The End Of All Myrtle Beach Biker Rallies?

“Rogue” forwarded to me an article from The Myrtle Beach Sun News regarding Myrtle Beach City Council members stating last Tuesday that they do not want motorcycle rallies in the city anymore. Furious and frustrated after the weekend shooting death of a 20 year old Coastal Carolina University student during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, and supported by other groups who have complained to city officials in previous years after the Atlantic Beach Bikefest biker rally and the Harley-Davidson spring rally, the City Council seems on the verge of shutting down both rallies. Grand Strand Connection (an umbrella group that is trying to help solve “issues that threaten the harmony of Myrtle Beach”) and Hakim Harrell, an event promoter, said they understand the city’s concern, but hope more organized activities scattered throughout the city would draw people away from Ocean Boulevard. Mayor John Rhodes told the group “We don’t need these rallies. We can fill all the hotel rooms without bike weeks.”

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40 Responses to “The End Of All Myrtle Beach Biker Rallies?”


  1. 1 Oldie May 30th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Hope not!

  2. 2 Rich May 30th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    We just had an event in Winnemucca, Nevada called Run-A-Mucca.
    It’s quite a good event for motorcycle riders.
    There happen to be a couple hispanic gangs out in Winnemucca, while the
    event was taking place. They were at the Players Club and had a “War’.
    3 were killed, 2 which were brothers, another wounded.
    Really bad part of this is that now it gives officials a reason to shut this one down.
    It’s too bad a few can ruin things for a whole bunch of people!

  3. 3 Dennis May 30th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Let us call the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest what it really is “Black Bike Week”. The locals in Myrtle Beach cringe every year when the Black Rowdys come to town. Now there has been a shooting death, wow, surprise me! Go figure. If the H-D Spring Rally in Myrte Beach is cancelled due to the idiots at Black Bike Week, this will be yet another example of the tail wagging the dog!

  4. 4 Stevo May 30th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    I agree with Dennis. But if they cancel one, they have to cancel the other to be politically correct. I sucks that one idiot would ruin it for thousands. I have a little problem with the snobs in Myrtle Beach. If they ban the bike events from happening, then they need to cancel all of the Summer Vacationers from going to Myrtle Beach as well. Sounds like discrimination against Motorcycle Riders. That’s not politically correct. Now is it?

  5. 5 Dave B. May 30th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    You may be right Stevo, to most people all of us bikers look alike anyway.
    And these violent outbursts by the few will pour fuel on fire of those officials that, instead of doing thier jobs, would rather just cancel the events all together.

  6. 6 ROGUE May 31st, 2008 at 7:28 am

    This is not the first time there has been trouble at Black Bike Week nor the first time someone has suggested cancelling it. Of course when this happens groups like NAACP get involved and it gets smoothed over.
    This is not to suggest that there is not trouble at the Harley Bike Week just prior to this one but not of the magnatude of Black Bike Week.
    As time passes and businesses look at the money they will lose I suspect things will quiet down. If in fact the city does stop the bike weeks you can be sure that there is another location that will have one.
    I suspect that law enforcement will have to be more active in controlling these incidents But usually what happens they go to the extremes for a few years and then taper off.
    It will be interesting to moniter the situation and see what happens.

  7. 7 Deuce May 31st, 2008 at 10:30 am

    It’s attitudes like these that are making Thunder Beach in Panama City explode. Nicer beaches, lower rates, biker friendly and better weather….2 events a year and growing by leaps and bounds.

  8. 8 Kiwi Mike Tomas May 31st, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Motorcyclists are habit of change and great events and get togethers in great locations will prevail. Officials live in la la land and they don’t realize what we really are all about nor do they realize the magnitude of the money they will be missing out on. We can be just like Wal-Mart, when 1 place doesn’t like us, the next town/city over will welcome us with open arms. Money always talks and when they see the money they come up short on after the 1st year, they’ll rethink or re-elect the towns officials.

  9. 9 Rodent May 31st, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Ya think if Obama gets elected it will be better for the motorcycle community?

  10. 10 Mr Negative May 31st, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Ya it was only one shooting….that’s a great day in Detroit. which is probably were they should hold BBW.

  11. 11 Jan Jun 1st, 2008 at 12:58 am

    As a resident of North Myrtle Beach, I thought I’d add my two cents in here. While it is true that the worst of the problems is with black biker week, that is only because of the traffic and having to look at the women with their butts perched high in the air, often with thongs on and little else. It’s nauseating to get behind one, and I’m sure those with small children are highly offended. It’s also a shame that one of our biggest holidays, Memorial Day, is now turned off for the majority of normal families, just because of having 50,000 bikers crawling the beach.

    The Harley Bikers bring their own problems, however. They are more spread out, and too many of them get tanked up on alcohol and try to drive from one end of the strand to the other. The notorious gangs all come, and the FBI and state police and everyone else is panicked the whole time, lest there are gang riots and fights. There have been very few of them, but our tax money goes into all this extra police and patrol power needed for both rallies…and the extra vacation rental income is not covering it. Our beach has grown from small hotels to huge luxury resorts now, and most won’t allow motorcycles on the premises. We need families and retirees and vacationers who can pay more and spend more.

    Let the motorcycles rally at Daytona or somewhere else. We’ve practically sent the spring breakers away now too. There’s just no place to house them, and the cost isn’t worth the income, I’m afraid.

    And the NAACP watches both rallies through a microscope. We cannot stop Memorial Day without stopping Harley Week. They’ve already filed lawsuits against restaurants near Atlantic Beach that closed when the rally was there. Imagine that…you are a business owner and you don’t feel safe to open your restaurant during something like that. Your employees can’t get to work, and you lose money with walkouts right and left due to crowds. So you decide to close for the weekend to cut your losses, and the next thing you know, you get sued for discrimination. It’s little wonder we want the rallies ended!

    Jan

  12. 12 Nicker Jun 1st, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Well, i gotta side with Jan on this one.

    RE:
    “… and the cost isn’t worth the income, I’m afraid…”

    “… They’ve already filed lawsuits against restaurants near Atlantic Beach that closed when the rally was there. Imagine that…you are a business owner and you don’t feel safe to open your restaurant during something like that. Your employees can’t get to work, and you lose money with walkouts right and left due to crowds. So you decide to close for the weekend to cut your losses, and the next thing you know, you get sued for discrimination. It’s little wonder we want the rallies ended!…”

    Cant’ say i blame em….. i don’t want that crap happening around my home either.

    It should be said that the issue here isn’t race…… white, black, yellow, brown or green, a Beer-moron is still a Beer-moron.

    If this crap keeps up, the only place left for these events will be the middle of the desert (If BLM will put up with the mess).

    -nicker-

  13. 13 WGS Jun 1st, 2008 at 6:37 am

    My suggestion would be use the National Guard to police the rallys for a year or so. Pretty sure the Harley Rally wouldn’t mind and it would certainly discourage the current behavior that is displayed at BBW.

    The road system in Myrtle Beach really does not support high volume traffic at any time of the year. Traffic is horrible in the height of tourist season.

    I just can’t imagine 300,000 folks not coming for a week in May will not impact the dollars. Sure it will.

  14. 14 scharf Jun 2nd, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    It’s the brothers not the bikers! It’s the same in Daytona, they have been complaining about Bike Week in Daytona for years. Not since the early eighties has there been any real trouble with bikers in Daytona, hell you hardly even see anyone j walking on Main St! Yet you constantly here complaints from a few vocal local old farts with nothing better to do than complain. But when BCR Black College Reunion or Black Crack peddlers reunion come to town is practically a crime spree with rapes, shootings, stabbings, pissing in the streets, groping women on the street and a whole lot more, but they won’t complain too much about any of that because nobody wants to be called a racist, and of course most everyone leaves town on that weekend! I’m not making any of this up, I’ve lived in Daytona all my life and I’ve seen it all. Hopefully they will calm down In Myrtle and see things for what they are.

  15. 15 John Magee Jun 2nd, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    It turns out that it was a local 17 year old Myrtle Beach High School student that did the shooting. Here’s a link to the story – http://tinyurl.com/6jbewz

    “The truth is that it was a gangster boy impressed with the gangster activities and gangster lifestyle of a gangster event. He committed a gangster crime, murder in waiting, the inevitable culmination of all the other gangster activities which were occurring all over Myrtle and Atlantic Beach.”

  16. 16 David Jun 2nd, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Well I have to agree with Jan. If they cant cover their cost all they have to do is raise the price of admission.$500 for a room and $20 for a beer and $30 for a hamburger or hotdog should do the trick. Then the people will strat going eslewhere and the promblem is solved. With gas at $4.00 a gallon I dont go much of anywhere.

  17. 17 Lee Wimmer Jun 2nd, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I am a local resident AND a motorcycle shop owner in Murrells Inlet ( south end of the beach)
    While it is true there are always incidents during rallies I have to say this year had much less than other years. People PLEASE keep in mind just how many incidents happed EVERY day throughout the country. It is unfair to compare the Atlantic beach rally against the HD rally. But even so I have to admit the Atlantic beach one seemed to be much better than previous years.
    The truth be told if the City doesn’t want the rally Who the heck cares??? there are about 32 miles of beautiful things to see and do out side of the city itself. More and more vendors have left the city to go outside City limits. We welcome ALL the bikers at our store and this is by far the best rally anywhere. We don’t jack prices up just for the bikers . You can get super resonable housing on the beach and tons of great places to eat. And the people are very friendly. Plus the Cops are not nearly as anal as in Daytona. Hey this is the OLDEST rally in the country, and for my money the BEST!
    We will keep this going regardless of what city hall thinks……………………..

  18. 18 Dave Jun 2nd, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    They tried this in Hollister CA – the nations OLDEST RALLY. Year before last it was cancelled. Yet they still had a group “informally hold it at the County fair grounds just outside of town. Apparently the $ did mean something to someone because it came back. A promoter came in and cut a deal – i think to pay fo the security – at least primarily. And the security has always been waaaaaay overboard – IMHO. Helicopters all day long hover and search the crowd, several federal agencies pull up in vans looking for parole violators, police set up on all four corners of every intersection in the downtown drag, immediate citations for even revving your engine.

    Well, cost is a funny thing. The promoter the first “official” year back (last year) turned the entire downtown areas (which used to be used for parking and cruising) into about a third of a mile long vendor strip. I have heard countless people say they will never go back. I’ll give it another year – this year and check it out – if it is the same – I’m out.

    I tired of the major rallies after about the third one anyway. I much prefer an organized ride or an organized ride-weekend where you cn take over a small back country hotel, campground or town as a destination while riding to/from through some scenic places – but that might just be me.

  19. 19 Lugnut Jun 2nd, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    For the difference between Harley Bike Week in Myrtle Beach and the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest in North Myrtle Beach, one need only go to YouTube and search on each. Watch the videos. There are far more than enough of each event by different videographers for you to get an idea of the general theme of each.

    One, and only one thing you will notice about the Harley Week is the preponderance of grey hair.

    One, and only one thing you will notice about Black Bike Week is the large number of people that show up to party that have absolutely nothing to do with motorcycling. I didn’t know what a Donk Box was until I watched the videos and observed the pictures in the local paper at http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com.

    Black Bike Week is reminiscent of the NBA All-Star Game or what used to be Freaknik in Atlanta before it was shut down. It is a major reason for any and all to come from all over to party in public in the broad daylight in various degrees of undress.

    The tragedy of the young fellow being shot down by the wannabe teenage thug is that two lives have been terminated. However, neither had one thing to do with the bike event.

    The politicians will grab at anything to eliminate the possibility of a group, any group, that doesn’t meet with their approval. My theory is that people on motorcycles cling to that freedom thing a little too much for a politicians liking. Politicians love to have people dependent on them. Bikers just don’t adhere to the program.

  20. 20 Nicker Jun 3rd, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    RE:
    “…My theory is that people on motorcycles cling to that freedom thing a little too much for a politicians liking. Politicians love to have people dependent on them. Bikers just don’t adhere to the program…”

    Spot fucking on Lugnut…!
    And Bikers yammering for the National Guard (or anyone else) to “help” sure doesn’t match that picture.

    Conversely, any community has the right to throw yer-ass out if they don’t like what yer bringing to town.
    That’s reality.

    There’s no law that say anyone has to like ya…… for any reason.
    Federal anti discrimination laws are based on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
    The thing ya can’t screw with is Interstate Commerce.
    The rest is up to the community via criminal statues, local ordinances and market forces.

    So if a $30 beer works for them, yer options are to pay it or go somewhere else.
    Hell, if being a Biker was made too easy, everyone would be doing it……
    Hmmmm………. maybe that’s becomming the problem….. :-)

    -nicker-

  21. 21 06harley Jun 12th, 2008 at 10:58 am

    As a S.C. resident: the biggest problem the locals have is with a handful of young reprobates using BBW as an excuse to act like animals in heat.
    - Numerous accounts of public sex, nudity, drug use, drinking, women being accosted, insulted and groped (not rally-going women, local women).
    - Young women with almost no clothes on perched up on sportbikes.
    - Main thoroughfares that become parking lots (actually had some set up grills and cook out in the street!)
    - Cars being surrounded by 5-10 revved-up sportbikes that won’t let the car proceed until they’ve done donuts around it 3 or 4 times.
    - Bikes weaving between stopped cars at highway speeds (or better).
    - They complain that the 10-day HD rally only takes a day to clean up after, but the 4-day BBW rally takes 3-4 days to clean up all the beer cans, used condoms, cigar & cigarette trash.
    - Local residents have to police their own yards from public urination or pick up human feces from their own driveways (he knew it was human because a dog doesn’t wipe it’s butt with Wendy’s napkins!)

    I can’t blame them. I wouldn’t want that in my town, either. And any money the community might make is now being eaten up by excess police being hired and the extra clean-up crew time. Maybe they need to hire the 81s for BBW security!!! (Just a joke, folks)

  22. 22 06harley Jun 18th, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Just read on-line that MB Council has voted to ban rallies and vendors. They’re going to raise property taxes to finance an anti-rally campaign. My husband and I spent $3700 in 5 days and the charity ride we went on raised $10,000 for a local school. I guess we’ll spend it somewhere else next year. Too bad – that was our only vacation each year.

  23. 23 Panhead Ron Jun 24th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    As a 20 year resident of Myrtle Beach, and a small business owner. I have seen seen this county (HORRY) trying to run off tourist for the past 10 or so years. I doesn’t seems to matter if they’re bikers, shriners, families, golfers, canadians,… whatever. For some reason, the county does all it can to deter visitors. My line of work is musical entertainment, so killing bike week means a substantial financial hit to me (loss of about $3500)…. thats about 15% of my total yearly income! Every year: 1st week of May (beginning of Tourist season)… County will begin digging up the roads, blocking lanes,…. detouring traffic…ect… this goes on until the end of May. Why not do this construction in March and April ( The traffic is about 80% less and the weather is about 20 degrees cooler)… only reason I can think of is to deter tourist. And its working… all number are about 50% of 5 years ago!!
    If they really want to get rid of visitors they SHOULD just publish the facts:
    Myrtle Beach ranks in the TOP 5 on VIOLENT CRIME in Small U.S. towns/cities. most of these are UNSOLVED due to the HIGH QUALITY of police work we have. (88 uniformed county patrolmen for a population of 215,000 and growning, you do the math!)

    Or that Myrtle Beach has it’s share of Shark Attacks,… (you won’t see any of this reported either) The local media is owned by the “2 founding families” of Myrtle Beach, and believe me, THEY ARE ALL ABOUT TOURISTS AND MONEY!! So any Negetive news usually get SQUASHED before if gets out!

    MY THEORY:
    Every year we are receiving less and less return visitors. And I don’t think it’s accidental. The local governing body (some of which who have CONSTRUCTION/CONTRACTOR interests) is going to finally push all the tourist away causing such a lack of jobs that 100′s of properties (currently owned by Hotel/Restaurant/Resort/Night Club employees) will reach quick sale or even foreclosure. This will opening the door for developers (read as: CONSTRUCTION/CONTRACTORS ABOVE) to prey on the rest of the fixed-income retirees moving here from up North. They will be able to buy nice cheap housing (Oceanfront Resorts will be converted to Geriatric-Condo Rentals) and Myrtle Beach will be a nice quiet little retirement community free from obnoxious and disturbing noise such as children’s laughter and pesky motorcycles!!!

  24. 24 Poster_Child Jun 27th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    “The truth is that it was a gangster boy impressed with the gangster activities and gangster lifestyle of a gangster event. He committed a gangster crime, murder in waiting, the inevitable culmination of all the other gangster activities which were occurring all over Myrtle and Atlantic Beach.”

    …How the hell is riding a motorcycle considered Ganster? I have yet to see anyone from either event with a firearm on a holster or shot gun dragging the ground.. Fact is, it was a local kid who was looking for trouble on ANY given Day or night if Crossed.

  25. 25 PD Jul 16th, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I sincerely hope the Powers to Be can work out their problems. I have enjoyed Harley Week for many years and hope to enjoy it again…all other Rallys are just to far for me to travel.

    Do the math..if you have 100,000 bikers , (during Harley week) and each spends and average of $500…that is $50,000,000 dollars coming into the area. I feel these numbers are realistic…I know I spend a great deal more…and my group spends $3,000 -$4,000 each year additional just on lodging. To me, the trickle down economy for the area, has to be tremendous.

    I also agree with many above that BBW is the real problem. Never attended…but have freinds and family that made the mistake of visiting Myrtle Baech during memorial day weekend…thy survived..but it was an eye opener…I therefore I feel the timing of BBW may an issue. Maybe BBW dates could be adjusted.
    As far as any criminal activity…I feel a stronger police presence, very stiff penalities/fines, and communication with biker group leaders may help. Give them an education on how things will be.

    I live and work at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Our local business community welcomes any activity/commerce that extends their business season and helps their bottom line. I hope area businesses can rally and be heard and get things worked out.

    I am currently visiting North Myrtle Beach (sans my Harley)….and hope to be back in the Spring with my Harley and a pocket full of “Benjamins”

  26. 26 unbelievable Sep 11th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I cannot believe how ignorant people are when it comes to comparing the two bike events. I have been to both events in Myrlte Beach and let me tell you the Harley ralley is just as bad if not worse than the Atlantic Bike Week. It is just all about race, it is not the money because we all know that during the Atlantice Bike Week Myrtle Beach has it highest revunue for the season and I am sure they are not ready for the loss.

    It is amazing that this day and age that white people are the most racist people on the face of the earth. I hope that you all are ready for OUR FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and there will be plenty more of them to come in the follwoing years.

    I am the product of an inter racial marriage and I am the most beautiful person and that is becuase my parents taught me that the color of your skin does not matter only if that were true.

  27. 27 Sad Sad (Biggits) Sep 22nd, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Black bike week is a week when a whole lot of bikers come together no matter what color and fellowship . Yes there are a lot of sexy women but that’s a part of the week. It is sad that the world is still full with racist that think that they are better than others. Reality is that you are a lot worst than us you just find other ways of doing dirt but it is OK because we will alway win in the end . Hate on Haters (NEW WORlD)

  28. 28 head scracher Sep 27th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    unbelieable! you got it right. this entire thing smells! myrtle beach city council does not care if harley dav bike week is a gone as long as the black guys dont come to town. and yes i to have been to both and the only difference i seen was skin color. ok there were some major problems this year. but all rallies have problems. EXAMPLE: stugis avg 6 to10 death EVERY YEAR! half of those deaths are from non motorcycle injuries such as gang fights and bar room brawls. wanna see rape,peeing in streets and butt naked women go stugis. someone said in this blog communities have the right to kick out any function they believe that doesnt benifit that community. you may be right. but couldnt the MB city coucil say:HEY rally organizers let get together and see how we can make BBW AND HARLEY WEEK safer and more enjoyable not just for bikers but for the people who live there,SO I SAY TO ALL MY FELLOW RIDERS, SPORTBIKERS, HOG RIDERS ANY ONE WHO IS CONCERN ABOUT THIS SAD SITUATION, LET PUT MYRTLE BEACH ON BLAST. E MAIL MB city council let them know how we feel.

  29. 29 It's Sad Oct 6th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    You know..I’ve been to Myrtle beach with my family and I’ve been during BBW..I agree it’s a matter of timing.. There are major differences in MB during that week..It’s not congested, it’s famiy oriented and my daughter loves the city..but it’s kinda boring to…I can see how the behavior would offend the local residents, I wouldn’t want my 8 daughter exposed to that environment.

    However, I also feel that “banning” these rallies would have a greater impact on MB than the city realizes. I don’t mean to suprise anyone, but some of us do spend money when visiting….I mean let’s think about it..the hotel prices are increased, the resturants are packed, think of towing companies and parking fees that will be impacted, it’s not just the businees on ocean blvd that will be impacted, there are timeshares, and water parks, malls and even WALMART..

    Right now, it seems like the city just wants to make stupid laws that will only annoy and irritate the tourists…I think they will have to do more than pass a helmet law to stop 700.000 people (HD and BBW) from coming.

  30. 30 Blaze Oct 19th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Sup people, can’t U C that MB don’t want bikers in their town. Kill it with black or white,they don’t want any bikers there. It is sad that a few rich retired doctors and lawyers move into town and want to stop a tradition that has been going on for many many decades. MB city council is the bunch of stupidest people that I have ever seen . I bet that they aren’t originally from MB but they wanna try to run things. Lets just see how long they keep their seats on the council.

  31. 31 Mike Greenwald Oct 19th, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Blaze,
    The deal is this.
    They cannot discriminate against people for what they ride.
    Most of the goofy assed laws they passed will be stricken because of pre-emtion by the state laws.

  32. 32 free2ride Oct 28th, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    hey sheep, the issue is not black and white , hog or sport bike the issue is unfairly labeling all bikers as dirty, dangerous and
    criminal. our local biking community just recently had a fundraiser to help a 19 yr old cancer patient raised 12k from bikers. any community has the right to pass laws but not the right to unfairly discriminate against a certain segment. more unfair laws are not the answer. enforce the ones you have. punish the guilty .

  33. 33 SC-Tower Jan 6th, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    They raised the age to rent a car to 25 yrs old vice 21 – so raise the age to rent a hotel room or house during the bike weeks to 30-something and ALL in the house must be that age or more. Shoot – raise the drinking age in MB during bike week to 30. That won’t bother the Harley Bike week one bit …BBW on the other hand….

  34. 34 Luv 2 Ride Jan 17th, 2009 at 3:39 am

    I am a black woman from the area and have returned for Black Bike Week every year since I left. I have also attended the Harley Rally most years. There are major differences in how both events are set up. I enjoy the Harley Rally events that are held during the day. I don’t hang out much at night during Harley week. The Harley Rally plays hosts to an enormous number of vendors who could care less about Black Bike Week. Harley Davidson is not one of these and I for one appreciate the way they have welcomed black bikers with open arms. But in past years, there have not been many events held during BBW; thus hanging out on the strip has become the main event. The 2008 BBW was a much better event, with motorcycle clubs hosting several events daily. If the city would reach out to more motorcycle clubs to help organize events they would see a drastic improvement.
    The other major difference is the police pressence during BBW. During the Harley Rally, there is a larger than normal police pressence, but during BBW it is incredible. Traffic patterns are changed for “crowd control”, but how can closing two lanes of a three lane highway help? A whole side of the strip is closed during BBW meaning you have to get on the strip at one end and creep along for about two hours before you can get off at the other(doesn’t work well on a bike). All side streets are closed. People who have paid double the regular cost of their hotel rooms on the strip are stranded at their hotels, not because of unruly bikers or even youngsters in big cars. It is the way traffic is routed through the whole event. Since there is a bypass now, people who are on business 17 want to be. Just leave us alone and let us ride. The road system was perfectly designed. If they would just let us use it, you wouldn’t need 5,000 cops to direct traffic in the few miles from Ocean Drive to the strip.
    The treatment we receive on the strip in Myrtle Beach during BBW is also horrendous. The benches that are set along the streets for strolling tourist to stop, sit, and enjoy the beauty of the area are turned around, pushed against the fences, and chained so we cannot sit down. I have stopped walking to have a conversation with friends and been told by the police that I must keep walking. Am I on vacation or at fat camp? I am 32 years old. I don’t drink and drive. I spend an average of $1500 at BBW every year. I just want to bring my bike to the beach and have a good time with other bikers. We can overlook the youngsters if the city will not make getting around them such a hassle. Just let us ride.

  35. 35 Kelly Mar 4th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I think the owners of the condos, houses and hotels have an obligation to tell their customers bike week is going on. I go to Myrtle Beach for its “family” atmosphere. One of the reasons I stopped going to other beaches was they lost their family atmosphere. For example one year when I took my family to Virginia Beach my children and I were awaken by the couple next door fighting which then ended up to the man beating her. We of course called the police becasue the poor woman was being abused. Of course when the police showed up she didn’t want to press charges. The next morning I ended up assisting the maid pick up broken beer bottles that were thrown all over inside and outside the room because I felt bad for her. It was a great memory for my kids. Ever since that year we have gone to Myrtle Beach and couldn’t be happier. This year makes our seventh year. I have nothing against bikers, just think people who are expecting a “non party” scene should be warned.

  36. 36 Chris Apr 20th, 2009 at 9:16 am

    THE MAIN PROBLEM IS THAT THE CITY MAKES ILLEGAL ORDINANCES AND TELLS LIES TO TRY TO END BIKE WEEK IN SC. THE FIRST IS THAT THE HELMET LAW IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE THE STATE LAW SUPERCEDES ANY LOCAL LAW. YOU DO NOT NEED TO WHERE A HELMET TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE UNLESS YOU ARE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE. THE 2ND IS THEY POST ON WEBSITES SAYING THE BIKE RALLIES ARE CANCELLED WHEN THIS IS NOT TRUE. YOU CANT STOP PEOPLE FROM COMING IF THEY COME SO THEY TRY TO MAKE LAWS TO IRRITATE YOU INTO NOT COMING BACK. DONT GET ME WRONG ALL OF THE LAWS ARENT BAD BUT SOME ARE. http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/newlaws.html

  37. 37 jessi May 8th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    i live in myrtle beach. heres what annoys me about this….
    first of all…myrtle beach and atlantic beach are two different towns
    and theyre like 25 mins apart from city limit to city limit
    so..why they thought this would drive out black bikers i dont know…its two differetn towns…theyre not really interested in myrtle beach at all unless theyre just driving through it
    furthermore….myrtle beach is a service industry town.
    the whole entire nation was in a recession
    the local economy was already suffereing
    the people who own harleys…and several harleys…
    are not people who are going to come here and nto spend money
    these are people who have money…want to spend money…and want to spend that money in our little town
    myrtle beach is only full of hotels and resturants and bars
    they have to sleep somewhere and they have to eat somewhere and they want to drink somewhere
    Seebeck says:
    hmm
    jessi says:
    so when this point was brought up to our city council…they said…oh but we want to make myrtle beach a family beach again
    they made up a special campaign called “take back may”
    in this campaign they had all these bullshit numbers about families that would visit myrtle beach but couldnt because of bike traffic
    families….
    im guessing that would be families with children
    its may…
    families arent vacationing because children are still in school
    thats in turn why bike weeks were started in may…by the city as a matter of a fact to create an early start to the busy season in myrtle beach
    FURTHERMORE….
    if they watned this to be a family beach…they should stop worrying about it a biker is wearing a helmet and worry about the hookers and crackheads that line the streets in downtown
    they should have thought about that before they let a titty bar or a head shop pop up on everycorner
    myrtle beach is exactly the town that it was created to be…and now these old fucks want to turn it into a retirement home.

    MYRTLE BEACH RESIDENTS WANT THESE BIKE WEEKS….WERE ALL IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY..WE NEED THEM…ITS NOT THE LOCALS…ITS THE CITY COUNCIL.

  38. 38 Chiropractor Myrtle Beach Jul 14th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I have read a few other websites related to this subject in the past couple of days in doing a research report for school. I have to say that what you’re saying here makes perfect sense and is helping me to get my head around this subject. Do you have any other forums you could recommend to help my research?

    Thanks,

  39. 39 Michelle Smith May 30th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Our family came here the first time from the midwest. Didn’t know what biker weekend entailed!!! What total lack of respect toward the community and visitors. We will never be back and will discourage others. You need law enforcement on every street. I can understand why the taxi drivers would prefer to take a few out. This definitely is not a family destination – the community seems to thrive on this type of behavior..It is obvious the bikers are advertising who they are and don’t wear leather to stay warm in this weather. What a joke.

  40. 40 Michelle Smith May 30th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    My family came here from the midwest for the first time. We did not know what biker weekend entailed. This is definitely not a family destination – we will not be returning to Myrtle Beach. While the majority of the bikers are probably ok, it is obvious they rule the streets and it is no wonder taxi drivers would like to take a few out. Leather jackets are obviously worn to make a statement about where they are from, not to keep them warm. You need the national guard on every street. What a joke for what might be a nice travel destination. We will spend our money elsewhere in the future.

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