Police & The Sturgis Rally
Heavy police presence in Sturgis and on the highways is why so many stolen
motorcycles are recovered and why there are so few alcohol-related traffic
You'll start seeing an intense police presence as soon as you hit the South
Dakota state line. You'll realize when you get to Sturgis that you've never
seen this many police anywhere in the world.
The following tips are offered to help you have an uninterrupted vacation:
- Don't drink and drive. That's why we started a biker campground in the
first place - so you can party safely. Crash at the Chip and not on the
- Make certain you have photo identification with you.
- Make certain all the lights and safety devices are properly functioning
on your vehicle.
- Inspect your bike before you come to SD, especially if you've purchased
an older bike and you know it has pieces of other motorcycles on it. There
will be motorcycle theft specialists here from all over the continent who
will walk around the towns' streets and inspect serial numbers. The law
requires them to seize any motorcycle which has parts with inconsistent
numbers or if the serial numbers look like they've been altered. If you have
such a bike, either ride a different bike or be certain to bring along
written documentation to prove the legality of the inconsistent or
- Do not, if you're driving a 4-wheeled vehicle, hang anything from the
mirror. Not even a crucifix or a thread.
- Check SD law if you've any questionable equipment, like radically
extended handle bars.
- Let us know if you've a question or suggestion. firstname.lastname@example.org