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Street Vibrations thunders back into Reno, expands Sparks venue and more



RENO, Nev. — The more than 25,000 motorcycle enthusiasts who will roar into Reno for Street Vibrations, the fourth largest motorcycle event in the nation, Sept. 21-25, will be thrilled to learn the event returns to the streets of downtown Reno.

Vendors, entertainment and stunt shows are back on the streets of downtown Reno, the Sparks venue has been expanded and Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson and Virginia City will all be rocking with live entertainment and vendors selling all things motorcycle. That brings the total Street Vibrations Fall rally 2011 venue count to four.

The rolling Rembrandts Street Vibrations participants ride in on will vie for show-stealing opportunities throughout the five day event.

Registered Participants Receive Preferred Treatment

In addition to live entertainment at all Street Vibrations venues, food vendors, vendors selling motorcycle clothing, aftermarket bike items, and an impressive lineup of concerts, both free and those with tickets attached that everyone can enjoy, some things are for registered participants only.

Those registered Street Vibrations VIP’s go on poker runs and walks and take tours to various scenic locations.  They can participate in ride in shows, bike competitions and bike games. They can enjoy three VIP parties and they get preferred parking with a 5-day parking pass. The VIP’s also receive an official event participant T-shirt and an official event Ride Pin.

Street Vibrations Favorites

The tattoo expo is always well attended.  If you’re after body art, this is the place to have some of the best work in the nation done by some of the finest tattoo artists.

America’s Finest Custom Bike Builders Expo returns to the Silver Legacy’s Silver Baron Room and it’s free.

Sparks Victorian Square will host the factory big rigs.  There will be more rigs than ever, more vendors, more food and beverage and more stages for entertainment.

The wet T-Shirt contests at the Sands Regency were a big hit and they will return this year.  The winner there will claim a $250 prize.

The Battle Born Derby Demons will again star in an all-girl roller derby match at the Rink on the River in downtown Reno.

Fireworks will light the sky from the roof of the Silver Legacy on both Friday and Saturday night in downtown Reno.

Motorcycle Stunt Shows in Both Reno & Sparks Locations

High flying LivFast Freestyle Motocross Aerial Stunt Shows are designed to thrill spectators and they don’t disappoint.  LivFast will perform at the Street Vibrations Sparks venue on Thurs., Sept. 22 and Sat., Sept. 24 with three shows daily.

Team members use mathematical calculations to determine the length and the height of their jumps at each location.  Typically the riders and their motorcycles fly 70 feet through the air, 40-50 feet off the ground, landing on what appears to be a postage stamp.

During jumps, team members hang onto motorcycle handlebars, seats and frames. They frequently perform mid-air flips.

Joining LivFast in Sparks will be JBX Freestyle Motorcycle Stunt Team based out of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.  Known for their “sick tricks” this impressive sport bike stunt team will have jaws-dropping in the crowd. JBX will perform Thurs., Sept. 22 through Sat., Sept. 24 at the Sparks Victorian Square site.

John Stotts Globe of Death from Las Vegas will perform at break-neck speed inside a steel ball Thurs., Sept. 22 through Sun. Sept. 25 in downtown Reno with several shows daily.

Stotts, who has been performing heart-stopping trick riding for 17 years, says the revolutions per minute inside the globe make it seem as though the motorcycles inside are traveling even faster than they are.

“It takes control, speed, balance and timing along with great peripheral vision to avoid mistakes,” Stotts says.  “The fun part is stopping.”

New This Year

There’ll be a Hog Town Dance Hall Bar and Grill on the Eldorado Special Events Plaza right in the middle of all the action on Virginia Street near the Reno Arch.

There will also be a Bike Corral inside the Reno Ballroom for those who want to sell their motorcycle.  This is free for registered motorcycle participants.

Ceremonial Flag Raisings by the 2/360th Field Artillery Training Support Battalion out of Sharpe Army Depot in the San Joaquin Valley of Calif. are planned at 6 p.m. Friday in Sparks and at 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Reno.

This Battalion performed at the Street Vibrations Spring Rally and they were invited to return.  The National Anthem will be performed by Ms. Tamara Evans.

A new competition takes center stage on Sat., Sept. 24. Let yourself be heard in Victorian Square in Sparks with the Kuryakyn “Bagger Sound Off” competition.  Prizes will be awarded for the best sound system and Best in Show. Register at the Kuryakyn factor rig in Sparks.

Street Vibrations will be hosting an arm wrestling competition at 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 24 in the Reno Ballroom.  Both men and women are welcome to compete – or to just watch.  There will be a trophy for first place in each weight class. It’s $20 to compete per class.

Major Concert Entertainment

Carlos Santana band featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead will perform at the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno.  Tickets range from $49.50 to 99.50.

Tribute Bands

Enjoy China Grove a Tribute to the Doobie Brothers at Harrah’s Outdoor Plaza in downtown Reno.  Also catch Cream of Clapton, a rock and blues tribute to Eric Clapton, Skynnyn Lynnyrd a tribute to Lynnyrd Skynnyrd and the Buddy Elmer Band on the same stage.

Bike Give Aways

Three bikes will be given away in Reno and Sparks.  An Arlen Ness Custom Bike will go to the winner at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks on Saturday night.  The winner of the Silver Legacy’s bike will be named on Sunday afternoon.

Street Vibrations will announce the winner of the Harley-Davidson FXDC Dyna Super Custom on the Jagermeister Super State Sunday at 5 p.m. in Sparks.  Tickets for a chance to win the Street Vibrations bike are $5 each.  A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Institute.

Questions? Contact

                For a detailed schedule on Street Vibrations activities, visit www.roadshowsreno.com. For questions call Roadshows, producer of Street Vibrations at 775-329-7469.

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