Top 10 Motorcycle Rallies of the Summer
1. Sturgis – August 8 -14, 2016
Sturgis. It’s legendary. People come from around the world to attend the Black Hills motorcycle rally. It’s got a mystique all its own, a spirit that can be felt from Devils Tower to the Badlands. If people can make it to one rally only, Sturgis is usually it.
Sturgis is one of the few rallies left where people still take pride in riding to. Like we said in our introduction, riding to and from adds to the overall experience. It’s still got that old school biker vibe, people pitching tent in yards around town, others finding a little spot in the woods to call home for the week. While you can’t camp in City Park anymore, this doesn’t stop people from finding other spots to tramp around.
Others opt to stay in the bigger campgrounds like the Sturgis Buffalo Chip and Glencoe. The Chip, home of “The Best Party Anywhere,” hosts a huge musical festival with top-name headliners rocking its Wolfman Jack main stage ten days straight. It’s a whirlwind of activity, bike shows, biker games, big time stunts, bikini contests, legendary rides and military tributes in its non-stop carnival of events. Michael Lichter’s annual “Motorcycles as Art” exhibit at The Chip is a must-see. The campground is virtually a self-contained city that has anything and everything you need.
Then there’s the non-stop action on Lazelle and Main Streets. Need something for your motorcycle? This is the place as every vendor and manufacturer sets up shop there. Want to get your party on? Venues like the Loud American Roadhouse, Knuckle Saloon, One-Eyed Jacks, and Easyriders Saloon are happy to oblige.
Sturgis proper is just one destination. Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City has its own mini-rally going on, while old Wild West town of Deadwood is another popular biker haunt. Looping out to Hulett in Wyoming is another fun run.
Sturgis sets itself apart with the incredible places to ride to and visit. With its herd of buffaloes, unique rock formations and tunnels blasted through the sides of mountains, a ride through Custer State Park is a must. Speaking of rock formations, the work that went into nearby Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial is simply amazing. You can head west for a run to Devils Tower or head east and visit the Badlands. If you’re looking for a quick getaway, a spin through Spearfish Canyon is just what the doctor ordered.
All this and we’ve barely scratched the surface of what Sturgis is all about. Best way to find out if what we say is true or if we’re just blowin’ smoke is to experience it yourself.
Sturgis. There’s nothing quite like it. That’s why it ranks number 1 on our Top 10 Motorcycle Rallies of the Summer list.