What is 80 years old, has one million wheels, and is really loud?
That’d be the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in Sturgis (naturally), South Dakota – with somewhere around 500,000 motorcycles (and riders).
Not surprisingly, with half a million bikes, this wasn’t a one-day or even a weekend event. This is TEN days of food and music and touring and…motorcycles.
The 2018 edition recently wrapped – but if you weren’t there, and now you’re feeling bad that you’ve missed the Beard & Mustache Contest or Military Appreciation Day, the Mayor’s Pub Crawl or the Tuesday Tattoo Contest (and all those bikes, and riders) – you can live vicariously a little here: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
There are a lot of different bikes, of course, under the motorcycle umbrella – from dirt bikes and touring bikes, to choppers and cruisers, to racing bikes and three-wheelers (ok, we’re kidding about that last one. Not that they don’t exist, but we’re not counting them here.) – there are Harleys and Indians, Triumphs and Ducatis, Hondas and Suzukis and Kawasakis. And with half a million bikes on site, you could probably find at least one of just about any motorcycle on the road today, somewhere in Sturgis.
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention fuel-efficiency, so let’s mention that. With all those different types of bikes, there’s a wide range of mpg, but if you were riding a Honda Rebel, for instance, you might be going 84 miles on every gallon of gas. If your ride is a Triumph Thunderbird, your number could be 66 miles to the gallon. And if you’ve got a Kawasaki Z125, sitting out front, that’s 100 miles to the gallon. Smart and cool – that’s a pretty good combination.
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t give you one last taste of Sturgis 2018. There was a LOT of live music – but we’ll just say it, one of those bands gave us the best motorcycle song ever. And while it IS too late to hear Steppenwolf in Sturgis, we can still listen to (yeah, you know what’s coming): Born To Be Wild.