My two cents worth, and it probably has something to do with my age and the number of times I've been to Sturgis. From the time I throw a leg over my bike and take off "I'm in Sturgis". Start meeting with other bikers on the road with a common destination is great. Once I get to the Hills, it's just icing on the cake. Sturgis gets a bit crowded these days for me. Don't get me wrong, we go but earlier in the day. Plenty of partying to do at night away from Sturgis with fellow bikers. And it's cheaper.
Won't be doing any tent camping for me either, but that's a story for a different day. (but a good one
) A buddy of mine years ago said he liked to have his own toilet even if it cost more, and I agree. It seems a lot of the motels this year don't think the "75th" is over yet, but there are still deals to be had. (deal being less than $200 a night for a nice motel
) If you're coming out in 2017 they may have their heads out of their asses by then and rates will be even more reasonable than this year. Got a hunch we're gonna see plenty of vacancies this year.
I've slept in a sleeping bag under a camper, or picnic table with a can of bug spray. Done the tents at Glenco. Did the private home rental for a number of years. Stayed at motels all over the area. I prefer the motels.
They clean up after me every morning and I don't have the responsibility of keeping a bunch of drunks in line in a private home
Either way, to each his own. Already been some real good advice on here, especially regarding law enforcement. Don't ride alone, you're an easier target. There's safety in numbers
There is more to see in the Hills and surrounding areas than you'll ever be able to see in a week, so once you're hooked you better figure on coming back.
Have a great time!