January 15, 2016
Never heard of Robison Cycles? Let me give you a tour… Robinson Cycles has been a fixture on the Daytona Beach bike world for six decades. Originally founded as a Harley-Davidson dealership in 1962, today the family business is owned and operated by Mr. Robison's son Jecoa and his grandson Jeremy. Father and son have done an outstanding job preserving the essence of their patriarch's vision, which is now and always has been focused on high performance. Every hop-up shop says that, right? Well how many can say this: for much of the '60s and '70s Robison Cycles was the Motor Company's winter race shop, building AMA Grand National dirt trackers and championship-winning drag bikes for some of the fastest men to ever pull on a set of orange, black and white leathers. Every nook and cranny of the cluttered old dealership is chock full of race memorabilia: one-off engine cases and fiberglass fairings, trophies, photos, track banners, riding gear, you name it. Look closely and you'll find a photo of Evel Knievel posing with Jecoa's mother, herself a trophy queen in winner's circles at Florida race tracks from coast to coast BITD. Robison Cycles is a crown jewel in the hot rod Harley scene, and should not be missed. And now, thanks to some help from our friends at S&S Cycles, Hot Bike, Street Chopper and ChopCult.com, you don't have to. On Friday, March 11, 2016, The Biltwell Bash at Robison Cycles will kick off the second and final weekend of activities at Daytona Bike Week. In a sea of bedazzled baggers, the Biltwell Bash will stick out like a boner in sweatpants. The fun starts 9:00 am with a swap meet in Robison's parking lot. Jecoa and his old man have squirreled away 50 years of crusty goodness, and much of it will be on sale. If old gold ain't your thing, there will be free donuts and coffee. At noon the folks from Aunt Catfish's restaurant will be serving up fried catfish, grits and hush puppies. Come early—the first 200 guests eat free! Everyone after that can stuff their faces for 7 bucks a plate. Of course free keg beer will be flowing during lunch and beyond. Immediately following lunch there will be a bike show with cool handmade trophies and prizes. Three classes of bike will be on display, and entry is free. Bring your FXR's, your Street Trackers—any brand—and your choppers for 2:00 pm registration and stick around to see the winners unveiled at 4:00. Legendary motormouth Dumptruck will be the master of ceremonies, so it will be a good time. Finally, when the sun sets on Robinson Cycles we'll be screening old biker flicks on the warehouse wall. The Biltwell Bash at Robison Cycles is all free, all day, so grab your chaps and 'do rag and let's party in the Sunshine State! Thanks to S&S Cycle, ChopCult, Hot Bike and Street Chopper for pitching in on this gig! Here's a map.