Amtrak used to put on a special train for Sturgis. I know some people who took it a few years ago. I couldn't find any info on it when I was planning our trip last year. From what I heard it didn't go all the way to SD. Basically dropped you off at a depot in the middle of Illinois or something.
We ended up riding there and back. Glad we did, the ride was great and was as much part of the experience as being there. A couple of guys trailered out and back, knocked it out in a day and a half each way, trading off driving duties, but they were beat for about a day when they got there.
We rode out in 3 1/2 days, averaging about 550 miles a day. Day 1 was from MA to Youngstown OH, day 2 got us to Janesville WI and day 3 we were in Sioux Falls SD. We were in Wall SD by lunch on the fourth day, which is where the biking action starts. Got to our rental house in Rapid City late afternoon, and could have been earlier but we were stopping a lot more to check things out on the last stretch in.
By the way, I would advise anyone to stay in rapid city, unless you really want to be in the middle of the biker party scene at the campgrounds. rapid is a bit cheaper and it's possible to go out for dinner without fighting the crowds and paying $10 for a hotdog.
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