Daytona Beach, FL — An old beer commercial featured the tagline, “Why ask why?”

When it comes to mounting a V-8 engine in a motorcycle frame, I guess if you have to ask “Why?” you just wouldn’t understand. “There’s no substitute for horsepower” might be one answer. Or perhaps you just want to be noticed (gee, I don’t think any of us bikers are guilty of that!).

In any case, an entire biker subculture is devoted to monster motors. Manufacturers, particularly Boss Hoss of Tennessee, have helped popularize these machines of ample girth. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s pretty impressive to see and hear one of these bikes idling next to you at a traffic light, shaking and popping like a dragster awaiting the green light at a race.

Every year during Daytona Bike Week, the organizers of Rat’s Hole Bike Show put together what they call “The World’s Largest V-8 Motorcycle Parade.”  The event is a fundraiser for charity: entry fees and donations go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

This year’s event was the most successful yet. Organizer Ted Smith says there were a record 127 V-8 motorcycles in the parade, which raised $1300 for the Shriners Hospitals.

Thanks to my cousin Bruce Abowitt for all the photos with this post — Bruce rode to Daytona from his home in Rhode Island — about 1300 miles — on his ’06 Harley-Davidson ElectraGlide Ultra Classic for Bike Week.

Enjoy!

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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16 Comments
  1. inka

    March 11, 2011

    I wish that girl were me!!! I’m green with envy (or should I say red?)
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  2. Henry

    March 11, 2011

    Most of these seem to be trikes? None of the benefits of a bike and none of the benefits of a car….
    Is ‘more must be better’ a good approximation of the American Dream? Do more with less is my strapline!
    Bet they sound good though…..

  3. Laurel

    March 11, 2011

    I had no idea that there was such a thing as a motorcycle parade, but it looks like fun!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 11, 2011

      Laurel, at Daytona (and Sturgis) you’ll see all sorts of motorcycle parades.

  4. Migrationology

    March 11, 2011

    Wow, those are some serious bikes!
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  5. The Dropout

    March 10, 2011

    Oh my goodness. I was asking “why” all the way through that post.
    Where I’ve done the majority of my motorbike riding – in the chaotic Ho Chi Minh City traffic – smaller is definitely better. I miss my little Yamaha Mio Classico so much!
    I can’t imagine pushing one of those mosters up a ramp. Or trying to park it. Crazy!
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  6. Cam

    March 10, 2011

    Those are some sweet rides!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 11, 2011

      As I’ve mentioned, you’ll see anything and everything during Bike Week!

  7. Jeremy B

    March 10, 2011

    I’ve never driven a V8 vehicle (true statement) much less a motorcycle!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      March 11, 2011

      Jeremy, guess you didn’t grow up during the 60s or 70s like I did! Not too many cars came with anything smaller than a V-8 (imports did, but they didn’t catch on with the public till after the gas shortages of the early 70s)

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