Mayor Hal, the Daytona Bikeweek HAS changed a lot over the last15-20 years. First of all , I remember seeing all kinds of Goldwingers down there. In fact, there was a really nice vendor area, at the Sunrise Mall in South Daytona on Ridgewood Ave, that had all kinds of nice stuff for Hondas. I bought a Tourmaster 3/4 length coat, at that time named Cortech Lite. And that was around 2000-2002 when textile gear was considered a notch behind the Macho Leather. LOL! Shoot, I still have that jacket and still wear it. It's rainproof too, with an insulted zip-in liner and it flat keeps you warm. You can't find that quality gear at Daytona anymore.Well, you can at Rossmeyer HD, but it costs more than I'm willing to pay. It's not overpriced, it's just TOP Quality gear and you have to pay for that quality.
During the same time I bought the jacket, there were vendors all up and down Ridgewood Ave. Mustang Seats used to have a booth there, and they would take your seat off and put theirs on so you could feel the difference. They did a lot of business too.
Personally, I liked the rally a lot better during those days. Beach Street was alive and kicking with Food, Drinks, and good deals on gear. Bands were always playing to provide entertainment. It was a Fair for adults. LOL. It seems like since Destination Daytona was built, Beach Street has died.
Vendors are being upcharged, and a lot of them don't go anymore, which hurts the folks that go to try to buy something they need.
But rally goers have been upcharged for years. Hotels that were built in the 60's, and even some in the 50's, have long ago been paid off, but they are charging room rates like they were the Waldorf Astoria! And requiring you to book at least five days!
I love Daytona Beach, since I have relatives still down there, and my family used to go there every summer for vacation. But I am afraid that unless this price-gouging is slowed down, that Rally may be seeing it's last few years.
Last edited by GOV5; 03-17-2017 at 09:00 AM.