Daytona Bike Week 2012: From J&P Cycles’ Perspective

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Daytona Bike Week 2012: From J&P Cycles’ Perspective

What with fuel prices soaring and a lot of folks working two or three jobs these days, it’s very possible you missed out on the 71st edition of Daytona Bike Week. If that is indeed the case, we’re sorry. But we think we have a pretty nice consolation prize here for you enjoy online.

Please sit back and enjoy three minutes of some of the finest filming and professional editing you’re likely to see on our blog, narrated by our own Patrick Garvin and intended to entice your butts down here next year for the 72nd such happening.

Our film crew picked up all the noises, nuances and nonsense that makes this 10-day gathering the place to be each March if you frequent the roadways on two wheels. From Main Street to other areas around Volusia County, Patrick and Company made the rounds, chatting up merchants and mechanics, and capturing stunning motorcycles at rest, on the road, or just smoking their rear tires to the delight of cheerful onlookers.

From the rooftop of the J&P Cycles Destination Daytona store to the famed Daytona Racetrack, we bumped into a few bike builders, took in a stunt show, a parade and Main Street as it appeared in the weird wee hours of the morning. If your tastes lean toward rally food like chicken on a stick or turkey legs, and you’re not opposed to biker parties dampened by spilled drinks, click on the video and come along for the ride.

All this and just think about all the gas money we saved you!

By |2015-04-15T12:50:38+00:00March 30th, 2012|Categories: News/Events Articles|18 Comments

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  1. racer143 April 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

    All you haters, get over yourself. You don’t have to wear greasy jeans and a leather vest with all your little patches to enjoy bikes. Don’t try to put yourself above others who dig this stuff just a much as you do. As far as cost, yeah it can be expensive. But can be done on a tight budget and the memories are worth it.

  2. graham j. hill April 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    my comment is for italian 352 no one is less of a rider for trailering their bike anywhere but in my opinion the ride is the best part of the rally no one wants to get there pride and joy stolen or smashed up under some idiots car dieing is part of life and if i have to leave this world i hope my bike is with me. have a good riding season check mine out at

  3. Dat Dude K-Dub April 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    In this video at about 2 mins and 21 secs a guy rides by with his wheels totally lit up…… How does he do this?

  4. Italian352 April 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I wanna know what makes a real biker. Granted I have only been riding for about 16 years, but my bike cost me a pretty penny and I like to take care of it. I choose to trailer mine there, for the simple fact, I dont like my bike out in the weather or at great risk of being stolen. Even though I have insurance, its the aggravation of it all. So for those of you who still live in the 60’s its time to wake up. Its a new era and new nice bikes, not the kickstart ones, and people choose to dump their money into them. Its their money, not yours, but it doesnt make them any less of a biker than you are. I have had my Harley going on 2 years and have taken 1 trip on it that was about 600 miles one way, and when I was coming back, I was almost killed buy a man who had no regards for anyone else on the highway. Sorry if trailering my bike to these events makes me less of a biker, than so be it

  5. DonnyG April 4, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Real Bikers? What makes someone a real Biker?

  6. Phlorida Phil April 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I have to agree with Terry. I too only live @ 3 hours away in Tampa. I haven’t gone to Daytona in a long while because of the high cost of EVERYTHING there. Also, Leesburg does rock. It is a much nicer venue than Daytona. I am still a big Sturgis fan, though, due to all the magnificent runs in the area. There is not a lot to see here in sunny (and flat) Florida. Ride safe one and all.

  7. graham j. hill April 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Did not make it down this year, any rally is great and I go to the ones I can. I do not trailor, I ride a big part of the rally is the ride. I will be leaving for new orleans on 16 of may and I will be driving from canada. It is an amazing ride if you want to follow my progress follow me at I have been riding for 46 years, no stretched out frilly piece of crap you cant ride for more than 200 miles, its all big boy riding customized 09 FLHTC.

  8. Dave April 4, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Drknbkr, name says it all. If you haven’t fit in with your “lifestyle” in over 30 years? Then it’s time to go outside, dig a hole and lay in it. Daytona was all about people who love their motorcycles meeting other like people to have a good time. Some trailered their bikes but I met many people along the way that ride their bikes there. If you don’t understand that then you just don’t get it, In which case don’t go, you won’t be missed. And don’t comment. Daytona was crazy, but it was a great time.

  9. Dave April 4, 2012 at 4:04 am

    Drknbkr? Name says it all. If you haven’t fit into what you call “your lifestyle” in over 30 years. Then you need to go outside, dig a hole and lay in it.

    Daytona was all about people who love their motorcycles meeting with other like people, having a good time together. Some trailered their bikes but I met many people who rode. If you don’t get it, it ain’t your lifestyle, so don’t go! And don’t comment.

    Daytona, was crazy this year but a great time!

  10. Ray April 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I made it down for the last 4 days and had a great time. Main St was filled with a bunch of different bikes with a ridiculous amount that were trailered. They didn’t have a place to to put a tag, yet were sitting pretty on Main St. I rode a 2000 Honda Shadow VT1100 from Charleston, SC and loved it. It wouldn’t win any awards but it got me there and back and that’s all that matters! These people that trailer miss out on that and that is a shame.

  11. Terry April 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Didn’t go this year and it was only a 3/hour ride to daytona–Rooms $$$$$$$ have gotten out of control along with everything else over there– Very good chance might not ever go back there–alot of friends won’t go anymore.

  12. Drnknbkr hater April 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Sounds like the drunk is jealous. Still riding his old ass pos from the 80s. This is what happens with technology stuff get better and more crazy ideas come out. Get your head out of your ass and except it idiot.

  13. Daris Combs April 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Hey, I enjoyed the video. I could not be there this was the next best thing!!!

    Thanks for the video. I’m looking forward to the next soon I hope.

  14. Miffed April 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Crazy thing is,less than two hours away…Leesburg (Fl) rolles out the RED CARPET for 300,000+ bikers end of April,and the Police are told to be “very tolerant”!!Cool huh???

  15. RiteTurn April 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Hasn’t been a real harley or a true biker since the shovelhead

  16. Drnknbkr April 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Trailer week Daytona! Yuppies still trying to out spend each other on ridiculous lookinig “custom” bikes.
    It’s a sad excuse of what passes for a biker in America today. There haven’t been any real bikers in Daytona since the early 80’s.

    You’ve managed to turn my lifestyle into a fad! Hurry up and move on to the next thing,,New Porsches or something,,PLEASE!

  17. Bob Mason April 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Maybe you attended a different event than I did. Vending spaces were down – significantly. Because of NASCAR – BikeWeek now iontermixed with Spring Break – not a good idea. The only winners were the hotels, booked solid. Police were worse than usual – primarily due to the spring breakers. Load of people I spoke with attested that this amy be the last BikeWeek they attend – and these bikers eat out – tip well and leave their rooms as thaty found them.

    And you claim it was a good event ??

  18. Sean Mcilvride April 3, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Great overview and a good introduction to J&P cycles, Looks like a great event and right at the home of Daytona, bet that acts as a draw card. Like to get along there and have a look around, one more for the things to do list. Keep up the good work guy’s.

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