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Think this is mostly just Numbers is no question this was also the Most Crowded Sturgis ever .. Many First Timers to Sturgis and would bet many Inexperienced Riders as well ..
 

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I think I heard or read somewhere, that the Sturgis Rally has attracted as many as 500,000 bikers to its events.

I watched a video, made by a local biker who lives (apparently) in that area, filmed in 2015, as he road from one end to the other, of that main street.

It was much longer in distance, than I had expected. The "sections" of middle of the road parking (as well as on the sides of course) were full, even three days before the event, when the video was shot.

That doesn't include of course, all the side roads.

In a crowd of that size, (like Woodstock, in 1969) where there were estimated numbers equally as large, there are bound to be lots of statistics related to deaths, illness, fights, etc..

Also, I should point out, that this Thread Topic was covered here, to some degree, already:

http://www.motorcycleforum.com/showthread.php?t=167714

-Soupy
 

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http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...=WNhbPrhXYt5b8nZmlXFlWg&bvm=bv.99804247,d.aWw

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Thank GOD the rally isn't held in any of the above cities. I wonder how many would die in a one week event?

Two couples on their Harley's were coming back to Lamar, Missouri, from Sturgis and a women, driving her car, fell asleep, crossed the center divider and hit both bikes, killing the man and his wife on one bike and very seriously injuring the couple on the other bike. Lamar is about 10 miles due north of Carthage. The Funeral was last week. The injured couple is still in the hospital.

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I think I heard or read somewhere, that the Sturgis Rally has attracted as many as 500,000 bikers to its events.

I watched a video, made by a local biker who lives (apparently) in that area, filmed in 2015, as he road from one end to the other, of that main street.

It was much longer in distance, than I had expected. The "sections" of middle of the road parking (as well as on the sides of course) were full, even three days before the event, when the video was shot.

That doesn't include of course, all the side roads.

In a crowd of that size, (like Woodstock, in 1969) where there were estimated numbers equally as large, there are bound to be lots of statistics related to deaths, illness, fights, etc..

Also, I should point out, that this Thread Topic was covered here, to some degree, already:

http://www.motorcycleforum.com/showthread.php?t=167714

-Soupy
The original Woodstock (1969) was not rampant with deaths, fights etc as you suggest Soupy. Unlike Sturgis, which is fueled by booze and anything goes, Woodstock 69 was remarkably peaceful given the number of people and the deplorable conditions at the time.

The only two recorded fatalities was an overdose of heroin and another caused by a tractor that ran over a sleeping person in a nearby hayfield. A number of births were recorded and a few miscarriages as well.

The attitude at that time was totally different then what passes for having a good time these days. Don't compare Woodstock to a Sturgis rally, all they have in common is the big crowd.

Didn't mean to step on your toes Soupy, but that's how it goes.
 

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I would be much more interested in a deaths per hundred thousand attendees than a simple total. If they have twice the normal attendance but only a 10% growth in deaths or accidents or injuries or any other category, I regard that as a decrease in casualty rates, not an increase.
 

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I would be much more interested in a deaths per hundred thousand attendees than a simple total. If they have twice the normal attendance but only a 10% growth in deaths or accidents or injuries or any other category, I regard that as a decrease in casualty rates, not an increase.
My Thoughts exactly ..
 
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