Harley Davidson and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Just a few days ago, January 15th to be exact, Harley Davidson announced that it is in the last stages of a contractual agreement between Harley Davidson and the City of Sturgis, and although the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is still a few months away, Harley Davidson owners and chapters alike are buzzing with the news.

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According to the article, Harley Davidson is in the final stages of an agreement that puts Harley Davidson as the official bike for the Sturgis Rally, best of all, the agreement will be in place for the next seventy-five years.

Travels with Harley

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began back in 1938 and was originally meant for races and stunts, but since that time, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has evolved into the place to be seen and heard if you own a motorcycle especially a Harley Davidson. One of the largest events of its kind on the planet, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally welcomes all riders, but is especially popular with Harley Davidson enthusiasts.

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Held every August in Sturgis, South Dakota, the first Sturgis Motorcycle Rally took place on August 14 in 1938 and was started by the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club.

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That first year, 19 people participated in the stunts and racing that included a half mile racing track, ramp jumps, board wall crashes and, believe it or not, head on collisions with cars.

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The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been held every year since 1938, with the exception of WWII when it was cancelled because of gas rations.

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The small town of Sturgis, population 6,627, depends on the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which brings in more than 800 million dollars each year. In 2011, the City of Sturgis brought in over $270,000 thanks to the presale of sponsorships and event guides.

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This year sees the 75th anniversary of the famous or infamous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from August 3 to August 9 and promises to be the best yet with a planned permanent Harley Plaza to be built on Main Street in Sturgis.

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The new plaza will be built with bricks from the Juneau Harley Davidson headquarters and will incorporate a stage for concerts and events at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally as well as a Harley Davidson only parking area.

Demea and Jim

Jim and I are really happy about the partnership between Harley Davidson and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and can’t wait to hear what else unfolds before the massive Sturgis Motorcycle Rally event in South Dakota this summer.