Grand Strand area officials and businesses are optimistic about the expected turnout for the fall Harley-Davidson bike rally, which begins Monday, October 1. and goes through Sunday, October 7, despite the affects of Hurricane Florence.
Bikers travel to the Grand Strand for the Atlantic Beach Bikefest in flashy, expensive motorcycles. Cruisers, baggers, bobbers and sport bikes are the most commonly seen types of bikes driven during Black Bike Week.
Although the 23-mile traffic loop is intended to help control traffic during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest in Myrtle Beach, it can complicate things when it comes to keeping the motorcycles running properly. When bikes sit still for prolonged periods of time, they can overheat and stall.
Following the two deaths early on the first day of Black Bike Week, the Myrtle Beach mayor prayed for the safety of bikers this weekend. The deaths were the result of a shooting at Koyote Saloon and a crash on a stolen bike.
Harley Week Bikers taking part in the Spring Bike Rally were in South Strand bars in Murrells Inlet and Garden City Friday. Bikers hung out at Suck Bang Blow, the Beaver Bar and Spokes and Bones Friday. Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Officials from the NAACP and Myrtle Beach are set to meet this week in federal court to discuss an injunction related to the Memorial Day weekend traffic loop. The NAACP filed a suit saying the loop is discriminatory.
While Stephanie Davis and Palmer Boston of Hartsville were seen along Ocean Boulevard dancing and laughing with friends, the duo was also attending Atlantic Beach Bikefest to promote their organization T.R.A.P., which stands for “take real assets personal” and promotes fun without violence among young people.
Some folks attributed the evidently thinner crowds at Atlantic Beach Bikefest’s first day to new programming in Atlantic Beach. The town just north of Myrtle Beach is hosting concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this year for the first time.