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

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

2001 NIGHT CLUB
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

www.preciousmetalsbikeclub.com

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

PRECIOUS METALS MC’s
Annual Throttles & Models & Bottles Bike Party
Friday ~ May 27th, 2011 ~ 9:00pm

2001 NIGHT CLUB
920 Lake Arrowhead Rd
Myrtle Beach, SC

$10 Admission ~ All Presidents Free

www.preciousmetalsbikeclub.com

Invictus Street Riderz MC Early Edition Party

Thursday May 26,2011

Invictus Street Riderz MC
“The Early Edition”
Brunch/Day Party
400 Hillside Dr.South
North Myrtle Beach

Black Bike Week 2011 Dates

he official date for Black Bike Week 2011 is: May 26 – May 31, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Since problems arose in years past, the event has been moved to Atlantic Beach. Some are even calling in Atlantic Beach Bike Festival. Either way its still Black Bike Week 2011.

Black Bike Week 2011 Hotels

What hotel should I stay at?
What area will all of the action be taking place?
What hotels have the best rates for Black Bike Week?

These are questions that we get emailed about the most. Since Black Bike Week has moved to Atlantic Beach, you should find a room in North Myrtle Beach. Any hotel on the strip will be fine. Remember most who attend bike week are riders, so location is based on the hotel’s accommodations.

What you should look for:

Bike Parking
Trailer Parking

Check-in/Check-out Times
Breakfast Included?
Deposit Required?
BBQ area?
Proximity to Stores

CLICK HERE TO FIND YOUR MYRTLE BEACH HOTEL

Supreme Court invalidates Myrtle Beach helmet law

Myrtle Beach enacted 15 controversial laws – including the helmet ordinance – in May 2009 in an effort to chase away bikers. Since the law went into effect, the rallies have declined substantially from their peak. This morning the SC Supreme Court website stated: “We find that the City Helmet Ordinance fails under implied field preemption due to the need for statewide uniformity and therefore issue a declaratory judgment invalidating the ordinance,” the Supreme Court’s opinion states. “Moreover, we hold that certain motorcycle ordinances were impliedly repealed by the ordinance repealing the administrative hearing system.”

To read the entire ruling CLICK HERE.

The helmet law is just one of many that angered many Bike Week participants, so how will this affect Black Bike Week 2011? Only time will tell…

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