Myrtle Beach Bike Rallies

You'll see these types of motorcycles during Bikefest. Hint: they're very pricey

The party continued into morning at Atlantic Beach Bikefest on Friday night

While Myrtle Beach saw relatively low bike traffic on Friday night, the party continued at Atlantic Beach until the early morning hours for Atlantic Beach Bikefest.
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While Myrtle Beach saw relatively low bike traffic on Friday night, the party continued at Atlantic Beach until the early morning hours for Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

Sport bikes, baggers, cruisers and bobbers.

Those are the names of the flashy, expensive motorcycles rumbling and zooming through the area during Bikefest this weekend.

Of those, the most common bikes on the streets are sport bikes and baggers, according to John Gentile, a sales specialist at Redline Powersports.

Sport bikes

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Atlantic Beach Bikefest gets underway on Friday afternoon with bikers streaming into the Grand Strand's historical black beach. Families camp in the surrounding neighborhood watching the traffic and vendors sell their wares on the streets. Friday, May 25, 2018. - Jason Lee jlee@thesunnews.com

Developed for high speeds and acceleration, sport bikes are lightweight and have high-performance engines.

They have higher foot pegs compared to other bikes and feature handlebars with a longer reach, which is a benefit when riding at high speeds in wind.

Baggers

Baggers are big, heavy motorcycles with fiberglass saddlebags.

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Atlantic Beach Bikefest gets underway on Friday afternoon with bikers streaming into the Grand Strand's historical black beach. Families camp in the surrounding neighborhood watching the traffic and vendors sell their wares on the streets. Friday, May 25, 2018. - Jason Lee jlee@thesunnews.com

"A lot of the guys who have been riding sport bikes have been switching over to baggers, which are more of a stretched out, Harley-type of bike," Gentile said.

And then there's the "big wheel baggers." Those are the motorcycles with giant, shiny wheels in the front.

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Cruisers

Cruisers offer a low riding position with high handlebars and forward foot pegs, which cause riders to lean back a little.

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The rain lets up and the crowd fills in on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, May 28, 2016, during the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest in Myrtle Beach. Rain is expected to stay through Memorial Day.

"The cruisers are low torque, something set up to be fast," Gentile said.

Bobbers

A bobber is a type of custom-made bike, which is generally modified by removing all of the excess bodywork so the overall weight of the motorcycle is reduced.

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File photo of a bobber

When all of the unnecessary parts are removed, it gives the bike a minimalistic appearance to it.

How much do they cost?

Gentile said the average price of the bikes seen during Bikefest are around $24,000, but not all of the motorcycles are that pricey. Some are priced in the lower thousands.

But those who do decide to splurge end up dropping thousands of dollars in customizations and parts, Gentile added.

"These guys are putting like 50, 60 grand into a motorcycle that they paid 24 grand for," he said. "When they are all said and done, some of these bikes are upwards of $150,000."

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