The Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a mandatory bucket list item for thousands of bikers from all walks of life, and with good reason.
Each year close to a half-million biker enthusiasts make their way to party, ride and race in this small South Dakota outpost that earns close to 95% of its annual revenue during the event’s two week-long stint in August. RVing to Sturgis is the ideal way to go; with the right setup you can haul your bikes and bring all the comforts of home.
History of the Sturgis Bike Rally
The “Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club” kicked off the first Sturgis rally in 1938 as the “Black Hills Classic,” a simple racing event for just nine local motorcyclists. Over 78 years later the club is still going strong and owns the lighted short track, motocross track, field meet area, hillclimb area, clubhouse, office and a concession business were much of the Sturgis rally takes place. The Jackpine Gypsies hold over a dozen events during the rally.
Today, Sturgis attendees are a mix of riders from all walks of life.
Where to Stay and What to Do in Sturgis
Sturgis officials estimate that less than half of participants who attend the annual event actually ride the entire way. Many RVers will tow their bikes behind their rigs and ride once they get there. If you’re doing the same you’ll be in great company. In the iRV2 Discussion Forums you’ll find dozens of tips and tricks from Sturgis RVing bikers, like jeryan59:
If you’ve always wanted to experience a “Bikers Only” attitude and ambiance, the Sturgis Rally is a must. During the first weeks in August over four blocks in Sturgis are designated just for bikers and highways are jammed with two-wheeled riders. But seasoned Sturgis RVing veterans know