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Sturgis Rally-Goers Stop In Sioux Falls

August 2, 2008, 10:37 PM by Breanna Roy

Sturgis Rally-Goers Stop In Sioux Falls
Sturgis isn't the only South Dakota city seeing heavy motorcycle traffic this week.
Bikers from near and far are stopping in Sioux Falls before the final 370-mile stretch across the state to Sturgis for the motorcycle rally. 

While some are in a hurry to get there, others, like Bob Johnston, are anxious to rest. 

"Get a hot shower and good bed. Relax," Johnston said. 

Johnston and his crew of four left eastern Wisconsin this morning. Some 500 miles later, they've put the kickstands down in Sioux Falls for the night. 

"We're going to get in our rooms and get cleaned up a little bit and go find somethin’ to eat and after that we just play it by ear after that." 

Perhaps they'll head across the street to the Red Eye Bar. Bar manager Jesse Wilson says about one third of their early-August business comes from bikers on their way to Sturgis. 

"It definitely makes a nice boost," Wilson said. "Makes fun for a week. Have to order a few extra cases of all the populars." 

The J & L Harley-Davidson sees a business increase, too. Bikers glide right off Interstate 90 to stop for a few hours, or a few minutes.

"There are those hard riders who'll, you know, once they reach this point they figure, 'hey, we're in South Dakota, let's go all the way,' not realizing it's a little bit of a distance," J & L parts manager Joe Entenman said. 

But for riders like Johnston, Sioux Falls is a good stopping point. 

"What I know about it, it's a nice enough town," he said. 

Whether it's just a quick stop to stretch their legs or an extended stay with a night on the town, businesses in Sioux Falls open their doors to Sturgis bikers every year.

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