Notwithstanding the Covid pandemic, countless motorcycle club members got together throughout the end of the week outside the little South Dakota neighborhood of Sturgis for the 80th yearly Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The festival lasted a week and while only about half the number of last year’s attendance was there, there were plenty of cheers, tire screeches, and booming motorcycles throughout the festival.
While most of the attendees didn’t wear masks to protect against the pandemic, there were a few who did. Of course, the media had a field day with the revelation of a possibility of spreading the virus came to light after reports of new cases began to chime.
An Annual Convergence of Friends
Most riders showed up to share the experience with old friends and make new ones, while others used the opportunity to see family, some even burying loved ones at nearby sites.
Others showed up for the music, the drinking, the smoking and of course the motorcycles.
What Is The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?
As far as motorcycle rallies go, Sturgis may be the biggest. It started in Sturgis, South Dakota in 1938 by a motorcycle club who rode Indian Motorcycles and decided to start holding an event showcasing motorcycle races and stunts.
Since then, it gained in popularity and has become the largest American motorcycle rally to date, with half a million people showing up every year and generation around $800 million each year.
While most of the folks who attend are part of outlaw motorcycle clubs, there are also general motorcycle enthusiasts who attend to talk shop and trade ideas about custom bikes, maintenance and more.
Bikers Love Their Freedom
Despite the threat of the 2020 pandemic, the festival occurred regardless due to the nature of most motorcycle clubs. If you’ve ever met a biker, you know that one thing is for sure: nothing is going to get in the way of their freedom.
Interestingly enough, South Dakota is one of the only states that banned all forms of hemp — the growing, the sale, the distribution and consumption — despite the fact that hemp is perfectly legal according to the 2018 Farm Bill, which legalized hemp at the federal level. But that didn’t stop people from smoking it openly and having a good time!
The promotion of cannabis in general has always been on the agenda for those in outlaw motorcycle clubs, as is the promotion of self-reliance, loyalty to your family and devotion to your club.
An Overall Good Time
Most attendees said they had a great time seeing their buddies and participating in the festivities, which included concerts from Quiet Riot, Lit, Drowning Pool, and Buckcherry.
Mostly, though, it was a chance to see each other during a global pandemic threat where most governments had completely shut down economies. While people were being told to stay home or social distance and wear masks, the Sturgis-goers just wanted to see their friends and feel normal again.
And from what the attendees have said, it sounds like they achieved that!