South Dakota

Bikes asnort in Sturgis for these riders of the purple sage.

Bikes like praying mantises. Vintage Harley Davidsons

Cruising here through Rapid City, down from Portland, Maine,

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To line-up tight on Main Street. Folks admire the horse-power

Rearing each machine, forked weaponry foot-plate,

Legendary name – Goldwing, Brough Superior –

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Parked where once stood mustangs resting hooves,

Palominos hitched to rails idly whisking tails,

And bow-legged hands in chaps swinging through

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The lattice doors to check their holsters at the bar.

Sure the saloon’s still here, but now it’s biker leather.

Helmets for the Black Hills’ wide-brimmed hats,

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While buxom girls in bikinis share the honours

For devotion to a proper shine, grooming up a lather,

Keen to hose the sleek beast down, applying Amsoil to your nuts.

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Sturgis Bike Rally 2021

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