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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: A Black and White Photo Essay

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: A Black and White Photo Essay

The greatest motorcycle rally on earth happens every year in Sturgis, South Dakota where hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts descend upon the sleepy town of 6,000 for one week of riding, drinking, and mayhem.

Sturgis has changed tremendously in the last 18 years from the first time I went while in high school to help work on my father’s friends drag bikes competing in the AHDRA national event held just outside the town’s limits. Since then I have ridden to Sturgis for several rallies and witnessed a decline of public nudity, rowdy bikers, and an increase of “fun police” as regulations are being enforced in the Black Hills.

Riders evolved from shabby bikers reminiscent of Hunter S. Thompson’s early works to R.U.Bs (rich urban bikers), the bikes have become more expensive on the main drag, smaller drinking establishments replaced with the rise of mega bars yet the purpose remains largely unchanged in terms of why we ride to South Dakota.

Enjoy a collection of photos from around the Black Hills of South Dakota, a spiritual place of Native Americans and riders of American Iron.

Sturgis Custom Bikes

A collection of custom streamlined choppers for sale on Lazelle

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Main Street Sturgis

Sturgis South Dakota

On average 500,000 riders attend the rally annually

Needles Highway

A classic ride on the US-16 from Custer State Park back to Keystone

Needles Highway Tunnels

Framed in a series of tunnels through the granite is Mt Rushmore

Full Throttle Saloon

Full Throttle Saloon, a mega bar allowing you to drink with a few thousand of your closest friends

Mt Rushmore

A ride in the Black Hills isn’t complete without saying hello to a few famous faces

The Burn Out Pit Full Throttle Saloon

The haze of a burn out performed by someone with more cash than brains

Soldier Memorial Buffalo Chip

Fallen soldier memorial hosted annually at the Buffalo Chip

Main Street Sturgis

 If you can imagine it (or can’t believe it) then it is probably parked here on Main St.

Welcome Sturgis

After Harley dismantled Buell I jumped ship to KTM, I miss my girls but what fun this bike is!

Sturgis Police

 A rally patron playing “Peek-a-Boobie” with law enforcement officers

Been to Sturgis and want to share a story? Have a question? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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