On August 14, 1938, the newly founded American Motorcycle Association organized an event in Sturgis, South Dakota, that featured nine motorcycle racers as well as a handful of spectators. In the decades that followed, the Sturgis annual motorcycle rally grew into a celebration of the motorcycle experience. Hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts roar into the tiny town of Sturgis during the first full week of August for music, food, family and fun. You do not need to own a motorcycle to join the festivities, and in fact, local vendors provide rental options for those who have yet to purchase their own. Some provide pickups and drop-offs right at the rally itself.
EagleRider Motorcycle Rental
EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals offer Harley-Davidson, Honda and BMW bikes for rent in various locations throughout six states: Montana, Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. In addition to having five locations within a day's ride of Sturgis, EagleRider also provides rentals of late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycles at the rally itself. On-site pickups and drop-offs are available. There is also a sales team in case you find you want to purchase a bike rather than rent. You can use the website to submit a credit application and get pre-approved prior to the rally.
EagleRider Motorcycle Rental Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sturgis, SD 888-280-7747 eaglerider.com
Dakota Trike Shop
Listed on the official Sturgis Rally for Harley motorcycle rentals is the Dakota Trike Shop. A "trike" is a converted motorcycle that adds another dimension to your biking experience. Through the 1980s especially, trikes began to serve riders for long-distance comfort. Luxurious touring trikes provide options like greater storage capability, stereo systems and even automatic transmissions. The Trike Shop trademarked these types of vehicles as Roadsmith Trikes, which are typically modified Harleys, and are regularly featured at many rallies, including Sturgis. The official website for The Trike Shop offers dealers all over the country that offer these types of vehicles for sale.
Dakota Trike Shop 1415 E Fairmont Boulevard Rapid City, SD 605-348-5051 trikeshop.com
Black Hills Harley-Davidson Buell
Located just 30 miles south of Sturgis on Interstate 90 is Rapid City, South Dakota. Black Hills Harley-Davidson provides rental models year round, which is considered the regular season. Special rates are offered specifically for the Sturgis Rally. Available models include the more cost-effective Sportster, as well the Road King and the Heritage Softail Classic. In order to rent, you must be over 21 years old, have a valid driver's license and $2000 available credit on a major credit card. You must also demonstrate the ability to handle a heavyweight bike, 650cc and larger. Rental rates include a helmet and rain gear, as well as roadside assistance.
Black Hills Harley-Davidson Buell I-90 Exit 55 Rapid City, SD 57701 605-342-9362 blackhillshd.com