In the late 1800s, outlaws and renegades streamed into South Dakota’s Black Hills in search of gold and fast riches.
Nowadays, outlaws and renegades – and wannabes – still flock to the Hills. But instead of gold, it’s a good time they seek.
They find it at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the most recognized and celebrated motorcycle gathering in the world. For two weeks every August, the population of Sturgis, South Dakota, swells from about 6,000 to upwards of 400,000 as bikers of all stripes arrive and proceed to party.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is a tribute to the spirit of the rally, with a hall of fame, vintage and rare bikes from as far back as 1905. The museum also raffles off a bike annually, making it a popular destination for those who hope to own a new bike. The museum also houses a Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame, honoring the commitment and sacrifices made by individuals seeking to promote and protect the rights of motorcyclists.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is located on Main Street in Sturgis, and admission is free to children under the age of 12.
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