Alaska Man Files Lawsuit Over Motorcycle Mishap at Concert

An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — An Alaska man who says he was hit by a motorcycle that flew offstage during a 2016 Buffalo Chip Campground concert has filed a federal lawsuit against the campground, the rider and the bike company.

The Argus Leader reports that Royce Rath was in the crowd during the Aug. 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally festivities at the campground. The complaint filed this week says in between concert performers Lita Ford and Kid Rock, showman Roland Sands road a motorcycle designed without front brakes across the stage and into a crowd of spectators.


Official attendance at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally set at 480,000

STURGIS, S.D. -- Official attendance for the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was released Thursday showing an estimated 480,000 people attended the 77th annual event in August, up from last year.

Last year’s estimate was 448,000 visitors.

It was well below the record-setting attendance for the 75th annual event in 2015 when 739,000 people traveled to the Black Hills of western South Dakota for the nine-day gathering of motorcyclists from across the world.  Some were estimating almost 1 million attended the 75th event, but that wasn’t official.

The official number for this past summer’s event was released at the first Sturgis Rally Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 12, where local business owners discussed increasing digital advertising and having more events at the end of the rally.


Sturgis Rally 2017: Man, 27, dies in vehicle crash

(video)--A 27-year-old man died in a vehicle crash Thursday near Custer, bringing the total number of fatal crashes during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to six.

The Highway Patrol released the latest numbers as part of its Rally Tally on Friday. 

The latest fatal crash occurred at 7:12 a.m. Thursday seven miles west of Custer. The Highway Patrol says a 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan was eastbound when the driver lost control and the vehicle went into the ditch. The 27-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. One of three other occupants, a 20-year-old male, sustained life-threatening injuries. The other two passengers, a 21-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, both received serious non-life threatening injuries.

In other Sturgis Rally figures, authorities have made 130 arrests on DUI, 131 misdemeanor drug arrests and 38 felony drug arrests. 

There have been 40 non-injury accidents and 59 injury accidents reported.


The naked truth in Sturgis: World’s largest motorcycle rally getting tamer

(video and 85 pic photo gallery)---STURGIS, S.D. — Among the rumbling V-twin engines, the half-naked, body-painted women and wet T-shirt competitions, the black leather jackets and majestic beards, a gnawing question keeps coming up: Has the world’s biggest motorcycle rally lost its edge after 77 years?

There’s no question Sturgis remains wildly popular. An expected 500,000 riders are flocking to this tiny town in the Black Hills this week, filling hotel rooms and renting out homes, parking their RVs in fields and setting up tents on lawns. They’re buying gas, pulled-pork sandwiches and T-shirts commemorating the trip. They’re riding the curvy, hilly pavement for hundreds of miles around the city, and doing anything conceivably motorcycle related, all under the single-word description: “Sturgis.”


Sturgis Motorcycle Rally crashes: Eight injured in accidents Sunday

There have been no fatal crashes through two days of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Through this time last year, there were six.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol released updated crash and citation numbers on Monday afternoon.

Through two days of the rally, there have been 12 injury crashes and 11 non-injury crashes. Forty-seven people have been arrested on DUI charges, 53 on misdemeanor drug charges and 14 on felony drug charges. Cash of $623 has been seized and three vehicles seized.

Eight people were injured in crashes Sunday:

* At 9:35 a.m., U.S. Highway 385, mile marker 111, 10 miles south of Deadwood: Bradley Chiolds, 62, Scottsbluff, NE, was driving a motorcycle south when he hit a deer. Chiolds sustained serious non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

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4 hurt when motorcycle goes off stage, into crowd

(video)-STURGIS, S.D. –  Four people were hurt when a motorcyclist performing a stunt accidentally drove into a crowd at the annual Sturgis Motorcyle Rally, said a spokeswoman for the South Dakota campground where the event is held.

Buffalo Chip Campground spokeswoman Nyla Griffith told the Rapid City Journal the accident happened around 9:45 p.m. Sunday between performances by Lita Ford and Kid Rock. She said a rider was performing a burn out between shows when he lost control and went off stage.

Griffith said four people were treated on the scene and were believed to have been taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries wasn't immediately clear.

This year's annual Sturgis rally in western South Dakota's Black Hills kicks off Monday. A record 739,000 people attended last year.


Big drop in attendance expected at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

STURGIS, S.D. - Officials are expecting a smaller and quieter Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than last year’s 75th anniversary event, which drew record crowds.

The 76th rally in western South Dakota’s Black Hills is Aug. 8-14. The biggest indicator of a potential big drop in attendance is the abundance of available motel rooms and campground spaces, the Rapid City Journal reported.

“There’s room in the inn,” said Susan Johnson with Black Hills Central Reservations of Deadwood. “Even during the 2015 rally, we could always find a room. But the difference this year is we’ve got rooms all over the Black Hills, campgrounds all over the Black Hills. We’ve got more private homes than we have ever had.”

A record 739,000 people attended last year’s event, which was a 67 percent more than in 2014. Rally Director Jerry Cole said this year’s event is likely to be an average rally — but that would still mean a half-million people.


Sturgis again has an Indian Motorcycle dealership.(pics)

The new retail sales and service dealership opened its doors to the public on Monday and is owned and operated by Vern Eide Motorcars.

Sturgis is home to the annual motorcyclist mecca, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which was founded by a group of Indian Motorcycle riders in the late 1930s. Last August at the Sturgis rally, just blocks from the new dealership location, Indian Motorcycle unveiled its all-new 2014 Indian Motorcycle lineup to cheers and accolades from motorcycle fans around the world.

Bruce Eide said he first came to be offered a Victory motorcycle franchise in Sioux Falls in 2013. Following that, a representative of Polaris, which relaunched the Indian Motorcycle brand, came to visit asking if they would be interested in taking on the Indian franchise for Sioux Falls.