Daytona Bike Week: Is it motorcycle season yet?

It’s true what they say, Daytona Bike Week really is the beginning of the motorcycle season. In Connecticut, we’re starting to get some sunny 50 degree days here and there, and yesterday was one of them. While running my usual Sunday morning errands I saw around 20 bikes rumble by on the other side of the highway. Just about all of them were Harley motorcycles. There were a few baggers, a few Sportsters, a bunch of Softails, and a Dyna or two. I was actually pretty surprised to see so many different models cruising down the highway together. I was also pretty surprised to see so many open face helmets, it was still only 50 out! And it certainly doesn’t feel like 50 when you’re doing 60!

All I wanted to do was go home, throw on my gear, and start the season on my own Sporty. I decided that the season would start today, Monday, with my commute to work. Of course, it was raining and cold this morning! Just like mid-March in Connecticut; gorgous one day, awful the next. I officially have the bug now, I think it’s time to start the riding season, what about you?

Motorcycles in Florida for Daytona

Today’s my first day back in the office after taking a couple days off to go to Florida. I flew in on Wednesday, and drove back Saturday morning and most of Sunday. I should probably preface this post by saying I don’t go to Daytona for Bike Week. Someone’s got to put out American Iron Magazine when Buzz, Chris, and Joe are there! I can say from firsthand knowledge, though, that it’s already shaping up to be a great event. Driving past Bruce Rossmeyer Harley-Davidson and the J&P Cycles building, I saw staff busy at work prepping for Bike Week. I also learned that the term Bike Week can be used pretty loosely. There were tons of Harleys riding around with out-of-state plates while I was down there. And, on the way back, there were a bunch of groups riding on the other side of 95. That got me thinking, if possible to get away for two weeks, that’s the best way to do Daytona. Spend the first week racking up the miles, then partake in the fun activities of Bike Week. Especially for those coming from Northern states, you might as well give yourself as much time as you can to ride Florida’s roads so you won’t mind taking time away from riding to check out all the fun off-bike events going on (like our Motorcycle Bagger bike show). Also, if you get a chance, throw updates on our Facebook page or Harley Forum and let us back at the office know how Bike Week is going.


An American Motorcycle Sportbike

I was browsing our Harley forum today and came across a post about Motus Motorcycles, an American motorcycle company, producing an experimental V4-powered sportbike. I always wondered why there wasn’t more direct competition with Japanese and Italian sportbike manufacturers from here in the United States. Buell managed to hang in there for a long time, but unfortunately is now a part of motorcycle history. Harley itself even came out with the XLCR Cafe Racer back in 1977 and 1978 to compete with the Japanese, Italian, and British imports. The Motor Company stopped production after just two years, and today the XLCR is one of the most desired Sportsters ever made. I think it’s safe to say that Americans buy and enjoy sportbikes, they’re all over the place. But why don’t Americans seem to want an American-made sportbike? Is the V-Rod really as far as the limit can be pushed? I’d like to hear some input on this, especially from those who ride both a Harley and an import sportbike.