8 a.m. ~ 10 p.m
The Black Hills has hundreds of miles of paved roads that are ideal for
mototrcycle riding. This is a picture of the a section of the Needles
Highway near the Cathedral Spries in Custer State park.
Motorcycles and The Black
This may not surprise anybody who has been
to the Black Hills in the first week of August, but a lot of folks
here really love seeing the hills from the seat of a motorcycle.
The 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Races and Rally
Week (http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/) will be from August 4th to the 11th. This annual event
biggest motorcycle get-together
you've booked in
advance, you'll probably have difficulty finding a place to stay within
200 miles. If you are not a fan of motorcycles, you may want to
schedule your vacation some other time. During Rally Week, lodging is
more expensive and the roads can become congested -- especially I90
between Rapid City and Sturgis.
are a motorcycle buff, a visit to
the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum (http://www.sturgismuseum.com/) is
probably a must. They have
a nice collection of old Indians as well as some early
Harleys. Also, if you want to see even more ancient Indian
motorcyles -- and old cars too -- you have to visit A&A Auto
Salvage on Seger Drive in Rapid City. (No kidding!). Try this link
throughout the summer, is a good
time to "ride the Hills". Spearfish Canyon is one popular ride, as well
as the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. But just about any paved road will
do. We list some roads and their "driveability" on our On-Roading page.
If dirt bikes are your thing,
we can also point you toward some first-class nasty roads. More than
500 miles of forest service roads and trails that open to riding, some exclusively for dirt bikes. All areas of the Black Hills
National Forest are closed to off-road riding, riders must stick to designated trails and have the appropriate USFS trail pass.
Most riders bring their own
motorcycles, some are even flown in from Europe and Asia, but rentals
are available several locations. Harleys are available from
Harley Davidson. Motorcycle tours can be arranged
Hills Motorcycle Tours who can also arrange motorcycle
Helmets are not required to ride a
motorcycle in South Dakota as long as long as the rider is at least 18
years old. Riders must have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver's