What Sturgis Police Will Be Watching For During This Year’s Motorcycle Rally : V-Twin Life


Nothing puts a damper on fun quite like a run in with Johnny Law, and with the increased police presence in and around the city of Sturgis during the annual motorcycle rally, knowing the state and local laws is a must. To make sure you have the 411 on what law enforcement officers will be looking for, Sturgis Rider® News sat down with Chief of Police Geody VanDewater of the Sturgis Police Department. Make sure you and other riders on the road can have a safe and fun time during this year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally by checking out his list of dos and don’ts.

Drinking and Driving



This is a no-brainer. If you plan on kicking back some cold ones, please designate a sober driver to get you back to your home base safely. If that’s not an option, there are modes of public transportation you can use that will cost you significantly less than a DUI. The Sturgis Party Shuttle can get you where you need to go with stops at most of the area’s campgrounds and hotels including Sturgis and Deadwood. With the Buffalo Chip as its headquarters, the Sturgis Party Shuttle has shuttles that route every 30 minutes from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Aug. 4-13 at both the Chip’s east and west gate. 

Illegal drug use

During the Sturgis motorcycle rally there are plenty of rides, concerts and activities that’ll give you a high that’s just as good as the hard stuff. According to their website, the Sturgis Police Department has a zero tolerance policy on all drug arrests no matter how small and will not relax charges on any violations. Just say no to drugs and you can avoid spending the bulk of your vacation in the clink.

Traffic Violations



Failure to Stop at Red Lights and Stop Signs

Traffic congestion is to be expected when you come into the city of Sturgis, but it’s important to remember to obey all traffic laws. When stopping at red lights and stop signs, you must come to a complete stop.

“Some people can balance their bike at a complete stop, but to be safe, we suggest you put at least one foot down and stop for 2-3 seconds.”
 – Sturgis Chief of Police Geody VanDewater

Passing on the Sidewalk or Shoulder

You might get impatient when waiting in traffic, but don’t try to pass on the right shoulder or sidewalks. If you are caught doing this, Sturgis police will stop you and issue you a $111 ticket. You can also use Fort Meade Way to avoid the hassle of waiting through heavy rally traffic.

Bike Modifications


Recent law changes allow you to have handlebars on your bike at the height of your choosing, but there are other modifications that are still illegal. For example, there are rules about how loud your exhaust system can be. All modifications must be factory altered. Removing the baffles in your exhaust is still against the law.
There is no specific decibel level for exhaust in the state of South Dakota, but every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise. Sturgis Police will be listening for unusually loud exhaust to determine if you are violating South Dakota’s vehicle noise law, 32-15-17. If you are, they’ll fine you $120.

Indecent Exposure


When the number on the thermometer starts climbing, you might be tempted to wear less. While there’s no dress code, it’s smart to remember the law requires you to keep your naughty bits covered. Failure to do so will get you charged with indecent exposure, which will land you a $111 fine.

Helmets and Eye Protection


Helmets are required for any passengers under 18 and protective eyewear is a must. Beyond that, there are no restrictions on what you can wear on your bike, but Chief VanDewater recommends you play it safe and wear the right gear when riding. Full leathers and closed-toe footwear are encouraged.
Get great gear recommendations from seasoned riders prefer by checking out “10 Essential Pieces of Gear You Shouldn’t Ride Without.”
Parking Violations
The most common complaint the Sturgis Police Department receives during the rally involves parking violations. Parking downtown can be a real pain in the you-know-what, but that doesn’t mean you can park just anywhere.
You are allowed to park anywhere on downtown streets within the barricades, except for intersections. If you are parked in handicap spots or in zones outside of the barricades that are painted yellow or red, your vehicle will be ticketed and towed. Avoid parking in alleyways or private parking lots. Public Works cleans the streets nightly to keep Sturgis looking beautiful, so if you leave your bike parked downtown after 2 a.m., it will be towed. Chief VanDewater suggests taking advantage of public transportation to keep you and your bike safe.
Outside of the city, you won’t find parking to be nearly as regulated. Remember, there is always plenty of free parking available at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads.

Have you been stopped by Sturgis police? Share your stories in the comments below to help your fellow bikers. 

Repost: Written By Becky Kindvall 

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74th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – Harley-Davidson and V-Twin Life

Another year has gone by and already it’s time for Sturgis!  Sturgis is always an adventure and I don’t mean just during the rally.  Folks are coming in from all over the world for the biggest party in the world and getting there is half the fun.  With so much crazy weather out now and monsoon season in full force.  Your bound to get wet so make sure you get to South Dakota safe so the partying can begin!  If you’ve never gone keep an open mind and remember there is so much to do in Sturgis that you can go for years to come and have a different experience each time.

The excitement is hard to shake and the new friends are hard to leave so deciding to come back and do it all over is a fairly easy choice. The magic of the Hills is mesmerizing and the roads, well; there are few places on this good earth that offer this kind of riding.

Incredible roads like Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, the Wildlife Loop, Vanocker Canyon Road and Spearfish Canyon take you to amazing destinations – Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Bear Butte State Park, the Badlands and Devil’s Tower National Monument. Highway 14A’s big, wide turns transport you to the infamous town of Deadwood and the mining town of Lead, and the awe inspiring Highway 385 meanders past towns like Hill City, Silver City and Custer, all contained in the Black Hills National Forest. It’s breathtaking and it’s glorious and it will make you want to come back.

The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally is the experience of a lifetime in a place where local people can still show you a thing or two about hospitality and visiting exhibitors can show you anything and everything you’d want or need to dress you up or dress up your bike. Or heck, demo virtually every kind of bike on the market – custom, V-Twin or metric. It’s like being a kid again, in a candy store. Only better! Because in addition to the bikes there are concerts and races and bike shows, five blocks of Main Street bikes-only street vibe, the 12th Annual Mayor’s Ride, Michael Lichter’s annual exhibit, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, organized rides, some pretty impressive watering holes, custom legends, blue skies and warm, sunny days. It’s all waiting for you in Sturgis and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. #HarleyDavidson #VTwinLife #SturgisMotorcycleRally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Welcome

 

For a list of events click the link below

http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/news/list-news/

Bike Show Events

August 3, 2014   11:00 am
August 4, 2014    
August 4, 2014   10:00 am
August 4, 2014   12:00 pm
August 5, 2014   11:00 am
August 5, 2014   12:00 pm
August 6, 2014   11:00 am
August 6, 2014   12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
August 6, 2014   2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
August 7, 2014   10:00 am – 5:00 pm
August 7, 2014   11:00 am
August 7, 2014   9:00 pm

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V-Twin Life - Riding the Black Hills

V-Twin Life – Riding the Black Hills

Legendary Buffalo Chip

Legendary Buffalo Chip

V-Twin Life - Road King at the Sturgis sign

V-Twin Life – Road King at the Sturgis sign

Destination Sturgis! The largest motorcycle rally in the world!

Sturgis, South Dakota will be the place to be August 5-11.  As we are headed back to the Black Hills I am reminded of all the rides and sites this destination has to offer.  There is so much to do you could literally have a different experience each year.  The campsites continue to grow larger and larger and there seems to be a plethora of concerts to choose from.  The largest being The Buffalo Chip which has package deals for the week that include the concerts or you can purchase daily pass and enjoy the grounds.  Glencoe is another big one as well as The Broken Spoke.  I for one enjoy the old school campsites for that little bit of peace at the end of the day.  Whichever you prefer whether it be a room in deadwood or a place in Spearfish,  or craziness at the Chip, you know one thing that you are going to have a kick ass time!

Aerial View from the Chip

Sturgis which got it’s name from General Samuel D. Sturgis usually has a population of 6,627 is more of a sleepy town until the first week of August where nearly a half million bikers from all over the world attend this rally.  The flood of bikes that come in from custom to old school to new baggers to old rat bikes is astonishing.  Everybody has their newest or latest build to show off and just a walk down the famous Main street will give you a taste of biker heaven!  It’s a crazy scene with all walks of life cruising around and partying it up!

Sturgis Main street

With so many places to ride one place to see in town is the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame.  It is dedicated to preserving the history of motorcycling while honoring the heritage of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in SturgisSouth Dakota. The museum’s doors officially opened in June 2001. The museum’s first location was an old church renovated with extensive help from community groups including the museum’s Board of Directors, the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, local students and other volunteers from the Sturgis community.

Vintage and rare motorcycles were loaned to the museum for the opening by national and local collectors. After a year of successful operation, the City of Sturgis provided the museum with a new facility at Main Street and Junction Avenue. The historical building had served as the community’s post office for over 60 years

Of course if you are riding to Sturgis then you want to ride the Black Hills which has beautiful landscape and scenery.  One of the highlights for me is going to see is Mount Rushmore which in person just blows you away.  It such a site to see and the small town of Keystone is another cool place to stop for a drink.  All through the the Black hills towns will pop up and campsites will be in full party mode.  No matter where you stay or what your agenda is just make sure to respect your fellow brothers out there and have a kick ass time!

Mount Rushmore National Memorial.jpg

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

 

Keep the Rubber on the Road and look out for the follow up Review and Photos!

 

Chiliman

 

Picture Perfect! Beautiful Indian Motorcycle!

If traveling in a car is like watching a movie and riding a motorcycle is like starring in one, then picture yourself on this Indian Beauty!  Indian Motorcycles is making some noise again with the unveiling of the 111 Thunder Stroke Engine and the soon to come all new 2014 Indian Chief.  The Indian Chief, starting at $18,999 will be revealed at the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which runs August 3-11, 2013. Specific details on the launch timing will be announced this summer. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the world’s largest motorcycle rally, was started in 1936 by an Indian Motorcycle club, the Jackpine Gypsies. Indian Motorcycle is honored to be back in the motorcycle community and make the brand’s launch part of the Sturgis experience.

New 111 Thunder Stroke Engine by Indian

New 111 Thunder Stroke Engine by Indian

Indian Motorcycle in a Picture Perfect Setting

Indian Motorcycle in a Picture Perfect Setting