Archive for July, 2015

Sturgis 75 Preview

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You already know the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the undisputed heavyweight champion of motorcycle rallies, the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. What you may not know is that 2015 marks the 75th rally — and it’s promising to be one of the biggest and best ever. To see why you need to attend, just take a look at some of the planned events.

Drag Racing School, Saturday, August 1st

Sure, the rally doesn’t officially begin until August third, but head out early and learn to drag race from the pros just outside of town at Sturgis Dragway.

Moto-X, Sunday, August 2nd

The original Sturgis motorcycle club, Jackpine Gypsies, are featuring a Moto-X race on their club grounds.… Read the rest

75 Years of Sturgis

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There’s only one Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The annual event to the small town of Sturgis, South Dakota is a pilgrimage for all things motorcycle related and their many leather-clad fans. 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the rally, so here’s a brief look back, and a glance at the future.

Then

The first meeting of what would become the famous Sturgis rally was held on August 14, 1938. Clarence “Pappy” Hoel purchased a local Indian Motorcycle dealership in 1936 and formed the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club partly as a promotional tool. Pappy and his wife Pearl turned the original six rider meet into an annual event, featuring races, rallies, and contests on the outskirts of town.… Read the rest