Friday morning. Although I know all Daytona and Ormond Beach secret roads, there is no way you can escape the traffic jam as soon as you arrive ½ mile away from Rossmeyer’s Destination Harley. Just count 45 minutes (if you arrive no later than mid morning) and you get your secure parking place. Outside, eating and listening to music seem to have replaced shopping and customizing.Can you see anyone carrying a plastic bag? Most major custom builders are absent and semi trailers of parts vendors can’t fill all the parking space. Indoor, the Harley Dealership and J&P Cycles are packed. Is it because of the heat (did you say 86 F in October?) or because of the discounted parts or both? 2 hours of small talk with my friends of the industry and it’s time to leave (expect 30 minutes stuck in traffic to be out of the Rossmeyer’s zone of influence).
Direction Daytona South to the Limpnickie lot (across Miller’s) where the new generation of builders excelling in the new retro style enjoy being together, showing their scoots and doing some skate boarding Even Chris Callen from Cycle Source Magazine tries to impress me by doing a couple of tricks. Then, all the gang is fed and energized with some Sucker Punch Moonshine. Time to ride north to Ormond Beach for the “Wide Open Cycles” party sponsored by Renegade Biker Magazine. Except a little bit of wait to cross the traffic on International Speedway, you can zoom from South Daytona to Ormond in less than 20 minutes. A speed record during a Daytona rally. And we all know what it means. There the place is packed, the atmosphere rockabilly, Checked 5 bikes on the lifts and observed that owner Dale got also a hot rod project. Then at midnight, it’s time to visit Jay at the Broken Spoke Saloon. As usual, bands are very good and the service is very efficient and friendly. 2 hours of political discussion later I am dragged to Main Street to meet with other friends at the Pub 44. You find a table and seat right away. Seems like 2 AM is the new sleeping time in Daytona.
Saturday. As a Custom Builder, visiting the Rat’s Hole Show is a must. I have seen quite a few of these bikes in former Rat’s Hole Shows. Still for sale? Surprisingly, very few Bobbers but more and more Metric And Sport Bikes. The judges are sweating scoring the bikes while I shoot some bike details, but only of true new creations. I don’t care the results and who will win the 2008 Biketoberfest Show bragging rights and you wait for some news. So I rush to use a Starbucks Wi-Fi to upload this new post. Guess what? Tonight, there is a big Sucker Punch Sally party. Tomorrow, I sleep till’ 7 AM!