The 2014 Daytona Bike Week is in the books, but we had such a great time that we had to share just how awesome it was! Attendance was up at our J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Superstore and despite the construction at the Speedway, we saw quite a few folks come through and check out the J&P Cycles mobile showroom.
Bike Week 2014 started off rainy and miserable, but then the skies cleared up and the sun came out. And so did the bikes! Main Street was packed as usual with vendors, bars, bikes and babes lining the fabled stretch of asphalt night-after-night and day-after-day. Anyone who knows Daytona will tell you that if you go to Bike Week, this is place to see and be seen. From sport bikes to choppers to scantily clad cuties, Main Street is a sight to behold.
Our man on scene, Patrick Garvin enjoyed the festivities and what he dubbed, “Beaches and bikers!” When the sun came out, the crowds were out in force buying up swag while the technicians were busy bolting on loads of shiny chrome bits. All the big dogs were there in attendance: S&S, Performance Machine, Baker, Progressive Suspension, Mustang Seats, Vance & Hines, Kuryakyn, Dunlop, as well as loads of other companies!
One of the great things about an event like Daytona is the music. Sure, you can argue that the bikes and babes are better, but they all go hand-in-hand. At every bar there was a live cover band of some sort tearing off riffs. The pretty ladies serving up swill made sure no one went away thirsty, and the vendor food was ridiculous. Check out the Pork Parfait at 2:23 if you don’t believe us. Now, not everything revolves around bikes, booze and food at Bike Week. No, really. Other stuff is going on every night.
Everywhere you turn there are OEM displays throughout the city where companies like Indian, Harley-Davidson and Victory were all unveiling new bikes. Celebrities bring star power to every event and you never know who you are going to cross paths with at this party – Willie G, Rick Fairless, Mike Wolfe, and the list goes on. Speaking of parties, the Buffalo Chip has really started to go buck-wild out there. Live bands including ZZ-Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice Cooper and Motley Crue all rocked at the Chip. Over at Full Moon Saloon and Willie’s Tropical Tattoo, they held bike shows and parties every night in one way, shape or form.
When the smoke settled and the headache wore off, we limped out of Daytona with a grin and a renewed swagger. While it started off miserable and wet, it ended in a rowdy cloud of burnout smoke and sunshine. If you missed Daytona, remember, there’s always next year, so make plans now to make the trip. Hopefully we will see you there.