It’s been eons since Ed Kretz rode his Indian Motorcycle to victory in the inaugural running of the Daytona 200. To give you an idea how long ago that was, know that his average speed was a blazing 73.34 mph. Little did Ed know that his accomplishment was the start of something big, something that would attract motorcyclists by the thousands to the same little stretch of beach Ed raced on and would eventually evolve into Daytona Beach Bike Week. After winter months looking sadly at their poor bikes sitting in the garage on a trickle charger gathering dust, bikers don’t need much incentive to crank up the bike, polish the chrome, and head to the beach. Daytona is just the remedy for the winter blues.
The 68th Annual Bike Week got off to an auspicious start. A late season snow storm pounded the southeast, immobilizing motorcyclists along the Eastern seaboard trying to make the trip down. Because of this, it’s still too early for any solid estimates on attendance, but I'll wager that attendance is down. On a positive note, there have been only two motorcycle fatalities reported, and one of them most likely involved a prior medical condition. To read the rest of the article: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/702/2692/Motorcycle-Article/2009-Daytona-Bike-Week-First-Report.aspx