Fair warning! If you go you'll be back over and over
The people are great the country side is out of this world. There is so much to see and the bars are every wear along with a ton of T shirt vendors.
The days a warm and the night can be cold. Every kinda food you can think of and if you stay at one of the big camp site a lot of internment.
It will coast you a good hundred dollars a day with food drinks gas and what ever.
If you don't have a room better have a tent. Rooms are booked a year in advance but camping is all over the place. Camp grounds are great you get a bottle and walk from fire to fire and visit with people from all over the world. A few years back stayed next to some people from England and now were good pen palls. Been to Thailand with people I meet in sturgis.
I went to my first sturgis in 69 and have been back ever since and always find something new.
Bad things are it coast money to have fun and side walks are crowed a long with gas lines. Trick is fill the bike up before calling it a day cause in the morning every one is at the pumps.
DON"T sleep in get up and get going you can rest in the after noon.
If your staying at a motel ship them your clothes same for going home. Less to pack is better.
You Love it out there. I just read where a guy from Va. went last year and when he came back home moved his company out there he was so impressed with the people and the beauty of the country side.
If I could I would move there.
Harley riders are like you there out to have fun and enjoy the beauty of the black hills. Get a map of the black hills from where you stay and ride.
If you can't find a place to stay go on line and look up the collage in spearfish. Dorm rooms and a walk to the bathroom and shower but its clean and nice.