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WORDS AND PHOTOS: JEFF G. HOLT

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WORDS AND PHOTOS: JEFF G. HOLT

Dave Weinhold

'04 H-D Ultra Classic

This was Dave's fist time at Sturgis and he plans on making the pilgrimage every year. Dave likes meeting various people and checking out all the different kinds of bikes that this event brings.

Clay and Stormy Gilmore

This is also this couple's first year at Sturgis.

The funny thing is they really didn't have any intention of coming. They just woke up one morning, threw some clothes in their bags and rode to the Black Hills Rally. Once they got there, they hooked up a camping spot and had a great little vacation.

Stan and Jan Southerlin

'07 H-D Fatboy

This couple has only been making the trip to the Black Hills Rally for two years now, but with ail the sites to be seen as well as the hundreds of miles of highway to explore, they plan on coming back for the third year in 2011. They love the variety of riding and the weather that Sturgis has to offer.

Dave Weinhold

'04 H-D Ultra Classic

This was Dave's fist time at Sturgis and he plans on making the pilgrimage every year. Dave likes meeting various people and checking out all the different kinds of bikes that this event brings.

Clay and Stormy Gilmore

This is also this couple's first year at Sturgis.

The funny thing is they really didn't have any intention of coming. They just woke up one morning, threw some clothes in their bags and rode to the Black Hills Rally. Once they got there, they hooked up a camping spot and had a great little vacation.

Stan and Jan Southerlin

'07 H-D Fatboy

This couple has only been making the trip to the Black Hills Rally for two years now, but with ail the sites to be seen as well as the hundreds of miles of highway to explore, they plan on coming back for the third year in 2011. They love the variety of riding and the weather that Sturgis has to offer.

Little did Clarence "Pappy" Hoel or the rest of the Jackpine Gypsies motorcycle club know back in 1938 that they started the Mecca of motorcycle rallies. Never in a gazillion years did those fine gents ever think that some seven decades later the 2010 Black Hills Motorcycle Rally was going to be one for the record books.

When we hit the Sturgis county line we immediately noticed that there were many more riders and onlookers than in the past few years. We asked the powers that be about the large crowds, and never got a concise number of just how many people attended this year's rally. None theless, the keen minds at HOT BIKE did determine by the hundreds of thousands smiling faces and thundering din of thousands of V-twins shouting with glee that the 70th year of Sturgis had to be the largest in quite some time.

Delving further into the rally, we hit up the usual spots and found them all to be jam-packed with cold beer, hot ladies, and a ton of vendors hawking their various wares. It seemed as if everything that a biker could need was on hand at every street corner.

People don't just come to consume at Sturgis, there are plenty of riders who love to give back as well. Tons of folks rode in charity events such as the Legends Ride, which

70th Anniversary

Jenny Rae

'03 H-D Sportster

Jenny now lives in Sturgis after deciding that she wanted to move here last year, sight unseen. She bought the Sporty, packed her belongings, and is now living the single life in the Black Hills. She loves the rally because she can ride with and meet new people from all over the world. "My life is one big adventure," she told us.

Drew Bernhardt

'10 H-D Street Glide

This is Drew's fourth year attending Sturgis and he travels down from the Great White North with a posse of his pals all on H-D baggers. He plans on attending every year until the day he dies, which we think is going to be a mighty long time. When we asked him what his favorite thing about Sturgis and the Black Hills rally was, he simply replied; "It's the party man!" Amen to that brother!

benefited the Black Hills Children's home. The ride featured large group of do-gooders looking to give back to the local community, a cast of motorcycling's best and brightest builders, and even Pee Wee Herman made the scene.

For those who wanted to check out what bikes the New Year will bring, Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Can Am, and Victory had fleets of test bikes to ride and enjoy.

The next day we cruised out of town to the Full Throttle Saloon and threw back a few coldies while talking with friendly rally-goers who were more than pumped on being part of some good old reality TV filming. After trying to get our own 15 minutes of fame, we shoved off to the Broken Spoke campground to check out the daily hijinks by the outdoor pool. If you haven't ever bore witness to what goes down both in and out of this body of water, you need to get

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