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(FirstCoastNews)   Thousands of potential Fark headlines arrive at Daytona Beach for beer-fueled "Bike Week"   ( divider line
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2004-02-28 11:37:05 PM  
And also fodder for flashing boobies links for TFers. :-)
2004-02-29 12:41:20 AM  
The Florida tag could be in for quite the workout.
2004-02-29 04:22:54 AM  
I agree with the headline and predict more Daytona stories will be forthcoming. Good headline, submitter-
2004-02-29 04:35:41 AM  
Hell yeah, along with the future darwin candidates that normally make news during bike week at Daytona, its also the start of motorcycle racing season. Too bad the AMA has to start off with such a crappy track.
2004-02-29 04:39:53 AM  
blahblahblah. Watch the annual Run to the Wall in D.C., then we're talking.
2004-02-29 04:40:10 AM  
"Be casreful, take your time," said Kim.

OK, I'll be casreful, if the almighty Kim commands me to.
2004-02-29 04:45:03 AM  
I've heard that Bikers spend more money than the NASCAR crowd...searching now. That could be an interesting story.
2004-02-29 04:47:02 AM  
Lots and lots of boobies to be seen at Bike Week...but unfortunately, most of the boobies are about thirteen inches long and attached to women who have teeth like a Ditch Witch trencher.
2004-02-29 05:01:34 AM  
And the collective IQ of Daytona Beach takes another dip...
;;Still Trying to rebound from the "500" crowd ;;
2004-02-29 05:02:49 AM  
as i read this article, a fight erupted in my living room, as someone stole our tap. and i'll have you all know, i was able to smash a few people over the head with a motorcycle. thanks FARK!
2004-02-29 05:22:06 AM  
Hahahaha, nice headline.
2004-02-29 05:29:57 AM  
MrPerspicacious: Nice writing.
2004-02-29 05:42:31 AM  
I've heard that Bikers spend more money than the NASCAR crowd

How many NASCAR fans do you know who buy their own NASCAR wheels? Besides the deranged fan who turned a perfectly good car into a simulator?
2004-02-29 06:00:46 AM  
2004-02-29 04:47:02 AM MrPerspicacious,

Well, being able to eat a sandwich through a chicken-wire fence is a talent...isn't it?

2004-02-29 06:42:11 AM  
Golden_Eternity wrote: "Hell yeah, along with the future darwin candidates that normally make news during bike week at Daytona, its also the start of motorcycle racing season. Too bad the AMA has to start off with such a crappy track."

Hear, Hear, GE. It's a scheisty track, and needlessly dangerous too. The one time I raced there (the 'last' USGP, 1965) I really came to loathe it. It's terrible on machines (particularly on tires, as they get abnormally hot on one side on that long banked section) and does not call for rider talent in the infield turns. Just stick out the arnshoe and slide yore sikkle.

What a miserable joke. And the way they treat spectators and competitors is more suitable to Buchenwald.

The worst thing though is the infestation of Hardley-Ablesons. Yechh.
2004-02-29 07:55:37 AM  
I was there yesterday afternoon/last night. It was a cold 55, and most of the women were in their leathers, all zipped up. Call it the "Big Boobie Famine of 2004"

Made it over to Orange County Choppers and West Coast Choppers.
2004-02-29 08:05:23 AM  
Golden_Eternity and InfoNympho

Hmmm. I've always wanted to ride Daytona. Disappointed to hear negative feedback, but when I think about it, you're right. The infield really is uninspiring. I guess I was just sucked in by the high banking. However, the '95 200 was one of the coolest races ever. Scott Russel crashes twice and wins with no rear brake. Amazing. The nice thing about Daytona (never been myself) is that while there are tons of oil drippers, it's not Sturgis (blech). I'm still going to try to make it down there one of these years. Interesting bio Nympho.

/Heads to Mid-Ohio
2004-02-29 08:07:15 AM  
Orange County Choppers was supposed to be filming at the Ironhorse Saloon. Talk about a rat's nest! Bike Week is okay if you can deal with the traffic, drunken fools who have lost any sense of civility, $250 hotel rooms that normally cost $60/night and a local constabulary that will arrest you for just about anything. Attended Bike Week twice; it's something that has to experienced.
2004-02-29 08:08:38 AM  
The worst thing though is the infestation of Hardley-Ablesons. Yechh.
Actually, the worst thing is the smell on Main Street!
2004-02-29 08:11:40 AM  
Man, if we could only harness all the brain-power generated by this mass meeting of the great minds... why, my gerbil could get a small assist on his wheel for almost a whole revolution!
2004-02-29 08:17:01 AM  
You're a biker. Lick Big Paul's ass, suck Little Paul's anus. Wait--you're real?
2004-02-29 08:24:08 AM  
REAL bikers pay twice--to keep it real.
2004-02-29 08:30:28 AM  
Ummmm....I don't hear any theme-licking....
2004-02-29 08:54:08 AM  
Sadly, I will not be there to see it. My boyfriend and his best friend's wife are...but I'm not...
2004-02-29 09:39:30 AM  
I lived on Main St. (right above Beach Camera) for a couple of years while going to school. Lemme tell ya, the bikers are ten times better than the spring breakers. The boobies may not be as good but at least they have a bit of respect.
2004-02-29 10:40:29 AM  
money spent per person visiting "per day" in Daytona beach as reported in our mullet wrap called the News Journal in 2002:
Turkey Rod Run - makes since, these are old, family guys with $70k+ cars and 40,000 of them show up WITH their families, so it's hotels and restuarants the whole time.

Biketoberfest - the kindler/gentl'r version of bike week.
See above.

Race Week - lot's of money, WAY too expensive stuff to buy, but the hotels fill to capacity and they spend more of their money with the locals

Bike Week - Imagine a ton of assholes (500,000) showing up in your town and that's just the venders. The bikers camp, they stay in two or three VERY limited spaces to spend their money and make too much friggin noise everywhere else. They do buy a LOT of local gas (at $1.89 for cheap stuff right now, thanks jerks) and the rest goes to venders who promptly leave town.

Spring Break - 50,000 kids with no money trying to spend a week down here partying and playing and re-living a culture they never knew. For free. Two or three fall off the balconies and one maybe doesn't die and ends up a Fark headline (see last year)

BCR - Black College Reunion - see above, but with VERY nice stereos and a huge contribution to gas as they NEVER stop cruising.
2004-02-29 11:35:04 AM  
Fill the pit with cole slaw, and ladies take your tops off!! We're gonna have some wrasslin'!!
2004-02-29 11:49:03 AM  
You know that guy on your block with the insanely loud motorcycle, not just the regular loud-assed motorcycle, but the one you know must be uncomfortable to even ride because it's so damn loud? Every freakin bike in Daytona is that farking loud. It really is a sight, the bikes just line the street for miles and miles, and every parking lot is full of bikes and the street is packed with bikes. And it's not just twins either, I have tons of rare european bikes like Bimotas and MV Augustas there. Some guys will actually ship their bikes from Europe and Australia just to ride around during bike week. Then some guys will trailer some piece of shiat old 1980 Kawasaki from Montanna just to be there for a weekend. It really is something.

As for the crowds, The bikers in the campgrounds are a lot more respectful and cool than the road trip kids I run into at campgrounds.
2004-02-29 11:53:26 AM  
This article made me think of stories my grandmother told me about when she was working at a hotel in Daytona during the 50's. She told me that the bikers took their bikes into their hotel rooms. I hear they still do, which I think is a lie. Can anyone from the area confirm this?
2004-02-29 12:38:43 PM  
Repo king, although I haven't attended bikeweek (nor will I) I can tell you that on road trips, it is common that ground level motel managers wont mind if yo bring the bike in, provided you put some newspaper down to protect the carpet. My crotch rocket fits through the doors easily,

My fathers 1950 Panhead... Not so easy. Riding with more bikes that 4 is a pain in the ass regardless, Riding with 50,000 bikes, overheating at 2mph in traffic sounds like great fun !
2004-02-29 02:09:34 PM  
My uncle is one of the vendors my family owns one of the larger motorcycle seat manufactures on the east coast.
2004-02-29 05:28:42 PM  
Here's a list of Daytona Bike Week Events!

After that, we got Outer Banks Bike Week, Myrtle Beach Bike Week, America's Rolling Thunder Rally in MD, Laconia Bike Week in NH, Little Strugis in KY, Gettysburg Bike Week, Sturgis Rally, Delmarva Bike Week, Biketoberfest in Daytona and the fall bike rally in Myrtle Beach.

You find these bike rallies and eventshere

I did find a site for you boobies need(NSFW)
2004-02-29 05:32:58 PM  
2wheeljunkie .... The nice thing about Daytona (never been myself) is that while there are tons of oil drippers ....

Well I can tell you that new Harleys ( evolutions ) are not oil drippers, the older bike's, Flatheads, Panheads and Shovelheads do, just look at it as marking territory.

You can park a evolution in a garage, driveway whatever and you won't find a oil spot where it sat. Just thought I would clear up that OLD stereotype.
2004-02-29 06:02:00 PM  
I wanted to get down there today, but alas was too hungover. I will be down Wednesday night, though...
2004-02-29 07:47:20 PM  
Props to speed channel for covering it live. I find it rather funny that so many standards are attracted to an event centered around racing sportbikes, which are all foreign made because no american manufacturer can manage to put out decent sportbikes. I thought all the weekend warrior crowd despised our "rice-rockets"

Also props to the weather, allowing me to put in 3 1/2 hours in the twisties today.
2004-02-29 08:10:56 PM  
Auknix just summed up my Daytona experience.
Sitting in MONDO traffic smelling exhaust, watching my poor bike overheat. (since bought a watercooled one) I got frustrated, turned around and rode back to the rental house in Orlando. MUCH more fun basking in the heated pool.

I would be in Fla right now if my elderly father wouldn't have gotten ill (congestive heart failure). My friends who did go down there may well forego Daytona and ride down to Key West.

(Funny sidenote: My mom found out that I was planning on riding to Key West and FLIPPED! "YOU CAN'T GO! THEY'RE __ALL__ GAY THERE! I told her not to worry, it wasn't contagious....

2004-02-29 11:03:14 PM  
Maybe next year, after I get my smashed turn signal and saddlebag lid fixed up.. Damn that black ice on a hairpin...
2004-03-01 01:29:41 AM  
Funny... I play in a country band on the weekends (g'head, joke about it---I need the money), and the little bar right off of I-95 we played at this weekend just happened to be chock-full o' bikers.

I figured it was about time for bike week.
2004-03-01 06:20:00 AM  
Well Kawi Rider,

Can't let pass that Hardley Ableson DID try their hand with a superbike V-Twin, but as with many experiments from Milwaukee it was underengineered, underfunded, the victim of much political infighting at Hardley, and generally sucked on the race course.

They retired it in ignominy a year or so ago. Never had a podium finish -- way back in the rear, behind all them rice grinders and dukes, ha.
2004-03-01 05:16:21 PM  
Hey Fark all yall, I'm here now... woot!

I'll get a few good shots of mullets for a photoshop contest or something.
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