Black Bike Week

Black Bike Week

black bike weekBlack Bike Week might not be very famous to most people in the United States and neighboring countries. However, it is an event full of history and deserves a commendation to all bike lovers out there. You might have not heard of Black Bike Week before but its level can be compared to the top Motorcycle Rallies known around the globe. It was created because of the strong influence of the world famous Daytona Beach Bike Week.

Black Bike Week

Black Bike Week might not be very famous to most people in the United States and neighboring countries. However, it is an event full of history and deserves a commendation to all bike lovers out there. You might have not heard of Black Bike Week before but its level can be compared to the top Motorcycle Rallies known around the globe. It was created because of the strong influence of the world famous Daytona Beach Bike Week.

This event is known to be the largest African American motorcycle rally in America, also known as Atlantic Beach Bikefest or Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bike Fest. Celebrated every start of the weekend right after Memorial Day, Black Bike Week has an annual average of 350,000 participants and is celebrated to be in the top 5 largest motorcycle rallies in the US. A really interesting fact about Black Bike Week is that almost fifty percent of participants that attend this interesting motorcycle rally are women. Most don’t even have Motorcycles. This fact was the reason Black Bike week was also called Black Fill-in-the-blank Week, because the Motorcycle rally turned into a festival.

Inaugurated in 1980 at Atlantic Beach, South Carolina, this historical motorcycle event had its fair share of racial discrimination and mistreatment. Their main competitor is Harley-Davidson Week, which is a mostly-white motorcycle rally in the same location with an annual average of only 200,000 participants.

Due to financial concerns in Atlantic Beach, the Black Bick week riders known as Flaming Knight Riders eventually gather in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Because of the predominantly-black nature of the event, White bikers tried to overpower the rally by creating their own and naming it the Harley-Davidson Week in the same area.

Black Bike WeekHaving both events hosted in the same location, many started to feel the rivalry’s intensity. Others noticed and complained about special treatments given to the Harley-Davidson event. The Black Bike week had stricter rules such as: wearing helmets during the rally itself and higher number of policemen watching. Due to this kind of treatment, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) went as far as charging the local government with racial discrimination and police harassment. Due to this nuisance, Myrtle Beach officials announce that they will not allow any Motorcycle Event to be hosted within the area and presented 15 laws that would keep people from doing any kind of motorcycle rally.

Despite stricter rules and lawsuits, the annual black bike week scheduled last May 24, 2012 was able to push through celebrating their 32nd anniversary not in Myrtle Beach, but was hosted in their place of origin, Atlantic Beach – just north of the Myrtle Beach area.

Black Bike Week, a fun filled event tried and tested by challenges ever since they started. But proved to be a force to be reckoned with until today, The Motorcycle event evolved into a bigger celebration which included non-motorcycle events, the most obvious one would be, beach parties, concerts and street festivities. The Atlantic Beach’s Town Manager even said participants in this bike week not only include bikers and women. A huge number of participants include families and children as well.

Their main motorcycle-related events include a wide array of custom motorcycle display, stunt shows, Motorcycle clubs, upgrades, and of course, racing.

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