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Dwayne Coker, owner of Coker Transport, is held at the Rapid City Regional Airport in Rapid City on Wednesday.

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“We have five closed semi-finals and five hotshots,” he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, Coker transported 55 motorcycles to the rally with another truck arriving on August 13. He said his business model was different for his clients.

“We have a lot of one-way trips, where they ride for Sturgis, and then we’ll bring their things back for them. So next week will be busier for us because our customers will be arriving on their bikes and then dropping them off here at the airport. and they take a flight home, ”he said.

At the airport truck base, Cullen and Coker set up a small camp while waiting for their customers to arrive. Tents, coolers filled with refreshments, propane grills for cooking, and lawn chairs abound in the normally empty gravel lot. Rapid City Regional Airport provided temporary toilets for the crew.

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Semi-trucks full of motorcycles are parked at the Rapid City Regional Airport in Rapid City on Wednesday.

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The trailers are staffed during the arrival and departure times of flights and during the night hours, security personnel patrol the field. During their free time, crews have the option of participating in rally activities or just enjoying the Black Hills.

“We’re runners too, so we brought our bikes with us,” Coker said. “We’re enjoying coming here. We drop off the bikes for our customers and then get out and ride ourselves.”

Cullen said he enjoyed the activities of downtown Rapid City, like Summer Nights, while he was here for a rally. He said the amenities at the Rapid City Regional Airport for his type of business were “unheard of.”


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