Biketoberfest Gears Up For Daytona Beach Rally


Organizers of the 24th Annual Biketoberfest, October 13-16, 2016, will officially kick off the motorcycle rally during a press conference at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday, October 13, at 9 a.m.

“We’re excited to kick off Biketoberfest right on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley stage located in the new Midway,” said Shawn Abbatessa, Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) marketing director.

With the Speedway’s $400-million Daytona Rising project as the backdrop, the Thunder Alley stage is right next to the FPL Solar Pavilion in the Midway, a fan-friendly location directly behind the motorsports stadium. This will be a major hub of Biketoberfest activity for the 150,000 fans that frequent the four-day event, and the rally tradition will continue along Main Street, Riverfront Park, and Midtown in Daytona Beach, as well as at Destination Daytona and US1 in Ormond Beach, and throughout Volusia County in nearby New Smyrna Beach and DeLand.

“We are fortunate to have the support of so many who have been working extremely hard to promote this event year after year,” said Abbatessa. “Next year will be the 25th anniversary of Biketoberfest  – October 19-22, 2017.”

“We’re happy to welcome new partners to help us ensure the sustainability of the event, and we love welcoming new motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy the fall rally and festival scene while vacationing in Daytona Beach,” said Lori Campbell Baker, CVB executive director.

Biketoberfest official sponsors are: GEICO Motorcycle, Hill & Ponton Disability Law Firm, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and RAM Truck.  The official radio sponsor is Southern Stone Communications with stations WHOG-FM The Hog 95.7, WKRO-FM 93.1 Coast Country, WLOV-FM 99.5 Love FM, KVYB-FM 103.3 The Vibe, and WNDB-AM 1150 News Talk.

Anticipated events include:

  • Official Biketoberfest Poster Free Give Away (while supplies last) at The Welcome Center on Beach Street
  • Contest Give Away including His and Hers Leather Vest by Hot Leathers
  • Discovery’s Velocity Channel South Beach Classics television show filming throughout rally
  • 33rd Annual Race of Champions Championship Cup Series Motorcycle Race and American Sportbike Racing Association Motorcycle Race at Daytona International Speedway
  • RATT, Jack Russell’s Great White and Firehouse concert headliners at Destination Daytona, October 13

2017 Save the Date: The 25th Annual Biketoberfest motorcycle rally will be October 19-22, 2017.

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2016 Daytona Beach Bike Week Review

Daytona International Speedway Bike Week 2016

Renovation of Daytona International Speedway is now complete. For 2016, vendors were moved centrally and set up in between manufacturers’ tents.

Bikers at Bike Week 2016

It was a steady stream of motorcyclists on International Speedway during Bike Week 2016.

Motorcycle Rally Review: 

It blew into town like a Category 5 storm, a whirlwind of bikers a half-million strong, the 75th anniversary of Daytona Beach Bike Week attracting “bigger crowds than they’ve had in years” according to merchants and local officials in a Daytona Beach News-Journal report. American Iron (AIM) editors rolled into town before the big show even started to hitch a leg on the 2016 Indian Springfield and the highly anticipated 2017 Victory Octane, then hit the ground running to cover the scene from Destination Daytona to Main Street. While first ride reviews on the motorcycles are forthcoming in American Iron Magazine, Editor-in-Chief Buzz Kanter provided a little insight about the new liquid-cooled Victory.

“I love it and consider it one of the best American muscle bikes on the market. Fast, agile and fun.”

American Iron also got to see “The Official 75th Daytona Beach Bike Week Motorcycle” it helped build find a new home at the rally. John Buchanan of Independent, Missouri, is a happy man about now after winning the Daytona Chamber of Commerce’s “Daytona Springer” raffle bike. The customized 2008 Harley Softail Springer is the current cover bike of American Iron Magazine, with good reason. The fine folks at Woodstock Harley-Davidson of Kingston, NY, did a bang-up job of helping turn the stock Softail into a true collectible. According to AIM’s Associate Editor Tyler Greenblatt, the stock Springer fork has teardrop rocker and end covers added to its axle and articulating bracketry. The front end has been dressed with a Hollywood-style handlebar from Biker’s Choice and classed up with white Harley Vintage grips and braided brake and throttle lines from Magnum Shielding. The stylish Springer sports Ride Wright Omega 40-spoke wheels front and back. While the H-D Twin Cam 96 is primarily stock, it barks a little louder thanks to Vance & Hines dual exhausts. John Dills of Dills Paintworks from Cullowhee, North Carolina, gave it a touch of class with its black and white paint scheme while Mark Peters of Peters Auto Art handpainted the American Iron logo on the oil tank and the 75th Daytona Bike Week logo on the gas tank. We hope to see Buchanan in Bike Week next year riding around the rally on the new customized Softail Springer he won.

Bike Week 2016 Hypersona at the Full Moon Saloon

Hypersona’s lead vocalist channels his best Dave Draiman at Bike Week 2016.

In between bike launches, press conferences, and industry parties, American Iron’s new editor Steve Lita was a busy man. Somehow he still found time to make it over to Harley-Davidson’s Editor’s Choice Bike Show at the Broken Spoke Saloon last Wednesday. The Editor’s Choice Bike Show is attended by just about every major publication, with respective editors each selecting a winner. While singling out one bike in a sea of worthy AIM-334-coverbuilds is a daunting task, Lita awarded Michael Lewis’ custom 1941 Flathead 80 bobber AIM’s Editor’s Choice. Keep your eyes out for a full color feature on Lewis’ Flathead in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine.

As one of the newest members of the American Iron team, it was a pleasure to be one of the panel members of Allstate’s Bike Week Moto Masters Roundtable. The Roundtable consisted of a diverse cross-section of industry personalities. With almost ten years’ experience riding and reviewing motorcycles and covering the rally scene, I represented the media side. The custom scene had two well-known representatives, third-generation builder Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Enterprises and one of the hardest working, most colorful customizers in the business, Rick Fairless of Strokers Dallas. Joining us on the panel were the always energetic MotoLady herself, Alicia Elfving, and bright and bubbly vintage motorcycle racer Brittney Olsen of 20th Century Racing fame. Allstate Insurance sought to bring a taste of Bike Week to people who couldn’t attend the rally through its live-streaming event as we talked about a range of subjects, from current trends in the industry to safety tips to our favorite routes to ride. Allstate continues to be an active supporter of the motorcycling community through avenues like its “Once is Never Enough” program and by installing “Watch for Motorcycles” warning signs at dangerous intersections across the U.S.

Brittney Olsen Bike Week 2016

Brittney Olsen, a vintage motorcycle racer and co-owner of 20th Century Racing, loves to show off her old-time garb.

With approximately $400 million worth of renovations recently being completed, Daytona International Speedway (DIS) looks spectacular. Besides its more modern façade, the venue now houses 101,500 seats and is much more fan-friendly thanks to five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” that lead to a series of escalators and elevators. These transport people to three different concourse levels, each level featuring large social areas, or ‘neighborhoods,’ along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Bike Week 2016 at DIS featured a new wrinkle as vendors were moved from the old location in the parking lot outside the Turn 4 tunnel to where the manufacturers set up at the Center Gate. Intermingling the two seemed to bump up foot traffic for everybody. Indian and Harley stoked the flames of a century-old rivalry as both manufacturers had huge displays. The new arrangement seemed to boost the amount of people taking demo rides. Victory’s Octane was a particularly hot commodity as just about every time the Victory demo fleet set out all of the Octane’s seats were filled. And while the new layout benefited most, Yamaha’s tent was located on the east end of the Speedway, along with Kawasaki and Suzuki, and it seemed like less people filtered out to the manufacturers located furthest from the epicenter.

On display in front of Indian Motorcycles’ set-up at the Speedway were the top three custom Scouts in Indian’s Project Scout competition. Indian challenged 36 of its dealers to customize a Scout or Scout Sixty with “no restrictions on the bike’s theme, cost or build style, the only rules being the dealers had to use a minimum of three authentic Indian Scout accessories from the current catalog.” The top three finalists were “Fusion” by Indian Motorcycle Charlotte, “The Rebel” by Indian Motorcycle Winnipeg and “Boardtracker” by Motos Illimitees from Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada. Fans voted for their favorite at a kiosk in front of the display, and when the ballots were tallied, Moto Illimitees’ “Boardtracker” was crowned the Project Scout winner. With downturned boardtracker bars, a barebones back end, and wooden accents, it’s easy to see why it was a fan favorite. Moto Illimitees description of its winner states:

“This bike is a tribute to the legendary Scout who used to race on board tracks. White tires mounted on 26 -inch wheels gives an antique look to this historic motorcycle. Cope pipes and a wood-imitation seat recall the 1920 – 1927 models. We have included many names of Jack Daniel’s because we wanted (to) commemorate their 150th anniversary and 115th anniversary of Indian Motorcycle. The footrest, number plate and handle are worked in high quality white oak.”

Project Scout winner Daytona Beach Bike Week 2016

Moto Illimitees “Boardtracker” was crowned Indian’s Project Scout winner at Bike Week 2016.

And while there was no board track races going on at Bike Week, there was no shortage of other motorcycle racing disciplines at Daytona Beach. Eli Tomac got the party started when he won the Monster Energy Supercross 450 class the opening Saturday night, and Michael Barnes closed the show when he became the oldest winner of the Daytona 200 the final Saturday. Granted, with no full factory support and no affiliation with America’s current road racing regime, MotoAmerica, the Daytona 200 doesn’t have the same luster it once did. But that doesn’t diminish the fact that the 47-year-old Barnes came out of retirement and spanked a bunch of racers half his age. Bike Week also saw the first races of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season on Daytona’s limestone quarter-mile. It was an emotional weekend for Round One winner Sammy Halbert, who rode with #69 on his race plate in honor of his brother Jethro, a fellow flat tracker who passed away last year from injuries sustained in a race at Calistoga. Not only was it Slammin’ Sammy’s first GNC1 victory since the Stockton Half-Mile in 2013, but a memorial service was held Wednesday for his brother Jethro at the racer’s pavilion on the beach outside of the Daytona Hilton. In Round Two, Jake Johnson won his first race since his 2011 Grand National Championship season.

Batman Bike Bike Week 2016

I am … Batman!

If Daytona Beach Bike Week is any indicator, it should be an eventful year for the American motorcycle rally scene. Ride along with American Iron online as we make the rounds and bring you reports from events across the country in 2016.

Blacked-out Victory Hammer S

Blacked-out Victory Hammer S

American Iron gunslingers Terry “The Titan” O’Brien and “Quick Draw” Ken McCurdy landed in Daytona Beach with deals to seal and hands to shake. With a half-million bikers in town for the 75th anniversary celebration, the best way to get around is on two-wheels.

Luckily, Victory Motorcycles came through like champs. O’Brien, American Iron’s Chief Operating Officer, is a big man who needed a big bike. The Victory Magnum was the perfect choice. Its open rider’s triangle allowed O’Brien to stretch out comfortably, and when it came time for a little fun, the Magnum’s Freedom 106 delivered. A 100-watt, six speaker audio system came in handy when traffic bottled up.

As the man who heads up American Iron’s advertising sales, “Quick Draw” McCurdy mobbed around town on a blacked-out Victory Hammer S. You’ve got to carry yourself with a little swagger when you’re in sales, and the Hammer S has plenty of that. From the 250mm wide chunk of Dunlop rubber it runs on the rear to its inverted fork and dual discs up front, the Hammer S is modern American muscle. McCurdy had fun flexing a little Hammer S muscle on the streets of Daytona Beach.

Thanks for the hook-up Victory! Was a blast rumbling around the 75th on modern American iron.


2016 Victory Magnum

Celebrate the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week With Indian Motorcycle

Jack-Daniels-Indian-AIM-3MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (Feb 22, 2016) – Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, loves making history at Daytona, whether it’s winning the first Daytona 200 or drawing the best crowds with our Daytona Bike Week events. This year Indian again has a full schedule of events, including demo rides, new models, vintage & custom bike displays, racing, organized rides and much more during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12.

“Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first Bike Week race, our team is inspired to honor that legacy and showcase our future,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Whether you’re a cruising enthusiast or long-haul tourer, into customs like those shown in our Project Scout contest or a race enthusiast cheering on the SuperHooligan Scout Sixty bikes, we know that anybody hanging out with Indian Motorcycle will have great stories to tell.”

Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway
(International Speedway Blvd., across from the Florida Hospital Gate)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily; Last Ride Leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2016 line-up of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout® Sixty cruiser, Indian Chief® Vintage bagger, Indian Roadmaster® tourer and a very special new model. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.

Indian Motorcycle Display at Daytona International Speedway
(Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily.
In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the entire 2016 Indian Motorcycle line-up, as well as engine cutaways, custom & vintage bikes, accessories and apparel. Register for your chance to win a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty, check out the finalists from the ‘Project Scout: Build a Legend’ custom contest, see how an Indian Chieftain® with performance accessories handles the dyno, and make sure to pick up an exclusive Indian Motorcycle Daytona 75th patch simply by showing your Indian Motorcycle proof of ownership (key-ring, badge, etc.)

Hooligan Race Night
(Ocean Complex West Parking Lot, downtown Daytona Beach)
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., March 8
Enjoy live music, food & refreshments as Roland Sands and fellow Team RSD racers battle handlebar-to-handlebar in pursuit of the checkered flag on their RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt trackers. Winners of the Project Scout contest will be announced at this event, and you’re welcome to join a celebratory after-party at the Boot Hill Saloon.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach
(290 North Beach Street)
9a.m. – 8p.m., Daily
Visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach for all of your bike, accessory and apparel needs, as well as a variety of special events.

Indian Motorcycle Rider’s Group & Veterans Ride
(Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach, 290 North Beach Street)
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., March 10
Owners of Indian motorcycles join veterans from the Veterans Ride program in an organized tour that begins at Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach and travels to Orlando for lunch. Owners can roll alongside a Vet rider from last year’s inaugural Veterans Charity Ride as he captains a new custom Indian Trike. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.

Celebrate The 75th With Indian Motorcycle
(Boot Hill Saloon, 310 Main Street)
6 p.m., March 11
Put a stamp on the end of a legendary week by joining Indian Motorcycle at the Boot Hill Saloon to ‘Celebrate the 75th’.

Visit for the most up to date schedule. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.

Harley Motorcycle News: Daytona Beach Bike Week & Biketoberfest Future Dates

Do you like or need to plan your motorcycle vacations well in advance?

We at American Iron Magazine understand and would like to share these dates here for the Daytona Beach Bike Week, the Daytona 200 motorcycle races, and Biketoberfest for the next few years.

2015 Daytona Motorcycle Dates

  • Daytona Biketoberfest dates are October 15-18, 2015.


2016 Daytona Motorcycle Dates

  • Daytona Beach Bike Week dates are March 4-13, 2016.
  • The Daytona 200 motorcycle race is March 12, 2016.
  • Daytona Biketoberfest dates are October 13-16, 2016.


2017 Daytona Motorcycle Dates

  • Daytona Beach Bike Week dates are March 10-19, 2017.
  • The Daytona 200 motorcycle race is March 18, 2017.
  • Daytona Biketoberfest dates are October 19-22, 2017.


2018 Daytona Motorcycle Dates

  • Daytona Beach Bike Week dates are March 9-18, 2018.
  • The Daytona 200 motorcycle race is March 17, 2018.
  • Daytona Biketoberfest dates are October 18-21, 2018.


2019 Daytona Motorcycle Dates

  • Daytona Beach Bike Week dates are March 8-17, 2019.
  • The Daytona 200 motorcycle race is March 16, 2019.
  • Daytona Biketoberfest dates are October 17-20, 2019.

DAYTONA CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE NEWS! Showcase Your Custom Or Classic Harley Motorcycle in Print

Custom Motorcycle News. The editors and photographers from American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger and RoadBike will be in Daytona for Bike Week looking for custom and classic motorcycles to photograph and feature in our magazines.

We’d like to invite you to bring your motorcycle to the Harley-Davidson Ride In Show on Beach Street Wednesday, March 13. This is an all-brands motorcycle show and our magazines are the presenting sponsors. Here is your chance to show the world your custom or classic motorcycle.

Bring your stocker, bobber, chopper, bagger, racer, sidecar, trike, classic, rat or racer motorcycle. We want them all.