Sturgis Rider News Blog 

Published on Friday, February 27, 2015

Petition Accepted for Buffalo Chip Incorporation

You’ve probably seen the news about the Buffalo Chip wanting to incorporate into its own municipality. The Chip has stayed unusually quiet during all of this, but now that the Meade County Commissioners Office has accepted the petition, we can let the cat out of the bag… By the time the 75th Sturgis Rally arrives, it's likely the Buffalo Chip will have become the first biker municipality in the world! That’s right Buffalo Chip Campground, LLC will sit within the town of Buffalo Chip, South Dakota. 

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Published on Thursday, February 26, 2015

10 Hidden Black Hills Attractions You Must Visit

The Black Hills of South Dakota is an area rich in minerals and mining history, but for those of you who head for the Hills each year for the Sturgis Rally, there lies another series of hidden treasures—interesting places a little off the beaten path, ones you would’ve stopped at had you known they were there. These Black Hills attractions exemplify the life, fun and culture of the area, and because they are world class in their own right, we have gathered a few we think are worth a stop. So without further ado, here are 10 hidden gems of the Black Hills courtesy of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Rider Friendly Business Program.

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Published on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ride free and hang your hands wherever you want.

Have you ever been riding through the beautiful Black Hills on your motorcycle, enjoying the sound of pipes crackling and the clean mountain air, when all of a sudden a set of flashing lights appears behind you? You wonder what you could’ve been doing wrong. Were you speeding? Swerving? Are your tags expired? Maybe your brake light is out. You can only speculate as the officer walks over to your bike. When he asks you, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” You answer, “No.” “Your handlebars are shoulder height,” he replies. “That’s a petty offense in the state of South Dakota; I’m going to have to issue you a ticket.” 

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Published on Thursday, February 19, 2015

Motorcycle Stunts and World Record Jump Attempts Keep Chip Spirit of Adventure Alive

There are two types of people in this world: those who play it safe and those who ride. Those who take the safe route might live longer, but the price they pay is a life of boredom and fear. We bikers, however, know that taking risks opens the door to adventure; it lets us live life to the fullest and gives us the opportunity to have it all, even if it can earn us a few bumps, bruises and broken bones along the way. As a venue built By Bikers, For Bikers™, the Buffalo Chip has welcomed countless risk takers over its 34-year history, but a few motorcycle daredevils have truly taken their risks to the next level. Here are their stories:

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Published on Sunday, February 8, 2015

Best Motorcycle Roads Series Features The Red Lodge Loop

Ask anyone who’s ridden the Red Lodge Loop, and they’ll tell you it’s a ride that should be near the top of your bucket list. Beginning and ending in Red Lodge, Montana, “The Loop” follows two-lane roads, sweepers and twisties through some of the region’s loveliest scenery. Imagine rolling green hills, wide-open spaces, sparkling streams and alpine lakes—all against the grand and wild backdrop of Montana’s highest peaks. The Loop is one of the most popular motorcycle routes in the country, and for good reason; it is the stuff of postcards! So if you’d like to find out more about the Red Lodge area, be sure to check out the Rider Friendly Business Program’s list of suggested stops on this 200-mile stretch of two-laned beauty.

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Published on Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sturgis Buffalo Chip visits Europe’s premier motorcycle show

Do you know any sweet party tricks? Have any weird hidden talents? Got a knack for doing things that are completely useless? Here’s the deal, unless you know the trick to making a viral video, your “skills” probably aren’t going to make you millions or change the world. But one thing they CAN get you is free passes to the Party of the Century during the 75th Sturgis Rally. The Buffalo Chip will be giving away dozens of passes in the Minute to Win It Contest to those who can skillfully perform a series of stupid human tricks. But before we tell you more about that, check out these five insane (and totally real) stupid human tricks the Chip won’t be asking you to perform.

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Published on Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sturgis Buffalo Chip visits Europe’s premier motorcycle show

If you want to see cutting-edge motorcycle innovation at its finest, be the first to lay eyes the latest products and models, and meet the biggest names in motorcycling, it’s hard to beat the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® made its first trip to this premier motorcycle show January 23-25 and were humbled to be in the presence of so many amazing manufacturers, customizers, gorgeous women and downright friendly riders from around the world. The Chip made some surprising discoveries while at this spectacular motorcycle show and there are eight we just had to share with you!

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Published on Sunday, February 1, 2015

Evel Knievel Motorcycle Stunt Video

WARNING: This video contains material unsuitable for the squeamish. Side effects include nausea, elevated blood pressure, heart arrythmia, profuse sweating, night terrors, phantom pains and butt puckering. Proceed with caution.

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Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Learn Biker Lingo with this Handy Guide

Bikers are a different breed. We are loyal to a unique culture that lovingly embraces cool customizations, high-octane engines and a thirst for the open road. Depending on how deep our roots go and how we were raised, some of us may also speak somewhat of a different language. Do you personally use “biker terms” that could confuse a non-biker when you speak, or do you know anyone who does? Here’s a list of 13 terms that just might mean something completely different to guys called Wrench, Tiny, and Joker than to a guy who simply goes by Cornelius.

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Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pappy Hoel incorporates motorcycle stunts into Sturgis Rally

Most bikers have a need for speed; it’s in their DNA. So it should come as no surprise that one of the world’s largest motorcycle events—the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—started as an annual series of flat-track races. What is surprising, however, is that rally founder Clarence “Pappy” Hoel was never himself particularly interested in speed racing. So what was he really into? The second article in our series revealing the events and moments that shaped Sturgis history will explain how Pappy incorporated his true love into the event by stunning friends and onlookers with some pretty wild and surprising antics. We’ll also reveal how and where that crazy spirit still lives on today.

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Published on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Look Back at the Best Sturgis Photos from 2014

Just because 2014 is now officially in the bag doesn’t mean you should kick it to the curb. We know you might not be ready to say goodbye, so come with us on a journey of the best Sturgis photos and videos and relive the 14 most memorable Buffalo Chip moments from the last year.

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Published on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Meet the Sturgis Rally of the Future

Rumors surrounding the 2015 Sturgis Rally are flying so fast, they could easily break the land speed record. And since it’s a historic year approaching, we’re not about to discourage speculation. In fact, we’ve got a few predictions of our own for the future to throw into the mix. If you think the 75th anniversary is going to be big, check out some of our predictions for the 100th anniversary!

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Published on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top Sturgis News Stories of 2014

In 2014, the Sturgis Rider News team worked hard to provide you with a steady stream of interesting, informative and downright weird content. Our humble hope was to teach you something new and get a few laughs. Well, hot damn, we might have pulled it off, because there were a few articles you just wouldn’t stop talking about! In case you didn’t see them the first go ‘round, here are the five most talked about articles from 2014.

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Published on Monday, December 22, 2014

Shocking Moments of Sturgis Rally Parties at the Chip

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that 2015 will be a historic year for the Sturgis Rally. Predictions for the upcoming 75th anniversary event start at one million attendees and only go up from there. For those who don’t know the history, it’s baffling to imagine how an event of such epic proportions would end up in a sleepy little town like Sturgis, SD. So how did it? The first article in our series revealing the events and moments that shaped Sturgis history will answer this very question.

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Published on Monday, December 22, 2014

Highlights from Sturgis Rides and Bike Events

There’s nothing more powerful, unifying and exhilarating than rumbling down the road with hundreds of fellow riders. The world has millions of miles of roads to explore, but riders looking for unrivaled camaraderie as well as twists and turns, breathtaking vistas, and fun pit stops find some of the most spectacular rides in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Many of you headed to the Hills this past August to join in on some amazing Sturgis rides, including the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride®, Freedom Celebration Ride, Biker Belles® and the Trike Owners United Ride! Now you can relive or picture your smiling face on one of these rides by taking this photo journey through some of the Buffalo Chip’s most memorable bike events. 

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Published on Monday, December 22, 2014

Best Motorcycle Roads to Ride on Your Way to the Sturgis Rally

Exploring County, State, and US Highways, the Interstate system and the Mother Roads that crisscross this country, allows you to experience Americana at every junction. Countless riders have seen how the credo, “It’s all about the journey,” comes alive during a trek to the Sturgis Rally. So if you’re headed to Sturgis for the 75th, check out this list of routes worth the ride and towns worth a stop.

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Published on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Shocking Moments of Sturgis Rally Parties at the Chip

If you’ve been to the party at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, you know to expect the unexpected. As a party built By Bikers, For Bikers™, the Best Party Anywhere™ has practically seen it all during its 33 year run—surprise celebrity appearances, legendary South Dakota storms, and death-defying stunts, not to mention some serious blunders. So for better or for worse, here’s a look back at eight of the most shocking moments in Buffalo Chip History. 

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Published on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Hottest Biker Babes of Sturgis are at the Buffalo Chip

Are you sitting down? If not, you’ll want to, because the biker babes you’re about to see from the Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant are so hot, they can really make a guy lose his cool. Those of you who lined up in front of the Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage during the 2014 Sturgis Rally to rev your engines for these ladies have an idea what we’re talking about. But on stage or off, no one gets closer to these hotties than the Buffalo Chip film crew. So pull up a seat and enjoy the up-close-and-personal view that only Chip cameras can capture!

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Published on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Ultimate Gifts for Bikers

The holiday shopping season is well under way, and for those of us who swear Santa rides a custom Arlen Ness bike, this means it’s time to start thinking about what to get our favorite bikers (whether they’ve been naughty or nice). We’ve taken the work out of shopping for you by compiling our top ten picks for unique biker gifts of 2014. Check out this list now, and we guarantee you won’t be scrambling on December 24!

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Published on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Win a Guitar to Become the Next Les Paul Legend

If you’re on the hunt for a guitar with some serious rock star cred, look no further than the Les Paul; it’s truly an undisputed icon of rock ‘n’ roll. Some of the most legendary riffs and solos of all time were written with a Les Paul, and many of those celebrated tunes have been played on the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage during the annual Sturgis Rally. So where are we going with all this? Well, it just so happens that the Chip is giving away an Epiphone Les Paul Special II signed by The Pretty Reckless in its Rock The Holidays Sweepstakes. And if you sign up to win, with a little luck and a lot of practice, maybe one day you’ll join this league of Les Paul legends:

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