Back in March, I was asked to photograph the Wild Gypsy Tour at Sturgis. For those that don’t know, Sturgis is a long-running (79 years!) 10 day motorcycle event within western South Dakota. It has a reputation for its attendees being clad in leather (do you have anything that says “leather-daddy?”) and for being a pretty rough crowd. As you’ll see within these posts, we were both very surprised at how the event went. My first pre-Sturgis reaction was a maybe-I’ll-do-this-at-least-once one to this experience. I’m happy to say my mind was changed, and I definitely look forward to future years!

My friend, Genevieve, and I started from the Bartel’s Harley Davidson in Marina Del Rey. We got an amazing gift from Eagle Rider and Harley Davidson where we got to ride some of their tour bikes to the event in South Dakota. I was on a 2018 Harley SoftTail with some supplementary saddle bags and a windshield. I love my Triumph Bonneville, but trying a touring bike was something I was really keen on doing. It was like riding a cloud and I’m stoked to have had this bike on my trip.

Our first stop was Mammoth Lakes, in the Central/Eastern part of California. Our plan was to ride to Tahoe; but our hearts were very attached to Mammoth from previous summers and friend hangouts. We decided to stay a night with the generosity of friends letting us use their place last minute. Thankful because it was the stop before our 500+ mile trip the next day through Nevada and into Idaho!

All photos minus header photo: Genevieve Davis