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Bike Week in Central Florida Revving Up

Bike Week in Central Florida is revving up! Many tourists may not have realized they planned their vacation at the same time as Bike Week. Years ago they probably wouldn’t have even noticed, but as the event has grown and the activity area has spread throughout Central Florida, it’s hard NOT to notice. Even though the cold weather and tough economy have kept the numbers of bikers lower than in past years, there are still motorcycles everywhere.

Bike Week in Central Florida

If you are attending theme parks, your vacation will most likely be “business as usual.” Bikers primarily attend events created for them elsewhere. While the Daytona area attracts most of the crowd, DeLand, Orlando and other areas are luring the bikers away with great events. This also allows bikers to get in some great seat time (longer rides).

Events are not for bikers only, so feel free to drive your “cage” to any event. I recommend riding the loop, the roads to & from Mt. Dora and around Lake County. Places to check out are Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Old School Chopper Show, the many events and concerts at Destination Daytona, the concerts and events at Orlando HD, or the legendary David Allen Coe at the Ironhorse Saloon. If you want to see something a little on the wild side, there is coleslaw wrestling at the Cabbage Patch. Roads nearer to the events tend to become highly congested, so plan accordingly and PLEASE drive with safety in mind.

Safe Driving during Bike Week in Central Florida, Please!

Once Bike Week in Central Florida is throttled down, a transformation from bikers to spring breakers begins. Hotels will empty out, then fill back up, but one thing is for sure – the roads will be very busy. When learning to drive, I taught my kids to LOOK for the motorcycle. You’ll see the car. You’ll see the truck. You’ll see ALL of the other vehicles on the road, as long as you are LOOKING for the motorcycles (and bicycles).

Yes, I know a lot of motorcycle riders drive recklessly – so do cars! Please give bikers the same respect that you give any other vehicle. Don’t follow too closely, don’t cut them off, don’t stop suddenly in front of them, etc. This applies to the vehicles towing the bike trailers as well. The roads will be filled for the next two weeks with both, riders and trailers.

As always, Capone’s Dinner & Show welcomes bikers and all groups that want to have a great evening out at an Orlando dinner show. Whether you ride 2-up or come with a big ol’ biker gang, the wise guys and beautiful dancing girls will entertain and show you a great time. In fact, some motorcycle clubs make Capone’s Dinner & Show an annual event. Meet up as a group and ride on in. Parking is free for everyone. You only need 15 adults to get a group rate. Ride safe and enjoy Bike Week and all that is offered here in Central Florida!

Bikers Welcomed in Central Florida

For many businesses, Bike Week in Central Florida is welcomed with extra staff on hand, extended hours and additional inventory. Tourists are a huge part of our economy and bikers tend to spend a lot of money. Please be safe. Allow ALL of our tourists a return visit to these yearly events. Look twice, save a life!

Biketoberfest in Central Florida – Fun on 2 Wheels

If you are visiting Florida October 13th thru 16th, you will be in town for the 24th annual Biketoberfest motorcycle rally. What does this mean? A surge of motorcycles is expected in the Central Florida area, although not at the theme parks. Bikers generally stick to the biker-themed events going on.  That’s why they’re here!

Organizers of the 24th Annual Biketoberfest® motorcycle rally, Oct. 13 to 16, report that the countywide event is proceeding. Clean-up from Hurricane Matthew is in full swing and hotels, restaurants and event venues are working around the clock to get ready. Venues, such as Riverfront Park in downtown Daytona Beach and Main Street, are reporting vendor set-up is underway. The status of individual properties is changing rapidly as power is restored throughout the area. Visitors with lodging reservations in the area are urged to contact their hotel directly by email and phone to confirm their reservation status.

What is Biketoberfest?

This motorcycle rally is an extended weekend of fun and sun. Due to the fact that Biketoberfest centers around motorcycles, there are plenty of motorcycle shows, live music and scenic rides. There are also demo rides at Daytona International Speedway and vendors offering everything from the latest models to parts and accessories. Biketoberfest is a people-watching event. You never know what you will see.  There are some very unique motorcycles, and just as many unique people.

Daytona Beach is the main location for Biketoberfest, however, there are many other motorcycle-related celebrations going on all around Central Florida.  Enjoy FREE concerts and custom motorcycle shows, as well as other biker-related events including games and contests.  Many of these events are NOT designed for children to attend. Most responsible parents do not have a desire to take their child to a wet T-shirt contest, best buns contest, or pudding wrestling!

If you are interested in attending Biketoberfest, there are several places you can rent a motorcycle.  Two popular vendors are EagleRider rentals and most Harley-Davidson dealerships.  If you don’t ride a motorcycle, that’s okay. You are welcome to come in a car (a.k.a. cages), although the parking may be difficult. Some events offer bike-only parking and most charge for parking whether you are on a bike or not.

Events You Don’t Want to Miss

There are many events during Biketoberfest. It is impossible to attend them all. Here are a few that you do not want to miss.

First of all, Main Street Daytona offers a great variety of bars, vendors, food, and live music.  Visit the famous Boot Hill Saloon, The Bank & Blues Club, Dirty Harry’s, The Full Moon Saloon and more!  They all have events going on throughout this 4-day party.

Biketoberfest at Iron HorseNorth Daytona events include Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona where they will have plenty of live music and vendors on hand. The Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach features the famous David Allen Coe in concert, along with many other bands. This is a great location to witness a good ol’ burn-out in their famous burn-out pit.  Willie’s Tropical Tattoo (also in Ormond Beach) will host their annual old-school bike show on Oct. 13 from noon to 4pm. While you’re there, you just might get some new ink!

Additionally, places outside of Daytona to visit during Biketoberfest include Hogtoberfest at Orlando Harley-Davidson. Here you can enjoy free concerts, vendors and the daring Wall of DeathSopotnick’s Cabbage Patch Bar in Samsula will have lots of vendors and Coleslaw Wrestling.  Another must see is the famous Rat’s Hole custom bike show. It takes place on October 15th in Alachua – a nice excuse to get out and ride.

As you can read, there is a lot to see and do. Biketoberfest offers many great places to ride motorcycles in Central Florida, and usually great weather.  Please see individual sites for schedule of events, and remember most all events are not suitable for children.

Finally, PLEASE watch out for motorcycles, whether you are on 2 wheels or more.  Look twice, save a life!