Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21

Thread: Mt. Rushmore Visit

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Waterford, MI
    Posts
    11

    Mt. Rushmore Visit

    This summer a friend (she is riding her own bike) and I (04 R1150RT) are planning a trip out to Mt. Rushmore from Michigan. I have been researching and reading about what I need for the long haul (New Nolan N100 Helmet, Motolights, seat lift, and deer whistle - What am I missing?). I have some 400 mile days planned (9 day total trip time planned). The most I have driven in the past are some 500 mile round trip weekend rides.

    Any suggestions?
    Packing? Gear? Riding Tips? Places to stop? Eat? Pre Ride Prep?

  2. #2
    Slowpoke & Proud of It! BRADFORDBENN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    State of Confusion
    Posts
    7,799
    Well it kind of depends on lots of things, are you camping or hoteling or both. Are you looking to make distance or enjoy the scenery.

    The biggest pointer I can give you is get comforable clothes and pack light. Also you may want to check out the Archive of Wisdom at IronButt.com (http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm), these ideas apply to pretty much any ride.

    Also bring a camera and a sense of humor.
    -=Brad

    It isn't what you ride, it is if you ride

  3. #3
    Blocking the slow lane
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Elburn, IL
    Posts
    1,843
    Quote Originally Posted by Behnkeb
    Any suggestions? Packing? Gear? Riding Tips? Places to stop? Eat? Pre Ride Prep?
    Places to Stop: SPAM museum in southern MN on I-94, Corn Palace in Chamberlain, SD, Badlands, and spend a day in the Black Hills south of Rapid City.

    I can't help with the rest since I do it wrong every time I take a trip.
    Jon Diaz
    BMW K75/K12GT
    BMWMOA Ambassador

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Santa Maria, Ca
    Posts
    41
    Quote Originally Posted by Behnkeb
    This summer a friend (she is riding her own bike) and I (04 R1150RT) are planning a trip out to Mt. Rushmore from Michigan.
    Any suggestions?
    Packing? Gear? Riding Tips? Places to stop? Eat? Pre Ride Prep?
    I'd start with getting a sheepskin seat pad from Alaska Leather. That makes that last 'hateful hundred' miles of the day much more bearable.
    Here's my packing list..good for 3-days to infinity with planned laundry every 4th day or so:

    Clothing: (rt Bag)
    1 pr. levis
    1 pr. shorts/swim suit
    2 s/s T shirts
    2 l/s T shirt
    2 undershorts
    2 boot sox
    1 short sox
    1 pr. tennies
    1 extra bandana
    Dopp kit:
    toothbrush
    toothpaste
    razor
    foot powder
    deodorant
    vicoden/meds
    tylenol
    aloe vera
    q-tips

    Top Box:
    video cam w/2 tapes & 2 batteries
    digital still cam card extra batteries
    cellphone w/charger
    AAA maps and tour books
    first aid
    binoculars
    gps
    save room for sweatshirt & liner
    buff

    Tank bag:
    sunscreen/glasses
    earplugs(2 sets) /notepad

    left bag:
    Bike cover
    1 qt oil
    baggies
    rags
    cleaner
    winter gloves
    pump
    tools
    duct tape and wire ties
    2 bungies
    rain/cold pants


    Wallet:
    $300.00 cash
    Park Pass
    VISA
    ATM
    License
    Proof of ins
    AAA & Health ins. cards

    Wear:
    levis
    boots
    one long sox
    l/s tshirt
    sweatshirt
    winter jacket w/liner
    camelback

  5. #5
    leave my monkey alone LORAZEPAM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    West Salem, OH
    Posts
    2,888
    Just remember that once you get to South Dakota, you will not see trees for hours and hours. If you have never experienced this, it can be disconcerting.

    I like the high plains, it is GS heaven with all the neat dirt roads. Dont miss stopping in Badlands National Park. It is worth the detour.

    South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has an awesome display of fossils out of the badlands. If you like rocks, it is worth the trip.

    If you are camping, try to get a spot reserved in Custer State Park. I would do it soon if you can, they will fill up quickly, and getting a reservation is worth it.
    Take the needles highway there in the park, there are some breathtaking formations there, and you will get to see people from around the world that flock there for the technical ascents in the black hills.

    I will take the Black Hills as one of the most beautiful places on earth, right behind Yosemite.

    I hope you have a great time.
    Gale Smith
    2009 Versys
    1999 R1100RT

  6. #6
    Mudbug
    Guest

    Recommended roads

    I highly recommend highway 16a and Needles Hwy. ( in the Black Hills of course )


  7. #7
    Registered User exharleyscott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    hoffman estates il
    Posts
    49
    must see locations,

    Custer state Park
    Bad lands National park
    Deadwood
    Sylvan Lake
    Devils tower
    Spearfish canyon
    Find any canyon road and ride the hell out of them!!!

  8. #8
    Rally Rat RTRandy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    1,587
    Even if you forget to bring clothes and everything else , purchase or bring a Camelbak http://www.camelbak.com/rec/recreation.cfm shown on my friends back on the right. Fill it with a large amount of ice and some water when you head out in the morning and the water will stay cold for hours. The standard size holds 70 ounces of liquid. The bite tube can be fed under your helmet while riding for easy drinking with both hands on the bars. Long hours in the saddle will dehydrate you and don't believe anyone who says you'll have to stop more often to pee from using a hydration system. You're replacing perspiration and it won't go to the bladder. You'll have to stop LESS often. Plus you won't dehydrate!!!!

    I'd also consider getting a custom saddle since after 400 miles the single biggest complaint from your body will be coming from your butt. Second biggest will be from the knees.

    It doesn't look like it here,but pack light. This summer I'll attempt another 5,000 miles only I'll just have the two side bags. I packed way too much this year so now I feel like an expert.

    If you do have the need for camping equipment and extra bags, consider additional mirrors shown on my RT on the left which will help the rear view which gets blocked from all that stuff. I used mirrors from a K1200RS.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by RT RANDY; 02-22-2005 at 04:06 AM.

  9. #9
    Rally Rat RTRandy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Dallas, Texas
    Posts
    1,587
    Here's another shot of complete strangers wearing Camelbak's. I'm trying to remember where this was though I think it was a couple of hours out of Vernal, Utah heading north. There were tons of riders coming from Paonia to Spokane hence all the BMW's. This is one of those spots near the top of a pass where riders tend to stop. It's like being a bird on a wire with other birds landing and taking off.
    Attached Images Attached Images

  10. #10
    Long Gone
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Quad Cities
    Posts
    181
    Depending on where you are starting from in MI, you may want to take the ferry across the Lake instead of fighting Chicago traffic. Either way, I suspect you'll be making miles on I-90 thru MN and eastern SD.

    Badlands. If you're coming from the east, try to plan an overnight in Murdo (MP192) or Kadoka (MP 150). Leave early in the AM so when you get to the Badlands exit (MP131), the sun will be behind you during most of your ride on SD 240. The colors are much more vivid when the sun is low. Conversely, coming from the west, you'd want a PM ride.

    Wall, SD. Certainly a tourist trap, but ya gotta get that drink of ice water and take a picture of your bikes by the dinosaur.

    Mt. Rushmore. Best pictures are in the morning in early afternoon, then the faces are in shade. Be sure to take the walking trail which goes right to the base of the mountain. Also be sure to attend the inspirational evening ceremony. However, be careful on the way back to your motel or campsite, since those great twisties look a lot more challenging after dark.

    US 16 Alt. There are some sections on this road, though paved, make you wonder how it got a U.S. route designation. If you take this route headed northwest from Custer State Park, you'll see Mt. Rushmore through each of the short, one-lane tunnels. And have fun on the pigtail bridges.

    Caves. There are two cave tours in the area, Wind Cave N.P. and Jewel Cave N.P. If you're into cave tours but only have time for one, I'd recommend Wind Cave.

    Needles Highway (SD 87). I wasn't all that impressed by the Needles themselves, but the ride was great.

    1880's Train. My other hobby is trains, so I had to take this historic steam train ride that goes from Hill City to Keystone and back.

    Before you make your motel/campground reservation, make certain the roads are relatively level. I made the mistake of reserving a cabin located on the side of a hill - not a pleasant ride up or down.

    Have a great trip!

  11. #11
    look out!!! Visian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    ATL/WNC
    Posts
    8,523
    Quote Originally Posted by lorazepam
    Just remember that once you get to South Dakota, you will not see trees for hours and hours. If you have never experienced this, it can be disconcerting.
    If you're interested, I've found a much nicer way across South Dakota, featuring puh-lenty of trees, hills, and good motorcycle roads.

    Check out SD50, heading west of I-29 toward Vermillion and Yankton. It parallels the Missouri river and will take you to US18, through a few Indian Reservations, near to Wounded Knee, to Indian Service Road 27, which heads north to the Badlands NP.

    This is a most excellent alternative to grinding across I-90!

    Ian
    Go soothingly through the grease mud, as there lurks the skid demon.
    ________________________________________________
    '67 Trail 90 || '86 R80 G/SPD+ || '00 1150 GS || '06 HP2e

  12. #12
    Registered User lkchris's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Albuquerque, NM
    Posts
    4,784
    Remember that a buffalo can run 30mph and you can't.
    Kent Christensen
    21482
    '12 R1200RT, '02 R1100S, '84 R80G/S

  13. #13
    Right Wing Conspirator Grey_Matter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Lake Stevens, WA
    Posts
    485
    Ever repair a flat tire at night? I have & this little thing is a huge plus. It packs very small & it sure beats trying to hold a flashlight.

    It is a Petzl Tikkina Headlamp.

  14. #14
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Waterford, MI
    Posts
    11

    Thanks

    Thanks for all the suggestions and help. I can hardly wait for all the snow to melt and to get back out on the road.

  15. #15
    bwright
    Guest
    Spearfish Canyon, Needles Highway,Spearfish Canyon, Wind Cave N.P., and Spearfish Canyon.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •