Myrtle Beach Fall Bike Rally (September 29 to October 2, 2011). In recent years bikers boycotted Myrtle Beach over its controversial helmet law approved in 2008 and struck down by the S.C. Supreme Court a year ago. Has these last 3 year’s abrasive sentiment among bikers toward Myrtle Beach disappeared? Will the rally dubbed Hurricane Alley and set to kick off on Wednesday be better than last year? Organized by Harley-Davidson Myrtle Beach the five-day event is expected to attract more bikers than last year, which should not be too difficult, the 2010 edition of the rally having been a total fiasco. Horry County issued 28 vendor permits for the fall rally this year, down 3 from last year, with most of the vendors on the south end and at the Harley-Davidson dealership off U.S. 17 Business near Myrtle Beach State Park, the others (about 10) set up at the North Myrtle Beach shopping and entertainment complex. Those permits do not include those issued for Barefoot Landing, which didn’t have vendors last fall, but may have a couple showing up on Thursday.
Bikers protest against new European Law. Riding protests started in the UK against proposed new European Union laws which will restrict motorcyclists from building and modifying their machines. The EU said the draft proposals had been drawn up to improve safety and limit emissions. With other protests, European bikers intend to show that they are absolutely disgusted that someone in Brussels, Belgium (headquarters of the union of the 27 member states) can tell them what they can and can’t do to their motorcycles.