THE STRAIGHT LINE: LINES OF A LEGEND
THIS ONE TIME IN MYRTLE... WORDS: RICKEY GADSON IMAGES: COURTESY OF RICKEY GADSON
ow that Daytona bike week is behind us, another bike week is quickly approaching and I’m sure as always,everybody is scrambling to get their custom work finished and trying to find a trailer to use if they don’t have their own or trying to arrange for someone to take their bike down to Myrtle. This bike week is known as “Black Bike week” and it is going to be on and poppin with all the festivities planned in North Myrtle Beach for 2014. But as the last minute hustle and bustle stays the same, the dynamics have absolutely changed in Myrtle Beach compared to the 80’s. I remember in 1988 I was invited to go to Myrtle Beach by my mom, who was a motorcyclist who had been going since the 70s so you know that Myrtle Beach Bike Week at the time was mostly old timers. I remember the day me and my brother Skip loaded my modified Honda Hurricane beside his Carpenter race prepped Katana on the trailer behind my Vette and headed to South Carolina. Since we had just made a nice piece of change during Daytona bike week a couple months earlier we were gambling on the same results in Myrtle. Within minutes of arriving in Myrtle we saw all the motorcycles cruising around I quickly unloaded my Hurricane and headed for the long straight roads of Conway, South Carolina. One thing that hasn’t changed about Myrtle however... The cops!
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