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Packing My Bags for Bike Week 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009
This is what happens when a motorcycle hits a gator at 80 mph.
Only at Bike Week will you see a true Alligator motorcycle!!
I can almost smell the salty Atlantic air and feel the fine powder of the white sandy beaches of Daytona between my toes. Yes, it's that time of year again. Believe it or not, Daytona Beach Bike Week 2009 is less than two weeks away. Where did the year go?

I can almost hear the noise of vintage cafe racers, BSAs, and Nortons pitted against Matchless and CB350s, the unmistakable echoes of Twins buzzing and Singles screaming as I walk through the Turn 4 tunnel of Daytona International Raceway.
I also can't wait to see if anybody can hang with Mat Mladin this year, or whether the Yoshimura Suzuki ace is going to run the table. One of his chief rivals will come from his own paddock in the form of Tommy Hayden. The Yamaha factory team should be strong as well with B-Boz and Josh Hayes piloting the R1. Maybe Neil Hodgson can flash some of the skills he has demonstrated in the past and claim some checkers this year. Maybe Larry Pegram can push his Ducati 1098R onto the podium.

Can't wait to see who comes out on top in the Daytona 200 either. And hopefully the AMA Supercross race won't be the swampfest it was last year. Remember that race? The mud was swallowing riders whole. Regardless, James Stewart and Chad Reed have quite a battle going on, so there will be a lot on the line.

I can't wait to hit up the Rat's Hole Custom Bike Shows and see some of the craziest, most creative customs around. Ted Smith's event attracts some of the best motorcycle builders in the biz, and the 37th Annual Rat's Hole World Famous Custom Show should be no different.

The Harley-Davidson Ride-In Show also is a can't miss event. It's cool to see what extremes fans of The Motor Company can take their cruiser motorcycles. Harley has so much going on at the Ocean Center it takes a whole day to explore everything.

Miss Rat s Hole 2008 had a knack of making any bike just a little more photogenic.
We love Bike Week for its, umm, custom motorcyles. Yeh, that's it, custom motorcycles.
I'd like to get over to the Limpnickie Lot and check out what the boys from Nash Motorcycles are up to and get a chance to catch up with CJ Hanlon of Guilty Customs. Maybe I'll have a few beers and bust my ass on the half-pipe. I'm usually good for a few embarassing moments caught on tape each year. And when you're hangin' with Limpnickie crew, you never know what you're going to see. I know Sucker Punch Sallys turned the back barroom of Sully's in Cincinnati into party central.

And what would a trip to Bike Week be without partying on Main Street a night or two? Tuesday night is Limpnickie Night at the Seminole Hard Rock Roadhouse Dog House, followed by the Biker Fusion party on Thursday night. Can you say cabbage patch wrestling, anyone? Gotta love Bike Week.

I also plan on attending the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at the Hilton Daytona Beach. This year's event will pay tribute to flat track racing legends Scott Parker and Jay Springsteen. Last year, a veritable Who's Who of motorcycle racing legends filled the Hilton's convention halls. The event is one of my favorites because there really is a sense of camaraderie at the 'Friendraising' Breakfast.

Hope to see plenty of you there. If it's just not your year to go, Climb On with Motorcycle USA and you can live vicariously through us with our daily reports and blogs. 
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