Mayor concerned about summer motorcyc...

Mayor concerned about summer motorcycle rally in Red Lodge

There are 31 comments on the Great Falls Tribune story from Apr 12, 2008, titled Mayor concerned about summer motorcycle rally in Red Lodge. In it, Great Falls Tribune reports that:

“We just want to stay engaged with the people putting it on and see if we can find some common ground,'”

RED LODGE - Plans for another summer motorcycle rally here disturb the mayor, who has vetoed a City Council-approved permit for a related street dance. via Great Falls Tribune

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Billings, MT

#22 Aug 2, 2009
Burnt , find me a county in Mt. that dont have some of if not more problems than what you just named off. The FBI has the Tri- Counties ( Lewis& Clark, Broadwater & Jefferson counties largest meth counties in the US) So lets not throw that into the mix man.This is about what is going on with the Red Lodge Rally.Throw the current Mayor out and start over,remove the assistant Cheif of police and Neibour(think thats how its spelled) and get some real community builders in there. People,!!!,,, they would love to stop the rally because its loud and to many of the BAD ellements show up. Then lets change some of the rules for the rally... No colors of any kind during the rally, Shut the music down at the dances by 1230 Keep the taxis running till 6am . Learn the laws Ie Red lodge PD learn that you can not give someone a ticket for not putting there right foot down at a stop. That is against all of the traing from the MSF.

Billings, MT

#23 Aug 2, 2009
Its a motorcycle rally all day everyday here in red lodge. I live along main street and its so annoying! Everyone has a motorcycle and they are so loud. They rev their engines when they go by. Bunch of idiots!!

Billings, MT

#24 Aug 3, 2009
Annoyed, I do understand your feelings about the noise and that needs to be addressed. As you know tho would you really preffer that the bikes stop coming to Red lodge? The effectes of that could be a little more of a inconvenance to the well being of the community dont you think? Lets be real about some things here, The rodeo brings in how much and how many problems. 24 fights during the last rodeo/4th of july event, 19 dui's and 6 auto accidents envolving drunk cowboys. If you try hard enough you can find fault with any group of people. The point is we need ALL the tourist that come thru or townsRed Lodge ,Roberts, Joliet, Bridger and Belfry all profit from these dirty noise bikers , the rodeo clowns and the hot rodders that come thru. Oh and by the way the BMW motorcycle club that camps out just out side of red lodge goes to bearcreek and belfry to eat in the resturants and only by there food in the IGA and there booze at the carbon county l.s., Why? Becuase the people in red lodge have treated them like CRAP to many times but they still love the area and the riding here. So we need to get off our high horse and realize that the stuffed shirts in redlodge are as riders say flappin in the wind again. As for Burnts commnet he has 1 very good point about some of the L.E.O.'s,,,It is illeagl to make a motorcycest put both feet down at a sop sign as N.T.S.B, MSF, AMA and ABATE as well as law enforcement motorcycle instructers will tell you the Law says the right foot must be on the rear brake during a stop!!! Also having a person re-sart there vehicale to see if it is to loud for city ord. is entrapment under state and federal Law as is any type of profiling.

Ridge, NY

#25 Dec 27, 2009
We come up from Wyoming each year for the Ralley and really enjoy ourselves! We drop about $600 bucks while we are there between camping food booze and the like. Yea we are part of the 'bad' biker crowd... the ole lady wears as little as possible and in the Snow Cave is always getting down with other women we meet up with! The guys in the bar love it...she gets a kick out of doing it and I just stay back and drink a good bit!

I think we bikers more then likely spend more money per person per day then other type of tourists. Mainly because we just can not haul all of our food and booze so we have to buy it somewhere...

Of course if the good mayor does not want our tourist dollar we can go else where...

Tulsa, OK

#26 Jun 19, 2010
Dear Readers:

I have dealt with motorcycle rallies for years and what I am about to say is based on actual experience from working rallies. I also have video footage and plenty of pictures.

First let me say, I am neither for or against motorcycle rallies. However, the truth and facts about Motorcycle rallies are this.

Many good, fun loving weekend warriors go to rallies. No problem.

However, outlaw motorcycle gangs always and without exception show up at these public events. With them come criminal activity with drugs, firearms and at times violence that goes unsolved.

Public drunkenness, urinating in public, drug activity, open sex and nudity, bare-breast contests, hard liquor sold in public and many other problems such as loud noise late into the night with bands.

The organizers of rallies "always" "always" tell towns and cities of all the much money their community will make off of a rally in their attempt to sell it the idea. It very misleading at best. Towns usually have some fuel sales and a little beer and food sales, but it is insignificant compared to the costs to the community.

The fact is, the organizers bring in their vendors. Crafts, tee-shirts, beer sales & hard liquor sales, tattoo & body piercing, food sales and much more. If the vendors do not make most of the money, they will not come back to a rally and the rallies would die out.

The promoters always assure town leaders that underage persons will not be allowed in the rally and that they have security. History shows that the rally people let underage females into the rally.

Most riders will camp out and do not really use motel and hotels much at all. The reason is money and also, a lot of activities are held inside the rally during the evening with a lot of drinking and substance intake. These riders do not wish to travel on their bikes back and forth or drive in that condition.
SWMC Brady

Missoula, MT

#27 Jul 12, 2010
The show must go on!!! Knock off the fear!! DOnt turn in into "us and them" lets all have a good time, city, bikers, people, lets just get together and enjoy a rally of FREEDOM!!

United States

#28 Jun 27, 2012
Red Lodge SUX! I don't even go there anymore because they don't like outsiders and the 9-unit sheriff's department is scary stupid
d jay

Ibarra, Ecuador

#29 Dec 19, 2012
Love the rally I use to come up from Florida to enjoy red Lodge and the fun.I stayed at my friends house one block off the main road thru town and it was not noisy I came up for 8 years and saw no problems and saw a lot of tourist (myself included)spending a lot of money in town.If i had not moved out of the country I still would come. I hope you continue to have it and have fun.

United States

#30 Jan 30, 2013
I do not live in Red Lodge but in Cooke City. The rally travels up the pass on 1 day & I have to say that is pretty much the most anticipated day of summer. I work at a local restaurant and have worked every rally day thus far. It is seriously one of the best shifts of summer. You may be busting your butt all day long but the money (not to mention the craziness of the day) is totally worth it!!! We all have a lot of fun that day. Even the locals line the streets to get plenty of pics. For the tourists coming through not riding a Harley, well, its an experience for them too. If they don't like it the park is only 4 miles west. Granted some biker groups are notorious for bad tipping or being rude but it all balances out at the end of the day. And their the only customers (usually) that you can have fun with & give them a bit of a hard time & won't get offended. I say KEEP 'EM COMIN'!

United States

#31 Aug 20, 2013
justiceryder wrote:
1. The Rally does generate noise(true) so does the rodeo.
I agree with most of what you said except for this. It's not like the cowboys feed their horses a gallon of beans every day and then ride them up and down the main drag for a week.

I think the "we're coming whether you like it or not" attitude sums up what people don't like about bikers that really exemplify the biker gang culture. It's the same attitude that drives people to put straight pipes on their bikes, and the same attitude that drives organizers to make a whole town put up with an extremely unpopular event. I don't think Sturgis has a debate every year about whether they're sick of their rally yet.

Bozeman, MT

#32 Apr 18, 2016
I would like to hear from the actual Red Lodge business owners on the bike rally. Just to get their take. After reading these comments by a small group of a few whiney people about the "noise", I wonder if the business owners feel the same way? I can't help thinking this is a very small minority's opinion, yet the comments make me wanna stop going to the rally. If the community does not want our money, I don't want to give it to them. Most bikers can't bring much with them, they will spend money that a "normal" tourist doesn't. I have attended the rally for over 20 years religiously. I will reconsider my time and money spent in red lodge if this is the way we're treated. I can still be there and not spend a dime in town. It's the worst possible situation for the local community since the terrible noise will still be there. The mayor is obviously an idiot to drive away easy money from one of the most profitable groups to come to town. I have NEVER seen a fist fight at the rally or any kind of threatening situations from any of the bikers. I HAVE seen the locals getting sloppy drunk, arguing, fighting, and raising hell during the rally. It's not hard to tell who is the bikers and who is not. For the most part, riding a Harley is not a cheap or inexpensive hobby and most riders have money. They are not the hell raising stereotype the movies portray. Most are honest and hard working folks. Think of someone that you know who also has a bike, and that's what most of the riders look like. They aren't bad people, just normal like everyone else, who also enjoys a motorcycle and likes to go have fun and hang out with friends.

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