Kuryakyn is Gearing up for Sturgis 2012


It only happens once each year where the small 3.99 square mile town of Sturgis, South Dakota goes from a population of just under 7,000 to hosting an estimated over 500,000 motorcycle fans and enthusiasts from across the globe. It’s truly a sight to see, an event where man and machine come together rain or shine in a part of America where there’s open road, breath taking views, and historic sites that represent the true spirit of our founding fathers.

The town of Sturgis was named after General Samuel D. Sturgis (Born June 11, 1822 in Shippensburg, PA and died September 28, 1889 in Saint Paul, MN), an American military officer in the Mexican-American War (1846 to 1848) and as a union general in the American Civil War and later in the India Wars. In Sturgis, SD there is a sculpture of the General mounted on horseback located at the eastern entrance of town on South Dakota Highway 34 and 79.


For those who have never been to the Sturgis Rally, it’s one of those events that should make your bucket list as something to see in your lifetime. No matter what type of bike you ride, there will be something that sparks your interest at the Sturgis Rally. You’ll find just about every company in the motorcycle industry will have some sort of display during the event. In fact, there are so many vendors and displays set up in Downtown Sturgis and in Rapid City, at Black Hills Harley Davidson, that you’d be hard pressed to take it all in, in just one day.


People make the trip from coast to coast. Whether they’re a die hard motorcyclist making the trip with just the clothes on their back, a small roll bag, and a few tools or someone that goes all out traveling in a house on wheels with the bikes strapped down in the back, you’re sure to see every type of rider at Sturgis. No matter how you get there, or what your on at the event, just to make the trip is a worthwhile experience.

There are so many sites to see in and around Sturgis. For a great ride and breath taking views, you can head out to Needles Highway, a road with twists and turns, wooden bridges, narrow tunnels carved trough solid rock all the way up a mountain that once at the top has a view that’ll make you step back and just take it all in. While on your way to or from Needles, you’re likely to encounter herds of buffalo or the occasional donkey along the side of the road.

For a larger than life piece of American history, stop by Mount Rushmore National Park, a site that is so unique that simply seeing pictures does not do it justice in comparison to being up close to witness the shier scale of the monument.  Not too far from Mount Rushmore is a mammoth monument still in construction called Crazy Horse. Just to give an idea of the scale of Crazy Horse, the project began on June 3, 1948 by sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear, and the ongoing construction’s completion date is yet to be known for such a large task. The Crazy Horse Memorial is a privately funded project managed by a nonprofit foundation with no government contribution to the project.

And while you’re out seeing all the sites don’t miss a trip through Badlands National Park, South Dakota. A rugged ancient landscape spread over 244,000 acres. The Badlands were formed by the geological forces of deposition and erosion and contain one of the most complete fossil accumulations in North America.


In downtown Sturgis, you can check out the nightlife at one of many places including the Broken Spoke and the Full Throttle Saloon. Or head just down the street to the legendary Buffalo Chip where you can see performances every night by any one of today’s top bands.



Aside from all the unique sites to see in and around Sturgis, be sure to check out either Kuryakyn location to get the newest Kuryakyn accessories available for your bike. Our downtown Sturgis location is located at the J&P Cycles store at 1650 Lazelle Street, take exit 30 from I90, where the Kuryakyn semi will have a first class display open from August 2 to August 11. Our second location is located at Black Hills Harley Davidson, in Rapid City, SD, take exit 55 from I90, where multiple Kuryakyn semi’s will be set up with a first class display open from July 28 to August 11. Both locations will be fully staffed with Kuryakyn representatives and factory trained technicians to help you find exactly what you need to outfit your bike. Whether you’re looking for just a set of grips or a complete motorcycle transformation, rest assure that at the Kuryakyn rally trucks, we can help you make it happen.


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One Response to “Kuryakyn is Gearing up for Sturgis 2012”

  1. This article makes me so excited for sturgis!