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.
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.
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. Nearby New Smyrna Beach is a great beach town with amazing condo rentals if Daytona hotels fill up fast. 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.
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).
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:
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!
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
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.