We lived in Black Hawk (half way between Rapid City & Sturgis) from 08/94 - 09/99 and loved it. The Black Hills area of South Dakota is one of the most beautiful places I have ever lived. Winters and summers can be severe and moderate (all w/i 24 hours), but it has some of the absolute best motorcycling roads and scenery in America. Naturally, prices go up on everything in the summer, and peak during the 4 weeks of the Sturgis rally, but mighty fine people and virtually no litter on the roadsides. If it's paved, ride any road around; it'll end up going somewhere.