Easyriders Magazine puts on biker rodeo at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Bike Kick Start Contest

STURGIS BUFFALO CHIP, S.D. — Since 1989, Easyriders Magazine has partnered with the Sturgis Buffalo Chip to host what they name biker rodeos.

These rodeos are a collection of bike video games and competitions, corresponding to a gradual race the place the final one to cross the end line is the winner, a barrel race, and a balloon toss the place backseat riders throw a water balloon over an impediment and catch it on the opposite facet.

Robert Schwellinger, subject boss of the biker video games, said, “1989 was the primary rodeo and I used to be out right here, and naturally we gained. Here I'm once more, however now I'm directing the biker video games so everybody get out right here and have some enjoyable driving bikes.”

The occasion additionally has a scorching canine consuming contest, the place backseat riders attempt to catch and eat a scorching canine whereas on a shifting bike, and so they even have a kick begin contest the place contestants see what number of occasions they will kick begin their bike.

When requested what his favourite occasion was at the rodeo, Schwellinger bragged about how his favourite was the kick begin contest as a result of he holds the file.

“It’s actually the kick begin contest as a result of I maintain the file. I received mine began 32 occasions in a single minute in 1983. Then we didn’t do it anymore as a result of everybody has electrical begins. So lastly, we had been like, “Let’s begin doing it once more as a result of the youthful guys received kick begin bikes.'”

The winner of Friday’s kick begin contest was Jerimiah Lightnin of British Colombia, Canada, who kick began his 1962 Panhead 13 occasions in beneath one minute.

“Defiantly harm my knee and my thigh is on hearth, however it was enjoyable,” Lightnin mentioned. “It’s very tough for positive, however new spark plugs I believe helped with that one.”

The contest additionally had children as younger as 13-years-old performing wheelies and doing barrel racing. Schwellinger famous that youngsters truly do very effectively in these contests.

“We allow them to play within the straightforward video games,” Schwellinger mentioned. “In truth, the youngsters are higher at the barrel push as a result of the tire pushes the barrel up and it doesn’t roll as quick, to allow them to management it higher. So, the youngsters kicked butt this weekend on that.”

The contest attracted households of all ages and noticed a father, son, and two grandsons all competing with one another. Schwellinger talked concerning the story and the way all of them competed within the barrel race.

“It’s actually nice seeing complete households out right here,” he mentioned.

Easyriders Magazine additionally hosts totally different occasions in the course of the rally corresponding to a trike present and a truck and tractor fashion pulling occasion.


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