This event is posted for our members as a courtesy but will not be supported by the Patriot Guard Riders. Any PGR members choosing to participate will be done as an individual voluntary participation choice.
Sioux Falls to Sturgis Escort
July 14 & 15, 2019
We are pleased to announce the “USS SOUTH DAKOTA Ride Across South Dakota” will take place July 14th & 15th, 2019! Ten Sailors from SSN 790, including Commanding Officer Craig Litty and Chief of the Boat Adam Goulas, will take part in the event. All motorcyclists are welcome to join the ride.
The Sailors will be riding the Commemorative USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. This one-of-a-kind bike was donated by Harley-Davidson Motor Company to celebrate South Dakota’s namesake vessel. J&L Harley-Davidson of Sioux Falls is the sponsoring dealership and along with Black Hills Harley-Davidson will ensure the bike is maintained over the next thirty years. South Dakota artist Mickey Harris created and painted the bike, which honors the history of Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA and commemorates Submarine SOUTH DAKOTA. The Sailors will take turns riding the USS SD H-D Street Glide and other Harley-Davidson motorcycles provided by J&L H-D and Black Hills H-D.
The ride will officially begin at 8am on Sunday, July 14th at the Battleship USS SOUTH DAKOTA (BB 57) Memorial in Sioux Falls. Coffee and donuts will be available. Captain Diane Diekman, USN (Ret), President of the BB 57 Memorial, will welcome the Sailors and share some of the history of Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA, one of the greatest warships in the Navy’s long history.
The riders will depart the BB 57 Memorial at 9am for the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The murals on this year’s Corn Palace are a “Salute to Military” and include corn murals of Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA and Submarine SOUTH DAKOTA. The riders will tour the Corn Palace and have lunch in Mitchell. The ride departs Mitchell at 1:30p for Pierre, where riders will stay overnight. The ride will make a stop for fuel in Chamberlain. Note, participants should make their own arrangements for hotels or camping with many options in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area.
On Monday 7/15, the ride will resume at 9am at the State Capitol in Pierre. Motorcyclists will head to Badlands National Park off of Interstate 90. The ride will arrive in Wall at noon for lunch. At 2pm, the ride will depart Wall for Black Hills H-D in Rapid City and expect to arrive at the dealership about 3pm. Riders will depart Black Hills H-D at 4pm for Sturgis.
At 5pm on Monday 7/15, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Motorcycle Hall of Fame will welcome the riders and induct the Commemorative USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide into the museum! The bike will be on permanent display and also maintained in running condition. Any Sailor assigned to SSN 790 is welcome to check the bike out of the museum and ride it anywhere in the State of South Dakota. Plankowners of SSN 790 have lifetime rights to ride the motorcycle.