After being assigned to cover the Street Vibrations 2016 Spring Rally, I was convinced the only way to arrive would be on a motorcycle, so I donned boots, jacket and helmet and arrived at the event on the back of a Harley Davidson.
For three days, downtown Reno was transformed to an open-market, music-filled, low-key party atmosphere, with captivating demonstrations and great food. Bikers, parents with kids in strollers, locals appreciating an enjoyable sunny weekend, even a desert tortoise, Mr. Magoo out for a walk with his pal, Dennis Kirn, all came out over the weekend to kick off the biking season at the Spring Rally under the famous arches.
What is Street Vibrations 2016 Spring Rally?
The Spring Rally is one of the first official riding events of the season, with advertising being mostly word of mouth, so it is a fairly local event with riders coming from Nevada, California, Arizona, Washington and Oregon.
Experiencing the party-like atmosphere is not unlike some of the other street fairs in the same venue. There was food, music and drinks, however, always with the biker at the forefront of the rally, the vendor booths sold leather chaps, boots, bike bells and one even promoted a motorcycle attorney.
Flash and Anna Fleischmann, who were just putting on their gear getting ready to ride off for the afternoon, indicated, “It is a fun time to come down, listen to a band, pick something up if you need it and get ready for the riding season.”
New this year
This year, there were some exciting things they had never done before, the BMX BRING YOUR “A GAME” To School group sponsored by the National Guard performed, Controlled Burn fire artists also performed, and most originally, a wedding was performed Saturday night under the arch for a couple who met at the fall Street Vibrations.
BMX BRING YOUR “A GAME” To School is an athletic showcase of heart-stopping action reinforcing a positive message to high schoolers and adults alike to bring their “A Game” every day. The group was the brainchild of Dan, 33, who has been on his BMX for 18 years; he rides in the group with Logan, 19, (riding for 8 years), and Keith, 27 (riding for 15) years. The crowd loved their positive energy and spirit as well as the free t-shirts and autographs. The group works on a grant from the Army National Guard and fundraising, schools often help fundraise to bring the group in to perform.
What did I miss?
If you did not make it to the Spring Rally, Street Vibrations will be held Sept. 21–25. This year was the third year the rally was held in Reno, with the previous six in Sparks. The event was moved to stay in continuity with Roadshow, Inc.’s, longer running Street Vibrations Fall Rally, which has been in Reno for more than 20 years.
Danielle Squire, Company Manager for Roadshow Inc., says, “We have had a great event, great attendance. We are very pleased with this event. Weather is a huge factor so it helps having sunshine this weekend, we were happy to see it.”
When asked about the accident on Saturday where a rider in a show hit a wall, Squire could only state, “We have not received an incident report on it, all I know is that he got up and walked away. We did cancel all of the shows for the rest of the day for safety reasons, though.”
Squire estimates there were possibly 5,000 – 7,000 people at the event, although, it is difficult to determine she surmises, since it is not a ticketed event.
Tiffany Fritsche has been coming to the rally’s since she got a bike about 8 years ago, and her father Mack, he thinks about 12. Their attitude on the fall and spring rallies, “Fall is like a party, and Spring is like getting ready, shopping for things you need, etc.”
Mack, summed up the weekend with sentiments felt throughout the weekend, “It’s riding season again after a long winter – kicking off after a long winter.”