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Daytona Bike Week 2023: The Ultimate Guide

Two Harley-Davidson motorcycles riding on Daytona Beach

Every year, roughly 500,000 people come down to the 10-day extravaganza that is Daytona Bike Week!

The annual event features the world renowned Daytona 200 Bike Race, bike shows, Supercross racing, free music, vendors, and more!

What is the History of Daytona Bike Week?

January 24th, 1937, was the first Daytona 200 race. Back then the course was a 3.2-mile beach and pavement course. The first ever winner was Ed Kretz from California, doing an average speed of 73.34 mph on an Indian motorcycle. 

The race continued for years, with a break for WW2 that lasted from 1942 to 1947, although there was still an unofficial event called “Bike Week” that took place in this era. When the race resumed in 1947, it was promoted by "Big Bill" France, co-founder of NASCAR.

His family business, now known as International Speedway Corporation, has been promoting the Daytona 200 and all the Bike Week races ever since.

How Long is Daytona Bike Week?

While the event is known as “Bike Week”, the event typically lasts for ten days, usually in March. However, the event dates and duration can vary from year to year.

When is Daytona Bike Week?

This year is the 82nd Annual Daytona Bike Week and will be happening from March 3rd-12th, 2023.

Stay up-to-date on any last minute changes on or the official bike week website.

Where is Daytona Bike Week?

On Florida's Atlantic Coast, along Daytona Beach. The city of Daytona is most well known for Daytona International Speedway, home of NASCAR's Daytona 500 race and as a spring break hot-spot. 

In addition to hard-packed sand (where driving is permitted in specific areas) there are rides, arcades, a boardwalk, and a bandshell that hosts free summer concerts.

If you need to get out of the city, you’ll find St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Orlando a short ride away.

What are the Events During Daytona Bike Week?

There is, of course, the running of the Daytona 200, a 200-mile race held at the Daytona International Speedway.

Other events include Burning Bike, which sees the burning of a 75-foot wooden handmade bike covered in messages dedicated to missed loved ones. The event celebrates life, death, and rebirth, featuring fire dancers, live music, a Miss Burning Bike Contest, and more.

You'll also bear witness to the World's Largest V8 Parade, where you'll be able to hear 100 V8s start at once. The Earth will tremble beneath your feet before the largest fleet of V8s conquer the streets of Daytona Beach!

How Much Does Daytona Bike Week Cost?

There are multiple ticketing packages to choose from and typically range between $100 - $200 depending on the number of days attended.

If you just want to attend the Daytona 200, tickets cost $45 for general admission.

Where is the Bike Week Welcome Center?

The official Bike Week Welcome Center can be found at One Daytona One, Daytona Blvd, Daytona Beach, Florida, 32114. Their online home is found here: Official Bike Week.

Is Daytona Bike Week Family Friendly?

Bike Week isn't advertised as a kid-friendly event, and is geared towards adults. Many of the attractions are more suitable for thrill seekers than casual observers.

But if you love bikes, then Daytona Beach Bike Week is your Shangri-La. Many full-time riders come to Bike Week, but most attendees are people who ride to get away from their everyday lives. It's a way to play if just for a couple of days (or for a week!).

Be sure to keep riding safety in mind, as the traffic level is higher than typical!

What Should I Wear at Daytona Bike Week?

In Daytona, the weather will go from spring to summer, so wear your beach day best! Shorts, tanks, tees, sandals, bikinis (and sunblock, too!).

Expect plenty of leather (and pleather for the vegan cyclists). But also expect body paint and at least a few people wearing nothing at all (see: is Daytona Family-Friendly).

What Should I Pack for Daytona Bike Week?

Lightweight synthetic clothing is good for a warmer ride. Make sure you know the weight limit of your motorcycle and adjust the tire pressure and suspension. Although, if you're going to bike week you probably already knew that!

You'll want your tickets on your phone so that you always have them on you, and you'll want your motorcycle insurance info too!

The last thing you want is to make it to Bike Week on time and stay caught up when all your new friends go out for a ride.

What is the Weather During Daytona Bike Week?

Expect the weather to be warm and sunny, with some extra heat to consider thanks to all the crowds!

What are the Best Rides During Daytona Bike Week?

Other than the Daytona 200 and the World's Largest V8 Parade, Bike Week will be home to several shows of note:

  • The Giant Antique and Cafe Racer Bike Day and Show, where all stock '84 and older get in for free.
  • The Big Wheel Bagger Day and Show, where all Bagger 26’ and up get in for free.
  • The Leather and Lace MC Annual Motorcycle Rodeo, featuring "old school" rodeo games and the crowd favorite Chicago Style Bike Show.

Where Should I Stay During Bike Week?

Daytona Beach itself has over 200 properties for you to stay at with over 12,000 rooms! That includes everything from hotels and motels to campgrounds/RV parks! 

Where Should I Park During Bike Week?

Most Bike Week activities are beachside on Main Street. There are a few parking garages in the area, but they may be packed with motorcyclists and require a long wait given the large crowds. Ocean Walk parking garage is just two blocks from Main Street, but can you risk it?! 

Unfortunately, the nearby streets are likely only to be permit parking, so it'll be a tricky area to navigate.

Your best bet may be the Daytona International Speedway, which has tons of parking.

Where are the best Biker Bars and Food?

As you can expect, Daytona Beach has a lot of great biker bars with great food. Head on over to Trip Advisor and Yelp which are great resources to scour the area for the best rally spots in town.

But you can also just ask the locals where they go to get some grub. It may take you off the beaten path, but at least you'll have a memorable experience!

What are Other Things to Do at Daytona Bike Week?

Some popular activities and things to do at Daytona Bike Week include:

  1. Attending motorcycle races: The event includes several motorcycle races, including the Daytona 200, which is a prestigious race that attracts top riders from around the world.
  2. Visiting vendors: There are vendors selling motorcycle-related merchandise, clothing, and accessories.
  3. Joining rallies and rides: Many bikers come together to participate in organized rallies and group rides.
  4. Watching concerts: Many bands and musicians perform at various venues throughout the event, offering a great opportunity to hear live music.
  5. Strolling through the Boardwalk: Daytona Beach offers a beautiful boardwalk and beach that visitors can enjoy.
  6. Visiting museums: Some visitors take the opportunity to visit the museums such as the Daytona International Speedway and the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
  7. Participating in bike shows and competitions: Many bikers participate in bike shows, competitions and contests, such as the "Best in Show" awards, where they showcase their custom-built motorcycles.
  8. Socializing: The event is also a great opportunity to meet other bikers and socialize with like-minded enthusiasts.

What are Additional Helpful Resources?

  • The official Harley-Davidson® Daytona Bike Page
  • Check in with the official Bike Week Headquarters website for all up-to-date official information.
  • Bike Week on Facebook: Follow the official Daytona Bike Week Facebook page.
  • Daytona Beach Blog: Check out the city and see what's happening during your visit.
  • Daytona Beach Dining Guide: For a more in-depth look at what to eat while you're in town.
  • Ship Your Bike: Don't want to ride all the way to the motorcycle rally from home? Drive your car or truck down, and let these guys bring your motorcycle.

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