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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Daytona Bike Week -- The Beginning of the Rally Season

The 74th anniversary of Daytona Bike Week is being held March 6-15, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The start of Daytona Bike Week is often announced on the morning TV news shows. You know, where somebody sticks their face in front of the camera and announces: "We're at the opening of Daytona Bike Week. Good Morning America," and then you see a whole line of bikes roar off in front of the camera. Unfortunately, most of the remainder of Bike Week will not be seen by non-motorcyclists.

Check out my article, Daytona Bike Week, for details.

Here in the frigid Northeast, I hear plenty of people talking about going to Daytona. Some are riding down with friends. Riding sometimes means riding in a car and towing a trailer with the bike on it. After all, the 1500 miles down with uncertain weather conditions has left many a rider stranded in a snow storm or Nor'easter. After that happens to you once, you tend to be a little more cautious the next time you go.

Maybe you want to skip Daytona and concentrate on planning to go to some smaller rallies this year. Be sure to read my article, Motorcycle Rallies, where I discuss rallies and give you information about the top rallies that I like. Of course, your views may be different -- this is Motorcycle Views after all.

I just got my registration information for the Americade Motorcycle Rally. That one is my favorite and I attended with Jane almost every year from 1994 to 2008. Since Jane's death in late 2008, I have read all the literature about Americade and even filled out the application a few times but haven't gone yet. Jane and I rode together and she had her own trike so it just wouldn't be the same. But, I keep thinking about it and hope to go soon before I can't ride anymore.

You just have to pick and choose what rallies appeal to you most in these uncertain economic times. Motorcycle rallies are a lot of fun. If you've never attended a rally, you owe it to yourself to go. You just might find a rally or two that you'll want to go to every year, just like I went to Americade for so many years, regardless of the weather, and hope to start back up soon.

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