Bike Show Capital of the World

Press Release

Nine Free Bike Shows

The motorcycle is king at The Best Party Anywhere!®

Sturgis, SD – – Flashy chrome, crazy customization, new-tech engineering and old-school horsepower will all be on display at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® in August when eight distinct bike shows make the venue the “Bike Show Capital of the World.” The motorcycle shows, scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 4 – Friday, Aug. 10, will feature the world’s most eye-popping machines on 2 or 3 wheels. Participants in most shows have the opportunity to win prizes ranging from cold, hard cash and custom trophies to full features in national magazines. The bike shows, all slated to present various makes, models and customized styles, are open and free for public viewing. Find more information at


Saturday, Aug. 4 – Friday, Aug. 10

Buffalo Chip’s Motorcycles As Art, Curated by Michael Lichter

Buffalo Chip Events Center near the East Gate, Free and open to the public – 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

For the tenth year, this museum-quality exhibit curated by world-famous photographer Michael Lichter will feature the works of more than 40 builders and artists who have built and created works especially for this show. The 2018 theme is “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery.” All builders support themselves by other means, yet they all build professional quality custom motorcycles outside of a professional workplace.


Saturday, Aug. 4

Buffalo Chip School’s Out Chopper Show Presented by Haul Bikes

CrossRoads – 12-2 p.m. Registration, 3 p.m. Judging, 4 p.m. Awards

Bring your stretched beauty in and compete in three classes: best old school, best new school and judges’ choice. Prizes include $500 from Johnny Mac’s House of Choppers and $250 Strip Club Chopper gift certificate. Meet the judges, stars of HISTORY Channel’s “Counting Cars” Shannon Aikau, Ryan Evans and “Horny Mike.”


Sunday, Aug. 5

The FXR Show & Dyna Mixer

CrossRoads – 9:30 a.m. Registration, 11 a.m. Show Starts, 2 p.m. Awards

The 6th annual FXR Show and Dyna Mixer is a unique social opportunity to hang out and talk motorcycles. There are no trophies, just a bunch of friends hanging out and having fun. Winners receive great prizes from some of the biggest names in the industry. All donations, raffle and t-shirt proceeds benefit Lifescape of SD, formerly known as Children’s Care Hospital and School of SD.


Monday, Aug. 6

Full Throttle Florida Magazine Bike Show    

CrossRoads – 12 p.m. Registration, 5 p.m. Awards, Registration $20 per class

This 10-class, ride-in show offers awards for 1st and 2nd place in each class, plus “Best in Show” and “Judges Choice” awards. A special custom trophy will be awarded to the “Best of Show” winner.


Tuesday, Aug. 7

Sportster Showdown presented by Led Sled Customs and Biltwell Inc.

Buffalo Chip Gardens near the East Gate – 2 p.m. Registration, 5 p.m. Awards

Sportster fans are encouraged to enter their bike for free and get ready for some crazy good fun. Awards are presented in five categories including “Best of Show,” which will be presented on the Wolfman Jack Stage later that night.


Women and WheelsTM  Bike Show Presented by the Wild Gypsy Tour

CrossRoads – 8 a.m. Registration, 10 a.m. Judging, Noon Awards at Biker Belles Luncheon at The Lodge at Deadwood

All women with a hot ride are encouraged to enter this free show ‘n’ shine. Winners will receive bragging rights and awards. All are invited to stop by and ogle the machinery.

Three-DomTM Trike Show Presented by First Gold Gaming Resort and

CrossRoads – 12-2 p.m. Registration, 4 p.m. Awards

The ultimate trike show is free, and three-wheel lovers will find friends ready to share the love. Awards and prizes will be presented in five classes: OEM, custom, conversion, sidecar and people’s choice.


Wednesday, Aug. 8

World’s Sexiest Bagger Bike Show Presented by Strip Club Choppers, “American Bagger Magazine,” “Urban Bagger Magazine” and Twisted Tea

CrossRoads – 12-3 p.m. Registration, 5 p.m. Judging

One of the most alluring bike shows to set up shop during the Sturgis Rally. A top prize of $500 cash from Strip Club Choppers and Twisted Tea and a $500 gift certificate from American Suspension are up for grabs. The best of show winner will be featured in “American Bagger” and “Urban Bagger” magazines.


Thursday, Aug. 9

World Famous Big Daddy Rat Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show 30th Anniversary in Sturgis

CrossRoads – 12-2 p.m. Registration, 4 p.m. Awards

The granddaddy of them all, this show was started in 1937 by Karl “Big Daddy Rat” Smith. The Rat’s Hole Custom Show is now a world-famous biker tradition with 14 classes and some very cool prizes and nearly 60 custom sculpted trophies. The Best of Show winner will receive a free trip to the Swiss Custom – Customizing and Tuning Show in Zurich, Switzerland. Those interested in entering their bikes may do so in advance at


More info about the bike shows at the Buffalo Chip can be found at



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 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 six 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 and races are free with camping. The 2018 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery” 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

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