Destination Speed: Daytona's Biketoberfest

Motor-friendly Daytona Beach hosts motorcycle riders from around the world for the city’s annual Biketoberfest

For one long weekend in October, thousands of cycling enthusiasts gather in Daytona Beach for Biketoberfest, an international motorcycle festival that offers plenty of beaches, bikes and fun in the sun. Popular activities include motorcycle shows and rallies showcasing the latest custom bikes as well as new and vintage models; demonstration rides on the newest machines from top manufacturers; and on-track motorcycle action at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway.

Biketoberfest started twenty-one years ago when it was known as “The Daytona Fall Tour” and featured a 125-mile ride through Volusia County, bike shows and races at Daytona International Speedway. According to Biketoberfest officials, the first festival attracted 5,000 visitors, mostly from Florida, to Daytona Beach.

Today, the event has grown into a bona fide biking bonanza and draws motorcyclists from all over the country and the world. More than 150,000 bikers are expected at this year’s event, but the sense of community still prevails.

When you ride into town, don’t miss: Main Street has always been a welcome gathering spot for riders. The merchants along this famous street, which has been seen in dozens of films and TV shows, are know for their down-home hospitality. Highlights include biker-friendly watering holes, tattoo shops, biker clothing and accessory stores, and places to grab a burger or wings, as well as free street parking.

Daytona International Speedway put Daytona Beach on the map. During Biketoberfest, you can catch great motorcycle racing action at the Speedway and explore some of its famous memorabilia from races past. Visit Kickstand City for live entertainment, demo rides and other activities that will start your engine. Parking is free.

October 17-20, 2013. For more information, contact the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 386.255.0415 or visit www.biketoberfest.org