Hundreds of thousands of bikers kicked off the 81st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally yesterday.
The kick-off included live concerts and, of course, the famous motorcycle rally. The rally began 83 years ago in 1938 with just nine participants and 200 spectators. Last year, there were almost half a million participants and this year’s rally was expected to bring in even more people. But if you can’t make it this year, no worries, we got you covered with all the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally coverage you’ll ever need. And we’re starting it all off with some badass biker women.
We can’t make a list of the coolest women at the rally without first mentioning one of the most badass women of them all, Jody Perewitz. Perewitz is a biking legend. She currently holds sixteen Land Speed records, one of which is a World Record. Additionally, Perewitz is the fastest woman to ever ride an American V-twin-powered motorcycle. She rode in at over 200 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats. And she’s earned four AMA number one plates.
Perewitz is also the daughter of world-renowned custom bike builder, Dave“father of flames” Perewitz. When she’s not riding, Perewitz runs the marketing side of her father’s business at Cycle Fab. And if all that wasn’t enough, Jody Perewitz also landed the title of 2021 City of Sturgis Grand Marshall for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year.
To celebrate the occasion, Perewitz shared a photo of herself holding a brick that will be placed in the city of Sturgis in her honor.
How Many Women Usually Attend The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally?
When you think of motorcycle rallies, you may think of a big group of bearded and tattooed men on Harleys. But that’s not (entirely) the case at all. Yes, you’ll find your fair share of men at the rally. But there are almost just as many badass biker women. In fact, the city of Sturgis conducted a survey in 2013 to see just how many women attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And the results were pretty awesome. Forty-four percent of attendees were women – that’s almost 50 percent! And we suspect that the number has grown since that survey was taken.
Here are some more awesome pics of some of the coolest women at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Some attendees travel alone; just a woman and her bike.
Others gather up their friends for the biking adventure of a lifetime.
And when they’re not biking, attendees can enjoy concerts, entertainment, refreshing beverages, and other events.