While the thought attending the largest motorcycle rally in
Sturgis sd things to do world may seem a bit overwhelming, Sturgis can appeal to any rider, noobie and experienced biker alike.
Sturgis is whatever you want to make it and we at RideApart applaud that. Ina group of bikers from Sturgis, South Dakota teamed up with the local Indian Motorcycle franchise to form the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club with the idea to start annual motorcycle races. Two years later, on August 14th,the Black Hills Classic was held with nine racers and a small audience. The Sturgis motorcycle rally was born.
Held yearly in early August, the rally turns this sleepy, little South Dakota town into a week-long party with roughlypeople in attendance. We at RideApart decided to experience Sturgis the hard way: Here are the top 10 picks for what to do, what to see and where to ride while attending Sturgis. Main Street is motorcycles only as it should be!
Despite popular belief, there are still laws against indecent exposure, but, this being a biker week, pasties and airbrushing are allowed. The Legendary Buffalo Chip. They call it legendary for reason.
The Legendary Buffalo Chip is the self-proclaimed center of activity. Once a place too rowdy for police, the Buffalo Chip has it all: Located a few miles outside of town, the Buffalo Chip marks the edge of the Sturgis motorcycle rally and start of something weird. We like both the Jesse James Bar and the Topless Bus Bar, which is a converted school bus with its roof missing and a nice big bar set up inside. Also, of note, TruTV recently started airing a reality if you call it that show focusing on the place:.
If you get tired of all the noise and crowds of Sturgis, then ride out to Bear Butte and its adjoining lake.
After a long day—and night— of partying, Bear Butte gives you unique and deep feeling of calm. Also, a law prohibits any commercial expansion at the base, so luckily for us Bear Butte will remain peaceful Sturgis sd things to do a long while. Broken Spoke is a acre campsite with a suspended burnout pit, indoor and outdoor music stages, lots of places to grab a drink and a some seriously great food.
Also, you can ride your bike through the bar!
What else could you ask for at Sturgis? Nestled on the back side of Bear Butte, the property is massive, and on a clear day, sitting outside you can see for miles across the roaming Black Hills.
Bored of the quiet? Head inside to do a burnout against the bar. Maybe you visited when you were a kid, spotting the famous stone faces from the backseat of a minivan, but there is nothing like seeing Mount Rushmore from the seat of a motorcycle. Continue east from Rushmore for a magnificent view of the mountain from the road or head into the park to get a close up view.
Tight switchbacks lead into a one-way road that enters the mountain. Possibly the most crowded road in South Dakota during Sturgis, it i s considered a must-do while in town. Needles is a great road with some with some tight switchbacks to test you mettle.
We suggest a s top at Sylvan Lake, where on a clear day, you can see the reflection of the adjacent rock face in the lake.
We recommend checking out the museum to more about the history of the stunning Black Hills and the Lakota leader. Leaving Crazy Horse, we ventured up Hwya small, two-lane black top that carved through the Black Hills National Forest on the way to the old gold mining town of Deadwood.
Deadwood seemed like a smaller, more down to earth version of downtown Sturgis.