Wisconsin - Motorcycle Roads and Riders


There is nothing cheesy about the many motorcycle roads that Wisconsin has to offer. Riders can travel through miles of bucolic farmlands, the Northwoods, or cruise alongside one of Wisconsin's many rivers or by one of this state's approximately 15,000 lakes. Hog owners will want to make sure and set aside time to make a pilgrimage to the Harley-Davidson Museum, which is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

One of the most scenic rides in Wisconsin is the 250-mile Great River Road, which runs parallel to the Mississippi River from the Illinois state line to Prescott. This road is the only one in Wisconsin that has been designated as a National Scenic Byway. Located along Wisconsin's western border, the Great River Road winds through many quaint towns, where riders can take a break from the saddle and stretch out their road-weary legs or grab a bite to eat.

A nice ride that cuts through the beautiful Northwoods and alongside some of this area's many lakes and flowages begins in the small town of Hayward on County Highway B and proceeds west to County Highway Cc, which runs alongside and crosses over several lakes. Riders wanting to make a loop back to Hayward can then take County Highway Nn back to County Highway B.

Wisconsin's Route 33, from LaCrosse to Reedsburg, is a good road for motorcyclists looking for something to challenge their riding skills. In addition to passing through beautiful farmlands and Amish country, the Wildcat Mountain State Park portion of Route 33 features some fun switchbacks and curving roads.

The northeast portion of Wisconsin is known for having some of the best rides in the state, including Highway 55, which runs parallels to the Wolf River and cuts through beautiful old-growth forests. This scenic road, which stretches from the Village of Mole Lake in the north to Shawno in the south, travels through the Menomonee Indian Reservation and features some good rolling stretches and fun curves. This road's main drawback is its speed limits, which tend to be in the 35- to 45-mile range.

Another fun and popular road is Highway 108 between West Salem and Jackson County. This route is also known as Mindoro Cut. This short ride, which winds through rock walls that were cut by hand in 1907, offers up some twisty sections and zigzags. In addition, riders will find some very pretty countryside to motor through.

Wisconsin is home to a rather unusual motorcycle gathering. Twice a year, on the first Sunday in May and then again in October, a thousand or more motorcyclists gather in southern Wisconsin to participate in the Slimey Crud Run. This is a loosely organized, unadvertised, but well-known event that runs between Pine Bluff and Leland and travels through the Wisconsin River Valley via Crud Run.



Disclaimer:  All information is provided as a service to motorcycle riders, and the opinions expressed here are subjective. Although we have tried to research this information thoroughly, it is possible that changing circumstances can cause this information to become inaccurate. In addition, the conditions and roads described can change without notice for a number of reasons, including closings, weather conditions and maintenance. Motorcycle events such as rallies and rides may also be cancelled or dates changed without notice, as well. This site is not responsible for these types of circumstances, which are beyond our control, and riders relying on this information will be doing so at their own risk. This site is not liable for any actions a rider takes based on the information provided here.  Please consult other sources before heading out on these roads and do not use the directions given here as a map, as again, circumstances may have affected their accuracy.