Ride The Big Sky® – Over 1,000,000 Motorcycle Tourists Visited Montana in 2012
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Billings – Montana’s Trailhead – A Rider Friendly Western City Located 1 hour from the Beartooth Highway and a couple hour ride to Yellowstone Park.
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Very few of life’s activities can measure up to motorcycle riding. If you are an enthusiast, you know what we are talking about. If you have never ridden a motorcycle, or toured the United States on a bike, you should consider trying it out. Be it riding off-road, riding on the highways and back roads or racing, the thrill, freedom and ecstasy of riding a motorcycle is truly one of the best things one can experience. To ride some of the thousands of miles of roads in Montana, Big Sky Country, where there are fewer residents in the state than in the city of San Jose, California, the enjoyment is even greater when you’re not so concerned about negotiating a 6 lane freeway amongst thousands of trucks and cars. Riding and touring on a motorcycle in Big Sky Country is one of the “must do” activities for any motorcycle enthusiast. On a trip with other bikers a few years ago, marveling at the huge, blue sky, we were struck with the idea that has become one of our trademarks, Ride The Big Sky®.
In 2011, the ride located just 60 miles from Billings referred to as the Beartooth Highway was voted the #1 motorcycle ride in the United States by members of the American Motorcyclist Association. Ride The Big Sky®
Billings is referred to as Montana’s Trailhead. Watch a video about Billings, Montana and what makes the city special.
Billings is home to one of the oldest AMA sanctioned clubs in the US, Billings Motorcycle Club (“BMC” www.billingsmotorcycleclub.us). The BMC event, nearing it’s 100th anniversary, is the Great American Championship Motorcycle Hill Climb. Billings has also hosted the national H.O.G. Rally (2006), the Honda Goldwing rider Wing Ding (past years and July 2007) and an AMA Grand National Flat Track 1/2 mi event in 2008. The city has gained a reputation among motorcycle enthusiasts as a place that serves as a hub of road riding adventures, and has friendly people, fewer crowds, reasonable prices and a Big Sky that is so large and clear that it is hard to describe. Billings is Montana’s Trailhead for motorcycle tourists. Ride The Big Sky®
Billings is just an hour from the Beartooth Highway and Yellowstone Park, an hour from Red Lodge which hosts the annual Beartooth Rally, and about 4 hours northwest of Sturgis, South Dakota. If you are planning a motorcycle vacation, we encourage you to take in the sites and scenes in the Billings area as you Ride The Big Sky®.
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Check out the videos on our MySpace site to see more about what it means for us to Ride The Big Sky®.
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RASE Supports AMA Membership
Recreational Action Sports Entertainment, LLC (“RASE”…pronounced like “race”) is an ardent supporter of the American Motorcyclist Association (“AMA”). We have personally belonged to AMA since 1974, and RASE is an approved AMA sanctioned promoter. We encourage anyone that rides motorcycles or ATVs to consider membership in AMA and support their tireless efforts to protect and further the rights of motorcyclists.
- A letter from the AMA and a sign up form are available here
BMC Hosts the 91st Great American
Recreational Action Sports Entertainment and Midland Claims Service, Inc are proud sponsors of the 95th running of the Great American Championship Motorcycle Hill Climb scheduled for July 26-28, 2013. With a guaranteed purse of nearly $60,000 up for grabs in the professional classes, rider participation in 2013 is once again expected above 600 entries in the pro and amateur classes.
- Read more about the Oldest, Richest and Biggest Motorcycle Hill Climb in the United States
Billings Chamber of Commerce Supports Ride The Big Sky®
The Billings Chamber of Commerce has provided a great deal of support to Recreational Action Sports Entertainment and Billings Motorcycle Club. Without support of the Chamber, MetraPark, Yellowstone County and many of the fine, tourist friendly businesses in the Billings area, building The Warm Up® would not have been possible. BMC and RASE were honored by the Billings Chamber of Commerce, each receiving the Roche Jaune award for Tourism Excellence for promotion of motorcycle tourism for the Billings area.
- Learn more about the Billings area on the Chamber’s web site: VisitBillings!
The Beartooth Highway All American Highway
The Beartooth All American Highway has been described as the “single best motorcycle road ride in the United States”, and was voted the #1 motorcycle road ride in the United States in 2011 by American Motorcyclist Association members. Located about 1 hour from Billings, the ride takes you from the priarie to the top of the 12,000′ Beartooth Mountains, through some of the most beautiful road riding scenery in the world. For a motorcycle oriented article, click here to Read more. The Beartooth Highway even has its own web site at beartoothhighway.com. We have posted a virtual ride up the Beartooth Highway switchbacks on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ridethebigsky.
|The Beartooth Rally – Red Lodge, Montana
Each year the Red Lodge, Montana area opens its doors and welcome tens of thousands of rider for the annual Beartooth Rally. Red Lodge is at the base of the Beartooth “All American” Highway, one of the single best day rides around. Each year the rally features a variety of live music , charity events, a kickin’ street dance, merchandise, great food and drinks and the highlight of the event, the famous Iron Horse Rodeo.
Click here to go to the official Beartooth Rally web site.
Dick Slagowski – 1943-2008
Dick Slagowski’s obituary from the Billings Gazette – June 17, 2008
Recreational Action Sports Entertainment Sponsored Riders
|Wyatt Maguire – Mead, Washington
Wyatt Maguire is one of the flat track sport’s up and comers. Congratulations to Wyatt for finishing in 15th place in the AMA Grand National Pro Singles national series in 2010 and multiple podium finishes as a Pro Singles competitor on the national curcuit 2011 and 2012. Wyatt has come to Billings for the pre-Sturgis event, The Warm Up®, each year since 2003. In 2007, he won both the 450 and Open Pro classes on the BMC short track during the Warm Up®. Mike Marsh and RASE are proud to provide support to Wyatt Maguire.
|Tyler Clark, Dickinson, ND
Ty Clark, Missoula, Montana, went to the AMA Nationals in July 2007. Ty made us proud. Mr. Clark finished 2nd overall in the U.S. at nationals in his class, competing against a number of ProSport riders in the events. Ty finished 3rd in the mile, 7th in the short track (after getting knocked down and restarting from 14th place), 4th in the TT and 1st place in the 1/2 mile event. Ty rode Mike Marsh’s Yamaha YZ-450F flat track bike during The Warm Up® 2007 and was in the money in nearly every class. Great job Tyler!
In 2006, Mike Marsh and RASE sponsored Stevie Bonsey, AMA National ProSport 2006 Champion, for 6 races. After Stevie won nearly all of the Pro classes during The Warm Up® 2006, he came back to the area and competed in the 3 day indoor event at Gillette Wyoming in October. On Mike Marsh’s Yamaha YZ-450F, Stevie cleaned up and won all 6 main events. He left the next week to begin his multi-year contract, riding MotoGP for Kenny Roberts. Stevie is back in the states competing in the AMA Grand National Flat Track series. Click here to watch Stevie win the Dash for Cash and Open Pro Main event in The Warm Up® 2006.
|ShaynaTexter – RASE Sponsored Rider 2013|
|Tiffany Sloan – RASE Sponsored Rider 2013|
|Stevie Smith – RASE Sponsored Rider 2013|
|Cory Texter- RASE Sponsored Rider 2013|