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Leesburg Bikefest 2008

Posted in Bike Shows, Bikefest, Editorial, Entertainment, Florida, Leesburg, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycle News, Motorcycles, Music, Rides on April 27th, 2008

Leesburg Bikefest 2008 your best bet for Florida fun in the sun. Today is the final day of the 12th annual Florida motorcycle event, but there are still big things happening today in Leesburg.

The Rats Hole Custom Bike show winds down the three day event with the “metric madness” contest held today and there are still plenty of concerts, motorcycle demos and stunt shows scheduled for this afternoon. If you did not make it out to Leesburg this year, make plans to visit next year when the Bikefest will be held April 24-26 2009. The Rat’s Hole bike show holds what is known as the largest 3 day show in the country each year in Leesburg, Florida.

We were present to see the custom motorcycle show and of course the famous ratmate contest. Ten beautiful women on stage competing for the title of miss ratmate is always a big crowd pleaser.

Vietnam Tribute Bike at the Rats Hole in Leesburg

 The motorcycle show was huge as always, but this Vietnam Veterans Tribute Bike was one of my favorites. The detail and use of actual military gear showed the great amount of planning that went into building this bike.

Custom motorcycle built by Guilty Customs

Guilty Customs had a booth set up that proudly displayed one of their bikes as a former Leesburg Bikefest Rats Hole winner. The downtown area remained crowded from just after 9 am until after 11 pm with music, food and fun. There is always plenty to do and see and with four stages set up, the free concerts never stop.

gas prices on the rise

Even with the current gas price on the rise, it did not seem to have any effect on the amount of visitors to this annual Florida motorcycle event. Downtown and Main Street was filled with the sound of motorcycles and music, while the smell of food vendors made me want to try all the grilled sandwiches available. Leesburg allows their biker guests to walk the streets of the fest with beer and other alcoholic beverages, which adds to the welcomed atmosphere there. I had a frozen rum runner that was filled way above the rim and priced reasonably at only 6 bucks.

Logic Motor Company Emblem

While walking around the area, I ran into an interesting display of custom motorcycles built by Logic Motor Company. Now, you may not recognize this brand name right off, but maybe this next picture will tell you more.

Geico Powersports

Yea, it is that Insurance company that has a reptile in their commercials, Geico Powersports custom motorcycles are built by another face you will recognize from the Geico motorcycle insurance ads.


 Busy man, but I got a quick opportunity to meet Rick “Big Rick” Hoffman, motorcycle builder and company spokesman for GEICO Motorcycle Insurance. Cindi and I had a great time in Leesburg and I strongly suggest that you make it out for this event next year.


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Photo Gallery

Posted in Art, Bike Week, Bikefest, Biketoberfest, Entertainment, Media, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycle Pictures, Motorcycles, Photo Gallery Pages, Photography on January 17th, 2008

Adding a new photo gallery feature to the MNO Blog!

 I will be adding pictures that I have taken over the years from different motorcycle events as well as some exclusive builder galleries. Check back often for updates or subscribe to get notice of updates.

Sanford Bikefest over on to Daytona for Biketoberfest

Posted in Bikefest, Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, Entertainment, Florida, Local, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, News, Rides, Sanford, State, Volusia County on October 15th, 2007

Welcome to Sanford, Florida

We hit Sanford early morning for bikefest, not sure why we left so early, but we did. We hit the local McDonalds for breakfast and I am really not sure why we did, but we did. After killing time in town with breakfast and stopping to get some super 8 tape, we rolled back into the event area close to 9:00 am.

ride quiet signs now in Sanford

With fall here, which we do not experience in Florida, the days are getting shorter so the early morning lighting sucks for taking pictures. The back neighborhood streets are beginning to remind me of Daytona Beach with the ride quiet signs as WESH channel 2 news reports complaints about the noise.

Sanford Bikefest tattoo vendor

Local news reports an expected growth for the Sanford motorcycle event, but if there was it seemed minimal to me. There did seem to be a larger amount of biker event vendors. There were more tattoo vendors then the previous year and more parts and accessory vendors made the walk down East Seminole a little more interesting.

Custom Airbrush by Redz

One truly notable vendor we came across was Redz Custom Airbrush where their motto is “boring paint should be a crime”. The custom airbrush paint work on this bike was anything but boring. The amount of work spent on the detail of this paint shows right down to the rivets.

Cam-Am Spyder

The Can-Am Spyder demo rides were a big hit. You could see trails of these things buzzing around the area all day.

Rear view of the Spyder 3 wheel roadster

A pretty unique 3 wheel vehicle called the Spyder Roadster powered by the Rotax V990 engine. I listened as most of the comments of the demo riders were positive.

Sanford Bikefest stunt rider show

This year the Bikefest visitor’s were treated to two stunt rider shows. About every hour and a half there was a street bike stunt show followed up by motocross jumpers.

stunt rider on one wheel

These riders were good, performing 3 at a time doing wheelies, stoppies and burnouts. They had a pretty awesome finish to the show were all 3 bikes would slide in together and the rider would dismount. The kind of stuff you do not do on the open roads.

Bike show motorcycle

They moved the bike show out to the main event area this year which was kind of nice, but from a photographer’s view the grass could have been cut deeper before opening day.

Purple custom motorcycle by JZ Riders

I needed to find a nice looking purple motorcycle to submit to the Flickr Lupus Awareness group purple photos and I found this sharp looking custom built by JZ Riders of Sanford. I looked through most of the pictures that had been submitted to help create Lupus awareness and I had not seen any motorcycles, so I think I was able to send in something unique with this motorcycle picture.

Pie Eating contest

I guess these pie eating contests are going to come back into style at motorcycle events. I shot the contest this year at Leesburg and Sanford now too. If Daytona decides to have an eating contest, I am hoping they will do Krystal hamburgers. I can eat a sack load of those little guys.

Daytona Biketoberfest is coming up this weekend!

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Sanford Bikefest this weekend

Posted in Bikefest, Camping, Entertainment, Florida, Local, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, Music, News, Sanford, State, Travel, Volusia County on October 12th, 2007

riding into Sanford Florida bikefest

Well its time for the end of the year wrap of of motorcycle events in Florida. With Biketoberfest only a week away, many locals will be heading out to Sanford Bikefest for a warm-up weekend.

Hooter girls are always a welcome site at any biker event

Looking back on last year this time, I posted about the upcoming Bikefest, but I failed to post a followup on what happened at the weekend 2006 Florida motorcycle event.

Sanford Tent Camping 

Last year we stayed for all 3 days of the event and as we do for all motorcycle events we took along the tent to enjoy some camping. There is not a whole lot of camping areas around the Sanford area, which is surprising being there are many miles of undeveloped true Florida land.

Lake Mills Park suggested for Bikefest tent camping

A little search on Google netted us one of the nicest camping areas around. Lake Mills Park is a great place to pitch a tent and spend the weekend and is fairly close to Fort Mellon Park in Sanford where Bikefest is held.

Sanford Bikefest sites

This year we will only be visiting Sanford Bikefest on Saturday. The event is rather small and most of what there is to do and see can be done in one day.

Motorcycle for two?

We caught up with a few unusual motorcycles and modes of transportation last year. Notice anything unusual about this bike? Yep, you got it. This motorcycle has not one, but two kickstands!

self propelled surfboard

This guy was demonstrating how to get to Sanford by water riding on a self propelled surfboard.

Dog riding in motorcycle side car

East Seminole Blvd. runs adjacent to Lake Monroe and is closed to motorcycle traffic only during Bikefest. You can catch some good motorcycle pictures along this road and a few more at the bike show early morning.

Sanford Motorcycle cops on parade all riding Saxon motorcycles

The Sanford Police motorcycle division had a little fun when JZ Riders Customs let them all take a spin around the block on the new line of Saxon motorcycles they had on display in the main Bikefest area.

Shannon Burke on the Real Bike during Sanford Bikefest 2006

Orlando radio station personality Shannon Burke rides the 104.1 “Real Bike” along with the parade of custom motorcycles.

Deep South on stage during Sanford Bikefest

One good thing about a smaller venue like the Sanford Bikefest is when its concert time, you can get right up close to the bands. Last year it was a treat to kick back and listen to Deep South. Check out the members of this band :

Artimus Pyle (formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd), Robert Nix (formerly of Atlanta Rhythm Section), Jimmy Hall (formerly of Wet Willie), Hal McCormack, Dean Daughtry (formerly of Atlanta Rhythm Section), Chris Hicks (formerly of Marshall Tucker Band)

Hal McCormack at Sanford Bikefest

While Deep South was on stage, I got the special treat of chatting with Gene Odom who was Ronnie Van Zant’s personal bodyguard, security for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. Gene was on hand promoting his books and selling autographed copies.

Sanford Bikefest is small, but big enough to enjoy a day or two checking out some of the local custom motorcycle builder’s new creations, meet up with friends and enjoy the free concerts.

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Leesburg Bikefest 2007 – looking forward to next year.

Posted in Bikefest, Entertainment, Florida, Leesburg, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, News, State on May 12th, 2007

Leesburg Rules

A pair of bikers riding into town with the words “Leesburg Rules” on the horns decorating their helmets. The 2007 edition of Leesburg Bikefest was huge with more shows and stages added this year, the entertainment was non-stop.

Monsters appear at 2007 Leesburg Bikefest

One of the biggest concert draws was the performance of the Real Radio 104.1 Monsters of the Morning. This concert packed a crowd of Monster fans that filled the front stage area early before the concert began.  But what did the Monsters think of the crowd and appearing on the Budweiser stage at Leesburg Bikefest?

Bubba Wilson gives Leesburg a thumbs up!

Well, Bubba Wilson, the musical director for the Monsters gives the 2007 Leesburg motorcycle event a thumbs up.

Tiffany celebrates her birthday

Tiffany dressed in very little pink was fired up and ready to rock on her birthday.

Leesburg Bikefest crowd love the Monsters

The Leesburg crowd loved the Monsters in concert. If you have never listened to these guys, they have a radio show on a local station you can listen live at Real Radio 104.1.

Got Flames?

As predicted the weather for the Bikefest weekend was perfect, but it was hot. Not as hot as this rider’s pipes, but it was hot with a few cloud sun breaks. There were a few tents that had been accommodated with mist showers for event visitors to cool down.

Bob Evan’s pie eating contest

A new event, at least I think it is, was the Bob Evan’s pie eating contest. As much as I like food I don’t think I could ever do a food eating contest. One exception would be a Krystal hamburger eating contest. I can put those things away, but then again I have never timed myself.

Band member throws beads from the main stage in Leesburg

What is it about beads that makes a crowd go crazy?

Exciting street bike stunt show

The demonstration area at the Rat’s Hole always had something going on including bike games (this was fun to watch), Drill Teams and street bike stunt shows.

Leesburg Main Street

And the motorcycle traffic on main street is non-stop during Leesburg Bikefest.

2007 Ratmate contest winners

And of course, the Rat’s Hole Ratmate contest winners. If you have never made the trip to this Florida motorcycle event, you need to put Leesburg Bikefest on your list of must rides for 2008!

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Leesburg Bikefest – Quiet Riot and 3 day Rat’s Hole Bike Show

Posted in Bike Shows, Bikefest, Entertainment, Florida, Leesburg, Local, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, News, Rides, State on April 20th, 2007

Rat’s Hole in Leesburg Florida for 3 days!

Leesburg Bikefest  April 27-29 in Leesburg, Florida will feature a three day Rat’s Hole custom motorcycle show and rock band Quiet Riot Saturday night on the main stage. Announced on the Rat’s Hole web site the Leesburg bike show will be open all three days of the Florida motorcycle event.

Ratmate Contest Saturday

Friday April 27th the Rat’s Hole will open with the Leesburg biker showcase. Saturday the 28th will be the Leesburg Bikefest 07 custom motorcycle show and will include a Ratmate contest. Sunday is metric madness day.

 Team Xtreem performs at the Rat’s Hole in Leesburg

The show will focus on metric bikes and get ready to witness the awesome street bike stunts performed by Teem Xtreem.

Main Street is for motorcycles only

Leesburg, Florida really does welcome bikers and Main Street is for motorcycles only! Bring comfortable walking shoes though, because once you are parked you will be on foot the rest of the day and into the night as the party continues.

Quiet Riot to appear Saturday night in Leesburg, Florida for Bikefest

Quiet Riot will be on the main stage Saturday night. Other bands listed to perform during the three days of Bikefest include Confederate Railroad and the Monsters of the Morning just to list a few of the promised 40 concerts on 7 stages. All Free!

Leesburg Bikefest 2007

Leesburg Bikefest one Florida motorcycle event that you do not want to miss! More information can be found on the official Bikefest web site.

Bikini Contest

The amount of entertainment crammed into the 3 day motorcycle event includes concerts, 300+ vendors, Hawaiian Tropic/Ms Bikefest bikini contest, Ratmate contest. Biker games, Teem Xtreem stunt show, safety demonstrations and more.

Leesburg Bikefest Hotel Accommodations

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First blog post of 2007

Posted in Announcements, Bike Week, Bikefest, Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, Deland, Edgewater, Editorial, Florida, Local, Motorcycle Event Accommodations, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, Ormond Beach, State, Travel, Volusia County on January 1st, 2007

Welcome to the year 2007 and my first blog post for the year. I figured instead of doing a looking back at the year 2006 (that is over), better to look ahead at the new year 2007.

The first part of the new year is going to bring a lot of travel time for me with the first being a small road trip down to Ft. Lauderdale (about 170 miles) for the grand opening of Orange County Choppers of south Florida on January 6th.

Then on January 11th we are to be back up in the State of Virginia for Cindi’s probate litigation suit. We are hoping that this trip will not be wasted as was the first trip. Well, the trip was wonderful actually, it was a waste in the legal department.

Of course I am already excited and ready for Bike Week 2007 that will be in the first part of March. Daytona Bike Week is going to be from March 2 – 11 this year. It may sound like a long time away, but planning for bike week now is important. I need to begin putting together a bike week schedule and we will soon be announcing what day we will be on the Daytona Loop for our 3 hour photo shoot. We set a few hours aside during bike week 2006 and we took almost 200 pictures for the Daytona Motorcycle Rally Loop Album. This year we will be shooting with two cameras and will even do better coverage of riders on the Volusia County Loop.

Happy New Year Everyone! Here is looking ahead to a great year of rides and motorcycle events. Keep it safe.


Deland looking to attract more bike week visitors

Posted in Announcements, Bike Week, Bikefest, Daytona Beach, Deland, Editorial, Florida, Hotels, Local, Motorcycle Event Accommodations, Motorcycle Events, News, Orlando, Ormond Beach, State, Upcoming events, Volusia County on December 18th, 2006

The City of Deland, Florida is actively beginning to promote their city in a running for bikers visiting Florida during bike week. Deland Bike Rally is scheduled for the 3rd of March 2007, the second day of bike week in Daytona Beach.

While Daytona Beach has said it wants to downscale the city’s events, nearby cities and Harley dealers are reaching for the biker traffic. Orlando Harley has started holding a bike fest to the west of Daytona and Bruce Rossmeyer has opened a Harley Davidson megaplex north of Daytona in Ormond Beach.  Deland is located between Orlando and Daytona Beach with easy access to Destination Daytona in Ormond.

The Deland Bike Rally plans a bike show, live bands, vendors and demonstrations. If you are planing on visiting for bike week or any other Florida motorcycle event, be sure to plan ahead on hotel accommodations. To save money and reserve your bike week hotel, visit my Bike Week Travel here. If you don’t like to make your hotel reservations online, got you covered! Call toll free 1-800-780-5733 coupon 133863 someone will be there to help you 24/7.


Best place for steak during bike week and biketoberfest

Posted in Bike Week, Bikefest, Biketoberfest, Daytona Beach, Dinning, Edgewater, Entertainment, Florida, Food, Likes, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, Opinion, Ormond Beach, Travel, Volusia County on December 12th, 2006

Rich's place Edgewater, Florida

During bike week or biketoberfest and when you are in the Edgewater, Florida area if you love a good steak visit Rich’s Place. Just south of Daytona Beach about a mile down Highway 1 from the noname saloon on the west side of the road. The atmosphere is laid back in a 50′s style with rock-n-roll and Elvis memorabilia all over.

Best Steak for bike week and biketober

I can’t think of any other steak place that I have eaten at where the steak has been cooked to perfection every time. Rich’s Place steak hits the spot! The burgers are fantastic too. Be sure to visit Rich’s next time you make the trip to Volusia County for any of the Florida motorcycle events. You won’t leave hungry and you won’t be disappointed.


Sanford Bikefest

Posted in Bikefest, Entertainment, Florida, Motorcycle Events, Motorcycles, News, Sanford, Upcoming events on October 10th, 2006

When I walked outside this morning, I felt something different. There was a slight feel of coolness in the air. This is not rare weather for most places in the United States this time of year, but for Florida, well its uncommon. Especially when the expected high for the day was in the 80s.  It is a little frightening to feel the chill of a low 60 degree morning in Florida. Here we do not have a true four season year. We just have hot and warm with a few days that may total 3 weeks of cold dropping to the 40s at night.

With Biketoberfest only 10 days away, I don’t want to see the weather start chilling off too much. Biketoberfest is one of the last big bike events of the year. Most certainly, it is for Florida. Looking forward to this event, I found that there is great way to get warmed up and ready to go.

Digging for some of the events planned in Daytona Beach for the Biketober weekend, I came across Sanford Bike Fest that is held this coming weekend in Sanford, Florida.

Looking over the events posted for the weekend in Sanford, I found they have quite a lineup of entertainment. With most the bands that are scheduled to play leaning more towards southern rock to scattered with a few country solo artist on two separate stages, the music should be pretty steady.

The opening act, however, is neither southern nor country and by the looks of the bands bio and play list, I look forward to seeing Dreams the Band a tribute to the living legend Stevie Nicks. This band performs songs like Gypsy and duets like one Stevie did with Tom Petty called “stop draggin my heart around”, this should be a good show. Their web site does not have any demo music, but the band looks as they have keyed in the feeling for a good tribute band.

Later in the day and all throughout the weekend, Team-X-Treem will be performing their street bike stunt show. I had the pleasure of experiencing and photographing this stunt show during this year’s Leesburg Bikefest. I can tell you, if you have not seen these guys, you are in for a treat. Wheelies, stopies, burnouts and stunts that will keep your eyes glued to the three riders. Adam Chumita, Chris Nichols and Todd Colbert put on a show to see. The photo gallery of the pictures that I took during Leesburg are at American Biker Lifestyle.

Of course, what Bikefest could be complete without a custom bike show? Touted as the “Bikes In the Wind Show” the custom bike show starts off at noon with 8 divisions to be judged. The Florida sun will be reflecting off of all the chrome and custom paint. I will be there with camera in hand. This will be a training shoot for my wife Cindi to use the new camera that I bought for here, so look forward to me posting some of the shots she takes during the show.

Saturday, October 14 promises to be exciting day with more live music all day and a remote broadcast from Orlando radio station 104.1 Real Radio. Added to all the vendors, bike show and music, there is going to be a live karate demonstration by High Stepper’s Karate Studio. The precision drill team will crank up their engines at 1:30 displaying timed drill motorcycle riding in the streets of downtown Sanford.

If you like Skynard, you are going to like Deep South. This band hits the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Friday night. I have not yet heard the band perform, but if you visit their web site, they have a few demo songs for you to hear. I look forward to hearing this band play “Sweet Home Alabama”.

This is only the second year for this bike fest and I did not attend the first one. It looks like it should be a good time for anyone that lives in the area, or feels like take a ride. I will report on how the 2nd annual Sanford Bike Fest turned out next week.

Watch for the article!

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