This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Tomahawk Fall Ride, an annual celebration of motorcycling during fall in the scenic northwoods of Wisconsin. Like all great rallies that span the decades, the Tomahawk Fall Ride had a humble beginning.
In 1981, fewer than 20 riders gathered in Tomahawk, Wisconsin for a ride through Wisconsin’s northwoods, a region that attracts vacationers from Chicago and beyond. Among that group was Willie G. Davidson, but this was not a Motor Company sponsored event. Two years later, Harley-Davidson and the Harley Owners Group got involved and the event began to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). By the end of the decade, the event drew 5,000 attendees annually and donated almost $10,000 to the MDA.
The event—held this year from September 14–18—has continued to grow over the years and now is too big to fit in one location. And while Harley-Davidson is not the official sponsor, the company, which has a manufacturing plant in Tomahawk, does offer up activities. Across the five-day event, there’s lots to do and scenic backroads to ride between venues.
Harley-Davidson Tomahawk plant tours and activities
Kaphaem Road Facility
611 S. Kaphaem Road
Harley-Davidson demo rides, food and vendors
900 W Somo Avenue
Bubba’s Big Party—camping, bands, vendors and so much more
Located adjacent to:
Nokomis Volunteer Fire Department
2675 County Road L
Concerts, food, vendors, and more
Downtown Tomahawk, Wisconsin
This all started as a fall ride through the northwoods of Wisconsin and with good reason. The northern part of Wisconsin is a land of great natural beauty offering almost unlimited riding opportunities. Fall is perhaps the best time to experience the region. Warm days and cool nights with colorful foliage unfolding before your eyes makes for rides you will remember all winter long.
Location: Greater Tomahawk area
Dates: September 14–18
Hours: Vary at each location; expect fun from morning to night
Admission: Weekend pass at Bubba’s Big Party—full weekend pass, $100; three-day pass, $80. Events at several locations are free.
Dairyland Cycle® is the proud sponsor of the Tomahawk Fall Ride and its musical entertainment all weekend long. We’ll have team members at several locations, so be sure to drop by and say hello!
Till next time, ride safe!
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