Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sturgis Bike Week Rally Dates

Sturgis Rally takes place the first full week
 of August
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 Rally Dates 

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Update June 3, 2014

  • Rally Dates 2014
Sturgis is a must event for those that love motorcycles.  Each year during the first full week in August, about 500,000 riders cruise into the Black Hill of South Dakota to camp out, congregate, watch races and concerts, and to swap stories and motorcycle parts.
The event starts about a week ahead of the actual dates, with organized rides through the Black Hills to Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Devils Tower, and the Badlands.  Concerts and organized rides start on the weekend just before the rally and then the rally itself begins on Monday with races, concerts,  and motorcycle related exhibitions.

  • 2014 Dates
The rally takes place on the first full week in August.  This year, 2014, the dates for events and rides are Friday, August 1st to Sunday, August 10th. 
(Event scheduled, August 3rd, Sunday to August 10th, Sunday)
See Rally Musical Performance Schedule below

  • Rides
Badlands Loop Road offers 40 miles of 
scenic road
Sturgis rides begin well before the event.  The week leading to the scheduled events sees riders cruising to Devils Tower in Wyoming, (link)  Deadwood and Rushmore in the Black Hills, Spearfish Canyon, and the scenic loop road through Badlands NP. 
Sturgis is located on Interstate I-90 and centrally located for good rides. 

  • Devils Tower Ride
Ride west to Wyoming and the Devils Tower . This is a 160 mile round trip from Sturgis via the State roads: South Dakota Route 34, Wyoming Route 24.  Hike around the base of the 1267 foot tower of volcanic rock.  The tower rises 5,112 feet above sea level and is the first National Monument, designated as such by Teddy Roosevelt in 1906.  Hulett is a recommended stop on this ride.

  • Badlands Loop Road
Take the Scenic Byway, South Dakota Route 240,  for sightseeing and animal viewing in Badlands National Park (link) where overlooks and pull out viewpoints give great sightseeing in an eroded landscape.
  • DeadwoodDeadwood is a famous old mining boomtown that today offers shopping, sightseeing, and gambling casinos.  Spearfish Canyon can be part of that ride
  • Mount Rushmore
Sturgis offers a ride throughout the Black Hills to the town of Keystone and Mount Rushmore.  

  • Camping Spearfish Canyon
Spearfish Canyon is close to Sturgis and offers Waterfalls, Sightseeing, Camping, hiking and trout fishing.  Spearfish camping (link) in three locations is 46 miles west of Rapid City and 65 miles from Mount Rushmore.  The Canyon is about ten miles from Lead/ Deadwood.

Badlands Nation Park is home to herds of buffalo

Camping is available in Badlands National Park for riders that make this a two day ride.

Rally Performances at the Buffalo Chip

Saturday August 2
The Cult, Queensryche

Sunday August 3
Collective Soul, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Cyanide

Monday August 4
Zac Brown Band, John Mayal

Tuesday August 5
Motley Crue , Alice Cooper

Wednesday August 6
Florida Georgia Line,  ZZ Top

Thursday August 7
 Pop Evil, Wild Blue Country Band, and Train.

Friday August 8
Pretty Restless, Cheap Trick, A Course Of Action

Saturday August 9
Sevendust, Buckcherry

Related Links: Spearfish Camping
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