Bike Week in Daytona, Fl. is probably the most legendary annual motorcycle experience in the world. I’m not a biker, so I can’t say for sure, but I am a sound-guy, and I can definitely say it’s one of the LOUDEST places in the world.
I was hired by Harley Davidson via Travis Satten of Team Satten, and joined by talented cameramen Matt Mitchell and Real Sprague. Our mission was to follow and document the life and times (and the riding) of a band of Black motorcyclist friends, each from various Georgia-based Black biker clubs, from Atlanta to Daytona and back.
The stereotype that Harleys are for white guys is slowly eroding, and Harley Davidson is helping to continue that trend by reaching out to all the Black riders out there — as well as educating everyone in the process — through their new web series “Iron Elite”. We learn that the common Harley rider obsession with meticulous customization — almost to the extreme, from the chrome, to the pipes, to the high-fidelity on-board sound systems — is shaped quite a bit from these early Black riders who went to town on their bikes in past (and much different) times. The tradition continues today as you can see in episode 2.
Highlights of the trip included, but not limited to…
1.) Roaming around the parking lot of the largest Harley dealer in the world asking people “Hey, can I record your pipes?” and ending up with about 7 hours of motorcycle sound effects.
2.) Recording interviews in tough-for-sound, but gorgeous locations.
3.) Jumping in the Atlantic at 3am on the last day.
Stay tuned for Episode 3!