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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published June 09 2013

Williston motorcycle enthusiast plans city’s first rally

WILLISTON, N.D. – As soon as last year’s Rockin’ the Bakken motorcycle fun run ended, people asked organizer Roger Stout when he’d have the next one planned.

That’s when Stout knew the growing oil boom town had enough motorcycle enthusiasts to support a bigger event. He’s planning the first Williston motorcycle rally for June 22.

“There are a lot of guys that are staying here that have brought their motorcycles up,” said Stout, who has lived in Williston since 1996. “I’ve seen more bikes in this town than ever. They’re here, and it’s every kind of motorcycle.”

The Williston Rally Ride is sponsored by the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge in Williston, where Stout serves as president.

The 125-mile ride starts and ends at the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds, with other activities planned at the fairgrounds such as a Harley Davidson vendor and other bike displays, a disc jockey and bike games.

The route starts out heading north, which Stout selected with safety in mind. Riding a motorcycle in the Bakken carries greater risk with the heavy oil traffic. Stout said he once owned one helmet and now he owns three.

“You need to take some precautions,” Stout said. “I’m wearing a helmet more now than I ever have, and I’ve also worn my full face helmet more than I ever have.”

Stout, also president of the North Dakota Masonic Motorcycle Association, typically rides his Honda Gold Wing, his newest bike, west to Montana. He also has two other bikes.

Stout, a Park Rapids, Minn., native, will likely miss his 35th high school reunion this August because it coincides with Sturgis, which he’s attended for 15 years in a row.

“There’s an element of risk getting on a motorcycle, but it’s a wonderful, wonderful sport,” Stout said. “There’s something about that wind in the face that’s just very freeing. It’s my passion.”

Stout, who works in the oil industry as a sales representative for Go Wireline, said the event will also give people in the oilfield a chance to network.

All proceeds of the event go to charity. The fraternal organization recently donated scholarships to local high schools and is looking for additional charities to support.

Stout already is talking about expanding next year’s rally into a full weekend if it’s successful.

“If this is a hit and we get good public support, we’ll do it again next year,” Stout said. “We need something like this. As long as the activity is here, the population is here, it will continue to grow.”

If you go

What: Williston Rally Ride

When: June 22, registration starts at 11 a.m.

Where: Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds, Williston

Info: Registration is $25 per person. For more information, contact (701)

580-1068. Charities that want to be considered for the event’s donations can contact the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge at mtmoriah357@yahoo.com or P.O. Box 444, Williston, ND 58802.