Sturgis teen has 9 national racing titles pg. 3 Did Pappy Hoel alter his bike to win a bet? pg. 15
Dawson Schieffer builds on racing legacy
By Jason Gross Black Hills Iron
STURGIS — Dawson Schieffer not only has the pedigree for motorcycle racing, but he hails from the motorcycle mecca of the world — Sturgis. He will return to his hometown for races during this year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally, including two American flat track events. As a senior at Sturgis Brown High School, Schieffer, 17, said he enjoys being able to have those he knows, and has grown up with, be able to watch him race during the annual August event. The soft-spoken Schieffer, son of Pat and Lisa Schieffer of Sturgis, grew up around racing. His dad, Pat, was a standout racer in his own right. The young Schieffer began his racing journey at 5, thanks to Pat. “I saw what he was doing, and he kind of led me along that path,” the young Schieffer said. “He kind of taught me everything I needed to know, and it just grew from there.” Schieffer puts his number of national titles at 9, with his most recent in 2015. The first occurred in 2009 when he was 8 years old and racing in the 50 DTX class. “Being a little kid, it’s like everything to you,” Schieffer said of his first national title. “Then seeing how far you’ve come to now. You look back at that, and it’s like, ‘Wow. It’s pretty incredible what I did back then,” he added. A nationals’ event spans one week and features racers in four
Sturgis motorcycle racer Dawson Schieffer and some of his sponsors are in the midst of another busy racing season. Pictured are: from left, Black Hills Harley-Davidson representative Terry Rymer, Pat Schieffer, Dawson Schieffer, Motoshippers representative Tim Weig, and AgriRisk Solutions representative Tim Pfisterer. Courtesy photo classes. The national champion is the one with the highest point total at the end of the week. “It’s everything,” Schieffer said in describing what it means to
win a national title. “It helps you build confidence knowing that you can do this.” Schieffer said it means a lot when you know a racer has put
in the effort, time, everything one wanted to do, and everything leading up to that moment. He competed in the 50 class, 65 class, 85 class, and 250 class
Sturgis’ Dawson Schieffer cruises around a turn during a race. He has competed on the track since he was 5 years old. Courtesy photo
before graduating to the 450 class. He earned his American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) pro racing license as he turned 16 just as the AMA’s American Flat Track season opened at Daytona, Fla., in mid-March of 2017. Schieffer has entered 10 events this season and said he is trying to reach all other events on the circuit. Points standings, and the ability to make it to that event, determine whether or not he will attend. Schieffer, 17, qualified second in Kentucky a month ago and made the front row of another main event, but he was unable to race on that final day. Once a rider turns 18, they may choose whether to stay at the current class, move up, or move down. Every rider, when starting out, has an idea of where he or she would like to be at various stages of their career. Schieffer says he likes where he is right now. “If anything, I feel like I’m on schedule,” Schieffer said. He agreed his approach is to take one race at a time, one season at a RACING Pg 4
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RACING time, and go from there. Schieffer has not always been able to accomplish his goals. How does that affect his mental preparation for the next race? “I try not to let it get to me too much,” Schieffer said. “Next race, I want to come out and do better than what I did before.” Schieffer, who also competes for the Sturgis Scooper soccer team, said school and a high school sport does not leave him a lot of time for riding. “Our closest racetrack is six to seven hours away, so it’s been kind of tough to get some riding time,” he said. He compensates by doing things that are involved with motorcycle racing, including riding on ice whenever he can during the winter months. Being a high schooler and a professional racer can be taxing on the family. This spring, the Schieffers traveled seven straight weekends from April through June to AMA events. Dawson’s mom said they would leave after work on Thursday nights, drive all night, compete all weekend, and be back for school and work come Monday morning. “We work closely with the school to let them know what we are doing,” Lisa Schieffer said. Much hard work goes into Schieffer’s training for national events. That includes learning where to brake, what is needed for a rider to improve, and being able to know the track and what will happen to it. Schieffer has gotten used to one-line grooved tracks over the years. He prefers a fast, open track with multiple lines. “I’m kind of consistent on where I finish and how I do in the races,” Schieffer said when asked about his racing style. He
Dawson Schieffer, right, signs a poster during a meet-and-greet session at the track. Courtesy photo earned numerous top-10 finishes last year. Schieffer plans to compete at the July 7 event in Weedsport, N.Y. Keeping this race team on the road is Terry Rymer of Black Hills Harley-Davidson. Rymer said he grew up racing and spent a lot of time at the track with Dawson’s dad, Pat. “I’ve watched Dawson since he was a little kid, and I have fol-
lowed his career,” Rymer said. “I noticed he was winning national championships and realized he was the real deal.” Rymer, who loves motorcycles, motorcycle racing, especially flat track, and has the resources to help stepped in to sponsor this local phenom. “I have supported other racers in the past, but they have not been from around here,” he said. What a great opportunity to sup-
port a local racer who has what it takes to go to the next level.” Once he got to know Dawson, there was no turning back. “He is genuinely a really great person,” Rymer said. Rymer has not only the resources, but connections in the motorcycle industry to maintain motorcycles that can compete at the AMA level. “You can’t just take a stock motorcycle and expect to com-
pete at this level,” he said. In addition to Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Rymer says a variety of companies help the team including Vance & Hines, an American manufacturer of after-market motorcycle parts; Rekluse clutches, Regina chains, Ohlins suspension, and CP Carrillo pistons. “And, a big shout out to our tuner, Tim Pfisterer, and engine builder, Mark Dillman,” he said.
Dawson Schieffer, second from left, and other racers try to be first into the corner. Schieffer has spent the last two years in the Full Pro Series 450 class. Courtesy photo
By Deb Holland Black Hills Pioneer
Steel Pony Campground set to open for 78th Rally
STURGIS — In the past year, the Steel Pony Campground east of Sturgis has been undergoing a transformation. The new campground is taking shape at the former location of the Full Throttle Saloon and Campground just past Sturgis Brown High School on Highway 34. Kerry Fernholz, spokesman for the Iron Horse ownership group, says the group’s vision for Steel Pony has been to provide a full-service RV park and not an entertain-
ment destination. The entertainment will be at Steel Pony’s sister venue, the Iron Horse Saloon, at the corner of Junction and Lazelle in Sturgis. “It will be a nice place without all the craziness going on,” Fernholz said of the new campground. The former Full Throttle site has sat mostly idle since September 2015 when a fire destroyed the main building. Fire investigators determined the blaze started in the main part of the bar caused by a crimped power cord. Michael Ballard, the owner of STEEL PONY Pg 6
Crews work on the RV sites at the Steel Pony Campground east of Sturgis on Monday, June 25. The campground is on the former location of the Full Throttle Saloon and Campground. Pioneer photos by Deb Holland
A new bathhouse and bar are being added at the Steel Pony Campground. Pioneer photo by Deb Holland
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Crews work on the RV sites at the Steel Pony Campground east of Sturgis on Monday, June 25. The campground is on the former location of the Full Throttle Saloon and Campground. Pioneer photo by Deb Holland from Pg 5
STEEL PONY the Full Throttle, relocated his popular venue to a site north of Sturgis on Highway 79. Those who reserve sites at the Steel Pony will get free shuttle service between the campground and the Iron Horse Saloon where they have bands booked throughout rally week. The transformation is happening in several phases. This year crews have been working on some 150 RV sites. There also will be an area for tent camping. Visitors can also choose from a variety of cabins that sleep from two to four people. They have air conditioning, bunk beds and mini-refrigerators. Within the campground there will be paved roads cutting down on dirt, dust and mud. “We’re trying to make it little more user friendly,” Fernholz said. The entrance to the campground will be at the Glencoe Drive stop light on Highway 34. The campground will feature a central shower house with 80 showers and restroom facilities. There will be a full bar with beer available for off sale. A general store will also sell beer, snacks, grill-ables,
water, camp supplies, toiletries, and more. The Full Throttle bridge is still on site, but is scheduled to be moved. According to documents filed with the Meade County Register of Deeds office, KSLB&D purchased the real estate of the old Full Throttle at a cost of $1.3 million. Papers were signed on July 7, 2017. At its meeting on April 16 of this year, the Sturgis City Council unanimously approved a voluntary annexation and development agreement from the new owners of the Full Throttle Campground KSLB & D, LLC. The annexation includes 27 acres. In the petition for annexation, the city reports that by this summer the facility would be connected to the city’s new sewer main that was installed to the north of Highway 34. Domestic water to the site would be provided by Bear Butte Valley Water. On April 11, the Meade County Commission unanimously approved the transfer of the retail on-off sale malt beverage license for the property from Full Throttle Saloon and Campground LLC to KSLB&D, Inc. doing business as Steel Pony Campground. This is the layout for the new Steel Pony Campground east of Sturgis. Courtesy photo
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BHSU Jacket Ride set for Monday of Rally Week
SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University invites motorcyclists and supporters to join the sixth annual BHSU Dennis Kirk Jacket Ride for veterans scholarships during the Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The 2018 Jacket Ride will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7 with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Joy Center on the BHSU Campus. Participants will enjoy a lunch followed by kickstands up at 10 a.m. before departing on premier route in the Black Hills. Greg Krajewski, veteran resource coordinator at BHSU, said the ride is a way to honor student veterans. “It is a chance for the community to show support for our student veterans,” Krajewski said. “They have given quite a bit through their service to our country. Any way we can show support to them is great. And what better way to do that as part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.” During the ride, bikers will
drive through Spearfish Canyon to Lead, Deadwood and before heading down Vanocker Canyon before ending at Scott Peterson Motors in Sturgis. Lunch will be served at the dealership. Jacket Ride registration is $50 for a single rider and $75 for a rider and passenger.
Registration includes lunch, a t-shirt, and door prize entry. All proceeds support scholarships for veteran students at BHSU. In 2017, four scholarships were awarded to BHSU student
veterans thanks to the support of the Jacket Ride participants. Steven Edoff, an accounting senior from Piedmont, S.D.; Daniel Etter, a history senior from Rapid City, S.D.; Hrair Palyan, a general studies senior from
Granada Hills, Calif.; and Bryan Vandersloot, a business management senior from Box Elder, S.D., all received scholarships. For more information the Jacket Ride or to register, visit www.BHSU.edu/JacketRide or contact Kanda Guthmiller at (605) 642-6335 or Kanda. Guthmiller@ BHSU.edu.w
The 2018 Black Hills State University Jacket Ride is Tuesday, Aug. 7 with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The sixth annual event is held during the Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and proceeds from the ride go toward scholarships for student veterans. Pioneer file photo
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Hultman recalls heyday of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Neil Hultman and his 1947 Indian Chief with sidecar. The motorcycle was his sole means of transportation. He said he rode it daily to work, to go Christmas shopping and event took it antelope hunting. Hultman will be honored during this year’s rally for his lifetime passion for motorcycling. Courtesy photo
By D eb Holland Black Hills Pioneer
STURGIS — Few can explain the evolution of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally better than Neil Hultman. For more than 70 years, Hultman has, in some form or another, been at the heart of the event that began as a gathering of like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts. “I’ve seen a lot of good and a lot of bad, but it turned out to be what it is today – we’re known internationally,” he said. “We put on a good show and people kept coming back. We provided things they enjoyed doing while they were here. That made the thing grow without advertising it at all. It sold itself.” In the early years, it was the merchants of Sturgis and the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle group that spearheaded the an-
nual event. Today the city of Sturgis oversees the rally. So, what is Hultman’s advice to the city about how to keep the Sturgis Rally going? “They need to take an interest in the rally rather than the money that can be brought in,” he said. “I think the club and the city of Sturgis are very fortunate in getting this event to the point where they have it today.” Hultman, who grew up along Highway 14 at Holabird, said that as a young man whenever he heard the rumble of a motorcycle, he would make his way two blocks to the highway to see what was coming. He drove a Model A back and forth to school at Highmore and sold it before he moved to the Black Hills after graduating in 1947. “I had intentions of buying a new car, but you had to get in line to buy one following the
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war and I didn’t want to wait that long,” he said. Instead, he sought out the local motorcycle dealer, J.C. “Pappy” Hoel. “I like motorcycles. I guess you’d say I had a desire for them,” Hultman said. Hoel said he could order Hultman a new Indian Motorcycle which would take about two weeks to get delivered. “I told him, ‘well, I’ve got to find work first,’” Hultman said. “I didn’t have but $200. The motorcycle was going to cost $890.” Hultman secured a job with the Veterans Administration at Fort Meade for $1,900 a year. Hoel called Hultman when the new motorcycle arrived and told him to come to the shop and watch him unpack it and put together the new Indian Chief with a sidecar.
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“I rode it year-around,” Hultman said. “I had to ride it to work. I remember going Christmas shopping with it. I even took it antelope hunting.” Some time during the unpacking and piecing together, Hoel slipped in the message that Hultman needed to join the local motorcycle club – the Jackpine Gypsies. “Hoel got me all signed up. We only had about four members at that time, but more and more guys were getting out of the service who joined us. We had members from Lead, Deadwood, Belle Fourche and Sturgis,” he said. Hoel knew the right buttons to push to encourage participation in the club, Hultman said. “You didn’t know how involved you were until you were tied into it,” Hultman said. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was still in its infancy and at that time, the city’s merchants were called upon to organize the event and sell tickets at the races which were then the centerpiece of the annual gathering. “That worked for a little
while, but it got old after two or three years,” Hultman said. “The merchants had other things to do during the Rally. They got involved with the crowd that was coming and wanted to sell things.” That meant Hoel was looking for other volunteers to staff the Rally events. “He got more recruits from the motorcycle club, and down the road a few years, the club was more or less running the Sturgis rally, not because we wanted to, but because it was a necessity if we were going to have a rally,” Hultman said. The Rally in the 1940s and 1950s was actually a half week event, Hultman said. People would travel to Sturgis on a Wednesday or Thursday, camp in the city park and meet up with old friends. Friday was a day to go touring in the Hills. Saturday and Sunday were race days. “We had the best professional race drivers from HarleyDavidson and Indian. Hoel made sure that Indian was represented,” Hultman said. “I
Ramona and Neil Hultman on his motorcycle in the early 1950s. Courtesy photo
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Neil Hultman and his friend, John Travis, went antelope hunting near Belle Fourche and carried home their prize in Hultman’s sidecar. Courtesy photo don’t know how Hoel got in contact with all those racers, but he knew them all. He’d tell them, ‘if you come to Sturgis and race I’ll get you a hamburger and a cup of coffee.” When the racers took to the track, Hultman was hooked. “It turned me on,” he said of seeing motorcycle races for the first time. “I’m a motorcycle enthusiast still today from
that first experience.” Hultman himself even raced on the amateur level during his lifetime. With more and more attendees arriving for the rally each year, the club began to offer motorcycle tours of the Black Hills. Initially it was a tour from Sturgis to Mount Rushmore. When the number of riders reached 100, the club realized they needed to offer more than one
ride, so they also took a group to Devils Tower in Wyoming Hultman was picked to serve as the road captain on the rides. He said it was his job to coordinate the tour. “You didn’t just say you were going to have a tour. You had to go out and see what route you were taking, how many stops they had to make and if you were going to feed them, where you were going to have the food set up,” he said. He was just 18 years old when he was named road captain in the club. “A lot of people questioned the fact that I was qualified. They thought I was too young. Hoel told them that I was all right,” he said. Hultman said he and fellow members of the Jackpine Gypsies saw many changes in the Rally over the years. “I can tell you what made Sturgis a success. It was the fact that we fed almost everyone who came one night down in the city park. We made an effort to get a hamburger, chips and ice cream to the visitors on Friday night,” he said. About the only time Hultman missed a Rally was for 18 months in the early 1950s when he was called to serve in the Korean War. “Looking back, I’m really proud of the fact that I did go there. Those people of Korea are good people. They deserve to be one country and not two divided,” he said.
Hultman returned to his job at the VA upon returning from his service with the Army. It was there that he met a young nurse, Ramona Nelson. “I was a brand-new nurse at Fort Meade in 1952. He’d bring the lab slips up to where I was working,” Ramona said. One of their first dates was, of course, a ride up Vanocker Canyon on Hultman’s motorcycle. “I liked the ride,” Ramona said. But before the ride with Neil, Ramona had a bad experience on a motorcycle. “There was neighbor boy who came home from the service and he had a motorcycle. He took me for one mile up the road and when he was turning around he spilled me, so I didn’t have a good indoctrination. I did like the feel of it,” she said. The two were married in the chapel at Fort Meade in 1954. Hultman’s involvement in the rally has run the gamut from the early years with the Jackpine Gypsies and “Pappy” Hoel to serving on the board of directors for the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. And, through it all, his life has somehow centered around motorcycling. So just how many motorcycles has Hultman owned over the years? “Not as many as I’d like,” he said with a smile.
A rally tour group at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Courtesy photo
Legend’s Ride features auction of Paul Teutul Jr. custom bike
DEADWOOD – The public will have an opportunity to own a bike built by famed builder Paul Teutul Jr. of Discovery’s hit TV show “American Chopper” during this year’s Legend’s Ride. Teutul built the Buffalo Chip-inspired custom bike introducing it to viewers in the series’ March 1 season
premiere. Teutul’s bike will be auctioned off at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6 on Deadwood’s Historic Main Street. One hundred percent of rider
fees from the event benefit the South Dakota Special Olympics Rapid City Flame and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Teutul’s vision for this motorcycle pushed the limits of creativity. The result is a muscly old-school design that
captures a taste of the Old West with a punch of steampunk thrown in. Teutul fashioned every detail to fit the theme, including Old West scenes airbrushed on the split tank, copper and brushed nickel accents, hand-engraved Sinister wheels with copper spokes and an undulated copper sissy bar. “I expect that this bike will draw some serious attention,” said Rod Woodruff. “The caliber of this machine is beyond anything we’ve ever had on the Legends Ride auction block. Paul is presenting his genius here. The fact that it was built on a highly-rated national television show simply adds to the package.” Immediately following the auction, Teutul will act as the honorary ride captain for the Legends Ride, which will lead participants on a ride from Deadwood to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. Additional celebrities joining the Legends Ride include Academy Award-nominated actor Tom Berenger, director and producer Carmine Cangialosi and actor Zahn McClarnon, known for his roles in “Longmire,” “The Son,” “Westworld,” “Fargo” and more. Stars of HISTORY’s “Counting
Cars” Shannon Aikau, Ryan Evans and “Horny” Mike, and other Hollywood and moto-industry celebrities. Paul Teutul Jr. will be joined by NASCAR racing legend and Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace, Drag Racing’s Hall of Famer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and off-road champion and Hall of Famer Walker “The Legend” Evans at the Legends Lunch. This separately-ticketed event held in conjunction with the Legends Ride benefits local charities the Naja Shrine Patient Transportation Services and Sgt. Colton Levi Derr Foundation. The ride leaves Deadwood at 3 p.m. and arrives at the Buffalo Chip at 5 p.m. Reservations for the Legends Ride and Legends Lunch are sold separately and may be made at LegendsRide.com or by calling (605) 347-9000. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride is dedicated to bringing Rally goers together to raise funds for local charities. Having raised well over $500,000 for charity since its inception in 2008.
Confederate bike wins at All Car Rally
By Alex Portal Black Hills Pioneer
BELLE FOURCHE — Cody Kellem took home first place in the motorcycle category at the 31st annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally, for his 2000 Confederate motorcycle. Kellem said that in 2000 Confederate Motorcycles offered a limited number of customizable bikes to its customers. “Everything in there is one-off stuff,” he said. “They made their own frames, the motor is a special order high performance motor. They did a lot of really crazy things, for instance the transmission is mounted kind of sideways as opposed to upright.” Confederate Motorcycles is known throughout the industry for creating high performance bikes with a unique, creative look. “Confederate, to me, and to the folks that ride Confederates means more about rebelling against the ordinary,” Ernest Lee, owner of Confederate Motorcycles said. “If I ride up to a group of bikes, you’ll see Harleys and Indians and your Japanese bikes and they’ll be all grouped together. I’ll ride up on my Confederate and people from all of those groups will come together. So it’s more about togetherness.” That “togetherness” seems to transcend the world of motorcycles, as Kellem’s bike was a must see attraction at the All Car Rally. “They’ve just got a lot of cool components,” Kellem said. “So for the ‘car guy’ it strikes interest in a lot of people just to look at all the custom machine work and stuff that’s done.”
Pictured here is Cody Kellem’s 2000 Confederate Motorcycle. The bike took home 1st Place in the motorcycle category at the 31st annual Center of the Nation All Car Rally in Belle Fourche. Pioneer photo by Alex Portal
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The legend of the $100 - 100 mph bet Did Pappy Hoel alter bike to win bet?
By Alex Portal Black Hills Pioneer
STURGIS — Many myths and legends persist in the Black Hills. The tall tales and camp fire stories passed on from person to person, generation to generation. We hear the names, we know the stories; Wild Bill Hickok’s murder at the hands of Jack McCall, Seth Bullock’s prowess as a lawman in a lawless town, Al Swearengen’s ruthless business acumen, Calamity Jane’s rough and tumble lifestyle, and then there’s J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, the man who brought the Rally to Sturgis. As many Rally-goers know, in 1938 after opening an Indian Motorcycle shop and founding the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle club, Hoel and his wife Pearl started the “Black Hills Motor Classic” as a way to bring motorcycle enthusiasts together to experience the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota the way they were meant to be experienced: on a motorcycle. From those humble beginnings in the Hoel’s backyard with 200 participants sleeping in tents and eating weenies, sloppy joes and potato salad, sprung the largest motorcycle rally in the world, bringing hundreds of thousands of bikers each year, and pumping millions of dollars into the hotel and restaurant economy of the city of Sturgis. That’s quite a story; and within that story exists more than a few legends built around this man and the legacy he created.
J.C. “Pappy” Hoel, (third from left), was an avid Indian Motorcycle promoter and rider. In 1938 he and his wife started the “Black Hills Motor Classic”, which would become the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Photo courtesy of Coe Meyer and Gypsie Vintage Cycle. Luckily, that legacy is preserved and continued by his son, Jack Hoel, and true motorcycle enthusiasts like Coe Meyer, the man who now owns and operates Gypsie Vintage Cycle, the original Indian Motorcycle shop opened by Pappy in 1936. These two men, both legends in their own right, sat down to share some of the stories that helped shape the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the man who built it.
This particular story starts, as many great legends do, over drinks. “The way it was told to me,” Meyer said. “And it was told to me by, let’s just say a very reliable source who worked for Hoel at the time.” In 1954 “Pappy” was attending a wedding reception at the local VA hall where, over drinks, he and the local Harley-Davidson dealer at the time got into a
“Pappy Hoel Crashes a Flaming Wall. Circa 1945” Courtesy photo
friendly, yet heated discussion about the merits of the motorcycles of the day. “I remember back in those days,” Jack Hoel said. “Harley and Indian, man, it was serious.” Being an Indian Motorcycle dealer and promoter, and not to be shown up by a Harley-man, Hoel made the claim that his brand new 1954 model Indian could reach 100 mph in second gear right out of the box. “It was like the E.F. Hutten commercial, everybody got quiet and listened,” Meyer said. Meyer said that in disbelief, the Harley dealer said there wasn’t a motorcycle out there that could reach 100 mph in second gear. Hoel upped the stakes by betting $100 that his Indian could. The bet was accepted and the next day a huge crowd of spectators showed up to a stretch of what is now Interstate 90 and looked-on as Hoel’s Indian was delivered in a crate and unboxed. The bike was filled with oil and gas, and true to Hoel’s word it eclipsed 100 mph before kicking into third gear. “And of course, that was the end of the story and Hoel collected the money,” Meyer said. The accompanying legend of the bet states that after leaving the reception in which he made his wager, Hoel drove directly to the home of a mechanic friend, got him out of bed, and the two
rushed back to Hoel’s dealership where the newly delivered Indian sat in it’s crate. Hoel and his mechanic carefully opened the crate, and altered the bike so that it would appear to reach 100 mph in a much lower gear than it was actually in. According to the version of the story Meyer first heard, they altered the transmission to read second gear when the bike was truly in third. Jack seemed to think that making alterations to a transmission would probably have been a bit to much for the two men to accomplish in one night. “I thought at the time that they’d just re-geared it sprocket wise,” Jack said. He believes they switched out the sprocket gearing to the bike allowing for more acceleration in each gear. Either way the two men meticulously reassembled the bike, as well as the packaging it came in so it would be pristine for the big grudge match in the morning. The two men went to great lengths to make sure Hoel made good on his boast. Some people might call it dishonest, some people might call it ingenious, and still others might call it flat out untrue. No matter what you call it, it is one of the great stories that have made J.C. “Pappy” Hoel a legend in motorcycle culture.
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in the Black Hills Wildlife Loop Ride: Really Wild
If you’re looking for a short ride in between other Rally-related activities, and you’re in the area of Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road is perfect. The road itself is very well maintained black top with almost no surprise potholes or other impediments to smooth riding. Don’t even think of going on this little sojourn without some kind of camera, even if it’s just the camera in your cell phone. Wildlife Loop Road has a strictly enforced speed limit of 35 mph, but if you are like most annual visitors here, you will be stopping frequently to either let the buffalo and other wild critters cross the road in front of you, or to just have a good long look. You won’t find many motorcycle rides that will give close-up views of wildlife as seen here. In many cases, these critters will hold up
traffic as they stand blocking the pavement and stare in amazement at you and your vehicle. The rolling hills and wide open grassland scenery is studded with many varieties of pine and other trees of all sizes making for very pleasant riding. Wildlife species to be seen here in Custer State Park include antelope, bighorn sheep, buffalo young and old, white tail deer, elk, coyote, prairie dogs, and all manner of flying fowl including bald eagles and other raptor species. Custer State Park is home to one of the world’s largest buffalo herds. These buffalo live almost as they did before the West was tamed. Every year a roundup is held with buffalo harvested from the evergrowing herd. While the ride along Wildlife Loop Road is only 18 seemingly short miles and could take as little a 30 minutes to transit, you may find it taking just a little bit longer due to frequent stops to enjoy both the animals and the almost “as it was in the 1850s” view. No burnouts on this ride: it would only frighten the critters. — Buck Lovell
Pioneer Staff Reports SPEARFISH — With Sturgis situated in the heart of the Black Hills, the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the venue for some of the best riding in the country. From long stretches of highway on the scenic plains to curves and tunnels through the beautiful Black Hills, there is something for every kind of biker here. The following is a list of our favorite rides.
Off Highway 385, Rapid City to Brownsville
A nice, lazy ride through some of the lesspopulated parts of the Black Hills, Nemo Road offers amazing views, twisty turns, and straight highway stretches that promise bikers entertainment and relaxation. Just one trip down this road and you will understand why Sturgis Rally veterans call this “The best kept secret in the Black Hills.” The Nemo Bar & Grill also offers bikers great food and cold
drinks for a scenic break from the road that is filled with first-class hospitality!
Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway S.D. Highway 240, Badlands National Park
An approximate 30-mile ride, this highway cuts through the natural rock formations of Badlands National Park. A favorite of bikers who flock to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, this route also features natural grasslands that are filled with hundreds of different species of plants and wild animals. Scenic overlooks also offer great photo opportunities.
Custer State Park 13329 U.S. Highway 16A, Custer
Custer State Park isn’t just home to one of the largest free roaming buffalo herds; it’s so beautiful that the State Game Lodge served as the summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927. This 71,000-acre vacation paradise is home to abundant wildlife and buffalo herds, making it common to encounter a “Buffalo Jam” while driving in the park. Look for elusive elk, deer, big horn sheep, mountain goats, and bands of begging burros. Four distinct lodges offer accommodations to suit every family, from rustic and historic to elegant and upscale. All offer unique on-site activities, including Jeep rides to the buffalo herds, guided fly-fishing, and chuckwagon suppers. There are also endless camping opportunities in the park.
Crazy Horse Memorial
12141 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse (near Custer)
Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest sculpture-in-progress, and frequent drilling and mountain blasts make each visit unique. When completed, Crazy Horse Memorial will stand 563 feet tall. The project was started in 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear to honor the heritage, tradition, and culture of North American Indians. Its namesake, Crazy Horse, was a war leader of the Oglala Lakota tribe and a prominent leader in the Sioux resistance to white encroachment in the Black Hills. His bravery and skill are admired, and he is revered by the Sioux as their greatest leader. The complex surrounding the mountain carving includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the Sculptor’s Studio, and a 40,000-square-foot orientation center and theater. Nightly performances of a multimedia laser-light show spotlight American Indian culture using dramatic animations and a stirring musical score. In June, the Crazy Horse Volksmarch opens to hikers a 10K route that winds around the base of the mountain and up onto Crazy Horse’s outstretched arm. Korczak’s wife and family have continued the project and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. An entrance fee is required to enter the memorial, which is open year-round, and good for one day of admission. Proceeds fund further development of the memorial.
Sundance, Wyo., to Devils Tower
Sundance, Wyo., sits astride Interstate 90 approximately 53 miles west of the city of Sturgis. With a population of 1,139 souls, Sundance is visitor friendly, especially during Sturgis Rally days, and hosts a permanent full service Harley-Davidson dealer with everything from T-shirts to leathers and rain gear. I recommend you start this ride during the midmorning hours and return during the evening. If you do this, you’ll have the sun at your back both directions. Leaving Sundance northwest on Highway 14, it is a continuous uphill climb into heavily timbered wild territory with panoramic views all around. The speed limit is 65 mph unless otherwise posted; you probably won’t get into sixth gear on the way up to Devils Tower. Pay attention while on Highway 14: wild deer abound. If you see one, there are probably several more nearby, their favorite pastime being unexpectedly dashing across the road after hearing the noise from your loud pipes. When you get to the
Peter Norbeck National Scenic Byway
U.S. Highway 16A/S.D. Highway 87, Custer State Park
This ride is so cool that it deserves mentioning apart from Custer State Park! The 70-mile drive offers amazing views of the best the Black Hills has to offer. This scenic drive incorporates the Needles Highway (S.D. Highway 87) and Iron Mountain Road (U.S. Highway 16A). The Needles Highway features hairpin curves, drive-through tunnels, and massive granite formations that draw climbers from all over the world. Iron Mountain Road features pigtail bridges that were constructed in a corkscrew fashion, as well as drive-through tunnels that perfectly frame Mount Rushmore.
Separated by just three miles of highway but forever joined in their rich history of mining and gaming, the Black Hills’ own Twin Cities offer something for everyone! Visit the Black Hills Mining Museum, Homestake Visitor’s Center, or the Adams Museum to see the rich mining and old-west history of this section of the Northern Hills; relax for lunch or dinner at one of the many fine establishments in both towns; browse through the unique selection of gifts and supplies in Lead; or try your luck at a gaming table or slot machine in Deadwood. But most importantly, residents of Lead-Deadwood are ever-cognizant of the Rally and welcome the bikers with open arms. In Lead, bikers can enjoy vendors, entertainment, and bike shows throughout the week, and in Deadwood, bikers enjoy special parking privileges and other perks!
The name “Belle Fourche” is French for “Beautiful Fork” because of its site on the “Forks” of Hay Creek, Redwater River, and Belle Fourche River. Additionally, the quaint little town is known for its status as the geographical “Center of the Nation.” After the addition of Hawaii and Alaska to the United States in 1959, a point 10 miles north of Belle Fourche was named the official geological center of the United States. The site was originally in Smith Center, Kan., before it was moved to its new home in Butte County. Visitors can have their photo taken at the monument of a 21-by-40 foot compass rose made of South Dakota granite located at the Center of the Nation Visitor Center in Belle Fourche.
Wind Cave National Park 26611 US Highway 385, Hot Springs
Caves are one of the Black Hills’ most mysterious and intriguing wonders. To do your exploring underground, visit Wind Cave National Park. Stretching more than 100 miles, Wind Cave is one of the longest caves in the world, and the first cave to be designated a national park. With a maze-like, underground chamber system, Wind Cave features the world’s largest concentration of box work, a rare formation of thin calcite fins that resemble honeycombs. Above ground, Wind Cave National Park includes a wildlife sanctuary of 28,295 acres for antelope, bison, elk, prairie dogs, and other creatures to roam. Here, the ponderosa pine forest meets the rolling prairie, one of the last remaining mixed grassland areas in existence. The cave’s visitor center is open daily except holidays. An admission fee is required to tour the cave. A list of tour options can be viewed at www.nps. gov/wica.
Native American Scenic Byway
This 305.8-mile route takes bikers through the rich history and wildlife attractions of our American Indian population. It cuts through the heart of South Dakota’s grass prairie through the heart of the great Sioux Nation. The route takes travelers through Yankton, Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River, and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes. Along the way, bikers will have a chance to see some wildlife, including prairie dogs, pronghorn, deer, bison, and elk.
Jewel Cave National Monument U.S. Highway 16, 13 miles west of Custer
Located in the scenic Hell Canyon Ranger District, the ride to Jewel Cave is a gem in itself with scenic overlooks, hairpin turns, and some wildlife sightings. But once bikers get to the cave, they are absolutely encouraged to stop and stay awhile! Jewel Cave National Monument is not only the second-longest cave in the world, at more than 140 miles and counting, it is also one of the most structurally complex. Located a little more than an hour southwest of Rapid City, Jewel Cave is a regional gem tucked in the Black Hills. Exploration is ongoing in this pristine underground labyrinth. Visit chambers decorated with calcite, nailhead, and dogtooth spar crystals and other wonders like draperies, flowstone, and stalactites. The monument’s surface trails and facilities are open free of charge. A fee is required for cave tours, which are ranger-guided and are moderately strenuous, lasting about 1 hour and 20 minutes. The cave is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 TOP RIDES Pg 19
junction of Highway 14 and Highway 24, you’ll turn northbound to finish the ride to Devils Tower National Monument. At several locations midway from the junction to Devils Tower along Highway 24, spectacular views of small canyon escarpments with rocky overhangs beg for attention from you and your camera. As you continue riding uphill, the top of Devils Tower will begin to be visible as it rises above the horizon. At 5,112 feet above sea level, Devils Tower is the predominant landscape feature of the area. The rocky tower itself is a full 867 feet from its base to the summit. The Belle Fourche River slowly meanders away eastward 1,267 below the tower. When heading back to Sundance, preferably in the mid-evening hours, the long slow descent makes it easy to enjoy the grand views of the terrain and typically white clouded blue skies. So majestic is the roadside scenery here, you may find yourself wanting to make this ride more than once, with the images of the first riding sticking in your subconscious. Total mileage here (round trip) is approximately 56 miles, give or take a burnout. — Buck Lovell Pioneer file photo
Top Rides from Pg 17 p.m. except on holidays. Cave tours have been known to sell out in advance; therefore, waiting times could be several hours. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for tour availability and to reserve tickets. Visit www. nps.gov/jeca for more information.
1800 U.S. Highway 18 Bypass, Hot Springs
More than 26,000 years ago, large Columbian and woolly mammoths were trapped and died in a spring-fed pond near what is now the southwest edge of Hot Springs. Discovered in 1974 while excavating for a housing development, the Mammoth Site is the world’s largest Columbian mammoth exhibit and research center for Pleistocene studies. It is truly a unique and natural location for the state.
Highway 79, Sturgis
It’s simply not possible to come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and not see one of the Black Hills’ natural wonders — Bear Butte. But seeing it and experiencing it are two different things, and all bikers should take in the scenic beauty and spiritual feeling of this site, named “Mato Paha” (Bear Mountain) by the Lakota Sioux for its resemblance to a sleeping bear. This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago. The mountain is sacred to many American Indian tribes, who go there to hold religious ceremonies to this day. Also, Bear Butte was once used by multiple tribes as a meeting point to discuss the advancement of the white man onto their lands. Bikers at the
Belle Fourche to Sturgis via Bear Butte
Riding from Belle Fourche to Sturgis via Bear Butte can only be described as the open prairie or high plains ride. Imagine yourself back in the 1880s riding a spirited four-legged horse. When departing from Belle Fourche traveling eastbound on S.D. Highway 212, I recommend this route be traveled during the later part of the afternoon. You will then have the sun over your right shoulder. Make sure you have your gas tank filled completely, for you will have no opportunity to gas up between Belle Fourche and Sturgis city limits, unless you divert north to Newell at the junction of Highway 212 and Highway 79. The speed limit on 212 is 65 mph unless otherwise posted. Riding 212 can only be reckoned to riding your horse at full gallop across the plains, but staying at 60-65 mph is the best speed to enjoy this fluffy cloud-studded, blue-sky route. Make a point of checking the weather forecast for prevailing winds. Prevailing winds in August are typically west to east, which will give a very pleasant
Sturgis Rally can take advantage of the hiking trails to the top of the mountain, or just cruise on by the natural wonder located six miles northeast of Sturgis off Highway 79.
Mount Rushmore 13000 SD Highway 244, Keystone
Who can take a trip to Sturgis without stopping to see our nation’s Shrine of Democracy? Every year that visit gets better as there are continual improvements at the famed monument! This internationally recognized “Shrine of Democracy” is located only 17 miles from Rapid City. Surrounded by Black Hills National Forest, the memorial protrudes from the granite with the faces of George Washington, commander of the Revolutionary Army and our nation’s first president; Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence; Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery in the U.S.; and Theodore Roosevelt, who reformed corruption and is responsible for our nation’s national parks system and for conserving wildlife. The site also features mountain goats, the Avenue of Flags, an interactive museum, and a new visitors’ center. Visitors can also follow the Presidential Trail to the base of the mountain. An evening lighting ceremony is also a sight to see during the summer months, and it begins at 9 p.m. Additionally, if you’ve already traveled the common route to the mountain through Keystone, try entering through the back way on Highway 244, which offers some unique scenic sights and a relaxing ride through the Hills. Read more from Buck at BLABB (Buck Lovell’s American Biker Blog) online at www. sturgis.com.
tailwind from Belle Fourche to Highway 79 southbound. When leaving Belle Fourche, the first major landmark will be Belle Fourche Reservoir on the left (north side of the highway). There are several small towns with cafés serving home-cooked style food and cold drinks, which are well worth stopping. The smooth pavement and long radius curves of Highway 212 are punctuated by hills and rises, so for safety’s sake don’t attempt to pass on those blind curves. Take your time and enjoy the view to the south of the Black Hills. They look black from out on the prairie; that’s how the hills got their name. At the junction of 212 and 79, you’ll turn right heading toward Bear Butte. If you’ve had a tail wind, it’s now a crosswind, so stay alert. Also watch for deer on the road. It’s almost a straight shot to the outskirts of the city of Sturgis. You will be able to enjoy an ever changing view of Bear Butte as it grows larger the closer you get. Just before passing Bear Butte, you see the Broken Spoke Campground on the left. Continuing another 5-6 miles, you’ll make a right turn onto Highway 34 (westbound) on the way into downtown Sturgis. Total distance is about 55 miles, give or take a burnout. — Buck Lovell
Spearfish Canyon on Two Wheels
If you’re a regular attendee of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, chances are you’ve ridden Spearfish Canyon at least once, and probably more frequently. Spearfish Canyon is older than the Grand Canyon if you can believe that! It’s smooth, well maintained, and its curvaceous pavement is a joy to ride for any bike/motorcyclist. The 35 mph speed limit allows the canyon walls to talk back to you in the form of your motorcycle’s reflected exhaust note. If you’ve never ridden the canyon, it’s about time you did. It’s an unforgettable motoring treat for any rider or driver. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for excessive speed vehicles; some riders can’t resist a little extra speed. Keep your eyes on the road though; you can stop almost anywhere in the canyon to take a longer look at one of the many different
spots of interest. Starting at the mouth of the canyon at the extreme east end of Spearfish, the road takes vehicles past the golf course and into the verdant and summer leafy steep-walled canyon. Halfway up the canyon is Spearfish Canyon Lodge, a great place for lunch if you don’t want to wait to arrive at Cheyenne Crossing, world famous for its burgers and hospitality. A quarter-mile hike down the trail-footpath below the lodge will get you to Spearfish Falls; don’t forget your camera. If you skip the lodge stop, and continue almost another 10 miles, you’ll get to the aforementioned Cheyenne Crossing at the junction of Highway 85. Make a left and head for Lead, S.D. It’s an uphill climb away from Cheyenne Crossing, and the speed limit is 55 mph. Throttle up, but stay within the speed limit. Continue through Lead, then Deadwood, and before you know it, you’re in Sturgis. See you on the Road. — Buck Lovell
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Rally Hot Spots rally edition
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Headquarters Open Aug. 2-11, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 1019 Main St., Sturgis (605) 720-0800 www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
Open 7 days a week; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $10 for one person, $15 for two people, $30 for five people, seniors 62+ $1 discount Free for children under 12 with an adult admission. 999 Main St., Sturgis (605) 347-2001 www.sturgismuseum.com
Black Hills Harley-Davidson
I-90 Exit 55, Rapid City 140+ Manufacturers and Vendors on sight July 28 & 29 — Pre-Rally rollout All vendors open Aug. 1 Aug. 1 & 2 — Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 3-10 — Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 — Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.blackhillshd.com
RACES & CLIMBS
Jackpine Gypsies Race Schedule Jackpine Gypsies Club Grounds Short Track Rd., Sturgis Aug. 3 & 4 — 7 p.m. VDTRA – Short Track Aug. 5 — 9 a.m. MX Race Day Aug. 6 — 10 a.m. Pro-AM Hillclimb Aug. 6 — 7 p.m. VDTRA — Short Track Aug. 7 — 7 p.m. Dirt Drag Races Aug. 8 — 7 p.m. Pro-AM Verta-X Aug. 9 — 10 a.m. Gypsie Tour Aug. 9 — 7 p.m. Short Track & Mini Sprints Aug. 10 — 10 a.m. Pro Hillclimb Events subject to change www.jackpinegypsies.com Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis Aug. 5: American Flat Track Races 2 p.m. — Gates Open for Fans 2:40 p.m. — Qualifying Races Begin 5:30 p.m. — Opening Ceremonies 6 p.m. — Heat Races Begin 7:24 p.m. — Main Event Races Aug. 10 & 11: 11 a.m. AMA Supermoto Races www.buffalochip.com Sturgis Dragway East of Sturgis on Hwy 34 then turn North on Hwy 79 less than a mile Aug. 5 — Move in - Test & Tune Aug. 6 — Nitro Drag Qualifying
Aug. 7 — Nitro Drag Finals followed by the Baker “All In To Go All Out” Aug. 8 — Held open for rain/make up day Aug. 9 — S&S Demo Rides www.sturgisdrags.com
Black Hills Harley-Davidson Half-Mile Black Hills Speedway, 2467 Jolly Ln., Rapid City Aug. 7: 2:30 p.m. — Gates Open for Fans 4:06 p.m. — Qualifying Races Begin 6 p.m. — Opening Ceremonies 6:15 p.m. — Heat Races Begin 9 p.m. — Main Event Races www.blackhillshd.com
RIDES 16th Annual Sturgis Mayors Ride Aug. 6: 6:30 a.m. — Registration 9 a.m. — Departs from Community Center 1401 Lazelle St., Sturgis To register, log on to: http://sturgismotorcyclerally.com/annual-mayors-ride/ Legends Ride Aug. 6: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Registration 3 p.m. — Ride leaves Deadwood
5:30 p.m. — Legends Ride Reception at Buffalo Chip Campground 5:30 p.m. — Legends Ride Live Auction www.buffalochip.com Black Hills State University’s Jacket Ride for Veteran Scholarships Aug. 7: 8:30 a.m. — Registration at the Joy Center, BHSU campus, Spearfish 10 a.m. — Ride Departs Lunch following ride at Scott Peterson Motors in Sturgis. $50/Rider, $25/Passenger Register online at http://bhsu.edu/JacketRide/jacketride. html Biker Belles – The Morning Ride Aug. 7: 8 a.m. — Registration at the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip 9:30 a.m. — Ride departs for Vanocker Canyon, to Nemo Road, to Hwy 385, before ending at The Lodge at Deadwood. Following the ride, you are welcome to stay and take part in various activities including, the Shifting Gears Symposium, lunch and the Team Diva Comfort Zone. www.bikerbelles.com Black Hills Freedom Ride Aug. 7: 11 a.m. — Ride leaves Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City Noon — Ride arrives at Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood
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Aug. 9: Bikes arrive at 2:30 p.m. Deadwood Mountain Grand
Harley-Davidson Lot Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle St. 2018 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Lineup 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily Indian Motorcycle Display & Demo Rides 3rd and Lazelle, Sturgis 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily BMW Motorrad USA Demo Buffalo Chip Campground East of Sturgis Aug. 6-12 Slingshot Display & Demo Rides 3rd and Lazelle St., Sturgis Aug. 5 - 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. *last ride leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Pioneer file photo 2nd Annual Peace, Love & Happiness Midnight Ramble Aug. 7: 11 p.m. to Midnight Ride leaves and arrives back at Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood Entertainment and bloody mary breakfast following. Annual Custer Cruisin’ Mayors Ride Aug. 7: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Registration at VFW Post 3442 Registration fee: $30 for rider; $25 for passenger Ride departs at 1:15 p.m. 721 Mt. Rushmore Road, Custer www.custercruisin.com Hulett Ham ‘N Jam Aug. 8 Hulett, Wyo. Pappy Hoel Motor Ride Aug. 8: 9 a.m. — Registration 11 a.m. — Ride starts Full Throttle Saloon www.fullthrottlesaloon.com Veterans’ Appreciation Ride & Poker Run Aug. 9: 10 a.m. to Noon — Registration at the Custer VFW Post 3442 12:15 p.m. — Ride leaves Custer VFW Post 3442 Live music and food for participants following ride. www.custercruisin.com Slingshot Owner’s Event and Ride
Aug. 10 from 3 – 7 p.m. Ride starts at Black Hills Visitor Center, 1851 Discovery Cir., Rapid City Ride ends at Sturgis Buffalo Chip
BUILDERS & EXHIBITS The FXR Show and DYNA Mixer Aug. 5: Registration start at 9:30 a.m. Show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Awards at 2 p.m. Buffalo Chip CrossRoads www.buffalochip.com
www.buffalochip.com Mark Brodie People’s Choice Custom Bike Show Black Hills Harley-Davidson, I-90 Exit 55, Rapid City Aug. 8: Registration from 10 a.m. to Noon Judging until 3 p.m. followed by trophy presentation www.blackhillshd.com Sexiest Bagger Show Aug. 8:
Registration Noon to 3 p.m.; Awards at 5 p.m. Buffalo Chip CrossRoads www.buffalochip.com Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show Aug. 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Buffalo Chip CrossRoads www.buffalochip.com Hamsters USA Custom Bike Show
CONCERTS Buffalo Chip Campground East of Sturgis Aug. 3 — Pop Evil Aug. 4 — Foreigner Aug. 5 — Theory of a Deadman Aug. 6 — Lynyrd Skynyrd Aug. 7 — Aaron Lewis Aug. 8 — Eric Church Aug. 9 — Kid Rock Aug. 10 — John Kay & Steppenwolf Aug. 11— Chevelle www.buffalochip.com HOT SPOTS Pg 22
Full Throttle Magazine Bike Show Aug. 6 & 7: Registration at Noon; Awards at 5 p.m. Big Engine Bar at the CrossRoads, Buffalo Chip www.buffalochip.com Women & Wheels Bike Show Aug. 7: 8-10 a.m. Buffalo Chip CrossRoads www.buffalochip.com Sportster Showdown Aug. 7: Registration 2-3 p.m.; Showtime 3-5 p.m.; Awards at 5 p.m. Buffalo Chip Motorcycles As Art Gardens
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Hot Spots from Pg 21 Iron Horse Saloon & Restaurant 888 Junction Ave., Sturgis Aug. 3— Adelitas Way and Black Stone Cherry Aug. 4 — 10 Years and Nelly Aug. 5 — Chris Hawkey and Tyler Farr Aug. 6 — P.O.D. and Buckcherry Aug. 7 — The Lacs and Uncle Kracker Aug. 8 — Starset and Hairball Aug. 9 — Dorothy and Hairball Aug. 10 — CKY and Insane Clown Posse Aug. 11 — Texas Hippie Coalition and In This Moment www.ihsturgis.com Full Throttle Saloon 19942 SD-79, Sturgis Aug. 6-11 — ZZ-3 Aug. 5 – Blackberry Smoke Aug. 6 — Trace Adkins Aug. 8 — Steel Panther Aug. 9 — Jackyl Aug. 11 — Tech N9ne www.fullthrottlesaloon.com The Knuckle Saloon 931 1st St., Sturgis Aug. 3-5 — Garage Boys Aug. 6-7 — The Rude Band Aug. 8-9 — Saving Abel Aug. 10 — Jasmine Cain and Shoot to Thrill www.theknuckle.com Shade Valley Entertainment & Music 20158 137th Pl., Hwy 34, Sturgis Aug. 3-5 — Loaded Dice Aug. 5-6 — Dave McElroy Aug. 5-7 — Jagertown Aug. 6-8 — Cole Allen Aug. 7 — Jasmin Cain Aug. 8-9 — Rolling Thunder – The
www.bhpioneer.com Music of AC/DC Aug. 9-10 — Strutter – America’s #1 Kiss Tribute shadevalley.com Kickstands Campground and Venue 13014 Pleasant Valley Rd. (Exit 37 off I-90), Sturgis Aug. 3 — Trucker Radio, Damien Gunn and Revisited The Legend of Steppenwolf Aug. 4-5 — The Tyler Stokes Band, Creed Fisher, Zac Stokes kickstandsllc.com Downtown Friday Nights Main Street, Spearfish 6-9 p.m. Aug. 3 — Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers Aug. 10 — Them Vibes
OTHER COOL STUFF! Photo courtesy of Steve Babbitt Dana Bowman Appearances & Jumps Dana will be doing several parachute jumps and will be speaking at the theater inside at the Harley-Davidson Activation downtown Sturgis. Aug. 3 — Opening Ceremonies – H-D Way & Main Aug. 7 — Military Appreciation Day – 1401 Lazelle St. Aug. 8 — Harley-Davidson Theater —1401 Lazelle St. Legendary Sturgis 5K Fort Meade Softball Fields, Hwy 34, Sturgis Aug. 5: Registration from 7-7:50 a.m. Race starts at 8 a.m. Pre-register at sturgismotorcyclerally.com Sturgis Burger Battle
Aug. 7-10 Preliminary rounds held Aug. 7-9 at 11 a.m. Championship round Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. sturgismotorcyclerally.com Military Appreciation Day Aug. 7 3 p.m. — Join us on Main Street to say “Thank You For Your Service” Reception, entertainment and a flyover 4th Annual Big Kenny’s Pool Party Aug. 7: 3 p.m. Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com Beard and Mustache Contest Aug. 8 Harley-Davidson Rally Point, Sturgis
Main Street 5 p.m. — Registration 6 p.m. — Competition Starts www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com Lead Mountain Nights Aug. 11: 5-10 p.m. Manual Brothers Park, Lead Monthly music series features some of the best local artists, craft and food vendors. Vietnam Memorial Wall Rally Week Buffalo Chip Campground, Sturgis Main Street Photo Towers Open Daily — Two Locations Main Street, Sturgis Schedule as of June 28.
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