Sturgis Rally
Sturgis Rally
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  1. What is the biggest bike rally in the USA?
  2. When was the first rally?
  3. How many bikers go to Sturgis?
  4. How did Sturgis get its name?
  5. When are the future Sturgis Rally & Black Hills Rally dates?
  6. Is the Sturgis Rally & Black Hills Rally near Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse Mountain?
  7. What do the bikers do at the Sturgis Rally & Black Hills Rally?
  8. Where should we stay?
  9. Where can I get concert info and buy tickets during the Sturgis Rally?
  10. What are the helmet and other motorcycle laws in South Dakota?
  11. I have heard the Sturgis Rally is very crazy, is that true?
  12. What is the Police enforcement like?

1. What is the biggest bike rally in the USA?

The Sturgis Rally held every year at the beginning of August is the largest in the USA. It brings in 500,000 riders on average, with the highest around 740,000 in 2015 for the 75th anniversary rally.

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2. When was the first rally?

The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club started in 1936, with an official American Motorcycle Association (AMA) charter in 1937. 1937 was the first year races were held, but there was not a lot of publicity. It was called the Black Hills Motorcycle Classic. AMA began promoting the racing events; which started the now famous Rally in Sturgis on August 14, 1938. That weekend celebration in 1938 had a lineup of only nine racers and a small audience watching the races. The Rally has been held every year since 1938, with the exception of two years during World War II and celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2015.  Find out more on our History of Rally page.

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3. How many bikers go to Sturgis?

This small town of around 7,000 grows to more than 500,000; but it si not just contained in Sturgis. The whole Black Hills area and anywhere in 100mi+ radius has an increase in riders.

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4. How did Sturgis get its name?

Sturgis is in honor of the Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis.

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5. When are the future Sturgis Rally & Black Hills Rally dates?

Check out the Rally Dates page.  The Rally officially starts on the first Friday in August and runs for 10 days.  Many riders attend the week before or after the official rally week.

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6. Is the Sturgis Rally & Black Hills Rally near Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse Mountain?

Yes.  There are many great area attractions and events with scenic rides between including Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Badlands, Custer State Park, National Forest, lakes, reservoirs, creeks, and numerous caves.  For more information please check out the National & State Parks and Monuments page and these other links.
http://www.blackhills.com/events
https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/west-region

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7. What do the bikers do at the Sturgis Rally & Black Hills Rally?

Besides the great attractions including Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Badlands, Custer State Park, National Forest, lakes, reservoirs, creeks, and numerous caves.  There are races, rides, runs, concerts, contests and vendors of all kinds.  For more information please check out these links.

Popular Sturgis Activities page
Events page
Rides page
BlackHills.com/Events

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8. Where should we stay?

First you need to decide if you want a tent campground, RV resort, cabin, motel, hotel, vacation rental or a local’s house.  All of these are available in Sturgis and the whole Black Hills area.  Camping is probably the most popular.  Whatever you decide you will want to make sure you plan ahead and make reservations months to a year in advance.  Find a place to stay on our Sleep page.

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9. Where can I get concert info and buy tickets during the Sturgis Rally?

Concerts during the Sturgis Rally are hosted by several different venues and many are free.  See the Concert page for more information or contact the venues listed below.

Buffalo Chip-  www.buffalochip.com
Iron Horse Saloon-  www.ihsturgis.com
Glencoe CampResort-  www.glencoecamp.com
Full Throttle-  www.fullthrottlesaloon.com
The Knuckle-  www.theknuckle.com
Loud American Road House-  www.loudamericanroadhouse.com
One Eyed Jacks-  www.oneeyedjackssaloon.com
Pappy Hoel Campground & Resort-  www.pappyhoelcampground.com

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10. What are the helmet and other motorcycle laws in South Dakota?

You can find the full Motor Vehicles Codified Laws and the Motorcycle Regulation Section on the South Dakota's Legislature website.

Some of the basics are below.

Check out the Rally-Laws page for list of citations and fees.

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11.  I have heard the Sturgis Rally is very crazy, is that true?

Such a large amount of people descending on a small geographical area creates very large crowds, which can seem pretty crazy and can definitely be overwhelming.  Bikes line both sides of the streets and down the middle, and not just in Sturgis.  There are people in strange outfits, women walking around with VERY LITTLE on, and hundreds of industry, retail and food vendors packed in every space.  Lodging, restaurants, gas stations and stores are over flowing through out the Black Hills.  Be prepared for lines and higher prices than normal.  The number of riders and accidents on the roads is also crazy, so drive defensively, sober and with a helmet.  The police are present and keep the Rally well under control and do give tickets for a variety of infractions.  Some places and events have more of a party atmosphere than others, so do your research.  The Sturgis Rally can be as crazy or relaxing as you want depending on what you do and where.

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12.  What is the Police enforcement like?

Yes, the police are present and enforcing the law, but they do not harass the bikers.  Tickets are commonly given for public intoxication, open containers, illegal parking, speeding and other traffic violations, possession of illegal substances (FYI: Cannabis is not legal in any form in SD).  Use common sense, read signs, be courteous, follow the laws or you will get a ticket.  Check out the Rally-Laws page for list of citations and fees.

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