Aug 112009
 

Lots going on during Sturgis week and here is the second installment of the news that you may have missed and might be interested to know.

Hells Angels and Outlaws too close for police comfort.  Cops in Wisconsin were on high alert as the Outlaws were in town for a weekend rally while the Angels were having their own shindig just over the state line in Carlton, Minnesota.  No trouble between the two clubs arose, but the cops sure had a field day handing out tickets.  Good news is that the bikers were not the ones getting citations… both clubs escaped their weekend fairly unscathed.  That being said, even business owners in Carlton are complaining about the way local authorities handled the Angels.

Bandidos spend the weekend in Colorado.  Law-enforcement officers expected between 400 and 1,100 members of the Bandidos motorcycle club at a rally west of Pueblo.  Local police and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said they didn’t expect trouble but were preparing.  So far, no news is good news…

North Carolina police braces themselves for arrival of about 600 Hells Angels to pay respect to fallen Brother, Winston-Salem Chapter President Dwight Sluder, found shot to death in his Baux Mountain Road home.  Law enforcement was on high alert because they had yet to gain many details in the case and wanted to err on the side of “community” safety.  The funeral proceeded without incident.

Deadwood’s Sturgis Legends Ride benefitting the Black Hills Children’s Home Society and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame led 250 bikes on a beautiful ride.  The $150/head entrance fee went straight to the charities and a load of people had a really great ride led by famous folks like Steven Tyler, John Paul DeJoria, Lorenzo Lamas, and a huge slew of famous bike builder who were in Sturgis to show off their wares.

The Hamsters Motorcycle Club shattered their own record this year in raising funds for Children’s Care of Rapid City.  The club is a formidable Who’s Who of big time bike builders and affluent custom bike riders (you don’t have to be rich to be a member, but you do have to RIDE a custom sled… not trailer, but ride).  $285,000 was raised and much of that came from the auction of an Arlen Ness bike that was donated to the cause.  Ness had built the bike for a member of the Hamsters, Craig Betz, who passed away after a battle with cancer.  Betz’s sister made sure the bike went back to the club to raise money for their favorite charity.  Thanks Cecily!