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The Story Of The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally   In South Dakota

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Every year modern-day cowboys are seen frolicking around South Dakota.
They prepare to race and to show their unique physical feat riding their
iron horses. There are thousands of them and all are motorcycle
enthusiasts. Bikers from different places travel to the so-called Mecca
of hardcore motorcycle fanatics to witness the event called “The Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally,” which is held in Sturgis, South Dakota. This event
happens only during the whole first week of August every ...


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Travel. Motorcycles, Dakota, Trips, Rally, Events, Bikers


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Every year modern-day cowboys are seen frolicking around South Dakota.
They prepare to race and to show their unique physical feat riding their
iron horses. There are thousands of them and all are motorcycle
enthusiasts. Bikers from different places travel to the so-called Mecca
of hardcore motorcycle fanatics to witness the event called “The Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally,” which is held in Sturgis, South Dakota. This event
happens only during the whole first week of August every year. This is
where bikers break away from all the hustle and bustle of their daily
stressful lives. At the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, radical motorcyclists
create their own nirvana.

The goal of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is to gather people as well as
motorcycles. Bikers coming from all walks of life, converge to
participate in this grand event. You may be surprised to know that there
are doctors, teachers, engineers and other blue-collared professionals
included in the crowd. These individuals are those who consider motor
cycling a lifestyle rather than a simple means of getting from one place
to another or from point A to point B.

It all started when Clarence Hoel, also known as Pappy, bought his Indian
Motorcycle Franchise in the same city where the rally is held every year.
Soon afterwards, the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club was born. This club
owns the field areas, tracks and hill climbs where the rally takes place.
Only a year after, the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) recognized
the club. It was in August 14, 1938 when the first Sturgis Motorcycle
Rally began. Back then, it was popularly known as the Black Hills
Classic. There were only 19 participants and a few members in the
audience. The rally included a half mile track and unbelievable stunts.
The stunt performances included intentional board-wall crashes,
motorcycle jumping on ramps as well as head on collision with another
motorcycle or a different automobile. Johnny Spiegelhoff from Milwaukee
won the majority of the prize money given by four local businessmen. Five
hundred dollars was a huge amount of money during those times. The first
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally lasted only for two days.

Since then, the rally has been held annually. However, the rally was
cancelled during the World War II. This is to support gas rationings for
war tanks. Moreover, young men were also brought overseas to be part of
the country’s armed forces.

When the war was declared over, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally came back to
life, gaining tremendous popularity. For the first time in history, the
main street of Sturgis was blocked just to have a ceremony that lasted
for two hours. During the early years of 1960’s, the club of the Jackpine
Gypsies introduced the Hillclimb and Motocross races. One block of the
Sturgis’ main street was closed to be used for motorcycle parking
purposes. The rally became a three-day course. However, by 1965, the
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally became a five-day event. About one thousand
motorcyclists from all over the U.S. attended the rally.

At the same, the event included a feeding program led by the Sturgis
Chamber of Commerce held in the city park. Awards were given to the
longest married couple, oldest rider, best dressed male and female, and
the cyclist who traveled the most distance just to reach Sturgis in South
Dakota.

In 1989, a sad day befell everybody as they mourned over the death of
Pappy Hoel, the founder of the rally. The whole week of the Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally was dedicated to the father of the said motorcycle
event. He earned a national citation for his dedication in making the
said motorcycle event into one of the biggest occasions in the world of
motorcycling.

In 2000, there were more than 600,000 participants who attended the
year’s rally. This is the highest figure they have so far. The Sturgis
Motorcycle Rally had also recently celebrated their 67th anniversary,
attracting more and more people, both bikers and non-bikers.

				
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