The Holy Grail of Motorcycle Rallies is without a doubt “Sturgis,” and this year’s event, being the 75th anniversary, brought the attendance numbers to a record high. This is my personal favorite rally of the year, not only because of the fun canyon roads to ride, but the energy level in the attendees it produces.
People come from all over the world from your vagabond gypsy motorcyclists that camp in the national forest to your doctors and lawyers in million dollar RVs with matching trailers. But no matter how they arrived, there is an upbeat vibe and a positive attitude that’s infectious.
The rally in itself has changed over the years since I’ve been coming. My first time was in 1981 when the only place to camp was in City Park, and I have to admit, that was the craziest party that I’ve ever been to and it had me hooked.
With lack of control, the city finally closed City Park and campgrounds started springing up everywhere. This is when attendance levels started climbing because now you can hear top name entertainment, eat and catch a hot shower if you get up early enough.
There is always something to do and see in and around the area and never enough time to catch it all from flat-track racing, hill climbs, drag-strip racing and even a Wall of Death for all your adrenaline needs. Bike shows are everywhere, and if a new bike is in your future, there are demo rides offered by most of the major manufacturers.
A trip to Sturgis wouldn’t be complete without a stroll down Main Street. There you could buy yourself a 75th annual Sturgis tee shirt and of course every relative, coworker and your unfortunate buddies that couldn’t make it there.
If you wanted something to enhance your ride then no problem. There were hundreds upon hundreds of vendors selling everything under the sun to help your bike go fast and look good.
If you haven’t been to Sturgis, S.D., for the Rally, then it’s time to start planning now. Next year’s dates are from August 8 through the 14. Will you be there?