Bikers

South Dakota Welcomes Bikers

Aug 4, 2015

The 75th annual Sturgis Rally is in full swing, and South Dakota rolled out the red carpet, but not how you’d think. Information Centers across the state get ready for Sturgis every year, because the rest stops could be the first contact visitors have with South Dakotans.

This sound can be heard throughout the state this week. Bikers from around the country are flocking to South Dakota. If you’re in South Dakota . . . the Sturgis Rally is hard to escape. Take the folks at an interstate rest stop . . . 420 miles outside Sturgis.

“My name is Curtis.”

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

The 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally this week could double the population in South Dakota. If you somehow haven’t encountered bikes in person, you can’t escape them in the news. As part of our continuing coverage of the rally, here is one story that profiles some of the people you might encounter gliding through the state on two wheels.

The Humble Beginnings Of A Mega Bike Rally

Aug 3, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

The Sturgis Rally is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and if you’re listening to SDPB anywhere in the Black Hills or near a major highway anywhere in the state, it’s likely there is a rumbling motorcycle within earshot.

That’s because there are so many motorcycles in the state right now.  The rally could draw up to one million bikers this year.   The traffic numbers are already higher than average.  But 75 years ago the Sturgis Rally had a more humble beginning.

RESPECT Celebrates The Art Of Motorcycle Culture

Jul 13, 2015
Dahl Arts Center

When you think of bikers roaring into the Black Hills for the 75th Sturgis Rally an art gallery might be the last place you’d think they’d visit. But, the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City wants to change that notion. The Dahl has a special exhibit celebrating biker culture and the 75th Rally anniversary. 

The stereotypical biker is not someone you’d expect to find in an art gallery.

75th Sturgis Rally Could Approach One Million Bikers

Jun 23, 2015

Officials in the Black Hills say they expect 750,000 to one-million people at this year’s 75th annual Sturgis Rally.   Part of that total number depends on how you count.   Officials say they are seeing an increase in bikers before and after the rally that can increase the overall count.   The inflow of visitors means local residents have to deal with something they’re not always used to, traffic.