Daytona Beach, Florida 32118
2023 Daytona Beach Bike Week Information
Here’s what’s going on at the 2023 Daytona Bike Week. And this year will be the 82nd year the motorcycle rally has been held!
Noteworthy, Daytona Beach Bike Week is one of three “national rallies.” And the other two national motorcycle rallies are the Sturgis Rally and Laconia Motorcycle Week.
As you know, the Bike Week in Daytona is also one of the largest and premier rallies in the US. Year after year, the Daytona Beach motorcycle rally is on the LightningCustoms.com’s Major Motorcycle Rallies List.
Bike Week Venues
First, there are three main venues for the Bike Week Daytona. And they are downtown Daytona Beach, the Daytona International Speedway, and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona (in Ormond Beach).
Plus, there are attractions going on in Daytona, all over Volusia County, and beyond. And there are daily events and attractions for Daytona Beach Bike Week.
Other places with Bike Week events include the dealerships and bars. Below are just a few of the infamous Daytona-area bars:
The Banks & Blues Club
Boot Hill Saloon
Full Moon Saloon
Dirty Harry’s Pub
Iron Horse Saloon
Main Street Saloon
Bike Week Daytona Events
Although there are endless things going on during Daytona Bike Week 2023, there are some popular rides to check out. First, is the ride through the rally on Main Street in Daytona. Yes, there will be tons of motorcycles, but it is a cool thing to do at least once.
And another popular Bike Week ride is on the Loop. Also, part of the Loop is on A1A, which goes on the Atlantic. In addition, the Loop will take you through some of Florida’s scenery through twisting roads.
Then there are also endless events and attractions for the 2023 Bike Week Daytona. Some of them include motorcycle shows, live music, and racing.
Definitely, the Bike Week in Daytona Beach is one of the premier biker rallies in the world. Subsequently, there are going to be all the attractions that you can imagine:
– The Wall of Death
– Stunt shows
– Poker runs
– Big set-ups
– Biker contests
– Biker games
– Contests for the ladies
– Tons of vendors
Note, a lot of Daytona Bike Week is free. But check with the different venues to see if they have fees.
Motorcycle Laws in Daytona Beach & Florida
Below are the motorcycle laws to know when going to Bike Week.
Florida Motorcycle Helmet Laws – In Daytona Beach or anywhere in Florida here are the motorcycle helmet laws:
-1- You do not have to wear a helmet if you are over 21. But you must have $10,000 in medical benefits while riding your bike.
-2- Riders and passengers under the age of 21, must always wear a helmet when operating or riding on a motorcycle.
Daytona Noise Ordinances – In all of Florida excessive noise is illegal. But you will find, that the closer you are to Bike Week the more it is enforced.
Bike Week Parking – Yes, there are Daytona streets with motorcycle-only parking. Also, there are the standard parking spots along streets, in parking lots, venues, etc. But, just like when the Daytona motorcycle rally isn’t happening, you can’t park in resident and business reserved parking.
Eye Protection – In Daytona, as well as all Florida, you must wear eye protection when riding a motorcycle.
Headphones & Headsets – It is illegal in Florida to wear headphones, headsets, or other listening devices while riding.
Motorcycle Handlebar Height Limits – It is illegal to have bars above the rider’s shoulders. And the height is determined when the rider is properly seated. And during Daytona Bike Week this is frequently enforced.
Headlights – Your bike must have at least one, but not more than two headlights. Also, they must be always on.
Brake Light – A motorcycle break light is required in Florida. Note, if you are taking a trailer, double check the brake lights are working.
Note, this possibly poses some issues for baggers. And this is because some have three headlights or fog lights on the crash bars.
Motorcycle Taillight – A taillight is required in Florida.
Turn Signals – All motorized vehicles must have turn signals. Note, if you are trailering your bike, check the turn signals are working.
Motorcycle Horns – If you’re going to Daytona Bike Week or anywhere in Florida you need a horn. And the standard is the horn must be audible from at least 200 feet away.
Mirrors – All motorized vehicles, must have a mirror.
Motorcycle Seats – Both the rider and passengers on bikes must have seats. And the seat must be “permanently” attached. Note, I’m not sure about “lick and stick” / suction cup pad seats work.
Reflectors – When traveling anywhere in Florida to get to Bike Week in Daytona, you will need one red rear reflector.
Holding Items While Riding – Both hands must be on the handlebars in Florida.
Motorcycle Lane Splitting – While getting to Daytona Bike Week or riding anywhere in Florida you can’t lane split.
Lane Sharing – You can ride “two abreast”/side-by-side in Florida when on your bike.
Racing & Exhibition of Speed – As you can guess, you can’t drag race at any time in Florida or Daytona Beach. Also, exhibition of speed in Florida is illegal.
Motorcycle Stunts – Again, you can’t do stunts, including wheelies.
NOTE: Please check out the Florida’s for specifics and updates:
–Florida Motorized Vehicles Laws – http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/0316.html
–Daytona Beach Parking Laws – https://library.municode.com/fl/daytona_beach_shores/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH22TR
–Laws for Motorcycles in Florida – http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?StatuteYear=2021&AppMode=Display_Results&Mode=Search%2520Statutes&Submenu=2&Tab=statutes&Search_String=motorcycle
History of Daytona Bike Week
First, in 1937, there was the Daytona 200. Back then it was referred to as the Handlebar Derby. And this was a motorcycle race on the beach. Notably, Ed Kretz on his Indian motorcycle was the first winner.
Due to WWII, the Daytona Beach 200 was paused from 1942 to 1947. But, the Bike Week still happened during these years.
Then in 1947, the Daytona motorcycle race resumed. In 1948, a new beach was used for the motorcycle road course. Next, in 1961 the races during Daytona Bike Week moved to the International Speedway.
Now, fast forward and Bike Week Daytona has become one of the largest motorcycle rallies.
Another Florida rally you might want to check out is the Leesburg Bikefest.
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