Russ Brown Motorcycle Lawyers: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota is the pinnacle of all motorcycle rallies, and something every motorcyclist should experience at least once in their lifetime. If you are a serious motorcyclist, or even if you are a beginner, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a great place to learn more about motorcycling, meet some amazing people, and have the time of your life. But before you go, there are some things you should know about planning your trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
Book Your Hotel Room Ahead of Time!
Before you even consider packing for the trip, it is important for you to book your hotel room and figure out how long you will be staying. The rally itself lasts a week, and this year it is from August 6th through August 12th. There are many hotels and motels in the Sturgis area and there are numerous campgrounds that are eager to accommodate traveling motorcyclists. Don’t wait too long to book your room or camp site though! The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a huge event and most of the area books up rather quickly.
Plan Your Route
No matter where you live, it is important to map out the route you will take on the way to and from the rally. Will you go mostly interstates or will you choose local country roads and highways? Before your trip, you can check with AAA or other travel agencies to determine if there are major road blocks, obstacles, or road closures along your route. In addition to mapping out your route, you’ll want to determine how long it will take you to make it to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. If you need to travel for more than one day, then you should consider planning where you will stop for the night to ensure that you have somewhere safe to sleep.
Know the State Motorcycle Laws
It is important to know what states you will be passing through on your way to the rally, so you can be sure you obey the motorcycle laws of that state. Remember, if you are coming from California, you cannot split lanes in any other state—lane splitting is illegal everywhere else. Here are a few questions to answer about each state you will be traveling through.
- What are the motorcycle helmet laws of those states? You’ll need to know this so you can be sure you wear a helmet when traveling through those areas.
- What are the muffler requirements?
- Do you need to wear eye goggles?
- What are the requirements for passengers?
- What are the handlebar requirements?
Tell Someone Your Plans
Before you hit the road, it is important to tell someone you know where you are going and the route you are taking. This is just a safety precaution, but one most people forget. In addition, you should consider carrying identification cards on yourself and on your bike, as well as your free BAM Benefit Card. BAM, Free Breakdown and Legal Assistance for Motorcyclists is here for you 24-7. If there is an accident or a problem, contact BAM at 1-800-4-BIKERS right away.
At Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®, we know how much fun the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is—because we attend! This year we’ll be there too and look forward to the fun and excitement as much as everyone else, yet we also know how much planning needs to go into making the trek. Before you go, make sure you follow these easy steps and your trip to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is sure to go smoothly.
If there is an accident, call the Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys® immediately. We’ve been helping bikers since 1975 and fight aggressively for all of our clients. Call us today at 1-800-4-BIKERS to learn more about our services and BAM, or free roadside and legal assistance program.