Camaraderie and community attract motorcyclists to the Durango region – The Journal

Heavier traffic than usual, but responsible drivers avoid problems

Motorcyclists compete Saturday in The Brawl, a motorcycle stunt competition, at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. Thousands of people were expected in town over Labor Day weekend for the 29th annual Four Corners Motorcycle Rally. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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The 29th annual Four Corners Motorcycle Rally which kicked off Friday was enjoyed by thousands Saturday in Durango, Ignacio and the greater area.

Sammy and Debbie of Wappapello, Missouri, who declined to share their last names, said they hadn’t planned to attend the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally when they saddled up and left town, but once they learned of the event, they couldn’t resist. stop by.

“A scooter rally is always on,” Sammy said. “We also rode Sturgis this year. We went to Sturgis, it was our first rally this year. But this kind of surprised us.

Sammy said he has been part of the biker community for 40 years. He owns a 2001 Screaming Eagle Road Glide, a GL-1800 Gold Wing and a 2017 Electra Glide that he and Debbie have driven around town.

He said the camaraderie and spending time with other motorcycle enthusiasts at rallies such as Sturgis and the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally is what he loves.

Sammy said his favorite part of the rally was the “power dome” – the wall of death featured at the Harley-Davidson dealership at 750 South Camino del Rio.

“The coolest thing ever. I’ve never seen that,” he said.

He compared the show, which consists of the Ives Brothers, a pair of experienced stuntmen, throttling their bikes down the steep sides of a cage that looks like a halfpipe.

Sammy and Debbie’s next stop is the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico. After that, they head to Mount Magazine and the Pink Trail in Arkansas.

Motorcyclists compete Saturday in The Brawl, a motorcycle stunt competition, at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. Motorcycle enthusiasts traveled from Tennessee, California, Missouri, Texas, New Mexico and other states to attend the 29th Annual Four Corners Motorcycle Rally this Labor Day weekend. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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Rita, a Cedar City, Utah resident who also prefers to call herself by her first name, said she got into cycling in 2015 thanks to her husband. She recently purchased a 2015 Harley-Davidson Dyna model in Denver and the couple loaded their bikes onto a trailer and drove to Durango for the holiday weekend.

So far they have visited Silverton and plan to visit the Four Corners area on Sunday, she said. His favorite part of the rally was seeing new models of Harley-Davidson motorcycles at the dealership.

Matthew Cates, owner of Rebel Reaper Clothing Co., one of several salespeople set up at the Harley-Davidson dealership, said although Friday’s rally launch got off to a slow start, on Saturday morning business was busy and in full swing. boom.

“It’s been great here so far. Nice weather, nice people. Good vibes,” he said.

Cates started Rebel Reaper Clothing Co. in 2016 in Phoenix to meet the needs of motorcycle enthusiasts he grew to adore through his lifelong passion for cars, he said.

“I grew up with mostly hotrods, old school cars. A lot of my background is car related and I work with cars myself,” he said. over the past five years on the bike, and I’ve noticed that the vibe of the people and the community is very welcoming.”

“From an automotive community moving into motorcycles as well, they kind of go hand in hand. So naturally I leaned into that as well,” he said.

The apparel company focuses on “head-to-toe” apparel, including custom vests, jackets, jeans, button-down shirts, polo shirts and more.

Motorcyclists compete Saturday in The Brawl, a motorcycle stunt competition, at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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Motorcyclists leave tire tracks on the asphalt as they take part in The Brawl, a motorbike stunt competition, at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio on Saturday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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“(It’s) a versatile lifestyle brand where we just try to bring people together – bikers, stunt riders. It’s very community driven,” he said.

The 29th annual Four Corners Motorcycle Rally is Cates’ first time in town, but he said while business has been good since Saturday afternoon, he certainly plans to return to future rallies.

“People are great here. I look forward to being here next year and every year to come,” he said.

With the increase in traffic due to the thousands of motorcyclists crossing the city, you would think that traffic incidents would be more frequent. But Durango Police Department officials said Saturday afternoon there were no accidents or traffic issues.

Sergeant Padraic Ingle said there has been no increase in traffic accidents or collisions in the city. He said that thanks to Labor Day weekend, there are more people in town and on the roads, whether they are here for the motorcycle rally or not.

Motorcyclists compete Saturday in The Brawl, a motorcycle stunt competition, at Ignacio’s Sky Ute Casino during the 29th Four Corners Motorcycle Rally. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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He said on Friday night a drunk motorcyclist crashed into a truck, but the incident was “normal” when it comes to crash frequency in the city.

Cmd. Casey Malone also said road activity is certainly intense, but the accident rate has not increased. “I knock on wood,” he said.

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Motorcyclists check out vendors Saturday at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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Motorcyclists check out vendors Saturday at the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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