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Old 07-05-2015, 07:14 PM   #21
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We were there in 2004 during bike week with the fiver we had then and it was a blast. We had made our plans and committed to vacation time at work when we discovered that we would be there during bike week. The Black Hills are definitely something that you need to see at least once. We've been there twice and will go back again in a few years.

Yes there were LOTS of bikes and we were a little apprehensive at first but not once did we feel threatened in any way. The vast majority of people that we met were middle aged professionals like ourselves and were great folks. Many, many 40+' diesel pushers hauling enclosed trailers with two Harleys in them.(kind of wish that we could afford that many toys) While there were a few morons on the highway as there always is most were very competent and courteous drivers/riders.

Definitely don't go within about a hundred miles without a reservation though. We found that the "bikers" really added something to the experience. Lots of really cool bikes although I admit that after about 72 hours I did find that the sound of a Harley got a little old. As with most places just be careful where you go and what you do. Situational awareness is what it's all about. It is what you make it and it's something that you'll remember for a long time.

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Old 07-05-2015, 07:25 PM   #22
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We have been in that area during bike week - we were not aware when we set out. Once we realized it, we thought we could be in trouble, but we did find sites. We stayed in Hill City at Rafter J Bar. I wouldn't even try without reservations, however. Bikers were not an issue at local sites, just annoying noise. I would avoid Sturgis if at all possible. Just not the best time to go, if you can avoid.

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Old 07-05-2015, 08:02 PM   #23
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When I was in Custer this spring they said it was the 75th Bike Rally with over 100,000 attending. Custer is closing half their main street for bike parking.
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:28 AM   #24
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I agree with everyone except the long lines waiting for the tourist attractions. When we went we stayed the week after the Rally and was able to see everything without a wait. The area is beautiful and well worth your time.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:44 AM   #25
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We hit the Sturgis Rally about every year (we ride) but we're skipping this year because of the enormous crowds their predicting. (75th anniversary) It will be crowded!!!

The area is a must see, recommend you avoid rally dates though....
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:17 AM   #26
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I found a spot 2 weeks ago at Custer State Park but it was for the last day of Sturgis. As others have suggested adjusting you schedule to after the will be your best bet. I forgot abut Sturgis as I was making my plans and since I was coming into the rea from the north I overlooked the fact that I would be coming right down the middle of main st Sturgis on Sunday the last day of Sturgis. Doubting Id live that I've chosen to go over to Wyoming to avoid the traffic and come into Rapid City area from that way.
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Old 07-06-2015, 11:19 AM   #27
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Spike - We will miss the Beartooth rally - our HOG chapter in Missoula is the sponsor of this year's state rally, July 16 - 19 great rides & good times! I love to ride the Black Hills though - my wife is from Rapid City and loves even the touristy places...
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:57 AM   #28
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We will be heading on up to North Dakota, leaving Georgia about the 8th. Would we be anticipating any overflow problems with the crowds? Our niece is getting married.

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Old 07-11-2015, 06:36 AM   #29
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I was able to get a campsite the week before just south of Rapid City. It's a good sams.... enjoy
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Old 07-11-2015, 06:46 AM   #30
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Can anyone tell me how much affect the Sturgis bike rally has on the Mt Rushmore area, as far as being able to get camp sites? Want to go around Aug 1 to 9 and just saw that the rally is on at that time. Thanks
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