The Low and Loud Rumble of Spring
Bike Week 2021, the 80th year this rite has been observed in Daytona Beach, begins today. From Friday March 5th through Sunday March 14th, the constant rumble of many motorcycles will fill the soft pre-spring Florida air. That stampede of iron horses begins arriving even before the actual event though, lured by the warmer southern climate and the holiday atmosphere the event generates.
Bike Week has a long and colorful history that actually dates back to the inaugural running of the Daytona 200 race in 1937 on a 3.2 mile beach track and won by an Indian motorcycle. Today it is a ten-day long festival filled with events and activities from Ormond Beach south to New Smyrna. Look no further than the Destination Daytona Complex just north of Ormond Beach, FL— a tribute to Harley Davidson and all things Motorcycle— to see just how seriously the Daytona Beach area takes Bike Week.
Bike Week and Covid
It’s strange to recall that last year, in 2020, cases of Covid-19 were just starting to become an urgent matter even as Bike Week was being observed. Local authorities and officials struggled with the problems of having so many people in the area and the new reality of the Pandemic. The Stay-At-Home order from the governor was still several weeks away. Life has changed considerably in the interim. People talk about the New Normal, but no one yet really knows what that is. However, it has changed the way we gather and do business.
This year, prepare for some changes and safety measures during Bike Week.
- Main Street is to be motorcycles only from March 5 – 14, 2021.
- Curbside parking will be limited to allow for social distancing on the sidewalks.
- Overflow parking will be available at designated Ocean Center lots. Indoor parking will also be available at the Ocean Center on the weekends.
- Some merchant’s interior capacity remains at 60%. It is asked that you be patient when waiting to enter.
- Please observe areas where mask use and social distancing are necessary for safety.
- Merchants are following CDC safety guidelines, so the support and participation in these efforts is for everyone’s safety.
The Bike Week Tradition at D.G. Meyer
Several among the owners, office crew and employees of D.G. Meyer are or have been motorcyclist’s, and remain avid fans of the sport and the event. The company also recognizes that events such as Bike Week are part of what keep the local economy healthy and growing.
In accordance with this interest in Bike Week and motorcycles, D.G. Meyer first started having a commemorative tee-shirt printed to distribute among employees and friends in 1994. This custom has grown over the years, and these shirts have become a tradition and a staple of our year at the company. They have become collector’s item among many of our friends and associates as well.
We are happy to present the 2021 Bike Week Tee Shirt design here. To see the complete collection, beginning in 1994, visit our Gallery Page.