75th ANNUAL STURGIS RALLY AUGUST 2015
Ride a Harley-Davidson through the National Parks of western USA plus enjoy a day at the Bonneville Salt Flats
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the experience of a lifetime in a place where local people can still show you a thing or two about hospitality. Harley-Davidson and Victory introduce their new models each year during the Rally and you can demo virtually every kind of bike on the market. 2015 marks the 75th edition of the Rally. It’s been held annually since 1938 (except for two years during World War II.)
As well as bikes there are concerts and races and bike shows, Main St bikes-only street vibe, the Annual Mayor’s Ride, World Championship of Custom Bike Building, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, organized rides and the Limpnickie Lot.
There’s some impressive watering holes such as the Full Throttle Saloon, custom bike legends, blue skies, sunny days. It’s all waiting for you in Sturgis and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.
You want to ride and enjoy the open road? Then you need to travel with us.
We look after all the details; planned rides and tours, rest breaks, fuel stops, the best spot for a great coffee or a stunning photo. We’ll get you off the highways onto interesting back roads. Our experienced Australian ride leader knows the road well. He’s in radio contact with our support van to provide extra security. The van becomes our shuttle to night time events so you don’t have to worry about how to get home. Just relax and enjoy everything that’s on offer!
- Australian Ride leader
- Support Van with spare bike
- Choice of bike model
- Planned rides
- Daily maps and notes
Day 1. Jul 27 – Australia – Las Vegas
Fly to Los Angeles then connect on a domestic flight to Las Vegas. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Later we’ll finalise paperwork for our bike rentals. Tonight we’ll meet for a welcome dinner to discuss logistics and review maps for the days ahead.
Day 2. Jul 28 – Las Vegas
Today our transfer vehicle will take us to collect our bikes, followed by an orientation ride around the city.
Day 3. Jul 29 – Las Vegas
There are no formal rides today. Take the opportunity to discover Las Vegas at your own pace.
Day 4. Jul 30 – Las Vegas to Grand Canyon
This morning we head to the Grand Canyon, travelling over parts of ‘Route 66’, the famous roadway that was for many years the main artery between Chicago & LA.
Day 5. Jul 31 – Grand Canyon to Kayenta
Today we follow the south rim of the Grand Canyon with stops at various lookouts en route; the grandeur of the natural landscape is truly spectacular. We arrive in Kayenta around 4.00 pm and should have time to ride out to Monument Valley.
Day 6. Aug 01 – Kayenta to Grand Junction
Our ride will take us through the Valley of The Gods, on to Glen Canyon, through Moab to Grand Junction. The scenery from movies such as Thelma and Louise, Indiana Jones and Cityslickers should be familiar.
Day 7. Aug 02 – Grand Junction to Steamboat Springs
Today’s ride takes us on exciting mountain roads into the spectacular scenery of the magnificent Rockies. We arrive at the cowboy ski resort of Steamboat Springs where we spend our evening.
Day 8. Aug 03 – Steamboat Springs to Cheyenne
Into the Rocky Mountain National Park this morning for some more beautiful scenery; we’re also likely to see native wildlife so keep your eyes peeled. We’ll follow the Big Thomson River through mountain gorges to our lunch stop at Loveland, where you’ll have time to visit the largest Harley dealership in Colorado. Our overnight stop at Cheyenne is about an hour’s ride from here.
Day 9. Aug 04 – Cheyenne to Rapid City
We head off to Black Hills National Park stopping at Fort Laramie which was founded in 1859. Then to Thunder Basin National Grassland and on into Custer, South Dakota, before arriving in Rapid City.
Days 10 -13. Aug 05 to 08 – Rapid City – Sturgis Rally
For the next four days we’ll get into the sights, sounds and feel of the world’s biggest Harley event in all its glory. Maybe ride out to Deadwood, Spearfish Canyon, Mount Rushmore and through the Black Hills. You can also attend the many events such as Thunder Road or the Drag Racing. It’s going to be huge with a large gathering of bikers from all over the world celebrating the 75th running of the Rally!
Day 14. Aug 09 – Rapid City to Buffalo
We bid farewell to Rapid City and Sturgis as we head west towards Wyoming. We’ll make a detour to the Devil’s Tower National Monument, rising 1280 ft above the valley floor. If it looks familiar, it was used as the spaceship landing site in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Then to Buffalo, nestled in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. This historic town has many original buildings dating back to the times of the ‘Old West’. Not far from here is where Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid had their ‘hole in the wall’ hideout.
Day 15. Aug 10 – Buffalo to Lander
Continuing along the Yellowstone Highway we pass through the fabulous Wind River Canyon and on to the quaint town of Lander. There’s time this afternoon to ride out to the Sink Canyon reserve where you can see the river submerge into an underground cavern, re-appearing a mile downstream teeming with fish.
Day 16. Aug 11 – Lander – Salt Lake City
Our ride today is through some of Wyoming’s most peaceful countryside. We’ll arrive in Salt Lake City mid afternoon and return our bikes.
Day 17. Aug 12 – Salt Lake City – Bonneville Salt Flats
Today we’ll be transferred to the famous Bonneville Salt Flats, approximately 1 hour from the city, where we can discover the excitement of the annual Speed Week event. We have about 2 to 3 hours here to watch contestants attempt to set new land speed records on these intensely hot, shimmering salt flats. We return to Salt Lake City in time for our farewell dinner tonight.
Day 18. Aug 13 – Depart Salt Lake City
We transfer to the airport this afternoon for the flight to Australia via LA. Or, why not extend your Sturgis experience with our visit to the home of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee?
Day 19. Aug 14 – In flight
Day 20. Aug 15 – Arrive Australia
We arrive in Sydney at approximately 6.15am.
Tour Prices PER PERSON
in A$ including air
NOTE: You must be min. 21 years old & hold a valid unrestricted motorcycle licence.
$12,990 per person – For 2 riders travelling together – Each person rides a bike and the 2 of you share a hotel room.
$9,990 per person – For 1 rider and 1 pillion travelling together – You travel on 1 bike together and the 2 of you share a hotel room.
$14,990 per person – For 1 rider travelling solo – You ride a bike and have a room to yourself.
- Return economy airfare SYD or MEL/USA incl. taxes
- Accommodation at overnight stops as listed
- 4 days/5 nights attendance at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
- Day at the Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week
- Welcome & Farewell dinners
- Harley-Davidson hire with saddle bags
- Comprehensive bike insurance for theft, damage, 3rd party supplemental liability
- Transfers between airport, hotel & bike rental
- Elite Special Event Tours travel wallet
Not included: Fuel, meals other than listed in itinerary, drinks, tips, personal items.
Easy Payment Option
Why not spread your holiday payments over instalments?
Just choose the amounts that suit you and we’ll take care of it.
Optional extension to visit the home of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee
Day 18. Aug 13 – Salt Lake City – Chicago – Milwaukee
Fly to Chicago, then board our coach for the 90 minute drive to Milwaukee. En route we will stop at one of Milwaukee’s best known Harley-Davidson dealerships at Kenosha, where we are always made welcome by the friendly staff. Later, we’ll check in to our downtown hotel close to Milwaukee’s Irish Pubs.
Day 19. Aug 14 – ‘The Steel Toe Tour’ – Harley-Davidson
Museum and Factory Tours The Steel Toe Tour gives you a chance to learn HD history and get up-close and personal with V-Twin engine manufacturing at Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s 849,000 square-foot Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, home of “Big Twin”. The Steel Toe Tour includes your entry ticket to the Harley-Davidson Museum including the must-see Engine Room. A shuttle will take you from the Museum to the Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility, where you’ll view the assembly line, powder coat process, cold testing and steel and aluminum machining.
Day 20. Aug 15 – Miller Brewery Tour & Irish Festival
This morning we will be transferred to another famous Milwaukee building, the Miller Brewing Company. Here we’ll take a short tour of the factory before sampling some of their local product. Tonight experience all the fun of the Milwaukee Irish Festival at the spectacular State Fair Grounds on the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s a great way to celebrate the end of a great trip. Day 21. Aug 16 – Milwaukee – Chicago – Australia Today our coach takes us to Chicago Airport for your flight to Australia or to other exciting destinations…..the choice is yours.
All this for just an additional $890 pp twinshare
Single supplement $250
- 3 nights accommodation
- Flight from Salt Lake City to Chicago
- Transfers by air-conditioned coach
- Harley-Davidson Museum entry
- Steel Toe Tour of the Pilgrim Rd Powertrain Factory
- Miller Brewery tour & tasting