Once a year, in early to mid-August, this sleepy town of about 6500 people is invaded by as many as 600,000 people, all looking to enjoy one of the oldest continuous motorcycle rallies in the United States.
The Sturgis event (then called “The Black Hills Classic”) was started on August 14, 1938 by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, and the person considered the founding father, Clarence “Pappy” Hoel. That first year only had 9 motorcycles and a small group of spectators. It has sure grown from that… (from MC RALLY FINDER)
Typical Events at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally offers events for all interests. Sometimes the hard part will be to decide which event to attend on a given day. A partial list is provided here, but I highly recommend going to the official website, listed below, to get a detailed listing as well as a schedule.
- Motorcycle drag racing on an eighth mile strip
- Motorcycle hill climbs
- Custom motorcycle shows
- Live music throughout the event, at numerous locations
- Vendors – for about anything a biker would want
- Manufacturer displays
While attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, don’t miss these nearby attractions
While the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may offer most of you everything you would want for the 10 days, Sturgis is in the middle of the Black Hills, and there are many areas everyone should check out. See a little history, enjoy the breathtaking views, just get away from the hustle and bustle that is Sturgis during the rally. Here is a short list of some of the most impressive (distances are approximate from Sturgis):
- Historic Deadwood is only 14 miles away
- Homestake Gold Mine is a 17 mile ride
- Mount Rushmore is only 60 miles away
- Crazy Horse Memorial is only a 70 mile ride
- Devils Tower National Monument is an 80 mile journey
- Badlands National Park is just 85 miles away
Official Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Website (for further information)
- Sturgis Motorcycle Rally www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/
Don’t miss the AIMAG’s coverage – LIVE FROM STURGIS – Coming this August – and of course for the best event coverage around check out American Iron Magazine on Newsstands – or subscribe today!