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Street Vibrations Roars Into Sparks
by Tribune Staff
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Jack and Jan Wyscarver of Sacramento were busy Wednesday afternoon cruising Victorian Square and enjoying the first day of Street Vibrations.
Tribune/John Byrne Jack and Jan Wyscarver of Sacramento were busy Wednesday afternoon cruising Victorian Square and enjoying the first day of Street Vibrations.
SPARKS —Hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts poured into Victorian Square Wednesday for the start of Street Vibrations, the country’s fourth largest bike rally, showcasing their custom rides and setting up vendor displays for the event that runs through Sunday.

More than 25,000 motorheads will thunder through Sparks and Reno this week, according to event officials.

Vendors, entertainment and stunt shows are back on the streets of downtown Reno, while the Sparks venue has been expanded and Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson and Virginia City will all be rocking with live entertainment and vendors as well.

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

Street Vibes 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. The expo takes place at the Reno Ballroom at 401 N. Center St.

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

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

Motorcycle stunt shows

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 Victorian Square venue today and Saturday, with three shows daily.

Team members use mathematical calculations to determine the length and height of their jumps at each location. Typically, the riders and their motorcycles fly 70 feet through the air at 40 to 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, Wis. 

Known for their “sick tricks,” this impressive sport bike stunt team will have jaws dropping in the crowd. JBX will perform today and Saturday in Victorian Square.

John Stotts Globe of Death from Las Vegas will perform at break-neck speeds inside a steel ball today through Sunday 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 are traveling even faster than they are.

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

New this year

There will 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 California 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. Ms. Tamara Evans will perform the National Anthem.

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

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

Concert entertainment

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

Enjoy China Grove, a Doobie Brothers tribute band, 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 giveaways

Three bikes will be given away in Reno and Sparks during Street Vibrations. 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 Stage at 5 p.m. Sunday in Victorian Square. 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.

Economic impact

The 2007 Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitor’s Authority Visitor Profile Study reports the average daily budget for those who come to Reno is a little more than $316 per day during a 3.3 day visit. The 1,000 registered participants in Street Vibrations will likely pump a little more into the economy because they’re staying longer. Those registered participants staying in Reno throughout the five-day event will pump an estimated $1,580,000 into the local economy.

Another 25,000 to 29,000 enthusiasts will stay in Reno, Sparks and surrounding areas today through Sunday during Street Vibrations. Their contribution would be a whopping $36,236,000 to the local economy. 

That sum, combined with the registered participants who spend more during their longer stay, brings the projected total economic impact for the event to an impressive $38,236,000.

For a detailed schedule of Street Vibrations activities, visit
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