South Carolina man’s motorcycle menagerie dates back to ’40s


New Ellenton native Kelly B.K. Keenan, with a variety of skills at his disposal, has a collection of seven decades of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and related memorabilia, Nov. 2, 2021, in New Ellenton, S.C. The “personal Harley stuff,” as he calls it, is housed in a former bank building, complete with a vault in the back. The motorcycle menagerie includes a fleet of motorcycles, armloads of trophies and hundreds of magazines, photos, trophies, clothing items and other accessories dating back at least to the 1940s. (Bill Bengtson/The Aiken Standard via AP)


Kelly “B.K.” Keenan speaks the language of ape hangers, softails, knuckleheads and choppers, and can call on several decades of experience when he launches into a road trip or begins a conversation on the topic of Harley-Davidson and the miles between New Ellenton and such destinations as Daytona Beach, Florida, and Sturgis, South Dakota.

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Royal Enfield to lead motorcycle expedition to the South pole as a tribute to its 120 years journey

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Royal Enfield is the world’s oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production since 1901. For 120 years, Royal Enfield has remained the preserver of the legacy of building simple, authentic classic motorcycles that are engaging and fun to ride. Riding through time and tough terrain, the company has emerged victorious in rides that have tested the endurance of man and machine, while remaining relevant and desirable through the ages. Now, to commemorate 120 years of building the pure motorcycling culture, Royal Enfield will mark 2021 with an ambitious attempt to push the boundaries of motorcycling possibilities. 

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The company will undertake a motorcycling expedition on the Royal Enfield Himalayan, to attempt to reach the geographic South Pole, from the Ross Ice Shelf via the Leverett Glacier. 90-degree South – Quest for the Pole is conceptualized as a tribute to the

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Deadly motorcycle crashes in South Carolina in 2021 outpacing previous years

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WBTW) — Deaths in motorcycle crashes in South Carolina this year are up 33% over the same time last year.

So far, 118 people have died in motorcycle crashes. In 2020, the total number of deaths was 123. The current total also outpaces 2019 through 9 months when that year finished with 141 total deaths from motorcycle crashes.

Master Trooper Brian Lee with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said the pandemic led to more people buying bikes, ultimately leading to an increase in the number of motorcyclists on the roads.

“I just think more people are out riding,” Lee said. “More people are trying to enjoy themselves. With the fall weather coming, the weather cools off, especially in the evening time. It’s nice weather where people get out and ride those motorcycles, and so I think that’s a reason why we’re having more fatalities concerning motorcycles than

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Attendance and South Dakota tax revenue

The 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held in the Black Hills last month generated hundreds of thousands of additional dollars for government coffers.

The South Dakota Department of Revenue released tax collections earlier this month from the annual motorcycle festival. So far, collections sit at $1.79 million, an increase of 34% over last year’s collections, indicating attendees spent more during this year’s rally than in recent years past.

State sales tax accounted for $1,038,561 of the total revenues, compared to $785,251 in 2020 and $733,312 in 2019.

That’s despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Officials expected attendance to skyrocket with over 700,000 attendees for the 2021 rally as a direct rebound from the pandemic’s impact on last year’s attendance, but visitors only tallied up at a little over 525,000.

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It’s a far cry from the record 747,032

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