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2008 Daytona Bike Week Photo Gallery
This is what happens when a motorcycle hits a gator at 80 mph.
Photos of 2008 Bike Week.
Rat's Hole Custom Show Coverage 2008
It's easy to see why she was a crowd favorite.
Roaring Toyz displays its custom 2005 R1 under the Yamaha tent at the Boz Bros Custom Bike Show.
The Can Am Spyder was one of the most highly sought after demo rides.
We got a good look at Tatou's 4S ATV Track System and would be more than willing to put them to the test in our Southern Oregon stomping grounds.
Though the GOAT won't be in Friday night's SX race, he made sure the Daytona course will put the rider's mettle to the test.
You should have seen the lap times of this vintage Harley delivery bike.
Cory Ness' Victory Vision Street was on display at the Speedway.
Boss Hoss makes the fastest bar stool around.
The Kawasaki tent at the Speedway let people do their best Ricky Gadson imitation.
The Dog House was the place to be Tuesday night.
The girls got the crowd into a giving mood - it was a benefit event, after all.
While the thrum of vintage racers echoed in the background, giant murals decorating the outside of the stadium whetted our appetite for Saturday's Daytona 200.
The judges had some serious deliberating to do. Must be rough being a popular custom builder sometimes.
Paul Cox and Billy Lane hosted the Soldiers' Angels benefit fundraiser at the Dog House Bar & Grill.
Drum roll please...
Indian Larry may not have been at Bike Week in person, but he will always be here in spirit.
Choppers Inc. in the house - Billy Lane was well represented.
The P.I.N.K Vodka crew were in high spirits.
When you're a famous custom builder who happened to be a former model, you can't help but be a chick magnet.
Love Hate Choppers is the latest collaboration between Marlowe B. and Ami James.
Don't armadillos know you shouldn't drink and drive.
You've got to love Bike Week, where sportbike riders and custom choppers comingle peaceably.
Nice mullet - Hutch would be jealous.
The singer of the band Crush at the Boot Hill Saloon could belt it out.
It's Henry Rollins long lost brother.
Marlowe B and Ami James of Miami Ink fame are opening a new shop/tattoo parlor/bar. That's what I call one stop shopping.
A bevy of beauties get ready to strut their stuff in the Biker Fusion party's bikini contest.
How many custom builders can you get on one stage?
The Devil went down to Florida, she was lookin' for a soul to steal ...
Somehow, I don't believe this guy.
Ted Smith and the Rat's Hole held its first metric only show on Thursday.
Who'd have thought a big ugly rat would be synonymous with the biggest custom show at Bike Week.
Here's a custom 'Busa honoring our men and women who serve our country dutifully.
Lil' Dog was built by a couple of youngsters, brothers Cody and Joey Cihak and is powered by a 70cc Honda Motor.
One of the most unique bikes at the Rat's Hole Metric Madness show was this '06 Triabusa with twin turbos.
The Triabusa's back end had the biggest tires I've ever seen on a functional bike.
You should have seen the magic this airbrush artist could do on a helmet.
So when she goes to the DMV to get plates, does she get a motorcycle or car tag?
This 'motorcycle' is claimed by Froggy's Saloon to be the oldest bike in the world.
Cow bones, Cow hide, Cow-asaki. Gator made his creation from bones salvaged from Hurricane Rita.
At $5 a pop to park, you do the math.
Competition is fierce between beer girls, but this brunette brought them in like bees to nectar.
A young Ness strikes a James Dean-like pose with one of his creations.
New school meets old - the outspoken Russell Mitchell was a good choice to get the soft spoken Arlen Ness to share stories from his past with the receptive crowd.
While Ness is a little reserved about speaking in front of crowds, when it comes time to meet and greet fans he's more than gracious.
Not only does artist Jeff Decker do great work in bronze, he's also a custom builder.
This was one evil bagger.
Armindo Alves' Arthur chopper had a medeival theme - wanna joust?
MC Randy introduces Rat's Hole organizer Ted Smith.
Ralph Randolph and Jim Canni stand next to their creation, the 2008 Rat Bike.
American Thunder host Michelle Smith was there with her crew covering the show.
There were many scenes like this as attendees marveled at the intricate work of some of the most talented custom builders around.
A true rat bike at the Rat's Hole. If you look close, there's a motorcycle under there somewhere.
It's Hammered time.
Ted Smith's collection of killer bikes gained its newest member, the 2008 Rat Bike built by Knockout Motorcycles' Ralph Randolph.
First was the King Arthur bike, now comes along the Dragon.
Builders crowd the stage in hopes of walking away with a trophy.
Miss Rat Hole 2008 put smiles on a lot of men's faces.
The Rat's Hole version of Beauty & the Beast.
The gravity of Bike Week didn't fully sink in until we stood underneath the sign heralding the entrance to the Speedway.
What better place to take a bunch of gearheads to than the home of the most powerful engines in the world.
Astronaut John Fabian (center) takes a moment to pose with the Pirelli crew.
It wouldn't be Bike Week without the smells of BBQ, sausages, and kabobs filling the air.
All you had to do was walk down Main Street to stumble into a stage full of booty shakin' going on.
For one week in early March, Daytona Beach's Main Street is the center of the motorcycling universe.
My trusty steed for Friday's scheduled ride was the 2008 Star Raider, a bike whose power and handling impressed me after our initial first ride article.
Riding down Main Street is surreal and is something every biker should do in their lifetime.
Top hats and paisley jackets are always en vogue at Bike Week.
Where do the skulls end and the bagger begin?
The judges came from all across the U.S. and from as far away as Europe to judge the 36th Annual World Famous Rat's Hole Custom Show.
Don't mess with the Punisher or he'll release the fury of his forward-facing Gatling Gun on you.
Some people are just plain camera shy. I tried to get here to flash me her wonderful smile but she kept turning her head.
It was shoulder to shoulder on Saturday as everyone converged on Main Street for a last day of blowin' it out.
Marlowe B and Ami James were back at the Dog House for another fundraiser.
Tempest Cycles built the 2007 Conquest with its engine sideways and equipped it with a snowmobile clutch.
A closer look at the innovative sideways layout of the Conquest's engine.
For those who think custom bikes are all show and no go, this nitrous fed beauty by 1320 Race Fabrication might change your mind.
Baggers are definitely hot right now and were well represented at the Rat's Hole Custom Show.
Miss Rat's Hole 2008 had a knack of making any bike just a little more photogenic.
Streetfighter action from the first-ever metric only show at the Rat's Hole, Metric Madness.
Entrants in the Dog House's bikini contest came in all flavors - blonde, brunette, and red headed.
The weather gods were angry and unleashed their fury on Daytona on more than one occasion.
The girls in the Dog House's bikini contest held during the Biker Fusion party were the cream of the Bike Week crop.
All the girls in the Biker Fusion bikini contest were hot, so picking a winner was a challenge but the custom builders serving as judges were up to the task.
Michael Lichter's photography decked the walls of the Seminole Road House Cafe's Dog House on Main Street.
Sometimes the best views of Bike Week were from behind the scenes.
The artistry of a raked out chopper can be a beautiful thing.
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