Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Calgary Alberta Canada
Some do and don'ts
-Don't wave to other bikes, you'll lose control, there are simply too many riders and it is assumed you are friendly
-Put a foot down at each and every stop sign, no coasting thru.
-Wear eye protection at all times while riding
-All bikes must be removed from streets by 02:00. The main arteries are swept each early morning of the rally. You do not want to be passed out in the gutter after 02:00 either, the awakening can be rude, wet and you would think that those brush bristles are soft, they leave a mark and it hurts.
-They are serious about no large vehicles (RV's commercial size trucks etc) passing thru downtown during the rally, bikes are parked along the edge and in the middle of main street. Last year saw the Budweiser hitch knock over a Road King, not a pretty site and think dominoes when one bikes goes over....
-Be respectful of paid parking on private property, the revenue of this week is all that some get for the entire year. Besides, that little old lady on the porch taking your 10$ has a gun and she knows how to use it.
-Don't be a dick and you'll be just fine. Be a dick and see what happens
In Sturgis itself and right outside:
Main street, walk this a few times, the sites you will see and the variety of bikes are cool.
Visit most of the bars in town the famous and the not so famous. The Buffalo chip and other venues just outside of town should not be missed.
-HD dealer in Rapid City. Treat this like Disney, take it all in, scope out the items that you want early in the week and return to buy specific items later in the week. You have to make a couple of visits to take it all in.
-Badlands to the east, Wall Drug in Wall SD.
-Mt Rushmore, every American should see this once in their lives
-Crazy Horse, bigger than Rushmore but will probably never be finished
-Spearfish Canyon ride, cool but not spectacular
-Devils Tower in Wyoming
--Stone House Bar
-Deadwood for the history and casinos
-Needles hwy and other cool roads in and around Mt Rushmore.
Several of the establishments there have a one page flyer that has a map of the area on one side and a list of all the things to see and do on the other.
Hope this helps
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