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2012 Daytona Bike Week Report

MonsoonCross returns, H-D takes back Beach Street, History made at the 200

Upon arrival in Florida this year, I found the weather fouling up the first weekend’s energy, but after shaking loose the early wave of attendees, the poles reversed, the winds shifted back to their usual jet stream and the sunny skies and famous Florida warmth (for outsiders) came back in aces. By early Friday, traffic was thickening up with trailer bikes, extended swingarms, custom customs, and the party was in the streets again, quite literally on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, throughout the week, the usual plethora of biker games and entertainment was happening, as it does twice a year.

Round 10 of the AMA Supercross series didn’t disappoint on the first Saturday with a torrential event – maybe they should rebrand the “M” in MX to Monsoon. Riders of every brand crossed the finish line dressed head to toe in the same earthen color, mud. The Daytona stage almost never disappoints, unless you sat in the rain all day waiting for the race to begin. But that’s another issue; buy an umbrella!