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Midweek of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

  • Midweek of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
  • Midweek of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
  • Midweek of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
  • Midweek of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Thursday, August 8, 2019
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The 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in full swing right now, and the atmosphere in the Black Hills and Badlands is truly electric.

Having the opportunity to see the Rally from different perspectives over a decade of living in the region has been eye-opening. Every year has given me new insight on the community and people that flood the area; now, experiencing everything right in the thick of Sturgis, I feel like I have a greater understanding of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than ever.

While the sense of a community within bikers has always stuck with me, it's something else to see it in action. When you ride in on a bike (or on the back of one, as I did), there's an unspoken pact between every one of the riders—whether you're stranded on the road, having bike problems, or in a sticky situation, someone is going to step in to help you out.

Especially when we stopped in to Black Hills Harley Davidson, there were hundreds of people admiring each other’s bikes and working on their machines together. It has the air of a big family reunion that everyone’s welcome to. 

In the midst of what looks like a crazy party on the outside, there is a plethora of generous, kind people there to have a good time. But, as far as Rally mentality goes, having a good time means making sure everyone else is having a good time too. Sticking to the crowds on Lazelle, Main Street Sturgis, and within the Chip, I felt comfortably safe. 

There is a pleasant kind of confidence walking among the throngs of Rally-goers knowing that there are few bikers that would allow anyone to be harassed. Additionally, the city of Sturgis pulls in police from all over the nation, and they line the street the entire week, ensuring that things stay safe for everyone. You'll even find families walking with strollers and toddlers in their arms, enjoying the concerts and the spirit of Sturgis.

Whether we were there to catch a drink at the Knuckle or deep in the Buffalo Chip crowd to watch Snoop Dogg, people never failed to be accommodating. There is no other concert crowd in the world, I'm convinced, where all you have to do is ask to get to the front of the audience.

Of course, the list of venues that allows people to take in their motorcycles to the concert is probably equally short; but the roar of revving engines and the crowd melding together into one is an unforgettable thrill. Combined with the pumping bass that accompanied Snoop Dogg, I rode an adrenaline high all night.

Speaking of adrenaline highs—there is still so much more to come out of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Toby Keith plays tonight at the Buffalo Chip with POP EVIL opening, Volbeat will perform Friday, and Zakk Sabbath will close out the final concert at the Chip on Saturday.

If you haven't made it to a concert in Sturgis yet, I highly recommend getting out there to see at least one. Whether it's your type of music or not, a show in Sturgis is an experience that will be remembered forever. If you're looking for a concert that's a little more subdued, with less packed crowds, Rally Point has fantastic shows that are always free. It's the perfect location to take in the sights, sounds, and people while you sit down and have a cold drink.

I found that some of the most fun I had was on Main Street people watching and taking photos. Some of the most insane custom bikes and cool individuals roll through, and most of them are ready to pose for your photos. It's laid back, fun, and an incredible sight when the sun goes down.

It's an especially great location during the day to watch some of the rides roll through—I caught the Sturgis Legends Ride just as they took off from Rally Point in the morning on Monday. And the Black Hills Visitor’s Center was the perfect take-off venue for the Ridin' the Rez group this morning.

Rides are amazing to watch, and even more to be a part of. All of the rides during the Rally take you through beautiful scenic tours of the Black Hills and Badlands. Not to mention, they are the perfect opportunity to meet people from all over the country. Riding in a group creates a sense camaraderie among one another as you drive together and turn heads everywhere.

Yet to come for rides in the Legendary Sturgis Adventure Ride and the Wall Crawl, which will take place within the Badlands and includes a free barbecue meal and concert in Wall afterwards. If you haven't taken the chance to participate in one of these rides yet, check them out.


We're just past the midweek point of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and there is still so much more to do and see. Get down to all these events and experience the Rally before they're gone!

For a full line up of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally events in the Black Hills and Badlands, visit our Sturgis Motorcycle Rally event page.

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