, baggers, baggers, baggers – where once the rally teemed with choppers, now it is Bagger City. The venerable Rat’s Hole show was held, the Hamsters Custom Bike Show Mayor’s choice Award, the Cycle Source Night time Chopper Show – the list goes on.

The big news, however, are the awesome new Indians which are generating huge interest. 

All the signs are that the attendance this year is way up with many vendors reporting excellent sales. Bert Baker was smiling broadly, but then he almost always is, the boys at Performance Machine were putting in long hours fitting their superb wheel, the Kuryakyn display looked like an ant farm with customers jammed shoulder to shoulder shopping for all sorts of goodies and Mike Corbin was sitting back and purring like a Cheshire cat.

Thursday wrapped up for many rally patrons with a performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Daredevils Brave Sturgis Buffalo Chip Day of Motorcycle Stunts

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Guests at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® spent the day on the edge of their seats as the first ever Daredevil Wednesday packed in an insane schedule of fearless motorcycle stunts. The spectacle had the Buffalo Chip’s free access CrossRoads area swarming with Sturgis Rally-goers throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

Daredevil Wednesday included such stunts as Tim Dyson’s double backflip with a passenger, Juli Moody using her bare arms to hold together two drag racing motorcycles, Patch McGillicutty speed record on the Wall of Death and unimotorcycle drag racing. By far the most ambitious stunt of the day was Clint Ewing’s attempt to set the world record for the longest ride on a motorcycle through a tunnel of fire. 

An expansive crowd, along with a team of paramedics and firemen, and the CMT film crew, all waited with bated breath as nearly 40 people lit the 230-foot tunnel with their torches. Within seconds, a roaring fire had engulfed the tunnel, filling the sky with an enormous cloud of black smoke. Without delay Clint Ewing fearlessly entered the 2900-degree tunnel, but within seconds both he and his bike emerged from the side engulfed in flames.  The emergency crew surrounded the brave stuntman, who immediately stood up to show he had survived the attempt. Even with third degree burns Ewing gave  a thumbs up as EMTs loaded him up and took him to a to a nearby hospital where he was later released.  

The fiery performances continued into the night on the main stage, as Rob Zombie brought a multidimensional show complete with huge stage props and plenty of pyrotechnics. In a fitting end to Daredevil Wednesday, also included adrenaline-pumping performances by Mastodon and Machine Head.

The Sturgis campground continues its lineup up thrilling events on Thursday with its annual Freedom Celebration. In a day of events designed to honor our nation’s military men and women, guests are invited to walk the Buffalo Chip’s Field of Flags, visit the Veterans Memorial Wall and honor the lives of two Benghazi heroes during an undoubtedly emotional main stage presentation. 

Patriotic rockers, Madison Rising, will kick off the evening of thrilling musical acts by performing their rock rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Fellow patriots, Brantley Gilbert and Lynryd Skynryd, continue the American theme throughout the evening.

Campground admission passes are still available and all concerts are free with camping. Passes also grant guests access to the Bikini Beach swim paradise, 25 bars, thrilling exhibits, and outrageous events. The 32nd annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle and Music Festival runs July 29 through Aug. 11, 2013. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com or by calling (605) 347-9000.


Broken Spoke —Fans And Campers Rave About Concerts

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Photography by Ron Carter,  Broken Spoke Campground and Resort


KORN in concert at the Broken Spoke Campground and Resort


What:    Concerts at the world famous Broken Spoke Campground and Resort, located at 13018 S. Dakota 79 in Sturgis, S.D., were very successful with all fans in attendance. Over the last several weeks motorcycle enthusiasts, music lovers and the curious have united at the Broken Spoke for its biggest year yet. With three days left to go of the rally you can be sure The Broken Spoke will continue to party to the very end!

National headliners that hit the Broken Spoke stage included:

Sunday, August 4 –         The Black Crowes
Monday, August 5 –         Queens of the Stone Age
Tuesday, August 6 –       Korn
Wednesday, August 7 Gary Allan

The energy was electric and the lifelong memories were evident by all music fans that attended the 2013 national headliner concerts held at the Broken Spoke Campground & Resort.  The Broken Spoke opened its gates to some of the biggest names in the music business, hosting headliners including The Black Crowes, Queens of the Stone Age, Korn and Gary Allan.  The liveliness and excitement of the crowds lead to the success of the series.  Fans also enjoyed the many features of the campground, in addition to the live music.

Gary Allan performing at the Broken Spoke Campground and Resort

The Broken Spoke Campground offers 14 days of camping during the Sturgis rally in 600 beautiful acres with clean bathrooms, hot private showers and the 30,000 square foot ride-thru biker bar. Admission into the campground includes concert admission to headlining shows listed above as well as multiple motorcycle events and more. Camping reservations and concert tickets for the Broken Spoke Campground are available now.

When:   The Broken Spoke Campground and Resort is Open NOW

Where: Broken Spoke Campground and Resort

13018 S. Dakota 79
Sturgis, S.D.  57785 

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2014 Indian First Riding Impressions

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We took all three new Indian bikes today, but before we bring you a more in-depth evaluation, here's what an enthusiast had to say about his first ride on a 2014 Indian in Sturgis on Sunday.

Duane was the very first rider to throw a leg over a bike at the Indian Motorcycle demo this morning. We are honored by Duane's reaction and can't thank him enough for his long standing passion for Indian Motorcycle.