The Daytona Beach News-Journal wandered Main Steet, chatting with folks about their Bike Week experiences. Here’s what some of them had to say:

Nothing says “crowded” like Main Street in Daytona Beach during Bike Week.


Friday, the first day of Bike Week, saw thousands of bikers, tourists, residents and beachgoers packed into the narrow street enjoying loud music, cold beer and sunny weather underneath sheltered patios and white-topped tents.


Suburban moms took their kids out for strolls, posing for pictures in front of Harley-Davidsons and tricked-out motorcycles that could only be created by those who have been in the biker scene for decades.


Whether the culprit was classic rock, rap music or the guttural growl of engines, there wasn’t a square inch of peace and quiet in the area, and most people seemed to like it that way.


The Daytona Beach News-Journal wandered Main Street, chatting with folks about their experiences. Here’s what some of them had to say:


NAME: Mike Falconeri


AGE: 60


YEARS ATTENDING BIKE WEEK: 40


FAVORITE PART: “I just love people watching.”


Falconeri said he used to race motorcycles. Now, he enjoys driving across the country — even all the way to places like Alaska — to meet new people and see new bikes.


His own bike, a sleek red-and-white Fox, was proudly on display to anyone who came up to talk to Falconeri. He said everyone’s people-watching, not just him, so it’s good to keep things looking nice.


“Plus, it’s one hell of a good time,” he said of the 10-day event.


NAME: David Borden


AGE: 70


YEARS ATTENDING BIKE WEEK: 31, “and I haven’t missed a year yet.”


FAVORITE PART: “The atmosphere.”


Borden, a local, loves being around bikers. He loves the wild aesthetics, the camaraderie, and of course the beer that usually makes an appearance.


He’s also a part of the biker crowd. Decked out in a leather jacket, bandanna and a shiny black 2018 Road Glide Harley-Davidson, he said it’s pretty easy to make friends. And after coming here for so long, he’s already met up with other regulars, too.


“There are just a lot of really good people here,” he said.


NAME: Bill Wolf


AGE: “Too old to talk about it.”


YEARS ATTENDING BIKE WEEK: 15


FAVORITE PART: “Getting out of 20 degree weather and coming to 75 degree weather.”


Wolf can be seen walking up and down Main Street for one small eternity after another, easily recognizable by his wicker cowboy hat and jean jacket. It’s not usual for people to see his face, though — it’s usually stuck behind the lens of a pricey Nikon, looking for photo opportunities with photogenic bikers and “pretty women.”


After traveling all the way from his hometown in Cleveland, Ohio, Wolf said he’s happy to take time off from work. Photography helps “keep (him) sane,” and bike photography is his passion.


“The attitude of the people is great here,” he said. “It’s an adult party and everyone gets along great.”


NAME: Johanne Pfaff


AGE: “That’s funny, that you think I’m gonna tell anyone that.”


YEARS ATTENDING BIKE WEEK: This is his first time.


FAVORITE PART: “The people.”


Pfaff didn’t know it was Bike Week. She was traveling back to her hometown of Minneapolis from Okeechobee when she heard about “all the ruckus” and decided to make a pit stop in Daytona Beach.


While decking her bike out in “Trump 2020” regalia, Pfaff said she was only planning on being in town for a little while, hoping to soak up the sun and the atmosphere before returning to the long drive home.


“I just sort of stumbled across all this,” she said. “But it’s awesome. Seriously.”


NAME: Gary Lathan


AGE: 75


YEARS ATTENDING BIKE WEEK: 15-to-20 years.


FAVORITE PART: “The noise.”


The grumble and growl of motorcycles can be heard on all the major roads of Daytona Beach, and Lathan said he wouldn’t have it any other way.


“Man, I love that rumble,” he said. “I like hearing them, being around all the noise and the people.”


It’s why he’s been coming for so long, and why he plans to keep on coming until he can’t anymore.


But Lathan said he almost decided not to show up because of fears about the Coronavirus. With health officials’ warnings about mingling in large crowds, he said he’s not the only one who’s concerned. But attending Bike Week is important to him, and he said he’s been careful about washing his hands.


"Don’t worry,“ he said. ”I’m staying safe, but having fun while I’m at it.“