Sturgis: Where it All Began

12-08-15 / By gran

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota, during the beginning of August. Every year, thousands of bikers make the trip to the small town to ride, race, meet with new and old friends, camp, enjoy the sights (inside and outside the rally), showoff their bike, and partake in the entertainment.


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About the Rally

This motorcycle rally is a week long experience packed full of exciting races, unique people and bikes, and great music. Everyone is welcomed from the seasoned rider to the newbie on a scooter. Events include drag races, hill climbs, and motocross races, to name a few. Vendors line the streets offering everything from t-shirts and souvenirs to tattoos and motorcycle customization. The rally also offers great food and spectacular people watching.

The History

In the year 1876, the city of Sturgis was formed and named for its mayor, Major Samuel D. Sturgis. In 1936 a man named Clarence “Pappy” Hoel started the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcyle Club and two years later on August 14th, 1938, the rally began with less than a dozen participants. In the 1960’s, new races were introduced and the rally grew in size and length. In the 1970’s, temporary vendors began setting up shop and the rally officially became a seven day event. Today, hundreds of thousands of people from across the world attend this classic motorcycle rally every year.

Things to do

There is a ton to see and do around Sturgis. The area offers excellent roads for riding through the Black Hills and taking in the sights as well as various natural landmarks and attractions. A few places to check out include Bear Butte State Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Fort Mead, and of course, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.

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