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The Currituck Outer Banks: a Biker’s Paradise

by Kathryn Lively

Weekends in the Currituck area are rarely dull. No matter the time of year, one can find something to do to relax and not think about work the following Monday. Spring and summer make for excellent beach time, while the cooler months spent in the mainland farmers markets inspire many ideas for holiday cooking. One constant I find, regardless of the month, are the many bikers who trek through the area. On a gorgeous, clear day, it’s not unusual to see a dozen or more motorcycles rolling down 158 headed for the Outer Banks. The Currituck area in particular caters well to motorcycle enthusiasts.

If you’ve packed your ride for a lengthy stay in the OBX, or even a three-day weekend, you’ll find Corolla and the mainland Currituck County features many restaurants and shops to keep you entertained and fed. If an emergency should befall and you need assistance, no need to worry. There are shops in the area to help you, so you can get on with enjoying your trip.


A Short Biker’s Guide to Currituck

Harley aficionados in need of service can pull up to Outer Banks Harley Davidson (8739 Caratoke Highway, Harbinger, NC) for parts and repair seven days a week, April 1 through October 1. Their huge showroom features the latest models and a nice selection of gear and brand apparel, and if you’re interested in renting a Harley for rides through Corolla they can set you up.

If you have a different model bike and need repair, you can try First Flight Motorcycles (8291 Caratoke Highway, Powells Point, NC) or Odom’s Body Shop (2730 Currituck Highway, Currituck, NC).

Once you have any mechanical issues solved, it’s time to have some fun! In the spring, be on the lookout for the annual Car and Cycle Show sponsored by the Currituck Animal Shelter. This popular fundraiser highlights classic vehicles and bikes and raises money for a great cause.

Perhaps the most popular time of the year for bikers in the Outer Banks is Labor Day weekend, typically the time of the Outer Banks Bike Show in Walnut Island. This annual event brings bike enthusiasts from all over the East Coast and beyond for three days of food, live music, and bikes to brag about. A favorite place for bikers to converge this weekend and other times throughout the summer is Barry’s on Walnut Island, a restaurant with available vacation lodging. Barry’s is home to the infamous “Carolina Biker Burger,” a five-pound patty sandwiched in a huge bun certain to challenge the hungriest of all food fanatics!

When the sun is out and the air is cool, there’s nothing like a long, winding ride through Currituck. Down through Knotts Island, across the sound via the ferry, and along 158 to Corolla, there’s always something new to see and enjoy.