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Some do and don'ts

-Don't wave to other bikes, you'll lose control, there are simply too many riders and it is assumed you are friendly
-Put a foot down at each and every stop sign, no coasting thru.
-Wear eye protection at all times while riding
-Ride sober
-All bikes must be removed from streets by 02:00. The main arteries are swept each early morning of the rally. You do not want to be passed out in the gutter after 02:00 either, the awakening can be rude, wet and you would think that those brush bristles are soft, they leave a mark and it hurts.
-They are serious about no large vehicles (RV's commercial size trucks etc) passing thru downtown during the rally, bikes are parked along the edge and in the middle of main street. Last year saw the Budweiser hitch knock over a Road King, not a pretty site and think dominoes when one bikes goes over....
-Be respectful of paid parking on private property, the revenue of this week is all that some get for the entire year. Besides, that little old lady on the porch taking your 10$ has a gun and she knows how to use it.
-Don't be a dick and you'll be just fine. Be a dick and see what happens


In Sturgis itself and right outside:

Main street, walk this a few times, the sites you will see and the variety of bikes are cool.

Visit most of the bars in town the famous and the not so famous. The Buffalo chip and other venues just outside of town should not be missed.

Surrounding area.

-HD dealer in Rapid City. Treat this like Disney, take it all in, scope out the items that you want early in the week and return to buy specific items later in the week. You have to make a couple of visits to take it all in.
-Badlands to the east, Wall Drug in Wall SD.
-Mt Rushmore, every American should see this once in their lives
-Crazy Horse, bigger than Rushmore but will probably never be finished
-Spearfish Canyon ride, cool but not spectacular
-Devils Tower in Wyoming
--Stone House Bar
-Deadwood for the history and casinos
-Needles hwy and other cool roads in and around Mt Rushmore.

Several of the establishments there have a one page flyer that has a map of the area on one side and a list of all the things to see and do on the other.

Hope this helps

Calgaryglide
 

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Some do and don'ts

-Don't wave to other bikes, you'll lose control, there are simply too many riders and it is assumed you are friendly
-Put a foot down at each and every stop sign, no coasting thru.
-Wear eye protection at all times while riding
-Ride sober
-All bikes must be removed from streets by 02:00. The main arteries are swept each early morning of the rally. You do not want to be passed out in the gutter after 02:00 either, the awakening can be rude, wet and you would think that those brush bristles are soft, they leave a mark and it hurts.
-They are serious about no large vehicles (RV's commercial size trucks etc) passing thru downtown during the rally, bikes are parked along the edge and in the middle of main street. Last year saw the Budweiser hitch knock over a Road King, not a pretty site and think dominoes when one bikes goes over....
-Be respectful of paid parking on private property, the revenue of this week is all that some get for the entire year. Besides, that little old lady on the porch taking your 10$ has a gun and she knows how to use it.
-Don't be a dick and you'll be just fine. Be a dick and see what happens


In Sturgis itself and right outside:

Main street, walk this a few times, the sites you will see and the variety of bikes are cool.

Visit most of the bars in town the famous and the not so famous. The Buffalo chip and other venues just outside of town should not be missed.

Surrounding area.

-HD dealer in Rapid City. Treat this like Disney, take it all in, scope out the items that you want early in the week and return to buy specific items later in the week. You have to make a couple of visits to take it all in.
-Badlands to the east, Wall Drug in Wall SD.
-Mt Rushmore, every American should see this once in their lives
-Crazy Horse, bigger than Rushmore but will probably never be finished
-Spearfish Canyon ride, cool but not spectacular
-Devils Tower in Wyoming
--Stone House Bar
-Deadwood for the history and casinos
-Needles hwy and other cool roads in and around Mt Rushmore.

Several of the establishments there have a one page flyer that has a map of the area on one side and a list of all the things to see and do on the other.

Hope this helps

Calgaryglide
This helped me. Printed this out for myself.
 

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Iron Mountain Road From the North, then to Custer State Park Nature Loop. Iron Mountain Road splits part way through, (About the 40 second mark on the video) so it's like riding on a paved bicycle path for a while. Then it comes out of the woods, and you get a scenic view of Mt Rushmore. Further on, it dumps you out right at the entrance to Custer State Park ...... Bison, Deer, Elk, Antelope, Bighorn Sheep, and if you are really lucky maybe a Mountain Lion. If the Bison have calves, keep your distance. The bulls are not intimidated by your bike, and WILL take you down, and try to mess you up. Bring sliced apples for the Burros. They are beggers.


 

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Ok, lots of good stuff has been covered. Drink a little less and wake up very early and hit it all. Make sure you give yourself enough time to stop and take lots of pictures. Be careful if you ride at night. Lots of wildlife and DWI checkpoints. Be prepared for all kinds of weather. The weather in the hills can vary a lot from down below. A typical day for us was temps from the 40s to the 90s with some rain and lots of sunshine. On one ride on needles we experienced all of it, cold, hot, rain and hail. We went the week before and spent 8 days there. We saw everything and then some. Here are some less famous spots and roads that turned out to be really cool.

Stop at the top of needles and hike up to the top. The view is amazing. Watch a bus go through the tunnel. It will astonish you. But watch your step!

Roughlock Falls: take 222 off of spearfish canyon. Take a gravel road for a few miles to the falls. Beautiful place to eat lunch.

Nemo Road: I like it from the south best. Take 385 from Hill City to 44 to Norris Peak to Nemo to sturgis. Great road with fast sweepers. The Nemo Fire Station has a great pancake breakfast.

Rochford road: Pick it up west of Lead and ride to Hill City. Its gravel after Rochford but not bad. The scenery is spectacular. Lots of wildlife. We even saw a couple of individuals working old style gold mines.

Make sure your camera is ready going through the tunnels up to Rushmore on Iron Mountain. Its a cool pic.

Check out the minute man museum in the badlands and there is also a site that has been turned into a museum exhibit. Kind of cool looking down the barrel at the missile.

If you ever watched the series "Deadwood" On netflix or HBO the cemetery in Deadwood is a pretty cool visit. All of the characters are buried there.

Hulett after Devil's tower on the right day is a better party than Sturgis.
 

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Is it to early to start gathering info on places to see when in Sturgis?
My last trip to Sturgis I started 330 days prior to rally beginning.. Rooms were available, but a lot had been reserved by people who made reservations when they left at end of prior rally.

It's never to early!! If you have difficulty finding a room, try the black hills reservations. They had a pretty good selection of places to stay.
 

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Take one day for: Rushmore, Crazy Horse then do the Needles Hwy and loop back up the Iron Mountain Road with the pig tail bridges. That will get you back for some cool pictures of rushmore on the way back.

Nemo Road is nice ride.
Vanocker Canyon is a beautiful route to get to Rushmore from Sturgis.

Deadwood is fun. Full Throttle is a blast too.
 

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If you are staying in Lead, then for sure have at least one lunch at "Lewis Burgers"
Can't say enough good things about Iron Mountain Road.
I believe Wednesday in Hulett is "No Panty Wed" good party town.
Be sure to visit the cemetery in Deadwood. Quite a hike to the top to see Seth Bullocks grave, but the view of Mt Rushmore is fantastic.
 

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If you are staying in Lead, then for sure have at least one lunch at "Lewis Burgers"
Can't say enough good things about Iron Mountain Road.
I believe Wednesday in Hulett is "No Panty Wed" good party town.
Be sure to visit the cemetery in Deadwood. Quite a hike to the top to see Seth Bullocks grave, but the view of Mt Rushmore is fantastic.
Thanks for the tips. I will be certain to check out Lewis Burger!
 
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