Indian motorcycles have played a major role in the colorful history of the famed Sturgis Rally. The company recently announced their plans for this year’s 71st annual Sturgis motorcycle rally to be held August 8th through August 14th in Sturgis, South Dakota. For over seven decades, since the first “Black Hills Classic” racing event was first run in 1938, Indian motorcycles have been a featured attraction of the annual rally. Festival organizers expect over 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and families will attend in 2011.
In addition to the traditional Sturgis activities, Indian Motorcycle has invited all Indian owners to enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow bikers by parking their motorcycles at the Indian Motorcycle Display. The Indian show truck will be parked at the corner of 4th Street and Lazalle in the heart of town and will also feature Indian’s complete line of 2012 motorcycles. Indian motorcycle accessories and apparel will be for sale at the display. E3 spark plugs encourages everyone to show off their ride and share their favorite Indian stories with other motorcyclist attending the weeklong event.
Indian Motorcycle Company will sponsor a breakfast and ride to the famous half-mile track on the morning of flat track races. Those interested in participating should go to the First Presbyterian Church, located downtown at 1319 Junction Avenue between 9:30 am and 10:30 am for breakfast. The scenic ride will leave from the church and wind through Spearfish Canyon before arriving at the Sturgis 1/2 mile race track. Everyone is invited to join in the fun. For additional information on the flat track races, motocross races, or hill climb events checkout the Jack Pine Gypsies motorcycle club website.
In addition, an “Indian Gathering” is slated for Friday, August 12th starting at 6 pm at the Knuckle Saloon located in Sturgis at 931 First Street. The event is open to the public and non-Indian riders who just want to see these classic bikes and hangout with their owners.