Iron Mountain Road and the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

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Iron Mountain Road SD, Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway

Now, this is why I ride! Got to love the sharp turns and switchbacks on Iron Mountain Road SD and the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway. Great roads, if not the best roads to ride your motorcycle.

The switchbacks are fun and the reality is it can be handled easily just by slowing down. However, if you have little riding experience, then I don’t recommend it or at the minimum, take the turns and downshift into first or second gear. Know that if you are not used to so many curves, these curves come up on you fast. As experienced as I am at riding, that happen to me more than once, but my experienced allowed me to adjust accordingly.

My only issue with the switchbacks are that the sudden elevation changes meant first gear was to low for my Honda Motorcycle VTX 1800, and second gear was to high. I ended up just keeping it second and squeezing the clutch a little more and giving it a little more juice with the throttle.

Regardless, I wasn’t there to scrape the floorboards and truth be told, I didn’t come across anyone riding stupid either, but I did on the Dragon’s Tail at Deal’s Gap North Carolina. There are more than enough You Tube videos to prove that, not including my own.

Because there were more motorcycles than usual, it sometimes distracts from your ride when you have to be paying attention to the motorcycle coming from the opposite lane. However, though the roads were designed to purposefully make you ride slow, so I didn’t come across anyone speeding and that includes for the cars as well.

Personally, I preferred when I first rode Iron Mountain Road in 2012 since it was the week before the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the roads and Custer State Park were empty.

Make sure this road is on your “bucket list.” Enjoy the video below.

MC Atty





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