Sturgis Report

Discussion in 'Road Trips/Touring' started by USMCCWO5, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. USMCCWO5

    USMCCWO5 Junior Member

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    Anyone care to report their adventures riding to Sturgis and back?

    My wife and I rode my 07 RKC punched out to 103 cid.
    44.45 miles per gallon
    4789 total miles
    Rode in eleven states:
    California
    Nevada
    Arizona
    Utah
    Wyoming
    Idaho
    Montana
    South Dakota
    Nebraska
    Colorado
    New Mexico

    Visited Bryce, Zion, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devil's Tower, Wall Drug, Alladin, WY (Population 15), Custer State Park, Four Corners, Beartooth Mountains, Sedona AZ, Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, Spearfish & Bridal Falls, Deadwood, Hill City, Rapid City, Custer, Sturgis (of course), etc....
    2237 miles to Sturgis
    1739 to Oceanside
    the rest of the mileage riding in and around SD and WY.

    Camped in RV parks and National Parks, the worst night was near the Big Horn River in WY (mosquitos as thick as clouds), the best Gros Ventre in the Grand Tetons (woke up with a bison in our camp)

    Got rained on three or four times, only once in was it very hard.

    Lots of great souvenirs, even greater memories.
    - Wheelie with wife on back on highway entrance ramp
    - Running out of fuel three miles from gas station
    - Met some great people on the road and during stops
    - Watching a guy blow up his rear tire in the burn-out pit

    Do:
    Ride there and back
    Remain flexible with planning food and camping stops
    Bring a camera
    Chatterbox for wife and I to communicate during ride (Xbi, recharged in restrooms at RV and National Parks)

    Don't:
    Free bike wash (scratched windsheild to prove it)
    Trailer (unless that precludes you from attending)
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
  2. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Sounds like an awesome trip. :D Waiting on the pix. :D
     
  3. Shifter

    Shifter Active Member

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    Man, what a great trip and something you two will remember forever! Too cool!
     
  4. Springer Fan

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    Wow, how long did that trip take? What a way to see the country. Its amazing how many good people you can meet on a trip like that. Love to see some pics.
     
  5. USMCCWO5

    USMCCWO5 Junior Member

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    Springer; we left CA on 31 July, arrived in Sturgis on 4 August. Left Sturgis on 8 August and arrived back in CA the evening of 10 August.
     
  6. R. Lewis

    R. Lewis Senior Member Retired Moderators

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    PICS,PICS,PICS ! wheelie with the miss's !!!! How did you fair on that one?!! :small3d023: Sounds like a heckuva good ride you both had!!!
     
  7. USMCCWO5

    USMCCWO5 Junior Member

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    Wife was surprised that we pulled a wheelie, I didn't get hit but did get a warning.
    Pic of American Bison on side of the road.
     

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  8. 2002FLSTC

    2002FLSTC New Member

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    On the road 21 days.. Redding CA to Sturgis

    Bryce Canyon NP
    Capitol Reef NP
    Rocky Mountain NP
    Scottsbluff NM

    Sturgis

    Beartooth
    Yellowstone NP

    4,224 miles...
    fuel cost $613.26...
    cost 14.5 cents per mile
    average of 30.0 miles to the gallon
    47 fuel stops
     
  9. badass

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    i haven't ben thee sens 86 wont to go back but don't think i can ride it like when i was in my 20s but wont to
     
  10. wildspirit97

    wildspirit97 Senior Member

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    it won't be the same Sturgis you remember, sorry to say but it's all about the money now.:newsmile093::newsmile093::newsmile055::( you can still find some of the old timers hangn' at the VFW, and the hill climbs are still good, but before or after the rally is when I like to go.