UPDATE: 2009 Daytona Bike Week Report and the Daytona Girls Photo Gallery.

The 68th Daytona Beach Bike Week officially kicks off today and will run until Sunday, March 8th. The event has become the unofficial start of the motorcycle season and claims to be the world’s largest motorcycle event. Go to the Official Bike Week site to get all the info for accommodations, restaurants and a calendar of events.

It all began back on January 24, 1937 during the first running of the Daytona 200. Ed Kretz of Monterey Park, CA was the first winner of the race, riding an Indian motorcycle, averaging 73.34 mph on a track that was a 3.2 mile beach and road course.

Look for our event coverage on Motorcycle.com. We will show you all the bikes, racing and, of course, the babes that we can find at the event we all look forward to every year.

  • Jami

    WE LOVE BIKEWEEK, whoooooo!

    Okay, quick tip. My husband and I went to bike week in Daytona and stayed at a lovely, quaint place while enjoying the vroom vroom. Their address is 2011 S. Atlantic Avenue. It’s called The Daytona Bahama House located right off the beach. You can go to their site to check it out and make a reservation http://daytonabahamahouse.com For anyone that has a bad back, their beds are nice and firm, comfortable as heck! They have awesome rates for an ocean view, the staff is really friendly. Trust me, you will get your money’s worth. You can thank us later! 🙂 Just tryin to help my people out!

    Great article!!

    Oh and the hotel is offering special discounted rates for upcoming events in Daytona Beach, including Bike Week.

    I can’t wait to visit again. Eeeeek! I’m excited. Vrooooooooooom!

  • Gator

    We really do try to attend Bike Week in Daytona to enjoy the festivities and show our patronage. Our time is limited due to work schedules and our budget is tight in this rough economy. We can only spend a weekend not an entire week which means we only need a room for a one night stay. All of the surrounding hotels impose a 3 night minimum stay which we can not take the time to do or spare the expense for. This means we can not attend at all. On one hand I suppose you can’t blame these businesses for wanting to hold out and capitalize on this event as much as possible but on the other hand they wind up spending the entire week with their vacancy sign on because they didn’t get the bookings they desired. How many other would be attenders are there out there and how much more revenue is there to be had if this 3 night minimum were lifted? Food for thought, we won’t be spending our money there this year because of it!

  • gator hater

    totally agree with hater, can’t miss work, can’t afford to pay for 3 night stay for a 1-2 day stint. Sleep in the car or throw a mattress in the trailer.

  • Kent Morton

    If you are in Daytona for Bike Week 2010 check out what’s new? In nearby DeLand (40 minutes west of Daytona Beach) the winter home of John B. Stetson, famous hatmaker from Philadelphia, now open for tours. Check out the website: http://www.stetson.com. 123 year old mansion but now a showcase. Not to be missed! Really cool place for bike pictures too.
    If you are interested in a tour call (386) 490-2054.

  • richard hughes

    been to all major bike events in america daytona was the worst cops where out to get as much money as possible couldn’t have even safe fun will never go back and hope every one else stays away let them lose all the money and they mite see the light i alone spend alot of money at events dont like being harassed by law enforcement