Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

There is nothing like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally!

In 2013 I spent 5 days at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This time I wasn’t planning on being here for the rally. It just worked out. The last time I spent most of my time at the Buffalo Chip. Today I decided to spend the day walking around downtown.











Most of the motorcycles are of course Harleys. Sturgis is predominately a Harley rally with some Victorys and Indians thrown in. Some very cool bikes. I wish I could own multiple bikes.






But ever once in a while you see a bike like mine!


I looked for Time to Ride, but never saw them.


I found it interesting the “uniforms” we like to wear. If you are going to Sturgis and riding a Harley, there is a specific “uniform” you wear. It usually consists of a bandanna, a vest with various patches sewn on, jeans, and big boots with vibram soles. You also have to show off your tattoos. I call it the “outlaw” look. A chance to show off your bad side and let loose.

Now don’t get me wrong, adventure riders have their uniform too. Our uniform consist of a full face helmet, a fully armoured cortex riding suit, gloves, and cortex boots. Kind of nerdy ha ha. It seems to me the uniform is about showing we go into dangerous terrain and ride to places no one else goes.

In general, I find it interesting the “uniforms” we wear in everyday life and what we are trying to portray by wearing them. I won’t get into that here though.

Motorcycle Gangs

There were the 1% motorcycle gangs at Sturgis as well. I thought it was funny the Hells Angels would have their booth at Bobs Family Restaurant.


They also had another booth across the street for various chapters. I did notice some wearing the “filthy few” patch.


Interestingly, there were other 1% gangs at Sturgis as well. Some are associate clubs to the Hells Angels such as the Destroyers.

However, the Sons of Silence were also there. I am guessing there was some sort of truce negotiated for the Hells Angels and Sons of Silence to be together downtown. Both groups could be seen walking up and down the street.


The Vice President of the Colorado Chapter of Sons of Silence, along with a couple others on either side of him, came up and spoke to me as I was getting ready to leave. We talked about my bike and where I had been. He told me he had been to Alaska on his Harley full bagger and it wasn’t any problem riding the roads up there.

Beer and Women

There are places downtown you can get a beer for $3.50. However, when you add women to the mix wearing lingerie, the price goes up to $6.00! Not only does the price go up, but there is a huge push for tipping as well.


I had a good time at Sturgis. It would be fun to go back with a group of people and have some fun. One of the more fun things for me though is riding with so many bikes. It gives you you a feeling that you are part of something bigger than just you. I suppose that is what I like about motorcyclist waving to each other as they pass as well. Good day.

Route for August 12, 2016


Big Horn Byway

The Big Horn Byway is another amazing ride.

Before leaving Red Lodge I put the coordinates of my next stop into my GPS – Devils Tower KOA. This was the closest campsite I could find close to Sturgis that had vacancies.

My GPS showed the fastest route. All freeway 🙁 I would rather take a back road than an interstate highway any day. I consulted my paper map and saw that while the interstate headed north and then down to Devils Tower, Highway 14 headed south and then up to Devils Tower. Highway 14 was not a interstate or freeway. And it was marked as a scenic route too. Sold!

I knew nothing about the route. But boy was it nice. Not Beartooth good, but still pretty good. Amazing views with sweeping curves. Just what every motorcyclist wants in a ride. When I saw the motorcycle tour groups I knew it was good.






After the nice ride it was back to the interstate for a short ride to Devils Tower KOA. The closer I got to it the more motorcycles were on the road. They were all heading to one spot – Sturgis.

Devils Tower KOA

I thought Devils Tower was far enough away from Sturgis that it wouldn’t be effected much. I was wrong.


As it turned out, the KOA is right at the entrance to Devils Tower. The place was packed with motorcycle riders out for a day’s ride.I pushed my way through all the motorcyclist hoping they weren’t all staying at the KOA.


Turns out they weren’t. I registered for the night. They placed me in a 15 acre parcel of grass where you could pick any place you wanted! I found three trees close together and pitched my homestead.




The view out of my tent was Devils Tower.



The KOA has a nice cafe packed with Harley riders dressed for the Sturgis Rally. Good people watching. And the swimming pool was one you can relax around.

I decided to spend 3 nights here.

Route for August 10, 2016


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