We’ve all seen it: a guy on a bike at a stoplight will periodically rev his engine for no apparent reason. A few days ago at Daytona Bike Week, I witnessed a rider doing a U-turn while holding in his clutch lever and constantly blipping the throttle. Because the engine was always at a different speed, the bike lurched each time he engaged the clutch. Then there was the woman riding the custom bike with ape-hangers so tall that she looked like she had to stretch to reach them. Still, at every stoplight (I was stuck behind her for a while), she’d pull in the clutch and vroom-vroom-vroom. Although the straight pipes were noisy, I think it was her tube top and riding position that triggered all the extended looks.
One of the popular truths of cruisers is that custom bikes sell stock ones because they appeal to buyers’ dreams. Try to think of any recently cruiser model that didn’t have a factory-sponsored custom. With the release of the 2016 Indian Springfield, we figured that a custom example was only a matter of time, predicting that it would be a venue for showing off the factory accessory catalog, but when builder Len Edmonson of Azzkikr Custom Baggers took the wraps off his latest creation, the Pioneer 111, we were stunned. He’d created a bespoke springer front end for the Springfield, which lengthened the bike to close to 10 feet.
A rainy day seems like a good time to wash the stinky socks that have been collecting around the hotel room and update the MO faithful on what’s been going on here at Daytona Bike Week. As MO readers, you’re probably already aware I’ve been testing new motorcycles during the first half of Bike Week. Just in case you’ve been slacking for the past few days, here’s the executive summary with a little local flavor thrown in.
Daytona Bike Week, that annual orgy of motorcycle excess, is upon us. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to point out some of the must-see events that will be taking place over the next week or so. Many of these events are what keep bikers returning to Daytona Beach year after year, but sadly, not all of our favorites will be taking place in 2014. Case in point, the insanely fun motorcycle demolition derby at the New Smyrna Speedway is not on the calendar this year. We can always hope for 2015.