Motorcycling South Dakota

Motorcycling in South Dakota

Find freedom on the open road in South Dakota. 

South Dakota is a must-visit destination for motorcycling enthusiasts. While many motorcyclists first drive the state's highways, interstates and country roads on a trip to Sturgis for the annual rally, they often find other reasons to return. With a multitude of scenic byways and highways, there is no shortage to hit the open road and rev those engines.

Pair of motorcycles riding through the pinnacles and other otherwordly formations of Badlands National Park on Badlands Loop State Scenic Byway
Badlands National Park
Spearfish Canyon

Jaw-Dropping Drives

Beyond Sturgis, the Black Hills offers some of the best and most scenic motorcycle rides in the United States. In addition to the activities in and immediately around Sturgis, many visitors take day-trips throughout the Black Hills and beyond. Within easy riding distance are many attractions, including Mount Rushmore National Memorial (62 miles), Crazy Horse Memorial (67 miles), Custer State Park (75 miles), Spearfish Canyon (19 miles), Deadwood (13 miles) and Badlands National Park (110 miles).

The rugged terrain of the Black Hills isn't the only popular destination for a motorcycle ride. Many visitors enjoy the wide open spaces of other South Dakota highways that span the state. The Native American Scenic Byway takes travelers from the border of Nebraska through central South Dakota all the way up to North Dakota. Riders can see native prairie grasses, the winding Missouri River, and wildlife and scenery that South Dakota is known for. In northeastern South Dakota, riders can enjoy beautiful glacial lakes on their journey through the area.

Explore the most scenic drives in South Dakota's Black Hills

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Every August, the city of Sturgis welcomes bikers from across the country for two weeks of two-wheeled fun. Choose freedom over freeways with 10 days of live music, motocross races and other wild events. Prior to and after the event, many surrounding cities and towns host rallies, festivals and other biker-friendly events to keep the party going.

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South Dakota Rides

South Dakota Rides is part of a campaign by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety to promote motorcycle education and safety. Visit and you’ll find interactive riding maps, information about rider education courses, how to share photos and videos, and how to take part in live chats with other motorcycle enthusiasts.

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