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Daytona Bike Week is Coming!

BUB Seven streamliner

Denis Manning (center) will be a featured guest at the AMA's "Breakfast at Daytona" during Daytona Bike Week 2010. Manning is shown here inspecting the 500hp turbocharged 3-liter V-4 engine that powered the BUB Seven streamliner to a new world record of 367.382mph at Bonneville in 2009.

Always wild and always wonky, Daytona Bike Week is seven-plus days of motorcycle excess rivaled only perhaps by Sturgis. But unlike Sturgis, there’s real racing going on, starting with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s (AHRMA) season opener February 26 at Roebling Road Raceway 200 miles up the coast in Bloomingdale, Ga.

That’s where classic bike fans will want to be, although die-hard street partiers will no doubt join the queue filing into Daytona Beach, Fla., to take in the spectacle that is Daytona Bike Week, as they do every year for the week-long event. The street scene seems to often eclipse the real reason for heading to Daytona Beach — great racing at Roebling Road on Friday and at Daytona International Speedway the following week, including more AHRMA racing, AMA Flat Track racing, Supercross and the grand daddy of them all, the Daytona 200.

There’s plenty else happening, as well, including the annual Daytona Antique and Classic Motorcycle Auction in nearby Deland March 6, hosted by Glenn Bator and Bator Auctions,. Next to MidAmerica's annual Las Vegas auction, the Daytona sale is one of the year’s most anticipated classic motorcycle auction events.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) will also hold its 22nd Annual Breakfast at Daytona at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, this year featuring special guests Chris Carr and Denis Manning, the world’s fastest motorcyclist and, respectively, the builder of the world’s fastest motorcycle, the 500hp BUB Seven, which recorded a two-way average of 367.382mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats last September.

So get your gear together and get ready to head out the door for a week of motorcycle madness, the kind you can only find in Daytona. — Richard Backus