A tradition since January 24, 1937 – marked by the inaugural running of the Daytona 200 – Bike Week has become a 10-day festival that takes place throughout Daytona Beach and Volusia County. Hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts now enjoy hundreds of events annually.
Bike Week has always had a flavor of its own, but sometime after World War II, the event took on a rugged edge and it gained an unsavory reputation. While the motorcycle race was organized, many of the events were not. Locals were not enthusiastic about the yearly "invasion" of the cyclists. In the late 1980s, a task force was formed to improve relations between law enforcement officals and bikers. It was then that changes in the scope and magnitude of the event transformed it into the "racey" but manageable event enjoyed by so many today.
Bike Week features the prestigious Daytona 200 by Honda motorcycle race at Daytona International Speedway, expos, concerts, street festivals and scenic rides.