DeLand, FL — It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume — both physical and audible —  of Daytona Bike Week. Attracting upwards of half a million visitors, the 10-day springtime motorcycle rally generates more than $300 million for the local economy. The streets of Daytona — resplendent in a sea of denim and leather-clad bikers and their gleaming chrome machines — literally rumble to the rhythm of tens of thousands of motorcycle exhausts. All the sights, sounds and smells that go with a massive bike rally are right here.

So it’s not surprising that surrounding communities want their piece of the pie. The historic central Florida community of DeLand is a short 20 minute ride from Daytona, and holds its own 1-day rally during Bike Week. I may not be completely objective, as I live there, but I think it’s a great one-day rally — similar to Daytona but on a much smaller scale.

Each year on the first Saturday of Bike Week, the town closes off several blocks of its main street to all traffic except motorcycles, which by mid-day line both sides and the middle of the street.  The rally offers everything its bigger cousin does — vendors, food, music, a bike show — but with a more intimate feel. Best of all, DeLand’s historic downtown is lined with a surprising number of restaurants, cafés, galleries, and shops, making for a fun afternoon even if you don’t ride a motorcycle.

This year’s rally — DeLand’s seventh annual — took place yesterday, and attracted in excess of 70,000 visitors. All the chrome, leather and rumbling you’d find in Daytona, but with a more relaxed vibe.

I recommend making DeLand’s rally part of your next Bike Week, but for now, enjoy the photos!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.delandbikerally.com

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is a columnist for Harley-Davidson's HOG and American Iron's Motorcycle Bagger, and his travel features appear regularly in those and other publications.

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9 Comments
  1. MONGOTOM

    March 13, 2011

    you got my backside with the bulldog amsterdam shirt,just for info the bulldog is a coffee shop in amsterdam,one of the fun ones.not a mc club.reguards MongoTom

    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 13, 2011

      Cool Tom, I like the shirt. And I get your meaning about one of the “fun ones.” ;)

  2. Jillian

    March 7, 2011

    Go marvin the martian!

  3. Migrationology

    March 7, 2011

    Great shots! Wow, that yellow chopper is crazy, the front wheel looks like its about 12 feet in front of the handlebars!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 7, 2011

      I wondered how that guy would be able to park his chopper without sticking way out into the street, but he was able to do it.

  4. Audrey

    March 6, 2011

    Wow, great pictures. The bikes are stunning! I have been to car shows b4, but never a bike show. I’ll look forward to checking one out some time.
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  5. Jozef @ Where Now

    March 6, 2011

    Wow some of the artwork on those bikes is amazing. Looks like a great event!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 6, 2011

      It’s really amazing to see some of the custom artwork on these bikes. Definitely a cool part of Bike Week events.

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