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I’ve been to most of the big North American bike gatherings now and I find I enjoy their congestion less and less. Sturgis was the first for me, in 1985, when I rode there on my dirt bike and ended up getting arrested and spending a night in jail. I last went there 11 years ago, with my 18-year-old nephew, and we had a great time in the Black Hills but roasted in the sun. Daytona’s a favourite because it’s a warm break in March, but as Zac wrote in last week’s Hearty Parties story, these gatherings now need more than just beer and wet T-shirt contests to stay relevant and alive. Their devotees are aging and not being replaced; organizers are focussed as much on their grandchildren as their kids. [...]

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