The 82nd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
In 2022, the Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be held August 5th to 14th. From the name, the event is held in Sturgis, South Dakota, and dates way back to 1938 when its appeal was pretty small-scale – mainly for races and stunts. Who knew it would go on to achieve cult status with motorcyclists and rally enthusiasts arriving from all parts of the world to participate? RV rentals are in huge demand during this time, especially campers, toy hauler rentals and motorhome rentals. There’s also tons to explore in South Dakota making this the perfect bet.
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Many participants across the USA arrive in RVs and set up camp nearby. Sturgis is about 1,000 miles from DFW and 1,300 from the Austin and Houston areas making the road trip about 16 to 20 hours drive time in your camper rental. Be sure to book reservations for your RV rental and campsites early to experience accommodations near the main action.
The Sturgis Rally is the brainchild of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. They had organized the very first rally in 1938 on August 14, and are now responsible for manning the tracks, hillclimb, and field areas adjacent to the location of the event. Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, who formed the Jackpine Gypsies after buying an Indian Motorcycle business in Sturgis, is hailed as the founder. Every year, some race or event is held to pay a tribute to him. The rally expanded in 1961 to incorporate Hillclimb and Motocross races with ramp jumps, half-mile track racing, collisions with automobiles, and deliberate board wall crashes. It is interesting to note the first RV or motorized camper dates back to 1910, so it is likely RVs and perhaps even RV Rentals were a part of the first Sturgis rally.
What to expect?
One of the most talked about gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts features a beard and mustache contest, street food throw-down, pub crawl, tattoo contest and more. Locals here are warm, friendly, and hospitable, and you will love checking out the different exhibits and stalls. There are concerts, bike shows, and races as well, so there is never a dull moment in this hullabaloo. Don’t miss out Michael Lichter’s annual exhibit, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, which is one of the main attractions here. And the 79th year promises more madness, fun, and entertainment, so the participants, audience, and Sturgis residents are gearing up to join in and have the time of their lives. Read this article for information about other things to see and do in the Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota during your vacation.
- “Small town” is apt for Sturgis with its tiny population demographics of slightly above 6,500 people, which go up to half a million during the rally. Rent your RV early!
- The first rally had just one race with nine participants!
- The Jackpine Gypsies still own the locations they operate.
- This rally isn’t just an event, but an important source of income for the citizens – local businesses, including camper rentals and campgrounds, earn almost 95% of the annual revenue from these 10 days.
- 3 million plus gallons of beer are consumed at the rally!
If you want to be a part of the scene, it is best to rent an RV. There are several sites specifically allocated for camper rentals. You can take a look at Sturgis Campgrounds guide to check out some of the most convenient campgrounds to park your RV rental. Here are a few of them:
Days End Campground & RV Park is situated just off of Interstate I-90’s exit 30, with overhead trees providing necessary shade, several full hook-up RV spots, laundry, clean restrooms and showers, Wi-Fi and cable access, and shuttle services. Rent an RV today!
Try to book your space well in advance to avoid any last minute rush. Moreover, the space you want might not be available if you are late – some camper might park between you and the stage, thereby blocking your view. The sites are situated on top of the amphitheater. Spaces here are about 20 feet wide with varying length till 40 feet.
There are 28 sites here measuring 20 feet by 50 feet so you have ample space with sufficient power and water. Moreover, it is situated right beside the road that leads to the main entrance giving you a good view of the action.
Neat and clean facilities for trailers, RVs, and tents are available here. This site is perfect to suit the contemporary campers who want to be comfortable and get entertained at the same time. The pull-through sites are spacious enough to accommodate vehicles of any sizes as they are 80 to 100 feet long and let your trailer stay hooked to the coach. Electrical service, water, and other amenities are available.
The surfaces here are more or less level, but you need to prepare in advance and make allowances for natural terrain in case you are driving an extremely sophisticated RV that might require special arrangements. The system here is first come, first served, and spaces differ widely in dimensions.
There are quite a few Handicap accessible RV sites available in the North Shower Building area, so please ensure your credentials are in order as they are needed for verification to allow access to these grounds. Check-in as per the designated time to avoid any kind of inconvenience.
To rent RV for Sturgis Rally – you can browse through the different types of vehicles we feature and choose one as per your preference and budget. The Sturgis Rally is the largest motorcycle event in the world and its 81th anniversary will be truly iconic, so don’t miss it. Rent a camper today!