Breaking News. Harley-Davidson Withdrawing From North Myrtle Beach Rally

As of last week, Harley-Davidson Corporate still didn’t apply for a business license to hold its event during the North Myrtle Beach Rally. City leaders wanted people who live there to understand why there should be a bike rally in their town and issued a flier explaining what’s happening with a proposed bike event and distributed it explaining what would and would not be permitted. When Harley-Davidson got knowledge of this flyer and realizing that they were not really welcome, that the number of outside vendors would probably be low, implying weak rally attendance, the company along with the local Myrtle Beach Harley dealer decided yesterday Friday March 19 to pull out from this event.

Without the draw of any Harley-Davidson presence I think that it’s probable that other vendors intending to be present are going to change their plans and that the number of rally goers to this event is going to dwindle again. Is it the beginning of the end of any Bike Rally in the Myrtle Beach area? (depending of who you talk to, the Rally is now called by several names: Myrtle Beach Bike Week, Grand Strand Spring Rally, Cruisin’ The Coast, Spring Rally, Murrells Inlet Spring Rally…). Not a good sign of unity.

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35 Responses to “Breaking News. Harley-Davidson Withdrawing From North Myrtle Beach Rally”


  1. 1 MC Mar 20th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Yada, Yada, Yada say the Myrtle Beach Political Machine. We should consider moving there because their economy must be recession proof.

    I would bet that the majority of Myrtle Beach business owners would welcome the bikers and the revenue that events like this generate.

  2. 2 Seymour Mar 20th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    South Carolina saying “Yahoo Stay Home”

  3. 3 just my opinion Mar 20th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Wonder if the local HD dealer will survive without the rallies income? Those idiots that sit on their city counsel and that moron that is mayor don’t even realize what damage they have caused the businesses of Myrtle Beach. And then the residents of Myrtle Beach re=elected those offials. I guess they deserve each other.

  4. 4 BadMonkeyMW Mar 20th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    For whom the bell tolls, MB. It tolls for thee. Enjoy you’re foot in the grave seniors and d-bag golfers.

  5. 5 BadMonkeyMW Mar 20th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Crap. That should be ‘your’ not ‘you’re’. The rest is the same.

  6. 6 golfish Mar 20th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    coming from a true biker who would never admit to playing golf 🙂

    I run about a 3-5 index…of coures not many know what that means

  7. 7 Mike Mar 20th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Harley Davidson is going where the money is. if there isn’t enough Bikers coming, it’s not worth the effort showing up as vendor.

    Also a lot of people are using your post as propaganda that “Harley Week is pulling out” not Harley dealerships and vendors.

    Keep up the good work Cyril Huze

  8. 8 Steve Kelly Mar 21st, 2010 at 6:14 am

    It makes you think what is in store for the smaller rallies such as Laughlin, their River Run really never got going last year, such a change from a few years back. Personally I like Myrtle Beach, but when money is tight, it is one of the first rallies that I knock of my list for the year.

  9. 9 cyclereckr Mar 21st, 2010 at 8:39 am

    A good example that we all should pay more attention to whom we elect. From dog catcher to president !

  10. 10 Cade Mar 21st, 2010 at 9:04 am

    cyclerecker, your right on here.

  11. 11 hpierce Mar 21st, 2010 at 10:05 am

    agreed cyclereckr, but in myrtle beach, that fool (mayor) got re-elected after passing the helmet law AND raising taxes. So it’s clearly the people of Myrtle that don’t want my business. And I feel like Mike is saying this article is spreading “propaganda” and diminishing the rally even further. I disagree totally. It’s not propaganda if it’s true. I grew up a little over an hour away and have been to the rally there for years. Since the helmet law passed, attendance dropped dramatically. And I still went, but this year, I won’t. I don’t want to support the town in any way until they realize how much business they are missing. And they won’t realize it with people still putting up the good fight and attending in defiance. Maybe, just maybe, they will realize it when it’s a ghost town. I’ll be at the Outer Banks rally.

  12. 12 Scott Mar 21st, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Simply amazing. When Myrtle Beach announce that the didn’t want the bike rallies many said screw Myrtle Beach. Now that they have back peddled on their stance some are going back with wallets wide open. The attendance would have been lower than in the past simply because the economy sucks. Many vendors don’t have the money to dedicate to setting up at all the rallies and manning displays. Couple this with the new rules and attendance will be quite poor. So even more vendors have pulled out.

    Obviously the city had realized that this rally did indeed help support the finances of the community as well as their bottom line. In the current economic condition of many communities any income is welcomed. However Myrtle Beach’s decision is too little too late. The profit from such a rally is substantially less than many think. In fact many multi day community wide events are a money loosing proposition for the city. With the increased need for police and emergency medical coverage plus other services.

    The mentality of some whom attend this rally is another issue. Just because you throw out money in your drunken stooper does not give you the right to be an asshole. should we break down the net profit for your stupidity filled week. hotel room, meals, gas, and booze. If you stay 5 days, and spend $1600 on local services the city gets about 10% $160. Their cost to protect drunken assholes from the pissed off citizens and themselves is $200. While many others show up enjoy and stay low key the asshole fringe more than makes up for their presence.

    To wonder if any business will survive because the lack of the rally is insane. Their is more to life in MB than hosting a bunch of little dick assholes for a week. are you insinuating that they spend the other 51 weeks planning, hoping and praying that you all come back next year. I bet that whole town is like a ghost town without a bunch of limp dicked biker wannabes racking off their pipes.

  13. 13 1550tc Mar 21st, 2010 at 11:36 am

    without a bunch of limp dicked biker wannabes racking off their pipes

    yeah nothing more annoying than guys with piece of shit 1″ straight pipes cracking their throttle while sitting traffic at a rally

    Scott that was also the same scene in laughlin and one reason why Sturgis and the Black Hills will #1 forever……so many places to ride and get away from the biker wannabes !

  14. 14 CYCLESPHEREFRED Mar 21st, 2010 at 11:40 am

    to the people that do not want us you are getting what you want NOTHING..SUCK-BANG-BLOW!!!!!

  15. 15 KentuckyHillbilly Mar 21st, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I would not go to Myrtle Beach if it was the only vacation spot left, Why go if they don’t want you there!

  16. 16 Georgia Hog Mar 21st, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    It is always amazing. A few politicians pass a illegal helmet law now everyone is not going. Where is your spine? I am going and planning to have a good time. The economy I would imagine is keeping alot of vendors out however that was not my driving force in going anyway.

    For the loud pipes nothing wrong with it until you go ripping through a residential section at 3am waking everyone up. Biker wanna be? name calling? all the other bs. I have been riding Harleys for years and very much enjoy it. I do not have to dress like everyone, present a certain iimage, ride drunk, and all the other that goes along with it.

    One thing that I wonder. If you potray yourself to be so anti establishment and bad ass why would you not stand up, man up and show up? Get beyond the black t shirt, black boots and chain drive wallets, stocking caps and leather vest when it is 95 degrees.

  17. 17 Woody Mar 21st, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Finally, Harley gets it like many others-“Why pay for the honor of being where you’re not wanted?”. There are plenty of other places to go, Myrtle Beach doesn’t want the Rallies (plural, hint, hint) so they got rid of them.

  18. 18 just my opinion Mar 21st, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Scott : sounds like you may be one of those residents of myrtle that don’t like the rally. Just so you know vendors will show up at any rally that makes them money. The reason most vendors stopped doing Myrtle is that Myrtle Beach stopped issueing vendor permits to most venues. The Harley Davidson dealership only got 10-12 vendor permits and two of those were for the beer sales and another 1-2 was for the food. That did not leave much for the rest of the vendors.
    And do you really think anyone believes that it cost the city 200 per attendee? and that each attendee only spend 1500. The hotel rooms alone are 200 per night if someone stays the full ten days that alone is 2000 then the food and beer tab is several hundred.. And all that does not even count the money that is spent at the vendors, who by the way have to pay your local taxes. Maybe some of you broke dick old age assholes should put a pen and pencil to this whole thing and you would see that you have hurt many of the businesses in that area. But you old broke dick assholes don’t have to worry about that after all you’re retired and don’t give a shit about your next door neighbor that has to feed his family. Have a nice day.

  19. 19 Bigalyts Mar 21st, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    You Know what, Fuck Myrtle Beach and all the Residents that Live there. If I was a Biker living in Myrtle Beach I would Drive to the Mayors House and Shit in a Bag and light it on fire and throw it at his front door. This would be done simultaniously, with my other Biker friends throwing Bags of the same on all the Commissioners door steps.This is what happens when you have to deal primarily with 99% WASPS.

  20. 20 Boss Hawg Mar 22nd, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Why rave and rant? Just stop going as I and around 30 of my friends have a couple years ago. Let Atlantic Bikefest/Black Bike have it all and deal with the issues at Myrtle Beach until they get fed-up, too. Our biker money is wanted greatly at other venues around the SE that are very biker friendly no matter what ya ride or what color you may be…they are there for the motorcycle rider in general and love us to come.

    Boss Hawg

  21. 21 Boss Hawg Mar 22nd, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Hey Mike…Read your Blog and really must ask…is Myrtle Beach really trying to throw out the Black Bikers/Black Bikeweek as your article seems to read like they have the Harley riders? Segregation Week – Myrtle Beach, SC http://www.blackbikeweeks.com/2010/02/segregation-week-myrtle-beach-sc/ Please tell us more here at Cyrils Blog.

    Boss Hawg

  22. 22 patch Mar 22nd, 2010 at 7:42 am

    went last yr we stayed in garden city and murrells inlet.screw them we will spend our money elsewere.with the poor economy,you would think they would want the income.let them have black bike week,they better or the naacp will sue them again.there are plenty of other places for bikers to go.

  23. 23 max Mar 22nd, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Myrtle Beach has not welcomed bikers for years, this is nothing new. The last time I was there was in ’99 and it sucked then. Plenty more places want my $$$ that I don’t need MB

  24. 24 max Mar 22nd, 2010 at 7:46 am

    PS Laconia loves us. Its the biggest tourist event in the state. Every room is filled in spite of the iffy weather.

  25. 25 Thomas O. Mar 22nd, 2010 at 7:58 am

    We have owned property in NMB for many years. It is a “Redneck Rivera” if ever there were one. The people of the state of SC are just ignorant, no wonder they have some of the highest unemployment and lowest level of education nationally. Go to the NC mountains, much better!

    Hey NMB: I hope you starve!

  26. 26 Henry Drey Mar 22nd, 2010 at 8:23 am

    MB Rally is dead. Period.

  27. 27 Cochise Mar 22nd, 2010 at 8:30 am

    KARMA!!!!

    In 1995 or so, myself and another cat was riding the East Coast and landed in Myrtle Beach, I believe it was in June or July, and as we pulled on to the strip, we saw all the signs that read “Couples and Families Only”……………………..we didn’t think nothing of it, until we tried to rent a room…………..it took us about 5 tries before we got one.

    Now mind you, this was at 8pm and it was a ghost town, but the first 4 places WOULD NOT let a room to two bikers.

    They deserve every bad thing they have received.

    P.S. My buddy’s folding Buck knike that he had on his belt was confiscated outside the Harley dealer by a punk ass cop, and he was given a ticket for, I believe $8. He never got it back.

  28. 28 bean're Mar 22nd, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I used to live in Charleston, SC in the early 80’s and being only a couple of hours away, I visited Myrtle often. The place totally changed during the bike weeks. The police became gastopo like and their “interpetations ” of the law became unbelieivable. I have been almost arrested for a minor traffic offence which, anywhere else, would have been a warning at best. I sent a letter in the late 90’s to city hall complaining about the tatics of the police there. This has been going on a long time. I am sorry for the vendors and the people who make their living from the tourists and do not support this but they will suffer the most from it. I stopped going to Myrle Beach 3 years ago when it became official that they were doing everything in their power to kill the bike weeks. My only regret is that I didn’t stop sooner!

  29. 29 jsdiamond Mar 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    A helmet law has nothing to do with bad behavior; and choosing not to wear one doesn’t make a person into a troublemaker. But that was the Myrtle city council’s focal point and it shows that they have no idea who we are as a group. No clue at all.

    They could have focused on the problem instead of the symptom –but they chose not to. So, instead of an extra $300 in overtime per additional officer they chose to lose hundreds of thousands.

    Good luck with that business model.

    Myrtle’s council cared more about stroking their own big egos and screwed themselves; and I say good riddance.

  30. 30 steve Mar 22nd, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    All above are correct. Myrtle Beach does not want bikers…..but the surrounding towns like Murrells Inlet,Garden City, Georgetown, to name a few do. So if you still want to enjoy the rally,warm weather and beach you still can without giving a dime to Myrtle Beach….there’s so many places that cater to bikers during the rally and all year long…..Suck Bang Blow, Beaver Bar, Dead Dog Saloon,Beer 30,Broken Spoke Saloon, Iron Horse Saloon and many more places have nothing to do with Myrtle Beach and anyone who has ever been to either the fall or spring rallies already knows this. So don’t let Myrtle Beach ruin a good time. Get a room in Surfside Beach,Murrells Inlet ,Pawley’s, Georgetown,ect.. I’m a resident of the S.C. coast and biker and welcome the rest of the riding world anytime of the year……..

  31. 31 David Mar 22nd, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Watch closely as probably all will shut down except for Daytona and Sturgis and the crowds will shrink there as the older we get and the young guys have their way on whatever they decide to ride do something else.

    SSDD; David

  32. 32 Jeff Nicklus Mar 23rd, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Oh hell, Myrtle Beach is just angeling for some free Obama Bucks!

    Over & Out,

    Jeff

  33. 33 Linda Apr 19th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    As a small business owner just outside of the city limits AND a biker, the elected officials of Myrtle Beach are idiots. Most people don’t understand that all businesses in the city limits were terrified when the city counsel and blue hairs started this crap in our county. 90% of the hard working hospitality workers do not live in the city limits therefore can not vote. It is all the northerners that moved down here to have a much better house for half the price and 1/3 the property taxes. They should have just kept going south until they hit Blue Hair Crippled Florida. The Rallies have been here for decades and those morons just a few years.

    FYI — The Mayor, John Rhodes, profited off of the bikers for years as a restaurant owner!!! I guess he forgot about that when he put the suit on and starting taking pay offs. Just my personal opinion.

  34. 34 Elite Intelligentsia May 11th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Clearly, if contributors to this blog are typical, neither bikers nor those in Myrtle Beach who welcome them are English majors. It strains credulity, therefore, to expect anyone to buy the propaganda that Harley owners who rally are typically doctors, lawyers, and other professionals who just want to let their hair down once in a while.

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