Top 10 Things I Saw at Bike Week Today

March 7, 2008
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all.

Competition is fierce between beer girls  but this brunette brought them in like bees to nectar.
Competition between beer girls is fierce, so it pays to get creative. Cold beer anyone?

1. A ‘Cow-asaki.’ Gator, a Daytona local, gets the nod for most unique bike of the day. Cow bones, Cow hide, Cow-asaki. Gator got all his ‘aftermarket’ parts in Louisiana after Hurricane Rita. He says she’s one mad cow, and the baddest Cow-asaki around.

2. Funniest T-Shirt – “Please tell your boobs to stop staring at my eyes.”

3. Best Regional Dish – Deep Fried Mac & Cheese. I can feel my arteries clogging with every bite.

4. Baddest Bar Stool – I had heard the rumors, but I hadn’t seen one until Bike Week. The 2007 Boss Hoss Bar Stool has a 350 cubic-inch engine with a hydrostatic drive system. Yours for only $13K.

5. The Oldest Bike in the World – In the window of Froggy’s Saloon sits a motorcycle built entirely from bones that is piloted by a beer drinking armadillo. It is said to have been excavated during an archaeological expedition in the boggy swamps near Daytona Beach 2,234 B.H.D. (Before Harley-Davidson). MSRP – $100,000. Antiques aren’t cheap, you know.

Cow bones  Cow hide  Cow-asaki. Gator made his creation from bones salvaged from Hurricane Rita.
Cow Bones, Cow Hide, Cow-asaki. Daytona native Gator created his one-off custom with bones salvaged from the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

6. Best Beer Girl Bikini – A busty brunette with white daisies affixed to her bosoms was bringing ’em in like bees to honey.

7. Best Sign by a Streetperson – “Bikeless – Please Help” Of course, the guy had a $100 pair of sunglasses around his neck, a spendy leather backpack and a smile on his face.

8. Coolest UTV – Saw a 500cc ATV decked out with a Camoplast Tatou 4-S track system. It’s the closest you can get to owning your own tank. Motorcycle USA is doing ATV reviews now. How about it JC, should we hit them up for a set to test?

9. Dumbest Habit – Smoking while riding your motorcycle. Can’t tell you how many idiots I’ve seen with a stogie lit up while cruising down A1A. Of course, the riders I’ve noticed puffing while riding didn’t have a helmet on either. Somebody lied to you guys – you don’t look cool.

10. Most Peculiar Parking Habit – Backing cars into parking spaces. Don’t know why, but it seems like the thing to do in Daytona. Maybe it’s a Florida thing, I’m not sure, but more people than not do it here. Perhaps they think they’re still on their motorcycle.

Gotta love Bike Week! Wonder what I’ll see tomorrow.

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