The 2018 Sturgis Bike Rally will be upon us before you know it! Here are the things you must remember to plan to make the most of the rally. The 2018 Sturgis Rally will be held between August 3-12, 2018.
Imagine It with me – an event that draws 700,000 bikers together along with every type of motorcycle imaginable for a time for partying, loud bikes, celebrations, and live music. That, ladies and gentleman, is Sturgis! The annual event, held in South Dakota, is revered by bikers across the country. How often do you see an entire town simply overrun with motorcycles of every kind? If you want to go to a rally and truly embrace the biking experience, Sturgis is the one for you.
The Sturgis rally originated in the sleepy town of Sturgis, South Dakota in 1938 when the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club held a number of motorcycle races. These races have evolved into a rally of epic proportions. The entire town of Sturgis comes alive for this rally – and, in fact, many restaurants and bars are closed for the rest of the year.
Before you grab your gear and hop on your bike, there are some things you should know to prepare for Sturgis 2018.
Watch Out for Cops
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Remember what I said about the whole town coming alive for this annual event? Well, that includes local police. It’s as if the entire state of South Dakota’s police forces descend on the event. Okay, maybe not literally, but it’s not unusual to see numerous police officers parked along the perimeter of the town. They watch closely for speeding and drunk drivers, and fines can be hefty! And besides- who wants to have to come back to South Dakota to deal with a potential hearing for a big ticket? Avoid speeding! It’s not worth it!
Appreciate the Bikes
There are so many bikes to be seen- from classics to state of the art bikes and way too many custom bikes to begin to take them all in. Bring your bike and prepare to take notice of the many thousands of others that you see. Throw your brand loyalty out the window. Sturgis is a rally for overall motorcycle love- and they don’t segregate. Instead, appreciate the roar and power of the bikes and the bikers who ride them.
Bring Enough Green
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Sturgis can get expensive. Although you can opt to be economical, you will quickly find that most things cost a lot of money. Most bars have a hefty cover charge, and the cost of your drinks will quickly add up. Remember that many of these locations are only open for a couple of weeks a year, so they rely on your deep pockets to get them through the other 11 lean months. Save some money by packing snacks and camping out.
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Instead of wasting good money on a crummy hotel (which can run several hundred dollars a night), camp out with your biker buddies. There are numerous campgrounds in and around Sturgis. You’ll find lots of bikers to visit with both in and out of the town, and you will quickly discover that some of the “happening” campgrounds become mini-rallies of their own.
Avoid the Traffic
A lot of people refer to Sturgis as one big traffic jam, and with so many people invading a small town, it’s easy to see why. If you plan to ride through the city at peak hours, you’re going to hit some nasty traffic. Of course, every traffic jam is an opportunity to appreciate other bikes. To avoid the traffic, or at least minimize it somewhat, ride in at odd times. Come into town in the early part of the day, when many other bikers are still sleeping off their hangovers. Or, spend the day riding the beautiful curves and hills of South Dakota and hit the town as everyone is breaking for dinner before the bars fill up.
Take Lots of Pictures
You’re going to see incredible bikes, beautiful women, and some of the best bands in the country. Bring a camera or take lots of pictures on your phone. It’s great to relive your time at Sturgis when you return home – and a lot of fun to show off the rally to all your riding partners at home.
Enjoy Sturgis 2018 and ride carefully! Each year, crashes occur as bikers who are not familiar with the area take on the curves and hills of the Black Hills. If you are involved in a crash, contact the team of Kass & Moses. When you call us at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE, you will speak with an experienced motorcycle crash lawyer who can help you determine how much money you can recover in your case. If you have been injured in a motorcycle crash, you may face time off work, ongoing disability, and mounting medical bills. Kass & Moses will take over your battle with the insurance company and allow you to focus on healing. Call 1-800-MOTORCYCLE right away.