When Tim and Jane Stewart bought Moab Chevrolet, in April 2004, one of
the first things they noticed was the amount of motorcycle traffic
we built our new Chevrolet dealership in Red Lodge, Montana,
we sold our old building to Leo Wilson, who runs the Beartooth
Rally, and the Bonedaddys in Red Lodge” said Tim. “It
became obvious to us that Moab was a great place for a
rally, and was in need of a friendly place for (motor)
bikers to stop and rest up on their way thru town.”
Lonnie East, who manages the store for Tim and Jane, worked for them
at the Chevrolet dealership in Red Lodge, and was wanting to move south
to be neared his kids in Phoenix, and his wife’s family in Grand
Junction, so it was an obvious “fit”, and in early March
this year, Bonedaddys Custom Cycles, Moab, opened for business.
The store has 3 main functions: a stop for motorcyclists riding thru
Moab, who may just want to sit and relax for a while either outside,
or in the air conditioning on those July and August days, to sell t-
shirts, oil filters and apparel, and last but certainly not least, to
serve as the Headquarters for “The Moab Ironhorse Rally,” a
3 day event in September.
Leo has been running a rally in Red Lodge for 11 years now, said Tim,
and it has had a huge economic impact on the town. When you consider
that the average Harley owner is 52 years old with an income of $85,000
and that a good number will spend money on 3 meals a day, a hotel or
condo rental as well as drinks and souvenirs, it’s easy to see
why so many of the local merchants are 100% behind the event.
The rally consists of a golf tournament, open to all golfers, on Friday,
September 16th, with prizes on every hole, and a grand prize of a truck
or a custom motorcycle (winners choice) for a hole in one.
On Saturday we have the first annual La Sal Loop Run, with stops at Hole ‘n
the Rock, Sorrel River Ranch, and a lunch stop at Red Cliffs Lodge. On
Sunday, the first ever Moab Ironhorse Rodeo, takes place at the Spanish
Trail Arena. The rodeo consists of several motorcycle events including
a slow race, where contestants have to be the slowest rider over a course
without putting a foot down or going out of bounds, no easy task on a
big V Twin. There is also an obstacle race, a barrel push, where a 55
gallon drum is pushed with the front wheel of the bike, and everyone’s
favorite, the “weenie bite,” which you’ll just have
to see for yourselves!
Stop by and visit Bonedaddys at 397 North Main, open 7 days a week. Call
259-2596, or visit www.bonedaddyscustomcycles.com for more information.