Although the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will probably not draw the record-breaking 750,000 attendees estimated at the 75th Anniversary, the Mecca for bikers is always huge. Sturgis is one of what we refer to as the "Big 3" motorcycle rallies (the others are Daytona Beach Bike Week and Laconia Motorcycle Week) and it is on the 2016 Lightning Customs' Major Biker Rallies List.
The Sturgis rally all started in 1938 when the founder of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, "Pappy" Hoel, started promoting a small racing event. Over the decades, the Black Hills rally has grown to be the premier Harley rally in the world.
Sturgis Area & Rally Attractions
Besides riding down the historic Sturgis Main Street there are tons of scenic roads and destinations to check out. There are memorable roads like Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, Spearfish Canyon, and the Wildlife Loop as well as rides to the Badlands, Devil's Tower, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and Black Hills National Forest.
The attractions and events are the best of the best and are downtown, at major venues, the infamous bars, and all over Black Hills area. Noteworthy, one of the main venues for events and attractions, the Full Throttle Saloon, burned down right after the 2015 Sturgis biker rally. Details on whether they will rebuild or not will be announced on their site. Two other major venues for the motorcycle rally in Sturgis are the Buffalo Chip and the Broken Spoke Saloon & Campground.
Attractions include the top name bands, famous bike shows, racing, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, celebrities, big name bike builders, exhibits, rides, biker games, tons of contests for the ladies, big rig setups, and a seemingly endless number of vendors. A list of the 2016 Sturgis Rally events and details will be available on the above and below sites as the rally approach.
Motorcycle Laws at Sturgis to be Aware of
-Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one, but no more than two headlamps.
-The handlebars of a motorcycle must be no higher than the shoulder height of the person operating the motorcycle.
-All persons under the age of eighteen must wear motorcycle safety helmets that are approved by the Department of Transportation.
-A person riding in an enclosed cab attached to a motorcycle does not have to wear a safety helmet.
-A motorcycle operator must wear an eye protective device unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen of sufficient height and design that protects the motorcycle operator. When headlights are required to be on, a motorcycle operator cannot wear protective eye devices that are tinted or shaded to reduce the light transmission of the device below 35 percent.
-Motorcycles must have at least one tail lamp, which when lighted emits a red light visible for a distance of 500 feet. A motorcycle may display a blue light of up to one-inch diameter as part of the motorcycle's rear brake light.
-Motorcycle helmets are required for riders under eighteen.
-Noise Limits- Every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise.
Other Important Laws While Going to or at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
-65 mph on secondary highways except where posted and 75 mph on interstate except where posted.
-In addition to the regular trailer hitch or coupling device, every trailer that is towed on the public highways at a speed of more than 20 mph must be coupled to the towing vehicle with a safety chain, chains, cables, or an equivalent device. This requirement does not apply to a semitrailer having a connecting device composed of a fifth wheel and kingpin assembly that meets the requirements of the Interstate Commerce Commission.
-No laws on wearing headsets while driving
-Radar detectors are permitted