Magazine April 30, 2012, Issue

Right Turn on the Open Road

Main Street, Daytona Beach, March 10, 2012 (Reinhold Matay/AP)
Of bikes and bikers

Daytona Beach, Fla.

‘Bikers welcome here!” read the signs at almost every establishment, and given that over half a million of them arrive each March for the city’s annual Bike Week, it is a sensible policy. They come from all 50 states — even Alaska and Hawaii — and have gathered almost every year since 1937. The Second World War caused a brief hiatus (in lieu, those not overseas held an informal rally), but when the fighting ended, the tradition was resumed, and it has now grown to be the joint biggest motorcycle convocation in the United States — an honor

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