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Reserve your Spot at Black Bike Week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 


Black Bike Week

A biker rally under the guise of many names. Some call it Atlantic Beach Bikefest or even Black Bikers Week. You might even hear some call it Black Fill-in-the-Blank Week due to how much the event has transformed over the years to attract an audience wider than just bikers. But to most, it’s known as Black Bike Week.

Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend in the beautiful coastal city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Black Bike Week has a little slice of fun for everyone. From concerts to pool parties to the sweet and smoky smell of BBQ, there is constant entertainment at Black Bike Week and the surrounding Myrtle Beach area.  

Black Bike Week is the largest African American motorcycle rally in the US with attendance having been reported as high as 400,000. Among all the rallies in the United States, Black Bike Week is considered the third or fourth largest in attendance size. While female motorcyclists only account for 10-15 percent of all motorcyclists in the US – at major African American motorcycle rallies, women make up close to half of those in attendance.


Black Bike Week is a very charged event, often referred to as a side event to the motorcycle rally Daytona Beach Bike Week at Daytona Beach, Florida. Much like the Daytona rally, Black Bike Week also has origins in racial segregation. These rallies were created by blacks when they were excluded from the main white festival.

During the 1960s and 1970s, many black motorcyclists who visited Atlantic Beach, South Carolina distinguished themselves by the bikes they rode. As opposed to white event participants who rode mainly Harley Davidson’s, black motorcyclists were also riding Japanese Hondas, Kawasakis, Suzukis and Yamahas. Atlantic Beach was the only beach in the South where blacks were permitted during the segregation era.


The Flaming Knight Riders founded Black Bike Week in 1980, where they drew in only about 100 participants the first year. The rally was first held in Atlantic Beach; thus, came the name Atlantic Beach Memorial Day BikeFest. Throughout the years, the rally began to congregate increasingly in Myrtle Beach. The rally quickly grew in size and by the 1900’s, it occupied the entire greater Myrtle Beach area which includes Atlantic Beach. Though, some years the rally was held in various locations within North Carolina including Cherry Grove, Jacksonville, and Wilmington, but always returning to Myrtle Beach.

There have been many failed attempts to centrally organize Bikefest and its events. The activities remain mostly spontaneous and free-spirited, much like the nature of the event in its entirety. Black Bike Week has endured it all and continues to prove that it’s here to stay.

How to Attend Black Bike Week

Black Bike Week is an event for everyone, no matter your gender, race, or nationality, you are welcome to join in on the fun. Break up the daily minutia by beginning to prepare your accommodations to attend this unmissable event. Black Bike Week has hooked up attendees by reserving special hotels in the Myrtle Beach area so that booking your room can be done in less than 60 seconds.

Getting your bike to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina can be done just as quickly and easily too, with the help of FreightCenter. Sometimes riding your bike to the event is not a practical choice if you live cross country and that’s where we can come in. By working with several experienced and vetted motorcycle carriers, FreightCenter can provide the tailored and attentive care your bike needs during the transport process. Depending on where you are in the United States, FreightCenter can get your motorcycle from your house to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina all for just one flat rate. It really doesn’t get any easier than that. You should be spending your time planning all your activities for when you arrive on scene, not how you’re going to get your bike there. Pick up the phone now and call us at 800-716-7608 or get a quote online by using our free, instant quote tool.