Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: St. Louis, MO, USA
Wildbeast, you're not messing around.
Trigger- I was at the rally two years ago. If you want a day ride to see the area, and catch most of the big attractions, take 14A west out of Sturgis through Deadwood (site #1). Take 285 south out of Deadwood, through Hill City, to 244 east towards Mt. Rushmore (site #2). After MR, go south on 16A (Iron Mountain Road - Road/Site #3), and stay right until you get to Wildlife Loop Road (south) - Site/Road #4 - Custer State Park. Take WLR to 87 north and keep going through the Needles Highway (which is 87) (Site/Road #5). Take 87 east to: option 1. 89 south (the long cut) down to 16 west to 385 north to the Crazy Horse Memorial (Site #6). Or, option 2. 87 east to 16/385 south to Crazy Horse Memorial (a little shorter). From Crazyhorse, if you want to get back up to Sturgis, either backtrack and take 385 north all the way back through Deadwood or if you want a longer ride, you could go south from Crazy Horse to 16 west into Wyoming to 85 north which would be the LONG cut back up to Deadwood. I know it sounds confusing, but check your maps and you'll see that this is a nice loop and you'll see a lot in one day. Also, the highway 14a south from Spearfish, called Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, is a nice ride as well. You could incorporate that into this loop if you wanted to (by starting in Spearfish, going south, and then heading over to Deadwoood to the east).
Let me know if you have any questions. I also have another day ride/loop in the area if you're looking for two days worth of riding. The above is like a 200 mile loop (if i recall correctly). If you're a road warrior, I could also add the Badlands Park to this loop and you wouldn't backtrack much at all, but it would add some serious mileage to the day (in my opinion... I don't necessarily want to ride 300+ miles in a day for fun).
Bob Holthaus - St. Louis, MO - '03 K1200GT - Lite Buddies - MV Adjustable Risers - V1 - Mix-It2 - FIAMM's - CQ HID - Zumo 550 - PIAA 004XT - Custom LED front markers - Aeroflow Tall Sport Screen