Bike Week

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Main Street in Daytona the scene for Bike Week / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Bikers crowd Main Street in Daytona Beach at mid-week in Daytona Beach during the 10-day motorcycle rally.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bike Week is coming to an end and so far attendance has been light and fatalities have been limited to one.

The "500,000 bikers" figure that the Daytona-area Chamber of Commerce and local media have used for years has been exaggerated for the better part of a decade now.

And this year, there hasn't even been half that number of visitors for the 10-day rally that ends Sunday.

And as a result, fatalities are down, too. The lone biker fatality occurred in Deltona, though because it occurred during Bike Week, it's considered part of the biker rally since it's in the same county.

A motorcyclist lost his life Monday afternoon in a collision with a school bus in Deltona. The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dannis and Jayne BishDannis Bish, an Orlando firefighter shown here on his Facebook page with his wife, Jayne, was killed and his spouse critically injured when his Harley was struck Saturday by a 16-year-old driver in a Mustang who made an improper left turn into their path in East Orange County. The Bishes had been in Volusia County the day before for Bike Week and it's unclear if they and another biker friend riding his own Harley and injured, were returning home from the biker event when the accident occurred.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Already with the opening three-day weekend of Bike Week gone, two bikers have lost their lives -- one near Pierson and the other in Orlando, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

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Double fatality biker crash at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferMotorcycle racer Rick Shaw killed at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Veteran AMA racer Rick Shaw, 65, was killed as was another motorcyclist, Eric Desy, 45, after their speed bikes collided during a Team Hammer School racing event Oct. 17 at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Bike Week is here and despite the ongoing construction for the ongoing $400 million "Daytona Rising" modernization project, there are plenty of activities for biker enthusiasts, from motocross races to demo rides and trade shows.

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Award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper's 5th anniversary celebration / Headline Surfer®

Headline Surfer® celebrating 5th anniversary by recognizing outstanding individuals

Michael Politis, featured Bike Week attorney and award-recipient / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® /
Michael Politis is among the leading attorneys in Central Florida for biker rights, accidents and litigation. Oh, and he doesn't just sit behind a desk. He rides, too. Bike Week begins Friday and runs through March 16.
 

DAYTONA BEACH -- Bike Week starts Friday and what better way to introduce the nation's largest motorcycle rally than recognizing Michael Politis, selected as one of the Headline Surfer® recipients of a lifetime achievement award for service to greater Daytona Beach for his motorcycle safety advocacy and biker rights.

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Bike Week Irish T-shirts on sale / Headline SurferIrish-clad bikers / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photos by Henry Frederick / St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts were being offerred for sale Sunday on the final day of Bike Week. A couple wih green headbands check out Main Street on their green crotch rocket motorcycle.
DAYTONA BEACH -- The final day of Bike Week on Main Street had a distinctively Irish flare with bikers awash in green.
From hats to T-shirts to beads, there was plenty of green.

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Two women riders finish in Top 10

The Daytona 200 bike race at Daytona International Speedway / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Two bikes streak down the homestretch of Daytona International Speedway early on in the Daytona 200.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier delivered a dominating performance on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway leading leading all but seven of the 57 laps to take the checkered flag for the 72nd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race.

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News-Journal subscriber / Headline SurferDAYTONA BEACH -- More proof that the online digital payment requirement of the Daytona Beach News-Journal is not the cash cow for the print newspaper: Access was free during Bike Week as it was during Speedweeks.

Here's wondering if those subscribers paying the $9.95 monthly fee get a rebate cedit towards the next month's subscription? The way it works is you get five fee clicks per month and then id you want more access you have to pay the $9.95 monthly fee, unless of course,  have a full seven-day home delivery pribnt subscription, then digital access is free.

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Suspect driver abandons car half mile away after shifting into reverse

Biker fatality on I-4 in Lake Mary, FL / Headline SurferMotorcyclist Keenan Huff, 42, of Brightwood, Va., lost his life overnight while riding on Interstate 4, as shown in this locator map, when he was struck on by a hit-and-run driver.

LAKE MARY -- A Virginia biker was struck and killed by a motorist on I-4 early this morning in a horrible hit-and-run situation, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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Bike Week weather is cool on Main Street in Daytona / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photo by Henry Frederick / A man in a heavy jacket walks by the Boot Hill Saloon on Main Street in Daytona Beach as shown here.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Gloves and a scarf may be the preferred accessories with today's start of Bike Week because of the chilly weather over the next few days.

Today's high in Daytona Beach is expected to peak at 67 degrees with winds of 5 to 15 mph and gusts of up to 20 mph.

Tonight will see the temperature dropping to 48 degrees. Saturday looks a little better with a high of 70 and overnight temperature of 54 with diminishing winds of 5 to 10 mph.

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Bike Week story on HeadlineSurfer.com trending in search engines / Headline SurferThe snapshot shows Headline Surfer's story on Bike Week trending in the Google News Directories for Daytona Beach, FL.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Within an hour of being published, Headline Surfer's initial Bike Week 2013 story was trending as the No. 2 overall story in the Google news directories for Daytona Beach, Florida.

The news directories are typically where savvy online readers look for the latest news headlines in their community and around the world simply by plugging in their city and state or a zip code.

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