10 Things to Do at Daytona Bike Week

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Things to Do at Daytona Bike Week - Cruise Main Street

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Cruising Main Street is practically a right of passage at Daytona Bike Week. Photo © Adam Booth

Daytona Bike Week festivities have become geographically spread out over the past few years, but Main Street remains the cultural epicenter of the event.

The cavalcade of custom motorcycles cruising Main Street offers its own sort of impromptu show, while infamous businesses like Froggy's Saloon, the Broken Spoke Saloon, and Boot Hill Saloon offer everything from live music and burnout contests to bikini competitions.

Word to the Wise

When you're done cruising, be careful where you park during Bike Week: curbside space is tight, and parking lots sometimes require long trips around the block.

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Watch the Road Races

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Speed is a key part of Daytona Bike Week, as epitomized at the prestigious Rolex Daytona 200 race. Photo © Brian J. Nelson/Ducati

The Rolex Daytona 200 is one of the most prestigious races on the AMA schedule, and is thus named because the fastest qualifier traditionally receives a brand new Rolex for his (or her) speed.

With speeds approaching 200 mph aboard finely-tuned 1,000 cc sportbikes, this 57 lap race covers the 3.51 mile road course at breakneck pace.

There are also 600 cc races which cover Daytona's famous banked track.

Word to the Wise

Get a pit pass, and watch mechanics work on bikes while famous racers buzz past on scooters.

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Meet Your Heroes

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Josh Hayes, Melissa Paris and teammates sign autographs at Yamaha's tent. Photo © Adam Booth

Big time personalities are a regular part of the Daytona scene, and from legendary bike customizers to top racers, you never know who you'll run into, .

Whether it's in pit row at the races or mingled among the masses at the Marketplace, you'll want to keep an eye open for famous motorcycling personalities.

Word to the Wise

Check the week's program for scheduled appearances and autograph sessions to determine who is where.

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Enjoy AMA Supercross Action

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Daytona Bike Week's fierce AMA Supercross competition. Photo © Honda

Supercross is a high-flying, action-packed motocross-based competition that routinely fills stadiums and drops jaws. With its relentless action and spectacular spills, it's hard not enjoy Daytona's AMA Supercross action.

Word to the Wise

Don't blink; with so many racers simultaneously battling for the top spot, it's easy to miss out on some of the sport's most dramatic moments.

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Flat Track Racing

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Flat track racers compete for the top spot. Photo © Harley-Davidson

Flat track combines elements of dirt and oval racing, offering dramatic sliding and close competition in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship.

The nostalgic aspects of this definitively American sport are played up by Harley-Davidson's title sponsorship.

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Check Out the International Motorcycle Show

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A custom bike on display at the IMS. Photo © Basem Wasef

Daytona is usually the final stop of the International Motorcycle Show, and unlike its previous locations, this one doesn't charge an entrance fee. From custom bike displays to workshops and the latest products from bike and gear manufacturers, there's always something to see at the IMS.

Word to the Wise

Check the schedule so you can attend special appearances.

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Gawk at the XDL Stunt Show

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Two-time national XDL champion Bill Dixon stunts his Yamaha R6 at the 2011 Daytona Bike Week. Photo © Adam Booth

Experienced stunt riders are able to do things on bikes that seem to defy the laws of physics, and the guys (and girls) who compete in the XDL Championship Series are at the top of their game.

Watch this balletic display of two-wheeled athleticism, but don't try this at home-- these are some seriously sick stunts!

Word to the Wise

?The XDL show is a laid back environment where competitors tend to hang out near the action; approach them nicely, and most will be happy to talk about their riding style and what makes their modified motorcycles unique.

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Stroll the Marketplace

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Manufacturers and gear companies are well represented at Daytona Bike Week's Marketplace. Photo © Adam Booth

Filling the massive grounds surrounding Daytona International Speedway, the Bike Week Marketplace features everything from mom and pop vendors to major manufacturers.

You can do everything from take demo rides to check out gear, all with the help of company reps who are more than happy to fill you in on the latest and greatest products out there.

Word to the Wise

Bring your walking shoes; there's a lot of ground to cover here, especially if you want to see everything.

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Ride on the Beach

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All you need is $3 to ride the sands of Daytona Beach. Photo © Adam Booth

Main Street happens to be just a few blocks from the beach, and if you've ever fantasized about riding your motorcycle on the sand, here's your chance!

Word to the Wise

Bring $3 in change and a healthy dose of self-restraint; the posted speed limit is 10 mph, and enforcement is usually looming nearby in order to keep everybody under control.

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People Watch

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There's no shortage of interesting characters at Daytona Bike Week. Photo © Adam Booth

On a good year, the city of Daytona Beach sees half a million folks infiltrate city limits over the course of seven days.

Motorcycling tends to attract enthusiastic lovers of life, and there's never a shortage of colorful folks to keep you entertained while you soak in the festivities. For the finest in people watching, look no further than Main Street (see #1)-- a veritable melting pot of some of the most extroverted people you'll see anywhere.

Word to the Wise

As tempting as it may be, try not to stare; it's not polite, and besides, there's always somebody weirder around the corner anyway.