How to Stay Safe at Sturgis
The biggest event of riding season and the celebration every motorcycle enthusiast looks forward to is almost here. But as you look to leave home, make sure you’re staying safe so you can make it back at the end of Rally week. Get our best tips and take the right precautions for your safest Sturgis ever.
PREP YOUR BIKE
Before you leave, make sure your bike is ready to travel. Now is a great time to conduct a basic T-CLOCS inspection, checking your tires, lights, oil and fluids, chassis and stands. It’s also the right time to make sure you’ve got proper saddlebags and other gear to pack your bike and keep it balanced.
Download a T-CLOCS checklist to get started, or watch motorcycle maintenance videos for a helpful overview of how to prep your bike.
Being prepared might be one of your best bets in staying safe. Whether you’re cruising to and from Sturgis or joining in on the rides during the Rally, you should put more thought into prepping.
Plan your rest stops so you’re taking frequent breaks off the bike. And make sure you plan your riding routes. Though South Dakota may be known for its rolling prairies, the Black Hills are another story. Expect hairpin turns, pigtail bridges, blind curves and heavy traffic.