Story and photos by Michael Marino
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Main Street was the place to be Monday night as throngs of 2019 Daytona Bike Week attendees crowded the beachside strip.
The 78th edition of the annual motorcycle rally kicked off on Friday, drawing hundreds of thousands of motorcycling enthusiasts to Volusia County and beyond. Main Street is one of the must-do scenes during Bike Week, and many attendees enjoyed food and live music while admiring the thousands of motorcycles parked along the Main Street on Monday night.
Motorcycles lined each side of the street and more clogged the roadway while the crowd enjoyed the sights and sounds.
One of the people enjoying the high-energy atmosphere was Dave Worlds of Roanoke, Va. He said he has been coming to Daytona Bike Week since 1974 and has seen the event change a lot over the years.
“I think there are a lot more people here this year than last year,” he said.
For Worlds, Bike Week is a good excuse to visit his summer house near Daytona Beach. He rode to Main Street on a Triumph Tiger 955 he keeps there.
“For me, this is a great break from the cold weather up north,” he said.
While Worlds has been a frequent Bike Week attendee, Jimaye Sones of Eatonton, N.C., is back at Bike Week for the first time since 1969. He said he rode down that year on a 1958 Harley-Davidson Panhead.
“I was 17 years old back then,” he said. “I retired last year, and decided I want to do more rallies like this one.”
For 2019, Sones made the trip on a 2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod with a sidecar rig. He was accompanied by his pet Boykin Spaniel "Harley." He said it was about 28 degrees when he left his home in North Carolina.
Sones was impressed with atmosphere on Main Street.
“This is awesome,” he said. “I was worried about finding a place to park my bike. When I got here, three people ran over and helped me back it into a spot.”
Sones wasn’t the only one to have a cold ride to Bike Week. Joshua Giannini of King of Prussia, Pa., rode his 2012 Honda CBR300R to the event. He said he rode through cold temperatures and snow, but had no regrets about making the trip.
“I got to see AMA Supercross Saturday night, and now I’m down here on Main Street,” he said. “This is such an awesome scene here. I wish I wasn’t heading home so soon.”