What You Need To Know Before Going To Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

When it comes to motorcycle rallies, not many surpass the legend of Sturgis. For those new to the rally, it can be an overwhelming experience as the sheer number of people and bikes is for many, more than they have witnessed in the past.

The rally attracts an average 500,000 people each year. When you consider that only around 7,000 people call Sturgis home, it is not hard to imagine that finding a place to stay and eat can be a challenge. There are even some retailers who only open during bike week as the revenue generated during the week is close to $800 million, or more than $1 million a day – a retailers dream.

The first rally in Sturgis was in 1938 and was put on by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. The first year saw a small group of people and racers attending, but with each passing year, the event has grown and is now the premier bike rally of the year.

The Sturgis Bike Rally’s 2015 75th anniversary saw a record number of people attending. That number hit almost 740,000, which at the time, was almost equal to the entire population in the state of South Dakota. On an average year, almost every hotel room for miles is booked solid, with those wanting to attend the following year required to book a year in advance, if not more.

Play safe and be smart!

With the influx of people to Sturgis, the risk of injury is real, and every year there are those that get seriously injured and even killed. In 2015 the rally saw fifteen people lose their lives, many of those related to motorcycle accidents where riders were not wearing their helmets. Take the extra precaution to wear protective clothing and helmets and give yourself extra time to get to wherever you are going. Avoid drinking, and at night, it is ideal to avoid being on the road.

Heavily Policed

The police are on high alert during the rally and in 2016, handed out over 120 parking violations, executed over 150 traffic stop arrests and a further 170 plus arrests for various other offenses such as drunkenness, excessive speeding and petty crime. It is recommended you do not drink in public if you wish to avoid a citation.

Be mindful of expenses

As this is a one-week event, retailers obviously take advantage of that and increase prices. This includes hotel rates, gas and meal expenses. To save money, consider staying further away from the town in cities such as Deadwood, Whitewood or Rapid City. Camping is another less expensive alternative that will help you control costs.

Watch out for the crowds!

When you pack a half million people into a town designed for 10,000, crowds can be overwhelming. There are literally vendors everywhere, and lineups are never-ending, so be prepared to be patient and allow for extra time. Also, consider having designated meeting spots in the event you get separated from friends and family.

Black Bike Week 2011 Bikini Contest

Kryptonite Nightclub
9719 N Kings Hwy, North Myrtle Beach
Friday May 27th – Bikini Contest ($1000)
Saturday May 28th – Bikini Contest ($1000)
Sunday May 29th – Bikini Contest ($1000)

Ladies Free Before 11pm Every Night
1/2 Drinks Until Midnight for ladies in bikinis

More Info: 803.361.1086

Precious Metals MC’s 8th Annual Bikers Bash

8th Annual Bikers Bash
Saturday ~ May 28th, 2011 ~ 9:00pm

920 Lake Arrowhead Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC

Trophies for:
Most Rep Male Club (4 or more)
Most Rep Female Club (4 or more)
Most Rep Co-Ed Club (4 or more)
Furthest Distance Club (4 or more)

$10 Admission ~ All Presidents Free


Precious Metals MC’s Throttles & Models & Bottles Bike Party

Annual Throttles & Models & Bottles Bike Party
Friday ~ May 27th, 2011 ~ 9:00pm

920 Lake Arrowhead Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC

$10 Admission ~ All Presidents Free


Invictus Street Riderz MC Early Edition Party

Thursday May 26,2011

Invictus Street Riderz MC
“The Early Edition”
Brunch/Day Party
400 Hillside Dr.South
North Myrtle Beach

Black Bike Week 2011 Dates

he official date for Black Bike Week 2011 is: May 26 – May 31, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Since problems arose in years past, the event has been moved to Atlantic Beach. Some are even calling in Atlantic Beach Bike Festival. Either way its still Black Bike Week 2011.

Black Bike Week 2011 Hotels

What hotel should I stay at?
What area will all of the action be taking place?
What hotels have the best rates for Black Bike Week?

These are questions that we get emailed about the most. Since Black Bike Week has moved to Atlantic Beach, you should find a room in North Myrtle Beach. Any hotel on the strip will be fine. Remember most who attend bike week are riders, so location is based on the hotel’s accommodations.

What you should look for:

Bike Parking
Trailer Parking

Check-in/Check-out Times
Breakfast Included?
Deposit Required?
BBQ area?
Proximity to Stores


Supreme Court invalidates Myrtle Beach helmet law

Myrtle Beach enacted 15 controversial laws – including the helmet ordinance – in May 2009 in an effort to chase away bikers. Since the law went into effect, the rallies have declined substantially from their peak. This morning the SC Supreme Court website stated: “We find that the City Helmet Ordinance fails under implied field preemption due to the need for statewide uniformity and therefore issue a declaratory judgment invalidating the ordinance,” the Supreme Court’s opinion states. “Moreover, we hold that certain motorcycle ordinances were impliedly repealed by the ordinance repealing the administrative hearing system.”

To read the entire ruling CLICK HERE.

The helmet law is just one of many that angered many Bike Week participants, so how will this affect Black Bike Week 2011? Only time will tell…

Myrtle Beach says NO BLACK BIKE WEEK

As most of you know, Myrtle Beach has been on a campaign to distance themselves from biker rallies. In late 2008, the city counsel adopted new ordinances to restrict or otherwise eliminate the activities associated with Black Bike Week and Harley Week.

These ordinances are posted on their website located Here. The header clearly states “Effective 2009, Myrtle Beach, SC will no longer host motorcycle rallies.”

I’m no fool and that message is clear and to the point. Since this announcement I have read responses from fellow bikers such as:

“They can’t tell us we are not allowed there – I’m going anyway!”
“They trying to kill our fun, well I will be there.”
“Im going to NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, because they welcome us.”

My take on this is simple. I refuse to support this monetarily. Whats the difference between Myrtle & North Myrtle really? If someone / some business / some city counsel wants to make life difficult for you – Why would you support them in any fashion?

“Oh, Im going to spend my money in NORTH MYRTLE and other parts of Horry County.”

What statement are you making? That hurts them how?

As with any business ( including city governments ), the way to get your message heard is by hitting them in the pockets.

By spending money in NORTH MYRTLE you are STILL supporting their economy. The hotels, restaurants, taxis, airports, gift shops will all suffer without the cash infusion Black Bike & Harley Week brings IF you keep your money.

“…but thats what they want! They can’t tell me I’m not allowed there”

True, they can not, but why are we so accepting of other’s intolerance?

Spend your money wisely.

Vending Info For East Coast MotorCycle Show

For Vending contracts, electricity requests, hotel request and vendor badge forms – Click Here

** Deadline for Vendor info submissions is Friday, May 2 to be included on the vendor list for the Myrtle Beach mini mag.


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