Imagine a small group of motorcycle fans watching 9 riders compete in a few races on a hot dusty August day in South Dakota in 1938.
In 1938, most of South Dakota, and the U.S., probably didn’t have paved roads. The faces of four U.S. presidents were still being carved out of the stone at nearby Mount Rushmore. Harley-Davidson and Indian were in hot competition for top producer of American-made motorcycles.
When the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club held that first rally in front of that small crowd in Sturgis, not one of them could have imagined people would still be coming to Sturgis for motorcycle action in the next century. Or that their one-day race rally had grown to a seven-day motorcycle extravaganza, with hundreds of thousands of people from around the world planning months in advance to attend.
It’s a great story. And in 2015, the 75th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ will be the greatest ever. Planners expect up to a million people to roll into town August 3-9 to enjoy the bikes, the gear, the music, the vibe—and the unique experience of being part of the biker family.
Join the Chrome Thunder team on our Ranges & Rallies premium guided motorcycle tour for five-star enjoyment of the Sturgis rally, as well as luxury motorcycle touring through the American West before and after the rally.
We get you in the western mood with a one-day ride from Denver to Deadwood, South Dakota, traveling the wide open grasslands of eastern Colorado and Wyoming.
With the Deadwood Mountain Grand as your hotel/casino/spa base, you’ll have two open ride days and three nights to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Sturgis Rally. Explore the world’s largest motorcycle-related vendor gathering. Revel in the roar of thousands of motorcycles on bikes-only Sturgis Main Street.
You might also want to tour the beautiful Black Hills National Forest, or visit Mount Rushmore (it’s been finished since 1941!), Custer State Park, and the Crazy Horse Memorial. If you’re interested in the history of the American West, there’s plenty to see in old mining towns like Deadwood, Lead and Hill City.
After Sturgis, the Ranges & Rallies motorcycle tour continues for 5 more days and nights. We’ll travel back to Denver crossing Beartooth Pass in Montana, visiting Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and riding the highest continuous paved road in the U.S., Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way, you’ll stay at the best hotels available, fully supported by the Chrome Thunder ride hosts.
The 75th anniversary of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ is truly something for motorcyclists around the world to celebrate. Who could have imagined it back in 1938?