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STURGIS – SOUTH DAKODA - AND ALL THAT IS

STORIES FROM A RECENT 3-month USA TRIP (shipped bike over from Australia)



One can’t ride the USA on a motorbike without attending Sturgis. Started in 1938 by J.C. “Pappy” Hoel , an Indian Motorbike enthusiast, who hosted a dirt track race with nine riders that set a course in Sturgis history. Today, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has evolved into the world’s largest motorcycle rally. It soon has become predominantly a Harley Davidson mecca. But really, it’s all models, types and almost anything goes. To say I can’t unsee some sights is an understatement.!

This was one of the main reasons I shipped the bike over to showcase here. I took away 3 awards for people’s choice. That’s the best award in my eyes… as it truly shows a wide range of thoughts and it’s people power!. A proud moment to bring home 3 golds for Australia Oi Oi Oi !! and get a photo with Carey Hart!!!

I get asked the question if I would go to Sturgis again. The answer is “no”. Id ride the Black Hills again in a heartbeat and away from the rally time frame. I LOVE that area. For me one day is enough for the Sturgis Rally, which I would say everyone should do if they can. I was there for 10 days and had it not been for the events I was appearing at would have cut that time in half or even more. For me what you see on one day is pretty much what you will see for all the other days of the festival. The camaraderie among bikers though is amazing and it did feel nice to be a part of that. Fantastic people. I’m just not a rally type of person and would rather be out exploring new adventures. Oh and fun trivia - The “Star Spangled Banner” was first used in this area for military ceremonies helping the drive to make it the national anthem.


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