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Please join us to celebrate the very special celebration of the 75th Daytona Bike Week, a tradition since 1937…for what is sure to be the biggest, best, and most memorable Daytona rally in history. As with the other milestone rallies, Bike Week 2016 will feature higher profile entertainment, signature events, larger attendance, and MORE FUN! So, be sure to make your plans to attend as soon as possible. Daytona Beach is biker-heaven year round with great climate for riding and many businesses and venues that cater to and entertain bikers 24-7. Each March, hundreds of thousands of bikers gather along the central Florida coast around Daytona for the annual 10 day rally/festival to enjoy the Florida weather, the views of the Atlantic Ocean, non-stop entertainment and exihibitions…and the largest gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts, manufacturers, and suppliers on the east coast. Make your plans to attend…and use DaytonaBikeWeek.com as your guide and information resource for the best that the Daytona Beach motorcycle rallies have to offer.
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Oct 19, 2015BIKETOBERFEST 2015 Police say annual event went smoothly; some businesses see increase in sales A customized vehicle riding down Main Street on Sunday had people seeing red. People converged on the area for the fourth and final day of the annual Biketoberfest celebration in Daytona Beach. News-Journal / LOLA GOMEZ By Austin Fuller [email protected] Published: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 6:14 p.m. Last Modified: Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:24 p.m. Photo Galleries Biketoberfest Day One Biketoberfest Day Two Biketoberfest Day Three Biketoberfest Day 4 Biketoberfest — Reader Photos DAYTONA BEACH — Don and Kelly Strait’s big Biketoberfest buy was a new motorcycle. “It just called our name when we saw it,” said Kelly, 57. The couple from Wellborn, Florida, rolled into town Thursday and bought the new ride from Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson because Don is celebrating his 62nd birthday Tuesday. On Sunday, they joined the crowds taking in the smell of leather and roar of riders on Main Street on the final day of Biketoberfest. “We’ve been spending money like it’s going out of style,” Don said. That’s good news for local merchants. Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson saw a 10 percent increase in overall sales from last year, according to general manager Shelly Rossmeyer Pepe. Bruce Rossmeyer’s New Smyrna Harley-Davidson saw an increase of about 8 percent, as well. “We see this to be a huge part of our business,” Rossmeyer Pepe said. Barbara Hall owns patch shop Bulldog Leathers on Main Street. “I’m even with last year and in these things even is good,” Hall said. Ken Peters, a co-owner of Main Street Barber Shop, was selling... read more
Oct 18, 2015By Casmira Harrison [email protected] Published: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:56 p.m. Last Modified: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 9:19 p.m. Photo Galleries Biketoberfest Day Three DAYTONA BEACH — In the morning, the Loop in Ormond Beach was packed. Along U.S. 1, bikers were backed up a mile heading into Destination Daytona. Motorcycles lined State Road A1A in front of Snack Jack up in Flagler Beach. By noon, bike parking along Main Street was getting pretty tight. Sandwiched between two major anniversary rallies — Sturgis’ 75th in July and the upcoming 75th year of Daytona Beach’s Bike Week — this year’s Biketoberfest had some business owners in town a bit worried whether the rally would be less than stellar. But perfect riding weather can calm a lot of fears, and Larry Steele was pleasantly surprised. “It’s definitely picked up from last year,” said the owner of Steele’s Daytona Wholesale Motorcycles, who runs a shop on Ridgewood Avenue with his wife and two daughters. And while the hotel occupancy numbers won’t be known until Monday, Bob Davis, president and CEO of the Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County, echoed Steele’s notions about the weekend. “The weather is fantastic,” Davis said. “The truth of the matter is, we’re doing extremely well.” Steele, who provides motorcycles to dealerships, and three years ago decided to open up business to the general public, said he had been talking to other business owners and managers in the area sharing that concern, but the consensus is that the good weather has been good for the bikers and even better for business. For the past three years, Steele has been setting... read more
Oct 17, 2015Biketoberfest 2015: Crowds up, bikers bringing bucks to the area Crowds up, bikers bringing bucks to the area A couple on their motorcycle get instructions on where to park as Biketoberfest rolls into day 2 Friday on Main Street in Daytona Beach. News-Journal/JIM TILLER By Jim Abbott [email protected] Published: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 5:30 a.m. Last Modified: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 7:44 a.m. Photo Galleries Biketoberfest Reader Photos Biketoberfest Day Two ORMOND BEACH — For two months, Wayne Kravits was busy building motorcycle audio systems in his living room, stockpiling units to save time when Biketoberfest customers arrived. By midday Friday, Kravits already had sold half of that inventory at Daytona Cycle Audio, which recently moved to Destination Daytona. “We’ve been really busy,” Kravits said of Biketoberfest at Destination Daytona, the sprawling complex at U.S. 1 and Interstate 95 that’s a major festival hub. “Yesterday was the busiest day — by at least double — that we’ve ever had. We were very happy.” On yet another sunny afternoon, leather-clad visitors strolled Friday along rows of vendors eager to see an estimated 100,000 Biketoberfest visitors. Expect crowds to remain in town through Sunday for activities on Beach Street and Main Street in Daytona Beach as well as Destination Daytona and other spots throughout Volusia County. A good turnout before the event’s official opening day Thursday offered reason for optimism about the weekend, said Shelly Rossmeyer Pepe, general manager of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson at Destination Daytona. ”Number-wise, we’re up from last year,” she said of the four-day event, adding that many motorcycle fans are eager to add accessories... read more
Oct 16, 2015DAYTONA BEACH — Reclining on his shiny Harley-Davidson on Main Street, Juggy Jones didn’t have too many big plans for Biketoberfest. “We’re going to tour the city, watch the sights, watch the pretty girls walk up and down the street,” said Jones, 68, a retired IBM employee fromDurham, N.C. “A few days out of the cold weather into the sun.” Adorned in a leather jacket representing his hometown motorcycle club, the Bull City Riders, Jones was making hisfourth visit to Biketoberfest, although he has attended Bike Week events for nearly 30 years. “There’s more to do now; back then there wasn’t that much,” he said. “You have to ride down Main Streetto see all the bikes and the people.” It was fine weather for people-watching Thursday, the official opening of the four-day motorcycle rally expected to draw thousands of bikers through Sunday to events on Main Street, Beach Street and to Destination Daytona and the stretch of U.S. 1, both in the northern Ormond Beach area. A goggled dog rides shotgun on this motorcycle riding down Main Street as Biketoberfest 2015 roared into Daytona Beach on Thursday. NEWS-JOURNAL/JIM TILLERSEE BIKE FEST, A8 BIKE FEST From Page A1 An early-arriving crowd the night before generated plenty of business, according to one important economic indicator: Christie Love’s beer tub at Froggy’s on Main Street. “It was super busy for a Wednesday,” said Love, who estimated tips can range between $300 and $1,000 on a good night. “This whole area was completely full and my tip jar was full. We didn’t expect it but the foot traffic just didn’t stop.” Tourism officials... read more