South Dakota Motorcycle Roads and Trips

Motorcycle roads in South Dakota (SD) can be typified by the two predominant scenery regions of the Mount Rushmore State - east of the Missouri River and west of the Missouri River. The eastern region consists of low hills, lakes formed by glaciers ages ago and dominated by farm country today. To the west, the topography has more of a western feel with deep canyons and rolling plains and has two very noteworthy areas - the Black Hills and Badlands (specifically the Badlands National Park). Great motorcycle rides can be found in the beautiful and lush Black Hills as they are not only a cornucopia of spectacular scenery but also home to Mount Rushmore. The Badlands are an inspiring and striking collection of stone pyramids, canyons, & domes colored in various shades yellows, reds, grays and browns ... bring plenty of film on this trip!




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July 1, 2013
Open grasslands with rolling pine-speckled hills. You may also see North American bison, pronghorn, white-tailed deer and mule deer, elk, coyotes, burros...
Very good, with few tar snakes. There are plenty of curves with a few tight switchbacks along with some steep elevation changes...
East side of Custer State Park at the Jct. of 16A & Wildlife Loop RD. head south. It will turn northeast and...
June 3, 2013
Start in rolling farm land with some small buttes from Wibaux to Baker. Baker to Ekalaka rolling hills, Ekalaka to Alzada start...
Rosd service was or is GREAT. Wibaux to Baker normal two lane highway and not much traffic. Long straight aways with wide...
We started from Exit 1 on I-94 in ND. Went west to MT, Wibaux MT, went south on MT 7 through Wibaux,...
May 15, 2012
trees lake curves
lota nice curves
head north out of hartford on 463rd about 1.5 miles then head west on county hwy 155l/scotts ave follow all the curves...
March 7, 2012
It is as scenic as South Dakota can get. It has some long sweeping curves when riding along the Missouri River.
This two lane highway is a great alternative to Interstate I 90. Very well maintained. Hilly with sweeping curves along the Missouri...
Highway 34 from Sturgis South Dakota to the Minnesota border. Runs parallel to Interstate 90.
August 1, 2009
Starting at the eastern end of the state you come over the last risen rolling down toward the Missouri River near Ocoama,...
90 East and West is currently under construction for repaving. It is a fast road with a normal speed limit of 75...
Start out on I-90 West at mile marker 435 (eastern South Dakota)and continue west until you hit mile marker 32 for the...
August 1, 2009
This route lets the rider from the East or Midwest really get a feel for how beautiful and inspiring the West is!...
The quality of this road was superb. Twists, turns, massive hills, great pavement and very little traffic. This is some of the...
Easy. Start in Winner, SD and head west to Rapid City, SD on Route 44.
August 1, 2008
Heading west on Rt 16 from Custer, SD to Newcastle, WY is hill country with tall pines and rocky outcroppings. As you...
Road quality is good with the exception of a 10 mile stretch or so on Rt 24 west of Aladdin, WY. The...
From Custer, SD, head west on US Highway 16 to Newcastle, WY. Pick up Rt 85 heading north out of Newcastle and...
April 1, 2008
From the quaint, historic town of Keystone, past world famous Mount Rushmore, through scenic Custer State park, this route packs more...
This route is a motorcyclists dream. Incredible twisties, switch backs, pigtail bridges hills and valleys, and even a few short tunnels, all...
This route begins and ends in Keystone, SD. Begin by taking Hwy. 244 west toward Mount Rushmore (also called Peter Norbeck Scenic...
October 1, 2007
Beautifully scenic highway with turns and twists and ups and downs. Watch for wildlife as you'll be driving through the Black...
Average 2 lane highway with some passing lanes. During the Sturgis Rally, this Highway is very busy, as are most of the...
West Highway 44 starts on the west side of Rapid City, coming off of Jackson Blvd. Take Highway 44 west for about...
April 1, 2003
Awesome! That's pretty much all I can say about it. I've driven all over the country on some of the most scenic...
For roads that get driven on quite often they are in pretty descent shape. There are some really nice twisties on this...
Start out in Keystone SD and take Hwy 16A southeast. This road will zig zag all around and then take you into...
July 1, 2000
The scenery in the Badlands is almost indescribable. It is an area that has a unique, desolate and almost freighting appearance like...
The motorcycle quality of the route is not bad. There are sweeping turns and graceful climbs and descents. By themselves they would...
The directions to and through this drive are - take exit #110, near the town of Wall (Wall South Dakota should be...
April 15, 1998
This route is designed to take you from Sturgis (South Dakota) to Devils Tower and back in a large loop that takes...
The motorcycle-road-quality along this route is good. The roads are mostly wide open with gradual climbs and turns. There are some points...
Starting in Sturgis (South Dakota) you will head west on I-90 and cross the Wyoming border. Then take exit #199 (route 111)...
April 15, 1998
This route takes you through a part of the southwest corner of South Dakota that offers some vastly different scenery. The route...
The roads in this section are pretty open with moderate turns and climbs. Driving through the badlands is nothing like you've ever...
Start your route in Cactus Flats, South Dakota (take exit #131 off of I-90). Follow route 240 south towards the town of...
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