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2012 Sturgis Rally Photo Gallery

Climb On! with Motorcycle USA as we bring you news from the 2012 Sturgis Rally, from partying at the Legendary Buffalo Chip to the AMD World Championships of Custom Bike Building.

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We kicked off Sturgis 2012 with a ride over to the Crazy Horse Memorial while testing a set of Ohlins rear shocks on a 2009 Ultra Classic.
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Arlen Ness ready to ride as the entourage heads out of Deadwood during the 2012 Legends Ride.
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Big Bear Choppers representing at the Legends Ride. Kevin and Mona pose for a picture next to the latest 145 cubic-inch powered Big Bear Chopper.
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I pay my respect to the founders of this great country of ours because without leaders like them bikers wouldn't enjoy the freedoms we have today.
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The streets in front of the Silverado Casino and Franklin Hotel in Sturgis was packed with motorcyclists in town for the start of the 2012 Legends Ride.
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The stars of the 2012 Legends Ride are the kids of the Black Hills Special Olympics who got a rousing ovation from the crowd.
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Saving Abel warmed up the crowd Monday night during a triple bill that also included Loverboy and Journey.
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If you look closely you'll notice the cool bagger Neal Schon of Journey rode in the background.
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Girl power at the 2012 Legends Ride!
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Arlen Ness rode into Deadwood with the Hamsters just in time for the 2012 Legends Ride.
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Motorcycle daredevil Robbie Knievel gets ready to lead the 2012 Legends Ride out of Deadwood.
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Zach Ness and his honey are all smiles at Sturgis 2012.
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We kicked off Sturgis 2012 with a ride over to Mt. Rushmore.
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Captain America lives!
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Kickin' it at the Chip catching a show. Life is good.
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Indian Motorcycles debuted its 2013 lineup at Sturgis, including models like the 2013 Chief Limited Edition.
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The stand up bass player from The Living Deads jams out at the Victory Sturgis tent.
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Bacon stands next to his crazy chopper with the 40-degree over rake during the Michael Lichter Motorcycles as Art industry party.
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The Born Free theme of this year's Motorcycles as Art exhibit demonstrates how bike builders are bringing back classic styles from motorcycling's past.
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The artist hard at work.
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The Miss Buffalo Chip contest is heating up.
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Main Street Sturgis is the epicenter of the motorcycling universe come early August.
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The sun sets on another great day at the Chip.
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Boston played a rockin' set Tuesday night at the Legendary Buffalo Chip.
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Meet the winners of the 2012 AMD World Championships of Custom Bike Building!
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The custom motorcycle builders take the stage during the 2012 AMD Championships in Sturgis.
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Competition was fierce at the 2012 Baker Smokedown Showdown.
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The host of the Smokedown Showdown, Mr. Bert Baker, shares a laugh with friend Betsy Huelskamp.
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Long live butt-rock! Hairball tears it up at the Easyriders Saloon.
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Somewhere in the mist of spent rubber lurks Jay Allen.
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Kiwi Mike brought this great Hendee Deviant to the 2012 AMD World Championships in Sturgis.
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It was a packed house for the Baker Smokedown Showdown 2012.
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The beautiful 1984 Ironhead engine of the winning bike at the AMD World Championships is truly artistry in iron.
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Thunderbike of Germany won the coveted Freestyle Class at the 2012 Sturgis AMD World Championships for its bike called PainTTless.
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The sign says it all.
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Ahoy! Sturgis has been invaded by pirates.
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Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrication was the top American finisher in the AMD Freestyle Class, capturing second place for his hillclimber.
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Patrick Garvin of J&P Cycles smoked 'em all to be crowned 2012 Baker Smokedown Showdown champion.
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Stunters took over the streets of Sturgis showing the crowd their amazing throttle control.
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A 121 cubic-inch S&S on the Morgan three-wheeler was too cool for school.
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Stunt riding, Sturgis style!
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Schmitty was a pro, pulling off a perfect burnout doughnut.
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Patrick was a gorilla in the burnout pits and could bang through the gears like nobody's business.
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Ever seen a semi-wheel on a Boss Hoss? Now you have.
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The Rat's Hole has its own collection of cool custom motorcycles it has collected over the years.
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There were plenty of impressive custom motorcycles entered in the 2012 Rat's Hole Sturgis Bike Show.
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Monster hooped baggers are the rage right now.
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Miss Ratsmate 2012 proudly models our MotoUSA.com banner.
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The leader of the fire dancing troupe in Sturgis casts his spells.
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Would you guess that underneath this well-crafted bodywork hides an FXR?
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Larry Moore of Moore Customs hoists the winner's trophy after claiming Best of Show at the 2012 Sturgis Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show.
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Big Wheels keep on rollin' with this monster-tired pair entered in the Rats Hole 'Unusual Class.'
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The joy of winning first place in the Rat's Hole Custom Bike Show.
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The AFT Customs crew celebrates their win in the 251 - 1000cc Class.
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The Wall of Death never fails to thrill crowds.
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Riding Victorys with Gunny in Sturgis. Doesn't get much better than that.
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It was an honor to meet and ride with R. Lee Ermey, aka The Gunny, who now serves as Victory's spokesman. He can ride a mean bike, too.
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The Travel Channel was busy filming the 2012 Sturgis Rat's Hole Show for an upcoming special.
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Aki Sakamoto of Hog Killers cruises down Hwy. 14 around Bear Butte.
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Here's Aki's beauty he entered in Michael Lichter's 2012 Motorcycles as Art display called the Glory Hole. Just don't ask his girlfriend what glory hole means.
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The Born Free six - (l to r) Dave Barker, Bill Dodge, Aki Sakamoto, Dale Yamada, Jason Alhquist and Lock Baker take a ride around the Sturgis countryside.
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Artistic and functional. Jason at ACME Choppers has skills.
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Cruising back to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip to Michael Lichter's studio.
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Mad Jap's Dale Yamada shows what can be done with copper and creativity.
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Lock Baker of Eastern Fabrications on his daily rider.
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Outta the way, the Mad Jap is comin' through! Yamada's got the riding skills to give sportbike guys fits.
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Jason Alhquist of ACME Choppers is part of the talented new movement of custom builders wrenching away in small shops around the country.
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Riders of the storm head east out of Sturgis.
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This picture could have been taken 30 years ago!
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Show-quality bikes that actually ride! What a concept.
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Rollin' with the Born Free six on a Saturday in Sturgis.
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Dale Yamada of Mad Jap cycles kickin' it. While Lichter fired away, we shot over Lichter's shoulder.
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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles powerful voice won over the Sturgis crowd.
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Larry Moore of Moore Customs accepts the Rat's Hole 'Best of Show' award onstage between the Sugarland and Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts at The Buffalo Chip.
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Wanted Dead or Alive! Victory's Pandya brothers, Texas desperados!
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Rod 'Woody' Woodruff was a busy man. Seems like everytime we turned around, there was Woody.
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A local South Dakotan, Ian Sherwood from Wood, was a happy man after winning the Victory Klock Werks custom motorcycle and a Legendary Buffalo Chip Gibson guitar.
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Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush put their heart into their music while entertaining the crowd at The Chip.
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Larry Moore of Moore Customs shows off his 'Best of Show' Big Daddy Rat trophy to the crowd.
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Skidrow rocked the house at The Chip Friday night.
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PainTTless by Germany's Thunderbike rode away with the 2012 AMD World Championship crown.
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Shelby of AFT Customs holds up the winning Performance Custom Class trophy at the 2012 Sturgis AMD World Championships.
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The guys from Abnormal Cycles celebrate after capturing first place in the Modified Harley Class at the 2012 Sturgis AMDs.
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The girls of the International Bikini Team entertained the crowds at various functions around the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.
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Running from the storm! We used the muscle of Victory's Freedom 106 engine to outrun a thunderstorm that tried in vain to track us down.
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We finished up the week with a ride to the Badlands and were blessed with a rainbow.
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The rains came, the mud thickened, and biker's started droppin' like flies around The Buffalo Chip.
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We rode over to the Badlands on a 2013 Victory Cross Country Tour to bask in Mother Nature's wonders.