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post #1 of 16 Old 07-09-2019, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Sturgis 2019 and beyond

Frenchy is heading to Midwest in the beginning of August

First to Sturgis for discovering the biggest motorcycle rally

Then yellow stone park , and then Taking my time to go to FL , gonna hit side roads and enjoy this big country

Guys ,give me some advices , is it safe Sturgis ? Or too much Harleyís related ? Are we welcome over there ? I mean metric bikes ??

Used to long long hauls in Europe , after 8 hours you already passed 20 countries hereís you still in the same state !! Amazing !!!

If somebody wants to meet me on the road let me know Iíll pass by or we meet somewhere


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post #2 of 16 Old 07-10-2019, 01:26 AM
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I've been to Sturgis 3 times and never on a Harley. The first 2 times on Honda Valkyries and then on my K1600. I never felt unsafe by not riding a Harley. In fact because I had a different brand they got a lot of curious attention. Do you have lodging reservations? If not about the only way you can wing it is to carry a tent. There are several places to camp such as conventional campsites and many churches and vacant lots will be set up to allow tent camping. For indoor lodging they will be booked up for maybe a 150 mile radius from Sturgis.
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Same as Az Jim, I've been there, not on a Harley, no problems at all. You will see and do things you cannot see or do anywhere else in the world(I'll leave that to your own imagination, just sayin')
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One more in this camp. I've been to Sturgis 3 times. Twice on my Harley prior to getting my 2013 GTL, and in 2015 on my GTL. I had the most fun when I went there on my GTL. Lots of interest from the Harley guys about the bike. I heard comments like "that thing is f'in cool" from many Harley riders. In fact one of my Harley riding buddies said "one of these days lots of us will be riding those things". Enjoy the madness. Everyone should experience that zoo at least once. However after three visits to the spectacle I'm Sturgised out.
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I've been to Sturgis several times. Bike week there is for partying, not riding. That's why each time I've been I got there mid-week before the rally, did the traditional rides, and then hung around for a few days of Bike Week for copious amounts of libations and the people watching. The area around Rapid City, SD offers great riding. To truly enjoy it go before/after the rally. We went there after the Salt Lake City MOA Rally couple of years ago for 3 nights, it was GREAT!

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I've been to Sturgis several times. Bike week there is for partying, not riding. That's why each time I've been I got there mid-week before the rally, did the traditional rides, and then hung around for a few days of Bike Week for copious amounts of libations and the people watching. The area around Rapid City, SD offers great riding. To truly enjoy it go before/after the rally. We went there after the Salt Lake City MOA Rally couple of years ago for 3 nights, it was GREAT!

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Gunnert hit the bottom line for what to expect if you go.

The Black Hills area has some incredible roads to experience. I recently got back from a great week staying near Sturgis, riding over 500 miles just exploring the immediate area. I enjoy riding "spirited" and I can't imagine navigating around hundreds of thousands of hogs clogging up every decent 2-way.

If you're going for the party and the spectacle, you won't be disappointed. Otherwise, pick another time of the year.
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I've been to Sturgis several times, you'll be safe. This is my favorite rally. Average age of attendees is probably 50s. It is Harley heavy, but all kinds of bikes there, no one will care what you ride. I would STRONGLY suggest going a few days before the rally starts and hitting all the places to ride (Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, Needles Hwy, Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, Devil's Tower, etc.). After the rally starts, these sites will be packed - as well as the roads to get there. One overlooked ride is Vonocker Canyon Rd between Sturgis and Rapid City. Great curvy ride thru the Black Hills Nat'l Forest and not much traffic. Watch for wildlife.
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Agree with Duane and others. Having lived in South Dakota I've ridden the Black Hills during Sturgis week and many other times. Sturgis week is most definitely not the best time to ride out there...too many bikes and commotion for my taste. What you ride makes little difference to anyone there. Unless you're curious and want to see the rally I'd pick another time. The Hills offer some of the best riding you'll experience, and very much worth a trip out there.
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Thanks guys for the tips
Well , I imagined that all the roads around will be ultra packed and saturated , is mostly to see what is a rally !! I never been to one except Laconia NH and lake George NY those 2 are nothing compare to Sturgis I guess

Iíll arrive the second day of the rally I think , this time Iíll explore more than riding around , and then continue through Montana going down to Wyoming , the only ride that I really want to do is the Mount Rushmore , for us in Europe Mount Rushmore is definitely AMERICA !! Very exited to discover the Midwest

Guys how the K16 act for long long rides ?
Anything I should worry about ?
Mine has only 4000 miles , some say the bike did not broke in yet ? ( i think you say like that , right ?)

Iím used to long hauls with my Yamaha FJR1300 which is very reliable , confort is 6+ I should say , only problem is buffeting with any windshield , with Ohlins suspension is a train , pushing average 85mph consumption is around 44 miles per gallon

The few hundred miles that I did with the k16 were very comfy , the bike responds very good , mpg is insane !! averaging 50 mpg at 70 mph is crazy

Super excited planning the trip

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Your bike will do fine. I don't see where you mention which model of the K1600 you own. If you have 4,000 miles on a GTL, which comes with Metzlers, those tires won't make it there and back I would definitely put a set of new ones on the bike before leaving. If they are some other brand then maybe you might be OK. A lot of other brand tires will go 8,000 miles. With the high torque of this engine combined with the weight they eat tires very quickly compared to your FJR.


Also oil changes are do every 6,000 miles. If you are currently riding a lot you will be close enough BEFORE you leave that you should have it changed early before leaving. That will save you having to do it while on the trip.


Finding a dealer for new tires out West is possible but you should mark down where they are. If you have the BMW Navigator GPS there is an icon that when clicked on will show all the BMW dealers in the U.S.


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