1. Crash

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Sadly, motorcycle rallies, especially a huge one like Bike Week, involve their share of accidents. Most accidents just damage pride, chrome, and easily healed body parts. Unfortunately, many of these accidents are alcohol and drug related, but not always. Just because you’re surrounded by your motorcycle brothers and sisters doesn’t mean you can let your guard down.

I witnessed one accident on Main Street where a rider showboating for the crowd in front of the Boot Hill Saloon clipped the front wheel of a bike that was trying to merge in with the traffic. The result was one Electra Glide on its side with a rather pissed couple lying next to it while the other bagger of H-D descent hurried away dragging the lid and expensive-looking speakers that were part of the saddlebag formerly attached to his bike. The irony of the guy who was trying to attract everyone’s attention getting the full focus of a very large, angry biker was not lost on any of the witnesses. The culprit did, however, return and man-up for his mistake.

I’m happy to report that, so far, fatal motorcycle accidents at 2016 Daytona Bike Week have been well below average.

Have fun, but be safe.