PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The historic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the 12th stop on the 2018 AMA National Gypsy Tour, offers live music, racing, food and wonderful opportunities to ride in one of the most scenic parts of the United States.
Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway Needles Highway. Photo courtesy of the South Dakota Department of Tourism
The 78th edition of the event is scheduled for Aug. 3-12 in Sturgis, S.D.
The AMA has been sanctioning Gypsy Tours since 1924.
This rally traces its history to 1938, when it was known as the Black Hills Motor Classic. The event is a popular destination for AMA members and annually attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to South Dakota's Black Hills region and nearby Wyoming.
"This event drew 484,000 motorcyclists in 2017," said AMA Recreational Riding Manager Heather Wilson. "This is one of the great national motorcycle touring events each year, and many AMA members enjoy the sights, the sounds and the scenery."
Road runs have been organized on Aug. 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10.
AMA members can visit the rally headquarters at 1019 Main St. in Sturgis to pick up a 2018 AMA National Gypsy Tour pin.
Remaining stops on the AMA National Gypsy Tour include:
- Sept. 21-23: Ray Price Capital City Bikefest; Raleigh, N.C.
- Oct. 11-14: Las Vegas Bikefest; Las Vegas, Nev.
- Oct. 24-28: Thunder Beach Fall Rally; Panama City Beach, Fla.
Details about the events on the AMA National Gypsy Tour are available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/AMA-National-Gypsy-Tours.
Post your photos from the events on social media using #AMAgypsytour.