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Rider Spotlight with Jenni & Roger

July 05, 2020

Rider Spotlight with Jenni & Roger

Living the dream... 

With the 80th Anniversary of the Sturgis Rally this year, read a story about a couple who went out before the rally to see what the west has to offer. 

This power couple decided to check riding Harley's off their bucket list last year. Jenni went from a 2019 XL883N to now riding a 2019 Heritage S (FLHCS), and Roger went from a 2005 Road King Custom to now riding a 2019 Street Glide Special (FLHXS). Here's their story about going out west to the Badlands, and doing some serious miles on vacation!  



-We received sound advice from an 86-year-old biker on a trike at Sturgis Harley-Davidson. He was spot on about on-coming cars crossing the center line in curves on the Needles Highway. This helped us be more attentive riders. 

-The natural beauty of the Black Hills and Badlands. 

-Experiencing the twisting and winding roads with so many elevation changes. 

-Seeing Mt. Rushmore through the tunnels on the Iron Mountain Highway was breathtaking. 

-We went through Spearfish Canyon three times, and this was our favorite route.

What worked out well:

-Thankfully, the whole trip went smoothly. The weather cooperated, the bikes ran great, and we put on a lot of miles while seeing some amazing sights.

-We had an outline of places we wanted to go, but kept a flexible schedule.

-Having in-helmet communication helped immensely with planning fuel stops and breaks. Definitely better than trying to yell at each other at 75 mph.

-A big role in the success of our trip was the help we received from the Team at Open Road H-D, especially Aaron. The service we received was above and beyond to help make a success out of our half-baked idea.
The journey:

-We rode 2,600 miles in 5 days.

-Our goal setting out was to ride straight thru to Rapid City, and 14 hours and 816 miles later, we made it.

-Took in the sights for 2 days and began the journey home at a much more leisure pace.

Traveling Takeaways: 

-It’s amazing how friendly everyone is when you’re riding a motorcycle. 

-This was one of our favorite vacations and we will be going back! 

-We were uncertain if we were getting in over our heads since we’ve only been riding for a year, so it was a huge accomplishment for us.

When you do 2,600 miles in 5 days Welcome to the Iron Butt Club!