The 75th running of Daytona, Florida’s Bike Week was rumored to be the biggest one to date with upwards of a half million attendees and rightfully so. Sturgis, South Dakota just had their 75th Bike Week Rally a mere seven months earlier and experienced record numbers in attendance (anniversary years tend to do that).
The rally officially runs for 10 days during the beginning of March each spring so most people have had all winter to prepare their bikes be it for show or go. The long winter wait for the first major bike rally of the year comes a pent-up excitement that is similar to a kid on Christmas morning, only in a grownup way. Excitement is high to say the least as enthusiasts gather from all over the globe both young and old alike. Many are first timers that don’t know what to expect and are looking for adventure in whatever comes their way.
There is never a shortage of motorcycle related things to do or see while in the area. As a matter of fact, 10 days isn’t enough time to do the rally justice. This is why people keep coming back year after year. A few things I suggest is to take in some of the motorcycle races such as the high-speed Daytona 200, the oval Flat Track or the highly attended Supercross. To further overload your senses just swing by any one of the numerous bike shows that take place everyday. If you think that a new bike might be in your future then you’ve come to the right place. All of the major manufactures are on hand providing demo rides so you can satisfy your wants and needs. If you’re looking for new or used parts for the bike I suggest attending any one of the numerous swap meets in and around Daytona or head over to Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach, Main Street, Beach Street or the International Speedway to name a few.
If live music is on your agenda then Daytona will not disappoint. Top-name biker bands play at every venue possible. As far as food goes, Daytona has everything from simple sidewalk food to mouth-watering seafood and everything in between.
Accommodations include whatever you’re looking for from tent camping, RV spots, low dollar motel dives to high dollar high rises.
I started coming to bike week in 1981 and times have certainly changed for me. I used to frequent saloons like the Boot Hill, Cabbage Patch, Iron Horse and Pub 44 to name a few. Now I attend the rally to provide myself an income and that’s alright because although my mind still thinks I’m 21 years old my body begs to differ if you get my drift.
This trip through Florida for me took 5 weeks with 2 of them being work related. My only form of transportation is my motorcycle which turned 490,000 miles as I left the state. The maintenance I preformed on my workhorse while in Florida included a new rear tire and brake pads, two light bulbs and an oil & filter change. Stay tuned for when it turns a half a million miles, I’m going get a cupcake with 5 lit candles and let the exhaust blow them out.
Note: 2017 Daytona Bike Week will run from March 10th through the 19th. See you there.