It’s time to dust off the helmet, unplug the trickle charger and set your sights on the official launch pad for the 2019 riding season: Daytona Bike Week.
Photo courtesy of the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The 78th annual Daytona Bike Week is March 8-17.
Pull into town, back your bike up to the curb on Main Street, sit back and relax. Enjoy the constant flow of eye candy as it rolls by, everything from low-slung custom choppers to stretched sport bikes to out-of-this-world two- and three-wheeled vehicles that defy description.
If watching some of the fastest riders in the world do their thing lights you up, Daytona delivers there, too. Catch road racers wailing off the high banks or Supercrossers sailing over triples. You can also see some flat-track racing.
There really is something for everyone at Daytona, from amateur racers to fans to touring riders just looking for one of the coolest destinations on Earth.
Here’s a look at just some of the activities that will thrill and amaze.
March 9 Daytona Supercross. The greatest Supercross riders on the planet will battle side-by-side in the Florida sun.
March 10-12 Ricky Carmichael Supercross and Daytona Vintage Supercross at Daytona International Speedway. For the 10th year, Daytona International Speedway will host the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Supercross, March 10-11, and the Daytona Vintage Supercross, March 12, featuring 28 classes from Vintage (through 1974) to Revolution (through 2008). Carmichael was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2013.
March 14 American Flat Track Daytona TT at Daytona International Speedway. This event kicks off the American Flat Track season.
March 16 Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 200 has hosted the world’s best road racers for over seven decades and provided some of the closest racing action in America. This year should prove to be no different.
March 8-16 Indian Motorcycle Demo Rides.10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Take a free demo ride on the all-new 2019 lineup, featuring the re-designed Indian Chieftain. All riders and passengers must be 18 years or older and wear proper riding attire. All riders must also present a valid motorcycle endorsement. Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach, 290 N Beach St., Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114.
March 8-17 Euro Cycles of Daytona Demo Rides. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Motorcycle demo rides, new and used motorcycle sales, vendors, food, clothing, motorcycle parts and accessories, daily events and pricing specials. Euro Cycles of Daytona, 118 East Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114.
March 8-16 Slingshot Demo Rides. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Experience the thrill of Polaris Slingshot from the cockpit. Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach, 290 N Beach St., Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114.
March 8-16 Yamaha Demo Rides. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Protective gear is required: DOT-approved helmet, long pants, shirt with sleeves, eye protection, enclosed shoes. Motorcycle endorsement required. No permits allowed. Yamaha Motor Corp., USA. Daytona International Speedway, 1801 W International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114.
March 8-17 Bike Week at Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona. Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona, which is the home of Daytona Harley-Davidson, is a must stop during Bike Week. Food, vendors, bike stunt shows, music and more. Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona, 1635 N US Hwy 1, Ormond Beach, Fla., 32174.
March 9 Rat's Hole Indian and Period Style Bike Show. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enter your bike for some fun. The first 50 entries get a Rat’s Hole T-shirt. Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach, 290 N Beach St., Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114.
March 12 American Muscle Bike and Car Show. 11 am to 1 p.m. This is a ride-in, no-charge show that features choppers, baggers, bobbers, classics and more. Plus food and beverages. Volusia Top Gun/Double Barrel Bar & Grill , 2900 Bellevue Ave., Daytona Beach, Fla., 32124.
March 14 Side Car and Trike Day and Show. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by United Trikes. Daytona Flea Market, 1425 Tomoka Farm Rd., Daytona Beach, Fla. 32124.
March 15 Cafe Racer, Classic Bike Day and Show. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by United Trikes. Daytona Flea Market, 1425 Tomoka Farm Rd., Daytona Beach, Fla. 32124.
March 15 Turner's Custom Bike Competition. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All types of custom bikes are featured. Awards at 4 p.m. for Chopper, Bobber, EVO, Shovel Head, Pan Head, Vintage, Sportster, Rat Bike etc. and best of show. Cacklebery Campground, 560 Tomoka Farms Road, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 32128.
March 16 Rat's Hole Bike Show. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The oldest and probably most prestigious bike show will be in the back lot of Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach. Free to the public, spectators can view 16 classes of bikes from Rat Rods to full dressers, extreme baggers and antiques. Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach, 290 N Beach St., Daytona Beach, Fla., 32114.
For more information about Bike Week events, go to www.daytonabeach.com/events/motorcycle-rallies/bike-week/.