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Have you been? I usually avoid rallies. Went to onel and it was just a noisy mess, however it was just by accident and I had no plans for accommodation and that didn't help. So I am wondering how much of a nightmare it is?

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gdb069, If you don't like crowds stay away...far far away! Normal population is 20~30 K rally week is 600~900K1
 

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I go every year and my camping reservations have already been made.

As far as crowds go, it wouldn't be a rally if there weren't a lot of people there. Although I usually avoid crowds, I like the atmosphere and there's a lot to do, a lot of sites to see, and a lot of great riding all around that area.

But...My daughter and her husband are expecting their first child (I'm gonna be a Grandpa ) around early August. Family comes first, of course. So this year I may have to skip it depending on when the baby arrives. We'll see.
 

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gdb069, If you don't like crowds stay away...
Yikes. I checked the distance and that's just 2 days ride for me. I don't think I am into camping and sold my camp equipment a few years ago so perhaps you can describe motels etc although I have a feeling everywhere would just be partying (loud and drunk). Anyone stay in motels there?
 

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Yikes. I checked the distance and that's just 2 days ride for me. I don't think I am into camping and sold my camp equipment a few years ago so perhaps you can describe motels etc although I have a feeling everywhere would just be partying (loud and drunk). Anyone stay in motels there?
There's a popular belief that all of the Sturgis Ralley is just one big party 'till you puke event.
It can be, if your the party 'till you puke type of person who wants to hang out with the party 'till you puke crowd. Otherwise... Let me elaborate for those who haven't been there before...

Yes, it tends to be crowded. It's Sturgis, after all. If someone tends to get irritable and all bitchy because the traffic in town is slow and there's other people there besides themselves and that just gives them a case of the vapors, they probable should stay away. Most people just take it in stride and enjoy the spectacle. Bear in mind that once out of town, it's nice open riding everywhere else.

The security is high and it's grey-shirted sunglass-wearing agents will do their job. They're cool, and they don't act like jerks. Don't be an ass and you won't be treated like an ass. Everyone has fun except the asses. Fine by me.

Like any town you visit, you can find places that are loud, drunk and noisy, or more moderate places to hang out. No one is forced to stay at either. Your choice. Security keeps the asses off the streets. No open containers are allowed on the streets, either.
The same goes for campgrounds. If you want a quiet night's sleep, don't stay at the Buffalo Chip. Call around to campgrounds in the area and ask the owners what their sites are like. If you're thinking about going, call as soon as you can so you can get a reservation.

There are a lot of things to do in the area. You're not stuck downtown. The Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Devils Tower, Spearfish Canyon, etc.

Most important: Don't believe the stuff you see on TV. Reporters are mostly attracted to loud noisy shiny stuff. I've seen enough of the growley-voiced narrators saying If you go to Sturgis, you're not a real biker unless you do the burnout contest (or whatever) all while playing generic distorted guitar riffs for background music. Horse hocky.

And the best one: Yeah, ya gotta be riding a Harley or....
No one gives a wet slap what brand of bike you're riding. :LOL: Almost any type of bike imaginable is out on the streets.
 

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👆 What he said!
We stay in Custer State Park, if you google it you can find lots of places out side of town.
 
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