As a biker, you probably wait all year for August to come around so that you can get to Sturgis. Whether you have a new bike or fresh ink to show off, you likely look forward to rolling into town for a party unlike no other.
Most of the motorcyclists at the Rally come from other states for the experience - whether it be the satisfaction of the journey, meeting hundreds of other bikers, checking out other bikes, sightseeing, attending concerts, playing poker or having a few drinks. While your goal is to have a good time during your visit to South Dakota, you should also focus on doing so safely, so you can return next year.
Three ways you can increase your safety during a motorcycle rally
Bikers have a reputation for being adventurous and carefree. No matter how you spend your time the rest of the year, you might feel like that describes you perfectly. However, no matter how badly you might want to be bold and daring while you are in Sturgis, you should understand and abide by the laws designed to ensure your safety during your ride.
Naturally, you should never ride if you are under the influence. Aside from being against the law, you likely agree that it is clearly unsafe and that it is not worth risking your or someone else's life, especially during a time designated to embrace the biker lifestyle.
Some of the other ways you can protect yourself from injury during the Rally include:
- Light it up. Your headlight, that is. Your bike must have at least one headlamp (but no more than two). If you want, you can use a modulating headlight during daytime hours.
- Wear a helmet. You already know the dangers associated with letting the wind flow freely through your hair. While a helmet is not legally required for riders age 18 and over, it is still in your best interest to wear one. The proper use of a helmet could be instrumental in saving your life - or dramatically lessening your injuries - during a crash.
- Stay in your lane. Regardless of how many bikes you share the road with, or whose is faster, you must exercise caution. Riding more than two abreast in a single lane is not only against the law, but could result in severe injuries to yourself and others.
No matter how you choose to spend your time at the Rally, being aware of the potential dangers around you could help keep you coming back for more in the years to come.
Unfortunately, in some cases, you could suffer injuries despite your efforts to protect yourself. But, if another biker's negligence causes you harm, you have the right to hold him/her accountable.