Experienced by Adrian McQueen
Each year in sunny South Carolina thousands of bikers descend to Myrtle Beach for the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. Motorcycles, custom paint, blaring sound systems and smiling faces describe the annual weekend getaway. This is the second year where the new traffic restrictions and heightened security have been in place due to incidents that have been determined to be unrelated to the Bike Fest. The confusion and grief to the patrons of Bike Fest, with the arrival of Tropical Storm Bonnie, put a damper on some spirits but did not stop the party. The trip began with blue skies and attracted bikers from far and near including those arriving on custom sportbikes, fat tires, slingshots, baggers cruisers and in custom cars and SUVs.
Each and every year it is my priority to make it down to Bike Week to enjoy the festivities. The Bike Fest is not about sitting in traffic, scantily clad women and aggressive men. It is more about hot custom bikes and refreshing rides around the Myrtle Beach area while communing with friends and family. Most important of all, you have to take time out to enjoy the beach. The Fit Fathers mantra is to relax the mind and soul, but energize the body. What better place than the beach to play out this commitment.
Still attracting an unprecedented number in attendance, the Atlantic Beach Bike Week aka Black Bike Week audience is now becoming more diverse with the popularity of cruisers and baggers that could be found throughout hangout destinations. Recognizing not only the economic value, but also the social impact and influence bike week offers, discussions have already begun from county officials to evaluate the methods used during the event. The goal is to attract more tourists and vendors for a fun and enjoyable weekend. See you next year and enjoy the photo gallery.