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Women of The Wild Gypsy Tour

The rumblings have been present for some time now: there is a pack of wild women returning to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip for a moto culture event like no other.

The Wild Gypsy Tour is the first event of its kind in women’s motorcycling. It creates a place for women riders to combine the freedom of the past with the untapped spirit of the future at The Best Party Anywhere® during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The women who are leading the pack are as unique as the areas from which they hail. And they have created a no-pressure space for women riders to feel welcome and comfortable in the motorcycle culture. The Wild Gypsy Tour is encouraging participation in the riding lifestyle and bridging the cultural and generational gap among riders by generating authentic experiences for a new audience of two-wheel enthusiasts.

This epic event features a private camping compound, live entertainment, exclusive moto-related classes taught by industry experts and women-led group rides to iconic Black Hills landmarks. The Buffalo Chip’s activities and entertainment, including American Flat Track racing and the rally’s top concerts, are included for participants.

For 2019, the Wild Gypsy Tour curates an original happening uniting women from all corners of the globe who share the common desire to ride, live, learn, and have fun in a revolutionary twist to kicking off the world’s largest motorcycle rally!

Festival admission includes:

  • Admission to the Wild Gypsy Tour festival, Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground, and Biker Belles® event. A 3-for-1 deal!
  • Private glamping in the Patriot Pavilion accessible to WGT guests only, which includes furnished gypsy tents
  • Admission to American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT race
  • VIP access to the Gypsy Wine Club at the SpeakEasy
  • Special access to the Women & Wheels Bike Show™
  • Nightly concerts from headlining bands at the Chip’s main stage and private concerts at the 100-year-old barn inside the WGT section!
  • Group rides through the Black Hills, Badlands, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse, Spearfish Canyon, Mt Rushmore, Deadwood, Devils Tower and more
  • Exclusive industry-led classes (Basic Motorcycle Maintenance, Pinstriping, Welding and more.)
  • VIP Gypsy Bazaar Lounge that includes movies under the stars, tarot and palm readings, and other summer camp activities
  • CrossRoads village that includes vendors and various side shows

 

To get more information, visit WildGypsyTour.com or follow @wildgypsytour on Instagram.

About The Wild Gypsy Tour

The Wild Gypsy Tour continues to make history by hosting an all-women's motorcycle festival and campout at the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip! This is an event for the unbridled spirit, the ones looking for a place to belong and live freely. It combines the freedom of the past with the untapped spirit of the future. Come take part in an original experience that unites women from all corners of the globe with the common desire to ride, live, learn, and have fun.

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Plan and Execute Safe and Successful Group Rides

Riding with a group can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have on a motorcycle. The fun of sharing an adventure with a bunch of friends or a group raising money for a good cause is the reason why big ride events like the Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride® and Biker Belles® ride and groups like the Wild Gypsy Tour grow every year.

If you just can’t wait for your own favorite group ride, or you’ve got a cause you’d like to support, you can always organize your own. And the first step is learning how to keep your riders safe.

These group riding tips compiled by Road Guardians will help you do just that by lining out a helpful list of details to arrange and communicate.

PLANNING YOUR GROUP RIDE

1. Choose a route that meets your riders at their skill level.

Everyone loves a route with some curves and hills, but one with hairpin curves or significant uphill right hands turns can be a challenge even for experienced riders.

2. Minimize the number of left-hand turns and intersections you need to go through.

This will minimize the danger of crossing traffic and help keep your group together.

3. Plan to stop every hour or so.

Riders will want the chance to eat, drink, stretch their legs and use restrooms.

When you’re out on the road, finding a good place to stop doesn’t have to be a guessing game. Find rider-recommended businesses along your route with the Sturgis Rider Friendly Establishments™ mobile app!

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4. Account for a gas stop every 90-100 miles.

Plan your stops ahead of time. If you’re riding beautiful roads like those in the Black Hills, it can be easy to get so caught up in the scenery that you end up draining your reserves.

5. Keep your groups small enough to get through intersections together if possible.

This requires enough experienced riders to help at both the front and back of each group in case you get split up.

EXECUTING YOUR GROUP RIDE

1. Communicate all important ride details with your riders.

Provide maps or directions for the route, times you will be at each location, planned gas stops and your phone number.

2. Ask riders to arrive with a full tank of gas and an empty bladder.

3. Instruct your group on group riding hand signals and staggered riding.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation provides some excellent group riding tips that can be handed out to riders and/or sent to them ahead of time. Check out this Motorcycle Safety Foundation video and this chart of hand signals

4. Assign a group leader to give pre-ride instructions.

5. Find at least one qualified person, or preferably two people, to take up the rear—the “sweep.”

Sweeps should be familiar with the route and should have tools for minor breakdown assistance, a cell phone to call for help if needed and Accident Scene Management (ASM) training and supplies in the event a person needs medical assistance.

The reason for two people at the back is so one can help while the other continues with the group. In the event it appears there is something more serious happening, having two sweeps allows one to assist while the other person goes for help.

6. When circumstances call for it, arrange for a chase vehicle.

A chase vehicle is a great way to bring along extra water, medical supplies and tools without having to weigh down your bikes. Often this vehicle will also be pulling a trailer.

Instruct the driver of the chase vehicle to maintain a safe distance from the back of the riders and put their flashers on. This person may need to stop for more traffic signals than the rest of the group but will come upon anyone who has pulled over needing assistance.

7. Record the information of riders with medical conditions.

Inform riders that if they have a medical condition that could need attention, they should let the sweep know. The sweep should be prepared to record the person’s name, emergency contact, bike model, license plate and medical condition. This can be done at registration as well, saving time at the rendezvous sight. Encouraging all riders to have an emergency contact card with their driver’s license is also a great way to communicate important information.

8. Establish a system of communication between the front and back of the pack.

Bluetooth headsets, smart helmets and even CB radios are great options to keep the lines of communication open. Whatever system you use, be sure to test it before you get out on the road.

9. Be patient with new riders.

New riders often want to ride in the back and maintain an excessive distance between themselves and the person in front of them. While this creates an issue with traffic wanting to cut through or into the pack, pushing the new rider to ride beyond their comfort zone is not typically a good idea either, so be patient!

Make sure the sweep is behind everyone, and help this person have a positive and safe experience.

PARTICIPATING IN A GROUP RIDE

Want to know the dos and don’ts of participating in a group ride?

Check out Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Guide to Group Riding and the Sturgis Rider News Blog article 8 Group Motorcycle Riding Tips Everyone Must Learn.

Presented by Road Guardians

Accident Scene Management (ASM), established in 1996, is leading the way in Motorcycle Trauma First Response. ASM is the largest motorcycle trauma training organization in the world! We teach both bystanders and professional rescuers what to do in order to prevent further injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists when a crash occurs. 

Learn more at RoadGuardians.org.

 

Rick Fairless’ Favorite Ride

I have ridden motorcycles all over this fine country of ours. If I had to pick my favorite place that I have ever ridden, I would have to say that place would be the Black Hills of South Dakota. I’ve been to the Black Hills (Sturgis) Rally for 27 years in a row, and there’s something that draws me back, year after year. I can’t quite tell you what it is, but I’ll try!

The Black Hills Rally is what motorcycling is all about to me. If God created the world to revolve around motorcycles what would it be like? It would be the Black Hills Rally every August! For one week a year I get to escape to a happy place with hundreds of thousands of knuckleheads just like me! It’s wonderful. Kinda scary, but wonderful. Ya see, the Black Hills is a sacred place for motorcycle riders from all over, and brother I don’t care where you’re from or what kind of motorcycle you ride, because up there in them Black Hills, we’re all the same. 

As for my favorite road to ride? Well, it would have to be Spearfish Canyon. If you’ve ever ridden Spearfish Canyon, then you know why. If you haven’t, then I suggest you get your ass up there this coming August and you can ride with me and a half million of my closest pals!

Rick Fairless
Strokers Dallas
www.strokersdallas.com

 

Kristy Swanson’s Favorite Ride

Just west of Sturgis, SD on I-90 you’ll find a town called Spearfish and its magnificent Spearfish Canyon—a ride that is “the ride” for me. The first mile or two has long twisting turns and a little straightaway where riders take their place in the lane one after another. It’s here I start to feel that it’s not only myself and my friends, but a never-ending family of riders searching, enjoying and realizing together why they ride.

No speed is needed on this ride, and maybe that’s why I love it so much. The road and the scenery require each rider to slow down and enjoy the open air, the smell of the morning and the continuous sounds of crackling pipes. As we head through 22 miles of incredible cliffs and continuous twists, the sun stays slightly hidden behind the rock faces, only peering out every now and then, and the air becomes much, much cooler. 

Riders stop everywhere on the side of the road. Some take photos of the cliff faces or Bridal Veil Falls. Others stop simply to rest and chat with fellow bikers. There’s always something new to see. With trees that overhang the road and a creek that runs almost the entire length of the ride, this is some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. 

The ride slowly comes to an end as we reach our destination, Cheyenne Crossing—the best breakfast place I’ve found while in Sturgis. The people are so friendly, the food is great and they even have fun games at the table to test your mind. The talk at the table is always about the memories created over the years of coming to a place where you’re treated as family. My day can now begin as this early morning adventure has given me a sense of why I ride. 

 

Kristy Swanson
Actress
www.kristyswansononline.com

 

Dee Snider’s Favorite Ride

Being fortunate enough to have been to Sturgis and the Legendary Buffalo Chip many times, I've had the chance to cruise virtually all of the highways and biways the Black Hills have to offer. The Bad Lands, Custer State Park, Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and all the smaller rides in between…I never tire of revisiting these incredible routes. To me they are what Sturgis and riding is all about.  That and rockin' out at the Buffalo Chip each night!

But my favorite run is one of the simpler ones: Spearfish Canyon. Maybe it's because it was my first ride on my first chopper (literally delivered to me at Spearfish Airport), but there’s something about cruising that winding canyon road that just feels right. To get out early in the morning with my crew, before the traffic builds (Fortunately, by day two or three most of the bikers at Sturgis and the Chip are late risers.) and head down that canyon road is pure magic.  And finishing it off with the best breakfast around at the Cheyenne Crossing Restaurant is just about as good as it gets!

Dee Snider
Twisted Sister
www.deesnider.com