HI I am planning to do the same route next year(2015) for 75th Sturgis Rally. I am from India and have relatives living in Spokane. I own a Harley and have rode almost from south tip of india to north. Planning to rent a Harley in Spokane.
Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 4:23 PM
I biked this route in 2008, headin' for the Sturgis Rally. Trailered in 2007. For the true Sturgis experience ride your bike. Trust me. Just know you won't be as comfortable and you will have to be flexible. But the reward is the ride for sure. Actually we started North of Seattle, down I-5, 405, then on to I-90. Spent a Friday night in Spokane, then travelled I-90 the next day to Billings. Spent the night in Billings, then onto Sturgis (Buffalo Chip). It's an easy route as it's all freeway. Never far from gas, motels, rest areas or food. That being said, it is freeway and all the bad things that go along with freeway travel apply here (trucks, commercialism, etc.). Traveling through Idaho was very quick, but very pretty. I'm sorry but the folks I've met in Idaho are strange and always seem upset about something. I know to them I'm probably weird also. I'm sure there are plenty of great folks in Idaho...I just haven't met them yet (ever!). Why is that? Y'all live in a beautiful place, be happy! Anyway, it was beautiful! Missoula was a nice stop. As said, we spent the night in Billings. Had a great BBQ dinner with a buddy working in Billings, fun night at a few bars and a good night of sleep at Motel 6. The rest of the bike ride was pretty uneventful (that's usually a good thing, but doesn't make for much of a story), until we hit South Dakota. Then...every bike style and model seemed to be making the trek to Sturgis on Sunday. That was very cool! Once in Sturgis, well, let's just say we had a great time!!! The return trip utilizing the same route was windy and rainy. We took two days to return, spending the night in Bozeman and making the 'long' ride back to the Seattle area the bollowing day. The wind never seemed to stop though rain was sporatic. I was glad to reach home. Of course after a shower and night of sleep in my own bed, I was ready to make the trip again. Missed the last couple of years because this economy sucks! But, this year I'm back on track. I've already bought my 2011 Buffalo Chip Pass. This time I'm ridin' my Sporty bobber. I've never taken it on a long trip so we'll see how the reviews go for that. We'll use the same route...Stay tuned!!!!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM