CAMP ZERO is the launch site for raising hell and rallying like the old days—a place where you can party like it’s 1981 with other cheapskates who love rad bikes, dirtbag friends and wild parties during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
If you’re down with a little dirt and debauchery, you’re invited. (GRUMPY OLD BIKERS WHO ARE AFRAID OF FUN NEED NOT APPLY.)
BUILD YOUR OWN PARTY
With friends, an on-site bar, a handful of community Coleman mini bikes (aka Smile Makers) and free showers, you’ll have everything you need to party, rinse and repeat, with none of that fancy red carpet stuff you gotta pay more for somewhere else.
If you want music in camp, bring your own instruments cause nobody’s getting paid to play.
Wanna watch a race? Better pair up some friends.
Feel like a beer in the 75-year old barn? OK.
If you wanna catch free concerts, bike shows and contests, swill on an endless supply of dirt-cheap drinks, or run a mini bike around an oval, you can always head up right the street to the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip.
There’re also a few special one-day events happening at CrossRoads that won’t suck in the slightest that you’ll wanna be a part of. More on that in the Free Events Section below.
CAMP LIKE A CHAMP
There’s plenty of space if you want to crash in a tent, van or camper. If you don’t have room on the back of the bike for a tent, you can sleep in the dirt like an animal OR rent an authentic, no-frills tipi with room for you and up to five of your friends, or more if you don’t care how many pile up on your floor.
REINVENT YOUR RALLY
Forget everything you think you know about the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and start from ZERO. Reinvent this true low-life moto-celebration for yourself by reserving your spot at CAMP ZERO.
#dirtdonthurt #CAMPZERO #FUNHATERSUNITE
You got nothin to lose and nothin to prove. Find out where the barn banger will take you at CAMP ZERO.
CAMP ZERO is located across Alkali Road from the Buffalo Chip Campground next to the Chip’s PowerSports Complex.
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FREE MUSIC & EVENTS
(More to Come. All Subject to Change.)
Camp Zero is all about making your own fun with friends, and a few friends already have some cool things in the works. You’re free to keep your plans loose, but here’s what you can do if you wanna roll with the group …
with @JasonLightner of Gambler500 and Joe Mielke of @SnapFabrications
Every Day at 1:00 p.m. at the CrossRoads
Turning left will never feel as right as it does during these daily showdowns at the CrossRoads. Grab a smile maker and come bang bars with your buddies on the oval track. Then enjoy some cold brews at the Big Engine Bar after the race while celebrating your victory.
GoPowersports Barrel Races
With Jason Lightner of Gambler 500 and Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications
Every Day 5:00 p.m. at the Tipis
Introducing HELL TRACK! New for 2020.
Sena flags peacefully welcome you at the gateway to this mini bike inferno. Show up with or without a bike every day at 5 o’clock at Camp Zero, rip around the dam, roll past the extreme short bus, and spend a bit of air time before finishing off each lap with a slide around barrels. SWAG, prizes and glory can be yours. As well as a heaping of prizes worth up to $2,000 from GoPowersports.com.
FXR Show & Dyna Mixer
@ Free Access Buffalo Chip CrossRoads
Hosted by Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
Registration - 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Show – 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Awards - 2:00 p.m.
This no-nonsense motorcycle event coordinated by Joe Mielke brings together riders to have fun and show and talk bikes. If you want to participate and get a shot at the killer aftermarket parts they’re giving away, just ride in and register. It’s free. Or you can just cruise the lot checking out all the eye candy. That’s free too.
Bell Brawl Big Twin Stunt Show
@ Free Access Buffalo Chip CrossRoads
Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, 3-6 p.m.
Get ready to have your mind blown by some of the craziest shit you’ll ever see anyone do on big V-Twin motorcycles. We’re talkin’ gnarly wheelies cranked to 12 o’clock. Hands-free, legs over the handlebars acrobatic balancing act shenanigans. Tire-shredding burnouts.
In other words, IN. YOUR. FACE. ACTION.
Sunday, Aug. 9 @ 12:00 p.m.
The Sturgis Rally may be known as a motorcycle event, but the Gambler 500 boys start off their week at the Buffalo Chip by stirring things up with this free hooptie event! Everyone is welcome to bring out their favorite crap bucket and tear up some dirt with a bunch of racers (like Jason Lightner and his flying Porsche) who value fun over rules. They’ll be shredding and causing a ruckus all day.
The PB&J Ride & Games
With @pgarvin of @jpcycle and @bradytildeath of @gofastdontdie
Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 @ Camp Zero
Kick off your campout with a rip through the Black Hills for no reason other than to ride with your friends. This different take on riding through the hills is led by Patrick Garvin of J&P Cycle. It is a no frills run that includes no catering and has no fee.
The PB&J Ride will circle up at the CAMP ZERO tipis. Kickstands go up in search of adventure at 10 a.m.
After the run, head back to CAMP ZERO for rodeo games like the PB&J Toss, PB&J Bite and SENA Barrel Games. It won’t cost you any bread to participate, except for the slices you use to pack your own lunch.
This no-frills event includes no catering and has no fee. Bread, and peanut butter and jelly will be onsite for you to make your own sandwich in case you forgot one, but we’re not gonna make it for you because, well, do we look like your mom?
After the run, head back to CAMP ZERO for PB&J Sammys, Rodeo Games like the PB&J Toss, PB&J Bite and SENA Barrel Games. It won’t cost you any bread to participate, except for the slices you use to pack your own lunch.
Sasha’s Cycles Rodeo Games – $250 Cash and Other Prizes
Hosted by @shovelheadsasha @ Camp Zero
Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, 3:00 p.m
Celebrate choppers, talk chop and have a good time during an evening of old-school rodeo games at Camp Zero! Saddle up for some games like the cowboy barrel cross, rail ride, highway cones, weenie grab, slow races, barrel races and more. Prizes including $250 cash and Buffalo Chip admission passes are up for grabs!
Gambler 500 Mini Bike Endurocross
Hosted by @JasonLightner @ Camp Zero
Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, 3:00 p.m
Rocks, mud and a plethora of obstacles await those brave enough to enter the dirt gauntlet. Come bang bars with your buddies at this free event, then enjoy some cold brews after the race while celebrating victory and bitching about battle wounds.
Mini Bike Show
Hosted by Big Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications @ Camp Zero
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, 2-3:30 p.m.
They say it’s not the size of the bike that matters, but rather how you customize it. Nowhere will that simple truth be more evident than the first ever Snap Fabrications Camp Zero Mini Bike Show featuring Joe Mielke of Snap Fabrications during Anarchy Day.
Whether you’re a master fabricator or a self-deprecator, having Zero Fun and letting your freak flag fly is the name of the game. The show will have two classes– Coleman Powersports mini bikes, and all other things mini and two-wheeled. As long as it’s small in stature and big in character, give that puppy a pull-start and ride it on in for a little bit of fun.
Hosted by @Led Sled Customs @ Camp Zero
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
Registration: 2-3 p.m.
Judging: 3-5 p.m.
Awards: 5 p.m.
You can check out some of the rally’s coolest choppers, trackers, vintage rides and café sportsters during the Sportster Showdown.
Wall of Beer Stunt – 80 for the 80th
Brought to you by @SenaBluetooth @ Camp Zero
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Smashing through 80 6-packs for the 80th anniversary, local Unsung Zero threatens life and limb to savagely open your tall boys for you in this annual impaling of the beers. All you have do is show up and drink the sacrificial remains.
Hosted by Go Fast Don’t Die – @ CAMP ZERO
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.
Stick around after the Sportster Showdown for Anarchy Games hosted by @GoFastDontDie.
Show up on a bike. Roll a keg, race slow, twist off the line, catch some airtime and hold on tight. Sound like absolutely no fun? Then don’t show.
Gambler 500 Mini Bike Showdown Drags
Hosted by @Jason Lightner and @Coleman Powersports
Wednesday, Aug. 12 @ 4:00 p.m.
The champs will be separated from chumps once and for all during the Gambler 500 Mini Bike Showdown drags. Fly down the dragstrip and around obstacles and in the center of the Buffalo Chip amphitheater for a chance to get your mitts on big time prizes. You’ll need Buffalo Chip Admission Pass in order to see all the action. Grab yours here!
Just up the road at the Buffalo Chip CrossRoads, you’ll also find a ton of cool shit to do and see all week long that won’t cost you a dime.
Maybe you’ll find the part you’ve been looking to score at the Buffalo Chip Garage while you’re there.
And with 2 buck beers and 3 buck wells every day at the Big Engine Bar, you don’t have to be shy about rockin’ and rollin’ right along with the killer bands playing free music.
Motorcycles As Art
@ Buffalo Chip Events Center (Near the East Gate)
There’s also a cool event you can check out for free ninety free by hopping right across Alkali Rd to the Buffalo Chip, near the East Gate. The 2020 Motorcycles As Art Exhibit, Heavy Mettle, curated by Michael Lichter, will be droppin’ jaws Aug. 8-14 at the Buffalo Chip Event Center with a collection of customs from nearly 40 legendary builders who have each completed at least 20 custom builds or been in business for at least 20 years.
If you’re staying at CAMP ZERO, consider yourself part of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip family.
The Chip is the original biker-dedicated destination that brought together music and motorcycling during the rally. Since 1981, riders from around the world have flocked to this mecca of motorcycles, music, freedom and friendship.
Although it will cost you to enter the Chip, it is worth the dinero.
WORTH THE DINERO
Itchin’ to check out some of the bigger concerts? How about events like Old School Street Drags? Or anything else happening in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater for that matter?
Hop across the street and pick up a day pass. Then stumble back to finish out the festivities or pass out at CAMP ZERO.
Let’s ride, boogie, PARTY, Get Down and Dirty.
Start at ZERO. CAMP ZERO.