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Sturgis

Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:25 am



I finally decided that I haven't been to Sturgis ever. It's only 6 hours away so why not?

So after work on Sunday morning (yep, night shift) I am going to take off to head up and enjoy some of the happenings and just enjoy all the motorcycles that will be there. And the people. and the shops. Just soak it in and enjoy the it.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Guess I need to get those new tires that I won on my bike this weekend!

Ride safe and enjoy.



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Re: Sturgis

Post by 823JIM » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:22 am

We are heading out for Sturgis Tuesday (July 31st) morning at 4 am. We have a little farther to go (1,160 miles). We are also hoping the weather will cooperate. Been there twice before, best time at a rally anywhere. Have been to many rally's around the country, they all pale in comparison.




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Re: Sturgis

Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:30 am

I am really looking forward to it. I think it will be a lot of fun. Meeting the people there and just the rowdiness will be a real trip.

I am trying for a campsite since I'll be pulling my bunkhouse, just sent an email to get a little more information about it. Hopefully, they still have room.

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Re: Sturgis

Post by DenverWinger » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:30 am

We went thru South Dakota on our way to Michigan in 2012, had a campsite just south of the Crazy Horse monument. This was a week before the rally, but we had a good time anyway, checking out the Black Hills, Mt Rushmore, We HAD to stop in Sturgis, saw the "Full Throttle Saloon" before it burned down (evidently they rebuilt, Website refers to the 2018 rally), had a real good time!

Not sure I could deal with all the craziness during rally week though.... :shock:
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Post by C-dub » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:03 pm

Too much craziness for me. We might get through there sometime when it's not, but otherwise, no thanks.
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Re: Sturgis

Post by 823JIM » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:11 pm

C-dub wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:03 pm
Too much craziness for me. We might get through there sometime when it's not, but otherwise, no thanks.
Not as much craziness as one might expect. Have been there the last two years and have nothing but an enjoyable time. We stay at a quit campground 20 miles away. I suppose there is craziness (and trouble) at Sturgis if that is what you go looking for, but for me and the people I go with we have never had any problems at all and have met a lot of nice people.
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Post by themainviking » Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:02 am

I have not been to Sturgis since 1990. I used to go every year or two. Thirteen times in total. In 1990, they topped 500,000 attendees and I have not been back since. It is just getting way too big. I understand 2017 exceeded a million. That is just nuts for a 5800 person town. When I was attending, the only way to have any space in a campground was if you were with an M/C, as they would rope off an area for themselves. And it is just getting worse. It can be a lot of fun, but it has, in my opinion, gotten to be too much now. Methinks that finding a campsite within the Sturgis boundaries would be next to impossible this late. Maybe Rapid City. We always stayed at Buffalo Chip which used to advertise that nobody slept. It was true. A lot of people passed out, but nobody slept. The one thing I do have to say about Sturgis, is that if you were looking for Vendors who had what you wanted, this was the place. They sell pretty much anything you could want - if you ride a Harley. There is a lot of other brand stuff, but Harley is what Sturgis is all about.

I do have to say that if you ever wanted to know about Sturgis, and have not been - you should go once at least. The experience is beyond description. Nobody can tell anyone else adequately about it.
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Re: Sturgis

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:56 am

I suppose it may be crazy but as I stated I have never gone. I wish to see it once and decide from there if I will visit it again. I'm just in the mood to take a nice weekend ride and see what's happening there.

I have talked to a campground, said I didn't need reservations so I hope that is true but time will tell. If I don't find camping I can go see other sights in SD and I will. Nothing says I have to attend Sturgis, just feel like a weekend ride.

Besides, I have my new tires on and they're scuffed up and ready to ride!

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Re: Sturgis

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:59 am

I just got back from Sturgis. I believe Craziness was mentioned and I have to agree there but it was fun! Lots of people, lots of bikes, lots of noise, lots of booths, and just a good time.

I stayed at Days End Campground. They advertise within walking distance of downtown and they definitely are. You pay, you set up where you see a space that you like and enjoy your stay. Even an on site spot for drinking, enjoying music, talking, etc... I did sleep with earplugs, did I mention it is noisy?

It will be a while before I go back during bike week but I'm glad I did it for the experience. And the traffic, all I recommend is if you camp east of town, expect a wait to come into town. There is a number of campgrounds out there including the infamous Full Throttle Saloon and they all come in in the morning. I was driving out to explore and find a place to eat outside of town and saw the line. Stopped in Union Center which you miss if you blink. Had a good brunch, good service, and a nice ride. When I came back into town, there was no line and I went through downtown fairly quick. Parked at my site and walked back into town.

When I left I went down to see Mount Rushmore and ended up going through Custer (Which is set up with parking for motorcycles only in the street) before I finally escaped the massive amount of motorcycle traffic.

All in all, quite the experience and a lot of fun. Crowded, Noisy, Crazy...

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Post by 823JIM » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:36 am

I too have just returned from Sturgis Rally. My wife went with me and we camped in campgrounds in the Spearfish area 17 miles west of Sturgis.
The campground has quite time from 10pm till 8am thus no ear plugs to sleep. If you want to avoid the craziness at camp you just need to look for campground that suits your needs. Wife was not wild about downtown Sturgis (doesn't like the crowds) but loved the riding and sites in the Black Hills area.

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Post by echinus1988 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:06 am

Sounds like a nice campground and looks nice.

My son wants to go next year and told me he wants to stay the week. I suggested a couple days and then ride around to see Mt Rushmore, Badlands, SAC Museum next to Ellsworth AFB, Devils Tower, etc... But we would probably camp nearby again and enjoy that campground with all the noise and such since it was a fun experience. Plus I like walking to town (probably take our bicycles just in case) and taking my time, no fighting for parking space.

I am not sure if I will go also, but we'll find out when he decides next year. It was a fun time.

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Post by 823JIM » Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:32 pm

echinus1988 wrote:
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Sounds like a nice campground and looks nice.

My son wants to go next year and told me he wants to stay the week. I suggested a couple days and then ride around to see Mt Rushmore, Badlands, SAC Museum next to Ellsworth AFB, Devils Tower, etc... But we would probably camp nearby again and enjoy that campground with all the noise and such since it was a fun experience. Plus I like walking to town (probably take our bicycles just in case) and taking my time, no fighting for parking space.

I am not sure if I will go also, but we'll find out when he decides next year. It was a fun time.
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Post by echinus1988 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:02 pm

I have a trailer but I love riding too much to trailer it. Besides, my son wouldn't allow that!

I pull my Bunkhouse trailer which I can place a pad on top and lay the bikes on it. Not much extra weight and easy to haul. Then if we are close to a town or just want some exercise after riding all day, we can get out and ride where we want.

But I do agree with you. I ride to Sturgis.

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Post by 823JIM » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:26 am

echinus1988 wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:02 pm
I have a trailer but I love riding too much to trailer it. Besides, my son wouldn't allow that!

I pull my Bunkhouse trailer which I can place a pad on top and lay the bikes on it. Not much extra weight and easy to haul. Then if we are close to a town or just want some exercise after riding all day, we can get out and ride where we want.

But I do agree with you. I ride to Sturgis.


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Post by landisr » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:25 am

I would suggest a ride down to see the Crazyhorse Monument. It is awesome considering that it is being created with no government money, just donations. I was lucky to visit several years ago on a day that they did a Night Blast. Worth a side trip.

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Post by 823JIM » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:48 am

Yes, I agree the Crazy Horse Monument is worth riding down to see. And they have a very nice visitor center with a theater showing the history of Crazy Horse as well as the monument.


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Re: Sturgis

Post by echinus1988 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:07 am

I thought about it but I didn't have the time to go down there. I would like to go there so maybe next time.

Or maybe a weekend trip...



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