Wild Ones Weekend

Not being in a rush when on a two wheeled trip is my ideal of the perfect adventure. With a few weeks before I had to be in Sturgis for the 75th Rally I had plenty of time to seek out the hidden treasures found only on the Blue Highways of America. Heading out of Anamosa, Iowa, I pointed the front wheel towards Milwaukee, Wisconsin, toward  the Wild Ones Weekend/KnuckleHead Reunion hosted at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Not only is it attended by possibly the largest KnuckleHead (1936/1947 overhead valve models) in the world, but is also a vintage style rally complete with field events. If that wasn’t enough, a trip through the museum was the cherry on top of the cake. Making my way to Milwaukee I stumbled onto the small village of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. It seems every little dot on the map has its own “Claim to Fame” and with its Scandinavian heritage Mt. Horeb claims to be The Troll Capital of the World. Hand carved wooden Trolls were everywhere I turned – truly what I seek out in my travels.

Being early for the event I headed to a friend’s house that always has a pre-rally party about 20 miles south of Milwaukee.  Each year it’s attended by some of the most dedicated antique motorcyclists that I’ve ever met with one that came all the way from Phoenix, Arizona.

The rally has a free-spirited feel that truly separates it from the rest. Willie G Davidson and his wife Nancy always makes an appearance that makes it even more special. This has been my 3rd year attending the Rally and I hope to say it won’t be my last. Follow “Wild Ones Weekend” on Facebook for the exact dates for the 2016 rally.

The Wild Ones Weekend-Knucklehead Reunion at the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Wild Ones Weekend-Knucklehead Reunion at the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee, Wis.

Two of the well known names in the antique Harley world.
Two of the well known names in the antique Harley world.

Wild Ones Weekend rundown of events.
Wild Ones Weekend rundown of events.

The Ives Brothers Wall of Death put on numerous shows during the event.
The Ives Brothers Wall of Death put on numerous shows during the event.

The bronze artwork of sculptor Jeff Decker stands sentinel at the entrance to the museum.
The bronze artwork of sculptor Jeff Decker stands sentinel at the entrance to the museum.

Speaking volumes without saying a word.
Speaking volumes without saying a word.

Slo Joe Gardella helping with some parking lot repairs.
Slo Joe Gardella helping with some parking lot repairs.

In 1907, there were 150 motorcycle manufacturers in the U.S., but Harley was the only one to withstand the test of time.
In 1907, there were 150 motorcycle manufacturers in the U.S., but Harley was the only one to withstand the test of time.

Hog Owners Group (HOG) display in the museum.
Hog Owners Group (HOG) display in the museum.

Here’s something you just don’t see everyday.
Here's something you just don't see everyday.

Coolest trophies ever for the Field Events.
Coolest trophies ever for the Field Events.

Barrel Roll
Barrel Roll

Plank Race
Plank Race

Field events are always harder than they look.
Field events are always harder than they look.

The Badger Heritage Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America sponsored the field events.
The Badger Heritage Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America sponsored the field events.

Almost got it in the wiener-bite competition.
Almost got it in the wiener-bite competition.

Taking aim in the wiener-bite competition.
Taking aim in the wiener-bite competition.

An example of how fun the Wiener-Bite competition is.
An example of how fun the Wiener-Bite competition is.

Fat-Bob gas tank designs over the years.
Fat-Bob gas tank designs over the years.

Living the Legend Rivet display on the museum grounds.
Living the Legend Rivet display on the museum grounds.

The engine wall that includes prototypes.
The engine wall that includes prototypes.

Exploded view of the motorcycle that ushered Harley-Davidson into the modern world.
Exploded view of the motorcycle that ushered Harley-Davidson into the modern world.

Everyone customizes their bike in one way or the other and everybody does it different.
Everyone customizes their bike in one way or the other and everybody does it different.

Deep in the bowels of the museum.
Deep in the bowels of the museum.

Approximately 40 Knuckleheads showed up at the Knucklehead Reunion – Wild Ones Weekend.
Approximately 40 Knuckleheads showed up at the Knucklehead Reunion - Wild Ones Weekend.

An exhibit running through Sept. 7 was set up to showcase Willie G Davidson’s personal collection and showcase his designs that influenced Harley-
An exhibit running through Sept. 7 was set up to showcase Willie G Davidson's personal collection and showcase his designs that influenced Harley-Davidsons as we know it.

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By |2015-08-25T16:13:58+00:00August 25th, 2015|Categories: Editorial/Commentary Articles, News/Events Articles|4 Comments

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  1. Tim O'Day September 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Great blog!

  2. Tim O'Day September 13, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Great coverage!

  3. Daren August 26, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Wow that looks like a great weekend. And the Harley Davidson Museum looks cool. That is now on my bucket list for places to visit.

    Thank You,

  4. Fready August 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Fantastic Pix and coverage ! Sparrow gets it perfect from the Harley Museum to Cuba and all over the continent. Keep it going Brother 🙂

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