Here we go again… Sturgis dates are published and we’re on our way. 20 days from July 24, 2024 to August 12, 2024. A total of 17 riding days. Secure your place for Sturgis and the USA Grand Tour 2024. We are currently taking a limited number of holding deposits. Please give us a call or send an email for further information.
Sturgis and USA Grand Tour
Join us on a 20 day Grand USA Tour to the Sturgis Rally and beyond in 2024! With hundreds of thousands of riders attending Sturgis, this is the largest gathering of motorcycle riders in the world. There’s no better time of the year to visit the USA and tour this vast, wonderful country on a motorcycle.
We at Steel Horse Moto have put together what is bound to be a great adventure, on many exciting riding roads, travelling to all the best places, on the most scenic tour to the biggest motorcycle rally in the world!
Steel Horse Moto will provide an Australian ride leader, a late model Harley-Davidson motorcycle, hotel accommodation with daily breakfasts, a support vehicle to carry your luggage, a spare motorcycle in case of a breakdown, all fuel on touring days, a welcome dinner, and a grand farewell dinner with your new friends.
After numerous hours of exhaustive research in and around Sturgis, and consultation with motorcycle riders of all ages, we at Steel Horse Moto have put together what we believe to be the best and most comprehensive tour imaginable. One that is not to be missed!
20 riders for 20 days in 2024
When: Late July to early August
We are limiting this tour to a small group of just 20 riders. We've found this to be the magic number... small enough to ensure you get to know your group well and form some life long friends along the way, yet large enough to make a real impact while we ride!
Read on to see why this tour is one you don't want to miss…
Night one marks our welcome dinner and briefing/information night, where you'll get the opportunity to relax and get to know your fellow riders who will be accompanying you on the tour.
After picking up the Harley-Davidson of your choice in Las Vegas, we’ll take a ride out to the very impressive Hoover Dam. After an hour there it’s off to the Hackberry Store on famous Route 66 to purchase some memorabilia to take back home to our friends. On our way back we’ll visit the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson Dealership to buy something special.
20 action packed days. America's greatest riding roads. The Sturgis Rally. Bonneville Speed Week, and much, much more.
On our first day out of Las Vegas, Nevada, we’ll be starting our adventure by visiting Virgin River Canyon (Arizona), Springdale (Utah), Zion National Park (my goodness this road is spectacular, the landscape is spectacular, it is simply put, spectacular), then on to Mt Carmel Junction and Bryce for our first night on the road.
Next morning there’s an optional ride up Bryce Canyon National Park, to Sunrise Point, for the early risers (you’ll be mad if you miss this). Upon our return we’ll pick up the ‘heavy sleepers’ and be on our way to the impressive Grand Canyon North Rim Visitors Centre. This view is world famous. Be sure to take plenty of photos to show your mates when you get back home. From here it gets even better… Jacob Lake, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Marble Canyon, Colorado River, Bitter Springs and on to Lake Powell in Arizona for our second night.
By day 3 on the road, we’ll be getting into the rhythm of things, and eager to see what the new day has to offer. Day 3 is what we've pegged as one of the best days of all. Monument Valley, plus the Indian Reservation Visitors Centre. What a landscape, with a history befitting its grandeur. You’ll likely want to stay in this amazing place longer than the day allows.
Dragging ourselves away, we’ll head to ‘Forrest Gump Point’ for yet another photo op, then on to Mexican Hat, Bluff, and Four Corners Monument where you can stand (with open arms and legs) in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona all at the same time. Next, Mesa Verde National Park awaits. Here we can split up for the rest of the day, so you can take your time in this historic location if you so choose to do it your way. Later at dinner in the one and only Durango, we’ll reminisce on our best day on the road so far.
In the morning we’re of to Taos, New Mexico and Pueblo, Colorado. American Indian locations that are very ‘artsy’ with handmade turquoise and silver jewellery, posters, hand made garments and all sorts of great stuff that you’ll no doubt be tempted to get hold of. A great day of riding through the landscape and the towns of Fort Garland, Walsenburg, Apache City and Colorado City. We’ll arrive in Pueblo ready for some pre-dinner drinks and settle in to a nice hearty meal at the end of the day.
Departing Pueblo in the early morning we’ll go through Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Granby and Grand Lake for an 'interesting' lunch break. After lunch we’re off to Loveland (nice name, don’t you think?), then Cheyenne in Wyoming and our accommodation for the night. Everyday we’re getting closer to Sturgis… I promise.
Today we’ll visit Fort Laramie (Wyoming), an old fort from the ‘wild west’ days. We'll head through Lusk and arrive in Custer (we’re now in South Dakota) for lunch. Custer is a very popular town for us motorcycle riders, here the roads and the towns around the area will be filled with bikes. This will be just a small taste of what's to come in Sturgis. We’ll visit the H-D Dealership, then after lunch you might want to take some 'individual leave’ if you like. Or roll out early with the group so you can stay at our next 2 stops, Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore National Memorial a little longer than others.
The ride into Rapid City won’t be difficult to find from here… just follow the many hundreds of bikes. We'll book in at the hotel and settle in to what will be your accommodation for the next 5 nights. Phew, I’m sure we’ll all be over packing our luggage each day by now.
The Sturgis Rally!
Now that we’re in Rapid City/Sturgis and it’s surrounds, this will be our playground for the next 4 days. There are so many local rides here that make it onto the US ‘Top 10 Best Rides’ list, you won’t know which ones to choose. So we’ve done it for you. Needles Highway, Vanocker Canyon Ride, Spearfish Canyon, Devils Tower... These are all morning rides that you can join if you so choose, so you can get to the Rally in Sturgis by lunchtime each day. We’ll visit the Badlands Harley-Davidson Dealership… you won’t believe how many bikes they sell in Sturgis week.
However, nothing is compulsory while in Sturgis, the idea is that you can come and go and ride wherever and whenever you like… day or night. What we at Steel Horse Moto will do over these days, is simply facilitate, ensuring you have the best possible time you can while at the Rally.
You can book events in Sturgis or play it by ear… you’ll soon work out where you’ve met the nicest people, the best places to celebrate and where you’re having the best time. Sturgis will live up to everything you’ve heard. Bikes, bikes and more bikes. Everywhere. Riders come in all shapes and sizes and with different levels of experience. Expect to see things you’ve never seen before… have your camera ready for that quick pic at all times.
After 4 full days of Sturgis you’ll be ‘rallied out’ and be happy to get back on the road, for a rest.
Our first day out of Sturgis/Rapid City is another good one. Cheyenne Crossing, Four Corners and arriving in Sundance for our morning break. After the break it’s the Devils Tower ride. This is one of the most popular rides in the Black Hills. You might recognise Devils Tower from the movie ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. The ride itself is a great way to ease back into the saddle after 4 hectic days at Sturgis. From there we travel through Buffalo and Ten Sleep to Worland, our accommodation for the night.
We’re now on day 15 of our USA tour and boy have we done a lot so far. But hold your breath, it’s another great day ahead on the road for us. First we’ll visit Cody for our first break. Then another highlight… Yellowstone National Park. It'll be busy in the Park, so we'll stay for the better part of the day to ensure we get to see all that we want. Old Faithful Geyser is an obvious one. Heading out late, there will be a few miles yet to go today. Through Jackson Hole and on to our accommodation at Idaho Falls… hopefully before it gets dark.
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Salt Lake City and Bonneville Salt Flats
After yesterday’s long ride, today is just a short 278 miles into Salt Lake City. Here you can rest for the afternoon, or get out and about and discover this interesting city. 63% of the population are Mormons here, and the influence is everywhere. A fascinating place to see.
The next morning we wake to another interesting day. We’re off to the Bonneville Salt Flats to check out the cars and bikes and ‘rocket vehicles’ trying for a new land speed record. This place is truly amazing. The first time we ever went here, we thought it wasn’t for us. But were we wrong. It's amazing out there on the salt flats watching and chatting to the participants. A most interesting 4 hours will be spent here. Bring your sunnies whatever you do…it’s seriously bright! The next stop for the night is in Ely, 130 miles away… we have to get a little distance away from Bonneville to find any accommodation around these parts.
From Ely, on our last day on the bikes, it’s a simple ride through Crystal Springs for our morning break, then on to Coyote Springs before heading back into Las Vegas to return our ‘steel horses’ in the early afternoon. We can all rest easy now… we’ve done it. We travelled into 7 states (some more than once) and rode close to 3,875 miles, give or take a couple of hundred, depending on how much you rode around Sturgis. What a journey. You’ll remember this one and the new friends you've made so fondly, that you'll likely want to do it all again next year.
Some of us will be heading to the airport and back home today. Others might want to go on to Harley-Davidson HQ for a factory tour, or visit the H-D Museum in Milwaukee. Whatever your next move is, simply let us know and Steel Horse Moto will facilitate it for you.