Beartooth Beemer biker rally, a quiet road-eo

Photo by Lizzie Blumenthal

Beartooth Beemer rally riders

discuss BMW bikes and their

ride for the next day.

By Lizzie Blumenthal CCN Reporter

Known as the “best little rally in the west,” the Beartooth Beemer (BB) biker rally brought hundreds of riders from all over the country to camp, meet up with fellow bikers and explore Montana’s finest scenery. On Aug. 15, the bikers began arriving at Lion’s Camp, at Lake Fork Rd., to set up camp for the next three days, venturing the roads to beautiful destinations during the day and enjoying the festivities in the evenings. “This is more of a destination rally. We have people come from all parts of the country that travel here because they truly love to ride,” Steven Toth, President of BB, explained. Celebrating 15 years of rendezvous, attendees from all parts of the globe including Vancouver, Missouri, Michigan, and sometimes overseas rode thousands of miles to take part in the rally. Whether young or old, repeats or first-timers, “riders come to enjoy the event, the good food and the good camaraderie,” Toth said. With Lion’s club providing breakfast and dinner and Red Lodge Ales supplying beer after a long day of riding through MT’s terrain, BB riders had nothing but encouraging words to say about the rally and the folks they get to share the experience with. “So far it’s been great,” said Karolina Francis, who rode 1000 miles in 15 hours for the Iron Butt Association’s SaddleSore. “We do this because its fun, challenging and definitely pushes your boundaries.” With the money left over from the event, Toth said they donate a portion to the Lion’s club, which focuses on vision and children with special needs, and other charitable organizations. Last year, some of the funds went to the Food Bank in Joliet. Unlike the youth camps the Lion’s camp normally hosts, club members and volunteers are happy BB can utilize the large campground and enjoy the camp’s services. “We always sponsor a camp for the physically disabled and rent the camp out all summer to youth groups and special needs, but this is also a fundraiser for Lion’s and we love this group. They are good eaters and very fun and nice people,” said Sue Hanson, Lion’s club member. Different from the Beartooth Harley rally, the bikes of BB are quiet and the camp is set by the river, so riders can relax, enjoy some live music and get some rest before a full day of riding and exploring.