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!
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.
This year is the 81st Annual Daytona Bike Week and will be happening from March 4th-13th, 2022. Stay up-to-date on any last minute changes on Harley-Davidson.com or the official bike week website.
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 host free summer concerts.
If you need to get out of the city, a short ride away you’ll find St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Orlando.
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 is a celebration of life, death, and rebirth and it features 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!
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 $40 for general admission and $50 for reserved.
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.
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. A lot of full-time riders come to Bike Week, but most attendees are actually 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!
In Daytona, the weather's going to go from spring to summer, so wear your beach day best! Shorts, tanks, tees, sandals, and 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).
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 not to make it to Bike Week on time or get left behind when all your new friends go out for a ride.
Expect the weather to be warm and sunny , with some extra heat to consider thanks to all the crowds!
Other than the Daytona 200 and the World's Largest V8 Parade, Bike Week will be home to several shows of note:
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!
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 to be permit parking only, so it'll be a hard area to navigate.
Your best bet may be the Daytona International Speedway, which has tons of parking.
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!