Bike shows, demos, racing, traffic patterns, it’s all here. (Harley-Davidson/)
Are you in Florida yet? Daytona Bike Week has already begun so we know all the streets of that little beach town by the Atlantic are swarming with thousands of bikes by now. Volusia County’s monster two-wheel party is a prime destination for crowds of motorcycles and riders looking for distractions of every imaginable kind. Sure there’s something for everyone but the 10-day extravaganza can be a bit overwhelming to navigate, so let’s break down the basics to set up your best Bike Week yet.
There are bike shows galore in Daytona, so do yourself a favor and step by One Daytona’s Welcome Center to get the lowdown. (Andrew Cherney/)
First Things First
When is Daytona Bike Week?
The 10-day event is officially March 8–17, 2019, but riders start trickling in a few days before.
Where is Daytona Bike Week held?
Daytona Bike Week takes up the whole city and its surrounding areas. You can ride “The Loop” in Ormond Beach or see the latest models at a bike show on the Boardwalk, but Daytona Beach is the hub of the event. Bike Week’s official welcome center has moved to One Daytona, the entertainment complex across from Daytona International Speedway.
When did Daytona Bike Week first start?
The first running of the Daytona 200 was on January 24, 1937—on the hard-packed beaches as well as on roads. Since then, Bike Week has evolved into one of the world’s largest motorcycle event.
What roads should I avoid?
If you’re riding, getting to Daytona from Orlando during Bike Week can be a challenge. I-4 is usually overwhelmed, particularly on the last few days of the event.
Take SR 46 in Seminole County eastbound to pick up SR 415 and then converge in roughly the same area as I-4 in Daytona. This was once an empty back road, but now it’s more popular.
If you’re coming from Brevard County, I-95 is the obvious choice. I-95, I-4, and SR 415 all meet in roughly the same area of South Daytona by SR 400.
There will be tons of traffic on US 92, the main road past the International Speedway into Daytona Beach. The best bet is to go a few blocks north to Dunn or Mason; both run parallel to US 92 (International Speedway Boulevard).
Main Street is the focal point of Bike Week, but there are events happening all over the county. (Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce/)
What Are The Best Events At Daytona Bike Week?
There are countless bike shows, demos, concerts, and more—but here are some of our faves:
Daily live music at Destination Daytona, Main Street Station, and The Bank & Blues Club
Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach
The 15th Annual Bike Week Motorcycle Swap Meet Extravaganza and Bike Show
Bike Week at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona
1635 N. US Highway 1, Ormond Beach
March 8–17: Euro Cycles of Daytona Demo Rides
Demo rides, motorcycle sales, vendors, parts, and accessories. 118 E. Fairview Avenue Daytona Beach.
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March 16: Rat’s Hole Bike Show
The oldest bike show around is at Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach this year. It’s free to see 16 classes of bikes from Rat Rods to full dressers. 290 N. Beach Street, Daytona Beach.
Cabbage patch Wrestling!
Coleslaw wrestling at Sopotnick’s Cabbage Patch in Samsula, Florida, has been part of Bike Week since 1958. Don’t miss it!
This year there will Supercross events over three days. (Hunter Yoder/)
What About The Racing?
You won’t want to miss the biggest three-day supercross event in the world starting March 9 at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona TT is happening there too, as is the Daytona 200. Some highlights:
March 9: Daytona Supercross at Daytona International Speedway
March 14: American Flat Track Daytona TT at Daytona International Speedway
March 16: Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway
Parking can be a real bitch, and sometimes it’s easier to pony up and pay for a garage space. (Andrew Cherney/)
Where Should I Park?
For Main Street festivities on the beachside in Daytona your best bet is the Ocean Walk parking garage two blocks from Main Street. Get there early because the surrounding areas are now permit-parking only. Daytona International Speedway has also gotten more crowded, but there’s usually plenty of parking (except on big race days).
A few more tips:
- If you don’t like parking handlebar to handlebar, don’t park on Main.
- Don’t ride side by side with anyone you don’t know. You don’t know their abilities and they don’t know yours.
- Come with an open mind. Relax and enjoy yourself.
Just remember, you’re here on vacation. Take a deep breath and relax! (Andrew Cherney/)
For a more comprehensive list of vendors, rides, restaurants, music line-ups and more, visit officialbikeweek.com or see the official visitors guide.
Be sure to check out the event calendar; sometimes there are several shows going on the same day. (Andrew Cherney/)
The event calendar is here.
For Daytona Beach, check out this link.
For racing, see this link.
Looking to ride? Some of the best routes can be found here
For more on Destination Daytona click here.