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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally #4: Halfway point

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 08-06-2014 01:41 AM 1287 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: End of day #3 Part 4 of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally series Part 5: Start of day 7 »

As written by Snoopy, “It was a dark and stormy night”. Ok, I was having my best day of the rally and mother nature shut me down early with rain. What’s a little lightning to a few hundred thousand bikers. Day ended with this

Leading to this

Yes 1-1/2 hours to get across a 3 mile town.

Day 4 was slightly better, but still not great. Day 5 was starting off with a bang, but cut short. At least I am seeing hope. Not quite at the break even point. Thought it would happen this afternoon. I guess it will be tomorrow. I will show you some of the other things going on at the Buffalo Chip. Roller Derby daily

And bikes

On Monday morning they had a memorial wall erected at the edge of memorial field

It has all of the names listed from the Vietnam War Memorial

The owner of the Buffalo Chip is a veteran and is passionate about his support for the veterans

Of course many people around town are being very accommodating to the bikers

Although not as good as I had hoped, I think I will make an alright profit on the week. The decision for next year has not been made. However, I am leaning towards doing it. The expected number of people and some experience from this year I think will be too big of chance to pass on. But, I still want to see how this one ends. The final chapter is yet to be written.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.



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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 01:51 AM

I absolutely LOVE the American flags!! Of course, I might be a bit biased – grin. Looks like a great time. Wish I could be there to keep you company and enjoy the place. Love seeing all the items you have made for the event.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 02:40 AM

Your experience will be the success for next year. Sounds like you are having a good time. Keep us posted on selling. Are the mugs moving?

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 02:55 AM

Monte,
Breaking even, the first year there, is a GREAT testament to your craftsmanship, perseverance and determination!!!

You entered this, recognizing it as an “experiment”....
Sounds like the results are encouraging.
Lessons learned…. to be applied…. to future rewards!!!

Go get ‘em Monte!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 03:01 AM

For being the first time you’ve done this, I would say making a decent profit is great and even better for next time. Now you will know what sells and maybe have a better idea what to make for next time. Like that other guy said, go get em Monte.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 03:14 AM

Fingers crossed for the break even point Monte.Selling mugs?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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robscastle

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 09:36 AM

Monte Good stuff !

you didn’t indicate which bike was yours !

So where is your stall or were you out checking out the eye candy all the time on your rollerskates !!

-- Regards Robert

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 09:42 AM

I am told that all of the motorcycles shown cost over $100,000 each to build. Not on my pay scale. My booth is literally about 50 feet from the show area.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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robscastle

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#8 posted 08-06-2014 09:51 AM

Wow $100K should get some neat WW machinery for that !!

Nice work great venue and made some loot too what more can a man wish for !!

Must have been a good crowd puller position !!

-- Regards Robert

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jaykaypur

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#9 posted 08-06-2014 09:52 AM

Take it all in. See what they buy, what they want and note it down for next years show. I am sure you will do well.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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hoss12992

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#10 posted 08-06-2014 11:31 AM

Great going at the show, and love the pics. The free pool cracked me up. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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jcsterling

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#11 posted 08-06-2014 04:23 PM

keep up the good spirits . hope you surpass break even 10 fold

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 08-06-2014 08:54 PM

We did not get all that rain here in Billings. I’ll try to keep dry weather coming your way.

Good Luck!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 08-07-2014 01:50 AM

Glad sales are improving. Great pics of those wild looking bikes. Maybe you need some scantily clad wenches to stand around your booth and hawk your offerings.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Roger

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#14 posted 08-07-2014 12:23 PM

Yep, what Andy said. I know there are plenty o them round there.. :) Seeing those pics of the rain, gave me a flashback…........in ‘90, when I rode my ‘53 Pan out there, I developed a fuel leak, and I remember riding into the blackest cloud I ever seen. After arriving under the cloud, it rained so hard, I couldn’t see anything, came into a small town for fuel, only to ride through water in the road that came up to the frame of my motorcycle. The sad thing was, this town didn’t have fuel, but luckily, the next one did. Thnx for the flashback Monte.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 08-10-2014 10:22 PM

More great pics and Roger I’ve been caught in one but doesn’t sound as bad as yours.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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