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Looking for some input and comments about the Sturgis motorcycle rally. thinking of going this year, 70th annual.
Aug 9-15

Has anybody been
Does Victory motorcycles have any support there in a sea of Harley's
Whats it like camping ( at $300 + a night for a room - i'll camp)
It looks like a lot of fun ???

thanks for any or all input.
 

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One of the best events there is. If you like to ride this is the one. I've been to just about all of the big ones, and this one has the best of everything.
PLAN YOU DAYS. There is so much to see if you don't plan your days on what you want to see, you'll miss alot.
 

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I have been going for the last 3 years and I plan on going for the next 30.
Sturgis is actually where I first found out about Victory Motorcycles and last year test rode a pre-production XC.
I camped at Glencoe last year but this year I've already booked Buffalo Chip (booking early saves around a $100).
I totally agree with Potter plan your days out because there is so much to do and so many places to see. I bought a Mad Maps Sturgis version last year for under $10 and that had a bunch of routes that were a blast with a bunch of twistys.
I have reffered to it as the best party I've ever been to and highly recommend the rally to everyone that rides.
 

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Sturgis is fantastic. Definitely watch your speed riding into Deadwood ( cops are out to get ya). Be sure to ride Needles Highway and see Custer Nat. Park ( watch out for buffalo they are out to get ya.) Be sure to go to Monkey Rock and check out the music and girls (wishing in this case they were out to get me). Potter is right on target - plan ahead because there are great sites all around. You can stay in Rapid City (30 minutes to Sturgis) in a nice motel for around 125.00 per night. Last summer there were plenty of rooms available. I got a discounted rate even the week of the rally.Themom and pop motels are the best places to stay. Oryou can call ahead and pay to camp out in someones backyard if you dont like the mega party scence like at the Chip. The people that live out there aregreat folks.
Last yearatSturgisis where I discovered the Victory Vision. First one was sited in Iowa. The next was Sonny Barger and his Vision at a rest area near Sturgis. The third was in Deadwood (shortly after I got a speeding ticket.) Even the townies complain about the cops there.
You will love the Sturgis rally. Guaranteed.
 

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Dont plan on much sleep if you camp. Tents dont exactly have the most soundproof walls, and the campgrounds are full and people like to PARTY ! LOL

 

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My dad has been going since 1982. I rode there for the first time last year (took in my dad's Indian). He has a couple cabins in Hill City that he secures every year. The best experience. We have a nice ride into Sturgis, and a nice ride back. It is dead silent by 5pm because of the rain and darkness is like suicide riding afterwards. They have lots of open space for tents also. Ill post pictures later.
 

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I always suggest getting something with a roof to sleep in. Since last years hail storm I push it even more. One girl had 1 hand full holding 3 pieces of hail. Lots of bikes and cars got damaged.
I stay in Hill City but over the years I only pay $600/week for a cabin. I only go to Sturgis maybe 2 times all week. It rains almost every evening in Hill City and having a carport to park the bike in I have had no hail damages since 2000.
Even if your bike fits in the tent, I doubt it will stop hail damage. o_O
It's your call.
 

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My group camped at the Beaver Lake Campground in Custer S.D. last year. (clean showers and restrooms) We were only 30 minures +/- from The Needles, Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore, and in my opinion some of the better riding in the area.
There's also something to be said about sitting around the campfire with good friends sipping an adult beverage, smoking a good cigar, and reliving the daysrides. An added bonus is that you don't have to worry about getting "Lit Up' by the locals when your bike is parked for the night, and your sleeping bag is only a few feet away.
 

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wow redryder never thought of hail damage, ouch. good point.

oldgringo i'm not quite sure what u mean by "lit up" could u explain please.

again thank you's going out to all, for this great info.
 

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the hail from last year was not common, I've 9 out of the 10 years I've owned a bike and never got any hail damage. I was lucky enough to leave before the big storm last year.

I've always enjoyed camping at Lamphere Ranch. It's clean, cheap and fairly calm so you can sleep, but also close enough to Full Throttle that if you want to go watch the festivities you can stumble there and back.

I have to agree the riding in the Black Hills is as good as it gets.

Last year was my first year on the Victory and the first time I ever got heckled riding through town. HD clone sales guy on a PA was making comments, must have been jealous. My Honda's usually went unnoticed.

My $.02, make the trip you won't regret it.
 

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Hopefully I can get there in 2011.
 

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HammerTime2 said:
wow redryder never thought of hail damage, ouch. good point.

oldgringo i'm not quite sure what u mean by "lit up" could u explain please.

again thank you's going out to all, for this great info.
Lit Up = Having city police, country sheriff, state troopers deicde to pull you over for any perceived reason. Folllowing link explains most in detail. Not saying you will but have seen many.....
http://www.sturgis.com/police.html
 

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I am going this year for the third time. I love it there..
 

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Hey Hammer,

Went in 06, Was a great time. Stayed really to far from, so drinking in town was out.
Stayed just outside Wall at the start of the Bad Lands. Do the Bad Lands park too. Just what SunBurst said, ( watch out for buffalo they are out to get ya.)

Rice Honda, Suzuki, Victory in Rapid City is the dealer there, Great people.
Had my oil change and servicing done and had the Fuel pump replaced there when the wire for the gas light decided to break.
Yeah you gotta replace the whole fuel pump.. Warranty is a good thing...

As for the Cops never had a problem. Even the Wall Sherif help out when the Fuel pump thing happened (1 Mile from my motel). Gave me a couple of bottles of Water. Nothing like wearing Black in Mid-day in 95+F heat at the start of the Bad Lands.. LOL

Go, have fun, enjoy the shows and the riding, Ya gotta do it at least once in your life..

Cheers and enjoy..
 

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Thanks for sharing the info. Going to Sturgis for the first time this year. Staying at a motel in Deadwood- one of our organizer booked everything. I will use all the valuable info to find routes and plan a little better. Thanks for the Police link - helpful. I hope my pipes are considered street legal!
 

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I am not much into the biker outings, living so close to Daytona and Leesburg it seems like an everyday thing but I did go to Sturgis and although I only spent a day at the festivities the area has some of the nicest views to take in on a bike.
 

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Ride_for_Glory said:
Thanks for sharing the info. Going to Sturgis for the first time this year. Staying at a motel in Deadwood- one of our organizer booked everything. I will use all the valuable info to find routes and plan a little better. Thanks for the Police link - helpful. I hope my pipes are considered street legal!
One of the guys that went with us last year went to dedadwood with his wife for dinner and some gaming. The story goes that just as he lft a casino with a good chunk of $ from slots he was stopped by a County cop (county cops are brought in to add numbers to local cops). He was arrested for DUI and spent the night injail. We drove a car down from the house outside Hill City to pick up his wife and one of us rode his bike back. According to the couple it was a scam, they never asked for his license or insurance just told him he looked intoxicated and placed under arrest. (I'm not saying he wasn't)Court appearance next morning that cost him his winnings plus.
My point is...pay attention to what you are doing, how you act and how you talk, be aware of your surroundings. Deadwood becomes very congested.
While in Keystone in the heart of the tourist area saw several bikes get ticketed for making U turns to grab parking places.
Here is my buddy and I (I had the camera) pulling into Sturgis with a Police escort..

 
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