The 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is right around the corner. This Friday, bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts alike from all over the world will converge on the small South Dakota town. The population of Sturgis will ballon from just under 7,000 people to a whopping 500,000+. It is, without a doubt, the biggest party of the year.
The official Instagram account of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is working on getting people excited for the ten-day-long shindig. Yesterday, they posted a beautiful photo from the town with a funny caption. They want everyone to know that there are two kinds of riders in the world.
In the caption, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally account noted that there are riders who are already in Sturgis and those who are on their way.
This years’ motorcycle rally in Sturgis is going to be a big one. After the pandemic kept many riders away last year, they’ll be looking to make up for lost time this coming week.
What to Expect From the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally This Year
The people of Sturgis know that this year’s motorcycle rally is going to be one for the record books. So, they’ve been preparing since mid-July to make sure everything is ready for the influx of visitors. They are strengthening infrastructure as well as law enforcement for the crowd. At the same time, restaurants and bars are ordering plenty of supplies to keep the food and drink coming for the rally.
Those who are fans of classic rock, as well as motorcycles, will be happy to hear that ZZ Top will be there. They will play the Buffalo Chip on Wednesday, August 11. Last week, their bassist and founding member Dusty Hill passed away at his home in Houston, Texas. However, their longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis is taking over the bottom end of the rhythm section. Dusty named Elwood as his replacement before he went home to nurse his bursitis before his planned return to the road this fall.
For those who plan to attend the motorcycle rally in Sturgis and like to beat the heat with some cold suds, there’s some good news. The Sturgis city council announced that they will allow open containers during the event. So, attendees can walk the streets and see the sites while sipping on a cold one or mixed drink. In the past, that would land rallygoers in hot water. This year, it’s completely legal. However, that’s only for those on foot. Drinking while riding is still illegal.
Finally, fans of American Pickers who are attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally should keep their eyes peeled. There’s a good chance that Frank Fritz will be there. He has been going to the rally every year for four decades. In fact, he’s a member of the Sturgis Hall of Fame. So, you might be able to have a chat with the former reality tv star.