Sturgis – Home of the Annual Motorcycle Rally

While in the area visiting Mount Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial , we decided to check out the  interesting city of Sturgis. It was founded in 1878 and was originally named Scooptown. It was named this because many of the residents “scooped up” their pay from nearby Fort Meade. Its name was later changed to Sturgis in honor of the Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis. Today that is approximately 6,800 residents.  

SturgisFor those of you who may not know, Sturgis is the location of one of the largest annual motorcycle events in the world, which is held annually on the first full week of August. We were there in June so there wasn’t too much going on, but it is going to be crazy this year. They are gearing up for the 75thAnnual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and we were told they are excepting over a million people that week.  Crazy, but they think it will be a lot of fun too. I guess they have a lot of activities.  Check the link above for events, lodging, etc.

Of course we had to stop at the  Haley Davidson Store and shop around, and take our picture in front of the store. There is even a spot dedicated for picture taking. There were several bikers around taking pictures too. It was a nice day and I really couldn’t help but think how nice it would have been to just jump on the back of a bike and hit the road. Of course, we didn’t have a bike, but it was fun talking to them about the bikes Gene use to have and what he use to ride.  I can definitely see the appeal.

hotleathersI still wanted to do a little more shopping, so we walked across the street to a little store called Hot Leathers Trading Post. The placed smelled wonderful. I love the smell of leather and it hits you immediately as you walk in. I could have stayed in there for hours, lol  We eventually left, but not before I ended up buying a 75th Anniversary refrigerator magnet. Thought it was a cool thing to get to remember our trip and their anniversary.

knucklebreweryWe drove around a little while then decided to have a quick lunch and beer at a local bar or brewery. We ended up at The Knucke Brewing Company and had a great meal. I loved my Brick Personal Flatbread and Gene really enjoyed his Meatball Sub. Of course we had to try some local brew. I don’t like beers with a lot of hop so I had the Va’Knockers Blonde, and it was pretty good. Gene, is the exact opposite and loves IPA’s. He had the Pipe Welder Porter and enjoyed his too.  Afterwards, we did a little more driving around but decided to head onto Historic Deadwood City.

hdbikeSo glad we were able to finally get to see Sturgis. Gene had been wanting to go ever since I knew him. It was great to be able to get there and experience it with him. If you are headed to the rally, have a great time and bring a lot of patience, lol. I know my cousin Terry will be there. Have fun Terry! Think of us. 🙂 Here is a link to their website with more information about the rally.


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