Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Featured on Antiques Roadshow

antique mc toyThe Sturgis Motorcycle Museum was one of three chosen locations for an Antiques Roadshow segment for the upcoming shows taped in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Episode #1714, the second hour from Rapid City, features a segment on motorcycle toys that was taped while Roadshow was in the Black Hills. This segment will premiere on Public Television stations nationwide on Monday, April 29th at 8pm/7pm Central.

In the segment taped at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, host Mark L. Walberg talks with vintage toy expert Noel Barrett about a number of American-made, antique, cast iron motorcycle toys.  Barrett shares the history of these early toys, some tips about how one might tell a reproduction from the real thing, and offers his valuation on several highlighted examples.

As a special treat, watch Mark take a ride on a vintage Harley-Davidson Servi-Car (a three-wheeled motorcycle).  Additional footage shot at the museum will be posted on the Antiques Roadshow website after the episode has aired.

Please check your local listings to confirm the April 29th at 8pm/7 pm Central air date.

Sturgis Trademark Suits Continue

From the Associated Press:

Rapid City, S.D. — The organizer of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has accused a Rapid City merchandise vendor of profiting from the event without its permission by selling T-shirts with the word “Sturgis.”

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. says it owns the trademark to “Sturgis” and “Black Hills” when the two terms are used to relate to a motorcycle-related event or service. It sued Rushmore Photo & Gifts in Rapid City for copyright infringement last month.

Rushmore Photo supplies merchandise to vendors who sell at the rally. This year’s event is August 8-14.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the rally says it has licensed vendors that have sold millions of dollars’ worth of merchandise. The rally has donated to more than 90 causes and organizations using the royalties, the lawsuit says.

But Aaron Davis, an attorney for Rushmore Photo,

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Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Presents The Limpnickie Lot at the West Gate

Buffalo Chip Campground, SD (July 1, 2011)- The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is proud to announce the partnership they have embarked upon with the Limpnickie Lot to showcase the next generation of motorcycle builders.

This year the Limpnickie Lot will be featured at The Buffalo Chip®, near the West Gate (where the large Buffalo Sculpture is located) in the free area. They will be creating their own FREE Limpnickie village complete with over 20 Limpnickie Lot motorcycle builders and a skateboard ramp.

The Limpnickie Lot brings with it two great Cycle Source Magazine events to Chip, The Cycle Source Free Night Time Chopper Show will take place on Friday August 12th, which is free to enter and features prizes from Legends Air and 10 classes to enter. The fifth annual Cycle Source Black Hills Run will start and end at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® this year with a host of great destinations throughout the Black Hills. The ride will take place on Tuesday, August 9th at noon.
Rod Woodruff said “We have watched what Chris and Taber have created over the last few years and feel like the Buffalo Chip is the perfect place for them to realize their fullest potential in Sturgis. We see this as a long-term partnership that will round out the world class attractions that the Buffalo Chip already offers.”
“This new free area of the facility will be a combination of the laid back Limpnickie attitude and the world-class destination of the Chip.” Said co-owner of the Limpnickie Lot Chris Callen.
The Limpnickie Lot took the motorcycle industry by storm in March of 2008 during Daytona Bike Week when the original 11 Limpnickie Lot members took over the parking lot in front of the Stone Edge Skatepark. It was the first time young builders and small parts manufactures had joined together in an effort that would combine their passion for custom motorcycles and their cultural identifiers like skateboarding, punk rock and metal music.

They had a successful week that changed the face of motorcycling and finally gave the rising next generation of motorcycle builders a united voice. “We wanted to have our own kind of rally and found other like minded next generation builders who shared our common interests. It has blown up over the last few years and we are really stoked to be at The Buffalo Chip this year.” Said co-owner of the Limpnickie Lot, Taber Nash.
The Limpnickie Lot addition is the crown on an already packed 30 Years Strong Celebration at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. This year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will feature Charlie Brechtel, Edgar Winter, Alice Cooper, Pop Evil, Bachman Turner, Styx, Williams and Ree, Sweet Cyanide, Buckcherry, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, Poison, Lukas Nelson, Greg Allman, Lynrd Skynrd, Jeff Bridges and Friends, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Tesla and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
For thirty years the Legendary Buffalo Chip has proven itself as the heart of Sturgis Rally Week. Poised and ready to once again offer their visitors the complete biker experience, the Legendary Buffalo Chip has rounded up an enormous selection of biker-centric fun and festivities in addition to offering the summer’s biggest and most authentic music experience of Rally Week. Reservations for multi-day passes or daily admissions are available online at BuffaloChip.com or by calling 605-347-9000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (MST) Mondaythrough Friday.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. Obtains Judgement Against Little Sturgis Rally & Races

Kentucky Group Will Change its Name and Pay the South Dakota Community Oriented Non-Profit for its Previous Unauthorized Use.

Sturgis, SD (May 31, 2011)- Officials with Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. announced today that they have settled the lawsuit with a Kentucky entity formerly billing itself as the “Little Sturgis Rally.”  As a part of the agreement, the Kentucky group has agreed to change both its corporate and trade name, eliminating the word mark Sturgis® when used in connection with a motorcycle rally or any other derivations of marks that may be confusingly similar to those owned by SMRi.   The Kentucky group also agreed to accept a Consent Final Judgment and a Stipulated Permanent Judgment in favor of SMRi and paid the South Dakota community oriented non-profit an “undisclosed sum,” according to Dean Kinney, Chairperson of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc.

“Our organization is charged with promoting and enhancing the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally while providing a charitable return for the greater Sturgis area, and part of that responsibility is to protect the intellectual property of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. from unauthorized use, infringement and counterfeit goods and services,” said Kinney.

The lawsuit began several years ago when SMRi’s predecessor, the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, became aware that the Kentucky event was continuing its unauthorized use even after an attempt by a former associate of the Kentucky organization to federally register the name “Little Sturgis” was rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Longtime Black Hills-area banker John E. Johnson, a board member of SMRi, said the group is committed to protecting the Sturgis Rally. “Tourism is extremely vital to the economy of the Black Hills, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a crown jewel for the industry,” Johnson said. “Motorcycle tourism in the Black Hills and the Sturgis® brand are both at risk if we allow unauthorized use of these valuable marks.  This is not something of importance to just Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. but indeed to the hundreds of Black Hills tourism businesses and jobs that exist, in part, because of the worldwide notoriety of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally.”

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. is the owner of the portfolio of trademarks and service marks related to the world-famous event, including the word marks STURGIS® and BLACK HILLS ® when used in connection with Rally goods and services.  The City of Sturgis is a licensee of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. and is authorized to sell sponsorships using the intellectual property of the organization.  SMRi also has about a dozen official licensees for a wide- variety of products.  Distributors and retailers of STURGIS® and BLACK HILLS® Rally-related merchandise can be certain they are purchasing authorized and officially licensed merchandise of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally, simply by sourcing it through a licensee.  “The tourism season is here,” commented Kinney “and we anticipate a strong year for the industry and especially for the hundreds of retailers that sell our products. We appreciate their business and that of the hundreds of thousands of consumers that seek out and purchase the products of this remarkable and historic brand.” Questions regarding the licensing program of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally can be directed to Lisa Weyer, a Licensing Agent for SMRI, at 605.347.5336 or Lisa.Weyer@SturgisProducts.com.

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Consent Judgment and Permanent Injunction – SMRi v Little Sturgis Rally & Races for Charity Inc. 05-23-11

 

Black Hills HD to Open Store in Wall SD

Wall Drug Store, located in Wall South Dakota became famous from its self-promotion. Billboards advertising the drug store can be seen for hundreds of miles throughout South Dakota and the neighboring states.  In WWII, American GI’s even painted signs throughout Europe pointing the way to the iconic tourist trap.  That tradition continues today with soldiers from South Dakota and neighboring states.

But, beginning in May, a new sign will crop up in Wall.  The iconic bar and shield of Harley-Davidson will be erected as the owners of Black Hills HD have decided to venture out and open a satellite store in Wall.

According to a report in the Rapid City Journal, the decision was made because Harley corporate ended a program allowing dealers to sell “event items” like Sturgis rally shirts outside of Harley stores.

For years Black Hills HD sold its rally shirts and other merchandise at Wall Drugs.

The store is expected to open in May, 2011.


Woogie: A Sturgis Rally Miracle

FROM BIRTH THE ODDS WERE STACKED AGAINST ELIJAH. Being born in the sparsely populated Black Hills to native American parents living below the poverty line is hard enough, but Elijah was diagnosed with renal disease, and his prognosis was not good.

Elijah’s biological parents were unable give him the care he needed, so he was placed with the Oglala Sioux – Standing Rock Tribe and the search began for someone to keep him comfortable until he passed away. No one believed Elijah would live long enough to see his first birthday.

But Lady Luck took a shine to Woogie and in February, 2006 he found his way into the home of Matt and Becky Bruer of Sturgis South Dakota.

Matt and Becky run Sturgis Web.  If you’ve surfed the  websites of Black Hills Harley-Davidson, The Knuckle, Sturgis Harley-Davidson, Buffalo Chip Campground, Full Throttle Saloon or scores of others, you’ve seen Matt’s work.  He’s a web programmer and site designer.

In addition, Matt owns the No Name Campground.  Located 3 miles from Sturgis, No Name is one of the few “quiet” campgrounds that cater to the Sturgis tourists who actually enjoy getting a good night’s sleep.  “We’ve been dubbed the geriatric campground” says Matt “because we have a curfew to keep the noise down so everyone can rest.”

For anyone who wants to party, Matt provides buses to town that run continuously every hour all the way up to 3 am.  Matt says his cabins and RV sites are booked 2 years in advance.

Matt and Becky are also parents to 14 children, 9 of them foster children.  They were the first family designated as a therapeutic foster home with the Black Hills Children’s Society, which means they are given children with special physical and physiological needs.

When Woogie came to the Bruer’s home he was given three months to live. The couple was told to try and keep him comfortable during his last few months of life.  But as she held the tiny dark haired boy something stirred inside Becky Bruer’s soul and she refused to accept his death warrant.  She was determined to fight for him.

The first step was to get him on peritoneal dialysis.  It wasn’t a long term solution because everyone knew Woogie would need a kidney to survive.  Statistics show that 50% of dialysis patients die within 3 months and 90% in a year. But it was a start.

The closest specialty hospital in the nation for infants with this disorder was the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital over 600 miles away. Her initial 5 week trip to Minneapolis with Elijah gave her the proper training required to perform the daily peritoneal dialysis he needed to survive. Once a month Becky and Woogie made the long 18 hour round trip for his check-up.

The daily dialysis treatment helped stabilize Woogie but without a kidney the Bruers knew all too well what the eventual outcome would be.

To be considered a candidate for transplant, an infant has to reach 18 lbs.  Kidneys are scarce and until Woogie gained weight, he would not be considered, so Matt rigged a tiny nutrition supply backpack with a feeding tube that ran through Woogie’s nose into his stomach.  Matt says “We literally fed him 24 hours a day.”

Gradually as his general health improved he began to add weight. Then on August 1st, 2006, right before the Sturgis rally started, having reached that magic weight of 18 pounds the Bruer’s got the letter saying Woogie had been added to the transplant waiting list.

Another hurdle had been cleared, but  Woogie wasn’t home free.  “The letter said not to get our hopes up because the wait (for a kidney) can be upwards of two years” said Matt.

Transplants are given first to those who are the most critical and have been on the list the longest.  The Bruers settled in for a long wait, hopeful that a kidney would be found.

Three days later with the rally set to kick off and half the campground full and the other half expected in the next couple of days, the Bruers get the call that a kidney was available.

They were ecstatic!

Then reality set in.  They’re told its 12 hours away in Minnesota and because it’s a harvested kidney (from an adult donor) they have 8 hours to get Woogie to the operating table.    “It’s 7pm and the last commercial flight out of the small regional airport at Rapid City has already left.” Says Matt, “And there’s no way we can drive there in time.”

Matt, Becky and the family are devastated.   With his family in tears, Matt knew, even though it might be the only chance for Woogie, he was going to have to call the hospital and give up the kidney,

Tom and Deb Collins, campers at the "No Name Campground"

Tom and Deb Collins were campers at the No Name campground and had overheard what was going on with Woogie.  The couple knew they had to find a way to help.

Tom approached Matt and said,  “hold on a minute…do you have an American Express Card?”  When Matt said he did, Tom said, “Let me hold it for a second.”  He takes the card and Matt’s phone and disappears for 20 minutes. When he returns he tells Matt, “I just rented an airplane for you and it’s sitting on the tarmac in Rapid City!”

Matt asked, “How did you pay for it?”

Tom replied, “I put it on your American Express Card!”

Matt stood staring at the biker.  All he could think to say was, “I gotta pay for that in 30 days!”

Tom and Deb told him not to worry about that, but to take care of Woogie.

While Deb Collins helped get the family ready to make the trip, Tom Collins approached the bikers in the campground and passed around his hat.  When it got back around to him, the cash was literally overflowing.  Those tough as nail bikers with hearts of gold had raised $5,000, more than enough to pay for the plane charter.

On September 5th 2010, Woogie celebrated his 5th birthday, and besides the medicines he’ll have to take for the rest of his life, the little Sturgis miracle baby has grown into a normal rambunctious five year old.

Over the past four years The Bruers have made a monthly trip with Woogie to Minnesota  and he’s been in the hospital 13 times with 2 additional surgeries.  Doctors have made numerous adjustments in his medications.  He takes 13 different pills twice a day.

To help pay for the surgery and ongoing medical bills and medicine, the Bruers set up an organization called Elijah’s Allies and the website elijahsallies.com tells his story.  Matt says the biker community has been so good to his family and now Woogie has 500 surrogate parents, all past campers or people who have helped in some way over the years.

Matt says he still gets an occasional phone call asking him “how’s my boy?”

“The bottom line” says Matt, “bikers get a lot of bad publicity for  their partying and wild behavior sometimes, but the truth is these guys dug deep into their hearts and wallets that day and helped save a little boy’s life.  No other reason than to help a child, and to me that says it all.”

If you want to help,  financial contributions are tax deductible and will go directly into a fund account and will only be used for his healthcare expenses the fund is handled by Elijah’s B.H.C.H. Social Worker Dusty Petz and Matt & Becky Bruer, the account is at: Wells Fargo Bank  1040 Main Street, Sturgis, SD, 57785 Account Name: Elijah’s Allies.

Sturgis Bar Fetches Huge Amount at Auction

One Eyed Jack’s Saloon on Main Street in Sturgis sold for more than twice it’s county-appraised value yesterday reaching 9.2 million before the final gavel fell.

The company who auctioned the property said that interest was high as bidders came from states as far California and Florida and as close as Colorado and the Black Hills.

The winning bidder was a local businessman, Louis Bruer, the owner of the No Name City Campground located east of Sturgis.

Bruer told the Rapid City Journal that he has no plans to change anything at the Saloon.

The 45,000-square-foot-property included 80 cash registers, about 800 bar stools, a Sturgis liquor license and an exotic performer license that was grandfathered in after state statutes changed in 2008.

According to the report, it was unclear if the exotic performer license would be transferable to the new owner.


Best Blogs For Sturgis

The calendar says it’s the first full week of August so that must mean the 70th annual Sturgis Rally and Races is in full swing.  If you didn’t save up enough cash or time off then you’re in the same boat as most of us, wishing we were in the Black Hills instead of pounding away at our day jobs.

Not to worry, we’ve compiled a few of the best Sturgis blogs on the net.  If you know of a few more, be sure to leave a comment and a link.

Bikernet.com –  More than just Sturgis, but good info all around

The Buffalo Chip- Twitter feed from the World’s largest biker campground/party

Rapid City Journal Webcam – Sturgis SD sidewalk web cam that works half the time

American Biker Minute –  Twitter feed from Sturgis