On June 17th, motorcyclists worldwide will be celebrating the 28th annual “Ride to Work Day.” The event aims to shed light on the benefits of riding a two-wheeled vehicle, from economical to social, and hopefully create more awareness of riders as well.

“Motorcycles and scooters consume less resources per mile than automobiles, and take up less space in parking areas and on roads. Riders seek employer and community support for this efficient form of transportation, and more government and public awareness about riding’s many benefits,” stated event organizer Andy Goldfine in a press release.

While the fact that motorcycles take up less space on the road, use fewer natural resources, and emit less harmful emissions is a given, this doesn’t take into account that riding a motorcycle is both fun and therapeutic. For all these reasons, we believe every day is ride to work day! Some here at J&P even take the “ride to work” mantra to extremes.

Anamosa to Sturgis might not be your typical ride to work, but for the last 9 years it's been Curt Foust's routine. 

For 9 years running, J&P Cycles' Product Merchant Curt Foust has packed up his Harley in early August and charted a course for the Black Hills to work at the Sturgis Rally. The commute starts in Anamosa, Iowa, where he works at the OG J&P store. The route he takes is an 860-mile one-way trip which he does in one day.

“We’re hardcore,” Foust said with a chuckle.

Going almost iron butt in one day is definitely not your typical commute, but riding to Sturgis is tradition. Of course, making that annual run to the Black Hills hasn’t come without its challenges.

“One year I blew a tire on I-90 at about 75 mph. That was a freak-out moment. Even when I got slowed down and on the side of the interstate, we were about probably less than a mile from an off-ramp and even just trying to limp it on the shoulder at 10 mph, that thing was squirrelly and wanted to walk all over,” said Foust.

A blowout on a motorcycle is never fun, especially on one that weighs over 900 pounds! 

“It actually worked out all right. First of all, I didn’t wreck, which was huge. Then when we were coasting to the off-ramp, there was a hotel right there, right off the ramp. So I pulled into their lot and called Ernie, our truck driver, because he’d left earlier in the day. I didn’t know where he was at but thought, well maybe. He was about 20 miles up the road from where it had happened. He’d shut her down for the day and was able to come back with the semi. I got my bike loaded into the semi and pulled off a Road Glide that we have and rode that the rest of the way. Best case scenario, all things considered,” he added.

Then there’s the unpredictable weather.

The calm before the storm over Sturgis. 

“I was riding out with Troy Porter one year and we got about two miles from Monticello where we both live and it started to get dark. We had to pull over at this little barn and put our rain gear on two miles into our trip of 860 to get out to Sturgis,” Foust said.

“We’ve seen rain, we’ve seen hail, lightning lighting up the sky like a Christmas tree. Wind will gust across 90 there. It comes out of nowhere and looks like rain but it’s really the wind blowing dust and dirt and stuff through. It’s pretty wild. I’d never seen anything like that until I was out on the plains.”

One year Foust had to pull over and put on rain gear only two miles in to his 860-mile, one-day run to Sturgis. 

Throw close encounters with deer into those memorable moments, one time so close Foust “could hear his hooves scratching the black top trying to get out of the way.”

We know he’s not the only road warrior out there who’s gone the extra mile (literally) to ride to work. What’s the longest you’ve ever ridden to work? Anybody out there got Curt beat? We’d love to hear your epic “ride to work day” story in the comment section. And J&P encourages everybody to get out and ride to work June 17th in celebration of this special day for those who live the two-wheel lifestyle.