Black Hills Harley Davidson prepares for incoming rally traffic

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - We're 15 days away from the official kickoff for the 79th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Black Hills Harley Davidson is preparing for the 79th Sturgis Rally

Every summer, hordes of bikers trickle into the Black Hills before the rally officially starts in an attempt to the beat crowds and enjoy the beauty of the area.

To meet the needs of those who arrive in the area throughout the summer, Black Hills Harley Davidson has opened its big tent and is ready to help customers trade-in or buy new motorcycles.

"A lot more people are coming earlier and enjoying the hills and get a little taste of the rally before the masses show up and then head home so we try to accommodate that," said Black Hills Harley Davidson General Manager Terry Rymer.

To meet the demands of the increased traffic during the Rally, Black Hills Harley usually hires over 600 extra staff members -- in addition to their 70 year-round employees.