The Granddaddy of Them All Is Here. Are You Ready for Sturgis?

The Granddaddy of Them All Is Here. Are You Ready for Sturgis?

  • The Granddaddy of Them All Is Here. Are You Ready for Sturgis?


    The Black Hills of South Dakota are ready to erupt for the 73rd time for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2013, happening August 5-11, with close to a half million people expected to visit the otherwise quiet city of Sturgis. We’d say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but once you get that first taste, you may be among the thousands who go back year after year.


    Originally called the Black Hills Classic, the first event was held on August 14, 1938 and hosted by the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club, which still owns the tracks, hillclimb and field areas where the rally is held today. The first rally was all about racing and stunts, but today, Sturgis is a week-long festival for bikers, tourists, celebrities and people from all walks of life who share a passion for motorcycles.


    We could go on and on about the ridiculous lineup of concerts at Sturgis, but we’ll just let the names speak for themselves. Here’s a small sample of performers:


    ·         Kid Rock

    ·         Toby Keith

    ·         Lynyrd Skynyrd

    ·         ZZ Top

    ·         Merle Haggard

    ·         The Black Crowes

    ·         Queens of the Stone Age

    ·         Korn

    ·         Rob Zombie

    ·         The Doobie Brothers

    ·         Robbie Krieger of the Doors

    ·         Queensryche

    ·         Shooter Jennings

    ·         Sublime with Rome

    ·         Fuel

    ·         Jared James Nichols

    ·         Buckcherry

    ·         The Cult


    The celebrities always come out for Sturgis, and many participate in the Legends Ride. Led by R. Lee Ermey, the drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket, the sixth annual Legends Ride is a charity event that will give riders the opportunity to meet celebrities like Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Kristy Swanson, WWE Hall of Famers Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, and the first family of motorcycle customization – Arlen, Cory and Zach Ness.


    You can demo just about any bike and motorcycle product on the market and pick up gear and apparel from every big name in the industry, including official Sturgis gear from Hot Leathers. The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fameis open year round but obviously draws insane crowds during the Sturgis Rally, with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony scheduled for August 7.


    Of course, we hope you’ll come see us and try out your Harley on the Biker Bar. There is no event on the planet made for the Biker Bar like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and we can’t wait to immerse ourselves in the Sturgis experience.


    Even though so much hype surrounds the concerts, vendors, watering holes, tattoo contests, the King of the Hills Strongman Contest, and wild Main Street madness, the foundation of Sturgis is still the legendary rides and breathtaking destinations. Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, the Wildlife Loop, Vanocker Canyon Road, Spearfish Canyon, Highway 385 and Highway 14A take you to places like:


    ·         Mount Rushmore

    ·         Deadwood

    ·         Black Hills National Forest

    ·         Custer State Park

    ·         Crazy Horse Memorial

    ·         Bear Butte State Park

    ·         Devil’s Tower National Monument

    ·         The Badlands


    If you’re headed to Sturgis, make sure you download the Sturgis Rally Guide Book. It’s loaded with 230 pages of interactive information about events, rides, weather, places to stay, the Sturgis Rally Zones, shortcuts, a camping check list and everything else you need to know about the biggest biker rally in the country.