It came in like a lamb and went out like a lion. While Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017 started off a little slow thanks to a couple rainy days followed by a few abnormally cold days, it finished with a flurry by the final weekend. Did you catch the Sons of Speed races? Billy Lane put on a fantastic event. Our very own Buzz Kanter won the first-ever race with a last lap pass of Lane, Brittney Olsen blistered the track on her way to the overall victory, and the event blew up social media.
We interviewed Indian Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees early in the week, then Mees went out and won the inaugural Daytona TT, giving Indian Motorcycle Racing a victory in its first outing in 63 years. And custom bike shows…there were more than we could cover. We still were able to hit the Perewitz Paint Show, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Chopper Show, the Harley Ride-In Bike Show and a new shin-dig called Boogie East out at Annie Oakley’s Saloon.
Ride bikes? Did that. American Iron Editor spent time in the saddle of both the 2017 Harley Road King Special and the 2017 Harley Street Rod. Keep an eye out for the first ride reviews in upcoming issues of American Iron Magazine. I spent the week on the 2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic, the perfect workhorse for a motojournalist making the rounds. Its big topcase became my best friend as it made grabbing my camera bag out a snap at all the events I covered. Lots of positive feedback from rally-goers on the Willow Green over Ivory Cream colorway, too. Got to experience Daytona Beach in a new way as well when I took out the Polaris Slingshot SLR out for a day. Testing out its traction control a little bit in the back parking lot of Destination Daytona was a hoot. Cruising up and down the A1A during Bike Week is exactly what this vehicle is made for.
I also found a new hero – Blind Bob the Alligator. Blind Bob came out in an alligator suit, worked the crowd like a champ, then hand-shifted through five gears lickety-split until he had the back tire of his buddy’s motorcycle roasting. Roasted it until it blew! Before it was over, Blind Bob had the crowd cheering his name as he was crowned king of the Broken Spoke burnout contest.
While we thought it’d be an off year, American Iron was busier than ever at Bike Week. Be on the lookout for the full event review in a future issue of American Iron Magazine. Until then, here’s plenty of pictures to enjoy from the week that was Daytona Beach Bike Week 2017.