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!!