Three cheers to 77 years! Yep, you heard that right. This upcoming year will be the 77th anniversary for Daytona Beach Bike Week. Every year, 5000,000 people flock to Daytona Beach, Florida to attend this 10-day long event of bikers, sunshine, and fun! Festivities range anywhere from motorcycle racing, to concerts, parties and even street festivals. Typically held on the first week of March, Daytona Bike Week competes with Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the title of most popular motorcycle rally in the United States.
What started as the Daytona 200, a race first held on January 24, 1937, quickly became something much more. The first Daytona 200 was a 3.2-mile-long course along the beach and pavement. Ed Kretz, a rider from California driving an Indian motorcycle with an average speed of 73.34 miles per hour. Due to World War II, the yearly race took a hiatus from 1942 to 1947. An unofficial event took place during the off years and was referred to as Bike Week. Once the official race resumed in 1947, it quickly gained attention. The co-founder of NASCAR, “Big Bill” France, promoted the event and the family business now known as International Speedway Corporation still to this day promotes the 200 and all other Bike Week races at Daytona International Speedway.
As an extension of Daytona Bike Week, the Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau created a second motorcycle festival in October known as Biktoberfest. Since its origin in 1991, this motorcycle festival has been giving Daytona Bike Week a run for its money. Biktoberfest is known for its twelve-mile ride along a scenic route known as the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.
What Is There to Do?
We’re glad you asked! There’s so much to do over the course of the 10 days that we’re almost positive you won’t find yourself even once saying “I’m bored”. Aside from the hours of people and bike watching you can on Main Street, there are several other fun activities that you might be interested in. With the Speedway nearby, there is almost always a race going on. The excitement ranges from the BMW “Legends of Racing”, dirt track races, the Daytona Supercross by honed, the Harley-Davidson TwinSports, 600cc SuperSport International Challenge and the Daytona 200 by Arai.
Other exciting things to do include the Harley-Davidson museum, indoor show and Dresser Light Show, and numerous other motorcycle shows including custom and vintage bikes, Japanese and European motorcycle, and sidecars and trikes. In addition, there are fashion shows, concerts, demo rides and technical seminars. You can find yourself in a Poker run, at a motorcycle swap meet, or learning how to “Stud Your Duds”. You might even get the chance to enjoy one of the many free bar-b-ques.
Attend Daytona Bike Week
If the rally is free, why not spend the extra money to ensure that both you and your bike make it to the rally in great shape? That’s where FreightCenter can come in handy. Daytona Beach, Florida may be across the country for you or far enough away that it would require over-night stay while embarking on your journey to the east coast. Once you factor in the cost of gas and hotel stays, you really haven’t saved any more money than you would’ve by just flying to Daytona Beach and having your bike shipped. Plus, now you’re tired from your trek across the country. Your back might ache but don’t say we didn’t tell you so. It’s better to arrive at the event feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy the fun than it is to arrive with an achy back and exhausted from having to ride all day. For an event this short, there is no time to waste! Ship your bike to Daytona Bike Week!
By working with vetted motorcycle carriers, you can trust that your bike is well cared for on its journey. We know how precious your bike is to you, that’s why we only work with the best of the best, to ensure you receive the quality of service you deserve. Depending on your location in the U.S., FreightCenter can offer flat-rate, round trip prices to get your bike to Daytona. Start by getting your free, instant freight quote or, if you prefer to speak to a freight agent, give us a call at 800.716.7608.