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Daytona Bike Week 2005

Written by  March 31, 2005

It's the 2005 Daytona Bike Week. What can you say, but wow…what a good time! Bike Week had lots to offer everyone, from the sandy shores, motorcycle races, beautiful women, vendors, Kennedy Space Center, wonderful weather, beautiful women, demo rides, thousands of visiting motorcycles, and did I mention beautiful women?

The first thing we did after arriving, was head through the “loop,” a beautiful ride along the intercostal waterway with trees lining the road that meet overhead to create a canopy. Along the route, I spotted a van parked on the shoulder with the words, “HogPics” on it. I thought it had something to do with the police, but it was just a photographer taking pictures of bikes.

We decided a ride down Main Street was in order. It was already full of bikes lining each side of the street, as folks were out in droves. We parked and watched the bikes ride by; everything from pocket bikes, choppers, trikes, scooters, Goldwings, and even a Jet Bike. You name it, it was on Main Street.

If you walk down Main Street and can take your eyes off all the bikes, you can’t miss Froggy’s Saloon. Over the week, we spent a lot of time there…huge party crowd and lots of entertainment in the form of beautiful girls dancing on platform stages. They made lots of money during the week.

At the Speedway there were many vendors, including choppers, trailers, Motorcoaches, Hummer-styled golf carts, you name it. The Speedway also had several vendors offering “demo rides” each day, where you could sign up to test out various bikes. You had to get up very early to get in line, so we didn’t make it—something for next year.

We stopped by the Orange County Choppers booth across from the Speedway, but they were in the process of shutting down for the night. We caught a glimpse of the Fireman’s Bike and the I-Robot bike before they were tucked away. Aside from the OCC booth, we also checked out bikes from West Coast Choppers, Exile Cycles, Big Bear Choppers and many others.

One day, we rode the bikes down to the Kennedy Space Center, which is about 40 miles south of Daytona and found out they were launching a rocket later that day. From our hotel we could see the spiral of smoke and a small dot heading out to space—a special treat for bike week attendees.

There was so much to do at the rally it was hard to take it all in, but no matter what you decided to do, there were always good people to talk with and beautiful bikes to look at.

Story and Photos by Michael Prichard