2012 Daytona Beach Bike Week March 9-18

Moved to one week later than originally planned due to the Daytona 500 being rescheduled, the 71st Anniversary of the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event” will be held March 9th through 18th. This year’s event will again be highlighted by the continued resurgence of the historic downtown area, as Harley-Davidson stages their new product show in Riverfront Park in Downtown Daytona Beach. Activities in Riverfront Park will include live bands, stunt shows, and manufacturer’s displays. In addition, the park will host the Official Bike Week Headquarters.

Additionally, the Harley Davidson Custom & Classic Motorcycle Ride-In Show Presented by American Iron Magazine will be held at the Harley-Davidson Experience area on Beach Street on Wednesday, March 14th. Registration begins at 9am and runs until noon, with photographers on hand from American Iron and AIM Motorcycle Bagger to take photos of entries for possible inclusion in those publications.

The Community Appreciation Parade is back and expected to be better than ever. All interested participants should congregate at the staging area in the south parking lot of the Ocean Center on Saturday the 17th beginning at 6:30 am, entering from Main Street on Oleander Ave. At 9 the parade will leave the Ocean Center with an escort of Daytona Beach Motorcycle Police on the way to Daytona International Speedway.

Additionally, the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer the latest version of the Bike Week App for Bike Week Daytona Beach 2012. Because it is produced by the managers of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, the app can provide everything a visitor needs to know, not only about Daytona Beach but the entire county of Volusia. Included in the app is the Official Calendar of Events, where users can post events within the system, see a list of bands and concerts, and browse area restaurants, attractions, bars and clubs, local weather, news, and the Bike Week photo gallery.

The Bike Week Treasure Hunt also returns in 2012 and promises to be a big hit with our visitors. Participants will have their “passports” stamped at 10 different locations throughout the Daytona Regional Area culminating in a visit to the Official Bike Week Headquarters in Riverfront Park where they will turn in their completed passport to receive their Bike Week 2012 Commemorative Coin. Only 300 coins will be printed.

New this year, visitors can enjoy some of the finest dining in Volusia County all at one location! On Friday, March 16th 11am – 10pm on Manatee Island in Riverfront Park the 1st Annual Volusia Palooza, will showcase local restaurants and all the food and beverages they have to offer. Also enjoy live music from local bands all day in the amphitheater. You won’t want to miss this opportunity! $5 admission includes one free beer and the inaugural Volusia Palooza Bike Week poster.

Racing activities at the Daytona International Speedway will kick off on the new Daytona Flat Track on Thursday 15 and Friday 16. The Daytona Supercross, America’s toughest and most demanding Supercross event will be held on Saturday night the 10th. This year’s Bike Week will also feature the 71st Daytona 200, the prestigious season-opening event to the AMA Pro Racing season and the most historic motorcycle race in America on Saturday the 17th. The Speedway will also feature free demo rides and displays from top manufacturers, overnight camping, food, and live entertainment.

And it just wouldn’t be Bike Week in Daytona Beach without the tradition of the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales once again parading down Main Street during two showings on Saturday, and Sunday, March 10th and 11th.

Additional information on Bike Week in Daytona Beach can be found on the Official Daytona Bike Week Website at www.OfficialBikeWeek.com. A Calendar of Events is online as well as lodging information, the Loop Ride (with map), vendor information, a history of Bike Week, Official Licensed Merchandise, area business searchable database, Welcome Center and the largest Bike Week photo gallery on the net.

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