Temperatures are 80F day – 60F night under a solid blue sky and it will remain this way until Sunday evening. Of course, a big part of Biketoberfest attraction is because it’s the last opportunity for northern bikers to ride before cold and snow hit their home places.
Excellent weather helps a lot boost attendance because many Floridian and neighboring state bikers decide or not to ride to the rally only on a weather forecast criteria..It is estimated that about 120,000 attended the 2009 edition or the equivalent of about $190 million brought by bikers and vendors to the local economy. Good news: traveling around Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach, Main Street, Beach Street and the International speedway has been a traffic nightmare all day long on Friday and of course it will be worse today Saturday.
Without tangible numbers to give you I have the strong feeling that there is a larger number of bikers in town than during the past 2 or 3 years. All vendors I talked to shared my point of view. Sturgis was quite successful and Biktoberfest may confirm the fact that bikers not under extreme financial duress may have decided to resume indulging in their preferred motorcycling activities.
Of course, I visited all bike shows. Less outrageous bikes than during the “Crazy Chopper Years (2000-2006), but still some very radical machines costing more than one year of work to their builders…But most are going the route of the “Enough Of The Over Shiny” and show their creativity in polished aluminum, stainless steel and solid color paint jobs. Engraving is also making a big come back for those with a larger building budget
Visited the Broken Spoke Saloon where Jay Allen demonstrates over and over again that he is the unchallenged Chief Entertaining Officer of any rally where he is present. Yesterday evening Bert Baker and his crew were there stunning the crowd with a first: reverse gear burnouts.