The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is going on right now – which reminds us to touch on motorcycle safety. First, be sure that you have the proper coverage on your ride before you hit the road. If you are unsure if you have the correct coverage, be sure to contact Miller-Schuring! Secondly, make sure that you are visible at all times. Making eye contact with drivers before turning or changing lanes assures that they know you are near. Lastly, ride in groups. A lone bike is much harder to see than a group of bikes. Generally speaking, there is safety in numbers!
Here are a few fun facts about the annual gathering:
- The rally is typically held for ten days at the beginning of August in Sturgis, South Dakota.
- In 1942, the annual rally was not held due to gasoline rationing.
- According to event organizers, less than half of the attendees actually ride their motorcycle to the rally (especially from Michigan – we can’t blame them!). Instead, many drive their campers and haul a trailer with their bikes in it. They will ride the last few miles to the rally.
- There have been numerous unsolved and mysterious deaths at the rally over the years.
- It is estimated that over $800 million is generated in South Dakota each rally.
If any of our clients are at the rally we send you wishes for a great time, and more importantly, safe travels! Send us pictures if you can!