16th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week roars into area on April 21

  • Donna Gable Hatch, Editor

PJ Davis is loving life.

The motorcycle aficionado, who is on the Outer Banks Harley Davidson sales team, is gearing up for the 16h annual Outer Banks Bike Week.

The event, which is Saturday, April 21, through Sunday, April 29, features a music festival, regional food and more.

General admission to enjoy a catalog of events is free, but concert tickets are $15 each for the first weekend (Blackfoot performs on April 21, Christopher Shayne perfoms on April 22) and $25 each for the second weekend of the festival (Mark Farner’s American Band performs on April 27, Jackyl performs on April 28).

“Attending an event of this size is a worthy experience in itself. Think about it: Everyone here has a common interest: Bikes. With that comes an unmatched level of camaraderie,” says Davis, whose personal ride is a 2013 FatBoy Lo. “It’s never a bad thing when you make friends, especially when you can have them join in on the guided rides before the live music starts. We are having a ride led by Jesse James Dupree, the lead singer of Jackyl. That, alone, is a highlight. Matched with the other bands numerous contests and, of course, bikes. What more could you want?”

More than 13,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is not only good for Harley-Davidson, but also brings tourism dollars into the community.

Sponsors for this year’s event are BK Shuckers Oyster & Sports Bar, 4020 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk; Longboards Island Grill, 3833 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk; Jolly Roger Restaurant, 1836 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills; and Owens Motel, 7115 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head.

Most of the action takes place at Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, 8739 Caratoke Hwy., in Harbinger on the Currituck mainland, “but we have numerous other locations that contribute, as well: BK Shuckers in Kitty Hawk, LongBoards also in Kitty Hawk, and, of course, our satellite store in Nags Head, Nags Head Harley-Davidson.”

“We make the magic happen here at OBX Harley, and a magician never reveals his secrets,” Davis teases. “We will make it worth the trip for each customer.”