2017 Sturgis Rally Photos Part II – Danger, Blink, & the Rat’s Hole

Doug Danger Thumbs Up Sturgis 2017

Doug Danger gives the thumbs up before launching off this ramp during his rattlesnake jump at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

The 2017 Sturgis Rally flew by at a frenetic pace. Last time we checked  in we had just spent the day at Crazy John’s Invitational Drag Races, the RSD Super Hooligan bash, topped ff with some late night rambling around The Chip. The next day we hit up the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show which continues to be one of the most prestigious shows in Sturgis. This year’s contest carried on the tradition with a strong field of competitors. Game Over Cycles won the crowd  over with “The World’s First Tattooed Motorcycle” which is actually a motorcycle/sidecar combo. All of its intricate artwork was tattooed by hand, including its tires, and the design sports plenty of steampunk accents. But it was Hawke Lawshe of Columbia Falls, Montana who won “Best of Show” honors at the 29th annual Sturgis show. In addition to claiming top honors, the Rat’s Hole also awarded him a six day all-expenses paid trip to the Swiss Custom Touring Show in Zurich, Switzerland. From there we shot straight over to the Buffalo Chip’s amphitheater just in time to watch Doug Danger fly through the air with the greatest of ease during his “Rattlesnake Jump.” Granted, the number of rattlesnakes in the pit may have been below expectations, nonetheless Danger’s jump itself exceeded expectations as he cleared the ramp and then some before sticking the landing. The night wrapped up with a twin-bill of George Thorogood and Blink-182, the diversity of the acts filling the amphitheater with an eclectic mix of young and old alike. Somehow we also found time to run over to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame to wish our friend Shadow and the team at Thunder Press congratulations on its 25th anniversary.

Doug Danger jump at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2017

Doug Danger flies through the air on a Harley XR750 during his death-defying jump at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

2018 Indian Springfield Dark Horse at Devils Tower

We spent a day in the saddle of the 2018 Indian Springfield Dark Horse and made a run over to Devils Tower for a first ride review in an upcoming issued of American Iron Magazine.

Game Over Cycles Tattooed Motorcycle & Sidecar Sturgis 2017

Stanislaw Myszkowski of Game Over Cycles was a big hit with the Rat’s Hole crowd thanks to his “Tattooed” motorcycle/sidecar combo called “The Recidivist.”

Chopper Rats Hole Custom Bike Show Sturgis 2017

Hawke Lawshe’s 1981 H-D XLS1000 chopper won “Best of Show” at the 2017 Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show in Sturgis. 

Travis Barker Blink-182 Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2017

Signature Travis Barker at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip!

Flaunt Girls Sturgis 2017

The Flaunt Girls heat it up late night at The Chip. 

Josh Owens wins just about everybody over with a smile.

Josh Owens wins just about everybody over with a smile.

Thunder Press 25th Anniversary Party in Sturgis 2017

We stopped in to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame to congratulate our friend Shadow and Thunder Press at their 25th anniversary party.