Effective 2009 Myrtle Beach Will No Longer Host Motorcycle Rallies

It’s official and it comes from a statement of the Myrtle Beach, SC Mayor. The city will no more host any motorcycle rally. And to tell you clear & loud, the city created a website called Motorcycle Biker Info where mayor John Rhodes justifies the decision on complaints of residents weary of 3 weeks of noise and traffic congestion. At the same time, he tells you that Myrtle Beach is not anti-bikers nor anti-motorcycles. And to prove it to you (!) the website lists the new rules and ordinances regarding noise, motorcycles, alcohol consumption, property management, curfew and accomodations. Did they forgot anything? City spokeman says that “we have new laws and we would rather not surprise visitors. They (the bikers) should have some idea of what to expect when they come here”. Translation: bikers, don’t stop by.

69 Responses to “Effective 2009 Myrtle Beach Will No Longer Host Motorcycle Rallies”

  1. 1 Florida Biker Jan 12th, 2009 at 8:46 pm


    This appears to me to be the start of a new trend in city’s that think they dont need these bike events. In my past 15 years of going to such events, I have found that city’s that welcome bikers and allow them to have fun for a few days, get repeat business for many many years. For example, the Leesburg bike fest, That city has a 3 day event each year and in my opinion its the best event I go to each year, The city welcomes this kind of event and it shows.

    Let Myrtle Beach have it their way. I can promise you, in a few short years we will be reading where the city now is “Re-Opening” the “Spring Bike Fest”. Well i can assure you they will be hard pressed to get anywhere near the turn out as in the past events. The city will be looking at the budget and see a decrease in sales tax income and wonder what happend.

    Good luck Mayor Rhodes, you represent the people and the people have spoken of Myrtle beach.

  2. 2 BadMonkeyMW Jan 12th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Suck it Myrtle Beach!!!

    The Smoke Out is May 15-16 at Rockingham. Come to a real bike rally and have fun with people that know what it’s all about.

  3. 3 rah Jan 13th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    this makes me laugh so hard!!!!!!!!
    how is it that in the state of affairs these idiots do this, I can care less my group 20+ refuse to attend way before it got this far…some other city will take it’s place

  4. 4 harry Jan 13th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Sucks for those folks in Myrtle Beach; guess they don’t like revenue earned by the various motorcycle rallies there. You’d think that w/ the way the economy is nowadays they would be flexible and welcome something profit-earning into their local community. Damned fools. They deserve what they get. Wouldn’t know who to blame though, the asshats that got voted into those positions or the people who put them there. Any opinions…

  5. 5 Boss Hawg Jan 13th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Gotta agree with some of you. Myrtle was great and was a centralized location for many (40 or so) of us to meet with some of us riding in from as far as 400 miles away.

    However, we were aware of the proposed ordinances that took place last September 23 and the balance finalized December 21, 2008. When we got wind of these new laws we immediately rerouted to the Thunder Beach Fall Rally at Panama City Beach and had a great time. If you like seafood, Panama City Beach to Destin is just as good as Myrtle Beach and less money with more choices.

    More importantly there will not be any “Black Bike Week” over Memorial Day weekend at Panama City Beach which is the true underlying reason for the new laws at Myrtle Beach. Sort of like “Freaknik” in Atlanta…thrown out there, too, my friends.

    Same for Daytona and price gouging…After 31 years no more full rallies there for our group. Like Florida Biker, Leesburg is will you find us along with riding to many more regional rallies held in the southeast cause us motorcycle riders are welcome there.

    Boss Hawg

  6. 6 BikerDATA.com Jan 13th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    How strange is the timing of your blog announcement as I just got an inquiry last night from the promoter of the Myrtle Beach Rally who would like to due a mass email to my Biker DATA to inform everyone that the rally is indeed still alive and will be held this year. Now I’m really confused! I need another cup of coffee!

  7. 7 Kephas Jan 13th, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Myrtle Beach will end up with nursing homes and loud speakers saying “It’s medicine time, everyone, it’s medicine time”.

    I can’t wait for the fallout. Lord willing, I will be around to read the news how “Myrtle begs bikers to come back’.

    Be Strong

  8. 8 HWGTHNG Jan 13th, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I said this before when Myrtle Beach talked about this. Let em suffer. Bikers have no need to beg for places that want our business. Chattanooga TN opened its doors to the biker community not once but twice hosting the State and the National HOG rallys. The “Choo Choo” city is located in the middle of all of this mess and can handle the size crowd this generates. If I’m wrong I’m wrong but I’d like to hear what Corker has to say about this (or anyone else for that matter).

  9. 9 J Jan 13th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Not a problem; In fact, I’ll do MB one better- I’ll remove MB from my consideration as far as an area to retire. I’m sure that my demographic (law-abiding, affluent, 48 yr old white American) isn’t what MB desires in a resident, anyway, and I’m certain I can find another area that is far more open and forward-thinking;

    Thank YOU, MB, for narrowing my choices!

  10. 10 triumphwizard Jan 13th, 2009 at 8:31 am

    After 40+ years in this business nothing has changed when it comes to bikers!! its the 2nd bike week that they are after- not the first- if you shut down the 2nd one you cant have the 1st!! remember SC is SC and the 2nd bike week group would go after them for for racial discrimination.

  11. 11 rodent Jan 13th, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I guess Obama ain’t going to be thr grand marshal

  12. 12 Boss Hawg Jan 13th, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Triumph Wizard..You are so correct here…It is Black Bike Week that has ruined it. Hell they even had to get the ACLU and NAACP to file suit a couple years ago just because PRIVATE businesses were tired of the BS and would NOT open during Black Bike Week, but were open for the other rallies held there. Go figure!

    I say we all get T shirts like Suck Bang Blow sells:This Shirt is Made of 100% Cotton…and you know the rest?

    Boss Hawg

  13. 13 mb fan Jan 13th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    sounds like mb is doing well economically…let’s recap – the hard rock park filed bk, they killed 3 weeks of tourism and sales tax generation for overpriced parking lots spaces and $200 hotel rooms, local motorcycle retail shops are not selling much in the near future in mb…I hope golfing really takes off to make up the difference for mb.

  14. 14 Noodles Jan 13th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Well, Hollister did the same thing and Los Banos started a rally. But then Hollister saw their error and it came back.

  15. 15 Believer 45 Jan 13th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Outer Banks Bike Week is going to be the new Myrtle of the east coast

    April 23-26, 2009


    Great people, great town.

    See you there.

  16. 16 Jeff Nicklus Jan 13th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Why are we still discussing this bullshit with Myrtle Beach? The residents of Myrtle Beach have never wanted us there …. only our money …… as I have said many times before FUCK MYRTLE BEACH! There are pleanty of other towns that will welcome the biker community with open arms and that is where we should go! Now, we have beat this dead horse long enough …. lets move on!

    Over & Out,


  17. 17 HOTROD Jan 13th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    This is bad news as a vendor Myrtle beach was the 2nd best money maker of the year. I hear some of you saying its good news and Myrtle sucked anyway but if I had to guess those are the posers that never went to Myrtle beach. I have been going for many many years and have always enjoyed my stay the people where friendly ,beer was cold and the food is good and yes the black bike week was some of the problem but so are some of the wanna-be’s that showed up at our week as well. We should use this as a lesson if we go to other peoples towns and act an ass just because nobody knows us, this is what will happen. I personally don’t like seeing the wanna be’s doing burn outs on the street in front of old folks and kids because it does scare them and what about all those beginners that sit at every light and rev there engines all though the light does that help our image I think NOT or racing from light to light , There is no purpose other than for those that do this to look cool and quit frankly you don’t even look cool when doing these things you look like an idiot. but kids will be kids and until we act like adults we will be treeted like kids. Just another case of a few bad apples spoiling the fun for all. Again this is bad news for many in this already struggling industry will probably be the end for several more bike shops and vendors. And for no more than a few assholes acting a fool.

  18. 18 Jeff Nicklus Jan 13th, 2009 at 12:21 pm


    Please explain “wanna-bes” and “posers” to me. I fail to understand this. It seems to me that if this is your “2nd best money maker” of the year you are obviously raking in major “wanna-be” and “poser” dollars …. so in that case are the “wanna-bes” and “posers” OK in your eyes as long as they pump dollars into your personal pocket? Or is it “they” are at fault if you loose money?

    As for going to Myrtle Beach …. I have been going to Myrtle for 20 years now and yes the vast majority of the “people” there have been friendly and the beer has always been cold at the Suck, Bang and Blow ….. but it stops there. What about the numbers of hotels and condos in Myrtle beach that have always had a policy of “no bikes”, the cops have always been a pain in the ass, try a trip down Ocean Blvd. without being screwed with my the local cops. I personally have had to deal with the city not wanting us for years at Broadway at the Beach …. Every year it is something new. One year I had the city building inspectors measuring the height of our big rig to see if I needed a “Temporary Building” permit (when the truck is fully set up it is 26’6” tall)….. as luck would have it I was 18” under the limit, so I was just “warned” of my possible infraction.

    As for the “wanna-bes” and the “posers” doing burn outs and frightening the little old ladies, my God that happens at every bike event …. Ever been to Sturgis, Daytona, Laughlin, Laconia and on and on? Bikers are just more rowdy and fun loving that the local book club members …. Just the way it is.

    I am sorry that the loss of Myrtle Beach Bike Week will negatively impact your bottom line …. Hell, Myrtle Beach was always one of our better shows as well …. But the end result here is they don’t want us in their Little City any longer so we deal with it and move on.

    Over & Out,


  19. 19 Believer 45 Jan 13th, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Well said “Nickwood”

    Time to move on.

  20. 20 HOTROD Jan 13th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    As for the “wanna-bes” and the “posers” doing burn outs and frightening the little old ladies, my God that happens at every bike event …. Ever been to Sturgis, Daytona, Laughlin, Laconia and on and on? Bikers are just more rowdy and fun loving that the local book club members …. Just the way it is.

    There is a time and place for every thing and if you want to go to the suck bang blow and do burn- outs than god bless ya do it and have a great time in fact I may even join you in that. But if you are doing it in the traffic in front of the OLD FOLKS that live in Myrtle Beach even when you and your arogant additude are not there then you are part of the problem. Sorry if you can’t understand that the world does not rotate around you but thats the way it is. As for wanna be’s and posers they are the guys you see sitting at the lights revving there engines. I have been around bikers for forty years plus and real bikers don’t have the need to rev there stock engine with loud pipes at every light too try and look cool while wearing there brand new leather vest with the I rode mine patch. As for my bottom line Thanks but I don’y need another accountant. I will let you now if or when I do thou.
    P.S I have been going to Myrtle as long as you and have never had a problem with the cops but I don’t do anything to give them reason either. People that do stupid shit are always the ones crying that the cops are to strict.

  21. 21 Jeff Nicklus Jan 13th, 2009 at 1:05 pm


    The party is over, move on.

    FYI: I have never had a ticket in Myrtle Beach and for that matter I have only had three tickets in my life …. all were in a car ….. so doing stupid shit on a motorcycle is normally not in my nature ….. that doesn’t stop the cops from screwing with you ….. ever heard the term guilt by association?

    Whatever the case we will all survive without Myrtle Beach. There is always another bike event just around the bend!

    Over & Out,


  22. 22 Cade Jan 13th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Fuck Myrtle Beach & their so called cops.

  23. 23 Boss Hawg Jan 13th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Jeff…Go get em Bro!

    Myrtle Beach…NO WAY NO MORE BABY!

    Take your golf clubs and go swinging…seems like they want those types of folks there.

    Boss Hawg

  24. 24 rebel Jan 13th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    f… myrtle beach and south carolina. come to the smokeout!!

  25. 25 Julie Jan 13th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Three years ago I upgraded my condo to a larger unit and my week was changed to two weeks later in the year. Changed to the same week as BIKE WEEK. When we arrived at our condo we couldn’t get in our parking place because the bikers had their trucks w/trailers parked long ways across the parking places. I asked the man if he could move his truck so that we could get into our spot. He replied, “hell no i’m not moving for any F—— body.” This is how our vacation started. We had to park 11 spaces down from our unit for the entire week. When the bikers would leave in the morning they would pull their trailers across all of the parking spaces so that no one else could get the spots. They would come in around two or three in the morning and rev up the cycles and sit out in the courtyard drinking and cursing. And so our week went. I complained to the office but I think they were actually scared to say anything to the bikers. We lasted until Thur. morning and we left. I must say that I couldn’t help but get some satisfaction when we were loading our car to leave I noticed that the man that said he wasn’t going to move out of our spot had crashed his bike and had bloody bandages on his arms and legs. That was three years ago and I started banking our week and have gone elsewhere to vacation. I am excited that maybe now we can go back to Myrtle Beach. I know that all bikers are like this group was but it was a bad enough experience to keep us from taking a chance on a repeat situation. I don’t know what pleasure the bikers got out of ruining our vacation but my husband had just finished his last round of chemo two weeks earlier. We had both been looking forward to our vacation after a winter full of chemo and radiation treatments that my husband had to have. That group should have been ashamed of themselves

  26. 26 Nicker Jan 14th, 2009 at 1:35 am


    I’m sure sorry you had to put up with that sort of “stupidity.”

    Unfortunately, because “stupidity” isn’t illegal, all of us (Real Bikers and the Citizenry-at-large) will from time to time experience stupid people.

    The good news is, much stupid behavior is illegal and as such, it is subject to social retribution.
    The bad new is that such retribution (by civil rights statute) must broadly target everyone.
    Hence MB’s shunning of “Bikers” in toto.

    There’s nothing new here. Stupidity comes and goes (with stupid people). The rest of us simply try to ignore it and move on.

    You should know that the behavior you describe (and much worse) is not indicative of Real Bikers. It’s the behavior of “the clueless” who have been influenced by the media and are using motorcycles, trying real hard “to be somebody.” Moreover, in general they don’t really know much about motorcycles, nor do they care to.

    But know this, you telling your side of the story here on this blog does more to point out how really stupid such behavior is. Much more so than any thing an old biker could say.


  27. 27 Believer 45 Jan 14th, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I’m not sorry to hear about your experience Julie……

    Very simple solution Julie: Schedule your vacation before or after Bike Week ! I assure you it works!

    Lack of proper planning will get you into situations like these. Especially if your husband had just gone through chemo two weeks before that. Which in turn, I hope that all worked out for him and your family.

    Hate to say it, it’s nobody’s fault but yours.

    And to be fair across the board, the bikers have just as much right to have fun as you. Additionally, they can express that in any which way they feel as long as they are not breaking the law.

    However, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. Lucky for you.

    Interesting question: I find it interesting that a person that is so Anti-Bike-Week at Myrtle and obviously does not appreciate us bikers would be reading this blog??? Please tell us bikers why you are interested in the Cyril Huze blog?? Do you have anything to do with the city?

    And as for you feeling some satisfaction from a persons injury from an accident, you deserve more than having your vacation ruined.

    It’s obvious that your ignorance is your worst enemy. You proved it twice in your comments.

    Sorry “Nickwood”…….. have to disagree with you on this one.

  28. 28 Jeff Nicklus Jan 14th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Believer 45,

    What do you disagree with me about ??????

    Over & Out,


    AKA: Nickwood

  29. 29 Believer 45 Jan 14th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    the feeling sorry part….that’s all…..

    i agree with the rest…….should have have broken it down a little more.

    Ride On Cowboy…

  30. 30 Jeff Nicklus Jan 14th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Believer 45,

    I think you have my comments confused with “Nicker” ….. different people! I don’t feel sorry for Julie …. hell, I would have told her to “Butch Up” and asked her to show me her tits!

    Over & Out,


    AKA: Nickwood

  31. 31 John B Jan 14th, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    The city of myrtle beach sucks but there are plenty of other places garden city, surfside, murrel inlet I will continiue to go to bike week like I have the past 15 years. I never went to the city of myrtle beach any way. As far as their chicken shit ordinances can they enforce their helmet law on state roads? Doesn’t state law super cede local law? I’ m sure this will all play out in the courts. It is a shame they don’t have the balls to say who they really want to get rid of Black Bike week. When my boys were young we planned a vacation to Disney World found out the gays all went the same week we planned changed my vacation to another week. If you don’t like the harley rally vacation some other time there are 51 other weeks in the year so don’t bitch and complain

  32. 32 MeMe Jan 14th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I think if they open up both sides of the street it wouldn’t b so bad. But if u ask me people will still be at the beach 4 black bike week it’s 2many that attend this event each year,an just because it’s bike week they can’t stop people from coming or bringing there bikes.So they better have every police officers/sheriff officers deputies an captains on duty that weekend.

  33. 33 Ed Jan 14th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I say go to Thunder Beach in Panama City Beach. The city is cool with the bikers and the prices are just right. The rally and parking are free for everybody and they aren’t charging $6.00 for a bud bottle!

    Sorry Mayor….I am riding south again this year to Thunder Beach..and that goes for the family vacation too. You and the rest of Myrtle lost all of our business…..

  34. 34 Mike Greenwald Jan 14th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    In Blackbikers@yahoogroups.com, **Cotton Candie**

    The Rallies are still live…it’s up to US, the Mayor is up for re-election
    this year. He wins if we do not stand. A change starts with US.
    http://www.memorialbikefestival.com and http://www.mbbikeweeks.com

  35. 35 Nicker Jan 15th, 2009 at 12:21 am



    “… And to be fair across the board, the bikers have just as much right to have fun as you. Additionally, they can express that in any which way they feel as long as they are not breaking the law…”

    Looks like ya missed my point.
    So, le-me put it this way.
    You have the right to try to have as much fun as you can handle.
    Just as others have a right to try and stop ya.
    That’s how the system works.

    As you said, in the “… not braking the law …” part.
    It’s all about what’s legal and what’s illegal.

    Since there’s no constitutional guarantee for “Fun” then the definition of “legal fun” is up for grabs.
    So, looks to me like the locals in control have taken exception to your fun.
    “Prohibition” is an example.

    As i see it ya got there choices.
    – hope more friendly locals will change the law..
    – change your behavior.
    – go some place where the locals want to party-down.
    – go there anyway and put up with the hassle.

    Look, this isn’t rocket science.
    Bikers have been making these choices for many decades.

    You want something real to worry about…???
    Get involved in the political fight for your right to even own and ride a scooter.
    The above reference to Joan Claybrook was no joke…. her attitude and power was real.
    And today there are many more where she came from.

    Life isn’t a popularity contest.
    Get use to the fact that everyone isn’t going to like ya.
    Moreover, there are always gonna be people with more power and money.

    As Dean Wormer put it to Flounder in “Animal House:”.
    “… Fat, Drunk, and Stupid is no way to go through life Son…”


  36. 36 TERRESSA LAW Jan 15th, 2009 at 1:10 am


  37. 37 Nicker Jan 15th, 2009 at 9:22 pm


    Problem solved.
    Simple as that.
    TIme to move on.


  38. 38 Julie Jan 16th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Believer 45………It’s a shame when a person’s idea of fun is to move their bike trailers across parking spots… so that a disabled man cannot use his numbered parking spot and has to walk furthur to get in out of the rain…rev their cycles at 2 and 3 in the morning. . .drinking and cursing for all to hear, etc. It sounds as if you might have engaged in these sort of activities yourself since you approve of people acting that way. Any reasonable person would not think that this kind of behavior is any one’s “fault” other than the one doing it….everyone is responsible for there own actions. And where is it that…. his right to have fun is more important than my right to to enjoy my vacation?Actually, there is a noise restriction and also there is a limit on how many parking spots you have…each unit has two parking spaces. The staff seemed to be scared to say anything to this group. When I went to the office to complain I had to stand in line behind the others that were complaining about the parking situation and the never ending noise. The man in front of me in line was complaining about me being in “his ” parking spot. As for changing my week (and I asked to do just that) I own week 20 which is bike week… and you can’t JUST ask for another. So, I have been banking my week and going elsewhere. I have always believed that you get back out of the world just what you put into it. God doesn’t love ugly…so whatever satisfaction I got out of his spill comes from this fact…..if you are mean hearted and it makes you happy to ruin someone’s vacation….don’t expect good things to come your way….Karma is a mighty force. As for why I looked on this blog…maybe I thought that there would be some bikers(thanks nicker)… that would think that it was a bad thing to do to someone who had not done anything to bring it on. I do realize that most bikers are nice….not like this group of people and of course like you.

  39. 39 M.B. Resident Jan 16th, 2009 at 9:44 am


    Please get over it, Bike rallies are what they are.

    You really have no right to complain, because thats just the way bike rallies are. It sounds to me like if you had scheduled your vacation in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you would still be complaining of “the noise and foul language” at 2-3 in the morning. Do you think New Orleans is gonna stop having that event because you didnt like the noise or something someone said to you? They would just look at you with a blank stare and wonder if you lost your mind.

    Lady, please in the future, do a small bit of research before you go on vacation. you really dont have a valid point as far as I am concerned. You are exemplify the type of person that owns a time share, you think you own the town its in as well. There are thousands of people every day that are recovering from Chemo, that dont go to Bike week for relaxation.

    That is all on you, not the people at the bike rallies, you sound as if the world should have stopped turning during that time just for you.

    Give me a F_____ing break Julie!

  40. 40 Julie Jan 16th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    “You” exemplify the reason that the town doesn’t want bike week anymore. You think that the rules of decency go out of the window when the bikers hit town. WE didn’t go to bike week but were forced to endure it’s bad behavior. I am not the one that thinks that the world should stop and just let me act any way that I want to….to hell with any one else….if they don’t like it ..that’s too bad. Grow up!! The world doesn’t revolve around you anymore than it revolves around me.

  41. 41 Andrea Hensley Jan 16th, 2009 at 12:02 pm


    After a bunch of phone calls and emails (which is fine – that’s what I’m here for) I decided that maybe I should just send out a group email. There has been a couple of mass emails go out this week from the MB Chamber and from some guy – Biker Bill – claiming that the rally has been canceled. NOT TRUE – the chamber website is terribly misleading and I, again, am ashamed at the city’s blatant attempt to mislead the public into staying away. We have begun our own mass-media blitz to off-set this latest “sneak attack”. Horry County still has not told us what they are going to allow us to do, so I’m still stuck. We are quickly closing in on the end of Jan and (hopefully) I will have something concrete for you by then.

    Also – I have heard thru the grapevine that someone in town is telling his vendors that he has everything under control and they are paying him for their spots and making their arrangements for May. I WOULD STRONGLY CAUTION YOU to think twice if someone says this to you. NO ONE in town can say FOR SURE that they are going to have vendors. PLEASE do not think that paying ANYONE is going to guarantee ANYTHING – at this point, I can promise you that it’s not.
    Please feel free to give me a call if you have any more questions – thanks (again and again and again and again) and HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND!!!!!!!!! Andrea Hensley
Festival Promotions, Inc. . P: 843-712-2618. F: 843-712-2621

  42. 42 BoehmerPat Jan 16th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I agree with EVERYBODY here. No single person is at fault here. as for vacation, I don’t blame you at all but if your not a partier or if you don’t like bikes then you should have done your research better and not gone. But I hope you don’t hold your hard feelings……..Not all bikers are as you described.

    On the other hand, I don’t blame the city at all. Why can’t people have a little bit of courtisy??? You are visitors in someone else’s hometown, and while in there city…….. we sould respect them by not cursing like a drunkin sailor, burn outs, revving engins, etc. Obviously the bikers only brought this on themselves.

    all in all, whats done is done. MB loses money, we lose a place to party. everybody will just move on.

  43. 43 Lee Wimmer Jan 16th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Andrea you hit the nail on the head.
    I just wany to make ONE comment. The Mayor and his freaking web site is indeed confusing. No the Rally is NOT over…just in the city limits. The County has done nothing yet to change anything. But by all this bullshit the rest of us bikers in the Myrtle Area are being mis represented here. people get this straight. It’s only a mayor and a handful of ass holes that don’t want the rally. If you took a vote from everyone in Horry County you would see that the majority STILL want the rally. Come , don’t come whatever, we’ll still be here and serving up good old Southern Hospitality
    Sorry Rhodes you can’t break the true bikers spirit.

  44. 44 Wyked Illuzionz Jan 17th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    As a motorcycle-related vendor (LED lights), I am not going to pay to be where I am not wanted. There are too many other places that actually want us. WE WILL BE AT OUTER BANKS. I do feel bad, though, for the motorcycle friendly businesses in Myrtle Beach that looked forward to, and depended on, our attendance. Bikers are a resilient bunch; we will make it work someplace else.

  45. 45 KZBiker Jan 19th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I have to also agree with everyone. There are always 2 sides to a story. I grew up in Indianapolis not far from the world famous Motor Speedway of Indy 500 fame. At race time (the entire month of May) our population of 1 million doubled to 2. It was not spread over the area of a city or even a town. It was all packed into a 2 square mile radius. If you lived near the track you had to adjust every aspect of your life for a month of every year. Traffic sucked. It was noisy. Life was a bitch. The night before the race was absolute chaos. There were drunks everywhere, people as far as you could see, and the party never stopped. We just adjusted and moved on. They weren’t gonna stop the race for us. It still goes on every May. I also understand it from the vendor perspective. I too sell products at bike events and I think it sucks that a bunch of bad apples have ruined a great thing for the rest of us. Maybe if people would act as if they had some sense and respected the lives of others (on both sides) we would not have this drama. Can’t we all just get along??????

  46. 46 hdgirl662004 Jan 19th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I have been going to the Spring/Fall Rallies a few times & I’ve met some terrific ppl & I’ve met some real asses & the old saying is “there’s always an Ass in every Croud”.

    My last experience was a guy on a Crotch Rocket doing a burn~out in the parking lot at 3am. I didn’t have a problem with it until the smoke from his tire filled up my motel room while we were in our room with our door shut. We put wet towels under the doors and all. The smoke was so bad I couldn’t breathe and my eyes were on fire.

    I simply went outside & asked the guy if he’d cool it b/c the smoke had filled our room and I was afraid that maybe someone in his group would be rude with me. I just know that I didn’t have an attitude when I asked him.

    The guy actually apologized & helped us get the smoke out & to beat it all there room was beside of ours and we had no other problems.

    I strongly feel as though ppl take bikers (whatever they ride) as a bunch of terrible, inconsiderate ppl & like I said before there is an asshole in every crowd but, not all ppl are. I also think it’s all on how you communicate with someone in what you need of them. I would never have a demanding attitude with anyone to move there vehicle & is does make me wander if “Perhaps” “Julie” may have been in an aggravated mood & demanded the person to move & if she explained to the person her husband’s illness?

    BTW, to Julie, Our Prayers are with you and your family & I am sorry you had to deal with this situation and if it had been me; I think if I had asked the person to move with no attitude & explained my situation & management wouldn’t help me then I would have called the police b/c of your circumstances. Afterall, you paid to stay there just like he did & yes it did come back on him 3 times fold as “Karma” is a very True thing. Treat ppl how you want to be treated and you can never go wrong!!

  47. 47 Fresh Jan 21st, 2009 at 12:14 am

    FUCK MYRTLE BEACH! I will never, ever set foot in that communist city again. I will never spend a fucking dime in their shit hole city. Those ass-wipe rich golfers and landowners can kiss my ass in Hell. I will be sure to tell everybody else I know to never go there and spend money. To Hell with Myrtle Beach.

  48. 48 Fresh Jan 21st, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Don’t just bitch on this website. Do something about it. Here is the number and information posted on the City of Myrtle Beach website. Please call their wonderful mayor and vent your frustrations:
    MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL (843) 918-1004

    John Rhodes, Mayor, 5712 Springs Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    Wayne Gray, Council and Mayor Pro Tem, 5710 Longleaf Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

    Michael Chestnut, Council, P. O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

    Charles “Chuck” W. Martino, Jr., Council, 7602 Briarwood Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

    Susan Grissom Means, Council, 990 Antilles Court, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    Philip Render, Council, 5709 Quail Hollow Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

    Randal G. Wallace, Council, 6506-C Wildwood Trail, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

  49. 49 John B Jan 21st, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    It is unfortunate that you own week 20 the same week as the Harley Rally. Just how long have you owned week 20?—-65 years ( I think not) thats how long the rally has been going on. When you bought week 20 don’t you think it was your reponsibility to find out what events occur during the week you were buying. Sounds like another liberal, whining its not my fault I have to go else where
    Sell it, rent it, get over it

  50. 50 Mike T Jan 22nd, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Just because Myrtle Beach is no longer you can come enjoy a good rally in Tellico Plains, TN. We offer live music, free camping, variety of vendors, free fire wood, free showers. Tellico Biker Rally is a 3 day event, June 5-7 2009. Check out website http://www.tellicobikerrally.com. If you liked suck, bang, blow at Myrtle Beach you will like our burnout pit at Tellico Biker Rally. Come join us this year. Everyone welcome! Area attractions include Cherohala Skyway. Thanks from the partners of Tellico Biker Rally.

  51. 51 Nat Turner Jan 26th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    ” Triumph Wizard..You are so correct here…It is Black Bike Week that has ruined it. Hell they even had to get the ACLU and NAACP to file suit a couple years ago just because PRIVATE businesses were tired of the BS and would NOT open during Black Bike Week, but were open for the other rallies held there. Go figure!

    I say we all get T shirts like Suck Bang Blow sells:This Shirt is Made of 100% Cotton…and you know the rest?

    Boss Hawg ”

    SMH…… This clown is why bikers have a “BAD” rep. I’m all for relocating to FLA hey it’s a nice drive down I-10 from Louisiana for me. Only thing is people will have to be made aware of FLA’s over the top laws such as the side mounted license plate law. It’s a $1,000 or something stupid. OUCH!
    Anyway Black Biker Week or Harley Rally anyone on two wheels is my brother. Boss Hawg it was most likely your backwater moma who picked that cotton that shirt was made from.

  52. 52 bottom line Jan 26th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Humm, lets see I visit MB, in June with my family come back every year love it, gets a little cold up north, retire move to MB, got a little age on me, and now I want to change MB to suite me because I call it MY HOME NOW… oh don’t forget you use to visit like everybody else sparky. Hummmm, Not beating up the other events, car shows, around 4,000 loud cars, spring break, loud, etc, I truly would like to know the percentage of people who is raising hell about bike week, really sad, sure it had some problems. But remember Sparky YOU RETIRE in one of the most talked about resorts in the country. Bottom line it’s not about the noise it’s about who you know, power , money, and good old boys. That’s sad.

  53. 53 Jim S. Feb 14th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Don’t get the impression that the majority of the people of Myrtle Beach are against the bike weeks, because we are not. While it is true that the majority of the City Council of Myrtle Beach and our idiot mayor have done everything they can to try to curtail the biker weeks, the truth is that the business owners and majority of citizens are for continuing those weeks. We sincerely appreciate the business brought to our community by the bikers and the many other positive charitable events they are part of. A lot of innocent people will suffer if the bikers stop coming. We the business owners are working through the courts to have the recently enacted measures thrown out, but that takes time. We also have been organizing progressively larger events to garner broad public support to get these elected officials to see reason or get them out of office. As a small motel owner in Myrtle Beach we have welcomed the bikers to our establishment for decades. Many of our biker week visitors have been with us year after year and we consider them family and look forward to seeing them. On Sunday February 15th at 4:00 PM there is a pro biker event rally and strategy meeting being held by business owners, biker enthusiasts and supporters at Hoof-N-Finz in Murrells Inlet. While the business owners continue the struggle to get the City of Myrtle Beach officials to back off and let reason prevail, we would appreciate it if the bikers would continue to visit and support us. Staying out of Myrtle Beach truly only hurts the citizens and supporters caught in the middle as the city will simply raise taxes to make up the revenue loss. So by not attending the rally, you’re just playing into the hands of bureaucrats and not helping your supporters in getting things back to normal. Finally, to any and all of the bikers reading this, if you had decided not to come back to Myrtle Beach, we still thank you for your years of support and fellowship, and hope that you will reconsider.

  54. 54 Nightshift Feb 19th, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Want to know the truth. http://www.myrtlebeachharley.com/ or http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com/motorcycle_us_rallies1.html.
    Read this and do not be fooled by the false propaganda Machine. The H.D. rally is still on with only a few changes. Yes they cut back on the number of vendors. And Myrtle Beach has a several new ordinances, but we are boycotting them anyway so who cares. All of you that have been here before know that the only part of Myrtle Beach that we will miss is Broadway at the beach and a one or two bars. Ok maybe for of five. But the rally is definitely still on. Please do not be fooled by this disinformation campaign that the Mayor and 200 of his friends have been putting out on the net. With the help of the Shambers of Commerce. Go here to read more http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com/
    But Horry County Council is actually helping us for dealing another major finance shortfall to Myrtle Beach. As if are Boycott of Myrtle Beach was not working fast enough, now H.C.C. has helped all the bikers by its unwillingness to just postpone their latest ordinances, which gives them almost total control over vendors, and out doors events. They have used these people’s own fears to grab up the money and power and there is no telling where it will end. This is not about bike rally’s as much as local businesses, all types of vendors, and out door activities. Why call this rally restrictions when it is everyone in Horry County, and year round that these new ordinances will be enforced. Money, Money, Money.
    This will mostly affect Grand Strand locals, businesses, vendors, and event promoters.
    So plan on saying good by to almost all of the special activities from the past. In the mean time the bikers are looking forward to what they are now calling a Commercialization free vacation on the Grand Strand. With tighter budgets, and some economic restraints, it will be refreshing to go to the beach and spend less money. Why waste money of things we do not really need. It is going to be, old school, the way it was in the past. More about fellowship, with out all the walking around in hot parking lots all day, wasting money on things most of us can buy tax free on the internet.
    Yes the rally is still on. Only Atlantic bike feast riders say they are not coming. And 4 those of you that are angry with the mayor of Myrtle Beach you have to come just to show him that he can not get away with all the like. Please get the word out that the rally is still on.

  55. 55 NIGHTSHIFT Mar 4th, 2009 at 4:37 am

    The Harley rally is not canceled and the riders are not going to New Bern N.C. But the black bike rally is going to be canceled. Their town Atlantic Beach has money problems and can not even afford to sponsor the event and many Black bikers have said that they will not go. It is true that the Atlantic Beach bikers have caused at least 2 restaurants that I know of, to start closing Memorial weekend because of dine and dash, no tips, mean, rude to employs & obscenity to the max. But never any of that from the Harley people. They spend big bucks in the nicer restaurants and tip great. The Harley riders are talking about bring many more people in their individual group’s, as to increase their presence. They will be all over the 60 miles of Grand Strand, where the rallies started around 70 years ago and all the Grand Strand welcomes them except for Myrtle Beach which is very small and never was a big part of the event. Then Horry County voted to take control of event & vendor fees, which caused more businesses to close up shop, some vendor to stop coming & the Carolina Harley Dealers Association to set up shop in New Bern N.C.
    Where they planed on making money but none of the bikers will leave their 10day hotel reservations on Grand Strand to attend a two day parking lot event in New Bern. If you do not already have Grand Strand reservations then you should make them now, but make sure that they are out side of the Boycott zone (Myrtle Beach City limits). Do not fall for the disinformation campaign that Myrtle Beach Mayor Rhodes has set up fake web sites, and know the Myrtle Beach news media can not be trusted. Their stories are slanted and filled with misleading information. Five months of boycott and not one story about it. Last month the Myrtle Beach Mayor even told people that the Harley event was canceled when it was not and now they want people to think that the bikers are moving, and I assure you that they are not. So start looking at other links. The Grand Strand is alive and well, except for Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach. How ironic!
    http://www.ibiker.org/ and just for fun http://www.chdda.com/events/beachrally.html

  56. 56 Wild Bill Mar 20th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    The most important thing that can be done is for all bikers to go to the ralley events OUTSIDE OF THE CITY LIMITS AND DO NOT PATRON ANY BUSINESS OR HOTEL WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS. Let them count the costs of loss of income and see how that works out for them.

  57. 57 Dave Mar 22nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Bike Rally?? Is that what it was called?? Seemed to me it was , see how many times one can ride from Myrtle to Mirles inlet, Only the hard-core real bikers can make that 10- mile long distance jaunt LOL!! Does any one hear know what a real bike rally is? If its just going to a place to get loaded ,why not stay at home an save more $$ for beer I dont want to come into a town that does not welcome bikers,,guess thats why most of what ya see at Myrtle arnt (bikers) Hey Hey! if yer offended that must mean the (new) boots fit. LOL!

  58. 58 Nor-Cal Mar 26th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Lets get back to the Basic and we don’t need no promoters to tell us where and when to gather and hang out with friends. And don’t forget to get the police id and badge and file a complaint against them for harrasment! Free Country wer are not north Korea comi country. well after Obama fukz us over who knows.

  59. 59 Nor-Cal Mar 26th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Promoters equal swap meet rallys. I say change the dats and F- up the towns that are against bikers 81 forever

  60. 60 PCB Native Biker Apr 28th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    As a native of Panama City Beach, I can tell you that the locals LOVE Thunder Beach! More money comes into the town then than any given time in Spring Break. If anything, locals would like to see Spring Break go and Thunder Beach stay. The cops are cool, no hassals that I have seen (except for the FHP on Thomas Drive, what out for them). PCB police are very tolerant of bikers. A very small group of people complain about the noise (and everything else they can think of) but Panama City Beach is a great place to have a bike rally. Even though it is only 4 days long, many bikers come in a week ahead to enjoy the good weather, cold beer and stiff drinks. Not to mention plenty of roads to ride. Come see us!

    PCB Native Biker

  61. 61 Jim S. Apr 29th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I hope that after the initial outrage at the mayor and city council of Myrtle Beach subsides that you will again come back to visit us in Myrtle Beach. The sad part of the boycott of Myrtle Beach is that the bikers who do so play right into the hands of the people who caused this mess. The regular people who have worked hard and saved so they can have a business at the beach and their families are the ones paying the price of a boycott. There was never a referendum of the residents that determined the majority wanted to do this. It was a few people who thought that being elected gave them the power to do whatever they wanted. Most of us are simply middle class people who are willing to work 24/7 to keep our dreams alive. As a motel owner I can tell you that most of us fought tooth and nail to prevent the ridiculous new rules. We objected at meetings, we filed lawsuits and these actions are working their way through the courts, but it all takes time. We all appreciate and understand the contributions made by the bikers. It is much more than just the money brought into the local community, but also the many charitable events that the biker groups do every year. There are a lot of innocent people who will suffer in your absence. Further we have had a lot of the same people back year after year and we look forward to seeing them like family. Their pictures hang in our lobby year round. Unfortunately the current mayor and city council were not elected to office with this anti-biker agenda or none of us would have voted for them. Many of the business owners also do not reside within city limits and thus have no say in who is elected.

    The best thing you can do to beat these guys is to show that you will not be intimidated and come in greater numbers than ever before. The reality is that the police here do not even want to enforce these ordinances and are completely overwhelmed anyway during these weeks. In any case, if you are feeling unappreciated as a former visitor to Myrtle Beach and biker, rest assured that your business is appreciated here and even if you can’t come back this year, we welcome you back as soon as the current mayor and city council get the boot. Elections are this year!

  62. 62 Hydee May 15th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    None of you have a clue. I am the resident you are talking about. Apparently you only know about the new rules that apply to you. There is a big picture. Finally we have a mayor who is not afraid to try. You right it is all about black biker week oops did I say that out loud. If you have not attended then you know nothing. Please come back in a week. I ran across this sit when I was looking for informationabout what people were planning to do to us next week. Isn’t that sad that I really do have to leave my home for three days to be safe. I really hope our visitors have a good time. I’m only three blocks away form Hw. 17 and it looks like the president is coming fencing and barricades. But as long as everyone can have a bike week who cares about the cost.

  63. 63 Twistabister May 18th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Leave it to the moon crickets to ruin it for everyone.. It was a great time in 2009 and we didn’t need to go to, or pass through MB at all.. FUMB!

  64. 64 Myrtlemama2 May 22nd, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I have always loved Myrtle Beach and enjoyed many bike weeks there because it was a more relaxed and less sleazy event than others I have been to. l think it is a shame that Myrtle has decided to cancel this event , I also thought it was a shame for them to destroy the Pavilion too. I have been going to Myrtle since birth , and until my last visit I never felt unsafe to take the kids and go anywhere any time . On my last visit ,with the kids we were walking along the “strip” when shots rang out and cops were running everywhere and someone was killed just outside the store I had just left with my grandchildren. I guess it time to find a new vacation home because Myrtle is no longer comfortable for me,thanks to the THUGS, not the bikers. I have never felt UNSAFE or Uncomfortable around a bunch of bikers however I would feel uneasy about sharing the beach with a bunch of crackhead thugs with their pants around their knees.

  65. 65 Steve "BullDog" Jun 4th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I rode to Myrtle Beach this year from Mississippi just to do it. Me and my bro stayed in North Myrtle Beach and took the bypass to get to Murrell’s Inlet to the bars. Yes, the Myrtle Beach cops were out in force BUT from what I saw they were pulling over bikers with no helmets (their helmet law, remember?) and/or the revvers, racers and other assorted idiots. We even rode to Broadway on the Beach and ate at Margaritaville…no hassles, in fact they were damned glad to see us! The Broken Spoke was a huge disappointment but Suck Bang Blow, Beaver Bar, Dead Dog Saloon and Hoof and Finz were all outstanding! Yes, Suck Bang Blow had a burnout pit and yes there were bikers doing burnouts…NO the cops did not hassle them for it. In fact the state and county cops were there directing traffic and not giving any biker a hard time.

    As a matter of fact, I watched the Horry County cops pull over more CARS than bikes! A lot of F.U.M.B. shirts were seen and alot of the locals were wearing “Mayor Rhodes Sucks” t-shirts! Ate at the Hooters in North Myrtle Beach and talked with one of the girls who told us the main reason this happened was because of Black Bike Week! She told us about a group of them who ran up a $200 tab with her then walked out…real classy…that was brought to them courtesy of the NAACP and the ACLU who sued MB for racial discrimination because most of the locals would shut down before Black Bike Week…is it any wonder…their crime rate skyrockets during Black Bike Week…vandalization of property, rag racing, shoplifting…all are commonplace during Black Bike Week…and we saw NONE of that crap from our groups.

    All in all it was a good time…North Myrtle and Murrell’s Inlet are the places to be for Bike Week. Yes, there were friggin idiots revving up their $40,000 custom choppers…the funny part was watching them blow their ignition coils with the revving and not ahve a clue as to what’s wrong with their bikes…but I will let that subject be…you can still ahve a good time, just do it AROUND Myrtle instead of IN Myrtle!

  66. 66 2wheelz1981 Jun 14th, 2009 at 1:48 am

    LOL!!! It’s always funny to see the “courage” of these anti-Black Bikers bloggers…wonder why you never see their faces????? Or could it be that they don’t have the b*lls to say how they feel “in person” Keep typing! lol

  67. 67 Mad Max Feb 20th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    The bikers keep crying about not having a place to go, or boo-hoo this or boo-hoo that. What about the non-riders who are trying to enjoy their time at the beach w/o hearing woohooo, hell yeah, or seeing big butt black chicks riding on the back with thongs on? What GROWN mature person wants to see ghetto chicks throwing their tits out at redlights or 45 yr. old drunk redneck chicks with missing teeth doing the same? You bikers need to think about how you’re also hurting business instead of just thinking how you’re making business better. Myrtle Beach needs to do just like Va. Beach by bringing in more family business setting and less wild, sleezy events that advocate massive alcohol consumption, noise, and violence. Also bikers, look at what you guys (black and white bikers) do to the properties. You guys trash them!!! Don’t give that spill about being “law abiding”. Maybe there’s a few of you, but not enough of you. Take your butts to the desert to have your events. Harley week is full of middle aged men suffering from mid life crisis, and black bike week is full of nasty ghetto hoes who walk around half naked, pulling out their boobs and showing their coochies for the right amount of money. People of MB and tourists have grown tired of such actions. MB may lose some revenue for a short while, but at least it will be enjoyable for the American family again!!!

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