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Rain could change bikers' plans for Bikefest 2016

Biker said he plans to ride in the rain during Bikefest 2016 (Source: Amy Lipman) Biker said he plans to ride in the rain during Bikefest 2016 (Source: Amy Lipman)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Wet weather is not exactly what most bikers planned to experience this Bikefest; however, some said they’ll keep riding anyway.

“We ride through the rain,” said Dion Henderson, a biker with the Atlanta Vikings. “It doesn’t bother us.”

Henderson said he’ll be wearing protective gear over his arms and he'll also be extra careful on the slick roads.

“Just like any time on a motorcycle, you have to be cautious,” he said. “When the roads are wet, you take it up a couple notches.”

Michael Bower, general manager of RedLine Powersports, said many bikers may choose not to ride due to the inclement weather.

“It’s kind of a downer,” Bower said. “You have to pay attention and keep your distance if you do get caught out in the rain.”

Bower recommends a six-second following distance in wet weather.

While the Myrtle Beach Police Department has been planning for Bikefest for months, they’re not sure exactly what to expect now that bad weather is in the mix.

“Folks may decide not to come to the beach because of the weather or they may decide to come and just stay inside," said Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby. So it’s an unknown factor at this point in time, but it’s certainly something that we are prepared for.”

Lisa Bourcier, spokesperson for Horry County, said the county won’t need to do much more with the storm coming in because the staffing level is already so high.

She said Bikefest usually gets daytrippers, so those people may decide to stay home now.

However, while traffic congestion may lessen, other traffic issues could arise with the weather.

Plus, Bourcier said law enforcement might need to keep up with possible parties at restaurants, clubs, homes and hotels if people are trying to avoid the rain.

She added that, like last year, a National Weather Service representative will be in Horry County.

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