We are leaving in a few days for a round trip from Ohio to South Dakota. We will pass through other states, of course, but SD is our focus. We'd like to visit Deadwood, Mt. Rushmore, Sturgis (15 minutes), and the Crazy Horse Memorial, and then jog over to Wyoming to see Devil's Tower, plus numerous things along the way in SD.
The SD tourism folks sent us some nice material, including a motorcycle-specific pamphlet and map. This map lists several "scenic byways" and "great rides", in all parts of the state. Some of those are a short ride through Badlands Natl. Park, from Wall to Interior, and back to I-90; a loop ride in the area of Mt. Rushmore (Keystone-Hill City-Custer-Wind Cave); a very long ride from Pickstown in the very southern part of SD to Pierre and farther north; the Needles Highway.
is if any of the routes in the Badlands area (or elsewhere) are high altitude, narrow, unpaved, no shoulder, no-guardrail, stomach-in-your-mouth rides -- like the road to the top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. That is not something we are comfortable doing, in a car or on a bike. Scenic or not, we want to avoid those.
In addition to the above concern, I have the usual list of questions for those of you who know the state and its rides:
1. Any general tips, words of wisdom, etc. for this trip?
2. Are there other must-see items in the state of South Dakota?
3. BMW's web site says there is one BMW m/c dealer in SD - in Sturgis. Are there any others in the state, or other shops where we can stop in for service, repairs, or to visit?
4. Why isn't South Dakota listed in any of the regional forums on this web site?
It's not in the Mountain, Midwest, or other forums.