CC at Sturgis

This is a discussion on CC at Sturgis within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by BikerRN AVOID STURGIS!!! It's not like it used to be, and is just a show for the RUB's and tourist. Biker +1. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerRN View Post
    AVOID STURGIS!!!
    It's not like it used to be, and is just a show for the RUB's and tourist.
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    +1. Used to be a time I wished more folks would ride. I was wrong bad idea
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    Yep... I got kicked off of a gold mine tour in Deadwood. They said they were established in XXXX year... and I asked, wasn't that like 8 yrs before any whites were allowed in the area..... and the Indians were claiming whites were mining gold here illegally and against the treaties... and isn't that the reason behind the wars that happened as a result.

    "hey buddy... you are going to have to leave and we're going to escort you out now".

    No joke. Guess the truth .... bothered them.

    The place where Wild Bill got shot, was just a empty place when I was there last. Cool to see it and the painting on the floor of the once saloon. Also went to his grave site..... do you think he really wanted Calamity Jane buried next to him ? LOL.

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    My dilemma now is where to stash the gun during those times I can't carry (periods of adult beverage consumption for one).
    We'll be tent camping, don't want to leave it rolled up in my sleeping bag. Since I ride a Metric I do have a locking side cover that my PT145 should fit into if I relocate the tool pouch.
    I'm a child of the 60's, but I got over it.

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    I have ridden out to Sturgis 6 or 7 times over the last ten years, usually alone, and always without a gun, as I didn't carry back then. Never having seen the place before '98 or so, I couldn't tell you what it was once like from personal experience. It's definately a place where you'll find trouble if youre looking for it, but the people are generally decent, and I never once had any kind of problem. The clubs have all been 'exiled' to the campgrounds out of town years ago, so you won't have to worry about them. The other people posting in this thread are right; you will see lots of Pretend Bikers with shiny new leathers and $50k choppers, lots of new Winnebagos, and a whole lot of wee-wee measuring....most of Sturgis during the rally can be described as a flea market for Harley parts, cheap biker trinkets, and cheesy tattoo parlors.

    I'd usually go for 2 or 3 days, stay in a tent, and spend a lot of time riding, seeing the sights, and eating the overpriced, greasy food that's all over the place there. I've probably been to all the places mentioned in this thread, more than once, and spent many a hot August day tooling along the deserted county roads in outstate SD, ND, and MN.

    I would stay clear of the bars, though, and stay out of the downtown area at night....Sturgis is NOT a place where I would go to do any drinking. Also, the LEOs are decent, but they will not hesitate to jam you up if you make any kind of trouble for them...I have literally seen people picked up off their bike and carried away by a group of LEOs before. Just be careful, and you'll have a great time.

    Be sure to check out Wall Drug in the town of Wall (tourist trap, but I still stopped there every year), the Badlands National Park, and the car museum in the town of Murdo, if you get a chance.

    This thread makes me wish I were going this year.
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    I have been to Sturgis about 10 times...never had a problem. Do NOT forget to take route 16A (Near Mt.Rushmore). A Beautiful road! Takes in Needles, also. Sisco...how's about leaving your piece with the owners of the campground if'n you're gonna stop at some watering holes?

    The "action" in the town does suck after about three hours, but the surrounding areas are breath-taking! Take the time to climb Bear Butte.

    Don't forget to put BOTH FEET on the ground when at a stop! That seems to be their interpretation of a "A full and legal stop".

    I'll be camping at Days End, July31-Aug6th. Stop by for a cold one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisco View Post
    My dilemma now is where to stash the gun during those times I can't carry (periods of adult beverage consumption for one).
    We'll be tent camping, don't want to leave it rolled up in my sleeping bag. Since I ride a Metric I do have a locking side cover that my PT145 should fit into if I relocate the tool pouch.
    Leave the pistol home. Buy a 1/2" drive 6" Craftsman wrachet to aid in tuning your bike.

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    My last trip was 2000, rode all over that country in the day time and since I was staying in a tent at Glenco, I never found a reason to leave at night. I stayed 6 days

    Pulled into Glenco campground around 4:OO pm after a night stay over in Denver. I was road weary after the 1400 mile trip in two days.

    When I rode in ,a sight for sore eyes was standing by the rode , inside the camp She was wearing nothing but a thong and flipflops.

    She handed me a open COLD beer and said "Welcome to Sturgis".

    She then finished crossing the road and went to her camp site and I rode onwards toward mine, after finishing the refreshment.

    Everyone at my campsite had at least 10 years on bikes. most of us had 15-30 years and there wasn;t a RUB around us.

    Good friends, Good times, No problems and everyone was carrying.

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    She's still there, Beans. I talked with her a while last year! LOL

    She wasn't packing anything as far as I could tell.

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    Glenco huh?
    I'm a child of the 60's, but I got over it.

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    +1 to what T Bone says on the sights and routes. There are some nice roads to ride (see this for the canyon route between Spearfish and Deadwood) and anywhere near Keystone and Needles.

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    All those roads are there year round they are more fun and look a lot better not clogged up with packs of RUB and wanna bees.
    Abort the Obamanation not the Constitution

    Those who would, deny, require permit, license, certification, or authorization for me to bear arms are as vile, dangerous & evil as those who would molest, abuse, assault, rape or murder my family

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