For many, October brings a changing of the leaves and memories of another summer gone by. For others, the arrival of fall means only one thing: Biketoberfest time. Now in its 14th official year, Daytona's Biketoberfest is the last major bike rally in the country before things close down for the winter. It has everything its older sibling, Bikeweek, has to offer, except that the crowds are more manageable. This four-day event packs in so much entertainment, attractions, and variety, it's impossible to see and do everything.
One reason for this has been the steady growth of attractions outside of Daytona proper. Main Street in Daytona was still not to be missed-packed end to end with bikes, babes, bands, bargains, and bars. If even just once, everybody should ride down Main Street to feel the energy only Daytona can provide. Action at the Speedway was nonstop, including top-name bike builders and manufacturers. If that still wasn't enough, the trip down Highway 1 through Ormond Beach didn't end at Smiley's Tap anymore. After you perused all the outdoor offerings from the Broken Spoke, Boot Hill, and Iron Horse Saloons, continuing on Highway 1 brought you to the world's largest Harley dealer, Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona H-D at Destination Daytona. It's here you'd find Arlen Ness, American IronHorse, and the Hard Rock Roadhouse Tour (HRRT), just to name a few. Speaking of the HRRT, this was the last stop before the grand finale on Dec. 8, 9, and 10, where one lucky person won one of the custom bikes built by L.A. Choprods, Indian Larry Legacy, VooDoo Choppers, and Paramount Custom Cycles. Scattered among all the activities were the Boardwalk Classic Bike Show, which was held along the beach, and the Rat's Hole Bike Show, which took place at the water park. Sadly, Beach Street activity was low, with only a handful of vendors in attendance. There was more going on in Orlando and other famous Florida establishments such as the Cabbage Patch.
Weather was balmy to say the least, but dry for the most part. The heat helped loosen up the crowd and the clothes. The vibe was positive, Main Street was bustling, and the bikes were roaring. Although police presence was reportedly increased, they did a great job of not being too visible. Hats off to the Daytona and Volusia County LEOs; this Biketoberfest was a blast-so much to do, so many great bikes, builders, and parts to see. Unfortunately, the 1,000-plus pictures we took at the event can't possibly fit into this space, so here's a handful to whet your appetite and prepare you for what's in store. Plan to join us and the fun this coming year during October 18-21, 2007. If you can't wait that long, come to Bike Week, which is scheduled for March 2-11, 2007. For more info, log on to www.daytonachamber.com