Increase in Black Biking

One of the main reasons for the rapid increase in black patch-wearing bikers is the fact that the bikers are focussed on community growth and charity. Motorcycling is hugely popular amongst South African, Indian, and coloured bikers since the late 1940s.

There is a significant difference between ordinarily bikers and patch-wearing bikers, ordinary bikers mostly belong to brotherhoods or ride for themselves. Patch-wearing bikers are referring to motorcyclist giving back to the community, the homeless or children’s homes.

In South Africa, black motorcycle riders are often seen in delivery positions and must learn the discipline of riders to survive the hustle and bustle of the busy bigger cities. The largest motorcycle club in Southern Africa in many ways means more than being on motorcycles as the love of bikes keeps increasing year after year. Black bikers when unnoticed during the apartheid era but there has always been a massive biking culture across the country.

On the West Rand near Johannesburg, two of the well-known bikers in the black community included Eric Neethling and Kitchener Bowes, who did in a bike accident. Fordsburg had the Bangle Boys a club formed by Sulaiman Gamshu, while West-Soweto club was formed by Jabu Maduna in 1962. Both the mid-70s and, also the mid-60s was the period in which the rise occurred in motorcycle clubs in the townships in the West Rand townships.

In the late 70s, the black clubs included the Ennerdale Stallion Riders, as well as the Gestapo Riders, the Chosen Ones and the Christian club Bondservants all from Eldorado Parks. In Randfontein, it was the Papillion Riders, and Soweto had the Easy Riders. Today the CC Riders are still going strong as they had for more than 30 years.

Black Biker Clubs

The game has changed, and today black biker clubs are individuals coming together for bike rallies, monetary gain or just to enjoy each other’s company. The show just how committed the black bikers are they attend several events and their bikes are worth upwards from $200 k. The rallies in Swaziland attracted four collectable Harley-Davidsons in one destination, and it all shows just how committed the black community is to their motorcycles. The passion and love for motorcycles are on the increase, but due to the economic decline in the country, there has been a decrease in bike sales.

Although much has changed and purchasing a bike is no longer about going on a breakfast run with the guys, the white and black biking community now shares their love for bikes and often meet to sit together around a table to discuss charity events. The colour lines are united with Ubuntu Run and attended by the biking communities from across the country, which unites bikers and currently it is one of the biggest events. Everything changed bikers in leather outfits now include politicians, accountants, doctors and lawyers and class and colour no longer matter, what does matter is that you on two wheels and riding together.

Black Bike Week Showcases Pricey Motorcycles

Black Bike week is the highlight of the year for fans and motorcycles alike and it was held for many years at Myrtle Beach. Some problems arose in the past years and this major event now takes place at Atlantic Beach, this is why some referred to it as the Atlantic Beach Bike Festival but it is still one of the biggest rallies and its official name remains Black Bike Week.

Thousands of motorcycle fans attend this rally since it offers a week of racing, partying, relaxing and it is the one time you get to see all the most expensive bobbers, cruisers, baggers and sports bikes in one place.

Most Expensive, Flashy Motorcycles Available

If you are a motorcycle fan you already know that the baggers, cruisers, bobbers and sports bikes are the most expensive and during the week of the Black Bike fest you can feast your eyes on these from early morning at breakfast till late at night. Hundreds of expensive motorcycles zoom and rumble through the area and of those customized, the most powerful and sports bikes are the most pricey. A sales specialist, John Gentile from Redline Powersport agreed to give some insight into these powerful machines.

Sports Bikes

Sports bikes are built for acceleration and high speeds, these have high-performance engines and are lightweight. Sports bikes’ foot pegs are higher when you compare it to that of other motorcycles and longer reach is offered by their handlebars, which is a great benefit when you ride in the wind at high speeds.


These are the heavy motorcycles they big and have saddlebags made out of fibreglass. Many motorcyclists that first rode sports bikes have switched to baggers since they are more like a Harley type of motorcycle. What also makes baggers popular are their big wheels, they are the giants of motorcycles and is loved for their shiny front wheels.


Cruiser is easily identifiable by their high handlebars and low riding positions, their forward foot pegs and riders enjoy to lead back. Set up to be fast, they are low torque.


Bobbers are the custom-made type of motorcycles, in general, modified via the removing of excess bodyworks, which is done to reduce the overall weight of the bike. Once all the parts that are unnecessary are removed, the motorcycle has the desired minimalistic appearance.

Prices of the Motorcycles seen at Black Bike Week

The average price of the motorcycles attending the Bike fest can be estimated at $24,000, but then again not all of the bikes are as pricey, while others are in the lower thousands. But there are a lot of riders who want to splurge and these end up spending thousands on customization as well as parts. It is at the Black Bike week where you most likely to see bikes on which the guys spend 50, 60 or more grand on a motorcycle they actually paid 24 grand for, once they satisfied with the bikes performance and the look it could be upwards from $150,000.

NAACP sues the City of Myrtle Beach over 23-mile loop

The Memorial Day Bikefest in Myrtle Beach this year has generated controversy. As Friday night activities got underway it was clear that more cars were in attendance than bikes. The decline is being blamed on the way police are treating the bikers that do attend, and the traffic loop bikers are forced to take.
One biker in attendance, John Jennings stated,

“That’s a definite factor, there’s no ‘ifs,’ ‘ands’ or ‘buts’ about it. It’s definitely a lot less traffic than there used to be and I think it’s because of some of the ordinances and stuff they’ve got going on.”

This is an event that Jennings has come to for nearly fifteen years but said that based on things at Myrtle Beach, he may elect to go to the bikefest in Dayton Beach instead. He is basing that decision on the 23 mile loop and added,

“Because you’re stuck in one lane of traffic and a lot of times, if your bike isn’t set up for your fan to run all the time, it’ll run hot, and that’s one big thing people don’t like coming here for.”

The closure of the loop on Friday night only added to the frustration of those in attendance. The loop was to be open from 10 pm to 2 a.m. However the police chose to close it at 11:30 pm blaming light traffic. Generally, the bikefest is attended by black bikers, many of which are young versus the older crowd that attend white Harley Week the week after Black bikefest.
Many bikers, such as Curtis Dow feel that the quality of the event is impacted by race. Curtis, who lives closeby in South Carolina said,

“Last week there wasn’t barricades. They only put them up during Black Bike Week. It’s not right. They’re laughing at us saying ‘they got the monkeys in the cage.’ Harley Week, no barricades, they do whatever the hell they want to do. When we come here, there’s a problem.”

NAACP Files Lawsuit against the City of Myrtle Beach

The controversy was enough that the NAACP filed a lawsuit against the City of Myrtle Beach hoping that in doing so it will bring an end to the implementation of the 23 mile loop. That loop is not in place for Harley Week and as such, the city’s position that it is implemented to control traffic is questionable. Prior the fest taking place, a judge ruled in favour of the city.

While those in law enforcement seem relaxed at the event, there were a few arrests, but nothing serious. Most officers were observed interacting with those in attendance in a friendly manner and most felt the bikefest was a success. However, some were unhappy with the presence of security and law enforcement.

Two who were unhappy, Ashley Maultsvy and Tia Wilson, who are from Pennsylvania said that while sitting outside their hotel they were harassed by what appeared to be a security guard who kept demanding they move along referencing a city sign relating to loitering.

Police Chief Crosby, when questioned, said that all officers work from a plan that revolves around keeping all attending safe, and that include police officers. He added that,

“I’ve watched my officers go down the boulevard today and do community policing at the finest. When you’re out working a major event such as this, you’re going to be asked a lot of question and whether you’re asked the 30th question of the day, that question is just important as the first question you ask,” Crosby said. “It’s about respect. You respect the individual.”

Counting Down to the 2019 Opening Day of the Black Bike Week Rally

Most say the 2018 Black Bike Week was the best, ever, but then that is what is said every year after the week in which both South Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle beach was packed, and every biker had a ball. This is the time of the year when the strip is crazy busy and packed until 5 am, clubs are packed, and every single one has a fabulous time.

There is no doubt that Black Bike Week is growing year after year and more people come to enjoy the no haters, no noise ordinances and no helmet laws, to be more precise well over 500,000 hits the Myrtle Beach area for partying and non-stop fun that lasts for four days.

Atlantic Beach Bikefest

Called Atlantic Beach Bikefest or Black Bikers Week this annual rally that takes place at Myrtle Beach keeps evolving and attracts thousands of both motorcycling and non-motorcycling visitors to a week of socialising, having fun on the beach and enjoying the music. Black Bikers Week is the largest motorcycle rally of African Americans, at first, Myrtle Beach hosted white motorcycle rallies from the 1940s up to 2008. At first, it was two rallies run back to back. The Black Bike Week attracted 375,000 by 2002 while the Harley-Davidson week had 200,000 attendees.

Black Bikers Week originated during the 1960s when some Harley-Davidson riders that are black visited Atlantic Beach, so at first, the weeklong rally was called the Atlantic Beach Memorial rally, in 1980 it attracted 100 attendees. While the state Supreme Court heard many arguments during the years that Black Bike Week continued, many rules changed, and the noise limit was changed several times. The 2014 shootings were unusual in which three was killed as the police reported that minor offences increase during the four-day rally and they witness several motorcycle crashes, but violent offences were never part of the festivities.

2019 Black Bike Week Rally

The 2019 Black Bike Week Rally dates are predicted although not officially announced yet, so far, the Myrtle Beach celebrations will take place from Friday the 24th of May 2019. Once these dates are confirmed the hotels will quickly fill up with bookings and the party spots on the strip will be established. In South Carolina, Myrtle Beach offers black bikers much more than just the freedom to ride up, and down the coastline, the line-up of entertainment includes music, partying and all-day-and-night socialising.

The event is all about profiling, styling and riding according to major Irene Armstrong and one cannot but wonder how many will turn up for the biker event of the year in 2019, which is around 250 to 280 days away. If anyone believed that the 23-mile traffic loop would put bikers off the increase in attendance, have proved that Black Bikers Week is constantly growing in popularity.

Atlantic Beach Bikefest 2018 Recap: The Good and the Bad

This year the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, also known as Black Bike Week took place between May 25th and May 28th. Just like the years in the past, this year bikefest was a complete hit filled with iconic bikes, looks, and an overall atmosphere filled with pride of owning bikes in the African-American community. Other than apricating bikes, this festival features music, ample chances to social, along with just enjoying the beach.

A few of the main events that have attracted so many bike riders and non-riders are the intense and enjoyable motorcycle races, concerts, street festivals to buy custom created items, and the lively parties. Due to the excitement and the pride associated with it – this festival has been known to have attendees of over 375,000 on a yearly basis. It’s typically held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina though on a rare occasion, and it has been held in different locations.

The Good

The 2018 Black Bike Week was filled with bikers of all genders and ages – even ranging from children who were riding happily with family members. The bikes that were rode were personally customised, iconic, and simply eye-catching. This year, many of the bikes were personally customised to match the rider’s personal aesthetic or customisations that were featured in a biking group. From Kawasaki sports bikes to custom Suzuki’s, Black Bike Week had it all – along with the existing bike races that took part during the day and nighttime. Other than the bikes featured this year, the food served at the array of food vans were one of the major hits of the festival – especially considering the food was homemade, freshly cooked, and was filled with diverse food choices.

Other than the food and races, Black Bike Week has always been known for the upbeat parties which are hosted during all times of the festival. This year’s parties were even more impressive and lively. From the neon outfits and to the hip music – there wasn’t a moment where an attendee wasn’t having the time of their lives. One of the best parties this year was hosted on the beach, and no one held back with the fun.

The Bad

Despite all of the fun and the excitement that was shown during this year’s bike festival – some bad unfortunately did occur. For starters, two deaths occurred during the first few hours of the festival, although they were unrelated – attendees still held a public mourn session for the lives lost. Moreover, many of the attendees claimed to be upset at the treatment they received during the festivals. Many of the regulates to the festival stated that due to the new traffic policing during the days of the festivals, many of the bikers did not feel conformable at how traffic officers treated them.

Furthermore, Black Bike Week, a predominately black festival, has been compared to Harley Week, which is a predominately white festival. It has been noted that certain changes made the attendees uncomfortable such as the barricades that are never installed during Harley Week, along with the argument of increased traffic policing. Despite the issues that occurred during this year’s Black Bike Week, the good outweighed the bad. Next year this festival is still scheduled to happen as usual, and bikers and festival goers are planning next years activities and events – already having a whopping thirty plus events already scheduled.

Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally

The Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally has grown to become one of the larger in the province of Ontario in Canada. Located on the shores of Lake Huron, it is convenient for both Canadian and American riders to come and enjoy all that is offered in the tourist community north of Toronto.

Those attending include sport bikers, cruisers and the regular assortment of regular bikes, many of which are customised and a sight on their own to see, let alone the sheer number of bikes on hand for the rally.

The weekend rally includes a variety of events that see’s the town come alive with concerts, a bikini content, show and shine events, leather fashion shows and a special Mayor’s event for wounded warriors. The hope of event organizers is to provide a great experience each year that is beneficial for all who attend and the local area business that welcome attendees.

Book Early

As this is a major event on the rally calendar it is recommended to book hotel rooms well in advance as there is limited space in Wasaga and boarding towns. There is a large number of camping sites in the area and plenty of food vendors to cater to the thousands that attend each year. The Lake Huron beaches are some of the best in the province and certainly will please those on hot summer days and nights allowing a chance to have fun with fellow bikers and cool off.

2017 Rally was Largest Recorded

The 2017 Rally was one of the largest in the events history that saw record crowds with over 30,000 attending. This includes top musical acts and a wider range of food vendors, many of whom came up from the city to share their custom food truck fare.

Wasaga Beach is the largest freshwater beach in the world and is a major attraction for locals, those that live in the province and also for many who are visiting the province. It is the perfect location for a bike rally and this year will see many new events and highlights to look forward to including Twisty’s Ride, The Mayor’s Ride, Heels On Wheels Ride, all multiple musical acts will take the stage to perform over the two-day rally. This includes acts such as the Traveling Beer Bellies, After the Lounge!, Green River Revival Bad to the Bone, Soul Tripper and Smashtones.

If you have attending the event in previous years, you will not want to miss the 2018 Rally as it is expected to once again set record numbers and with the acts and events schedule, it is going to be a year to remember. As always, the O.P.P (Ontario Provincial Police) will be out to ensure things stay calm and alcohol problems are controlled. As a friendly reminder, we stress that is you choose to enjoy a few too many, then be smart and arrange other transportation to avoid being arrested to causing accidents.

What You Need To Know Before Going To Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

When it comes to motorcycle rallies, not many surpass the legend of Sturgis. For those new to the rally, it can be an overwhelming experience as the sheer number of people and bikes is for many, more than they have witnessed in the past.

The rally attracts an average 500,000 people each year. When you consider that only around 7,000 people call Sturgis home, it is not hard to imagine that finding a place to stay and eat can be a challenge. There are even some retailers who only open during bike week as the revenue generated during the week is close to $800 million, or more than $1 million a day – a retailers dream.

The first rally in Sturgis was in 1938 and was put on by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. The first year saw a small group of people and racers attending, but with each passing year, the event has grown and is now the premier bike rally of the year.

The Sturgis Bike Rally’s 2015 75th anniversary saw a record number of people attending. That number hit almost 740,000, which at the time, was almost equal to the entire population in the state of South Dakota. On an average year, almost every hotel room for miles is booked solid, with those wanting to attend the following year required to book a year in advance, if not more.

Play safe and be smart!

With the influx of people to Sturgis, the risk of injury is real, and every year there are those that get seriously injured and even killed. In 2015 the rally saw fifteen people lose their lives, many of those related to motorcycle accidents where riders were not wearing their helmets. Take the extra precaution to wear protective clothing and helmets and give yourself extra time to get to wherever you are going. Avoid drinking, and at night, it is ideal to avoid being on the road.

Heavily Policed

The police are on high alert during the rally and in 2016, handed out over 120 parking violations, executed over 150 traffic stop arrests and a further 170 plus arrests for various other offenses such as drunkenness, excessive speeding and petty crime. It is recommended you do not drink in public if you wish to avoid a citation.

Be mindful of expenses

As this is a one-week event, retailers obviously take advantage of that and increase prices. This includes hotel rates, gas and meal expenses. To save money, consider staying further away from the town in cities such as Deadwood, Whitewood or Rapid City. Camping is another less expensive alternative that will help you control costs.

Watch out for the crowds!

When you pack a half million people into a town designed for 10,000, crowds can be overwhelming. There are literally vendors everywhere, and lineups are never-ending, so be prepared to be patient and allow for extra time. Also, consider having designated meeting spots in the event you get separated from friends and family.

Black Bike Week 2011 Bikini Contest

Kryptonite Nightclub
9719 N Kings Hwy, North Myrtle Beach
Friday May 27th – Bikini Contest ($1000)
Saturday May 28th – Bikini Contest ($1000)
Sunday May 29th – Bikini Contest ($1000)

Ladies Free Before 11pm Every Night
1/2 Drinks Until Midnight for ladies in bikinis

More Info: 803.361.1086

Precious Metals MC’s 8th Annual Bikers Bash

8th Annual Bikers Bash
Saturday ~ May 28th, 2011 ~ 9:00pm

920 Lake Arrowhead Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC

Trophies for:
Most Rep Male Club (4 or more)
Most Rep Female Club (4 or more)
Most Rep Co-Ed Club (4 or more)
Furthest Distance Club (4 or more)

$10 Admission ~ All Presidents Free

Precious Metals MC’s Throttles & Models & Bottles Bike Party

Annual Throttles & Models & Bottles Bike Party
Friday ~ May 27th, 2011 ~ 9:00pm

920 Lake Arrowhead Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC

$10 Admission ~ All Presidents Free

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