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Last week my brother-in-law and his wife arrived here in Cody from Detroit. While discussing his upcoming trip a few weeks before I warned him that if he didn't beg, borrow, steal or otherwise appropriate a trailer and bring his bike he'd regret it (his wife no longer can ride long distance). During the conversation he told me that he was considering it and that one of the last things on his bucket list was riding the Beartooth Highway. Since he's never been here I reminded him that Cody is one of the jumping off points for the Beartooth, decision made.

Last Friday we took off at the crack of 0830, me on the Vic and brother-in-law on his '93 Heritage. I've gotta say, no matter how many times I make that trip it never fails to amaze me and every trip over that I don't get handed my ass by the weather is one for the record books. This trip was picture perfect and all the foul weather gear I made Gary bring was happily left in the saddle bag.

Once we got back down on the flats I asked Gary if he'd like to do a few miles on a Victory and he took me up on it. I'll admit, I haven't been on a Harley in a lot of years so I was curious too. Turns out I'm not sure how I actually rode an early 43 horse power Evo for as many years as I did. My curiosity satisfied I gladly got back on the Vic for the last thirty or so miles to town.
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You do this guide stuff for anyone, or does it have to be a relative?

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I did it last week, it was amazing. The descriptions I had been given do not do it justice.
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Rode Beartooth Pass on my SturgisSturgis trip a couple years back. Absolutely incredible ride! Should be on everyone's bucket list of rides!!

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The fist time I rode the Beartooth Highway, we were heading south toward Yellowstone Park. Checked into a motel in Cooke City and vowed that one day, we will return, ride through Yellowstone to Cooke City, check in for two nights and go to Red Lodge for lunch and return to Cooke City. Three years later, we did just that and it was one of my favorite days on a bike. Since then, I have been over Beartooth a few more times. Thanks for listening, er reading this.

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It is definitely on my bucket list!!! I was on it last year in my cage after camping in a tent in yellowstone for 4 days. Let some guys on sport bikes pass me (didn't want to ruing their fun) in several places. Caught up with them at a pull off and they all had TN tags so started talking with them. One of them offered to let me ride his sport bike for a few miles and back on it and as much as I wanted to I couldn't stand the thought of something going wrong so I didn't. I've rode every curvy road with every cheesy name you can think of in TN, VA, WV, KY, and NC and none of them compare to the beauty of Bear tooth.

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Ya know it's interesting to hear other folks opinions on this road. I grew up here and to me the Beartooth and Chief Joseph (Dead Indian) have always been here, although Dead Indian didn't get paved until the 1980's.

I used to work for a Swiss here in the USA and I got to travel to Switzerland in the early 2000's where I had a turbo Glide to ride and a beast of a Mercedes 500 that belonged to the boss. I can tell you that after weeks of traveling the Swiss Alps by bike that the Beartooth is the closest we have to compare. The alps surpass the Beartooth but I found that is you want to impress a Swiss with one our roads this one will work.

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Ya know it's interesting to hear other folks opinions on this road. I grew up here and to me the Beartooth and Chief Joseph (Dead Indian) have always been here, although Dead Indian didn't get paved until the 1980's.

I used to work for a Swiss here in the USA and I got to travel to Switzerland in the early 2000's where I had a turbo Glide to ride and a beast of a Mercedes 500 that belonged to the boss. I can tell you that after weeks of traveling the Swiss Alps by bike that the Beartooth is the closest we have to compare. The alps surpass the Beartooth but I found that is you want to impress a Swiss with one our roads this one will work.

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I can't agree more. Some of the most beautiful riding in that area of the beartooth. I haven't been there on my vic yet, but had taken my Shadow through there and loved everything about it. The key is to leave EARLY so that you don't have to worry too much about the cagers who can't hug the curves and try to cut them short. Not to mention the early morning light on the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. Those of you who reside in that area, I am envious. Of course, I do have the north cascades in my backyard, but that's comparing apples and oranges.

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Foto Joe, if you have ever been on Klausen Pass in eastern Switzerland, you might prefer that to Beartooth. The Klausen has to be the most drop dead gorgeous pass I have ever traveled.

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