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March 9, 2018
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How to Do Sturgis Vol. 2 – Answers to First-Timer Questions About Planning Their Trip

Albert Einstein once said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” Anyone who’s ever been a Sturgis first-timer probably relates to this sentiment. Once you’ve made the commitment to come and have decided where you’re staying, you realize there’s still so much left to figure out. What will the weather be like? What should I pack? Find the answers to these and many others first timers have in this article.

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Special Prices Ending

A whale of an announcement is coming on March 15th, and when it hits, you won’t be able to miss it. But before that boulder drops, you’ll want to take advantage of the current low prices at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, which end on March 14th at 5 pm MT. Prices will never be lower than they are right now, so don’t wait! Reserve your passes now!

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Two Killer Artists Added to Buffalo Chip Lineup!

Power comes packed in pairs, and nowhere can this be seen better than in the Buffalo Chip’s two latest announcements. Lita Ford joins the lineup alongside Kid Rock on Thursday, Aug. 9, and Yelawolf was just paired with John Kay & Steppenwolf on Friday, Aug. 10. Both nights are going to be a howling good time, and you need to be there. The current low prices end on March 14th at 5 pm, so reserve your passes now!

See the lineup so far!

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“Passion Built” Exhibit Brings Custom Bikes Out of the Garage and into the Gallery

What kinds of custom motorcycles and art can be created from pure passion and love of the machine? You’ll find out when you experience the stunning collection of masterpieces curated by Michael Lichter for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® 2018 Motorcycles As Art™ Exhibition, “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery.” Get to know the works of a diverse group of over 40 custom builders and artists who create professional-quality custom motorcycles outside of a professional workplace during their free time!

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Meet the Industry’s Finest While Raising Money for Charity

Kick start your trip to the Sturgis Rally by rubbing elbows with custom builders from around the world at the Flying Piston Breakfast Benefit. This exclusive event will allow you to fill up your tank with a hearty catered breakfast meal next the builders who will be displaying custom motorcycles in this year’s Motorcycles As Art exhibit, Passion Built, curated by Michael Lichter. And best of all, it’s for charity!

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World Champion Knife & Ax Throwing Coming to CrossRoads

Blade Aces are bringing the first-ever Knife & Ax Throwing Championships to the Buffalo Chip, and it’s something you have to see to believe! This team is operated by the world’s highest ranked knife-throwing couple, eleven-time world champion Melody Cuenca and her husband TJ. They, along with several other world champions, will be hosting four major events and daily classes for aspiring knife and ax throwers at the Buffalo Chip’s free access CrossRoads area.

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Donnie Smith Show: The Coolest Custom Motorcycles and Cars

Living in the Midwest over the winter definitely comes with its fair share of drawbacks if you’re a motorcycle or car enthusiast. But each year when the world starts to thaw, the Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show more than makes up for lost time. As the 2018 event approaches, take a look back the customs that rose to the top with these highlights from last year’s show.

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Win a Trip to Laconia Motorcycle Week!

Laconia Motorcycle Week is celebrating its 95th anniversary this June, and if you play your cards right, you could be heading to this historic event for free! Take 30 seconds to sign up, and you could win a 3-night stay at Steele Hill Resorts, a VIP Package from the Laconia Roadhouse, traveling cash, riding apparel, a 95th anniversary Laconia riding vest from Hot Leathers, a Sturgis Buffalo Chip Epiphone Guitar, 1 year subscription to Cycle Source Magazine and a custom-engraved Jack Daniels barrel top.

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How to Do Sturgis Vol. 1 – Answers to First-Timer Questions About Navigating through the Black Hills

After years of dreaming and scheming, you’re finally doing it. You’ve decided this is the year to embark on a journey you’ve heard will be the greatest adventure of your life—you’re taking a trip to Sturgis! But now that you’re excited and all your Facebook buddies are jealous, questions start swirling through you head. What are the local motorcycle laws? Do I need a helmet? HOW DO I GET TO MOUNT RUSHMORE?! Find the answers to these and many others first timers have in this article.

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Hollywood and Motorcycle Celebrities Come Out for Buffalo Chip®’s 10th Anniversary Legends Ride® to Benefit Charities

Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars and motorcycling’s top industry leaders will hit the road with riders at the 2017 Legends Ride presented by GEICO Motorcycle, and meet and mingle with a select few at a special lunch.  

Sturgis, SD (June 20, 2017) – Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars will be joining the Buffalo Chip’s milestone 10th Anniversary 2017 Legends Ride and entertaining guests at the Legends Lunch in Deadwood, S.D. on Monday, Aug. 7, making the events two of the hottest tickets of the rally. In addition to having long been known as the place to catch celebrities as they mingle with riders, this signature Buffalo Chip charity event also generates significant funds with 100 percent of rider fees donated to South Dakota Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The 10th Anniversary, 165 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider customized by S&S Cycle and other unique items will be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride on Deadwood Main Street shortly before the ride departs. The addition of the separately ticketed five-course Legends Lunch at Deadwood’s Franklin Hotel’s Legends Restaurant has added an opportunity for some real face-to-face time with celebrities in an intimate setting. Proceeds from the 2017 lunch will be donated to the Infinite Hero Foundation and the Sgt. Colton Levi Derr Foundation.

The Stars Come Out


Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-Winning actor Tom Berenger will be joining the ride as honorary Ride Captain and taking a seat with a few lucky riders at the elite Legends Lunch. Berenger has starred in a long list of Hollywood’s biggest hit movies and TV shows, and is most well-known for his roles in “Platoon,” “Major League,” “The Hatfield’s & McCoys,” “Inception,” “Sniper,” “Training Day” and “The Big Chill.” Berenger also stars in the movie “American Dresser,” which was partially filmed at the Buffalo Chip and is set to be released in theaters this summer.Tom Berenger Major League Tom Berenger Hatfields _ McCoys Tom Berenger Hatfields _ McCoys 2 Tom Berenger Emmy Award Tom Berenger - Platoon

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician Pat Simmons of The Doobie Brothers will be enjoying the five-course meal and chatting with the limited few who purchase Legends Lunch tickets. Simmons wrote “Black Water,” the first of a long string of the band’s hits that includes “What a Fool Believes,” “Real Love,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “The Doctor,” “China Grove,” “Jesus is Just Alright,” “Listen the Music,” “Minute By Minute,” and many more. He may also be seen at the Legends Ride auction on Deadwood’s Main Street.

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Screen writer, actor and producer Carmine Cangialosi will be hanging out and riding through the Black Hills with Legends riders and will also be making new friends at the Legends Lunch. He wrote and has a starring role in the new movie “American Dresser.”

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Actor Zahn McClarnon, best known for his roles as Hanzee Dent in the TV series “Fargo” and as Tribal Police Chief Mathias in the TV series “Longmire,” will also join Legends Riders. McClarnon has also appeared in “Into the West,” “Timeless,” AMC’s “The Son” and many more.

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Famed custom bike builder and freestyle motocross racer Carey Hart will help lead the ride. He has competed in the Gravity Games and picked up several gold and silver medals in the X Games. He was featured in the A&E show “Inked,” hosted the X Games for ABC, was a cast member on the VH1 reality show “The Surreal Life,” and appeared in the movie “Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.” He competed in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and has been featured in nationwide ad campaigns for Ford Motor Company, Dunkin’ Donuts and Mountain Dew. He is married to singer Pink.

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The Reasons Behind the Ride and Lunch

In an effort to help create a permanent athlete training facility for Special Olympians in the Black Hills, $100,000 in future Legends Ride fees have been pledged to renovate an existing facility to meet the growing needs of the organization. The 127 Special Olympians who are members of the “Rapid City Flame” team have been training in various borrowed locations over the past few years, but they are in need of a facility that will offer team members a sense of permanence and accomplishment. For several years, Legends Ride contributions were used to purchase a van to transport participants to practices and events; now the need for a facility is a priority. The Ride proceeds are split with the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and dedicated for future expansion. Proceeds from the Lunch will benefit the Infinite Hero Foundation and the Sgt Colton Levi Derr Foundation. This local charity is dedicated to assisting returning soldiers and suicide prevention. Sgt. Derr, a Sturgis, S.D. native, took his own life after completing over 500 combat missions.

The Schedule

10:30 a.m. – Bike Parking begins for Legends Lunch attendees

11 a.m. – Bike Parking Begins for Legends riders

2 p.m. – Auction on Deadwood’s Main Street

The 10th Anniversary, 165-170 horsepower performance-styled Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider customized by S&S Cycle and other unique items to be auctioned in support of the Legends Ride

Special Olympics Team is on hand to cheer on the riders and auction participants

2:50 p.m. – Group Photo

3 p.m. – Ride departs Deadwood

5 p.m. – Ride arrives at the Buffalo Chip Big Engine Bar at the CrossRoads, near the west gate, for a catered reception

7:15 p.m. Concerts begin in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater

Multiple Grammy Award-winning band, The Doobie Brothers, Jjmmie Bratcher and a band to be announced this Thursday will take the main stage


High Profile Event

The Legends Ride is truly iconic. Its high-profile celebrity appeal has been featured on CMT, the National Geographic Channel, the Tonight Show, FX Network and the Travel Channel, as well as in countless print, online and newspaper articles.

Those wishing to meet, ride and party with the stars, all while raising money for worthwhile charities, may contribute and participate in the 2017 Legends Ride by going to LegendsRide.com or calling 605-347-9000. Those wishing to be served a five-course meal complete with wine and cocktails, premium motorcycle parking and personal time with the stars at the Legends Lunch may call 605-347-9000. Tickets for the Legends Lunch are $625 per person and are limited to the first 22 people to make reservations.


The Sturgis Buffalo Chip History of Giving

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. To date the Buffalo Chip has donated nearly $600,000 to deserving charitable organizations including Black Hills Special Olympics, Black Hills Children’s Home, Sky Ranch for Boys, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, Combat Wounded Coalition, America’s Mighty Warriors, Lakota Heritage and educational scholarships through the Buffalo Chip Challenge program. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

About the Legends Ride

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride is dedicated to bringing rally goers together to raise significant funds for local charities. Having raised over $480,000 for charity since its inception in 2008, the Legends Ride has played host to some of the biggest names in television, film, music and motorcycling, along with riders from all corners of the world.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.