Motorcycle Rally Best Short Ride
best short ride at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
in Rapid City and proceeds for awhile along the main
tourist route. Never fear, we'll get you off the tourista
drag soon enough.
to Keystone SD
Head down the four-lane past the bombardment of billboards
and toward Mt Rushmore. It never fails to amuse -
the ability of people to screw something up for greed
- in this case plastering billboards along what should
be a showcase stretch into the Black Hills.
about 16 miles, on this part of the Sturgis Motorcycle
Rally you'll take the Keystone turnoff which heads
toward Mt Rushmore.
to Mt Rushmore
Keystone is considered the biggest tourist trip in
the Black Hills. That's all right, if you accept it
for what it is, and have a burning desire for one
more Mt Rushmore plate to stick in a cabinet somewhere.
going through Keystone you'll start a big climb up
the mountain. But on this Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Ride, you're not gong there.
bridges on the Sturgis Motorcycle Ride
Before arriving at Mt Rushmore you'll take a left
on the Iron Mountain Road.
This part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Ride is one of
the best rides in the Black Hills.
Mountain Road was specifically designed to be scenic.
It twists and curves through the mountains and over
wooden pigtail bridges which spiral up through the
rock formations and forest lairs.
Masterpiece saved from Boredom
Many find this the neatest part of this Sturgis
Motorcycle Ride. The curves must have frustrated
every engineer with an instinct to straighten out
and turn every scenic road they get their hands on.
This one was saved from boredom.
Norbeck, a U.S. senator who instigated this road,
as well as Badlands National Park, ended up with a
masterpiece. You'll like it. You'll like it a lot.
It's one of our best recommendations at the Sturgis
There are a couple of overlooks and picnic grounds
along the way. So, take your time. Eventually you'll
go through some tunnels bored through part of the
mountain. You may see some broken glass and metal
along the side of the road where the tunnels sheared
off part of Uncle Ralph's RV that didn't quite make
it through the tunnels unscathed.
RV repair shops reportedly do quite well, just from
the tunnel business.
Motorcycle Rally Ride to Grace Coolidge Creek