Sturgis is a 30-minute ride from Rapid City via Interstate 90. The amount of motorcycle traffic is staggering, and the number of riders without a skid lid is equally as staggering. I believe in rider choice, but I also believe in the actuarial table. If you ride long enough, you're gonna get rained on. You're gonna have a flat, or run out of gas. A fuse is gonna blow and shut the bike down in the outback somewhere. And, you're gonna get road rash or crack your melon. I've had flats, been rained on, blown a fuse, and I've had road rash. But my choice is to use that skid lid, along with my chaps, full fingered gloves by Firstgear, my armored jacket by Olympia, my Nelson Riggs rain suit, and I carry extra fuses, and a can of Fix-a-Flat. Hey! I've even got AAA.