News from the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally
This major event continues its perfect record without an incident -pretty amazing considering the 2010 event had 800+ motorcycles participating. Riders will enjoy the classic South Dakota landscape as the ride departs Ellsworth AFB and winds its way through the beautiful Black Hills via Vanocker Canyon to arrive in Sturgis - all under police motorcycle escort.
The Dakota Thunder Motorcycle Club works closely with the 28th Bomb Wing, the City of Sturgis and the SD National Guard to promote safety, mentorship and use of personal protective equipment during the "spin-up" to the annual Dakota Thunder Motorcycle Run. Prior to the ride, participants are able to tour a B-1 and get photos taken; this is a thrill worth doing on its own, but is only the beginning of an activity that continues to build. The ride begins with a blessing of the bikes, then riders start their engines and literally get to ride down the Ellsworth AFB runway – something not done at any other Air Force Base or Military Facility.The Sturgis Mayor, Air Force and SD National Guard leaders all spearhead a tribute to a decorated war veteran at the Mayor’s Hospitality Tent. This short celebration allows all to reflect on the sacrifices that military members have made while protecting the freedoms of this great country.Clearly, the highlight of an already amazing day is the Main Street moment of silence in honor of our military. The street becomes eerily silent as motorcycle engines are shut down and traffic is frozen as riders from around the world watch a B-1 fly-over of legendary Sturgis Main Street at 11:45am. (Please note that the advertised time of the fly-over has been changed from 3pm to 11:45am)