How to Plan Your Trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally


Planning a trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year? These tips will help you plan a fun, easy, and unforgettable experience.

August will be here before we know it! And you know what that means.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is making its way back for another year of fun! Get ready to join over 400,000 motorcyclists from around the country in this monster event.

But before you do- it's important to begin planning ahead of time. So we've put together a list of planning tips that will help you plan the ultimate experience on your way to South Dakota.

1. Reservations

You already know that thousands of bike riders are coming from all around the country for this huge event. So of course, unless you have the hookup, all the rentals are going to be booked if you haven't made your reservations soon.

2. To Bring A Trailer Or Not To Bring A Trailer

Depending on the weather and mileage, a trailer might be the best option when making your way over to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Because adding mileage to an antique ride is never a good idea, you'd be surprised how many bikers would rather pack their bikes in a trailer when making their way to South Dakota.

But if hauling a trailer doesn't seem appealing to you, you can always hire a shipper to take your bike to the rally for you.

3. Renting A Ride

Were you aware that some local dealerships allow you to rent motorcycles? If you find yourself trying to avoid the hassle of bringing your bike to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, consider renting a bike while you're there. Similar to the process of renting a car, you would look a rental near the area where you're residing. But here's a fair warning. The bikes get booked fast!

4. Don't Forget To Take Your Bike For An Inspection

After weeks of planning this trip, the last thing you want is a nonfunctioning motorcycle. Ideally, you'd want to perform a T-CLOCS inspection on your bike.

T - tires

C- controls

L- lights

O- oil

C- chassis

S- side stand

This basic inspection takes about three minutes and will save you the hassle if you're planning on riding all the way to the festival.

5. Show Off Your Ride At The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Contrary to popular belief, just because you don't own a Harley, doesn't mean you can't show off your bike! All kinds of manufacturers are showing up to The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to show off what their bikes can really do.

And if you, like many other motorcyclists, spent time and money this year hooking your bike up, there's even more reason to bring it to the festival! Who knows! Maybe you'll be the prime example of #BikeGoals

6. Sight-Seeing Is A Must

Because the West carries the most iconic scenery, you must leave time to sightsee the following:

1. Mount Rushmore - Only 52 miles from Sturgis, Mount Rushmore is the pinnacle of American History engraved in stone. The facial carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln occupy this historic mount - making it a must-see attraction.

2. Yellowstone National Park - When you make your way over to the Sturgis Motorcycle rally, you must experience the world's first national park! Marvel at the erupting volcano, hike through the beautiful forest, and experience history first hand!

3. Explore The Things To Do - From ziplining to hiking and beyond - there's something for everyone in the family to do!

7. Gas It up

As you can imagine, the further you go into South Dakota, the fewer gas stations there are. And the last thing you want to deal with is a motorcycle that runs out of gas! So to be safe, if you see your gas tank reaching the halfway mark, top it off!

8. Invest In Roadside Assistance And Other Saftey Measures

Let's be real. It's better to be safe than sorry. And it's always better to be overprepared than underprepared. So we've put together a list of safety precautions you might want to take before making your way up to South Dakota.

  • If you're planning on riding your bike to The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, invest in roadside assistance just in case.
  • Keep your family and friends informed on all that is going on! You never want to take a road trip without checking in with them.
  • Consider paying extra money for trip insurance in case your trip is canceled. Along with awesome deals on hotels, be sure to look into rentals that have cancelation policies that are convenient for you. You never know what can happen between now and August and it doesn't hurt to be on the safe side.

9. Be Cautious

Every state has roads that wind a bit more than others.  Many of the roads in the black hills are curvy and have varying speed zones.

Between the tourist areas, driving long hours, and wildlife - you may encounter road obstacles that you aren't too familiar with. Be sure to use defensive driving.

10. Get Ready To Learn

Remember that bikers from all over the country are coming to The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for a common purpose. And while this is the perfect getaway vacation, this is also the time to ask questions and get informed about bikes you are curious about.

Keep in mind that The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is not only for bike riders but for motorcycle manufacturers too. So be prepared to ask the questions you've been wondering about your dream bike and open up to learning about others as well.

Need A Place To Stay While You're In Sturgis? We've Got You Covered

Whether you're an avid bike rider or are simply going to the festivities and the attractions - be sure to follow these tips to get the most out of your trip!

Feel free to browse our website for all your rental needs or contact us to make your stay in Sturgis unforgettable.