I wish I could say we rode our bikes all the way from Lorain, OH to Sturgis, SD, but I cant. There was 2 other couples that went with us, we were all working and could not take that much time off work to travel 1,253 miles, not to mention the fatigue from trying to get there fast.
We packed up with a conversion van and a 26’ enclosed trailer to haul the 3 Harley Davidson Road Kings, an old full size fridge, blow up mattress and 2 tents. The guys took turns driving for the 18 hrs. it took to get there.We camped at Bear Butte Creek Campground outside Sturgis. We slept in the trailer and the other couples slept in there tents. It was a nice quiet campground, not a party all night campground. The view of the northern lights at night was amazing
We did a motorcycle trip somewhere just about every day we were there
You can’t take a trip to Sturgis without cruising over to see Mount Rushmore. You may have visited this national landmark on family vacation as a kid, but there’s nothing like seeing it from the seat of a motorcycle.
Rising an astounding 867 feet from it’s base, the Devil’s Tower is one of the most impressive natural wonders of the Black Hills. It was the first national monument established by President Roosevelt in 1906.
The old gold mining town of Deadwood, SD is a great place to stop for dining, shopping and legal gambling. This charming little town is notorious for being the sight where Wild Bill Hickok was shot.
Rapid City lies east of Black Hills National Forest in western South Dakota. It’s known as a gateway to Mt. Rushmore, the massive iconic sculpture of 4 U.S. presidents. “City of Presidents,” a series of life-size statues, spans several blocks downtown.
Needles Highway is a bucket-list destination for bikers who seek the thrill of the ride. This narrow, winding road makes its way up the mountainside, taking riders through one-lane rock tunnels and past the giant granite stone spires it was named after.
The Crazy Horse memorial is a colossal mountain carving that was started in 1948 to honor the Lakota warrior Chief Crazy Horse. If completed, it may become the world’s largest sculpture.
Vanocker Canyon Rd
It's short but sweet and it's also one of the most fun rides in the Black Hills, mainly because of the twisties. Take Junction Avenue out of downtown Sturgis; it’ll eventually turn into Vanocker Canyon Road past I-90. It’ll turn into a sweet little ride through the Black Hills National Forest, and then you’ll hit the town of Nemo. Quench your thirst at the Nemo Mercantile when you get there, or keep following Nemo Road (it becomes Canyon) all the way to Rapid City. Make sure you take your leather jacket with you, when we went we did not and it went from a 100 degrees in Sturgis to 50 degrees in Nemo. We stopped at the mercantile hoping for a sweatshirt or something they had nothing, all we had was a very small towel. Everybody there was in winter coats gathered around a campfire. It’s the long way to Rapid, but it’s way cooler than the slab, just make sure you have your riding gear.
We did not have enough time to see the Badlands! We did make it to Buffalo Chip Campground for a couple concerts; we saw Jonny Lang and Blue Oyster Cult. You ride your bike right up to the stage and watch the concert from your bike. There are a lot of booths open for some good food, and a lot of side shows going on during the concert. We also went to Full Throttle Saloon they had a lot to see and do, as well as the Broken Spoke Saloon. A lot to see and do in several cities around Sturgis and in downtown Sturgis, can’t see it all! Guess we will have to try to go back one day!