I'm not hating on Burning Man. I think it is a great event that I think has just grown to big.
As a "biker" I have attended the rally in Sturgis, SD every few years from 1984 up until recently.
Back in the "old days" it was attended by people that actually rode their bikes to the rally. The rally was relatively small. Camping was usually just a spot in a farmers field where you could park your bike, and pitch a tent or whatnot.
In town it was simple vendors with whatever they had, spread out on folding tables, sometimes just on a blanket on the sidewalk. The most common ticket violation was for public drunkenness. There wasn't any organized events other then the races and hill climbs.
But at some point, being a Harley rider became the thing to be. People started showing up with their bikes on trailers, driving greyhound size RV's. Vendors in town became chain stores. "Venues" started up with tightly managed events, live bands, etc.
People no longer went on rides with the original club (Jackpine Gypsies in case you were wondering), or even knew what the event was about. Most tickets were for public nudity.
But the fad peaked and attendance is dropping off.
I really hope that it goes back to a gathering of real riders, and not tourists that want to be cool.
I see the same thing with Burning Man. Once the fad passes, it will go back to being an event that is attended by people that are there for what it is about, instead of people going to the cool event that they can brag to their friends about.
I just hope it can survive until that time.
Just my 2cents.