Officially, spring arrives in the northern hemisphere on March 20 this year —but motorcycle riders live by another calendar. For us, spring roars in like a lion on March 8 with Spring Daytona Bike Week in Florida. For 10 days, winter is put on hold as motorcycle riders from around the world celebrate the official start of the 2019 motorcycle-riding season.
This year’s event will be the 78th running of the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. This is the motorcycle race that gave birth to the epic rally that is Daytona Bike Week, first run on January 24, 1937. That first race was a 3.2-mile course that travelled northward on the beach and returned south on what is now known as Florida State Route A1A in Daytona Beach. The only years the race didn’t run was 1942–1946, because of World War II. During those war years, motorcycle riders still came to celebrate motorcycling in the warm climate of Daytona Beach.
In 1961, the race moved from the beach and road course to its current home at the Daytona International Speedway. Spring Daytona Bike Week now has two epicenters—Main Street on the beach side, and the Daytona International Speedway on the mainland.
The race may have moved, but the rally was born on the beach and its heart is still there. If you want to experience Daytona Bike Week, Main Street is the place to feel the pulse of the rally. The street runs just 10 blocks across the peninsula from South Peninsular Drive on the Haifax River side to North Atlantic Avenue (A1A) on the ocean side. Every inch along the street and sidewalk is filled with motorcycles and motorcycle riders from morning until well past midnight. This is the place to be seen while experiencing the world of motorcycle culture.
The Daytona 200 motorcycle race at the speedway has expanded to become an event unto itself with activities all week long. Here are some events and features to enjoy and explore:
Find it all at:
Daytona International Speedway
1801 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Daytona Bike Week has grown to offer events spread across Volusia County and beyond. There are more things to do and see than you can fit into 10 days, including riding your motorcycle in the Florida sunshine. Here is the official rally information:
Spring Daytona Bike Week 2019
March 8–17, 2019
And when taking a big road trip, you’ll want to make sure you’re protected. Rest easier with Dairyland’s Trip Interruption motorcycle coverage that pays for eligible expenses like food, lodging, and lost deposits if you’re in a crash.
Till next time, ride safe!
While in Florida, why not consider a ride on the Big Bend Scenic Byway?
Find some epic space before or after Daytona Bike Week at the Kennedy Space Center.