Are You Pumped and Ready for This Years 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? We at AMERiders know we are and as usual, we’re gonna give you info on what’s to come. ( Just an FYI it is 8days and 12 hours and counting at the time I wrote this blog. Not when it was posted) The Rally starts on August 2nd and runs to Augst 11th.
The legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been known to draw bikers to South Dakota from around the world. Along the sidewalks, you will see all types of Vendors hawking their wares. This includes everything from biker gear, tattoos, and the obligatory rally t-shirts. Harleys and Hondas are parked along the side entrances to the many bars and restaurants.
The traffic on the roads recently has been pretty light compared to the past when rowdy bikers were backed up at four-way stop signs for a city block.
Sturgis has stated that
“2019 is the Year of the Ride! The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ Events Team is proud to bring rally-goers the opportunity to go on some guided rides that most people don’t know about and don’t get the opportunity to do.”
There are at least 6 major rides that Sturgis has each year and there are some that will be hosted around it or “too” it like the one we wrote about last week the “Veterans Therapy Ride” These rides include:
The Good Ride
Good Ride is a motorcycle charity ride that focuses on what motorcycles are all about – getting out on the open road with your friends and checking out new destinations – all for good causes.
Good Ride is a 501(c)(3) charity that was started by freestyle motocross rider, turned street bike builder and hooligan racer, Carey Hart that focuses on key charities close to Carey’s heart. The intention of Good Ride is to give back while doing what he loves to do – ride motorcycles!
We are proud to continue our work with Infinite Hero, a military charity that gives back 100%. Proceeds from our Good Ride rallies will go directly to helping veterans in need.
This ride is for ANYONE who loves to ride motorcycles and raise money for a good cause.
17th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride
Jack Daniel’s and the City of Sturgis® are excited to be hosting the 17th annual Sturgis® Mayor’s Ride during the 79th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™! This ride has been a special part of the Sturgis® Rally; not only for the amazing beauty of the Black Hills but that it brings people together from all over the world….and brings them back year after year! Proceeds from the ride will to our emergency services, supporting the men & woman who dedicate so much Rally week to give aid and keep us safe.
Must be registered by July 31st to be entered into the drawing. Register Now
Enjoy a beautiful ride through the Black Hills led by Sturgis® Mayor Carstensen along with the Rally’s Grand Marshal,(TBD). We will stop at Crazy Horse Memorial for a break and photo with the memorial in the background and conclude our ride at the State Game Lodge in Custer State Park with lunch and a presentation with Mayor Carstensen.
Participants will receive a souvenir pack including a limited edition decanter signed by the Mayor, a 2019 Challenge Coin and other collectibles provided by our sponsors. (Shirt size not guaranteed after June 7)
Please register today to guarantee your spot; only 150 spaces available. Must be 21 or older to participate.
Check-in starts at 6:30 am with kickstands up at 9:00 am at the back parking lot of the Community Center located at 1401 Lazelle St.
Experience Some Incredible Rides
The 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is back and while it is fun it is important not to forget first and foremost to gear up to properly to ride! As we prepare for our wild adventures in the Black Hills, we’ve created you a wonderful list of incredible places to ride while experiencing the thrills of the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally:
Iron Mountain Road
This 17-mile stretch through the Black Hills is filled with curves, switchbacks, and tunnels. Winding through beautiful mountains and valleys, the road leads to both Mt. Rushmore National Memorial and Custer State Park, two must-see destinations!
Badlands National Park
If you love national parks, you definitely need to check out the Badlands! The park is filed with jagged, sharply eroded buttes, a grass prairie and fossil beds—so you can definitely expect to see some unique and spectacular scenery!
Bear Butte State Park
Highway 79 will take you from Sturgis to Bear Butte State Park, which features an enormous laccolith. This ride is often relaxing and revitalizing, allowing you to take in all of the natural beauty of the area. There’s also a pretty good chance you’ll see herds of roaming buffalo!
Don’t Miss out on all the action and we will have more information coming for you on Friday and including next week and when Sturgis starts as well.
~And as always…
~Live Free Ride Hard~
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