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I wasn't sure whether to post here or General..anyway two friends and I made the Sturgis rally this year...but that's not really the story. On August 10th we went to Devil's Tower...beautiful ride on Highway 34 and 24. When we got tothe Tower I discovered that my saddlebags had fallen off somewhere between Sturgis and Devils Tower. I was riding last in my group and it was early in the A M so not many other riders were out. Any way we backtracked all the way but found nothing.

I figured it was a lost cause but I wasn't going to let that spoil my good time. So to make a long story even longer, today I was doodling on the computer and did a Google search on 'lost saddlebags sturgis'. I got a hit on another forum. Someone had found saddlebags on highway 34 with a VL800 owners manual in the bag but no other identifying objects. They were turned in to the BElle Fourche P.D. on 8/19/2010. Figuring I had nothing to lose I located their phone number and called them about an hour ago and believe it or not they still had the bags with the contents intact. They of course asked me what was in them and after I ticked off the first 5 items they were convinced I was the rightful owner. We are making arrangements to have the items sent by mail. I'd love to pick them up on person but 1500 miles each way is more than I can want to take on at this point. Is that crazy or what?
 

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With all that happened I still had a great time. I had been to Sturgis back in 1976 (not during the rally however). So this was really different. I will say if I go back it will probably not be during the rally. The riding in and around the Black Hills is phenomenal if you like beautiful scenery at every bend, neat little towns(Deadwood, Hulett) and great roads. I hope to get out there again soon....I'm not getting any younger.
 

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thats an amazing story . Tenacity pays off!!
 

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Have you ever been to Belle Fourche? Of course they hung onto it, they got absolutly nothing else to do in Belle Fourche. They probably took turns taking it home and caring for it. BTW if you were on I90 25mi west of Sioux Falls you rode right past my house.
 

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That's really cool!

We are thinking of going there in June of 2011...

Any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated!

I don't want to go during the rally.... I just wanna ride and see the sights!
 

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Have you ever been to Belle Fourche? Of course they hung onto it, they got absolutly nothing else to do in Belle Fourche. They probably took turns taking it home and caring for it. BTW if you were on I90 25mi west of Sioux Falls you rode right past my house.
Hahaha, yeah I've been to Belle Fourche. I think they took turns. One officer would roll up the sidewalks, the other would take the bags home. They'd switch duties on odd numbered days.
 

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Have you ever been to Belle Fourche? Of course they hung onto it, they got absolutly nothing else to do in Belle Fourche. They probably took turns taking it home and caring for it. BTW if you were on I90 25mi west of Sioux Falls you rode right past my house.
I remember seeing signs for Humboldt and as many posts of yours that I have read I did remember that was where you were from.
 

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That's really cool!

We are thinking of going there in June of 2011...

Any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated!

I don't want to go during the rally.... I just wanna ride and see the sights!
By all means don't go during the rally....unless you are a big partier. We did some great riding in the 3 days that we were there. Some of the places I would recommend would be: Devil's Tower, The Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, of course Rushmore and Crazy Horse if you've never seen them, Iron Mountain Road, Needles Highway,Custer State Park, Deadwood and a whole bunch of places that were not really landmarks but were beautiful anyway. You can't go wrong in the Black Hills. I'm sure others can chime in and point other places that I missed. I wish we had a couple more days to do a few more rides. I will go back again although I may not ride out (either trailer or cage it) I'm getting to an age that riding 4,000 miles is a bit more than is comfortable for me.
 

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I'm glad to hear that there are still good honest people out there in this world of ours.

Turning your bag in to the police department was a good idea.

I keep an I.D. tag in all my bags, luggage, etc. for instances such as this.

I even have my name and phone number in my prescription glasses case and I've gotten them back twice when I left them behind by mistake.
 

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By all means don't go during the rally....unless you are a big partier. We did some great riding in the 3 days that we were there. Some of the places I would recommend would be: Devil's Tower, The Badlands, Spearfish Canyon, of course Rushmore and Crazy Horse if you've never seen them, Iron Mountain Road, Needles Highway,Custer State Park, Deadwood and a whole bunch of places that were not really landmarks but were beautiful anyway. You can't go wrong in the Black Hills. I'm sure others can chime in and point other places that I missed. I wish we had a couple more days to do a few more rides. I will go back again although I may not ride out (either trailer or cage it) I'm getting to an age that riding 4,000 miles is a bit more than is comfortable for me.

+1. I went on a tour bus and we met all the bikers heading home.

No traffic to fight when we got there.

Cheaper hotels, etc. and plenty available.

Mount Rushmore for sure is a site to see.

Please be sure to swing by by Deadwood and visit the money I left behind at the casinos. Good food at the casinos.

Beautiful country for sightseeing.

Have a great vacation.

pete
 

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I guess I didn't think about the bags falling off and losing them....but yeah I will make sure that happens and I am indebted to the guy who turned them in to the PD
 

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It was luck and smarts that let you find that the bags had been turned in, but it was a decent person who picked them up and turned them over to Lost and Found. Great story. I hope sometime someone gets to do something nice for the person who found the bags.

Make a bet you don't loose them a second time.
 

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It was mostly luck and like was stated above the good will of another person...I will take precautions in the future to better secure my bags. I'll be curious to see what condition the bags are in. I'm suspecting that the leather that held the yoke together must have snapped and then the bags just released. I still can't believe this whole episode.
 

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Cowboy,,,,,,I never cared much for throw over bags......Always rubbed the paint on the top of the fender. If interested I have a set of HardStreet locking hard bags off of my C50C I'd part with at a fair price.
 

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Love the Hills; been going out there since '66. Took my oldest grandson out there this Memorial Day for two weeks there and in Rocky Mountain National Park. Graduation/going away present before joining the Army. Normally come up through Chadron, Nebraska but took the other highway north into the hills before you get to the Hills. Runs through Ogallala National Grassland. Beautiful deserted country!

One of these years I'm going on the bike. Or at least trailering it partway and then riding the rest while he wife drives the truck.
 
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