RAPID CITY, SD (KELO) — It’s that time of year again! If you have driven in West KELOLAND, you may have noticed more and more motorcycles passing through town.
Every year, dozens of motorcycles crash in Pennington County. The Sheriff’s Office urges everyone to keep this in mind when hitting the road.
“There is this saying, look twice, save a life. Obviously, if you’re going to change lanes. Make sure you don’t just look in your mirror, you check your blind spot. Peeking and looking back, these bikes hide very well in your blind spots, so it’s really good to take a second look,” said Deputy Chaz Foss, of the office of the Pennington County Sheriff.
Great weather, beautiful scenery and windy roads are just some of the reasons bikers love to ride the Black Hills, but it’s also what makes the area dangerous.
“Especially on a motorcycle if you’re not familiar with these roads, these corners come quickly, so it’s very important that people pay attention to the recommended speeds,” deputy Foss said.
The CEO of Black Hills Harley Davidson said riders should make sure their bikes are working properly, wear appropriate clothing and obey the speed limit.
“All of these things can add up to make your ride very controllable and very safe,” said Black Harley Davidson CEO Al Rieman.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists each year. This year the event starts on August 5th.
Motorcycles will fill the roads before the rally even begins.
“We have some of the most beautiful easily accessible roads through the Black Hills, it makes driving a real pleasure. But they are also harder to negotiate, harder to see, harder to see what is coming, so you have to be careful on those roads,” Rieman said.
This will be the 82nd edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Events run until Sunday, August 13.