Because of high unemployment and low consumer confidence and consequently low big cruisers sales, the Daytona motorcycle landscape has changed quite a bit. I confirm that the Rossmeyer’s family has its Harley-Davidson Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Sunrise dealerships for sale (all in South Florida). Some continue to state that Fort-Lauderdale is under contract (not confirmed). At Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach, the “Shelly Rossmeyer Motorcycles” store (Triumph motorcycles), across the Harley dealership, closed (the place was previously occupied by Arlen Ness store).
The Daytona Kawasaki & KTM dealership closed last year and the franchise transferred to Daytona BMW. Carl’s Speed put its Nova Road building for sale and regrouped to its first store on Beach Street where owner Carl Morrow benefits from the resurgence of this location (Harley-Davidson, Big Dog & Indian Motorcycles are setup on Beach Street). The Suzuki demo semi is absent from the International Speedway and is now sitting front of the dealership in South Daytona on Ridgewood Avenue.
Is it Daytona Bike Week or Daytona Biketoberfest (2009 version)? Until now, no traffic jam on the bridge going from Beach Street to Main Street (this weekend?) As I mentioned previously, many who intended to visit the rally could not escape the very bad winter snow storm from up north or thought it was not worth the aggravation due to the predicted cold weather in Daytona. As it was the case during these last 2 years, electronic performance and bagger parts vendors seem to do better than others. Forecast is solid blue skies until Sunday, but chilly at night. To follow… (picture Steve Kelly)