Mike Howell was perched on top of his Harley-Davidson Tri Glide on Friday morning, overlooking Main Street in Sturgis.
He crossed one leg over the other and folded his hands across his lap. He wasn’t downing beers or smoking. He was simply relaxed.
The black motorcycle he sat on gleamed, even in the shady spot where Howell had parked it.
At first glance, the 65-year-old man just looks like another rallygoer. What can’t be seen just by looking at him is that Howell has been attending the Sturgis motorcycle rally since 1990.
He’s been riding motorcycles for double that long.
The first year he came to the rally was the 50th and also Howell’s first time out West. He liked the area enough that he moved to Rapid City four years ago from Arkansas.
Tri Glides like the one Howell rides cost nearly $ 40,000 and have three wheels. Howell joked that he could have bought a truck for that much.
Howell says he’s a loyal Harley rider, but not for any specific reason. “I just like ’em,” he said.