Whew! Now that we've (almost) all made it back home to Florida, it's time to recap what an AMAZING trip we had to the great state of South Dakota... for the one and only STURGIS 76th.
The journey begins the week before, when Leticia set out from Long Beach, CA along with some of the Roland Sands Design team to ride her sportster all the way to Sturgis.
Along the ride, the crew took in some of the best sights that nature had to offer, including Zion National Park. They dubbed the trip the "RSD Backroad Boogie."
Fast forward a few days, the rest of the crew arrive in South Dakota by way of Denver. Sam, Kissa, Sarah, and Leticia's first stop at the rally is the Harley-Davidson footprint on Lazalle St. We picked up four 2016 model Harley's- each one different to suit each of us- a red Street 500, a charcoal Iron 883, a gold flake Sportster 48, and the sleek, gloss black Roadster. And we were off to our first event!
We cruised over to the legendary Buffalo Chip for the very first time. Our good friend Michael Lichter was hosting his annual "Motorcycles As Art" Exhibit Industry Opening Party and we had the early all-access passes to check out these works of art first hand. And of course, they did not disappoint.
Monday morning we headed back to H-D Headquarters to lead the annual Sturgis "Mayor's Ride." Along with mayor Mark Carstensen, pro racers Ben & Erik Bostrom, we headed out with the group straight to Mount Rushmore. This was all of the Lilies' first time seeing the monument in real life, and the ride there was almost as beautiful as the landmark itself.
After checking out Rushmore, we headed on over to Deadwood with Michael Lichter & his assistant Missi at the helm to make it in time for the annual Legends Ride. It was a great gathering of folks from all facets of the motorcycling industry and we spent some time with old friends while making some new ones!
Tuesday brought us over to the Buffalo Chip bright and early for the Biker Belles ride & panel- an all female pow-wow of some of motorcycling's most badass. After the ride, we booked it over to the new Full Throttle Saloon to the Pappy Hoel Pool for the Bell Pool Party!
Later that evening we trekked on over to the Black Hills Speedway to catch some AMA Pro Flat Track action. We *roofgated atop the Bell sprinter van trackside and had the best view in the house. *Just like tailgating, only on top of the vehicle.
We headed to the skybox near the very top of the stands and grabbed some beers and chatted with some more friends. Lo and behold, we stumbled upon the man himself..... Willie G. Stoked doesn't even begin to describe how we were feeling!
Wednesday morning brought us yet again to the Buffalo Chip bright and early to register for the Roland Sand's Super Hooligan Flat Track "Moto Stampede." The weather was looking scary all afternoon, we all sat around waiting for the rain to dump onto us at any minute... and miraculously it never came! Leticia raced with the best of them, including Suicide Machine Co, Carey Hart, Roland Sands, Cam Brewer, Harley Wheelies, Brittany Olsen, and so many more!
Thursday brought us a whole new day full of adventure. We checked out the Cycle Source chopper show at the Broken Spoke, then headed back to the Harley Davidson Headquarters to film some video and do some interviews. Later that night, we rode out to Deadwood and finally got that much needed steak dinner.
Friday! The big day! 7am brought us back to the HD Footprint to gear up for the FIRST EVER annual Harley-Davidson Angel's Ride. We were so honored to meet some of the most badass Harley Women around, like The Diva Amy and the One-Legged Blonde. After a two hour ride we ended up back at the Iron Horse Saloon for lunch and got to talk shop with all of our fellow Harley women who joined us on the ride. We're already counting down the days til next year!!
Saturday brought the official "last day" of the rally. We headed over to HD Headquarters and finally got to spend a little quality time with our favorite wall-riding brothers, Kyle & Cody Ives and their Wall of Death. Those guys know how to put on a killer show.
No trip to South Dakota would be complete without a trek over to Custer State Park. We headed out in the afternoon toward Keystone, then over to Iron Mountain Rd and through Custer. We darted across the Needles Highway and saw Sylvan Lake, which some refer to as the "Crown Jewel" of Custer, and we couldn't agree more. South Dakota boasts some of the most incredible riding and scenery that this Florida native has ever laid eyes on.
Saturday night ended with the Yelawolf show at Iron Horse. We couldn't have asked for a better last night of the rally. It was the best way to unwind after a long week of riding. Good friends, cold beer, and loud music... Just the way it should be.
All in all, we had the greatest time at Sturgis 76th this year. HUGE thanks to our number one sponsor HARLEY-DAVIDSON for welcoming us with open arms to South Dakota and to Sturgis for most of our first times! We all agree... the best way to experience all the beautiful sights and places that SD has to offer is from behind the bars of a Harley-Davidson. We wouldn't have it any other way.