Myrtle Beach Police At Work During The Rally.

myrtlebeachbikeweek3During this week Myrtle Beach Rally, both merchants and bikers seem to have mixed feelings. Not only because of the controversy regarding the city of Myrtle Beach ordinances to crack down on bikers, but also because yesterday Tuesday the city police has installed 4 traffic checkpoints inside the city limits. Something never seen before during the rally. If it’s true that police is checking driver’s licenses and registrations of car and truck drivers as much as the ones of motorcyclists, it sends again a very negative message to all those who visit the area. Myrtle Beach business owners seem extremely concerned by the way it affects their businesses. The city of Myrtle Beach seems to act like only a select few groups are wanted, and most local businesses disagree. And it’s going to get worse starting Thursday when Myrtle Beach police will create a one-way traffic pattern enforced along Ocean Boulevard beginning at 2 p.m. This pattern will be in place from 2 p.m. to midnight daily through Saturday.


30 Responses to “Myrtle Beach Police At Work During The Rally.”

  1. 1 Mike Greenwald May 13th, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Business is down fifty percent and I hope that the bureaucrats that imposed this tyranny are strung up and rode out of town on a rail.

  2. 2 MotoXcycle May 13th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Sounds like a fun time. I hear they are adopting the hammer and sickle as their new logo and are thinking of random rectal exams as a new security measure for next year’s rally.

  3. 3 Jeff Nicklus May 13th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    This surprises who?

    In my opinion everyone attending the Myrtle Beach event knew what the situation was going to be and they went anyway …. shame on them. They deserve what they get! How many times do you people need to be told …. “stay the fuck away from Myrtle Beach … you are not welcome!” Now pay your tickets and go home!

    I have a friend who owns a beach home in Surfside Beach …. he and his wife usually spend the 10 days of Bike Week in town …. they went home on Monday after just 3 days. The reason: “all the bullshit in and around Myrtle.”

    Attendance in Panama City, Thunder Beach, was up 30-35% over years past ….. the smart people went to Florida and boycotted Myrtle Beach.

    Over & Out,


  4. 4 choppertom May 13th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    we saw this coming years ago. haven’t been to myrtle bike week for 4yrs.

    i talked to numerous business owners when we were there in 05, most of them said it’s not bike week that the public hates, it’s the bike week after……

    now, as we all know, discrimintation is public enemey #1. so the city decided to impose the whole thing altogether.

  5. 5 Wyked Illuzionz May 13th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    We stayed away from Myrtle this year (and probably will every year after). They reduced the number of days vendors can get permits and they raised the vendor fees. All this on top of the fact that they just plain don’t want you. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if they don’t want you there and you go anyway they will do whatever they can to make your stay miserable so you will not come next year and so on, and so on, and so on.

    We went to Outer Banks last month and our sales doubled from last year. There are plenty of good alternatives to Myrtle.

    (I have to admit, there is still a part of me that wants to stand up and say “you can’t keep me out” but the days of beating my chest are over. Now my brain tells me don’t pay more to go where you are not wanted when you can pay less to go where you are wanted.)

  6. 6 Jeff Nicklus May 13th, 2009 at 2:20 pm


    ……If it’s true that police is checking driver’s licenses and registrations of car and truck drivers as much as the ones of motorcyclists …..

    This is only happening so as to avoid the litigation that would follow if they singled the motorcycle community out for scrutiny at these “check points”. I wonder how many drunk Pick Up Drivers they have arrested?

    Over & Out,


  7. 7 alan May 13th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    why they do that ?

    they do not have enought money all this cyties

    daytona sturgis mirttle we need to boycotte vendors and bikers

    nobody need to ga any more

    f… them all

  8. 8 TPEvans May 13th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    So Alan, that’s some more powerful stuff you are inhaling. Best to stay away from the keyboard during the benders.

    I am in Surfside Beach and will check it out the next couple of days. Alan, you are not here on a bike or driving a car – right?

  9. 9 Steve Carr May 13th, 2009 at 11:45 pm


    I understand what you mean, lets all get together and not worry about this bunch of “too good for others”, kind of town and keep on doing what we do. We dont need this simpleton, back woods type place. lets go to Leesburg or Panama City where those city’s welcome our visits and our money.

    Steve Carr

    Lightning Rod Motorcycles

  10. 10 Steve Carr May 13th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    TPEvans ,

    Alan does not do drugs, he is a great person. He is more smarter than you are bitch!

    aint that right Alan……..

    Steve Carr
    Lightning Rod Motorcycles

  11. 11 jatinder pal May 14th, 2009 at 12:54 am

    It may be the END.

  12. 12 George G. May 14th, 2009 at 5:08 am

    RIP Myrtle Beach who needs ya anyway !! Just plain Idiots.

  13. 13 MJ May 14th, 2009 at 6:59 am

    I love the way Leesburg is organized – 10 blocks downtown all closed off to cars – motorcycles only, and two big Rat’s Hole bike shows. I also hear that Panama City – Thunder Beach rally is just great for the same reason – the city is 100 percent for it! I can’t remember who said it, but it’s true about Myrtle Beach – “It’s like trying to throw a party in someone’s living room who doesn’t like you.” There is no reason for out of towners to go until the local bikers and business community handle the politics involved (if they can.) That said, for a first year event, we had a great time throwing Bike Week New Orleans at the Broken Spoke, May 6 to 10th and we will do it again next year (only in a bigger and better way!)

  14. 14 bigalyts May 14th, 2009 at 7:45 am

    There is reason for this Reasoning, must be the Bush’s in Town and Cheeney is on his way!

  15. 15 Rodent May 14th, 2009 at 7:45 am

    What part of “Boycott Mytrle Beach” don’t you understans? You’re not wanted there. Spend your money where they say “thank you” instead of “fuck you”.

  16. 16 ME May 14th, 2009 at 9:01 am


  17. 17 Woody May 14th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    The good people of MB have the right to run their town however they wish, I just can’t understand why anyone else would still go hang with ’em. Why chase down down somebody who doesn’t like you and beg them to take your money?

  18. 18 Mike Kiwi Tomas, Kiwi Indian M/C Co May 14th, 2009 at 9:39 am

    We have a choice in life to spend our money where we are welcome. The United States is a big country and there are plenty of other places who will take our money and give us a nice big thank you with a big smile.

  19. 19 toph May 14th, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    bad for some vendors too, check this out:



  20. 20 Hank May 14th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    TPEvans – what other languages have you tried to speak and/or write in besides English?

    It is obvious English is Alan’s second language and he is trying to express his opinion as well as he can in English.

    He’s right. It will be interesting to know how much more money the Myrtle Beach taxpayers will have to pay for this level of “enforcement”. Not only is the city cutting off x amount in revenue, but they have apparently added some expense in the form of more police hours.

    It’s a big country to ride elsewhere.

  21. 21 spaz May 14th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    As soon as somebody create the “Fuck Myrtle Beach” t-shirts, count me in…

  22. 22 Jeff Nicklus May 14th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Think they are having fun in Myrtle now ????? Wait until next week when Buckwheat and his Brothers show up! Now we are having fun!

    Over & Out,


  23. 23 choppertom May 14th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    yea mike, we have a choice in life to spend our money where we are welcome but have no choice/voice to stop spending into a system that only takes.

    by that, i mean, the city of myrtle beach is shooting theirself in the foot by doing this. now, once the revenue stops pouring in each year at bike week-where is the city going to come up with the tax dollars needed to sustain the golfing/vacation lifestyle they so desperately deserve?

    they will eventually raise taxes on locals and then the state will subsidize expenses-and round & round we go.
    the city will eventually regret what they did, but it will be too late.

    -retrospect will show that all they had to do was eliminate buckwheat when they had the chance.

    being politically correct only lengthens the time to which the inevidible will come……

  24. 24 Grayhawk May 14th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I Read the referenced ticketing of vendor alluded to above by toph. He, the vendor in question should not pack up his stuff and should fight the ticket since he is/has already paid all the fees and expenses, etc. assuming he is in compliance with his permit to setup, sell and/or display only? Read your permit.

    He can always display and sell with delayed contracting through his home retail outlet if allowed in his state or location or sulist a local dealership and contract through the local if applicable. Bottom line all vendors should know what their specific permit says and as such allows and adjust from there. That’s good business period.

    Most States have the retail sales of cars and motorcycles, etc. concerning conducting business outside the DBA of your retail location’s restrictions and/or the interrant labor or traveling vendor if you will sales with or without a permit laws, having said that unless the Myrtle Beach Permit he signed and paid for stipulates display only of motorcycles he might consider referring the state guy to the permitter unless he is setup outside the given permited areas.

    Point to all Retailers and Vendors there are a shit load of laws out there that are unenforced unless it serves a given purpose at a given time. It is hard enough to make a living without putting yourself and your ability to make a dime in a tougher spot.

    Reputable promotors will give you some insight into the does and don’t at any of the major rallys and the onous is on us to ask or shame on us.

    I have not set up in Myrtle in a couple years and will not consider till resolution is reached or not again.

    Blogging aside if your not having fun while and where you are making a living or just partying then go where you can. Only one to blame for getting burned when jumping into a fire is you.



  25. 25 THUG CUSTOM CYCLES May 15th, 2009 at 3:26 pm


  26. 26 Howard May 18th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I would like to apologize for the rudeness of Mr. TPEvans. He obviously does not know that this is an INTERNATIONAL blog for Bike Lovers from all over.

    Thanks for bringing us all together.


  27. 27 Brian May 18th, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I guess I don’t understand. You don’t blame the business owners, you blame the politicians? Well then, why punish the business owners, the folks you claim you support? How does that help the business owners get the politicians out of office? If you really want to show your support for Myrtle Beach business owners, you will put on your helmet, ride into town and spend money at their businesses. Money they can then use to support people who will run against the current people in office during the next election. Boycotting will only hurt the business owners, forcing them to close or to sell to politician-friendly buyers. Then you will never have another rally in town. As our military brethren know, you don’t win battles by walking away from the fight. If you don’t like Myrtle Beach in the first place or you just want to see a long-standing tradition die, then why pop off about it on a blog site? If you don’t care, then don’t care. Boycotting the businesses in Myrtle because the politicians don’t like you is like ignoring the cancer that’s eating you alive from inside. There is but one possible outcome.

    Also, really … is there a need to be racist and alienate an entire community of riders? If racism is the most intelligent thing you have to offer, then just keep your mouth closed.

  28. 28 customfighterer May 18th, 2009 at 11:03 am


    I’ll raise the SAME POINT I brought up about Florida bike rallies….





  29. 29 Anita Woods Jun 8th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    My husband and I ran into a police officer at a training class from Nags Head, NC (Outer Banks). Their rally was 3 weeks before the old MB rally. He said their attendance was WAY up, with many riders saying they came to NH instead of MB. They only had 1 fatality (drunk rider), and not one bar fight. ‘Yeah, there was more traffic and noise, but we’re a tourist town and everybody realizes we need the extra money.’ How much plainer can it be?
    For folks who have never visited the Outer Banks, you don’t know what you’re missing. Beautiful scenery, quaint little towns and preserved places, and super food. And there’s not a dang ‘Waves’ or ‘Eagles’ or ‘Wings’ beachwear store every 2 blocks, either.
    Like I said on another story here, this is a fight between old MB who still wants to be a working man’s vacation spot and new MB (retired northerners) who wants to be a gated, over-priced, snotty retirement community. Well let them have the senile old farts on their golf carts. Like HD says, Screw it let’s ride.

  30. 30 Dave Hockaday Jun 26th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    MB didn’t just start with this years antics… They cost our company about $10K in ’05, and have never refunded a penny. We had 8 employees, 50 linear feet of tents, 4 trailers of goods and transport vehicles, loads of money in expenses, etc all wasted…all for the simple display of our products (not sales). City mgmt told me “though $h1t, they didn’t care about our losses”. Long story, but I’ll never take my businesses or family back to MB as long as I live.

    I’m trying to help their cause by posting signs in our businesses in NC to tell everyone of our experiences with MB. MB has become a place too good for me, run by a bunch of snotty politicians. They forget that bikers went to MB for things other than bike week. They pissed off several hundred thousand people who will in turn tell countless more thounds. AFAIC, if they fail, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch. I spent a lot of money there from about 1976 on…several times/year. Never again. Not a dime in ’09, again in ’10, etc.

    Here’s what I wrote and published online in ’05…


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