THOUSANDS turned up to the Black Bikers Week held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The annual event held on Memorial Weekend involves a lot more than just riding up up and down on a motorcycle and many go for the music, socialising and general partying – as well as enjoying the beach.
2017 SEAN RAYFORD Bikers cruise up and down North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach
According to mayor Irene Armstrong the event is “all about riding, styling and profiling.”
It’s the largest African American motorcycle rally in the US with between 350,000 to 375,000 turning up.
There have been some criticism of this year’s event over the implementation of a 23-mile traffic loop that was first introduced in 2015 and the way bikers had been treated.
John Jennings, 39 from West Virginia, told Myrtle Beach Online fewer bikers were coming because of the traffic loop.
2017 SEAN RAYFORD The event is also known as the Atlantic Beach Bikefest
2017 SEAN RAYFORD People also turn up to party the weekend away
Getty Images – Getty The event is attended by more than 350,000 people
2017 SEAN RAYFORD People head to the event to hang out and party
2017 SEAN RAYFORD The event started in 1980 as the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day BikeFest
2017 SEAN RAYFORD Bikers cruise up and down Myrtle Beach for the event
2017 SEAN RAYFORD After cruising the strip its party time
2017 SEAN RAYFORD There has been some criticism of this years event
He said: “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.”
He 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.”