Florida contains a city that is, for many, the Mecca of American motorcycling: Daytona. And yet the state's most vibrant, crazed, burgeoning city, Miami, a city that is by all measures of science and quantifiable fact a far better city than Daytona, has almost no motorcycle culture to speak of. Why is this? We have ideal weather. We have long roads that flow through tunnels of oaks and banyans and lead to vast stretches of smooth asphalt pathways cutting through the Everglades. We have a diverse population of drivers, many of who like to bob and weave through traffic at psychotic speeds, and who doubly enjoy the opportunity to do so as loudly as possible. Have you ever heard what a Harley-Davidson 74 with straight pipes sounds like tearing ass down the center line? Miami seems like it would be the perfect place for a thriving motorcycle community and yet, there is no such community to be found.
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But there are people trying to change that deficiency in this city's status quo. People like Rodrigro Rey del Castillo and Danny Alva at 76hundred Motorcycles or Matt Atkatz, Alex Mackenzie, and Aaron Willard of Metal 305. Atkatz, Mackenzie, and Willard drummed up a thundering mass of motorcycles and their riders last year with the first ever Black Sunday annual swap meet, a sort of farmers' market for oil and iron. In two weeks, they'll be doing it again -- and Miami's yearly grand bazaar of steel and grease and vintage speed will arise anew.More »