This week, Daytona Bike Week is officially underway. The event began on March 5 and will extend all the way to March 14. This is the 80th anniversary of the event since Daytona Bike Week first started in 1937.
The event is known for often being “rowdy” as thousands of bikers swarm to show off their rides and participate in different activities.
This year is proving to be no different as one particularly daring guest made a bold choice.
Biker Jumps Drawbridge at Event
According to NBC, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young tweeted a video from a surveillance tape that shows one biker jumping over a moving drawbridge on Main Street.
He wrote, “This is the Main Street draw bridge. The Bike Week ‘shenanigans’ have officially commenced! Folks, please be safe and be smarter than this guy!”
Most of the commenters didn’t take the video with a lot of caution. Instead, some are saying “challenge accepted,” that they would have done the same thing, and that the biker didn’t even get that much air on the jump.
One person even said, “how is this even twitter worthy? i could have made that jump and a peddle bike…and with more style.”
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel also reported that the “Naked Cowboy” has been arrested at Daytona Bike Week. He was arrested for panhandling and is known for his unique appearance as a street performer in New York City. Robert Burck shows up places in only underwear, boots, a guitar, and a cowboy hat.
It was his 21st appearance at the Daytona Bike Week annual event.
Regardless, the video and naked cowboy aren’t exactly the most accurate representations of what goes down on Daytona Beach every spring. Originally, Daytona Bike Week was a planned race when it first started years ago. Now it is a week that consists of different planned events for people to take part in. It is also a massive gathering for the city where people flood local bars and restaurants.
Controversy over Daytona Bike Week
This year, Daytona Bike Week has received some criticism for still taking place despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to ABC News, the event has already brought tens of thousands of motorcyclists to the city from all around the country. Reportedly, very few of them are wearing masks as well.
Daytona Beach made a deal with nearby bars. There is only a 60% capacity allowed indoors. Smaller businesses in the area are grateful the event is going on in hopes of making up for slow business during the pandemic. There is an anticipated 300,000 to 400,000 people looking to attend the event.
Some social media users said it would be difficult to shut down the event. Even if the official event was canceled, motorcyclists would still show up at the bars.