Sturgis 2012 on Film: When a Thousand Words Isn’t Nearly Enough


August 27, 2012 | By: Angi Kearney

There was a lot going on in Sturgis, and we couldn’t possibly tell you about it all in this blog post.

What we offer up here is two and a half minutes of footage that highlights the happenings at this year’s Sturgis Rally in South Dakota.

And if a photograph is worth a thousand words, this footage goes far and beyond what anyone could describe in a blog post. We present a collage of sights and scenes from this year’s rally, from bikini-clad dancers to bad ass motorcycles, and  impromptu sword swallowers and flame and smoke filled burnouts.

If you missed this year’s motorcycle Mecca on Interstate 90, then consider this video Cliff Notes for next year’s event. Because as sure as Harley produces loud bikes, Sturgis 2013 will draw a half-million more bikers to this Black Hills community next Aug. 5-13. Start making plans now.

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Wow you guys are dead on i am going in 2014 thanks for sharing big b.

Second time there .And plan to go as long as my health lets me go . Makes me feel young agian.

Where were the Indian bikes?
It’s sad that an event that was started by Indian riders doesn’t show any Indian bikes there. I know Indian was there. But such is life in the Harley world.

Looks like a fun time. Wish I had lots of money to enjoy a week long party. Rides are free, but the fuel cost.

I went in 2008 and i will never forget it nor will i ever regret it. It was priceless. Get it? Hope so, now go plan for 2013. Ride safe.

I rode from central ca and back. I had a great time. Lots of motorcycles, women (to look at), and plenty of people to meet from around the country. I don’t drink, smoke or have tats, but I had agreat time. The bars were a blast with One Eyed Jacks getting my vote for lots of fun. Will be a regular for many years to come. Retired and Bald and still having fun at 60.

I’m glad to see some postings by the 60+ set. Don’t know when I’m going to accomplish this bucket list item – maybe in 2015. I’ll hopefully have my Ultra Classic CVO by then – if not then I’ll still be ridin’ my ’99 Vulcan Nomad.

Been going since 2004. Have a great time doing Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, Spearfish Canyon, Devils Tower, Custer Park Wildlife Route, Crazy Horse and all the little towns in the Hills.

In the nine times that I have been there, I have never had a alcoholic beverage. I go for the rides and people watching. Always stop at J&P. Great folks.

Have been riding to Sturgis for quite a few years. Tied it this year into a trip to Wyoming and Montana to ride the mountains. Sturgis still needs to find a way to better handle traffic moving through town. To sit on a air cooled engine for an extended time sure is no fun. Was their on Thurs and also thought the attendance looked light compared to past years. Street event like the ones going on outside the new expanded bar on the strip. The Full Throttle needs to find an easier way to get bikes in and out. I will continue to ride out and enjoy Sturgis as long as possible. Really just like the bikes, women etc. Don’t really do much drinking……….

Every 3rd year is probably enough !
2015 for 75th !

This was my first year out! Rode both ways! If you Love motorcycles, riding, and of course Pretty Girls you have to go! I have used J&P before buying shovelhead parts they are a 1st class operation! Thank you for the video! It carrys the spirit of Sturgis! It was on my bucket list! CHECK! haha I’ll be back!


I did not see the full throttle saloon in the video. Is it still going strong. Sturgis is on my bucket list and I will make it to the show!!

live free or die!n.h. I’ll make it there some day!smokin it hot!

I wonder if alcohol was banned for the event if anyone would show up? Personally, I doubt it.

That kinda says it all

went for the 1st time this year, had a blast, great people, great time ,going back and bringin a crew, wouldnt miss it .

Been going since 94. Miss the edginess. Back then even the guys wearying colors were respectful. Now it is a fashion statement not an excercise in testosterone. I’ll be back because I’m an official graybeard now.

nice jub on the vid , thanks, got to see a little bit of the goin ons ,and what i missed

Nice clip guys,

Haven’t been since the 2005 Rally and now that the numbers have declined I think I’ll go back next year before those numbers start to rise back up…

Thanks J&P


Went this year, Great Friends, Great Times, Great Ride! Vegas 2 Sturgis via the scenic route 4000 miles. We rode ours.

was glad to c j p there again this year, always a pleasure to purchase from u other than spend a fortune with harley. needed to buy new footboards and u were there to supply them. and by the way attendance was way up this year. if u go to sturgis u have to expect to spend some bucks, thats just the way it is.

Just one question about Sturgis: Were there any coalitions of bike riders there that were not into
tattoos,piercings, drinking and drugging, and just
plain raising hell and came together just to enjoy
riding and owning motorcycles?????

We are in our 60’s & we got up early went over to Sturgis & shopped & visited all the bike shops. Road most of the rides around Sturgis. We left about 6:00 before most of the crazy stuff started. No drugs, tattoos, but do drink alittle beer, but not when we ride. Loved the country & will ride 2000+ miles again next year to experience Sturgis!

…put yer bike [ honda ] back on yer trailer & go HOME !!!

was off the hook first time there and making plans for the rest of my life to be there every year.

Plan on going in 2014.

The J&P cycles set up was, no doubt, one of the highlights of the event. So great to be able to stop in some place where everyone knows what they’re doing and has a dedication that matches my own. Bought new V&H pipes and the guy who helped me made sure I had a perfect fit, the best price, and everything I needed before I left. Plus the crew there was just great to hang out with.
J&P, you never let me down

No this is what we call Sturgis, great video will pass it along. Nice Job covering the event.

On my bucket list, to get done…

Don’t wait baby, get there!

Off the Chain

sure looked like attendance was down again this year which is good its too money hungry. they should starve for a whilke then maybne they might get in the real world.

Don’t you know by now it’s all about the money that’s what keeps the towns going. Beside if you go to an event like this you know you are going to spend the money.

Have some fun and live life to the fullest you sure can’t take it with you.

You are right, you sure can’t take your money with you . Have fun because it might not be there for you .

RON, I don’t understand what you mean by too much money. let me hip you to that that real world.
those vendors have to pay outragious amounts to be there and i’m talking thounds plus local fees and taxes, they have to get there for me it would be 6.5 miles per gallon and $4.00 per gallon, nobody lives in STURGIS. their products still cost and they still have to make a profit. now consider if they have any kind of crew , they have to be paid also. the purpose of going to sturgis is the large number of customers. a small piece of pie in larger numbers makes up for a big slice of pie in a nothing show, where only a few people go. i hope this gives you an insight