Day #3 – Ride thru the Badlands

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So I am not gonna lie – getting to ride thru the BADLANDS of South Dakota on the Triumph Tiger was definitely one the major “to do’s” on my list for this trip.  Here are a few of my recommendations.  First have a GoPro so you can film some of the amazing roads.  Next, I would make sure you have plenty of water as it’s super dry.  As for motorcycles I would go with something with off road capacity – because leaving [or coming in] the back way on the Rim Road is spectacular.  Its loose gravel and not too well maintained or traveled.  Watch the sand as it can be a bit thick in spots and look out for great views, no traffic and you may even spot  Buffalo or two; this route adds about 45 minutes, but I would say it is worth it.  It takes you out onto Rte44 and from there head into Rapid City, SD without getting on the highway.


I am not a crazy “off-roader” but I wouldn’t recommend taking a heavy bike down this route; I am sure there are guys out there that do it, I am just not one of them.  Also, I highly recommned full gear – helmet, gloves, jacket, pants – its gravel and anything can happen.  Anyway – the ride was surreal – couldn’t have asked for more.  [And I am not even getting into the paved Rte 240 through the Park which is fantastic on its own.  Ride safe and take the road less travel – especially in this case!!


It’s a bit cloudy but this is the gravel road – Rim Road out of the Badlands