The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s Black Hills is a six-day event that’s been happening every August for seven decades. Last year in 2010 the ralley held its 70th year anniversary with an astounding count of about 600,000 in attendance.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2011 is scheduled for August 8 through the 14th. The rally is also known as Sturgis Bike Week, the worlds largest biker rally event. Riders attend from all over the world and enjoy the wonderful scenic beauty of the Black Hills communities.
Custom Bike Building championship event is free, open to the public and runs from August seventh to the tenth. The four classes are Freestyle, Modified, Harley Performance Custom and Production Manufacturer. The Full Throttle Saloon has entertainment and houses concerts. Bachman & Turner are scheduled to play at the Full Throttle on August 8th.
The club started in 1936 with an official AMA charter in 1937 and is now referred to as the Rally in Sturgis. The 1938 weekend celebration had a lineup of only nine racers and a small audience.
Motorcycle clubs last about three years on average whereas The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club is still going strong after seventy years. The property where the activities take place is owned by the club consisting of forty acres that sits adjacent to Interstate 90 between exits 30 and 32. On the grounds are a motorcross track, a field meet area, a lighted short track, hillclimb area, clubhouse, office and a concession.
If you plan to attend and camp on one of the campgrounds look for a shaded area as it gets very hot during the day. The prices for tent camping widely range from one campground to the next and it’s the most affordable way to enjoy the Sturgis Rally. Costs vary depending on ammenities, house bands and big name concerts. Some campgrounds charge by the day and others have a flat rate.
The Sturgis Rally offers road tours, bike shows, races, contests, bands, concerts and a large variety of vendors.