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Portland Oregon to Sturgis SD and back. 2910 miles. The XC ran flawlessly and averaged about 44 mpg. Unfortunately, my buddy's 2012 Road King left us waiting for a tow on a Wyoming highway. Minor fix, ECM connector came loose when he hit a slight bump. Special thanks to Beartooth Harley in Billings for checking it out and getting us back on the road quickly.

I couldn't have asked for a better performance from my XC. The stock seat is not very comfortable on long trips but I had to use it for the huge pillion for my Saddlemen tour bag. I will be glad to get my Corbin gunfighter back on. She has just over 5k now and is ready for her next oil change.

Sturgis was interesting. It reminded me of an outdoor flea market, only louder! The food was awful and the prices way too high. It took forever to get anywhere due to the high bike traffic. The temporary traffic control light outside the Buffalo Chip is like 7 minutes long! But basically, Sturgis is a whole lot of vendors trying to get your money. And walking around town will wear you out just from the noise. Loud pipes EVERYWHERE. It seemed like every biker was trying to outdo every other biker by having the loudest pipes! It was cool at first but 4 hours later I was done!

Yellowstone and the Crazy Horse Memorial was amazing and I had the best Ribeye steak of my life in a restaurant called Montana Rib and Chop. Ot was the handcut ribeye, $24 and worth every damn penny! The coffee was awesome and the waitresses HOT! I don't think we saw any unattractive locals wherever we stopped in Montana!

All in all it was a fun trip, and I can't wait for the next one, but I am done with Sturgis!
 

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Sounds like you had a great time, all-in-all, Raccoon, in spite of that disappointment called Sturgis.
Montana is a great place to get a speeding ticket. Its $20 and you give it to the officer and he gives you a receipt. Yes, a receipt. It doesn't go on your record or anything. Its just between you and the cop. Nice!
 

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Yeah. Sturgis has only gotten more commercialized over the years. I heard half the people there this year weren't even riders. Just lookeeloo's wanting to see what all the hubbub was about. Maybe they just looked like they didn't ride. I dunno.

Sturgis can still be fun the week before and somewhat the week after the main week.
 

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I've never had a desire to got to Sturgis for the rally, not much into that kind of thing but I would love to see that part of the country one day on a bike.
 

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The actual 'Sturgis' party itself is certainly a 'Been there done that' deal, BUT, I go back every year for the most awesome road rides anywhere. The black hills are full of great scenic riding with great pit stops all along the way.

I go early and leave early, meaning get there on about the Wednesday before rally week, and then leave after the weekend, after I've had my fill of a day or two of stop and go traffic everywhere. That way I get 3 good days of NON congested riding before the big crowds show up, and still get to visit the vendors that I care to as soon as they get set up (before the crowds). cheers
 
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