Last Daytona Bike Week For Vendors On Beach Street. No More Vendors After Biketoberfest. Forever!

(Partially sourced Daytona Journal) Riverfront Park on the north end of Beach Street is going to return silent when the 77th Bike Week ends on Sunday March 18th and rill return definitively silent after the upcoming Biketoberfest. Daytona City commissioners on January 3r voted to terminate a contract with Biker Threads LLC, the company that hosts itinerant vendors at the park during Bike Week and Biketoberfest events.

Vendors were permitted to set up shop for the current Bike Week and will be allowed back once more in the fall for Biketoberfest. In a December letter, Daytona Beach City Manager Jim Chisholm informed a company that runs the Bike Week events at the park that the city is terminating a contract about halfway through a five-year extension, saying it is “modifying elements of motorcycling events” in the city.

“The Biker Threads lease was terminated because the city wants to implement improvements detailed in the Riverfront Park Master Plan,” Daytona Beach spokeswoman Susan Cerbone wrote in a statement to The News-Journal. “The agreement necessitated a one-year notice clause for termination by either party. This year’s lease for Bike Week and Biketoberfest will be the final year.”

Lyle Kramper, partner and general manager of Indian Motorcycle Daytona Beach, 390 N. Beach St., said the termination caught him completely off guard. The customers who visit the itinerant vendors also frequent his business.

“I just signed a five-year lease,” Kramper said in his packed showroom Tuesday morning. “I found out about four days ago. I’m upset that not a single person reached out to me.” Kramper said he hasn’t had much time to think about what he’ll do, specifically if vendors no longer want to set up shop on his property because of the lack of vendors across the street. He said people pay $800 to lease a space on his property, largely because of the draw of many more across the street.

11 Responses to “Last Daytona Bike Week For Vendors On Beach Street. No More Vendors After Biketoberfest. Forever!”

  1. 1 CycleSavage Mar 16th, 2018 at 5:24 am

    The city has wanted BikeWeek gone for years so they can build more of those attractive high rise condos. I’m surprised that they don’t want to build a golf course in Riverfront Park.

  2. 2 blind man Mar 16th, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Bruce Rossmeyer (Destination Daytona HD) saw the writing on the wall years ago when he pulled up stakes and moved to Ormond Beach. South Daytona ran Miller’s out of business with their “Urban” improvements. One of the biggest influxes of money for the community and they are treating it like a traveling Flea Market. I don’t get it. If you lose Bike Week, businesses all over town would have to close their doors for good

  3. 3 BD Mar 16th, 2018 at 7:50 am

    The end is coming…. If you never have experienced bike week and always wanted to do so you best go soon..Just think Myrtle Beach if you know what I mean

  4. 4 Fla Nativ Mar 16th, 2018 at 8:08 am

    This is similar to what they did to Rossmeyer, they had a contract and when they got the chance raised the rent for the park to a ridiculous amount. He relocated and has made millions. There’s a nice piece of property across from Destination on US 1 that would make a perfect Indian dealership. Next will be Main Street . I have to wonder how much the new Brown and Brown Insurance building had to do with the “sudden” contract change. This is why I have quit going to Daytona and go to the outlying venues. And yes , they want to run Bike Week and Biketoberfest out of town. It doesn’t fit their vision of Daytona, let the bums and vagrants have that place.

  5. 5 Debbie Hannigan Mar 16th, 2018 at 8:29 am

    This is terrible people from all around the world come to Daytona for bike week way to go Daytona not the smartest move

  6. 6 Woody's Mar 16th, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Here’s my surprised face :0
    They’ve only been moving this direction for 15-20 years. Every city’s population has a right to decide what direction their city should be heading in, and perhaps the added revenue 2x a year isn’t worth it to them. Not like the whole event is going away, as other have mentioned there are local venues still available and the hotels will still be doing fine. People are already spending a day or two in Daytona proper, and then heading for Orlando, Miami, the Keys, anyway. Between the property taxes and year-round employees living in the area, it’s possible that the insurance building will bring in more revenue yearly, anyway. Ridership is decreasing, NASCAR likewise, and tourists will still come to Daytona. Many Spring Breakers avoid Daytona around break time, anyway, the void will be filled if the rally goes smaller.

  7. 7 BOSS HAWG Mar 17th, 2018 at 8:13 am

    I am in agreement with Woody. Adapt and change is needed at times as a city grows.

    Bikeweek will continue. Venues will change and relocate to more outlying areas as they should.

    Boss Hawg

  8. 8 cyclereckr Mar 17th, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    If Daytona keeps this up Panama city Thunder on the Beach will become the Florida Bike week !

  9. 9 Jim Tom Stimpson Mar 19th, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Thunder on the Beach is still a joke compared to Daytona.

  10. 10 Motorcycle Marc Mar 19th, 2018 at 10:07 am

    The times…they are a changin’. We’ll adjust.

  11. 11 hacksaw Mar 19th, 2018 at 10:53 am

    i would rather go to panama city than daytona. why is thunder on the beach a joke?

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