Wisdom and Cleverness

Antifa Protesters Chased Out of Sturgis ‘Like Little Bunny Rabbits’

More than 350,000 people showed up for the annual Sturgis biker rally this year, marking the event’s 80th anniversary.

Arguably more impressive are the one million-plus viewer hits received online Sunday watching video of Antifa demonstrators given their collective asses handed back to them on chrome silver platters.

Within minutes of their attempt to protest, the face-covered Antifa marchers were out of their league without the protection of liberal politicians forcing police officers to back off.

There was no defunding of law enforcement going on in South Dakota.

With the enthusiastic cheers of thousands of bikers, police rapidly
surrounded the overpaid protesters to escort them “out of Dodge.”

Some of the bikers and protesters exchanged shoves, with one of the Antifa boys hitting the ground by law enforcement. Sturgis police handcuffed him for arrest and led the idiot away.

Police quickly escorted the Antifa protesters off as thousands of angry bikers followed.

“They were chased out of town “like little bunny rabbits,” described Mel Parsons, a biker from Texas. “Looks like all their Big Daddy Master (George) Soros lost some money on this deal. This ain’t no Ashbury Park or Seattle. They took off wagging their little fluffy ass tails behind them.”

Historical attendance peaked for the Sturgis Rally in 2015, with 739,000 estimated partcipants, but average attendance has been closer to 500,000 the past decade.

In the last few years Main Street was totally resurfaced and bump outs were added on each street corner. The City planted flowers and trees in the bump outs to add beauty and increase the overall aesthetic of Main Street.

Harley-Davidson Way was open for both motorcycle parking and vehicle traffic. On Main Street, there are approximately 40 – 50 fewer motorcycle parking spots due to the bumpouts on the street corners, but with the increased spots on Harley-Davidson Way, it amounts to nearly the same motorcycle parking capacity as before.

It was especially difficult for organizers and officials to determine 2020 attendance due to the many concerns brought forth by the COVID-19 situation.  A final decision on whether or not to hold the Rally was determined with multiple meetings. 

The Sturgis City Council held a special meeting on June 8 to discuss this topic.  On June 15, the City Council commenced with their regular Council meeting to make their final decision on holding the Rally.

The Sturgis Motorycle Rally is home to 10 days and nights of some of the best music in the country. From local, home-grown bands to up-and-coming regional acts to full-blown, national concerts, here are the scheduled concerts.

Some of this year’s lineup included ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Lynard Skynard, REO Speedwagon and more.

Billed as a very emotional exhibit, Remembering Our Fallen was displayed at Sturgis Community Center to remind Americans of the ultimate sacrifice made by those who died from wounds suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan while wearing our country’s uniform.

The memorial included 32 Tribute Towers with military and personal photos of over 5,000 of our nation’s military Fallen since 9/11/2001. This memorial was unveiled nationally at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in late 2017.

In 2019 the Rally generated $655,090,000 of direct spending by visitors, $65,509,000 in additional indirect spending, $615,116 in funding for local non-profit and charitable organizations and $1,165,688 in net profit to the City of Sturgis.

City Ordinance violations were posted as:

Indecent Exposure – $111

Open Container In Public -$61

Deposit of Filth – $86

Disorderly Conduct – $111

Careless Driving – $91

City Park Violations – $10

City trespassing – $111

Dog Running at Large – $56

Exhibition Driving – $66

Parking in Handicapped Zone – $100

Reckless Driving – Custody Arrest

Truck Routes Violations – $91

Use of Sound Amplification Device – Court Appearance Req.

Driving on bike path/sidewalk – $111

State Law

Cancelled License – $144

Violation of Restricted License – $94

Revoked Drivers License – Custody Arrest

Furnish Alcohol to Minor – Court Appearance Req.

Open Container in Motor Vehicle – $94

Possess of Controlled Substance – Custody Arrest

Possess of Drug Paraphernalia – $244

Possess of Marijuana – Custody Arrest

Possess of Substances for High Abuse (Distribution) – Custody Arrest

Juvenile Laws

Underage Alcohol Poss/Consump – Court Appearance Req.

(Continued) in Motor Vehicle – Court Appearance Req.

Underage Purchase of Cigarettes – $69

State Motorcycle Laws

Carrying Loaded or Uncased Gun – Custody Arrest

Cyclists Overtaking in Same Ln – $94

Eye Protection Required – $20

Helmet Required (under age 18) – $94

Illegal Handlebar Height – $20

Operation W/O Motorcycle Endorse -$94

South Dakota Motorcycle Driving Laws

Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one but no more than two headlamps.

The handlebars of a motorcycle must be no higher than the shoulder height of the person operating the motorcycle.

All persons under the age of 18 must wear motorcycle safety helmets that are approved by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

A person riding in an enclosed cab attached to a motorcycle does not have to wear a safety helmet.

A motorcycle operator must wear an eye protective device unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen of sufficient height and design that protects the motorcycle operator. When headlights are required to be on, a motorcycle operator cannot wear protective eye devices that are tinted or shaded to reduce the light transmission of the device below 35 percent.

Motorcycles must have at least one tail lamp, which when lighted emits a red light visible for a distance of 500 feet.

Noise Limits: Every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise.

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