RAPID CITY, S.D.– One extra day earlier than the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicks off, and the Rapid City Regional Airport is roaring with pleasure as riders fly in for the rally.
Many made the choice this 12 months to truck their bikes in quite than experience them in from out of the state and even the nation. There are vans lined up within the again parking zone of the airport filled with bikes able to go.
“This is our largest 12 months. We have had 21 vans, which is essentially the most ever,” Marketing, Communications, and Air Service Development for the Rapid City Regional Airport Manager Megan Johnson mentioned.
“They ship with us, they fly in, they stroll out of the airport. They come right here and so they get on their bike after which they get pleasure from themselves for per week,” Owner of Singletary Motorcycle Transport Jim Singletary mentioned. “They carry the bike again, and in three or 4 days, they’ve their bike again to them.”
For round 20 years, Singletary has been within the enterprise of transport bikes to Rapid City from the southeast, primarily from states reminiscent of Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. This 12 months, 60 bikes had been in his care with round 80 p.c of his clientele being repeat prospects. He has a full stock, he says, with him even having to show down prospects due to the utmost allotment.
Singletary additionally presents tour providers as nicely within the Black Hills area together with Northern California and even to Alaska. His information and historical past of offering the transport service is an enormous a part of his success.
“Coming in, Dave, who shouldn’t be right here anymore with the airport however is in upkeep and contracting with the airport. He used to have all of this and I approached him. It simply all labored out. We are staged right here and the airport has actually come a good distance. Making the grounds, blocking stuff in, the airport has grown right here fairly a bit.”
However, even with the 21 vans acknowledged by the airport this 12 months which might be coming in, Singletary has the official declare of being the primary to have established a spot bringing within the bikes.
“This used to all be simply grass and one truck: me. I do know the world, I do know the place to go and I will help cross that info alongside to the riders that come out.”