It will be interesting. For the last couple years, we have been in the Black Hills during the Sturgis Rally - I may have had the only Vespa there...
With this being the 80th Anniversary, we were hearing crowd estimates of over 800,000... before the pandemic. Now, everyone is predicting a smaller crowd; but even at half that size, 400,000 people in a relatively confined area is going to make "social distancing" impossible. There are serious concerns locally about the crowds not wearing masks.
We used to live in the Black Hills - this area has spectacular riding, the reason we are here with our scoots again. Yes, the roads are crowded during the Rally; we are fortunate to be able to be here a month or so before and after. We have always gone to Sturgis during the Rally (lived there for a few years and had a business there) when we're here. This year? We may do a "ride through," but I don't expect we'll be walking Main Street or taking in any of the concerts and events.
The RV resort where we are staying (member/owner resort) has always been packed during the Rally. This year, occupancy for that 10 period is at 65%. Significantly lower than right now. As such, the resort is opening to non-member reservations for that Rally period - a first. While many people go to Sturgis and stay at the Rally campgrounds just outside of town (for the whole "Rally experience"), this resort has been a lovely get-away from the constant roar in and around Sturgis during that time. It is a quiet farm town during most of the other 50 weeks of the year.
Wild? If you know where to go, you can make the Sturgis experience as wild or tame as you like. I consider it "Mardi Gras on motorcycles", and if you've ever been to New Orleans during that event, you know what I mean. in spite of what you may read or hear, it isn't "a bunch of posers"... it is a mass gathering of people who love the two-wheel lifestyle. Sure, some people trailer their bikes in... I get that: we trailered our scoots here from south Texas. Time off, logistics, distance, and comfort have to be considered. Get here in a way that best suits you, but Sturgis is an event that should be on any motocyclist's bucket list. What you've seen on reality shows is only a small part of the real Sturgis experience.
There is a reason that the HOG (Harley Owners Group) consistently puts the Black Hills on their list of best riding destination. I've had 9 Harleys over the years. 4 Goldwings, and a bunch of other bikes. My wife and I love to ride - the reason we are here right now. We've done many of the other "have to" riding areas, like Tail of the Dragon, through the mountains of Colorado, over Bear Tooth Pass, and Ruidoso, New Mexico in the fall. The Black Hills is where we return to spend some summer time on the scoots.
In another week or so, a WHOLE BUNCH of people will be joining us.
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