USS South Dakota crew has free access to custom motorcycle

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STURGIS, S.D. -

During the 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, passersby may have seen a bike bearing the logo of the USS South Dakota and an interesting paint job.

The custom bike, which has been parked at Rally Point in Sturgis all week, pays homage to the USS South Dakota. The Governor's Commissioning Committee was in town to educate the public about the submarine and how it puts the state of South Dakota and its many sailors on the map.

The state-of-the-art submarine which is being built in Connecticut, hopes to be completed by the Winter of 2019. Once the sub is complete and in service, the motorcycle will be displayed at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. The bike however, won't collect dust like others. 

According to Retired US Navy Commander Ron Hill, sailors will have the chance to take turns driving the bike through the Black Hills.

"There will be a key on board the submarine," said Hill. "And if you're a motorcycle rider and you want to come on vacation to Sturgis, you'll be able to check that out and ride it throughout the Black Hills or wherever you'd like. And it won't be in the museum. It will be a living honor of the submarine, and it should be a great thing for the crew."

The 2018 Harley Davidson Street Glide was donated by J&L Harley Davidson in Sioux Falls, and was pained by Menno-based artist Mickey Harris.

For more information about the USS South Dakota, click here.

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