Daytona Bike Week Flash News 4

show2show1Perfect weather helping, many Floridians decided to head to Daytona to enjoy the last weekend of Bike Week. It should boost the numbers that most expect to be down from last year. In what percentage? We will never know for sure…

 Yesterday Friday, the Boardwalk and the Limpnickie Lot shows had both a pretty good attendance, and I saw a few interesting bikes in both the old school and the high tech style. Usually these shows are a big warm up (pun intended) to the legendary Rat’s Hole Show. As a matter of fact, this Saturday morning I was awoke at 5 am by some of the show judges who are staying with me in our Ormond Beach Bike Week rental. Yep, at 6.30 am they already control the line up of bikes getting registered for their ultimate Daytona competition. So today, I will take a few snapshots of what I find interesting for whatever reason, style, design, originality, details, etc.  and will publish in the coming days. TTYL (Talk To You Later).

18 Responses to “Daytona Bike Week Flash News 4”

  1. 1 Kirk Perry Mar 7th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for hanging out all week at Daytona to report the haps.
    Looking forward to seeing more custom chops and bobs. My favorite look is Akront® rims and certain series Avon rear tire with the fender having scant millimeters of air gap above it.
    Internal wiring and cables are always appreciated for the work they took to get them hidden.

  2. 2 Bobfather Mar 7th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Yup, I know it’s rough duty hanging out at Bike Week. Glad Cyril was willing to take the hit and do the gig.

  3. 3 NIGHTSHIFT Mar 7th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    So what if the Carolina Dealers Association is moving. They have been trying to move for the last several years. Tell us just which rallies are moving. The Association may be moving but the rally tourists are not going anywhere. It is not like we are their slaves and we can just be packed up and moved with them. We bikers are not going anywhere and for AISHA KHAN to put out this head line “City of Myrtle Beach leaders react to rallies moving away” would be a joke if it were not just more dishonest yellow journalism. None of the bikers are going anywhere. Why don’t you try to tell the truth for a change? Let me help you. Here goes. Mayor Rhodes admitted that he has no say in matters out side of Myrtle Beach city limits. The Boycott is already having a major effect on Myrtle Beach and almost all its people. The bikers are going to stay in North Myrtle Beach where the rally started and where it has always been. Yes that is the same place it started around seventy years ago and we will continue to enjoy all the great things and places of the entire Grand Strand. Just not the seedy little town of Myrtle Beach. But we did enjoy the laugh you gave us with this little man Rhodes quotes. “I just care about doing what I think is right for Myrtle Beach and help Myrtle Beach become better,” said city Mayor, John Rhodes. “About three years down the road you’re going to see families starting to get back” That is his plan. Wow how genius is that? He runs of all the tourist, destroys the towns image and loses all the small tourist attraction businesses and now he says
    Three years down the road, families going to Myrtle Beach. What about the families that have kids still in school. And then there is Myrtle Beaches new reputation for being an out of control government, that just goes around ticketing people, and making up a bunch of restrictive laws that the tourist will not want any part of. Some one needs to tell Mr. Rhodes and the news media that they are no longer thought of as a family beach and that no one in their right mind would take their family to such a place. By now everyone knows about Myrtle Beaches year round major crime problems. The lose of any descent amusements close to the beach and now the blvd. is just one big seedy little crime fest that is full of thugs and hoodlums. Mike shank is right about the dealers association moving away is going to be like the equivalent of one vendor out of four hundred moving away. By the way the association moving had little to nothing to do with Myrtle Beaches new ordinances. They just can not grab up the bikers money with the boycott and Horry Councils strong hold on all the vendor licenses so they are setting up shop next door in New Bern. N.C. It will be a fun day trip for anyone that wants to cruise over to their very small two day event. So stay tuned to web site to find out from me the real story, the way it should be told. The TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND ALL THINGS ON THE SIDE.

  4. 4 NIGHTSHIFT Mar 7th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I would hope that all the people out their can under stand that the rallies are not, Myrtle Beaches Mayor Rhodes to cancel, in the first place. He can no more cancel the event than he can cancel Daytona. He and his handful of supporters that we call Greyhem Gremlins, which is short for a bunch of grumpy big headed little old transplants, and temporary non voting residence, have some how gotten away with passing 15 new ordinances, that just serve to only anger the tourist, and destroy Myrtle Beaches reputation, and that is why we came up with the boycott and ride plan, which is actually genius. We are still here, still have are rally, have lost very little, and are punishing the towns political leaders for their actions. We will vote this fool out soon, but it may take a year or so before things get back to normal. So Double up To Shut them up. We need to have a good turn out, in order to make are point. Do not let any of the Gremlins posing as bikers trick you in to believing their lies. Remember united we stand but divided we fall. Every one should look at Google maps, under The Grand Strand so that you can all understand the geography and that Myrtle Beach city limits is not that big. It is the small seedy little run down part in the middle of the Grand Strand. And since M.B. had only a few of the event vendors, the rally should not really even be referred to as Myrtle Beach since all the great locations that we know and love are actually above and below Myrtle Beach. This huge 60 mile stretch is called The Grand Strand and we are still here and everyone is still coming. Look at the Google map. The map makes Myrtle Beach look big but it is not, and we will not be missing any thing by just riding right past city limits on Hwy. 31 which has no traffic.*&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl
    The best part about all that has transpired is that the biker can now truly experience a sense of strength in fellowship; you see we have actually risen above all the promoters, vendor, associations, and other, big money people and have taken control of our own destiny. We are now The Grand Strand, no longer referred to as Myrtle Beach.

  5. 5 NIGHTSHIFT Mar 7th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Our efforts are paying off. For 5months many locals have been boycotting in side Myrtle Beach city limits, and it is now having a big influence. I kid you not we are going to win. We will not be pushed around and most of us are the kind of people that are willing to stand up against this group of old men and women, that wear pink tee shirts. I would be ashamed of myself and all of you if you do not come to the Grand Strand in a few weeks. If we have a strong presence, we will have over come the anti-rally crowd.

  6. 6 rodent Mar 8th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Hey, Lets just blow off Myrtles Bitch for a few years and go somewhere else,,,,We don’t need and don’t want their Nazi attitude. We can set an example for all the venues that we have the power of BOYCOTT. By going there they win..they dictate, they control… United we stand

  7. 7 Jeff Nicklus Mar 8th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Right on Rodent!

    My God I am tired of hearing about Myrtle Beach! Who wants to force someone (or City) to host our party if they don’t’ want us there …. that is insane! Fuck ’em! Take your money to a location where we are wanted!

    Over & Out,


  8. 8 MJ, editor Mar 8th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I have been having a blast at Daytona Bikeweek… decided to check out the kick-off weekend rally in DeLand – what a gorgeous town, and 50,000 bikes rode in! (18 miles due west of Datyona.) I also decided to network with members on my site, and we managed to check out the Limpnickie Lot, the Harley-Davidson Ocean Center activity – plus get back to what started the big rally 68 years ago: RACING.

    What a blast! AMA Pro racing – 1/4 mile dirt track, high speeds and you get to watch all the thrills and spills from you seat. The inagural nighttime racing of the 68th Daytona 200; plus the vintage racers and the new track at the speedway for the Super Moto Cross. But all, and all, my favorite place to be is always the all-day Rat’s Hole Chopper Show. Absolutely loved a Flathead build from Belgium. Unbelievable craftmanship. The guy had to invent the brake system on that bike.

    Ok, I’m rambling… but anything to NOT talk about how sad the whole Myrtle Beach situation is…. partly why we decided to present a rally, May 6 to 10 in New Orleans with John Green – Easyriders Events and Jay -Broken Spoke bunch.

  9. 9 Nicker Mar 9th, 2009 at 12:24 am


    No more Hurtle Leech, Fertil Bitch, Girdle Itch………. What…Ever…!!!

    Thanks, Tight Drift.


  10. 10 Bobberiz Mar 9th, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Myrtle beach is moving to North Bend N.C. where they want us and our money. Screw the dipschitts on the beach. Perhaps now prices will come down for vendors and others and we won’t get a bunch of Posers, running the show.

  11. 11 Mike Greenwald Mar 9th, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Myrtle Beach is not moving up there.
    The Carolinas HOG get together is all that is moving.

  12. 12 EZ Mar 9th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Can anyone explain the logic of moving the rally to New Bern, where they ALSO have said that although they want “A few elderly bikers”, they DO NOT want a rally there? Besides, with NC helmet laws, what would be the difference. Murrell’s Inlet and Garden city have opened said they welcome us with open arms. Me and ine will be in SC, riding without a helmet and loving life. I have never left a MYrtle Beach rally without a sound ordinace ticket. The officer that gave me my last ticket, said that they have no sounds meters. They just choose by saying einie, meanie, miney – YOU! Let those who ride decide.

  13. 13 gustian Mar 9th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    To MJ,

    RE : “Absolutely loved a Flathead build from Belgium. Unbelievable craftmanship. The guy had to invent the brake system on that bike.”

    Can you please tell me who was that Belgian builder? (and iff possible any more informaiton …)

    Thanks Gustian

  14. 14 Nicker Mar 9th, 2009 at 10:04 pm


    Is there a Flathead in your future……… 🙂


  15. 15 ¿spoom Mar 10th, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Man, this just won’t die. Screw MBeach. There’s so many other places to go that for the life of me I don’t understand why anyone would want to go anywhere near the place on ANY week!!!??? Treat me like a second-class citizen and my wallet stays closed and leaves the area. N’awlins sounds like a nice change for many folks, and will send a better message than hanging out a stone’s throw from the enemy camp. Want to really hurt Myrtle Beach-start a big campaign promoting ’09 Black Bike Week and try to get THOSE riders all fired up about “we’ll show them we can’t be pushed out” : ) Bwaa haa haaa-THAT will hurt MBeach!

  16. 16 gustian Mar 10th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Re Nicker : “Is there a Flathead in your future……… ”

    Well………….yes……., but due to a forced new car last year. My Grand Cherokee had a broken fronttrain, and as the beast was already 12 years old, it wasn’t worth the high cost any more.

    So the plans for the new bike are a bit postponed….

    But it will come my friend,……….. that’s for sure.


  17. 17 sister Mar 11th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I hear people are going to NC this year for bike week. Where?

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