Ride to Sturgis

sturgis-rallyAmerican Iron Magazine is partnering up with Motorcycle Rides & Culture and Indian Motorcycle for an all-brands motorcycle ride from Anamosa, IA to Sturgis, SD.

This all-brands motorcycle ride is free and open to all riders of all makes, models and years of motorcycles. American Iron Magazine publisher Buzz Kanter plans to ride out on his 1947 flathead Indian Chief that he has owned and ridden for more than 20 years. The crew from American Iron Magazine will have a support/chase vehicle with spare gasoline, ramps and tie-downs “just in case” but we hope not to need it.

FREE WELCOME RECEPTION. The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA is hosting a free reception dinner and admission to the museum for all riders the afternoon and evening of Thursday, July 30.

This ride was created to celebrate the 75th Sturgis Black Hills Rally that started out as an Indian event. To honor those Indian motorcycle enthusiasts who started this event we ask for riders of all-year Indian motorcycles to lead our ride, and riders of other brands to follow. Riders are encouraged to ride as long or as little as they wish. Some will ride with us the entire way to Sturgis, others for an hour or two. And all are welcome.

DAY ONE. All riders depart at 9 am from the National Motorcycle Museum. The ride will cover about 290 backroad miles (mostly on Rt 18 West). We end the day in Spencer, IA and encourage all riders to make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

DAY TWO. We leave from Spencer, IA at 9 am and ride roughly 270 back road miles to Winner, SD. This town has the most hotel rooms in the area, but many of the hotels and motels there are already sold out to other Sturgis-bound riders. So please make your sleeping arrangements ASAP.

DAY THREE. We leave from Winner, SD at 8:30 am and ride about 315 backroad miles into Sturgis, SD and end with a welcome reception and party at the Indian of Sturgis dealership in downtown Sturgis around 3:30 to 4:30 pm. We plan to meet up there with the riders from the Ross “Kiwi Indian” Tomas Memorial ride coming in from Riverside, CA.

IN STURGIS: If you love Indians and classic motorcycles make sure to get to the Buffalo Chip on Tuesday, August 4th for the free Indian Motorcycle & Classic American Iron BLack Hills Rally. The event is free to all to attend and free to register your Indian (any year) or pre-1984 classic American motorcycle. There will be a judged bike show, with some of the motorcycles to be photographed and featured in the pages of American Iron Magazine, American Iron Garage or Motorcycle Rides & Culture magazine. And there will be field events, including Slow Race, Just For Kicks, Plank Ride, and Balloon Toss. All free of course. This event is free thanks to the sponsorship of our lead sponsor – Indian Motorcycle, and additional support by Heather’s Leathers, Sturgis Vintage Cycles, Jerry Greer Engineering and Kiwi Indian. In addition the bike show is sponsored by Dennis Kirk.