Biketoberfest 2010 (Part 2)

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. 

9 Responses to “Biketoberfest 2010 (Part 2)”

  1. 1 Brandon Oct 16th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    This rat rod bike is amazing.

  2. 2 2low Oct 16th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Would like to see it being ridden!

  3. 3 Junkofest Oct 16th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    The top bke looks like our ecnomy. Shitty.

  4. 4 Justin Oct 16th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    The Rat Rod built by After Hours Bikes in florida. It’s gerring a ton of attention in Daytona. Including by the cops.

  5. 5 highrpm Oct 16th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    rat rod: post-apocalyptic.

  6. 6 Oct 16th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    It looks like a Road Rat, and exactly like the World right now, Upside Down! For each their own.

  7. 7 David Oct 16th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Just think of it …..A little green paint and a fat bitch on the back and this guy could match up with the John Deer tractor Dude and his Broad.

    SSDD; David

  8. 8 jatinder pal Oct 18th, 2010 at 4:07 am

    The rusted bike looks awesome…..

  9. 9 maroco Oct 19th, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Love the Rat Bike style.
    …” War is over Rats survive…”

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