Biketoberfest is basically the kinder, gentler version of Daytona Bike Week — 4 days instead of 10; 125,000 attendees rather than half a million (give or take a few tens of thousands) — but it’s no less colorful and no less fun.

Perfect weather this year (sunny, highs in the 80s, lows in the 50s) no doubt helped boost attendance — Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona, for example looked every bit as crowded and crazy as it does during Bike Week, and I’m sure all the vendors — Main Street, Beach Street, the Speedway and all the rest — had a good year. And Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach opened just in time for Biketoberfest in the old Rossmeyer’s H-D store on Beach Street, helping draw visitors to what otherwise could have been a declining area.

BiketoberfestBiketoberfest 2014 runs through Sunday, Oct. 19; next year’s dates are Oct. 15-18.

And Bike Week 2015 is March 6-15, so it’s not to soon to start your spring planning!

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About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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