Black Hills Dual Sport
The greatest motorcycle adventures are still unknown
Self Guided ride around South Dakota
About this ride:
This ride is a 6 day explorer's dual sport ride in the Black Hills of South Dakota
Riders spend each night in a motel and stage from three different locations
The Black Hills Dual Sport (BHDS) Ride is a 6 day dual sport ride starting in Deadwood, South Dakota, riding 2 days then moving to Hill City, riding 2 days and finally moving to Custer and riding 2 more days. This is a Dual Sport style ride focused on exploring and discovering the back corners of the Black Hills region. The ride is mostly dirt roads and ATV trails with a few options for motorcycle only singletrack trails. Riders will spend each night in a different motel along the route. Riders will have access to their trucks every evening. Riders should come with top notch bikes in great condition as there are few services along the remote routes. Ride will be self led by GPS. Riders team up together and ride in small groups.
I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy!
Self Guided Adventure: This Route is designed to be a self-guided adventure. As GPS units have become both more powerful and easier to use, it has enabled anyone to be able to easily find their way along the trail. For many, this allows them to just experience the trail without the burden of getting lost.
Buy the GPS Card and Rider Maps:
You can order a microSD Card for your Garmin GPS and a complete set of tank bag reference maps designed in combination with the microSD card to fit the pocket in your "tank bag" and a complete ride booklet Order below:
Black Hills Dual Sport Ride Packets (Scroll Down Menu)
Complete Rider Packet: Garmin GPS SD card, large ride maps, small quick reference maps and ride booklet: $125
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Notes: I suggest you plan and order early. Normally I ship within a week. But sometimes I run out and it can take me several weeks to get new cards and maps. And sometimes I am out riding and building new adventures so that can be hard too.
View the ride maps
OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.
The Blue lines are 2 track routes
The Red lines are singletrack or motorcycle only
The Green lines are easy options paved or graded dirt
The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints
Things to think about before signing up
Is this ride right for you?
This is an explorer's ride. The nature of exploring is that much is unknown, so things can go wrong. The routes can change and sometimes don't work due to obstacles or just plain errors. The day can turn long and test your abilities and patience. You will find yourself in the mix of many rider's opinions that know how to fix the problem. You need to be able to find the fun in that. The riding can be fun, challenging, fast, slow, scenic and hard. It is all about the riding.
Are you right for this ride?
When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help? You should be in the more likely to offer help camp. This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help. Additionally there is all the normal stuff: come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.
How does the ride navigation work?
This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own. You are responsible for your own riding. You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit. People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together. You are not encouraged to ride alone. You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.
(see my ride Navigation Video)
How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?
I develop very high quality custom ride maps for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden. I take the best from all my rides and make new ones.
(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)
Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple: great riding! You can count on great routes and places to ride.
But, in addition, the ride is about discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the world.