Sturgis (8th to 11th August 2010)

Sturgis is a quiet little town in the Black Hills area of South Dakota. It's historic main street has a bit of a wild west look about it. But for 2 weeks a year this sleepy town becomes the mecca for around 200,000 Harley Davidson bikers who come from all over the USA and the world to celebrate the annual Bike Rally. 2010 is also the 70th anniversary of the first rally run by the Harley Owners Group (HOG). The town becomes full of live music, bars with happy hours and shops selling T-shirts and biker stuff. There are lots of wet T-shirt competitions, female fighting, Miss Sturgis and basically anything that involves boobs or beer in some way! On the outskirts where most people are staying in campgrounds they have huge concert venues going on with bands like ZZ Top and Bob Dylan playing.

Our host is the lovely Joel, who invites us to camp at the Headwinds/Moto-Camp headquarters right in the centre of town. This is the maddest place I think I've ever been. The place is rammed, the sound of Harleys doesn't stop all day and all night. We have a fantastic location and spend a lot of time just sitting out front of Joel's shop and watching the procession go past. There are amazing paint jobs and customisations, and some of the outfits are outrageous! Loads of guys wear leather, tattoos and mega beards. Some women ride pillion (or "riding bitch" as they call it!) with nothing but chaps on and elastoplast over their nips! !
We met some really nice people the 4 days we were there. Special thanks to Joel, Danny and Andy from Headwinds Custom Lighting for being such great hosts, and hello to our fellow campers Larry, Bart, the guys from California, Montana and our South Dakota neighbours.

Here's just a small selection from the Photo Gallery, take a look at the full album at the link above.

Headwinds HQ

Joel and Larry jamming in the garage

Our neighbours & Axle the dog