In Sturgis For The 76th Sturgis Rally

sturgisSturgis and surroundings is something very special for most of us. Incredible roads like Needles Highway, Canyon Road, Spearfish Canyon, the Wildlife Loop, etc. The amazing monuments and breathtaking destinations: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, The Badlands, Custer and Bear Butte State Parks, Devil’s Tower National Monument, etc. And of course, the multiple friendships made year after year in this western part of South Dakota, the excitement of seeing the new manufacturer models and demo rides, the custom parts, visiting the bike shows and exhibitions, the colorful madness of Sturgis Main and Lazelle Streets, enjoying first class music concerts and the wild parties…

76sturgisrallyAs soon as I arrived rally officials told me that that this year they expect a smaller and quieter event versus last year’s 75th anniversary celebration with record crowds of bikers (740,000) Sturgis City officials have announced that as of yesterday morning, 588 Temporary Vending Permits have been issued. This number compares to 773 in 2015 and 510 in 2014.  So, a rally to enjoy even more with less time lost in traffic at idle speed (exit 37 on I90 directly to the Buffalo Chip is a big help). The legendary hospitality of the South Dakotans will be the same and we will all enjoy to be there for the 76th edition.

So, see you around the Black Hills. And if you can’t make it this year, stay tuned. I will try to make daily reports and share them with all of you.

For your information.

Main Street is closed to regular traffic since Friday morning. After closure, only motorcycles will be allowed to use Main Street. Many of the side streets in the downtown area will also be closed or will have restrictions. To view a street closure map, go

Main Street Photo Towers are open 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily. Towers are located at Junction and Main as well as Main and Third. You will have free access to these towers for photos if you show your official press credentials from your organization.

7 Responses to “In Sturgis For The 76th Sturgis Rally”

  1. 1 Greg Danzig Aug 6th, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Hope to meet with you sometime, somewhere…

  2. 2 Boots Aug 6th, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks Cyril! For those of us that cannot attend we will be awaiting your observations and info!

  3. 3 seymour Aug 6th, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    It truly is a wonderous place to visit, especially on a motorcycle. However, I would strongly recommend that you go before or after Bike Week to get the most out of it.

  4. 4 Aug 7th, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The 76th Rally has been fantastic so far. A great crowd but still able to get where you need to go. As usual, everyone seems to be having a very good time. I agree with Seymour, if you are looking for the riding experience, you will want to come before or after. The weather stays great well into October.

  5. 5 MB-RoadGLide Aug 8th, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Sure wish I was able to go this year . Last time was 2012
    Maybe next year ? For the people who made it there , enjoy and ride safe.
    See ya next year .

  6. 6 Aug 8th, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Cyril, you’ve got the BEST job in the world !!!!
    I’d like to grow up & be just like you !!!!

  7. 7 Aug 8th, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Agree with seymour & Sturgisdudet,
    i think everybody is clued into the week before
    but i was there the week after one time & it was like a ghost town !!!
    easier to get to all of the touristy stuff

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