Red Lodge, Montana

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I love Montana.

Wide open spaces, spectacular mountain scenery, and a state population that’s less (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011) than Calgary sprinkled across the fourth largest state in the Union, makes for a very interesting motorcycling state.

Hmmm, let’s figure that out. . . just how many Montana State Troopers and county sheriffs could there possibly be patrolling 147,138 square miles?  And given Montana’s history of having no day time speed limit many years ago (ya gotta love their feisty ‘we don’t need no stinkin’ gummint telling us how to drive’ attitude) and my experience that the police show greater tolerance for motorists traveling above the posted speed limit compared to Canadian LEOs, you get to understand why plenty of Western Canadian motorcycle riders head to Big Sky Country.

Red Lodge, Montana is a funky little resort town at the base of Beartooth Mountain, but more importantly, for motorcyclists, Red Lodge is the northern entrance to the legendary Beartooth Highway and Beartooth Pass.

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Like Lolo Pass on the Lewis & Clark Highway, Beartooth Pass makes it on to various “Best Motorcycling Roads in the United States” lists like clockwork. Fantastic scenery is a given, but be aware that Beartooth Pass has numerous VERY tight, technical switchbacks.

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