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Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s 2017 Biker Belles® Welcomes All to “My Motorcycle Life”

1The Buffalo Chip’s Biker Belles tradition of honoring women in motorcycling continues with special guests, new features and old friends.

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Buffalo Chip, SD (May 2, 2017) – An inclusive opportunity to celebrate women in motorcycling and connect with those who are shaping the industry, driving change and breaking long-held traditions will take place Tuesday, Aug. 8 during the Buffalo Chip’s ninth annual Biker Belles celebration. This charity event opens with The Morning Ride™ that leads participants on a beautiful journey from the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads to the Lodge at Deadwood. Here participants will experience the Comfort Zone by Team Diva, a catered lunch and an inspiring symposium. The theme “My Motorcycle Life” will open the path to discussions surrounding the role motorcycling plays in the lives of women and those who love and serve them. Panelists and special guests announced to date include Open Road Girl’s Malinda Johnson and Sturgis Rider Daily and Iron Trader News Editor and Publisher Marilyn Stemp. Biker Belles was created in 2009 to raise awareness of the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling and to raise funds for local worthy charities. Those interested may find more information or reserve their place at the event at BikerBelles.com.

Participants will be among the first to get a look at Diva Amy Skaling’s dazzling new Paul Yaffe-customized bagger when she unveils it before the ride. New to the popular Comfort Zone at the Lodge at Deadwood, Malinda Johnson will be bringing her Open Road Girl store, where she will be personally assisting her fans.

The 2017 Biker Belles event is supported by Hot Leathers, BMW Motorrad and Wrangler Jeanswear.

The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, 30 year anniversary.
The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, 30 year anniversary.

 

2017 Biker Belles Schedule

8:30 a.m. – Registration and coffee at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads, Diva 2 Bike Unveiling

9:30 a.m. – A guided journey through the picturesque Black Hills.

11:00 a.m. – Registration opens at The Lodge at Deadwood non-ride participants

11:30 a.m. – Ride arrives at The Lodge at Deadwood for a catered lunch, “Comfort Zone” by Team Diva pampering and retail experience and silent auction.

12:30 p.m. – “My Motorcycle Life” Symposium and featured speakers

1:45 p.m. – All participants gather for Biker Belles official group photo

 

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How To Register

Participants are asked to make a $60 contribution to join the festivities, 100 percent of which directly benefit two South Dakota charities that benefit women-related causes, Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. Reservations may be made by visiting BikerBelles.com or by calling (605) 347-9000.

 

About Biker Belles®

The annual Biker Belles charity event is a celebration of women in the world of motorcycling that centers on “Real Riders, Real Stories, and Real Passion”. Whether one rides his or her own bike or prefers being the passenger, this Sturgis Buffalo Chip®-hosted event offers a great opportunity to meet new friends and gain inspiration from pioneering women who continue to influence the world of motorcycling today. All Biker Belles proceeds support worthy local charities. To date Buffalo Chip programs have raised over half a million dollars for charity. For more information and to join the 2017 Biker Belles celebration visit www.bikerbelles.com or call (605) 347-9000.

 

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” curated by Michael Lichter is free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

2016 Buffalo Chip Festival Brought Familiar Traditions and Stunning Performances

35Buffalo Chip, SD (Aug. 23, 2016) – The authentic rally tradition continued last week as motorcycle and music fans gathered to enjoy nine days of adrenaline-packed action and entertainment at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. As the center of activity and heart of the annual rally loyal fans joined friends from around the globe for a gathering of two-wheeled titans, top entertainers, fearless racers, freedom lovers and crazy characters for the 35th anniversary of “The Best Party Anywhere!®”

Moto Stampede – Thunder Clapped and Gawds Stirred

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The Chip did the unbelievable by successfully tearing up the amphitheater to install a track for one day of moto-hijinx directly in front of its main stage. During one of the most celebrated events of the 2016 rally, the Buffalo Chip revived the racing that founded the rally, making for an epic day of music and races the rally has never before seen in one place. Spectators stood in awe as the spray of rubber and roar of horsepower from the Buffalo Chip’s Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John filled the amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 10. The crowd then received another shot of pure adrenaline as they shifted to the south side of the Chip’s amphitheater for a taste of authentic dirt track racing from the Roland Sand’s Design’s Super Hooligan Races presented by Indian Motorcycle. Moto Stampede events brought the attention of national media like Forbes, MAXIM, Road & Track and more. The day ended with high-profile after parties that lasted into the wee morning hours.

In a throwback to the days when young men tweaked their street machines into dirt track racers, Roland Sands Designs and Indian Motorcycles helped revive the thrill of Hooligan flat track racing at the Buffalo Chip’s Moto Stampede in the amphitheater. Brakes were optional as celebrity racers Roland Sands and Carey Hart joined a cadre of potential champions tearing up the Chip’s new dirt track constructed specially to host this event.

Chip stunt fan favorites the Seattle Cossacks joined in on the festivities, stacking riders high atop their vintage Harleys and capturing the hearts of appreciative audiences with their winning smiles and baffling moto-acrobatics.

 

Celebrities Turn Out for Charity

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The premier charity ride of the 2016 rally, the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride®, attracted some of the biggest names in bike building, business, television and movies on Monday, Aug. 8 while raising funds for South Dakota Special Olympics Rapid City Flame, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and the Buffalo Chip Challenge™ Technical Education Scholarship Fund. The Buffalo Chip Challenge bikes were auctioned in support of the Legends Ride, and the second annual Legends Lunch, hosted by billionaire philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, actor Tom Berenger and actor, writer and producer Carmine Cangialosi, raised funds for charities Meeting the Need and South Dakota Special Olympics, Rapid City Flame.

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Thursday’s Freedom Celebration Rideraised funds for veterans’ charities Warrior Dog Foundation, Wounded Wear/Combat Wounded Coalition and America’s Mighty Warriors. Outstanding veterans were recognized on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage on Thursday evening and presented with the Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award in front of a very patriotic and appreciative audience.

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On Tuesday, Biker Belles® gathered to discuss “Two-Wheeled Transformation,” take a ride and raised money for local charity Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. Funds raised in 2016 bring the Chip’s total of charitable giving to more than $600,000 since 1981.

 

Motorcycle Masterpieces

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Five days of bike shows outside the Big Engine Bar at the Buffalo Chip’s CrossRoads presented daily collections of some of the rally’s most amazing machines. Sponsored by Full Throttle Magazine, Biltwell, Easyriders Magazine, and ending with the famous Rat’s Hole, the 2016 shows offered a look at the bizarre, the creative and the traditional of the motorcycle world. Clint Ewing and crew added a stunt show laced with twists and smoking tire squeals and Easyriders Magazine hosted an exciting auction of original art created by celebrated motorcycle artist David Mann on Wednesday, Aug 10. The 2016Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Skin & Bones, Tattoo Inspired Motorcycles as Art,” curated by famed photographer Michael Lichter, drew an appreciative audience. The museum-quality exhibit, open free to the public, included stunning works of motorcycle art from 32 builders and 20 artists from around the world.

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The Beat Goes On

An eclectic array of the world-class entertainers filled the 2016 Buffalo Chip’s concert schedule, giving guests an opportunity to enjoy the both living legends and today’s up and comers. The festival opened with the legendary Willie Nelson who offered up a long list of hits, and it concluded with the hilarious musical antics of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Award-winning country star Miranda Lambert topped off the Chip’s 30th annual Freedom Celebration, Lynyrd Skynyrd declared themselves the Buffalo Chip’s house band and Five Finger Death Punch hit the audience with a power-packed performance. Kid Rock shook the house down performing a full show after a near two-hour rain delay that didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for the star.

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“It’s hard to believe we’ve now celebrated 35 years of ‘The Best Party Anywhere,’ ” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “What an incredible year we’ve had with our friends. From the main stage performances to the Moto Stampede races, rides and celebrity appearances, it was fantastic. And now we’re ready to start it all over again for 2017!”

 

The Buffalo Chip has already begun making preparations for the 2017 festival. Passes for the event are on sale and may be purchased atwww.BuffaloChip.com.

 

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™.Established in 1981, the venue’s nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling PowerSports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s Biker Belles event will celebrate women and the role they play in shaping the culture, sport, art

unnamed 2Sturgis, SD (May 6, 2015) –The Sturgis Buffalo Chip®’s Biker Belles event will celebrate women and the role they play in shaping the culture, sport, art and history of motorcycling on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads VIP Center. Created by the Buffalo Chip seven years ago to raise awareness of the passion, diversity and spirit of women in motorcycling and to raise funds for worthy local charities, the event has undergone some big changes for 2015.

The festivities will include a catered brunch, inspiring speakers, a pampering at the Comfort Zone sponsored by Team Diva and servicing options at Easy Eddie’s Tune-Up Tent. Attendees may also enter their ride in the unique bike show where entrants will share stories about their ride. Featured speaker and Motor Maids matriarch, Gloria Struck will give an entertaining presentation and safety expert, Vicky Sanfelipo, author of “A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist,” will offer safe riding tips.

Since its inception in 2009, Biker Belles has raised money for worthy charities, including the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame and Helping with Horsepower.

The event is open to both men and women, riders and non-riders, and participants are asked to make a $45 contribution to join the festivities. One hundred percent of the $45 registrants contributions will directly benefit worthy charities. Reservations may be made by visiting BikerBelles.com or by calling (605) 347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast. Established in 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere™, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Buffalo Chip guests have the freedom to party and play while experiencing world-class concerts, outrageous events, moving freedom celebrations, thrilling PowerSports and more. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers cabins, RVs, camping, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, paved roads, and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.