Sturgis – the Rally

How it all began. The history of Sturgis.

The Sturgis rally, held the first week of August, has long been one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world and sits high on the bucket list of many riders.

The rally was initially started by a group of Indian motorcycle riders, called the Jackpine Gypsies, back in 1938. They originally formed the rally as a get-together for riders, to showcase motorcycle stunts, drags, and races. 

Indian Motorcycles have been a part of the Sturgis culture since the beginning, and the original dealership, started by Clarence ”Pappy” Hoel in 1936, was instrumental in forming the culture of the Sturgis rally. These motorcycles were commonly used for the menacing “Wall of Death,” where riders seem to defy the odds of gravity as they spin around the timber walls of the cylindrical motordome.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally takes place in summer, so be prepared for warm weather around 77° to 86° F (25° to 30° C) during the day and cooler nights.

The Black Hills area is notorious for getting hit with violent hailstorms that can cause the temperature to plummet. Luckily, the storms usually don’t stay around for long, and half an hour later the sun can be shining. Often you will hear the air-raid siren, warning that hail is on the way. Check the weather forecast and pack your wet weather gear before heading off for your day’s ride. 

Sturgis the Rally.



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