When most motorcyclists hear about the Black Hills they think of the Sturgis rally, curvy roads, and great scenery of South Dakota. But there is more than just one way to enjoy the Black Hills on two wheels. Hop on an adventure touring bike or a dirt bike, get off the beaten path, and go where most don’t get a chance to see.
The Black Hills National Forrest has 1.2 million acres of beautiful, lush terrain holding hundreds of miles of marked trails. Open your eyes and you’ll also find fire and gravel roads accessible by adventure touring motorcycles or dirt bikes. All of which will lead you to secret finds that encompass rugged rock formations, canyons with breathtaking views, deep gulches, open grassland streams, mountain lakes, and even more scenic routes that cannot be accessed by paved roads. One of my favorite trails is Redcut, located less than two miles from downtown Sturgis, it will take you through the hills to Deadwood or Vanocker Canyon. If you don’t have an adventure bike or dirt bike there are many places to rent one in the hills where trail maps will also be available.
If the open road is where your heart is, we have a great place in store for you, too. Rochford is an unincorporated community of about 10 people located 25 miles south of Deadwood in the northern Black Hills. It is a nice ride ending at the Moonshine Gulch Saloon, which we have to say, can be a hot stop for motorcyclists. At this quirky stop you can enjoy a burger, a beer, visit with your pal’s of the road, and take a break before resuming your journey. Full of character, this place can be well off of your route, but it has one hundred years of history packed into its four walls, off the beaten path, well worth the experience.
– Keep it on two wheels
Your friends Bradley and Kenneth from J&P Cycles Sturgis, South Dakota