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Myrtle Beach Mayor Says No 2009 Bike Week

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What do you mean we're not invited to Myrtle Beach? You ever hear of a little place called Hollister?
If there were any lingering doubts about whether motorcyclists would be welcome for the long-standing Myrtle Beach Bike Week in 2009, the city’s mayor has made it clear that they’re not. According to the website Myrtlebeachbikerinfo.com, the mayor of the South Carolina coastal town, John Rhodes, declares that “Effective 2009, Myrtle Beach, SC will no longer host motorcycle rallies.” The website was designed by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and lists 15 new rules and regulations the City Council has come up with in order to deter the gathering.
 
“Myrtle Beach is no longer the location for two long-running motorcycle events. After many years, our residents grew weary of three weeks of noise and traffic congestion each May, and they asked City Council to end the events. As a result, the Harley-Davidson Dealers Association Spring Rally and the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest will not be held in Myrtle Beach,” Rhodes wrote.

To discourage bikers, the city has implemented stricter noise and muffler rules, will be enforcing a helmet law within Myrtle Beach itself, has established rules against large parties in parking lots and has tightened curfews on juveniles. Increased police DUI checkpoints have been mentioned as possible points for sound emission tests as well. All this with the disclaimer that Myrtle Beach is not “anti-biker or anti-motorcycle.”

But the Myrtle Beach Bike Week website counters this, saying that the rallies have not been cancelled. MB Bike Week 2009 t-shirts are still for sale. As the site states, “People are still going to come with or without the vendors in the county. People own time shares, homes, condos in the Grand Strand and bought these places just for these events.”

The Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson website is still encouraging motorcyclists to come. It states “The City of Myrtle Beach has initiated a media campaign designed to deter the good, law abiding motorcycle riders from coming to our area. The information being disseminated by the Grand Strand Chamber of Commerce and City of Myrtle Beach does not accurately portray the views of the people of Horry County. The majority of people and businesses look forward to you visiting and desperately rely on your visiting to make it through the year.”

It states that most of the businesses that cater to bikers are in Horry County, which has not adopted the new ordinances enacted by the city of Myrtle Beach. The Harley dealer will soon have maps of the area and routes to avoid Myrtle Beach up on its site. While the city itself is trying to sever its ties with the event, North Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet and the rest of Horry County seem to be more receptive to the almost 500,000 visitors that come to the region over a three-week period in May and the income that it brings to an area that is heavily reliant on tourism dollars. If the rally goes on, it will be the 69th annual event.

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Joe Lawless -A Non Biker  July 20, 2010 02:01 PM
This issue of Bikers has progressed to the point where, now, this is NOT about bike week! It's now about social bigotry for which MYB is now known far and wide.

Since the SC State Supreme Court threw out the Myrtle Beach helmet law, efforts are underway to undermine visiting Bikers. MYB is not going to take the Supreme Court decision laying down, especially since their legal noses were rubbed in it by a unanamous Supreme Court decision. They are hell bent to enforce social bigotry of which the MYB city council and citizens of MYB so proudly boast.

As a prime example of "stubborn" and to keep from admitting wrong doing, the helmet signs will not be removed from the MYB streets. Instead, the signs has been changed to read instead, "Helmets Encouraged."

Now, the social bigots in the Myrtle Beach city council are making the remainder of those biker ordinances misdemeanors, offences for which you can and will be arrested, if they are passed on the third reading, and will be. The engine noise ordinance in currrently before the SC State Supreme Court and it will be some time before a decision is handed down.

Mayor Rhodes and the rest of the city council have made it clear that bikers and bike rallies are not wanted and that bikers "are not our kind of people." "There are too many of you and we don't want you."

Even if the engine noise law is struck down by the State Supreme Court, the rest of the ordinances will be enforced (Including arrests) to the hilt. The objective is to nit pick, legally harass and make your life so miserable you will leave MYB and not come back.

So much for peaceful and lawful assembly.

So if you visit MYB after the ordinances are enacted as misdemeanors, you had better tow the mark and walk the line. Bikers are not welcome here, law or no law.

The shame of it all, it's all supported by the citizens of MYB.
Rick Trench -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  June 26, 2010 03:19 AM
What you people who are not from around here don't understand is that Black Biker week ruined it for all. Whenever the black bikers came in the crime went way up, people were tearing up hotel rooms, having sex on the streets, urinating on the streets, stealing from local businesses and you name it.. It got so bad that many businesses would just closed while they were in town. Then they were accused of being racist.. They would rather CLOSE than deal with the trouble.. So in-order to stop it and be fair too all they had to shut it down for everyone. Everyone here liked it years ago when it was just ONE biker event, not TWO..
Mark Sheridan -Vacationeer  June 5, 2010 10:03 AM
My wife an I visited Cherry Grove SC May 27,2010-May 31 2010 as usual, an were greeted by Black Biker week. The NOISE was so LOUD that we could not enjoy our selves. When we call the 911 dispatch after 11pm to ask about a noise ordinance, the dispatcher told us not to come to Chery Grove during this time. The NAACP was down their also, an we felt that the law enforcement agencys hand were tied and they were unable to do their job for fears of discrimination charges. Mr mayor? we can not believe that you let this happen!!!!!! If the blacks are at Cherry Grove in 2011, WE WILL NOT BE. The local government needs to get a handle on this, they are ruining a GREAT vacation location.
Hoosier Riders -What a Shame  May 12, 2010 06:14 AM
We travled 800 miles to see goverment standing in the way of the american way. What gives a town a right to overseed state law. They should be suied and put in a place of example so other towns do not follow suite. Voters get out and make the change. We will not go back to BW until the people speek out and law abinding folks stop having to take the wrape for polititions.
step moore -bike week  April 6, 2010 06:50 AM
I have been going to bikers week for about five years now. I have first hand seen the effect that the new laws have on bike week. I remember times where you couldn't walk down the sidewalk without weaving through people now I can walk about ten avenues without bumping into someone. I feel sorry for those businesses that look forward to the money and those trying to make a living who will now be most likely laid off due to the lack of business or money. The only thing i can agree with against bikers weekend is the ignorance of some people and how they purposely destroy things. But the big picture is you steer away those thousands of people who invite and tell more people about myrtle beach.I give myrtle beach a decade before we begin to see a ghost town.
J.W.C. Entertainment,LLC. -Manager  January 28, 2010 12:09 PM
Why are every one of you, keep talking about Myrtle Beach, there are other places you can go to besides MB. That is why we at J.W.C.Entertaiment is starting to offer bikers a new outlet to come to and enjoy themselves. We will be presenting a Music Fest for all bikers, who are coming to Daytona, Beach for bike week, we will be presenting International Recording Artist JAZZI JEFF FLOYD AND D.J.Mean Gene on the wheels of steel, spinning the latest in old school music. This is a bring your own bottle affair. The event will
be held at the Sanford Civic Center, 401 East Seminle Blvd Sanford Florida(22 miles from Daytona Beach). Admission will be 20.00 and set-ups will be sold the night of the show.
For advance ticket purchase(all bikers will be charged 15.00) to purchase advance tickets ,please call Marvin Jones at 407-325-0895
DATE: OF EVENT March 6, 2010 start at 8.00P.M. UNTIL.
J. Calafactor -ANYWHERE but MB !  January 4, 2010 09:25 AM
For YEARS I have attended MBBW and spent HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars there over the years ... In 2008, my wife and I spent our honeymoon there and planned to celebrate our following anniversaries there ( two weeks early ) during MBBW. Needless to say, after learning of all the new "laws" meant to keep MBBW down, we spent our 1st anniversary at Va. Beach instead. To all the MB businesses and government that approved this bone-headed move I say, you are all a bunch of morons and I look forward to the day when the strip is covered with plywood ! Its not just that I'm a biker and I'm being denied to have fun ( and spend money ) in MB UNLESS I conform to what YOU think a tourist should look like, it's the idea that, first it's MBBW ... then what's next ? Do you morons really believe that the other tourists will make up the revenue lost by "forbidding" the bikers ? BETTER STOCK UP ON PLYWOOD !!! Daytona, Atlantic City, Ocean City, Weirs Beach -- PLENTY of OTHER places to get together and spend our hard-earned money so ENJOY the peace & quiet MB, it's only going to get WORSE and WE WILL BE THE ONES LAUGHING OUT LOUD ( LOL ! ) !!!
Will -Crap with Myrtle Beach.Let them lose money  December 30, 2009 03:24 PM
The **NEW** spot is Ocean City, Maryland. They welcome bikers and the bucks. Check the spot out on the map. It's way-way better than Myrtle. --------------Ocean City, Maryland Bike Week----------------- ---Search the net..You will see--- Have fun riding!
jermi little -boycott  December 23, 2009 04:00 AM
BOYCOTT MB EVERYBODY!!! GO TO NORTH MYRTLE, ATLANTIC BEACH, AND CHERRY GROVE! WAY BETTER ROOMS FO RBETTER PRICES AND NO COPS MESSING WITH YOU. I GET A BIGGER HOUSE FOR MORE DAYS FOR HUNDREDS CHEAPER NOW. I AINT STEPPED FOOT IN MB CITY LIMITS IN YEARS. IF EVERYBODY GOT 5 PEOPLE TO DO THE SAME MB WILL BE A GHOST TOWN AND THEY WILL DESERVE TO GO UNDER.
CHRIS JOHNSTON/////WELLAND ONT.CANADA -THE BEST BIKE WEEK  November 2, 2009 01:35 PM
I have been coming to m/beach for 8 yrs just for bikeweek and the fun and sun its the best bike rally in the south and now ill go to daytona instead will miss all the great people of that county just because of the crap from the city weight who never partisapated anyway all the best m/beach hope your head stays above water....
Old Marine -Bike week boots on ground.  October 11, 2009 01:24 AM
Well,I moved away from Myrtle Beach 2 years ago, after living there for 14years.Ok its like this,I had a part time job doing security at a nice resort.The first bike week would roll on through.These guys would park there trucks and trailers and ride the bikes only.No trafic problems.Now when the next one would roll through.You would get each person bringing down 1 car or truck 4-6 bikes+ trailer.Now a resort only has 1-2 parking spots per room.Now you also got there friends with 2-4-6 cars.Wow now we start having problems.parking decks over full cars getting hit.and with the second group they don't park and just ride.They have all cars trucks bikes are on the road! This shuts the beach down.My resort would have to give employees rooms because you couldn't get home or get to work. I also had problems with guys wanting to fight me for no reason at all.Like 17 times a day.I would not look at them funny I would be nice and try to help them.But I gusee this is showing weakness or something.Trust me I dont lie Im a old Marine who knows no color.We all were brothers in the Corps. But this new group has NO Respect. Sorry about spelling.
ROBERT -MYRTLE BEACH AND BIKE WEEK.  September 10, 2009 07:14 AM
I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT A TRIP TO MYRTLE BEACH FOR THE LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER, BUT THEN I REALIZE. THEY TORE DOWN THE PAVILLION, AND AMUSMENT PARK AND LEFT EMPTY LOTS, THEY RAN OFF THE US AIR FORCE, (SAID THAT IT MADE TOO MUCH NOISE), RAN OFF THE BIKERS (SAID THAT IT MADE TOO MUCH NOISE). I JUST REALIZED THAT THE OCEAN IS THE ONLY THING THEY HAVE LEFT. I GUESS THATS THE NEXT THING TO GO FOR TOO MUCH NOISE. I REALLY MISS THE A-1O'S COMING AND GOING FROM THE AIR FORCE BASE, AND I MISS THE PAVILLION AND AMUSMENT PARK. THEY ALSO TORE DOWN MY FAVORITE PAR-3 GOLF COURSE MANY YEARS AGO TO BUILD A MALL. THE MOTELS I USED TO STAY AT HAVE BEEN TORN DOWN TO MAKE ROOM FOR HIGH-RISE CONDO'S. THE CANDY CASTLE IS NO LONGER THERE WHERE I USED TO WATCH TAFFY BEING MADE. WHY DID I EVEN THINK ABOUT GOING TO MYRTLE BEACH ANYWAY. THE MYRTLE BEACH I WANT TO GO TO NO LONGER EXISTS !!! I THINK I WILL JUST STAY HOME AND LOOK AT MY PICTURES, AND VISIT THE MYRTLE BEACH THAT I USED TO LOVE.
NIGHTSHIFT -WE HAVE ALMOST ONE AND IT WILL NOW BE EVEN BETTER  August 7, 2009 03:12 PM
Just a few points. Black Bike week is has not been called black bike week for quite a few years now, because it is no longer considered a black event. All are welcome to attend. All the rallies are North Myrtle Beach events and both Atlantic Beach Bike Festival and the Harley events started in N.M.B. and spread out across the whole Grand Strand as they got bigger. The people of Myrtle Beach are not against the rallies and do not want them to end. It is a small senile group of, frightened little old ladies and their grumpy, little old men. We call them Greyhem Gremlins. The mayor and city council along with this small group of resent transplant retirees are the ones responsible. And it is true that the businesses did not stand up to them when they should have. We gave them plenty of time to take action and it was made clear that we were going to boycott, but they all laughed and did not think that it would have much of and affect. I had to work very hard to keep all of us on the same page. Who is laughing now? All I ask for was for two years showing up on the Grand Strand and not spending money in Myrtle Beach City limits, so that we would have time to get rid of the Mayor and City Counsel. As long as we all stick together and fight this kind of small government abuse, we will not only save are events, but will stop other towns from doing the same thing. I am not sure how some of you plan to stay in Myrtle Beach with spending money unless you are staying as guest of some locals. And if you get ticketed while in city limits and end up paying a fine then that is still money generated. This last event was great. Traffic was less with the exception of the Harley dealer, which we hope will generate several lawsuits. We were able to show that the Grand Strand still rocks, with out the seedy little loser town in the middle known as Murder Beach. Thank you all for standing up to this handful of little old ladies in pink tee shirts. Remember together we can and divided we fall.
HARRY -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  June 10, 2009 07:21 PM
Why not try to get another city to sponsor the event. In these hard times I'm sure that there is someplace that wouldn't mind putting up with a little noise (and ignorance) for a few days. Why try to push yourself on a community that really doesn't want you there?
Sitting Bull -MB bike week  June 9, 2009 06:41 PM
Who is this mayor to say no to bike week he cant controll the visitors that show up to visit Myrtle Beach on any givin day i say it is what is is Sitting bull
BeetleJuice -Bikers must stick together  June 5, 2009 06:03 PM
Before I make my statement let me give you a little background about myself to better put my point-of-view into context. I’m a 35 year old black male, wife is white, 3 young kids, currently ride a Harley but still have my Honda CBR 1000 in the garage. Over the past 15-17 years I have attended both Harley week and BBW. Over these years I have seen the positives and negatives in both. On BBW I’ve had to occasionally deal with a few younger guys trying to slapping my wife’s ass while we cruised the strip. On Harley week I’ve had to deal with being called a N**ger from a few. Long story short both events have their bad apples but on the most part we are all hard working Americans who simply wants to let our hair down and have an enjoyable weekend each May. After reading a few posting I’ve noticed that some individuals are attempting to pit one group with the other; please do not fall into this trap; the new rules affect us all! I can no more expect a group of Harleys to be quit than I can expect a woman on the back of a sports bike not to be bent over. What I and all of us can expect is civil behavior. Unfortunately some people walking area with only about 5% of your body covered on BBW or some people stumbling around drunk as a skunk on Harley week is not civil. Let me say to those of you who have not ever been to BBW or have only been once; the majority of the people at BBW agree that at times it can get a little crazy. I have personally heard black riders make request to officers to tighten up on the dress-code and others take it on themselves to confront disorderly individuals. To rap it up; I’m 35 yrs old and I act complete different now than when I was 20. Not disregarding the behaviors or penalties which should follow but we must keep in mind that the average ages for Harley week is 35-55 where has for BBW its 17-30. Maturity is playing a large part. When it comes to upper teen and early twenty year olds it’s like telling Spring-Flinger in Cancun Flinger to tone it down; trying is all we can do. We were all 20 once … (good times oh yes, good times) but I digress. Anyway rather a Hog or a Crotch-Rocket we’re all BIKERS and we must stick together. The mayor and his council’s plan of divide and conquer will not work on us!!!
Patrick Scranton -M.B. Bike Week  May 31, 2009 01:02 PM
Every year since 1977 I visited Myrtle Beach from Pennsyvania for a summer vacation. Now it is a family tradition complete with in-laws. Should I say WAS a tradition. I attended three Spring Bike Rallies in the past four years missing this years and enjoyed them. As a Harley Davidson owner and retired police officer I will no longer vacation in Myrtle Beach. Everyone must stop going there and make sure you voice your opinion why you stopped. We returned every year to the same motel. This year we cancelled reservations and explained why we will not return. YOU MUST TOTALLY BOYCOTT MYRTLE BEACH AND LET PEOPLE KNOW WHY. Beach towns need revenue particulary in this economic time. Actions speak louder than words and the loss of the mighty dollar will speak loudest.
Mrsbikerchick -Spring Rally09  May 30, 2009 09:47 PM
My husband and I just returned from the Spring Rally. We boycotted Myrtle Beach and spent our hard earned dollars in North Myrtle, Horry County and Murrels Inslet and all the other towns that welcomed us. We bypassed Myrtle Beach proper all week and like the t-shirts said "not a dime in 09". I felt bad for the business that lost a ton of revenue due to their short sighted political leaders but we were determined not to go where we were blatantly told we weren't wanted. We are both hard working people. My husband works for a major aircraft manufacturer and I am an A/R Manager for a sail making firm. We are not "trashy". All of our motorcycles are paid for. All being 3. Unlike other's comments have stated, we did not stay in a flea bitten motel but rented a beautiful home in North Myrtle. We stayed the entire week and had a blast. Yes, the rally was much quieter than last year and it was a sad thing to see. We renewed our wedding vows at SBB 4 corners and let me tell you, Jimmy Motley and his crew made our special event one of the best memories ever. SBB, HB Spokes and all the other biker bars were awesome to all as were the staff at the restaurants and stores we visited. The people in the area were nothing but friendly and helpful. It is such a shame that a small group of "Greyhem Gremlins" tried (yes tried but did not succeed) to ruin Bike Week. I have to say this and I did email the chamber of commerce in Myrtle this also, my husband and I will NEVER set foot in Myrtle Beach again. We will not fly into their airport, stay in any of their hotels etc etc. North Myrtle, Murrells Inlet and all the other towns on the Grand Strand will see us again. People go where they are made welcome and feel wanted. Myrtle Beach doesn't want us, or our money. We are evidently not good enough for them. So be it. The bike week rally's aren't about Myrtle Beach anyways. They are about commeraderie, friends and a passion to ride. My husband and I look forward to the next rally, The Grand Strand Spring Rally 2010!!!! To all my fellow bikers, ride safe and see you all next year!
Lindy -I'LL ASK AGAIN...  May 30, 2009 01:36 PM
Why do you not care about the stress your rallies put MB under? Do you think the mayor just woke up one day and thought "I don't like bike rally revenue anymore....?" There are valid reasons for curbing your rallies. They had grown to a size that was completely unmanageable for our small town -- we aren't Daytona Beach! Why is that reality so hard for you to accept? You claim to be a charitable bunch but another side has emerged THAT has tarnished your image tremendously.
Tom -harley bike week  May 29, 2009 02:08 PM
I welcome the bikers. I ride a bike and live in Myrtle Beach,there are so many residents that own bikes and ride during bike week. The news just seems to show the old folks that don"t ride there opinions, not the residents that own bikes and welcomes the bikers. I moved to this town and bought a 300.000 dollar house and have my own bussiness and pay taxes and sales taxes. That is the reason I moved to Myrtle Beach is because I have a bike and can ride all year, now I feel like a target in my own town by police. If all the bikers of Myrtle Beach moved there would be hardly any residence left except for the complainers and the mayor.
REMOAND -BIKE WEEK  May 29, 2009 02:08 PM
I have been to bike week for several years and I have enjoyed it every time I went. From what I understand Myrtle Beach lost 60 million dollars last week. I really don't think it is fair to the business owners to take that kind of a loss over one week of festivities. The thing that I wish that did happen is that the NAACP would sue the city of Myrtle Beach for overt discrimination. The ordinances were geared for a certain group for a certain time. Mostly it was for the black bikers. How can you tell someone they cannot wear a bathing suit to the beach only for a week? This is just one of the idiotic ordinances that was enforced. Now the week after you can play loud music, women can were what they want, mufflers on bikes can be loud and you do not have to wear a helmet. I am a biker and I am all for safety but how can you enforce an ordinance that the state does not enforce. My desire is to see bike week come back full force and the business owners make up for the losses.
Lindy C. -Bike Rallies just grew too large for our small town  May 28, 2009 09:18 AM
Why do you not care about the stress your rallies put MB under? Do you think the mayor just woke up one day and thought "I don't like bike rally revenue anymore....?" There are valid reasons for curbing your rallies. They had grown to a size that was completely unmanageable for our small town -- we aren't Daytona Beach! Why is that reality so hard for you to accept? You claim to be a charitable bunch but another side has emerged THAT has tarnished your image tremendously.
FSU Grad -Myrtle Beach ..NOT A DIME in 09...Atlantic Beach..I'M IN COME 2010 AGAIN!!!  May 27, 2009 10:31 AM
I am a 35 year old mother and wife.Me and my husband have been traveling to the MB with our sports bikes for the last 7 years every May.We spend 2000.00 easy.We return in August with the kids. We spend 4000 easy. People always ask....."why do you go where your not wanted"? The people of MB have always been kind to me and mine, ALWAYS!! So my reply is "its not the bikers they dont want...it's the ignorance". Then MB passes a new law. A direct hit that targets bikers.."HELMETS REQUIRED"...OUCH!! Yeah I know there were others passed too, but believe me...the 20 yr old college freshman,who drove his chevy impala from NC to pick up chicks and blast his music while spectating IS NOT AFFECTED BY THAT LAW. His room 69.00(mom and pops) a night for 3 nights; Our room 197.00 (Sheraton)a night for 7 days. 45.00 to fill up his impala;120.00 to fill up our Excursion and 20.00 a day for 2 bikes (depending on the amount of riding).We spend a 100.00 a day to eat.He spends 40.00 a day and SKIPS breakfast! We cant afford to get, and NOT PAY a 100.00 ticket for "NO HELMET" our insurance will go up, and we need our permits. He gets a noise ordinance ticket and NEVER PAYS ANYWAY!! We BIKERS have spent to much money in that town to be treated as such. We rode thru Ocean Blvd Sat; and you still have traffic, noise, and woman(not as much) but you still have it...MINUS the MONEY and the BIKERS!!! We are already passing the word.. DO NOT SPEND A DIME IN MB MAY or MARCH!! So that family Vacation we take the kids on in August...SHAG CITY(atlantic Beach) here we come...cause for us.. "MYRTLE BEACH (anything inside city limits) IS DONE"
robo6.net -a shame...  May 27, 2009 08:13 AM
it's a shame really. I've lived here a long time and Bike week has been here longer than me... and longer than all the northerners moving down here. Yeah, you damn northerners... You spend a few weeks here a year, love it, then move down here and notice... hey! you live in a tourist town! you're not a local but you complain like one. There's a connection between the amount of old retired jerks moving here over the recent years and the amount of bitching about the bikeweek. As a freelance artist, for the last six years I made easliy about 2,000 grand in shirt designs for local businesses through several local screenprinters. This year, I didn't get a single design job... so it trickles down to me not having that money to put back into my community through buying goods and services. Did Rhodes have something to replace it, really replace it? nope. not really. Instead of saying we arent going to have it, why not plan it better? why not have events set-up so you can keep the bikers out of the side streets and 'hoods. God forbid we get a biker in the dunes club. We could have been a Sturgis sized event for a week with money going to everybody that relies on it. and on a personal note, I've known John Rhodes for several years... through family connections and working with the basketball classic event. He's an asshole. I'm seriously tempted to post his cell phone number.... or at least call him and ask for my lost income.
I'm at Emerald Isle -Bike week  May 26, 2009 04:27 PM
We accidentally ended up in Myrtle Beach during Black Bike week one year and have avoided it ever since!! We now vacation in Emerald Isle. We really miss Myrtle Beach and hope the Bikers leave forever so we can come back to vacation in May. Way to Go MB. We would've been there this year if we had known earlier that the trash wasn't going to be there.
Regina -Look at the big picture  May 26, 2009 10:42 AM
The problem is that people don't really see what the real problem is to this change. To me this country is still filled with prejudice and I don't mean just color!! It can mean what social status you fit in,etc!! I don't agree that they should stop the Biker's from coming. I do agree that people shouldn't come here and tear up the place and show that they have no respect for Themselves. However, these decisions are based on how barbaric people can be. Taking the Bike fest here in Myrtle Beach happens once a year and those who are wanting to travel with families should consider scheduling there vacation another time. As far as the ordinance law you should want to protect yourself from harm and danger but they really took it to far and by saying they don't want the rally here anymore. The residents who live here and complained about bike week probably don't have to worry about money. What about the people who have businesses and families to feed, depended on Bike week. How about the rising unemployment here in Myrtle Beach and so little jobs to find. If your going to be a politician find a solution that can help all working citizens and not take away from those who made Myrtle Beach. God Bless everyone.
B-Deisel(Street Heat MC) -MB Bike Week  May 25, 2009 08:41 PM
I went to MB the weekend of May 18th. Rooms at MB hotels were ridiculously low due to lack of biker business. Cops were everywhere(seemed liked at least 10 per block). The police were so prevalent that I didn't even want to drive in their city. MB will never get anymore money from me. I have a purchased timeshare there but I will use it in other places. I won't go back if they change the laws. I will never ride my bike there. Hope they get what they want and deserve!!!LOL ....guess they don't like money
mp beaufort county -myrtle beach bike week  May 24, 2009 08:56 PM
I been going to M.B. BIKEWEEK for 9 year SPENTIN BOUT $200 A NIGHT WITH A 4NITE MIM. WE ALWAYS GET 3 ROOMS U DEW DA MATH..ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR DA SAME ROOM IS $89 A NIGHT NO MIM.WE DON'T CARE BOUT DA MONEY B/C WE ALWAY HAVE A NICE TIME.U WANT C ME NOMORE UNLESS I'M PASSING THRU GOING TO JACKSONVILLE NC. For the mayor yall built that Hard Rock Park it open in May 08 closed Sept 08..YOU TELL ME DO WE NEED YOU OR YOU NEED US.....NUFF SAID... I'M KEEP LIVE IN BEAUFORT BY DA BAY....LOL
samantha -BIke week PS  May 24, 2009 01:35 PM
I Still it as being addressed as "Atlantic Beach Bike week". Then it should remain in Atlantic Beach. What are you trying to avoid? Obviously IF it were ATLANTIC BEACH BIKE WEEK ..MYRTLE BEACH LAWS would have no bearing on it anyway.
Samantha -TWO very different BIKE WEEKS  May 24, 2009 01:24 PM
There is NO white elephant or black elephant in the room. (TJohnson said) Harley week was on a week where there was nothing else going on originally ( no money coming in ) So YES that revenue was VERY WELCOME for years.. Memorial day had already been an established revenue FAMILY WEEKEND. The Altantic beach festival or black bike week can just pick another week to bring in more revenue and Also bring their families down on Memorial day. ANY bike week should not be mixed with an already revenue established FAMILY weekend. Everyone LOVEs the extra revenue from bike weeks but the Bike week and a family weekend should not continue because it's just trading one overun weekend for another instead or having three GREAT weeks in Myrtle beach. THis has been the problem since the beginning of this situation. Its truly a simple solution where each BIke week is celebrated and Memorial Day is still for families, bar b q's and honoring those veterans. Why are we still putting one bike week against another. There is no comparison. One week that brought in it's OWN revenue where there was none and another took over an already great revenue longweekend. it's NOt about BLACK AND WHITE AT ALL. So quit comparing how many tickets are written one week with how many for another it's completely different situations. I have been a MB resident and live right off the strip. I know because that is where I live I need to deal with a little noise and that's cool but ONLY during Memorial day bike weekend have I had people TELL ME they were GOING to park in my FRONT YARD AND I better deal with it. That was unacceptable. I have seen the good and the bad and why the real issue has never been addressed is ridiculous. We only have so many cops and so many fire depts in our city to protect YOU and your visiting family we cant' do that when there are @ HUGE groups in the city. It's just the facts of a small town. You come here because it's a small welcoming safe town please help us keep it that way. I am not taking up tfor the city council but they don't know what to do because somebody is going to call them racists for trying to handle an out of control situation like Black bike week and Mem weekend. IF you respect our city and Just have black bike week PICK another week you will be very welcomed and I bet the laws will relax.. SIMPLE SIMPLE
kb -Biker's Week  May 23, 2009 07:57 AM
I feel the city of Myrtle Beach should move Biker's week to some other time. Memorial Day Weekend is a time when lots of families want to go to the beach but can't because of the noise and traffic. Pick a weekend in September of late August when the kids are back in school. My husband and I got married in May 14 years ago and went to the beach (not knowing about bikers week) for one of our early anniversary's we spent 3 hours trying to get to our condo from Broadway and it should have only take 20-25 minutes at the very most. Bikers were riding between cars, girls had their butts sticking out of shourt that were way to short for their big behinds. I now have kids and do not want my kids to be exposed to the bikers and their indecent exposure.
EB -Bike week  May 22, 2009 01:04 PM
My wife and I attended this year but we won't be back. We traveled in North Myrtle and Murrell's Inlet where we were welcomed, but it was very irritating to know that we weren't welcome in MB. We usually take late summer vacations in MB, but we won't be there either. For the mayor and the residents to not want the "tourists" in this economy is just unbelievable. They will be feeling the big pinch when all of a sudden they realize they don't have all these tax dollars to help run the government and the businesses that depends on bike week start failing and they lose those tax dollars as well. Then what??? Well guess what,,,they have to raise property taxes and then we'll hear the residents scream!!! Even if we are invited back next year, we won't be back. Once insulted like this,,,we won't get over it. We have spent thousands of dollars in this city in the past on food, lodging, t-shirts, other gifts and we'll just spend those dollars elsewhere. So long MB!!
DJB -SDH Trashy  May 22, 2009 12:37 PM
If you think all bikers are trashy and all we want to do is drink, smoke and party, you are sadly mistaken. I am an administrative assistant in the credit department of a major paper mill. My husband works for US Airways. Neither of us smoke or drink or party. We just love to ride and visit different places and get with people who have the same interests. Some of our best friends who ride are doctors and lawyers. I hardly consider them trashy. I drive a Nissan ZX and my husband drives a nice truck. We travel to Daytona, Sturgis and other cities which sponsor bike weeks. We also have enough money to go on cruises and we fly around the country. So I am insulted that you would consider us trashy because we ride a Harley and attend bike weeks. Wake up!
tjohnson -In response to Jules  May 21, 2009 10:43 AM
Hi, Jules. I read your response and am raising an eyebrow. While I have long since stopped attending 'Atlantic Beach Week', I have been in attendance at 'Harley Week' and I have witnessed similar behaviors among both groups, so I'm not too sure to whom or what specifically your post implies. If it's that both groups like to have a great time when surrounded by their peers---and do tend to drink, party, and enjoy EVERYONE's company---you're right. However, if you're saying that one group heckles another more, I think you're sadly mistaken b/c this happens at both events. While I understand your concern, I think you're living in a time warp and your message implies exactly what it is that 'you know...would happen if they tried to stop just one bike week'. In my opinion, there's no need to hint at the white elephant if you're not going to acknowledge it's presence. Yes, discrimination/racism is still alive today, of this we are sure. But, from what I've seen at MB, it's both groups that tend to get a little rowdy when alcohol and one's peers are gathered in one place. Why don't we mention the economic impact it's going to have on this region?
Ted -harley bike week  May 21, 2009 06:16 AM
This is to some of the blogs that lives behind complex with iron gates.I belive most not all lived in some of the places i had to travel,only certain section of the city you could be in after dark,motel iron bar on lobby doors after dark.I don't blame you for coming south ,because you know i was not talking about traveling to the south.someone said a harley only cost around 20k and that was not much money to you,like that was the only thing we had,for your info i have a new corvette,custom pickup truck,m3bmw,as for housing i know housing cost a lot in some parts of mb because of the ocean,but that is all,the so called bikers homes I ride with would make 2/3 of the homes look sick.IN CLOSING MOST BIKE WRECKS ARE CAUSED BY AUTO, DRIVEN OLDER PEOPLE I AM OLD ALSO BUT I DON'T TURN MY NOSE UP AT ANYONE.....
Dtal -MB Bike Week  May 20, 2009 11:52 PM
SDH- Have you ever heard of a bike ride for charity? On any given year there are millions of dollars raised by bikers that ride for a good cause. Breastcancer, Make-A-Wish, Victory Junction Gang,just to name a few. I don't suppose you have a family member or a friend that has benifited from us lousy, lasy, no-good bikers that raise charatable dollars for all to enjoy? I hope you notice the HD tatoo on the arm of the fireman that pulls your three year old child from your burning house. Thanks for your kind thoughts!
SDH -trashy  May 20, 2009 02:31 PM
Bikers are just trashy people anyways. Cant do anything but drink, smoke, and hangout - not smart enough for anything else. Probably wouldnt be so bad if they wernt so obnoxious. You sit here and complain of everything, but what about the obnoxious noise of your stupid motorcycles? you dont care about anyone but yourselves!
skinny -thanks  May 20, 2009 01:29 PM
To all the bikers who came to the festival thank you, esp. the few that stayed at the hotel that I work in. I am a bartender in the city limits of MB and I saw about a $3000 decrease in tips from years past. Even though I saw a big loss in money good for you guys for sticking to your guns. I am a voter and know who I will NOT vote for in the Nov. election and hope all the other local industry people will do the same. Rhodes I hope you are happy, but know a lot of servers and bartenders that absolutly hate you right now. Hey, why don't you give me and the others that lost tons of money this year a tax break seeing how we want be able to pay your new marketing tax of $4 million which you could of easily made this past week or so. My wife and I are seriouly thought of selling and moving to NMB but decided not to let a few A-holes run us off from the place we love. So bikers remember, there are a lot of us who still support you, however understand what you did and hope that it affects the mayor and city coucil members personally as it has me. I hope you all lose your jobs and have to see what it is like on unemployment and waiting in those long lines for almost nothing of a check.Think of your kids and grand kids who may have to wait tables or bartend in this town when you move all the bluehairs in. You knew what was going on in this town when you ALL moved here, so you can all move elsewhere, IPROMISE YOU WILL NOT BE MISSED.BIKERS KEEP RIDEN' KEEP COMING,(WEATHER ITS IN OR OUT OF THE CITY LIMITS)MOST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HELP YOU HAVE PROVIDED MYSELF AND FAMILY OVER THE YEARS! STAY SAFE...
skinny -thanks  May 20, 2009 01:26 PM
To all the bikers who came to the festival thank you, esp. the few that stayed at the hotel that I work in. I am a bartender in the city limits of MB and I saw about a $3000 decrease in tips from years past. Even though I saw a big loss in money good for you guys for sticking to your guns. I am a voter and know who I will NOT vote for in the Nov. election and hope all the other local industry people will do the same. Rhodes I hope you are happy, but know a lot of servers and bartenders that absolutly hate you right now. Hey, why don't you give me and the others that lost tons of money this year a tax break seeing how we want be able to pay your new marketing tax of $4 million which you could of easily made this past week or so. My wife and I are seriouly thought of selling and moving to NMB but decided not to let a few A-holes run us off from the place we love. So bikers remember, there are a lot of us who still support you, however understand what you did and hope that it affects the mayor and city coucil members personally as it has me. I hope you all lose your jobs and have to see what it is like on unemployment and waiting in those long lines for almost nothing of a check.Think of your kids and grand kids who may have to wait tables or bartend in this town when you move all the bluehairs in. You knew what was going on in this town when you ALL moved here, so you can all move elsewhere, IPROMISE YOU WILL NOT BE MISSED.BIKERS KEEP RIDEN' KEEP COMING,(WEATHER ITS IN OR OUT OF THE CITY LIMITS)MOST OF ALL THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HELP YOU HAVE PROVIDED MYSELF AND FAMILY OVER THE YEARS! STAY SAFE...
Theresa -Bike Week May 2009  May 20, 2009 01:01 PM
I have been coming to Bike Week since 2002. The Mayor needs to be fired. As hard as the recession has hit this nation..and the one for sure week of income for your county/city.. how could you? I love Myrtle Beach, how could anyone take so much from a beautiful place at the beginning of the tourist season.. shame on you.. you are a monster to your own people. Sure hope you have allot of food when they come knocking on your door hungry.. Shame on you.. limiting vendors, double rates to set up, helmet law when the state has none... who made you the almighty? I have family there without jobs.. you cost more people to not have anything.... shame... shame.. RESIGN..save some face....
Jules -Bike week changes  May 20, 2009 10:32 AM
Myrtle Beach has a lot to offer other than bike week. I have been going down there with my family all my life and for the Harley bike fest for many years. My friends and I plan our girls vacation around it. We will be sad to see it end and miss the many friends we have made over the years. However. . .We used to go to Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day weekend and had to stop. It is completely overrun with people that have no respect for the area or the businesses. If you read the new ordinances, they are a reflection of Atlantic Bike week. This festival is during a national holiday dedicated to heros and celebrated by families and Myrtle Beach is a fantastic family vacation spot, except on Memorial weekend. I have seen families with children trying to get down the main street by the Pavilion and being heckled and challenged to the point of being scared. The behavior, dress, and total disrespect are why I am glad the Mayor finally took a stand. Read the ordinances and you will see what I have seen during Atlantic Bike Week. Sorry Harley riders, but you know what would happen if they tried to stop just one bike week.
Anastasia -Stupid  May 20, 2009 08:51 AM
Well Myrtle beach will be losing alot of money. I don't own a bike but I use to ride on with friend guys and it was a lot of fun. What more is there to do here in South Carolina. Well Florida here we come!!! I think it was a stupid idea and the Mayor is going loose out of money. I will never support Myrtle beach, they want be getting any of my money ever!!!! Black Bike week is going to continue somewhere else TRUST ME!!!!!
AJ -BW '09 in MB  May 20, 2009 05:44 AM
I returned from mb on the 18th. I got so pissed off at some of the things mbpd was doing. from 2pm till about 11 pm they had one side of the road blocked. At the Harley-Davidson, cops were blocking the entrance for people making a left turn into the parking lot, forcing all people to drive down the road into mb city limits. Those people that did drive that way got popped for not wearing helmets or eyewear. In fact, that is a basic form of entrapment. For those that dont know, entrapment is ILLEGAL! I had fun there, but i say people should stay in mb city limits and NOT SPEND ANY MONEY WHATSOEVER IN THE CITY LIMITS!!!!! We are going to take back what is rightfully ours. Whether or not they like it.
JUDY -WELCOME TONY & FU PAIGE  May 19, 2009 07:44 PM
THIS WILL BE MY THIRD YEAR COMING TO THE MEMORIAL DAY BIKE FEAST OR AS SOME OF YOU MIGHT CALL IT "BLACK BIKE WEEK".ALTHOUGH IM NOT BIKE AND I DONT RIDE I STILL HAVE THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE THERE.TONY EVEN THOUGH YOUR SKIN COLOR DOES NOT MATCH THE COLOR OF THE EVENT DOES NOT MEAN YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IS NOT WELCOMED, THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. THATS WHY I LOVE IT SOOOOOOO MUCH,NO ONE IS JUDGEMENTAL AND EVERYONE IS THERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME ! THE LOCALS AND THE COUNCIL MEMBERS CRY ABOUT THE DEATHS THAT HAPEN THERE BUT THEY HAPPEN ALL OVER THE PLACE. NOW AS FOR MISS PREJUDICE PAIGE DO NOT EVER IDENTIFY ANYONE AS "THEM" JUST BECAUSE SOME OF THE LADIES DECIDE TO WEAR NEXT TO NOTHING ON BIKES OR TO WALK AROUND. MAYBE YOU STAY IN TOWN TOOOOO MUCH AND NEED TO DO SOME TRAVELING YOURSELF, BECAUSE IN MIAMI THOSE LADIES WERE NAKED ON THE BEACH AND VIRGINIA BEACH SOME OF THE WOMEN WILL WEAR CLOSE TO NOTHING. BIKE WEEK IS A TIME TO SHOW OFF NEW BIKES AND PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER SHOWING LOVE. I HAVE SPOKEN TO MANY OF THE HOTEL OWNERS AND BOY THEY ARE SO MAD OF ALL OF THE MONEY THEY LOST THIS YEAR ! WELL TO ALL OF MY PARTY GOERS SEE YA IN TWO DAY AND TO ALL OF THE HATERS SEE YA TOO BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!XOXOXOXO
Jazzysmom -MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK!!  May 19, 2009 06:44 PM
JUST WANTED TO THANK THOSE OF YOU WHO DID SHOW UP FOR MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK! I AM A LOCAL HERE BORN AND RAISED, AND COMING FROM SOCASTEE AREA TO THE BEACH TO WATCH THE BIKES IS A FAMILY PAST TIME. NOW IM GROWN UP AND WORK AT THE BEACH AND AS EVERYONE KNOWS SINCE THE ECONOMY IS DOWN SO IS THE HOTEL BUISNESS. WELL IM JUST HOPING THAT THIS MAYOR DOESNT COST ME MY JOB. WE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED THOSE WHO CAME AND STAYED AT HOLIDAY SAND NORTH!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!
KATDADDY 4- LIFE -MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK 2009  May 19, 2009 03:57 PM
I USE TO LIVE IN MYRTLE BEACH MYSELF FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE MESS AND ALL THE STINK OVER BIKE WEEK IN MY LIFE I HAVE SEVERAL FRIENDS THAT LIVE IN MYRTLE BEACH AND ASLO OWN HOTELS THAT LOST THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DUE TO SOMEONE WANTING TO MAKE A STAND AGAINST THE BIKES IF YOU DONT LIKE IT YOU NEED TO TAKE A VACATION AND WE WILL BE GONE WHEN YOU COME BACK I HAVE HEARD EVEN SOME OF THE HOTELS WHERE CLOSING DUE TO LOOSING SO MUCH MONEY SO ON BEHALF OF ALL THE BIKERS I SAYING THIS WE WILL BE BACK AND AGAIN AND AGAIN YEAR AFTER YEAR ALL YOU HAVE YOU HAVE DONE IS WAKING UP A SLEEPING GAINT WHO ALSO IS MAD AS HELL !!!! SO YOUR SO CALLED HELMENT LAW YOU CAN STICK IT UP YOUR ASS BECAUSE NEXT YEAR WE WILL BE BACK LIKE IT OR LUMP IT SO BIKERS WE WILL STAND TOGETHER TODAY AND TOMORROW AND WE WE WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH
STi Rider -To: Mitt - Hooray  May 19, 2009 06:33 AM
Speak for your self and locals. That waitress never sees more than $1 from YOU folks who live there. Anyway this really reminds another great place which was shut down because of stupidity like this US129
NIGHTSHIFT -LIKE TO THANK THOSE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.  May 18, 2009 11:21 PM
I just want to thank the real bikers that came to the Grand Strand to support us in are fight against this handful of Greyhem Gremlins that have hijacked the local government. They will be out of office soon enough. So thank you to all that came and stood up to this handful of little old men and women in their pink tee shirts. For a while their with all the stupid talk on the boards I thought that all the bikers had become pansies and no longer stood for anything other than getting drunk and walking around commercialized parking lot vendors. It is good to know that with the exception of those drunken red neck posers that thought they could stay in Myrtle Beach and not support are boycott many good people came to the Grand Strand and had a great time. Their was less traffic and the ridding was great. And even though the Gremlins did everything they could to slow us down or stop us, we still had a pretty good vendor turn out. We showed up and did not let this handful of loser win. So thank you to those of you that stand for something. As for those of you that were too cool to come all I can say is that was your choice. Not sure what you stand for but that is your choice. So have another drink to all the lone wolfs that no longer are willing to fight against injustice or to fight for are freedoms. So for those of you like Sandy Gregory that spent money in Myrtle Beach I can only hope that some day she will meet a real biker and can join the rest of us on the Grand Strand that are boycotting Myrtle Beach. Most of us had a great time and can now feel proud of are selves for standup to the kind of injustice that the lonely little Mayor of Murder Beach has tried to hand out to everyone along the Grand Strand. Once again thank you for your support. Thank you for standing up for us that live on the Grand Strand. The Grand Strand rocks on with out Murder Beach or the posers that ignored the boycott.
Sick Of It in Myrtle Beach -Be Glad you dont live here!  May 18, 2009 07:19 PM
How would you like these retired northern yankees coming into your town and trying to turn it into their own private resort? I live here, thats what I feel they are doing. There were bike weeks BEFORE these northern retirees moved here, now they insist they stop the rallies? Believe me, the retirees here think they own the beach. If they could put a fence up and kick all the locals out they would be happy! Its very sad for us locals to have these people come in and try to make it their private paradise.
debbie in ohio -bike week  May 18, 2009 02:24 PM
my husband an i DID go to mb for our vacation every year...we got married during bike week...it WAS always the perfect vacation for us and our friends that have come with us...us girls could enjoy the beach and the guys enjoyed watching the bikes...not any more...we couldnt believe mb was a ghost town...we will be finding another vacation spot since the politians have ruined yet another fun time...
RLR -Bike Week  May 18, 2009 11:58 AM
Just got back to Jax. FL on Sat. from the rally. Myrtle Beach was a ghost town. The mayor had the chimichangas to actually blame the bikers for this! I'd say overall biker traffic was down at least 50% from previous years. Those who live there know the real reason for the changes. Transplated Yankees wanting to change Southern ways. What's the best gift you can give a Yankee? A one way bus ticket back north. I'll keep going and like this year just avoid MB itself.
Rodney -harley week  May 18, 2009 10:30 AM
Most of the people that don't want bike week ar retired from the north east. Thay thank the world owes them something,get real you knew what was there when you moved in,the place you moved from was bad.if not just move back,the harley riders are better people than yiu old farts. just returned from mb 5/18/09. will not return to spend my money to keep your taxes low.....
Train -Thanks ...  May 18, 2009 07:04 AM
Thanks to all who showed and made this a great week ... We will continue to fight AGAINST what City is doing to bikers as a whole... Remember to come back and enjoy coastal area , just stay out and dont spend anything in MB City limits until they remove the problem Mayor Rhodes ....
HMFIC -Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  May 18, 2009 04:59 AM
LOL, it worked! The "NOT A DIME IN 09" campaign worked. Myrtle Beach business owners are up in arms with the Mayor wanting him out. Thanks to EVERYONE who stayed out of the city during this past week. You definately helped our cause of ousting our Mayor.
Frog from South Carolina -MB BIKEWEEK  May 18, 2009 04:35 AM
On behalf of the locals here on the Grand Strand I thank each one of you for coming to the area to help preserve our "rights" as bikers and citizens. We have a long road ahead to reverse the helmet law and other silly laws enacted by the city but we will continue our crusade to insure that Bike Week continues on the Grand Strand for many years to come. We look forward to seeing y'all next year. Again, THANKS!
Sporty -myrtle beach bike week 2009  May 17, 2009 10:37 PM
I just returned from Myrtle beach.. or should I say Murrells Inlet.. I had a great time and stayed out of Myrtle beach.. The sourrounding areas made everyone feel very welcome, and were happy to accomodate the extra visitors.. If you were one of the many that didnt go, you missed out on a great time... Im sure the city of MB will feel the loss or revenue.. I will go back to Murrels inlet again, but MB can Kiss my tail pipe.
louis horne -black bike week 2009 22-26  May 17, 2009 08:11 PM
im cuming down to have a nice time hope fully i want be mad
Ray -Race: White Bike: Harley Davidson Prejudice: NOT ON YOUR LIFE!!!!  May 17, 2009 05:24 PM
I just came back to Connecticut from Myrtle Beach Bike Week on the 16th (a day early to beat the traffic, and enjoy a day with my family before heading back to work). I must admit I was a bit aprehensive about going this year with all the fuss and "discriminatory" buzz. However, I did like I do every year, obey the law, have a good time, and enjoy everything there is to in Murrells Inlet and North Myrtle. Nobody enjoys having a beer and a good time as much as I do, and let's face it, going somewhere every year to spend my hard earned cash on something I enjoy is always satisfying. BTW - my HD has Rinehart exhaust (illegal), and I NEVER wear a helmet. I, like most at Bike Week, chose to ride around myrtle beach, spending my time (and LOTS of money) in North Myrtle and Murrells Inlet. For all those who chose not to attend this years festivities, I can tell you first hand - you missed a HELL of a good time!!! Myrtle Beach Bike Week is NOT dead, by any strech of the imagination! I feel sorry for the businesses in Myrtle Beach proper that suffered the loss of so much revenue this year. As for the politicians that made their lives miserable - you'll get what's coming to you. Bad decision guys, very bad. No re-election for you in November. And for all my black friends that will be attending the rally next weekend, please do as I do and obey the laws, be courteous, be safe, and just have a good time. Maybe some day we can all grow up just a little more, and put aside all the prejudices, and cohabitate as we were intended to do....one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. You can bet...I'll be back again next year, and hopefully be able to spend my money wherever I want, and not just where I'm "restricted" to.
Nomad -MB Bike Week  May 17, 2009 05:04 PM
I just returned from MB too. It was my first visit to the event, and I must say that based on what I have heard about past events, this one was very enjoyable. The crowds were reasonable, the traffic was resonable, and the vendors had a lot to offer. The biggest turn off was the MB merchants crying about their lost revenue. I can't tell you how many times I saw signs or heard it on the news that "It's not our fault" Guess what, you sat by while they passed these laws and did nothing about it. Deal with it! Hasn't it occured to any of these people that the average price of one of those bikes rolling by is probably $25K? These are not poor bikers. These folks are there to spend money. Fix the problem. Vote them out.
Twils -Bike Week  May 17, 2009 01:43 PM
Just came home from MB, with a group of 8 we had a great time - however the talk was pretty upsetting to hear! Lets see, some of the local business owners said their revenue was already down anywhere from 30-80% that was by Wednesday!!! We also heard talk of a local bar owner and fellow biker running for MAYOR!!! I wish I was a resident so my vote would be heard. I loved all the t-shirts that said not a dime in 09 for South Myrtle Beach, or FU Mayor Rhodes!!! Priceless! Went for a walk at the Boardwalk and it was dead!!! Alot of pissed off business owners. I guess it will show at re-election time how the people really feel. As far as Black Bike Week.. we also heard alot of the local's talking about how bad it was.. girls riding with their back sides hanging out, sex on bikes, trash everywhere. I just wish I had half the confidence some of these girls have (lol).
Hoyt -The Mayor!  May 16, 2009 01:22 PM
The Mayor needs to go back to grade school and read the story about "THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG"He has killed the goose!The bikers I have talked to will not be back! Now that The Blue Knights and HOG has boycotted and left, It is open to the black bikers to come in and take over!Mr Mayor when you try to change people or things , you don't always get what you want. Your going to eat this one. I could run for Mayor and win! E Mail > Hoyt for Mayor > hoyt1@ftc-i.net
Todd -Bike Week 2009  May 16, 2009 05:32 AM
I fall that the people of Myrtle Beach and that sorry Mayor they have need to get off of there high horse and see if they cut out the whole bike week thing they will be losing a ass load of money and the business there are having a hard enough time as it is. To the retired ones that are doing alot of the bitching...... move to a retired subdivision.Oh and one more thing F... the new laws at the Myrtle Beach your helment law is not a state law
Blade69 ZX12R -Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest 2009  May 15, 2009 09:29 AM
Big Rod - I happen to fall into that category of "very hard working american citizens that pay their taxes and have pretty good jobs". College educated, I do software installations nationwide. I have two kids. One in college, one going into the Navy (following my footsteps). The people I ride and associate with are pretty much cut from the same cloth. If you are such an upstanding citizen, how is it possible to say something so ignorant? I have traveled the world and worked and partied with all races. And trust me, EVERYONE RACE has a some that get a little rowdy. Whether it's my own race, or any other race, I think it's silly for people to act like they have no common sense. This will be my first rally and I expect to see the good and bad in people just as I've done my whole life. So to try and point the finger is irresponsible shows the lack of respect for anyone who rides on two wheels. As for the cost of bikes, I'd rather spend $6k and be able to ride it all season than $20k and then spending another $10k to keep fixing it all season....lol (just kiddin ya). My only wish would be for everyone, regardless of what rally they go to, is to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. It is possible to have fun without doing something stupid and distasteful.
Legacy -Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest 2009  May 13, 2009 09:55 AM
This will be my second year attending the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest. I refuse to call it "Black Bike Week" due to the fact that it't not the name of the event. I'm a frim believer that I should never be where I'm not welcomed. For all who plan to attend, you can avoid Myrtle Beach and still be able to have a great time. We stay in North Myrtle Beach, eat in North Myrtle Beach, party within our limits and ride in North Myrtle Beach. All in attendance for this event does not conduct ourselves in an inapporiate manor. This is the same for the Harley Bike Fest. It's a shame that we are being "put out" of a place within the "free world". However, for all that has not had an opportunity to watched the news or pick up a paper lately... Breaking News: WE'RE IN A RECESSION! You will feel it in your next quarter. From what I understand the "small" business owners are feeling it today and our event doesn't sbegin for another 8 days. Go figure! Enjoy your vacation and please be safe...
Paul -Mitt is clueless - probably a relative of Mayor Rhodes  May 12, 2009 06:18 PM
This IS a tourist town. Tourism is what feeds the economy in this town. I don't ride. Never have, never will. But thousands of non-retired people like me make our living off of families vacationing, golfers, college kids on spring breakers and yes, even Bikers! My three restaurants will lose combined sales of over $120,000 this week in sales. The servers will lose between $800 and $2000 from what they made last year during the ten day rally. The cooks will not get any overtime and lose hundreds of dollars. You have no idea how this will effect peoples income, spending and tax money collected in this area. May is one of the busiest months for car sales in the area. Coincidence? Absolutely not. It is because everyone in the service field uses this extra income to pay for a down payment, along with tuition, homes, child care for the year, etc.. Congratulations Mayor Rhodes. Mitt, and others like him, will be able to sleep like a baby through all of May without any rumbling of motorcycles in his tiny little head. The rest of us will struggle to make ends meet in an already bad economy. Mitt move back where you came from, because you are not a local. Locals understand what tourism means to the economy and to Myrtle Beach Maybe next year we can go after those drunken foul mouthed golfers!
Paige -Hey Tony  May 12, 2009 02:28 PM
Tony- maybe not the best week to come down with kids. Most of us locals leave town that week BECAUSE of them. Harley week's not so bad. But if you come anyway, be prepared to distract your kids from the half naked girls on the back of the bikes (most of which are NOT the girls you wanna see naked anyway). Some wear close-to-nothing shorts so when they bend over the ninja bikes...well, let's just say coochees will be looking at you more than the people who show them off.
Big Rod -black bike week  May 12, 2009 11:13 AM
from most of this that i read was all about black bike week, these things dont happen during the harley week. for those of you that dont no, harley bikers are very hard working american citizens that pay their taxes and have pretty good jobs most of them have their own business. look at the bikes they ride, call about buying yourself one, but be sitting down, lol...
Tony -Vacation  May 12, 2009 08:31 AM
I will be in Myrtle Beach with my family (2 young kids) during Black Bike Week. I made our hotel reservations before I even knew about Black Bike Week because we just wanted to get away and go to the beach. I think the weekend will be interesting, but I am concerned about traffic, the fact that we'll have 2 young kids with us, the fact that we're not bikers and the fact we're not black. Now, I live in a mostly black neighborhood and most of my friends are black, but I have never attended an event that was marketed as being a black event. This won't be a problem for us, will it? What about us not being bikers? Are we going to be able to enjoy our vacation, or do you think this will not be an appropriate venue for us?
RICKY B>>> -You staying here this time Mayor  May 12, 2009 12:14 AM
Just a little question for Mayor John Rhodes?? Last Fall Rally when you decided what was best for Myrtle Beach in getting rid of the Fall Bike Rally, You pulled up your pants and went on your so called VACATION and didn't even stay to see how well the Fall Rally went. It tells me that you could not stand the heat from the public and that you had to run away from your own city. I bet if you were at the Alamo, you be the first one in line to lower the U.S. Flag. Your nothing but a coward, a scared little man that uses the power that the people GAVE you for your own little Beach Ball Classic that your so proud of. How would you feel if we got rid of that or just send 100,000 Bikers around the Convention Center durring you little Basket Ball Game? Not a Bad Idea now that I think about it. Don't worry, we'll be wearing HELMET'S.
Ric -It's bad all the way around  May 11, 2009 12:08 PM
Friend got pulled over with stock pipes on a Venture - BS. Sounds like they were ticket happy. Glad I changed my plans. In regards to Mitt - Hooray! "That waitress that you just walked out on without leaving a tip (or shafting the bill all together) has mouths to feed at home." Sounds like your waitress got sent home without pay regardless...Sorry!
John Wilson -Don't let the Mayor WIN!!  May 11, 2009 09:02 AM
Screw th Mayor!!! I'm comming and bringing all my friends, that's the best way to fight this moron. Does anyone know if the city can by law enforce the helmet law. Seems like the state helmet laws should be what the city should have to go by. How about all you scooter riding Lawyers shed some light on this. I'm dying to have someone tell me I don't have to wear the HARDHAT. See you at the beach. John jtw358@aol.com
Mitt -Hooray!  May 10, 2009 10:02 PM
I live in Myrtle Beach and you bikers need to understand something before the city even reconsiders letting you back in: PEOPLE LIVE HERE. That beer girl who's ass you just slapped is someone's daughter. That waitress that you just walked out on without leaving a tip (or shafting the bill all together) has mouths to feed at home. Your mufflers revving through all hours of the night keep up our school kids preparing for end of year exams. This isn't just a tourist town, it's a hometown for a lot of us. So, yes, I'm glad you've been 'banned' from the city limits. Go to the Inlet or up North Myrtle Beach...they'll gladly take your money. Better yet, stay out of South Carolina and go to Ocean City, MD. Unless of course, you're just passing through to get to Florida; no doubt many of you are geezers who tanked in retirement. See ya.
Al -I am a business owner and hate what is happening  May 10, 2009 08:44 PM
In the past we relied on bike week for years to start our season. Families don't plan coming down because of bike week so now we don't have biker and families. We had the worst weekend so far since January. I closed the business for a day since it was dead and let employees go home. I am not happy with the decision. This area runs on businesses and that's why people move here to live and make money. Some of those people don't understand that businesses need any money they can make in this stage of economy but all you hear complains about noise and other non sense stuff. Bike Week needs to go back the way it was. I understand that we have two kinds of bike weeks and they should have been combined. There is no white and black bike week and if they needed to do something they needed to cancel Atlantic Bike Week and ask them to combine with this week event. This way natives have the town back sooner. Somebody made wrong decisions and hope they can figure that out soon and fix it.
Sandy Gregory -Bike Week May 10 ,2009  May 10, 2009 06:13 PM
I am sitting here on the 11th floor of a hotel that has trash all aroud it smells like wires burning on the elevator.They tell me they can't move me beacuse there are no nore rooms when i go out and look there are only 3 rooms that has light on in them.You can not sit on the street any more i feel like I have been striped of my right and also feel like i am in jail and can not do nothing. I will not come back to Myrtle beach again for bike week or any other time. It is really sad when you can't go to the beach and have a good time.We bikers bring good money to you guy's But no more it looks like a ghost town out on the strip now.Well looks like you got what you wanted.Hope your happy with your ghost town. Come on people when you moved to the beach you know what goes on.
D -YES!!!  May 10, 2009 04:23 PM
As a resident of the area, I am sooooo glad for the restrictions on Bike Week!! I hope it goes away completely! There is nothing but obscene half-naked girls, vulgar signs and shirts, etc... its just plain trashy and tacky. Myrtle Beach has classed itself up a little bit by this good choice. But while they are at it, there are plenty of other improvements they could make.............
barry -no myrtle baech  May 8, 2009 05:08 PM
heard so much negative talk about myrtle beach,took the trip to outer banks. no myrtle beach by no means but your welcome there.they want your money
john -myrtle beach  May 4, 2009 04:26 AM
Look at a map, the city of myrtle beach is only a very small part of the grand strand which covers 60 miles of coast. The city of myrtle beach never had anything to do with the rally so if the mayor and the city council want to be A-holes let them. The surrounding towns of North Myrtle beach and Garden City, Surfside Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island have made it very clear they want the Harley rally and welcome it. You can let the city of myrtle beach scare you off that is your choice. I will be at the rally starting next Monday and will have a great time like I have for the past 18 years.
JR -Myrtle Trip  May 1, 2009 12:27 PM
LAST MYRTLE TRIP FOR ME! I GO 2 TIMES A YEAR BIKE AND FAMILY TRIP. I AM TOTALY DONE AFTER BIKE THIS YEAR. I WILL FIND A NEW VACATION SPOT FOR THE FAMILY. CAN NOT GO SOMEWHERE AND ENJOY NOT FEELING WANTED AND ALL THE RESTRICTIONS. ME AND MY FAMILY WILL HAVE FUN IN OTHER LOCATIONS THANK MYRTLE FOR THE GOOD MEMORIES!
James -bike week  May 1, 2009 12:16 PM
Hey why should us ALL bikers really get upset. Plain and simple they do not want us down there right? We spend LOTS of money for there ecnomy done there correct, well we should show them and just not go down someone else will pick up the event. Its like visiting someone that really do not care your there so why even go!! Thank you for your time!
zxll -hello  May 1, 2009 05:11 AM
let the dam beach go broke let.s move it to another place where they dont mind having us there it once a year thing they act if it a dam crime.somebody else would love to have that money we spend every year the gov is crazy as hell vote is ass out. move it to va.
ninja zx7 -WTF  April 29, 2009 07:43 AM
I say let all the bikers black,white,asian,and etc show this damn mayor he stuck his damn foot in his mouth by trying to block us out, "when the city pockets are low, then he'll know".
Dee Dee -this is a shame...  April 28, 2009 08:09 PM
I attended BBW last year,and met some real nice people, and had a great time. I enjoyed the beach which was heaven to me. Even though i dont ride, and can definitely feel the concern that some of the riders have. I already made my reservation for this year and plan on bringing my son and nephew. If its not what i expect this year, then i won't be coming back... this is ridiculous !
ride or die -go to md  April 28, 2009 05:02 PM
move black bike week to ocean maryland. md has a budget short fall they will take your money before you get there by charging u $3.00 toll to go across the bridge. 150,000 motorcycles times $3.00 u do the math. plenty of beaches, hotel rooms.and lots of cops with better attitudes. they already have one in sep. lets go in may bikers lets make it happen
Sensation Washington -Black Bikers Week 09  April 28, 2009 12:06 PM
No need trying to deter us from coming because it's not going to work we will be there and for those of you who did'nt watch the news lately the 1960's are over and the garbage you took our ancestors through in the we aint going for it no more. no what's goin to happen myrlte beach is going to end up with a big race riot on there hands before it's all over.therefore i say white bikers black bikers unite and stop them from telling us where we can go
devy -how dear her  April 28, 2009 11:44 AM
how dear people blame it on black bikers. there are crazy people in every race not just blacks are wild drinking and out of control. whites spanish people and even asian etc..... have wild crazy times, be drinking and being really wild. i hve seen whites do some of the craziest things. so dont say black bikers say bikers of all races have messed it up
jessi -coming from NY  April 27, 2009 11:09 PM
I think all this is totally redickuless..I will be at bike week, we are leaving next week, and I won't be spending a dime in the city limits and neither will the others that will be riding in with me (13 of us) hope everyone sticks with it, they will be bagging us big bad bikers to come back..
John -City of Myrtle Bitch  April 21, 2009 05:04 AM
Let the city do what they want for now. As long as you stay out of it there are plenty of places to go. The Harley dealers have opted out for a 2 day New Bern Rally (which will suck). If you think about it; I think this was more an economic move on their part as I'm sure it cost them plenty to rent the Myrtle Beach convention center for 4 days. The recession is hurting the dealers like the rest of us and the City BS was a way out for the dealers to save money. Yolanda, as long as you don't act like an A hole johnny law will leave you alone. I have been going to the rally for years and never had a problem and don't expect to this year either. See you the rally
MIKE D -MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK  April 18, 2009 06:49 AM
WE ARE IN A RECESSION. I DONT KNOW WHY THEY ARE REFUSING TO GET EX-AMOUNT OF FUNDS FROM FROM FINES BEING GIVEN TO MOTORIST. BUT, IF THEY DONT WANT US, THEN, WE MOVE IT UP ELSEWHERE. FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD, THIS FUNCTION IS TAKEN PLACE UP NORTH MARYLAND
Kevin Gumina -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  April 17, 2009 07:04 PM
All bikes welcome to Myrtle Beach Bike Week. Show your support and get a shirt for the rally visit my site and get one: http://www.myrtlebeachharleybikeweek.com/ these shirts are not for profit but for support for bike week. I'll se all in May!
Fabian -MB Bike Week  April 16, 2009 09:33 AM
Horry County is a good name for it...have you seen some of these skanks?
Yolanda -MB Bike Week  April 16, 2009 05:23 AM
MB CLEARLY does not want the rallies anymore. They are calling in tons of law enforcement for Horry COUNTY not just MB so be ready to pay for tickets. They are serious about stopping both Spring rallies although the fall rally is ok with them I am hearing. Too much hassle for me, I will go elsewhere!
Harley Hogger -The City of Myrtle Beach's attempt of Secession ?  April 14, 2009 10:50 AM
As has been well publicized, there are major concerns with this year’s Myrtle Beach Bike Rally. It appears to me that the city of Myrtle beach "Proper" (meaning South Myrtle Beach, SC...not the surrounding communities such as North Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet...Horry County, etc) believes that the power and authority to supersede, overwrite or otherwise negate existing Laws and Safety Requirements currently on the books of the State of South Carolina has somehow been divinely bestowed upon them. The question does not solely rest on any validation that any CITY does or does NOT have this authority, as that issue has long been settled constitutionally. The question is does such a City government have the capability of using arm twisting tactics of intimidation in order to "Persuade" you and I to either just fold up like the losers they obviously believe us to be, and just surrender our cash to pay the fine...OR (yes...there's another option) to return to their kangaroo court on our own recognance in just a few months (at our own expense, of course) just for the pleasure of watching their 'new ordinances' get tossed out as unenforceable. The answer: ABSOLUTELY! While I'm convinced that this 2009 season will still see 3 to 4 hundred thousand motorcycles roaring into the Myrtle Beach area between May 10th and May 17th, I SINCERELY hope that NONE of them will be seen spending one single DIME in the city of Myrtle Beach itself. Not ONE DIME, for ANY REASON WHAT-SO-EVER. Personally...the current economy has got me between a rock and a hard place, but I'm still hoping on making the trip; however I assure you...none of our group will be visiting anywhere within the city limits at ANYTIME. As I analyze what City Council is doing...I conclude that, in effect anyway, the City of Myrtle Beach has decided to secede from the rest of the State, perhaps the Union...(What...AGAIN?) and its’ existing laws? Could it be that the members of City Council have ingested too many 'POWER' beverages and have gone off the deep end? I recall reading somewhere that while a State is made up of counties, in which exist cities and towns...under FEDERAL mandate, a City could not override nor negate the laws of the STATE, nor can any STATE override nor negate the law of the COUNTRY as a whole. If they do, it's a form of secession like the one first tried by South Carolina in, I believe April of 1861. We all know how that turned out, so why try this on a CITY level? It's only going to be elevated to courts on the STATE level and get shot down but don't worry Myrtle Beach! City Council will take care of its’ residents, I've no doubt. Myrtle Beach's revenue will remain at the same levels; perhaps even make the city coffers fatter. City Council will be able to accomplish this for you by continuing to raise your property taxes and sales taxes within the city to offset the many millions of dollars have effectively been banned from entering your fair city.
Johnny V. -Bike-Week 2009  April 11, 2009 08:31 AM
Can't stop us from coming!!!!! I'll be bringing extra money for fines.
Jay -Bike Weeks  April 7, 2009 10:47 AM
Folks, I live in Whorry County, there are plenty of ways to avoid Myrtle Beach. I hope everybody comes that intended on coming to enjoy all the fun at these rallies. I hope there is enough rooms or houses for rent to accommodate everyone that are not in the city of Myrtle Beach. Trust me, when the city looses all that revenue, they will bellyache from now on. Come, enjoy and be safe! P.S. Hwy 31 is proving to be a great asset for Whorry County and a great way to avoid Myrtle Beach all together
john -where to stay  April 6, 2009 09:42 AM
Lisa There are plenty of places to stay in Garden City and Surfside on or off the beach. It is close to SBB old and new,Beaver Bar, Broken Spoke, Murrels Inlet has a lot of stuff going on. Plenty of places to eat as well I have been staying at the Royal Gardens resort for the past 10 years on the beach has pool indoor and outdoor close to everything on the south end. Rarely have I gone to the City of Myrtle beach sure won't this year john
Lisa -Myrtle Beach Black Week  April 5, 2009 03:34 PM
I think this absolutely crazy. The economy is in dire need of money and Myrtle Beach is refusing it. Well they don't have to get it. We can continue to go to North Myrtle and have fun.
Swttart -Accomadations  April 3, 2009 10:06 PM
Can anyone suggest the best area to stay in this year? We usually stay on the strip around 5th avenue or so. I've been looking but can't decide the best area this year...if we can find something at this point.
Jamie -Noise  March 29, 2009 07:15 PM
Hey, Bill. Myrtle Beach actually has and enforces pretty strict noise laws aimed at loud car stereos. I had a friend arrested once for playing his stereo too loud. They said he had to go to jail because he was from out of town and might skip out on the fine.
Bill -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 26, 2009 12:57 PM
I guess it is my turn to chime in on all the remarks concerning Bike Week. I am sure that when you put a bunch of people together whether it be bikers, spring breakers, cloggers and the list could go on...there is always the chance of something going wrong. The Mayor talks about the noise problem...well the last time I checked and I hate to sound like I am old but the stero systems that todays youth have in their vehicles create enough decibels to cause you to go deaf. There is nothing like being in your car or on your bike and just being within a block of them and the bass these units put out makes it feel like your heart is going to jump out of your chest. Then there are the NOS systems and the high pitched REV rates that these cars put out. My question is are the police going to be out all summer measuring the noise limits of the teenagers that cruise the boulevard. Then there is the helmut law...I don't quite understand how a city can overide a State Law. I am sure that many like I are going to say "you may not want me but you can't keep me away"...See ya in May!!!
Betty -Myrtle Beach 2009  March 25, 2009 11:46 AM
I can't wait to get there in May and ride my HD right down the middle of the street. I just hope all of this hoopla does not deter all my fellow bikers from showing up. I know we have 30 female bikers going and can not wait to get there.
John -Bike week  March 25, 2009 04:22 AM
I don't know where Robert stayes. I have never spent that much for a place to stay and I stay on the beach. In 18 years going I have never been treated badly by any restaurant staff. As for 50% of the riders being on crouch rockets he must have been at black bike week. I would venture a guess I have never seen more than 1% of the riders at harley bike week on crouch rockets. No one is putting a gun to your head to buy anything from the vendors. If you think it is so bad may be you should stay home. I am going and will have a great time as all ways City of Myrtle Beach or not.
BUZZCMC - CIVIL DISOBEDIANCE Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 24, 2009 03:24 PM
SOMEONE SHOULD PLAN A RIDE RIGHT THRU THIS LITTLE PREDUDUCE TOWN (LETS SEE HOW MANY TICKET THEY HAVE IN THEIR BOOKS) IF WE STOP. I HAVE A US FLAG ON MY VEST SO THE GATHERING WOULD BE LEGAL. FTT
Tom -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 23, 2009 10:24 AM
Does anyone know if the events are going to be held somewere else? I have gone to myrtle beach bike week for the last couple of years, and i woulndt want to be at home sitting around. Does anyone know if theyre being held in another city, or state?
robert -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 23, 2009 08:35 AM
i swear,ether stay out of Myrtle or get 100,000 bikers to go . what are they going to do. lock up Evey one .i went one time what a bunch of idiots, who in the hell would want to go somewhere and pay $250.00 to $500.00 for a raged out motel room. the venders rip you off and sell cheap junk, 90 % of the (bikers) are idiots, 50% ride these choch rocket (chain saw on wheels)the cops are rude, the motel people are rude, the restaurants are rude who in the hell would want to spend there vacation in myrtle beach, like i said bunch of idiots ,just so you can say, man im bad i go to bike week see my t-shirt
Johnny T -Forget Myrtle Beach Already  March 21, 2009 09:18 PM
Enough Myrtle Beach already, they don't want it in their backyard, I probably wouldn't want it in mine, lol... The bars in Murells Inlet charge you an arm and a leg and we had to pay for parking one year so skipping this one for sure. My precious vacation days are not going to be spent messing around where to go, where to stay, what to do, am I in the city, not, north, south, east, west who the hell cares, etc.. lol.. Going to stay closer to home and hit the DE / Ocean City MD beaches instead. 2 days less traveling = 2 days of more fun anyway.
Big C -Trash  March 17, 2009 12:27 PM
I love all of these comments...many prove the old stereotype about most bikers being trash. Nearly every email has spelling errors, grammatical errors, etc... "We aynt gunna ride in MB no MORE!! We is all Doctors and Lawyers and wer gunna tayke are loud pipes and money somwhare ELSE!!! What money? Everyone knows your only asset in life is your bike, and you're 2 months behind on paying for THAT! This is why most bikers stay at those flea-bitten motels or worse yet, the campgrounds. Don't you see you are proving the point? Do you really expect people to believe you are professionals of any kind (like Mr. "EX-MBPD") when you can't even SPELL??? Do you really think the city will miss selling you a dollar's worth of gas so you can drag down Ocean Blvd.? Please... I rode for 15 years during and after the military...loved it, but then I grew up. The city has made their bed...Let them lie in it. It ain't Sturgis, they actually DO have visitors the other 50 weeks out of the year.
MICHELLE -ITS NOT A CRIME TO WANNA HAVE SOME FUN  March 16, 2009 05:58 AM
I BELEIVE THAT HAVING A GOOD TIME WHERE U WISH TO GO SHOULDN'T BE A PUNISHMENT. WE ALL ARE GROWN AND WE KNOW WHATS RIGHT AND WHATS WRONG. THE LAST TIME I WENT EVERYONE WAS HAPPY AND ENJOYING THE ATMOSPHERE. ME AND MY GIRLS WILL PACK OUT THINGS AND LOAD THE CAR AND TRAILER WITH BIKES AND WE ARE GOING ANYWAYS!!!!!!
Dominic -JUsT a local biker thoughts  March 9, 2009 09:26 PM
Unfortunatly , i agree with the a staement made erleir tht the only reason the rallys are being attacked is becuase "they" want to get rid of Atlantic Bike Week and in order to do that "they" must also stop the Harley Rally in order to prevent any repercussion from the NAACP. That being said. i do attend to agree with some of the complaints they have addresssed with the new ordinances. however i am cofused with other projects that will nullify anything they gain with stopping these rallys ... One of the biggest complaints is the noise from exhaust .yet every other month the local news mentions how another section of Interstate 73 will bring tourist from Michigan and other places west . Now i may be crazy but wont this bring more traffic especially tour buses going to local camp grounds... I dont know if you ever been behind one of these things but the smell from the diesel engine and the sound is really annoying .. now multiply that one by 100 maybe 300 every weekend.. Im not agianst tour buses coming to MB but why is one group acceptable and another not when they are causing the same nuisance. True people in winnebegoes and motorhomes or tour buses arent doin burnouts in the middle of the street but there are already rules in the book just enforce them... What about the spring breakers..once again i think the spring breakers should be able to come here to unwind just like everybodyelse..But just like the bikers the same disturbacs that the police are called out for bikers are the same ones that they are being called out for the spring breakers.however when it comes to the sping breakers they are spending all their money on cheap hotels, cheap beer , and fast food. I watched the local news one night recently and they showed comments from other locals regarding the new ordinances...The one i couldnt believe was the one that stated that the myth that a majority of bikers are law abidng citizens,off duty policemen , firemen, doctors,lawyers, and military.. What was this woman thinking ?? 400000 bikers come here to Myrtle Beach every May and all of them are criminals????? My final point to all my biker brothers and sisters outt there ... Unfortunaley the mayor of MB and a small minority of locals dont want the rallys here anymore . As far as im concerned MB is more corrupt then the cities of Philadelphia , New York , Washigton , Boston combined. However a large majority of th e locals do want you here. Im one of them. Ohh sorry my reaaly last point.. I think most people from outside the area dont understand that evven thought he rally is Known as Mytle Beach Bike Week it really sould be called the Grand Strand Bike Rally .Except for the the events that were held at the convention center ( which ended in 07) most of the vendors and festivities ar held in the surrounding towns of Murreils Inlet , Surf Side , Conway ,and North Myrtle Beach ( for you outside of the area that is actually a seperate town from Myrtle Beach ) So no matter what keep the rubber side down and the shiney side up
Bennett Harris -Black homeowner in Myrtle Beach  March 9, 2009 04:45 AM
As an educated black american who owns a home and lives in Myrtle Beach, these ordinances have nothing to do with harley bikers. It is purely about black bike week. While i do agree that the women need to put something over their bottoms, i have no problems with bike week. i am the only black person in my intracoastal neighborhood and i can tell you many residents are not comfortable with black people, period! keep coming black bikers (who are just as educated as harley bikers) and harley bikers! i welcome everyone to myrtle beach :)
Dar -Bike Week  March 8, 2009 12:25 PM
I went last year for the first time and had a wonderful time. I'm not a criminal, a sleeze or any of the other things being said about bikers. I am a nurse by profession, tax payer, mother of three grown children and grandmother. I am still young, healthy and enjoy having a good time. i went with a friend who is also a professional firefighter (yeah we know how crazy they can be, he has two jobs, pays taxes and also is a father. We partied, took in the scenery, spent more than a few hundred dollars and thats not including our lodging or meals, however we did not get arrested, pulled over by police, cause any fights, create any public disturbances, tear up lawns or destroy public property. We used trash receptacles for our trash, believe it or not we "BIKERS" even know how to pee in public bathrooms, we didn't leave empty bottles of alcohol lying around and we even cleaned up our empties and straightened our hotel suite each day. So to all those spoil sports, lighten up, lay off the bikers, let your hair down and live alittle. You only live once!!!!
NIGHTSHIFT -WE ARE THE GRAND STRAND NOT MYRTLE BEACH  March 7, 2009 07:22 AM
I would hope that all the people out their can under stand that the rallies are not, Myrtle Beaches Mayor Rhodes to cancel, in the first place. He can no more cancel the event than he can cancel Daytona. He and his handful of supporters that we call Greyhem Gremlins, which is short for a bunch of grumpy big headed little old transplants, and temporary non voting residence, have some how gotten away with passing 15 new ordinances, that just serve to only anger the tourist, and destroy Myrtle Beaches reputation, and that is why we came up with the boycott and ride plan, which is actually genius. We are still here, still have are rally, have lost very little, and are punishing the towns political leaders for their actions. We will vote this fool out soon, but it may take a year or so before things get back to normal. So Double up To Shut them up. We need to have a good turn out, in order to make are point. Do not let any of the Gremlins posing as bikers trick you in to believing their lies. Remember united we stand but divided we fall. Every one should look at Google maps, under The Grand Strand so that you can all understand the geography and that Myrtle Beach city limits is not that big. It is the small seedy little run down part in the middle of the Grand Strand. And since M.B. had only a few of the event vendors, the rally should not really even be referred to as Myrtle Beach since all the great locations that we know and love are actually above and below Myrtle Beach. This huge 60 mile stretch is called The Grand Strand and we are still here and everyone is still coming. Look at the Google map. The map makes Myrtle Beach look big but it is not, and we will not be missing any thing by just riding right past city limits on Hwy. 31 which has no traffic. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=the%20Grand%20Strand&rls=com.microsoft:*&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl The best part about all that has transpired is that the biker can now truly experience a sense of strength in fellowship; you see we have actually risen above all the promoters, vendor, associations, and other, big money people and have taken control of our own destiny. We are now The Grand Strand, no longer referred to as Myrtle Beach.
NIGHTSHIFT -DOUBLE UP TO SHUT THEM UP.  March 7, 2009 06:21 AM
This is what RIDE FREE wrote on another form. To all bikers heading to MB. If you go you have to do this for US. You have to take one more person per person than you took last year. If they don’t have a bike, go rent one. DOUBLE UP TO SHUT THEM UP. We either have to double up or GIVE UP. And we are not quitters, so we will see you all on the Grand Strand in a few weeks.
NIGHTSHIFT -IT IS GREAT TO BE ONE OF US AND NOT ONE OF THEM  March 7, 2009 06:11 AM
I have lived on the Grand Strand since the seventies and I have seen a lot of things. But none of my experiences compare to what I have been witnessing in the last six months. There has been a constant, borage of these generalizations and blanket statements. There has been false stereo typing, people twisting the truth, and name calling. And now we have all these people just repeating propaganda that some one told them, with out ever checking the source. And then there are those that have first hand knowledge, but some how conveniently leave out information, twisting the truth as to what really happened. And that is just the local news media. And the handful of anti rally people inside city limits are even worse the people are even worse. Just what is Sleeeeeez money and where can I get some? As if all of these motorcycle tourist where criminals, and drunks. That is like saying all spring breakers are bad kids and should be locked up. Some of the anti rally people say they where hear in May. When in May and in exactly which locations. Which group of bikers did what? When they see something that frightens them or something that they do not like they act as if it was done by every one of the rally participants, from George Town County, to Calabash N.C. And that is just not true. For these people to some how blame every one of these visitor for the actions of a few is totally un- expectable. I have been around drunks causing trouble in North Myrtle Beach, but the police quickly locked up the two shaggers that had been causing the trouble. Should we include shaggers, golfers and young spring breakers with these very different groups of motorcycle tourist, because it really does not seem to matter to all these fearful, judgmental, irrational people that act like each and every single person with a motorcycle is an outlaw and not a safe person? We have lots of good Law enforcement on the Grand Strand and most towns do a great job with the tourist. It seems to me the problem here is not so much a bout the tourist as it is about the Myrtle Beach police and other officials, just not doing their jobs. Because of their unwarranted fears, the people start to believe all the false stereotypes. Does Jay Leno have sleeeeezy money? How about George Clooney, Steve McQueen, Michael Jordan, Tom Arnold, Alanis Morissette, Amelie Mauresmo, William Shatner, Ian Ziering, James Belushi, Jackie Chan,Fabio, Gary Condit, Gary Cooper, US General Richard Myers, Ben Afflec, Harrison Ford, Hugh Lauri, and even Harriet Nelson. And there are literally thousands of names that I could gather up and post. This could be a good year for those of you that are afraid of motorcycle rally tourist and think that they are sleeeezz. Since Myrtle Beach is under a biker boycott, all of you non-or anti motorcycle rally people can stay in the mostly empty hotels inside Myrtle Beach city limits and take day trips out side the city limits, to go see, and talk with all the bikers. You will soon find out that they are just people like you, me, or any other tax paying, voting, acceptable, responsible, productive member of society, and then you will finally be free to live your life with out that constant state of un-warranted fear. The Truth Shall Set you free. http://www.ibiker.org/ http://www.psnnewsletter.com/newsletters/30055_2009_3_3_2_45_59.html
NIGHTSHIFT -DISTORTED NEW  March 7, 2009 05:43 AM
News reporter, Trey Paul, good article. Way to go. Less propaganda and more truth is just what the readers like to see. Maybe that is why your web site has so few opinions from the viewer. Maybe they are so happy with your articles that they no longer need to share their opinions. But seriously. I liked your article which is more credit than I have ever given anyone else on the Grand Strand. And by now, I would say that just about everyone across the land is quite aware that what we just started calling The Grand Strand Basics Bikers are not going anywhere. Oh yes and be sure to tell Mark Cox that he does not have permission to use my catch phrase. Sorry Mark But I came up with the Back to Basics catch phrase, many weeks before you even read it on by post. Maybe Trey Paul’s next story can be and interview with this little Cox, and he can tell us just where he came up with the Back to Basics catch phrase. That he was quoted as saying in Tuesday’s un-news paper article. I think by now everyone knows that we bikers are going to be staying in North Myrtle Beach which is the birth place of the rallies, and all the other town along the 60 miles of beach known as The Grand Strand. Every place except the one little town called Myrtle Beach which we are all boycotting. Maybe one day the news media will do a story on why tourist are boycotting Myrtle Beach in the first place. I mean it has been going on since October and none of the media is even allowed writing or talking about it. Isn’t that right, Trey? Tell us because we really want to know all about the Boycott and Mayhem of Myrtle Beach. That could be the next big story and you could be the one to get the scoop. Only the yuppie posers are listening to the bought and paid for local news media and even the local media will eventually have to start telling the truth especially when all the bikers show up as strong as they ever were and with a new resolve.
NIGHTSHIFT -RESERVATION TIME- NOT PROCRASTINATION TIME  March 7, 2009 05:18 AM
How funny is it that little man Rhodes is now saying “What happens outside the city of Myrtle Beach and in the county is not any of Myrtle Beaches business”. A lot different than when he was saying how he was going to sue all these towns, and promoters, for the effects that they have on Myrtle Beach. We are not going anywhere, we will stay in North Myrtle Beach where we started, and we will continue, to ride the Grand Strand while keeping are BOYCOTT, of the small town of Myrtle Beach. All the angry talk about Myrtle Beach and Mayor getting what they wanted, or what they deserve depending on how you look at it, is understandable, but please do not let the news media fool you into thinking that the bikers are going any ware, because they are not. The Carolina Dealers Association may be planning on moving, but we bikers are not. We are all planning on keeping the tradition alive and will be staying on the Grand Strand. The news media is run with this no nothing story. They are twisting the facts. They would like to have everyone believe that the actual bikers are moving some where. That is just not true. Not even close to the truth. Mark Cox and the dealers association would like for all the out of state tourist think that the bikers are moving to New Bern N.C. But we are not. It is just like Mike Shank said; the Dealers Association has been trying to do this for several years now. They are moving, we are not. None of the bikers wanted to move then and none want to move now. So this truly is Much Ado about nothing, because we are not going any where. Some of us may ride up to New Bern to check out the associations relatively small event, but ultimately we bikers still believe in Freedom and Justice, and we are going to stay on the Grand Strand. We will not be pushed around or manipulated by politicians, vendor, promoters, Mayors, or Associations. We hold are future in are own hands. So we bikers wish the Carolina Dealers Association well, but are bikes are more than paid for and the association has no hold on us. We will continue to come and go as we please. We will operate with in the laws and will continue to be the same good, honest, caring, friendly proud people that we always have been. Just because we will not let a bunch of money grabbers try and manipulate use nor will we let them influence, what causes we stand up for and which ones we will not does not mean that we are not open minded. Un- like Mayor Rhodes we believe in doing the right things, for the right reasons. And staying on the Grand Strand is the right thing. Hope to see everyone in May. Everyone except the yuppie biker, poser that have to be told what to do because they can not think for them selves.
NIGHTSHIFT -MORE ADO ABOUT NOTHING.  March 7, 2009 05:08 AM
So what if the Carolina Dealers Association is moving. They have been trying to move for the last several years. Tell us just which rallies are moving. The Association may be moving but the rally tourists are not going anywhere. It is not like we are their slaves and we can just be packed up and moved with them. We bikers are not going anywhere and for AISHA KHAN to put out this head line “City of Myrtle Beach leaders react to rallies moving away” would be a joke if it were not just more dishonest yellow journalism. None of the bikers are going anywhere. Why don’t you try to tell the truth for a change? Let me help you. Here goes. Mayor Rhodes admitted that he has no say in matters out side of Myrtle Beach city limits. The Boycott is already having a major effect on Myrtle Beach and almost all its people. The bikers are going to stay in North Myrtle Beach where the rally started and where it has always been. Yes that is the same place it started around seventy years ago and we will continue to enjoy all the great things and places of the entire Grand Strand. Just not the seedy little town of Myrtle Beach. But we did enjoy the laugh you gave us with this little man Rhodes quotes. “I just care about doing what I think is right for Myrtle Beach and help Myrtle Beach become better,” said city Mayor, John Rhodes. “About three years down the road you’re going to see families starting to get back” That is his plan. Wow how genius is that? He runs of all the tourist, destroys the towns image and loses all the small tourist attraction businesses and now he says Three years down the road, families going to Myrtle Beach. What about the families that have kids still in school. And then there is Myrtle Beaches new reputation for being an out of control government, that just goes around ticketing people, and making up a bunch of restrictive laws that the tourist will not want any part of. Some one needs to tell Mr. Rhodes and the news media that they are no longer thought of as a family beach and that no one in their right mind would take their family to such a place. By now everyone knows about Myrtle Beaches year round major crime problems. The lose of any descent amusements close to the beach and now the blvd. is just one big seedy little crime fest that is full of thugs and hoodlums. Mike shank is right about the dealers association moving away is going to be like the equivalent of one vendor out of four hundred moving away. By the way the association moving had little to nothing to do with Myrtle Beaches new ordinances. They just can not grab up the bikers money with the boycott and Horry Councils strong hold on all the vendor licenses so they are setting up shop next door in New Bern. N.C. It will be a fun day trip for anyone that wants to cruise over to their very small two day event. So stay tuned to WBTWs SCNOW.COMs web site to find out from me the real story, the way it should be told. The TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND ALL THINGS ON THE SIDE.
NIGHTSHIFT -SOME RESORVATIONS STILL AVAILABLE  March 7, 2009 05:02 AM
As you know all the real bikers are going to be staying right in North Myrtle Beach and other great Grand Strand locations. No bikers are spending any money in the little town of Myrtle Beach. If you had reservations in Myrtle Beach and did not change them right after hearing about the boycott and Mayhem of Myrtle Beach then you are going to be the all alone and very un-happy, but if you have reservations in any of the other Grand Strand locations then you better keep them because most places out side the boycott zone will soon be hard to come by and you might find yourself having to stay in one of the camp grounds. Because now they are saying that all the bikers will not only be continuing to staying on the Grand Strand, but they are asking them all to bring double the number of people with them this year compared to last year. So we will see every one in May
NIGHTSHIFT -THE REAL BIKERS ARE STRONG AND UNITED  March 7, 2009 04:57 AM
The difference between Horry County and Myrtle Beach. Horry County did not tell people that if they did not like it then they could just leave, and they did not threaten to impound people’s 20 to 120 thousand dollars motorcycles with a tow truck. They did not write those original rediculess ordinances that included some unreasonable 82db very low idle 20 inch from exhaust, standing still noise test that their own police bikes, could not pass. We have figured out a lot of things, and we know that many people hated our plans to have a Boycott, with out really staying out of Myrtle Beach. You know Boycott and ride. But just incase that did not cause enough disharmony, and financial burden, we thought that just maybe some of the younger, wilder, angrier people that have had enough of all the threats and false accusations might just even want to reap havoc with chaos and Anarchy, or anything else that would cost officials time and money. Hence, Boycott and Anarchy. But most if not all of the Harley Bikers, that have been Judged, slandered, put down and lied about, are nothing more than, good honest, hard working, expectable, responsible, productive members of society. These bikers do not want any part of any anarchy or anything else that would tarnish their image as ordinary Americans that just happen to love motorcycles and they truly do care about their fellow man. We are not the ones spreading the hate; spawn by all the unwarranted fear. The bikers do not want any part of any radical and un-necessary violence or destruction. So the Anarchy part of it just kind of died out. I feel confident that given enough time these whiners like the ones on all the blogs will eventually push even the more passive resistors over the edge or at the very least Mayor Rhodes and his town manager will find a way to cause Atlantic Beach to ignite a powder keg with the black bikers. Once they realize that they have been thrown under the bus by Mayor Rhodes and the town of Atlantic Beaches secret money negations, to end black bike week then everything will blow up. So I know that none of the hater’s words are directed at me, especially since I have always tried, to be friendly and fair to all people. Remember that this soap opera is not even close to being over. So to all you haters I can only say thanks. Keep up the good work, because with people like you, the bikers hardly have to do a thing. We can just sit back and watch you fools self destruct. So stay tuned to for more As the Beach Burns.
R.L. -Change City Gov.  March 6, 2009 11:16 AM
Please send comments back on how you feel about changing the Myrtle Beach Gov. Any Constructive Ideas are welcome. Any person you may feel would be good to RUN for Office in the City of Myrtle Beach for next Election but let's keep it real folks. I think Mike Shank should run, he would be good and have a good chance to win and get things back to Normal. But we need a good Mayor and City Council to replace the one we so call have on all issues. Someone who looks at the economy and growth not the retiries that moved here and think they can bring their own ideas and values to a place that has been doing so well for so may decades. FACT: Last weekend while the Freedom Ride was going on, Myrtle Beach had a Car and Truck Show allowed going on with LOUD MUFFLERS AND VERY LOUD STERIOS riding thru the streets and sitting in Parking Lots. Some vehicals had their hoods up and reving their engines, yet the City did not issue and tickets to them for doing so. They were more concerned about saving face with their new Helmet LAW. AND YES, THERE WAS DRINKING IN THE PARKING LOTS AT THAT TIME. I guess some laws are good for some and not as good for others. Like to hear back from all of you on your thoughts and ideas to get our Freedom Values back and get rid of ( YES, I said it...NAZISM, CAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT IS IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT). The city council voted on this issue, not the people!!! Thank You and Ride Proud and Safe.
Tamisha Harrison -Myrtle Beach Bike week  March 6, 2009 09:57 AM
I live here in myrtle beach and i think that it is not rite for the mayor to cancell bike week! Why? beacuse during bike week all of the business are making money and since we are in a ression we need the extra money. Also all the bikers talk about how myrtle beach is so great during bike week do you want that to go to waist. I rather the bikers come here than rather another city and spend money that we can use for our jobs and ect.
R.L. -"WE DON'T ANT YOU IN OUR CITY"  March 6, 2009 09:54 AM
"We don't want you in our city"!!!!! These were the words spoken out of the mouths of Mayor John Rhodes and the City Council of Myrtle Beach, S.C. a few months ago telling Bikers that the city does not want us here. Even though I live in Horry County, I work in Myrtle Beach where I try to make a living for my family and in todays times with everything going on, every penny (not dollar )counts. Yes, I do ride and am proud of it and at times it helps me clear my head from thinking of all the problems that are in my life. I have talked to a lot of people that live and work in Myrtle Beach and they too are very upset on how the Mayor and City Council are treating this whole situation. When Mayor John Rhodes used the words "WE DON'T" that did not mean all the people, if it did, then we would not have this problem. So next Election time, Remember those words "WE DON'T WANT YOU IN OUR CITY" and ADD "JOHN RHODES< CITY COUNCIL" cause they don't speak for all of us. Get Rid Of Them and You'll Get rid Of The Problem, even though the embarrassment will live on. That I can handle at least. PS, Where is the States stand on all this?? It concerns them just as much, it's the State Law that's being challenged just as much as our LEGAL RIGHTS. And will these new laws be in the new Motercycle DMV Handbook?? Oops!!, who will pay for those changes?? Look out Tax Payers!!! Looks like Taxes going to rise up AGAIN!!! Good Job Myrtle Beach! (NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Crude -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  March 5, 2009 02:30 PM
For the people going north or south and do not want to be in the traffic or in the City of Myrtle Beach take the 31 Bypass. You can get on the 31 bypass from Hwy 544 and connect to US 22 and exit off near North Myrtle Beach at the Pro Bass Shop. You can bypass Myrtle Beach totally. As many of you have heard or received information on the events being cancelled. Not exactly true - The Events / Vending will take place in Horry County and surrounding Counties as it always has.
Crude -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  March 5, 2009 02:18 PM
Come support Myrtle Beach Bike Week its still on just do what i am doing stay in garden city beach which is a totally different city as well many bars and things like Suck Bang Blow are all south of the city of Myrtle Beach where the helmet laws do not reach, so come all we need the support, I'm riding from Ohio 750 miles to support Myrtle Beach Bike Week and you all should too, you can allways hit new bern at the end of the week on the way home or something. as for me I'll be in Garden City Beach not New Bern as a 2 day rally with a veru small fairgrounds and nothing outside of it to do anything, New Bern will be a flop.
Earl -Bike Week  March 5, 2009 05:57 AM
Ive been going to myrtle beach bike week for 7 yrs ,i live in Maryland ,i look forward to going every year,and was going to retire to myrtle beach ,fact: Loud pipes save lives -the drivers with the cars, with the radio on, hear them,also when they dont see them ,they hear them !Helmet issue is simple ,let the ones who ride decide,this should be world wide,if u want crack down, why harass all motorcyclist, thats wrong! Im still going ,and im gonna have a good time ,be happy im spending my money in your town ,as 4 the mayor of myrtle with his new laws ,he must be smoking with Mayor Marion Barry ! EASE UP
John -Still Going  March 5, 2009 05:20 AM
My wife and I have been going to the rally for 15 years and have never stayed in the City of Myrtle Beach, we all ways stay south in Garden City and plan on going to the Spring rally this year. Myrtle Beach Spring Rally name should be dropped and changed to the Grand Strand Spring Rally. The city is only one tiny segment of the Grand Strand and most everything goes on south of there anyway. We have all ways been welcome in Surfside, Garden City, Pawleys Island. The big vedors that setup at Broadway at the Beach (in the city) I am sure will move. Unfortunately the bars and resturants at Broadway at the Beach will suffer but may be come next election Rhoades and his henchmen will be booted out and things will go back to normal in the City. The Rally is still on F-Myrtle Beach
SHONAB -BBW  March 4, 2009 09:46 PM
It's not like Myrtle beach is all that, BB Week is the only time I go when I want a family oreinted beach vacation it Florida. Myrtle Beach should appreciate the bikers white and black, with the ecomomy in turmoil people willing to spend money in that towm should be appreciated especially this year. Well Myrtle Beach guess some of my ta dollars will head south since the town is running out the most two bussiest events you all have each year for i dont know how long.
newjersey -bbw  March 4, 2009 11:30 AM
listen if they do want us their lets not go me and my 100 r so friends and theirs will stay home in keep or ,money i spend 3,000.00 every year .. so you you people can keep your beach !!!!! all black rider's stay home we will fine a place for us...........
Miracle14 -Everybody pays for racism  March 4, 2009 09:23 AM
I am saddened by racism at any level but now more than ever you white people can see how it feels to be treated as second class citizens. There are good and bad bikers of all colors. The black bikers have never been wanted there and I am sure that some of them behaved in a way that warranted that sentiment. However...let's tell the truth and shame the devil...this was all about getting rid of Black Bike week. My husband is a well known black attorney with many wealthy law abiding friends and their club goes every year. Well except this year. We'll keep the thousands that we spend there and watch your dirty, cold little town dry up.
jesse -sue myrtle beach  March 4, 2009 07:50 AM
there is no state helmet law,if over 21. if you ticket me, i will sue the city,mayor,town council,police officer,and will laugh all the way to the bank.this is a class act of discrimination.the truth is,i have no problem wearing my helmet.IT IS YOUR ATTITUDE,i dislike. to think you can control me,just pisses me off.instead of paying underpaid police officers,you can give your money to the lawyers.i play golf in mb twice a year,i will be going to pinehuret n.c. instead. MB you lose again.
Beth -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 4, 2009 04:19 AM
My husband and I have been going to Bike Week for 20 years or more. I love it but all the rules suck. We do live on the other side of New Bern NC, and would be proud to have a rally here. And yes it wouldn't take the place of MBBW. But maybe MB will realize their loss and then go for it again. I would be the first to tell you I love loud pipes on a bike. Watching a bike go by, seeing the different styles, colors, loudness, the partying, games, and so on. I'm there and all for it. I believe the bikers have to stay together. And bless them all.
Crude -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  March 3, 2009 04:48 PM
North Carolina and New Bern is a Helmet city and state, and in the Grand Strand Area only the city of Myrtle is a helmet restricted area but all the other beaches and towns and the rest of the sate is helmetless!!, with this said, why would you go to New Bern where the rally they want will only be a 2 day event not a week long, it would be held at fairgrounds only, as In myrtle beach you have SBB 2 locations, Broken Spoke Saloon, Iron Dragon, Dead Dog Saloon, Beaver Bar, tons of other entertainment, plus a hop skip to Charleston SC where American History is rich with shops-French Quarter and Patriots Point where you can tour a aircraft carrier. What is in New Bern for fun... hmm... no extra amount of bars, its a very small town with history and some scenic riding but that's about it, Plus its only a 2 day event... yea I am going to ride from Ohio for a 2 day event!!! I'll be in Myrtle Beach where the beer is cold, the chicks are hot and the Bars are hopping! Not to mention I'll be right on the beach and don't have to ride to it. Oh did I mention being in Myrtle Beach the weather in May is allot warmer then in upstate North Carolina.
Don Butler -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 3, 2009 04:37 PM
Im a 53 yo. male from N.C so please dont take this wrong because Im heading for the Golden Years fast if there is such a thing anymore. Ive been going to M.B.B.W for years and each year I see a bigger and bigger influx of retiries coming in from other states and countries with their big money and to make a long story short running the local people out. The people that were born and raised in and around M.B. cant afford to live there anymore. The mayor of M.B. in my opinion is just catering to big money people around him. In these times you would think that the mayor of a city would welcome the added income that and event like Bike Week would bring in but I quess they have their own city of Rest Homes now and dont need our money anymore. Good luck M.B. I wont miss getting run over by your wealthy little old ladies anyway and this did actually happen to me.
Crude -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  March 3, 2009 04:30 PM
New Bern is not even close to a Myrtle Beach, I'll be In Myrtle Beach not New Bern
Deena Nay -Bad rep  March 3, 2009 04:12 PM
I am one from New bern NC and while I agree we do not hav e the outlet shops and the amount of bars that myrtle beach have I think most of you forget neither did Myrtle Beach when the bike rallies first started !! Craven County is a wonderful county with friendly people and lots of stuff to do . We are centrally located close to the beach without having to deal with the added stress of being on the beach !! just down the road from the fairgrounds is Havelock and Cherry point and if Cherry point is good enough for our marines why isn't it for others !! I have lived here all my life and am delighted at the fact that we are getting a chance to pick up the ball that Myrtle Beach dropped and at this time in our economy !! So come on Down to new Bern Stop By Sharky's Tavern and say HI !! and Have fun enjoy yourself .
Pat and Bill Pruitt -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 3, 2009 02:29 PM
We have been going to Myrtle Beach for 25 years for vacation - sometimes 3 and 4 times a year. For the last 6 years we have been going to the Spring and Fall Rallies. We also plan on going this year in May. But we will not spend any money in the city of Myrtle Beach. We think that the outside counties will really benefit from the doings of the city of Myrtle Beach. We know there will still be people going for the rallies but we're sure they too won't be spending money in the city. We're not sure why some residents don't want bikers there. They moved to a TOURIST TOWN!!!!!! What do they expect? You don't move to a tourist town and expect everything to be quiet. We really think they are messing up. With the economy in this shape you would think that they would be welcoming all the money they can get.
Crude -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  March 3, 2009 12:53 PM
Forget New Bern there is nothing to do there and besides I am willing to bet Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009 is the largest rally ever!.. I'll be there
R.L. -Srewed By Mayor on FALSE PROMISES  March 3, 2009 09:16 AM
It's just like any other person running for office. When Mayor John Rhodes was running for office, he had sat down with Bikers and people from Harley Davidson and swore he was for Myrtle Beach Bike Week and that He would not get ride of it if he'd become Mayor. He asked us for his suport and our votes. Now look what he has done!!! If that's " NOT A BREACH OF TRUST " in our so called Mayor, than I don't know what is. So Mayor Rhodes, when your out riding your John Deer Lawn Mower, keep the NOISE DOWN and don't forget to wear your HELMET!!! Good luck getting re-elected!!! I won't as many others won't vote for you, That Is My PROMISE To YOU and I KEEP MY PROMISES!!
local cop -Come on Down May 15-16  March 2, 2009 03:13 PM
New Bern NC is going to host the rally MB was scared to do. Welcome to Eastern NC we will proudly accept your money. Event will be held at New Bern fair grounds.
Steve -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  March 2, 2009 02:45 PM
Funny how the MYPD's own bikes wouldn't pass the decible limit imposed on everyone else. This is a fact given to me by a MYPD officer. Good Luck in this recession/depression Myrtle. You've taken away most of the things(Pavilion, Bike Week) that used to bring me to your city at least 3 times /year. Thats roughly $3000, your economy won't be getting ever again. Wake up pull your heads out of your asses. Grow some balls, tell the NAACP to piss off and keep the law abiding bikers around. BTW, didn't the NAACP have a little boycott of South Carolina. Oh, that only applies 51 weeks out of the year.
typical_biker -See you In Myrtle Beach!  March 1, 2009 06:43 PM
Could go around MB, but WHY? See you in MB, or at least you'll hear me in MB! At least there is another illegal law banning bikers in MB.
Crude -Support Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2009  March 1, 2009 06:27 PM
To all Bikers and People, Do what I do stop pissing and moaning and stay south of Myrtle Beach, easy to bypass Myrtle when coming into town, take 501 to 544 right into Garden City Beach, Let the pissin moaning citizens have their little city, no point in crying about it because I will still come to the rally whether its on or not Just spend your money else where and be done with all this pissing and moaning move on, I have and will be there for bike week 09,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,20. not sure how long after that since I am 42 now! Maybe by then I'll start trailering my bike to Trailer week, I mean Myrtle Beach Bike Week!
typical_biker -Be a man, Admit the issue!  March 1, 2009 06:10 PM
I can read between the lines as well as anyone. What is the REAL issue? It isn't trailer parking, or Biker Safety! Be a Man! Say what you mean!
Johnny Smith -I agree  March 1, 2009 05:23 PM
Have to agree with both Roberts, one group had done a lot of damage when they come to town. I have a solution; why don’t the Mayor of Myrtle Beach make Al Sharpton the Chief of Police and let him deal with the problems that bikers bring to Myrtle Beach. And for the biker support who says that Myrtle Beach would be losing money, think about the money they wont have to spend fixing their hotels. Think about all the money the food servers wont have to pay because the trash they where serving walked out without paying their bill. Yes, I agree, I’m glad that Myrtle Beach has passed stricter laws. And for all the bikes that are still crying about things, I only have one thing to say BOOO WOOO!
Robert -Obey the Laws  March 1, 2009 04:38 PM
Question to all the pissed off bikers. What is the solution to the problems the Bikers bring to the beach every year? There just isn’t enough police and jail space to lock up all the creeps that break the law. And lets also be honest, one biker week there are very little problems, but then there is the other biker week that brings all the problems. But the NAACP has made sure that you can just cut one week out without cutting the other week out. So, lets face it people, Bike week(s) needed to be ended. North Myrtle Beach has made it clear that everyone is welcomed in that city. How long will that last? I give it 5 years and they too will be passing the same laws. Here is a solution. When all those bikers come to Myrtle Beach, act like you have some common since and obey the laws. Pay your bills when you order food. Don’t destroy the hotels you stay in. Ladies, on one wants to see your naked butt, so put on some clothes. And them maybe you will be able to come to the beach and enjoy yourself.
Robert -Im glad  March 1, 2009 04:10 PM
I for one am glad they have are trying to control this group of people. If the bikers had just followed the law and acted like they should have, no one would have ever had a problem. Good job Myrtle Beach!
Typical_Biker -Daytona Report!  February 28, 2009 05:31 PM
Amazing how many ads & people stating thjey are still coming to MB this year at Daytona. Great weather today, sunny and in the 80's, will rain and turn cooler tomorrow, but will still be great. MB ads are in the Daytona map, and lots of the biker magazones stating " WE WANT BIKERS ( except thyen city of MB). I would expect a great turnout this year!
Winston -Bike Week Bigots  February 28, 2009 01:37 PM
The country is in a recession. The 2 bike rallies will bring millions into Myrlte Beach in a 3-week time frame. Discouraging bikers from attending is nothing short of stupid. This is the same type of stupidity that henders economic growth in this state (See below examples). Blue Laws prevent the sale of retail on Sunday prior to 1:30pm (no alchohol sales on Sunday). Poker machines were outlawed causing businesses to close. No new schools were built until these idiots finally legalized the lottery. These are just a few reasons why South Carolina is near the bottom in education and household income.
Crude -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 27, 2009 08:17 PM
I've been coming to the spring rally since 1999 and I'll be dammed if they say I can not come there anymore. I will be there in 2009, already paid for my condo in Garden City Beach. I support the bike weeks with my website http://www.myrtlebeachharleybikeweek.com . I ride down from Ohio every year, it's a 750 mile ride and well worth the ride. Most of the stuff to do is outside the city of Myrtle Beach anyway. SBB, Broken Spoke and HB Spokes are just a few big places to go while at the rally. Not to mention if you ride down 17 south and go to Charleston you'll find many places that like us bikers and encourage us to come year after year. In 2006 during the rally I proposed to my wife to marry me, 1 year later we rode again for our honeymoon and then again last year. Just look for me Crude Ohio plate I'll be there and if you see my say hi. Myrtle Beach is much bigger than just the little area that doesn't want us so please support this rally and come down even if you only come down for a day or two we need the support. In The Wind, Crude
Swtthang3t -Listen Up Bikers ( I Am A Local of Myrtle Beach)  February 27, 2009 05:22 PM
It really sucks to read how many Bikers are deciding not to come for Bike Week. You all come on now were still gonna be riding,partying & Screw the city. Listen, Myrtle Beach City Limits is really just a small area. Most of where you ride when your here is Horry County not city. Horry County isn't stupid they don't want to lose your business (Your Welcomed) Instead of renting a motel room on the Blvd.in the city limits where the city has already destroyed part of our history by tearing down the Pavilion another smart decision. Rent a beautiful beach house in Surfside Beach and Garden City. The past few years this has started becoming more popular. It is cheaper for a few bikers or group to go in on the price, you get a yard so you can BBQ to underneath house parking for your bikes,decks to watch the bikes cruise the Blvd, some with pools,ocean views,closer to SBB Original,SBBFourCorners,Beer 30,Jamin Leather,Pink Pony,Dead Dog Saloon,Greg's Bar,Scotty's Bar, Neal & Pam's on Blvd. Hot Fish Club, Hooters, Cooter's,The Rat Hole on 707,SunDowner,Garden city pier with 2 bars, Beaver Bar & to many more to list and tons of places to eat. Also Lots of Condo's & several motels on the south end. There is Ocean Lakes Camp ground & 2 others if camping is your thing. Miles of roads to ride and that's not to mention North Myrtle Beach area. Bikers have to stick together right, well you better be here then ;)~.Let the city go down who gives a crap but don't let all us that live in Horry County suffer the loss we need you. Plus we live for bike week we have around 15,000 bikers living in Horry County. We are protesting the City right now by Cruising the Blvd. in the City Limits.(You gotta love it)So don't let us down we will see you in May and September, OKAY. Plus in November the Mayor will be voted out over all his dumass decisions. So Harley Riders start your engines you have a Bike Rally to attend in Horry SC starting May 8Th to 17Th were gonna have a great time. See ya then, Love Swtthang.
Rod -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 26, 2009 06:14 PM
Eveyone "PLEASE HAVE PATIENTENCE"! I am a city resident and a biker. Most of the people in the city are p1ssed with Mayor Rhodes, City Manager Tom Leath and the rest of the City Council with all the crap they have pulled over the last few months. Rhodes is up for election in November and I'm sure that he out and things will start to get get back to normal for Myrtle Beach. Don't forget, not only bikers were hurt by all this but local businesses are suffering too. His message to the people was "If you don't like it Move", real cool for a Mayor. Just bear with us and the Odays (the couple fighting the new ordinences the city passed) and come here during bike week, we'll have a great time. By next year everything will be back to normal but we need your support!
Outer banks NC -bike week!!  February 25, 2009 08:43 AM
there is events all over i would like to see our bike week grow as of know it is only like three days April 23-26 our beaches are alot nicer and so is our women! come up to ours it is about 5 hours up the coast from MB!! we would love to have yall bikers
Randy (Ol' Bastard) Myers -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 23, 2009 08:13 PM
Hey ya'll, is this still America?? As bad as the economy has been, the Mayor should be begging us bikers to come to MB and spend lots of cash. He's got some pair balls trying to ban an event as big as this one. I reckon the next thing is banning bikes all together! Why should we give a crap anyway? MB is just another rust-bucket town with dirty beaches and cheap motels. I say F@*& Myrtle Beach and the mayor and lets take our cash and our scooters on down the coast!!! We can party in Charleston!!!
MB Local -MB Bike Week  February 23, 2009 03:56 PM
We enjoy the "Harley week", not the black bike week. The BBW is nothing but trouble, and for that, we all have to suffer :( Be curtious, respectful and HAVE A GREAT TIME!!
victor mcleod -myrtle beach bike week  February 23, 2009 01:24 PM
IVE BEEN GOING TO MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK FOR OVER TEN YEARS, I THINK WHATS GOING ON WITH THE MAYOR OF MYRTLE BEACH IS JUST IGNORANT,LOOK AT THE INCOME IT HAD BROUGHT TO THAT CITY, I GUESS THE PEOPLE THERE HAVE JUST GOTTEN TOO BIG HEADED TO LET US IN TO THERE PRECIOUS LITTLE TOWN,,,WITH THE ECONOMY GOING THE WAY IT IS, I HOPE THE CITY SUFFERS, THEY MIGHT STOP US FROM HAVING BIKE WEEK THERE, BUT THE EFFECTS CAN LAST YEAR ROUND IF PEOPLE JUST COME TOGETHER,, DONT LET IT SLIP UNDER THE RUG,, AND START RETURNING BACK TO MYRTLE BEACH,, WE HAVE SEVERAL OTHER BEACHES AND LOCATIONS WAITINNG TO WELCOME US TO THERE LOCATIONS,WE ALL KNOW WHY BIKE WEEK HAS BEEN CANCELLED, AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE HARLEY RIDERS,,(ENOUGH SAID).
KWDLEO -Change Venue  February 22, 2009 09:24 AM
A little over one hour south is a great community who would love to host bikers...Charleston, SC! We would love to take in a few extra million dollars of business this spring. And I wouldn't have to ride very far to get there!
Jimmy L -FROZEN COLD  February 21, 2009 06:59 PM
Just stay away from M.B. during bike week why let the Mayor and his posse ruin a good thing,Were from up in the Biggest little State, Rhode Island and attend every year for the past six years ,The winters suck and look forward to the SUN and ride so just do it. ps DON'T SPEND YOUR $$$$$ in MB.No helmet laws in little rhody but there is in massachusetts and it no big deal to put it on for the 10 min ride through M.B.
Typical_Biker -Reality versus Perception  February 21, 2009 01:06 PM
Just look at Today's Myrtle Beach headlines. Strip club lap dance assaults/ Woman shoved down stairs/ Man dead in woods/ Foreclosures at record high. Some say all the problems in MB are the bikers, we all KNOW the truth. Hope the residents who stressed this change enjoy taxes going up considerably -with this perfect storm of economic mistakes. Drop in sales, higher legal fees defending these absurd new "Laws". Thoughts bikers are uneducated, stereotypical criminals is just not accurate. Ever see the Disney movie "Wild Hogs"? That depiction is funny, but actually more accurate than what these opponents think. I would say a 20% cross section of Doctors/ lawyers/ Computer geeks) Another 50% are the trades, the people that fix your car, furnace, plumbing, electricity. 29% are the Police, Fire, EMT's, DA's, Judges and the best estimate is 1% are crimnals, same % as your church! In the end bikers will be here. they were here before these complainers, and will be after the complainers are gone! See you in May, with thousands of motivated bikers riding in MB, but not spending where the laws are against us!
Typical_Biker -Score is 1 to 0, but it's early innings  February 21, 2009 07:21 AM
WV Biker, Careful on your slow rolls and stay safe( Not that I condone that type of Anarchist Anti- establishment behavior). It certainly Appears it's OK to run down a biker in the MB, Whorry County area. Since the man who did this is home drinking beers. You may want to cruise slowly for Hookers, that seems to be Ok in Whorry county. My understanding is the Councilman selecting the ddeciding vote backing the biker absurd rules seems to be OK with Hooker trolling. Keep your eyes behind you, and maybe things will be different the next attempt to kill a US Serviceman, or other biker.
Pat D -Bad Trend  February 20, 2009 05:53 AM
When I heard the rumor that MB was cancelling this years rally, I couldn't believe it. How can you stop a couple of hundred thousand people from coming into an area? There will be no way it will end in a year, but if things don't change, eventually it may. Bikers beware, it has already happened in Daytona Beach. The Beach Street activities are a fraction of what they once were, but look a few miles away and it is fluorishing. I am sure Ormond Beach is benefitting from Daytona's lack of interest, so hopefully Horry county will do the same. Myrtle Beach is a very small municipality and would be very easy to avoid. Lets build it up at the old Hard Rock Theme Park site, if Harley can develop Destination Daytona then why can't we bring the business outside of the city limits. I will not stop going to the rally in MB and I hope everybody feels the same. Keep the tradition alive and lets organize a mass ride down the blvd to show our disgust to the blue hairs that are trying to stop us(and make sure we all don't wear helmets and have extremely loud pipes).
Tim Strang -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 19, 2009 03:03 PM
I was still thinking of going to the rally in May until I took a look at the official City of Myrtle Beach Govermnment site. Their new ordinances are so blatantly anti-bike that I have changed my mind and will not attend. I have been riding for 45 years and don't consider myself a lawbreaker. But their new rules are doing their best to make me one. I have been bringing a wallet full of cash to MB for several years now. But I will be damned if I'm going to use my hard earned money to pay fines. Nor do I want to be pulled over to be harassed so they can check if my pipes are factory equipment and look for other violations. No, I don't want to have to detour on back roads to avoid problems either. The City is trying to make a BIG POINT with us as an example. Well I am going to make a Big Point too. Remember that saying about how "money talks". Well the lack of money talks too. They will not be getting my money. I feel sorry for the vendors but by applying economic pressure on the City and on busineses in that area, there may be hope of overturning the new rules by political pressure. Remember that if businesses have to move or fail, the present politicians may get voted out next election. It is time for us to do something for future bikers. We don't have to get pushed around...we can do the pushing. This will be watched by the rest of the nation. I will be back when things change.
RAINMAN- WEST VIRGINIA -SLOOOOW ROOOLL  February 18, 2009 01:51 PM
Organize slow rolls through MB main thorofares. Jam the traffic. Piss the locals off, they hate heavy traffic. If you just go the speed limit that will piss them off, nobody goes the speed limit down Rt 17 or 17 by-pass. they pass you like youre sitting still.
Typical_Biker -Condoning Anti- Biker Behavior Not Acceptable  February 17, 2009 04:11 PM
The North Carolina man charged with trying to kill a biker with his truck during the May 2006 Bile Rally in Myrtle Beach is back in his NC home under monitoring by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Circuit court judge Stephen H. John found 69-year-old Larry Gilbert Jacobs not guilty by reason of insanity Oct. 30, 2008 in Conway. Myrtle Beach Police charged Jacobs, of Sugar Grove, NC, with hitting Makino Robinson while Robinson was riding his motorcycle down South Kings Highway. At the sentencing hearing in October, John ordered Jacobs held at the at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health in Columbia for 120 days to undergo further treatment and evaluation, and was supposed to have another hearing this month to determine his status. In December, the department of mental health determined Jacobs was ready to be released under monitoring, according to 15th Circuit assistant solicitor Donna Elder. John said in his order that the South Carolina Department of Mental Health found that at the time of the incident, Jacobs could not “distinguish moral right from moral wrong,” “as a result of mental disease of defect,” John’s order dated Oct. 28 read. Jacobs told police on May 28, 2006 that after Jacobs hit the biker he drove four miles with the motorcycle lodged under his vehicle and witnesses reported that Robinson was on the hood of Jacob’s vehicle until he fell off, according to police reports.
X-MBPD -MB Bike Week  February 17, 2009 02:50 PM
Im and Ex-MBPD officer and I can give you a heads up on the loud pipe thing. They cannot pull you over for a loud exhaust. Because for one, they need probable cause to pull you over. They just cant asume your exhaust is loud and then meter it. If they do and your exhaust does meet the DB standards....sue the hell out of them! They are using the loud pipe thing as additional charge if your pulled over. For examplpe if you smoking your tire....once they get you pulled over they will then meter your exhaust to write you another charge. But just remember, MBPD has a no pursuit police, if they try to pull you over just run. What are they gonna say on the radio...."A black Harley just fail to stop for my lights....LOL, their are 400,000 black harleys in the city....lol
C. Roseboro -Boycott Myrtle Beach  February 16, 2009 07:48 PM
Everybody should just boycott myrtle beach this year and sell shirts that have F**K Myrtle Beach. Let them feel the money loss cause they want to stop the rallies, I feel if they don't like the rallies then don't go to the beach those weeks "DUH". My group want to go but after reading this I don't want to spend my money in Myrtle Beach. We should pass the word about Boycotting the MB this year and so on until they respect the people who are coming to visit and spending there hard earned cash. Let Them Feel The Burn P.S I agree with Mike Mitchell Move the rallies to VA and let Myrtle Beach really feel the hole in their pockets. LOL Serious
Typical_Biker -On his way to Myrtle Beach!  February 15, 2009 03:47 PM
SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — A naked man on a motorcycle who crashed with an Arkansas state trooper's cruiser on a night when it was sleeting faces misdemeanor charges. A police report said a 35-year-old man kept riding when a trooper tried to pull him over during the Jan. 26 incident. The man stopped abruptly several times in the street and then sped up quickly, until the trooper bumped him on one of the stops. The report didn't indicate any injuries but both vehicles were damaged. A witness quoted in the police report said the man was "naked as a jaybird." Searcy police cited the man for indecent exposure, fleeing and not having a vehicle license. State police are still investigating.
johnny carpenter -inflated prices  February 14, 2009 07:53 PM
bike week at mb has always treated bikers like second class citizens. you charge us twice the room rates as the week before and after the ralley but we come anyway.bikers are made up of all kinds , doctors, lawyers mechanics,honest and not so honest, thieves, clergy, all kinds. thanks for saving us from inflated prices, tickets and all that other money we spend thier. hope in these hard times you all go broke and need a place to stay. i'll rent you a room for twice the rate just like you did me. by the way kiss my ass
George Leslie -Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks  February 13, 2009 03:00 AM
I have been coming to these two events spring and fall for 10 years. I have never got a ticket or a complaint. I will never go where I am not wanted and if the city council is afraid of the NAACP then Sturgis will get my money.
james rowe -bike rally  February 10, 2009 06:43 PM
I guess that Myrtle bitch has enough money.I have been to Rallies all over this great nation and many great people I ride with a great group of guys (and girls).we was planning a trip to the rally but here is the issue. Most of the guys i ride with are vets some of which still arent home do you really think im gonna take them somewhere that we are treated as second class citizens for the simple fact thatwe choose to ride .Myself I hope bikers dont dissappoint them and are respectful of their wishes and dont go.Let them realize what the financial loss is and let em rot. As for myself and my comrades we still have vacations scheduled and plans but I think we are just gonna go ridin and maybe meet a town that likes our money and our company.Ride safe
Michael McGraw -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 10, 2009 03:38 PM
To whom it may concern: Piss on the city of Myrtle Beach! I'll be there for the spring rally. But myself and my bike and most importantly my money will not darken the streets of the City of Myrtle Beach
Typical_Biker -GP- Ride but Not Spend In Myrtle Beach!  February 7, 2009 07:55 AM
If these new "Laws" , which violate my personal rights to assemble, or conflict with state law (helmet law) Don't work, what is next? May I suggest banning leather jackets, black boots, t- shirts (black, or other), beards, long hair, shaved heads, mustaches, tattoos, earrings, sunglasses, wrist watches, cell phones..... Ban away, Bikers will continue to come! We will just refuse to stay at MB hotels, Buy gas in MB, eat in MB, drink beverages purchased in MB,,,,, we will just continue to RIDE Thru MB. It's now about General Principle! In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and beyond. Good luck booking the golf tours, and dental conferences.
Mike Brooks -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 7, 2009 02:44 AM
Sorry, but we are not attending the '09 rally. Going to miss all the staff at Wakiki Village Motel where we stayed for 3 years, along with our group of 18 to 20 bikers from Western N.Y. It's time to move on and spend our money in a city that welcomes bikers.
Dom Tufo -Myrtle Beach Bike Week Lets get something straight  February 6, 2009 10:00 PM
Im from philadelphia and i moved to myrtle beach partially because the rallies take place here. yes the myrtle beach rallys are named afetr the city of myrtle beach however it really should be called the grand srrand rally. Besides the convention center , braodway at the beach ,and 5 or 6 bars most of the "action" takes place in the surrounding towns . Murriells inlet has the beaver bar, hoof and fins,both suck bang blow bars .that all cater to bikers . surfside which also has 5 or 6 bars all catering to bikers. both harley shops are outside the city limits of myrtle beach. then there are cherry groe and north myrtle beach which all have bars catering to the biker crowd..even hb spokes is in little river ..im sure there will be vendors at both harleys ,both suck bang and blows,barefoot landing ,hb spokes .. so come to the rallys and you can still have fun now for those of you who think that te residents of myrtle beach dont want you here ..well that would be partially true ..however when it came time for any of the city council meetings pro rally people outnumbered anti rally people around 25-1 so i for one want you to come and enjoy yerself of course ina dignified matter ..i love riding with my brother and sister riders keep the shiney side up hey becky HRP may be closed but there are rumors going around
Larry Garver, Keedysville, MD -2009 Spring Rally  February 6, 2009 06:00 PM
The hell with MB! At least I own a house in Surfside! I've been going there for Bike Week since'96 and the only time we went into MB was to got to the Convention Ctr., The Bowery or to get parts. Ever since they opened 31 that road is great to get around MB. I will miss going up to the Bowery, but big deal, there are plenty of bars with pool tables [like Causway in Gareden City]. All MB is going to end up doing, is cutting their nose off to spite their face. I bet vacation rentals for the entire year drop. Well Mr. Mayor of MB, you won't see me in your town with my unbaffled drag pipes. There is nothing in your town I want to see or get anyway. And there are plenty of ways around your town. Everything is to the South and always has been. I think the Mason Dixon line must have moved, like 200 yds north of the Harley dealer. If I owned a house in your town of MB I WOULD BE PISSED!!!!!!!!!!
Matt -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 6, 2009 12:47 AM
Myrtle Beach Sucks, All the good stuff happens at myrtles inlet and North Myrtle.. Bunch of stuck up snobs..... Well there goes your taxes up 35% bike week is a huge money maker.. And they can't put up with it for 2 weeks out of the year...
Gabriel C. -If Myrtle Beach doesn't want your $$$, give it to someone who would appreciate your hard earned CA$H  February 5, 2009 10:10 PM
I'm one of five guys who ride from just outside Philadelphia, Pa to Myrtle Beach. If the CITY of MB doesn't want our hard earned money then we'll gladly give it to someone who would appreciate us and stimulating their economy...Here we come LACONIA BIKE WEEK!!! June 13th-21st http://www.laconiamcweek.com/schedule/index.htm See you there!!!
Robert -An Alternative!  February 5, 2009 08:05 PM
Bring your bikes and head further south to Daytona. To hell with Myrtle Bch. I'll be spending all my hard earned cash in Daytona for both Bike Week and Biketoberfest. I hope all you SC residents will use the power of voting to get rid of the likes of the current Mayor and all city commissioners.
Jonathan -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  February 5, 2009 07:10 PM
1. Loud pipes can get you noticed - in a good way. I have often heard bikes before seeing them in slow tight traffic. It made me more aware to watch for them. 2. Like most parties, things tend to get worse as the party gets older. I've been to Myrtle Beach during Black Bike Week and the town was a mess. Trash everywhere. By the end of the three weeks, we were hearing lots of complaints from business owners about problems with bikers. 3. If you choose to go to Myrtle Beach, be sure to inform your hotel or resort that you will be bringing a motorcycle. I have already experienced trouble associated with my chosen form of transportation. I have been disallowed to use the baggage loading and unloading area in front of the Renaissance Tower at Myrtle Beach Resort. I know that Ocean Lakes Campground does not allow motorcycles to be operated on the premises. My Father-in-law was informed by Crown Reef that if he left a motorcycle in their parking lot, it would be gone in the morning. These problems did not happen during Bike Week so there has been a long standing and increasing tendancy toward discrimination of motorcyclists. And yes, my bike was loaded with a week's worth of clothes, etc and I was using stock pipes. My father-in-law is a 70 year old Baptist Preacher riding a quiet Tour Glide Harley. 4. I'll take my money somewhere else. In fact, we are already looking at Daytona. 5. Why not just shorten the event? All bikes, all riders for 10-15 days?
Jim Knight -MB Flaunts Power Not  February 5, 2009 12:12 PM
I have news for the powers to be in Myrtle Beach. The state of SC does not have a helmet requirement law, therefore it is not legal for the city of Myrtle Beach to impose such legislation. They can only enforce state laws at it pertains to safe motor vehicle operation with the exception of speed limits and noise ordinances. They can not require a helmet when the state does not. They may try to put a damper on Bike Week and may decide to issue no permits as required to have street vendors but they can not keep from visiting the area. If they try to enforce a helmet law you have a nice lawsuit.
KUDOZ -THIS SUCKS  February 5, 2009 08:20 AM
NOW I'VE BEEN GOING TO BLACK BIKE WEEK FOR 3 YEARS NOW AND ALL OF THE SUDDEN THE MAYOR WANTS TO CANCEL IT..THAT'S CRAZY WE BARELY HAVE NOTHING TO DO HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. I WAS GOING TO GO THIS YEAR. THAT'S MESSED UP. THAT'S NOT EVEN RIGHT
J Mac -MB Bike Week Memories  February 5, 2009 04:09 AM
I met a sweetheart of a girl named Teri from North Carolina during Myrtle Beach Bike Week in 2004. Blond, beautiful blue eyes, great smile and just a fun girl. Me and my boys were at the Dog House when she and I met. It was the night I met my love. We do Myrtle Beach bike week every year to celebrate our love of eachother and of motorcycling. Our greatest memories are from Mytle. We were even going to purchase property there this year but now we have a diffrent view of the place. Last year we kind of saw this coming but now we are too turned off to the place. Our hearts are fond of ya Mytle, but we really are true bikers at heart and are now looking to buy our vavcation property in Daytona where the biker or motorcylist can roam free of restictions and see pleanty of venders and meet many other bikers. Fair well.
Steve -Myrtle Beach  February 4, 2009 07:41 PM
I was thinking of going to Myrtle beach but if im going to be harassed for my pipes,helmet or any other thing these assholes can dream up to keep long time bikers like me out, then I will take my bike and money and go to some other shore destination that wants me.
TitanRider -Bike Week  February 4, 2009 05:39 PM
OK Myrtle Beach, So you do not want the bikers down in May. Hmmmmm I guess my biker money is not good enough for your town. You know spring break is in April. Guess who gives my kids money to come there for spring break. LOL thats right I do. Guess who will not be attending or spending my money in Myrtle Beach in April. I dont have to answer that for you or do I? Think about it Myrtle Beach alot of us BIKERS are parents. JUST NOT BIKE WEEK MONEY YOU WILL MISS !!!
Phil -Myrle Beach Bike Week - MB Mayor is a fianancial genious.  February 4, 2009 01:11 PM
The economy sucks, unemployment is though the roof, major corporations are closing at a rapid rate, heres an idea. Lets take the one of the biggest revenue events in the State of SC and Cancel it. That is some amazing economics, Forget Obama, we should have all wrote in Votes for the Mayor of MB as the US President. I feel bad for the small business owners that rely on Bike Weeks to survive. Bike week has been going on since 1940, so if you dont like it then G.T.F.O. but dont take t out on small local business.
23Rider -Wait for it, wait for it  February 4, 2009 10:45 AM
Oh I dont care about the rules, I will be there with my family and my MOTORCYCLE. See you May 16th.
Matt -city contacts  February 4, 2009 08:12 AM
Here's an idea...blow up their emails with complaints. This is bs. http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/contacts.html
CHIMCHIM -MYRTLE BEACH  February 4, 2009 07:04 AM
if you contiue to go "they win" you still spend your vacation money there and they get the rules. once implemented there will just be more to follow. if you have the money to spend in these hard economic times, and they obviously dont want you there............why go? let some of the locals that rely on YOUR hard earned money go under.then MR MAYOR can run one of these other dying cities on the water. it may be a nessesary evil, bike week but until locals cant pay there bills of course they want the "loud, rude,nasty biker" set gone. WE DONT WANT YOU HERE, BUT YOU CAN STILL BUY OUR SHIRTS???? F them shirts and everything else intown. if you need to go...every morning pack up and go a few miles down for breakfast, ride, eat, elsewhere. save some money stay at a campground and drink there, dont go to the intown bars. set up something with the campground to do........DJ,BAND, vendors, something but F town.make the campground owner survive through with your money
Sick of loud bikes -Use street legal mufflers  February 3, 2009 06:13 PM
Why do so few bikers use street legal mufflers? Do you have any consideration at all for the many other people, often inside their homes, who are forced to listen to your noise? Do you wonder why cities are starting to pass legislation to try to mitigate the intrusive noise pollution you generate? Its not simply a nuisance its also a health issue for the people you are forcing to listen to your noise. Do you realize that the low frequency noise you generate easily penetrates peoples homes from a long distance away? The safety excuse doesn't wash, look it up on the web, there are several articles from motorcycling authorities stating how ill considered this argument is - exhaust pipes point sound backwards not towards potential threats like a horn does for one thing.
BlackIce -memorial day weekend bike week  February 3, 2009 11:11 AM
EVERYONE SHOULD STILL COME. ITS BULL THAT IT CANCELL THERE LOSING OUT ON TO MUCH MONEY TO CLOSE DOWN SUCH A HUGE EVENT. AND ENERYONE NEEDS ALL THE MONEY THEY CAN GET FOR THEY BUSINESS. I THINK THEY DONT WANT AS MANY POEPLE THERE BUT WE HAVE ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD TIME EVERY YEAR AND WE ARE GOING TO CONTIUNE TOO. SEE EVERYBODY THERE DONT LET THEM SCARE YOU. EVERYONE STILL COME
Butter -Two can play  February 2, 2009 05:56 AM
I think we should still go this year, just to show them they can't tell us where to go. And then find another spot from now on. This is just a way to keep those of us with color out of their city.I have been coming to bike week for the last 13 years and every year it gets worse with the rules and what nots. After the money is gone they will come crawling back. But I say " let them eat cake " Damn em. There is Virginia Beach, Daytona Beach , Atlantic Beach in N.C.So many I can't name them all. I hope everyone still can come on down. This is Butter from the N.C. See ya.
New York Bikers -Still coming, for many years!  February 1, 2009 06:06 AM
Staying outside MB near SBB. Plan on organized rides(Slow rolls )through MB. Counter the efforts of the Mayor to push out bikers, and replace with Docker wearing, pink shirted Golfers.Can't wait to see the expressions on the faces who believe will be transformed by 2010- LOL
BIKERS OF DELAWARE -SPRING AND FALL RALLIES IN MB  January 31, 2009 05:49 PM
WE HAVE BEEN COMING TO MYRTLE BEACH SPRING AND FALL RALLIES FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS-WE ALWAYS STAY AT THE KOA CAMPGROUND-THEY ALWAYS MAKE US FEEL WELCOME-WE HAVE OUR RESERVATIONS FOR SPRING AND FALL "09"-SO NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON IN MB- WE ARE STILL COMING DOWN-(WE WILL EAT AND SHOP OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS)SEE YA THERE-
Not Intimidated! -GET READY TO RUMBLE  January 31, 2009 09:35 AM
Will be staying at house near House Of Blues... come on by and Party! No Taxes will go to support Myrtle Beach. Plan on lots of early morning, rush hour and late nights rides through Myrtle Beach streets, just to show the Mayor we will not be pushed out. Lunch will be outside city limits. Think parade, only much more fun! All the DC biker clubs plan on same method, many more bikers than Po-Po. Fund already set up for any tickets, and DC lawyer ready to challenge.
Tesla Coil -yeah, right.  January 30, 2009 11:34 PM
"And look forward to seeing you all there! " -- KEEP DREAMING. I wouldn't waste a fart to make MB smell better. Every biker in the U.S. should boycott MB and spend their $$ elsewhere. Let the bastards eat cake.
Ester -MB  January 30, 2009 11:32 PM
Screw Myrtle Beach. Enjoy your peace and quiet. Hope your taxes go up and your property values go down. I normally spend AT LEAST $500 when I go for the weekend. I know those who stay the whole week spend thousands. By the time you realized that you screwed up, sorry. We'll have found another place to go spend our money. Please tell me, what other week in the year do you have 500,000 visitors in MB spending tons of money? Good luck with your mom & pop & kids at the beach theory. They'll never bring the revenue that the bikers did.
Jones -You're a fool  January 30, 2009 11:26 PM
" I don't think anybody minds a motorcycle in town. But they aren't going to allow large gatherings of them anymore. " You flicking idiot. And just exactly HOW do you proopse that they are going to "not allow gatherings" anymore. In case you are confused, this is AMERICA and I can go to MB anytime I want and neither you nor your pusse mayor can stop me from entering the city limits. Neither can you prevent 500,000 bikers who decide to go to MB whenever they want to. My motorcycle is a legally licensed and registered motor vehicle and I have the right to ride it on ANY state or city road that a car can drive on.
King Money Tut -I will still be coming down  January 30, 2009 09:54 PM
And look forward to seeing you all there!
sewerratt007 -Bike Week or Something Amiss  January 29, 2009 07:26 AM
KEEP YOUR MOTOR RUNNIN" Old politicans will pass on new ideas will come, quit complaining and Rally just stay out of Myrtle Beach.
Double D -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 27, 2009 09:02 PM
Well if we cant rally in Myrtle Beach Im not gona go PUTT PUTT Golf no more..thats my protest LMAO
boobie -bike week  January 27, 2009 04:03 PM
Well here's how I feel about the hold thing. Me and my friends are still coming to enjoy the festivies. We always stay on myrtle beach and ride our bikes to Atlantic Beach this year we are doing the opposite. We are camping out on the Northside end because the traffic will be outrageous we want head south at all. If you are not familar with the area you want to stay in Atlantic beach, Cherrygrove or Little river area. Don't let them spoil our good time. There just mad because there not enjoying the fun. Screw them lets party.
JT -MYRTLE BEACH BIKE WEEK  January 27, 2009 03:52 PM
WELL CONGRATS TO THE CITIZENS OF MYRTLE BEACH FOR GETTING THEIR PEACE & QUIET. MABYE AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS WHEN THEIR TAXES SKYROCKET DUE TO THE FACT OF NO MORE BIKE WEEK THEY WILL REALIZE THEIR MISTAKE. I OWN A CYCLE SHOP IN COBLESKILL, NY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO A LOCAL EVENT CALLED AM-JAM EVERY YEAR BUT FOR THE LAST 3-4 YEARS BIKERS ROLLING IN FOR THE EVENT HAVE BEEN GETTING HARRASSED BY THE STATE POLICE & ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN WAY DOWN. BUSINESSES FEEL THE HIT & SOON US TAXPAYERS WILL FEEL IT. ANTIBIKERS OF M.B. NEED TO TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD. I OFTEN WONDER WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS WOULD THINK IF THEY HAVE SEEN THE COUNTRY THE DEVELOPED THESE DAYS. BETTER YET WHAT ABOUT THE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE SPILLED THEIR BLOOD TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM FOR WHICH BIG & SMALL GOVERMENT AGENCIES TAKE FROM US MORE & MORE EACH DAY. DON'T GET ME WRONG. I LOVE THIS COUNTRY WITH ALL OF MY HEART BUT I DO NOT LIKE THE ONES RUNNING IT. JT
Rosemary H., Cape Cod , Ma. , Jan. 27, 2009 -Myrtle Beach, Bike week 2009  January 27, 2009 05:26 AM
We are coming anyway. We have our timeshare units booked , 5 total,and we will bring our helmets. We have stock pipes on our 2008 Road King Classic, so noise is not a issue.We are 48 year old adults, we don't cause any trouble. The people of Myrtle Beach should feel blessed to have us shopping and dining out at the finer restaurants. We come from Cape Cod Mass, another tourist area, and we already have those laws, so we are used to it. (SO.......SEE YOU in MAY!)
Rob Moe -Myrtle beach bike week 2009  January 27, 2009 02:38 AM
WE STILL COMING!! THE WHEELS KEEP SPINNING FOLKS! DONT LET THEM PARTY POOPERS CRASH THE RALLY. PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE ATTEND EACH YEAR (DOCTORS, POLICE OFFICERS, TEACHERS, LAWYERS, AND EVEN MAYORS) FROM ALL AROUND THE US. WE GETTING READY AS I SPEAK TO COME BACK. IN THESE TIMES THOSE BUSINESSES THERE NEED OUR FUNDS AS WE NEED OUR R&R. I DO APOLOGIZE TO THE RESIDENTS THERE IF WE ARE TO LOUD. I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO YOUR PEACE. AND THIS YEAR WE'LL TRY TO BE A LITTLE MORE QUIET. TO ALL WHO ATTEND THE 1ST PART OF BW AND THE 2ND PART OF BW(BBW), SEE YALL AT THE BEACH MY BIKER BROTHERS AND SISTERS. AND LIKE I STRESSED EARLIER, --THE WHEELS KEEP SPINNIN'!!
BA (Biker Att*****) -Class Action Lawsuit- Best Practices to stand up for your rights.  January 26, 2009 07:09 PM
If you are still attending the event, Please take pictures to document any violation of these new rules, by a non- biker to use for future litigation. If camera is equipped with a date/ time stamp Please use this feature. Once you receive a ticket for a noise violation, you may be a little more motivated. New Orleans settlement was quite substantial with biker fines concerning parking/ noise enforcement. Ability to prove double standard will be essential. This would include landscaping trailers being allowed to park in a public street, any parking lot drinking by any tourist any time,any check-in process that does not require ID, violations of age curfew, groups assembled in parking lots, lawnchair use on public property. Anyone who has particpated in a bike week event (ever) will be able to take advantage of this class action. Rules to watch Reference: For Noise, Motorcycles, Alcohol Consumption, Property Management, Curfew and Accommodations, Updated December 9, 2008 The Myrtle Beach City Council approved the following ordinances to address a variety of issues throughout the year. Ordinances marked with ~ are effective on February 28, 2009. The rest took effect immediately. Those marked with + are administrative infractions and carry a $100 fine. All are effective year-round. · No loud mufflers. No straight pipes. No revving of engines or excessive noise. Bike Week · Everyone on a motorcycle must wear a safety helmet and protective eyewear (glasses, goggles, face shield, etc.) at all times while the cycle is moving. ~ + · No more than two motorcycles allowed in a public parking space. ~ · Curfew is in effect from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. for juveniles under age 18, with certain exceptions. Violators are detained and parents are called. ~ + · No alcohol sales allowed after 2:00 a.m., unless the bar applies for and receives exemption. ~ · No alcohol consumption or open container possession allowed in parking lots and garages of any business. ~ + · It is a crime not to pay the restaurant or not to leave your name and address if you dispute the bill, service or food. · No loitering allowed in posted parking lots of any business. No loitering allowed after hours in parking lots once the business is closed. Store parking is for customers, not parties. · No use of parking lots or landscaped areas of any business next to road or street for chairs, coolers, parties, drinking or food service. ~ + · Security standards are required for gas stations, convenience stores and stores with drive through service. No gathering or loitering is allowed in parking areas without contemporaneous commercial activity. Parking lots are for customers, not parties. ~ + · Parties responsible for permitted or unpermitted special events that require an extraordinary public response may be held financially responsible for the cost of that response. · No parking or storage of trailers and oversize vehicles is allowed on the street; parking for these vehicles is allowed only in approved parking or storage lots. ~ + · Photo identification required for hotel check-in; minors (under 18) cannot check in without parent, legal guardian or chaperone present. All guests in a room must be identified. Parking hang tags required for all guest vehicles. ~ +
Typical Biker -Why would a non- Biker , be on a biker website?  January 26, 2009 06:29 PM
Lori, A simple question, and comments if you don't mind. Question) Will this memorial Day weekend visit be in addition to all your other vacations to the area, and help drive the local economy? If so, your doing much better than the rest of America, especially the 48,000 that lost their jobs TODAY ALONE. My belief that your job of monitoring websites attempting to sway popular opinion must pay pretty well from the Mayor. Nice try, but what would you be doing on a biker website? If this was the Myrtle Beach paper opinion poll, might be a little more believable. Enjoy the beach this year, sure Bikers will find some really good alternatives, and I for one enjoy change. After businesses close down due to this ridiculous decision- Please remember my comments. See how the next 5 years are. The difference in a hotel making or losing money is most likely shifting from 75% occupancy, to 65%. Restaurants food costs, energy costs, labor costs all rising- see how this impacts them and the nice small business owners in your city.That Hard Rock Amusement Park worked out pretty well, same team working on this idea? History tends to repeat itself if you don't learn. You may want to read a bit on the Great Depression while your relaxing on the beach. This couldn't be a worse year to cut off ANY revenue source, but it's your city. Sorry if this sounds angry, not intended... the judgement just amazes me. Have a great time at the beach.
Lori -Bike week  January 25, 2009 10:09 PM
I know that many of the bikers feel put out by MB's decision, but my family, as long- time vacationers of the MB area will be glad to see this change. We don't come to the beach in May because of the biker weeks... too much traffic and congestion, and (for at least one bike week) too much for my small children to see and hear. I'll be glad to see families at the beach again for Memorial Day weekend. Bikers should be welcome, but let the rest of us come and enjoy the beach too.
Harley Woman Biker -John Rhodes  January 25, 2009 09:42 AM
Does anyone have John Rhodes e-mail address? He is so chicken and doesn't want any e-mail from the public he has given the shaft to. I have looked everywhere trying to find his e-mail address and can't find it. Lets bombard his inbox with e-mail and tell him how we really feel!! How is Myrtle Beach going to replace the "tourism" dollars from several hundred thousand bikers? Bikers are also politicians, doctors, lawyers, and teachers like myself. He is screwing the residents of Myrtle Beach and they are just too stupid to realize it. Maybe when they wake up and smell the coffee they will vote him and town council out, but it will be too late. Serves all the pompous residents right...they will get what they wanted in the end. Sky-high property taxes...will serve them right.
Typical Biker Who Used To Go To Myrtle Beach -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 25, 2009 08:42 AM
To the Mayor & his team of ill advised advisors, Bike week introduced me to the nice people, weather and fun of Myrtle Beach years ago, like it has Daytona, Florida Keys, Laconia NH Lake area, Sturgis and Milwaukee. I can honestly say I have returned more to SC (Myrtle, Charleston, HiltonHead)than any of the other locations. To be bitterly honest, It's a bit on the trashy side, but the kids loved all the amusements when we visit and the area has nice affordable hotels on the beach. The transition to higher paying, lower trouble Spring guests sounds fantastic, and it can be done. Ft. Lauderdale did an incredible job in the 80's, and sure that is your designed model. If your base was rowdy drunken college students, I would say it is low risk. That is not the case. I'm a typical biker, not sure if you know exaactly what that looks like now vs. the portrayal in the movies. Started riding many years ago at 16 making a few dollars an hour. Through hard work ,Consistently earn more than 250K a year, sit on several boards including CVB, GWIB,as well as a few Universities. If this plan to replace the bikers doesn't work, and I honestly don't think it will, your tax base will decrease considerably and you will join California and many other states, and even more cities laying off your employees, as well as reducing services to your city. You will be forced to raise property taxes substantually, simple economics. If my viewpoint is not accurate, and it simply more racism coming from SC, to rid the city from "Black Bike Week", shame on you. Just finished my ten day reservation for Daytona( $3500, hotel alone).
Mr Frank -http://www.myrtlebeachbikerinfo.com/message.html  January 24, 2009 09:11 AM
The mayor's letter and attachments make things perfectly clear
Frank -Give 'em what they want  January 24, 2009 08:59 AM
My guess is that there are 1 or 2 other places along the east Coast that could use the economic boost of holding a bike event in May. Somebody....some place, needs to step up to the plate and let us know who they are so we can go spend our money there!
john from Horry County -MB are bigots  January 24, 2009 07:39 AM
A small group of locals got the mayor and chamber of commerce to 'vote' the rallies out. However, they have nothing to do with the rallies. The overwhelming majority of locals enjoy your company for the week and as always welcome u. I went to some of their meetings and they are bigots. Youall know the kind of people they are. We all have some in our towns. The last time I looked this was still the US of A. I've seen some articles to avoid MB. However, the majority in bigotTOWN like the rallies toooooo. If u see a welcome biker sign..... drop by they are your friends.
john -yes there is a rally  January 24, 2009 07:28 AM
comon' down
Korn -I hope myrtle beach dies  January 23, 2009 04:01 PM
At 55 I have been attenting this rally for 22 years. Now at 56 they can kiss my ass. If they do not want the bikers to have a rally in that town I hope no one will go there for any reason. Let that town die, they need out of town money to make it. So my good people just simply stop going to this beach town for any reason. Let the money dry up and they will be begging us to come back, but we wont. Screw Myrtle Beach!!!
Dennis Dallas -Myrtle "Infertile" Beach  January 22, 2009 06:54 PM
Myrtle Beach is no longer the location for two long-running motorcycle events. After many years, our residents grew weary of three weeks of noise and traffic congestion each May, and they asked City Council to end the events. As a result, the Harley-Davidson Dealers Association Spring Rally and the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest will not be held in Myrtle Beach................../ Actually this is GREAT NEWS! I've always found Myrtle Beach cold and uninteresting for events such as the HDDASR. In fact, the last time my brother and I visited Myrtle Beach we froze our butts off! This was a difficult decision. Myrtle Beach welcomes visitors year-round, but the giant motorcycle rallies simply grew too large. Our staff, residents and businesses strained to keep up with these huge single-focus events............................................. Yes, tis a severe burden to watch the hundreds of thousands of dollars pouring into the business coffers of restaurants, gas stations, souvenir shops and motels/hotels in the area. It may surprise you, but our economy is much healthier with a fully diversified visitor base, instead of a concentration on one or two extremely large events...................................... I can see how the income generated from a few hundred tourists popping in on your fair city would be far more desirable than that of thousands of spending bikers. I find your opinion very amusing in these woeful economic times. Amusing in how lame your platform actually is. Please know that Myrtle Beach is not anti-biker or anti-motorcycle. We want folks to come on the vehicle of their choice and enjoy all of the things Myrtle Beach has to offer........................... The very next paragraph would serve to invalidate your previous sentence. We are ending the motorcycle-related rallies because they grew too big and lasted too long...................................... So downsize it and shorten the event - on second thought, just cancel it. The huge rallies even kept visitors away from Myrtle Beach, and that's not good................................................ This is oh so true - those several hundred visitors may never know what they missed! And it goes without saying that they wouldn't simply join the bikers and have a rather funderful time. You bet! For everyone's safety and welfare, City Council has added a few new rules and regulations. We believe these new laws will make Myrtle Beach a safer and more friendly destination........................ It certainly doesn't SOUND like it. In fact, it sounds quite to the contrary. I ride a $20,000 motorcycle, am a business owner in my 60's and ride with an organization of like minded folks. I will forward your position to my fellow club members and we will go out of our way to avoid your not-so-friendly town. We will also pass on your writing to other clubs, charities and organizations we interact with throughout the year. Personally, having been in Myrtle Beach I would suggest the motorcycle events are not too large or too long. I suggest, rather, that your town and mindset are BOTH too small for the events. For example, with your safety in mind, we now require that all motorcycle riders and passengers wear a helmet and eye protection... If this is a new city ordinance then it goes directly against your State Law - SECTION 56-5-3660 - Helmets shall be worn by operators and passengers under age twenty-one; helmet design; list of approved helmets We also have a 1:00 to 6:00 a.m. curfew for everyone under 18. These and other rule changes are explained on this web site.............. You may as well make the curfew for adults too! Thank you for understanding. As you know, Myrtle Beach is a great place to visit, (NOT) and we welcome you at any time. I look forward to your next visit and am confident that you will have a great time in Myrtle Beach!................................................. Until the backward attitude towards motorcyclists makes a full 180* change you will NOT see my bike or me. I trust you will not see virtually thousands and thousands of us motorcyclists - EVER!
BIG E (WILDBOYZ MC) -BBW 2009  January 22, 2009 12:44 PM
Whats up everyone i have been comming to Myrtle Beach for 7 years now! and love it .. I enjoy it every year.. meet beautiful people and love the sights.. I am one who swims with the current good and bad.. SEE EVERYONE IN MYRTLE BEACH "2009" 1 LOVE @ ALLLL!!!!
Jan -Bike Rallies  January 22, 2009 10:02 AM
I'm a resident here in Myrtle Beach too...actually Little River. I can tell you honestly, no matter what you hear from the vendors and a few hotel owners, that the residents in both beaches pressured city council and the mayor to put an end to the rallies. The Mayor isn't crazy nor zealous...he is doing what he was asked to do. I don't think anybody minds a motorcycle in town. But they aren't going to allow large gatherings of them anymore. They will ticket every loud muffler that comes by, and you'll have to wear a helmet. If you want to ride your bike to town and do the same stuff that any tourist does, you'll be fine. But if you're coming to join 5000 other bikes in the shopping center parking lots or "in town" bars, then you will be very disappointed, because they won't allow it. We've had to spend literally millions of dollars for extra police protection to handle the groups, and it only benefitted a few vendors. Most of the hotels won't even allow bikes on the premises. It just isn't worth the cost, I'm afraid. And the biggest problem was Atlantic Beach and Memorial Day. Unfortunately we couldn't get rid of that plague without it affecting your rally, thanks to the NAACP. It was a disgrace and 90% of the residents are thanking God that it's not going to happen again this year. At least we hope not. I guess we'll see how the new laws affect both rallies. I'm sorry that it seems to feel like an afront to you all. It's not personal. We just can't handle the problems anymore, and the Grand Strand is getting totally away from the "Daytona Beach" "spring break" party type of reputation. With all the expensive new condos and homes, I think they are hoping to be more like a Boca Raton. May never make it, but that's the aim, I think.
Rob Tapp -...forget MBBW 2009  January 21, 2009 06:27 PM
been there, done that.... WHO needs the MB cops, writing tickets for my drag pipes, ect.... been heading to Daytona (on my HARLEE) (the first time back in 1981) they are more tolerant. A few years back, I got turned off big time, when I heard that the cit of MB, had actually put down SAND on certain turns / intersections within the city.... it was the same year that some BOZO made ocean highway ONE WAY... forget MB....there are plenty of other places to go..!! I will never forget, the original Suck Bang Blow though!
Beach Girl South Carolina -Welcome all!  January 21, 2009 08:08 AM
Welcome all to Myrtle Beach SC both weekends in May 2009 I work here local hotel we can't wait till all the bikers get here! We love them all. The beach don't close for anyone. The blue ocean waves will still come in, the sun will rise over the ocean and the sea gulls will fly high. So to make a long story short. GET YOU BIKE HERE!!
Carolina Girl -Welcome home  January 21, 2009 06:51 AM
I just returned home, after 20 years in the military, thinking this year would be the best Bike Week, because I'm retired, and I can go to both rallies. No more trying to take leave, getting my kids a sitter, and making time to see my Mom in the middle of Bike Week. And now this crazy idiot of a Mayor is trying to ruin that?! Oh hell no! For all of you veteran riders and non-riders who attend Bike Week every year, take it from a homegirl: Bike Week ain't cancelled! If it means you gotta stay somewhere north or south of MB, then do whatever it takes to keep the tradition going. I was raised in the South, so I know there's more than one way to skin a cat!!! See y'all in May!
Mark G. (Ruther Glen, VA.) -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 20, 2009 04:35 PM
A long story short..... I am still coming.
Rio (Washington, D.C.) -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 20, 2009 02:33 PM
I've attended Bike Week the last 10+ years and in those years the city have been constantly implimenting new regulations the make the experience more and more less desirable. I love the city and most of the people are welcoming and friendly towards my friends and i, but there are just as many that don't want us there and don't have a problem with showing it. For whatever the reason the city is trying to cancel the bike week functions, I thinks its a terrible way to say "Thank You" to those of us who attended yearly and spent countless amounts of money supporting hotels, resturants, and retail stores etc. in a city we love that don't love us. Maybe when the city counts it's losses, it will realize that we don't just bring the noise, we bring life to a city that is a ghost town during the winter months. "You'll miss us(the revenue) when we are gone, Farewell Myrtle Beach".
Erik stead -bike week 09  January 20, 2009 10:17 AM
I think that most of the people in MB can't stand haveing us bikers there but once they lose all that $$$$$ they will be crying to get us back. I've been coming for 12yrs and every year it cost more, where else besides VEGAS can the best western charge $380.00 per night, if you check the week before we come the rate for the same room is half that price. Also bikers make sure you ask the hotels before you book them
wavy davy -the real issue is lost  January 20, 2009 06:50 AM
a great deal of the residents of myrtle beach have moved there in the last 30 years. a great many are retirees from other areas. the problem with this is when people move to an area they soon think it belongs to them. folks... this is america, it belongs to all of us. just because i live in virginia i cant say i dont want you to drive up interstate 95 cause it causes congestion and noise etc. that road is for all of us to use. myrtle beach is the same. it is everyone's. just because you pay local taxes like we do here doesnt give you an exclusive to that area. this is simply the voice of a few imposing censorship on 100's of thousands. the business's there need to hog tie that mayor and council for causing huge loses to their income. last year we spent $5000 in the area. bye bye!!!
J. Buchanan -Myrtle Beach?  January 19, 2009 11:40 AM
My brother and I have attended the Spring event for the past 7 years. We check out all the vendors, eat, spend money, and get back to the hotel before dark. We don't have loud pipes, don't raise hell, and respect all the laws. We are just like most of our other biker brothers coming to Myrtle Beach for our annual vacation. For the life of me I can't understand why the city of MB chooses us to discriminate against us and honesty don't see how they can legally do so. We will continue to make our annual visit but make sure we never never spend another minute or penny within the city limits.
Sam -mb bike week  January 19, 2009 05:37 AM
After coming to the rally for a couple of years now, I have found all the things we do are in Murrels Inlet and Horry county.The food and housing are cheaper south and there are plenty of places (Charlston)to ride . Looks like more time at the Rat Hole for us this year!Where is all this crime they are speaking of? You can go to any town and find it if you look hard enough.Try Ocean City, MD.any summer week. God bless America, and please dont spend ANY MONEY IN THE CITY OF MYRTLE BEACH! We wont.Also I will be riding to the Outer banks bike week April 23-26. They want my money and they are getting bigger and better every year.
Vernon Wingo -City of MB Can't Cancel What It Never Hosted  January 19, 2009 02:59 AM
The mayor, who I previously thought was a level-headed guy, seems to have lost his marbles. The 69th annual spring Harley rally will be sponsored as always by The Carolina H-D Dealers' Assoc. The rally over Memorial Day weekend(aka black bike weekend) was originally sponsored by a local motorcycle club and later by the tiny and disfunctional beachside town of Atlantic Beach, located in the middle of NORTH Myrtle Beach, also a separate town from Myrtle Beach. The H-D dealers used to lease some space at the local convention center from MB City but other than that(and the massive and unnecessary police presence)the city has never been involved in the rallies. Will the City next dictate to other large national tourist groups whether they can schedule conventions or tournaments or retreats or festivals or what-have-you in MB? Look out, Rotarians! Better fall in line, golfers and Amway distibutors! Have too much fun in our little seaside paradise and we'll pass laws tailored to run YOU out, too!
BA -Washington DC- Memorial Day  January 18, 2009 07:51 PM
Rolling Thunder weekend in DC is a great alternative weekend if you decide to let SC feel the pain. All events in DC are Free, riding is fantastic in the area... Skyline Drive, Eastern Shore,Annapolis, Baltimore- not to mention great monument riding through DC. Make alternate plans this year, new mayor will be in plave next year We'll be back to "Suck, Bang & Blow" soon enough.
Hof Reunion -MB, October 2008  January 18, 2009 07:01 PM
Contrary to all the crappus the Mayor and his ilk released to the willing press in their releases, there did NOT appear to be any enforcement of the "new rules" anywhere in MB, except for the ones affecting vendors who had to set up in specified areas. The hotels were packed all thru MB (as well as North MB, and the other small towns north and south). The streets were jammed day and night with bikes, bikers and gawkers. The restaurants, all 1300 of them, did a land-office business, as did the bars and all the other party joints. North MB was just as busy, maybe more so because it appeared that their vendor sites were EVERYWHERE! The gainers here are the businesses outside of MB. The losers are the politicians who invent this crap "for the good of the people" and then try to justify it during and after the events.
Thore -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 17, 2009 07:37 PM
There are many other communities that welcome me and my friends with open arms. It is those communities I shall spend my time and money. Further, I shall avoid the community of Myrtle Beach as I do not wish to be hassled by the local "Barney Fifes" of the world. Thore
Joel -MB Bike Week  January 17, 2009 08:43 AM
Piss on the City of Myrtle Beach. 90% of the rally was/is held OUTSIDE of MB anyway. The only big event in MB was the vendors at Broadway at the Beach, and they will be moving to other locations. COME TO THE GRAND STRAND FOR BIKE WEEK, just don't visit the City, and don't spend ANY money in MB now or ever! This rally started in 1940, and it isn't going to end just because of the City! Come on down to the rally, we'll all have a great time!
JAMAR BROWN -BIKE WEEK 2009 IS WHERE IT'S AT  January 17, 2009 08:03 AM
HI I AM A BIKE RIDER FROM JERSEY CITY NEW JERSEY IN EVER YEAR I COME TO MB TO HAVE A GOOD TIME IN THIS IS NOT RIGHT WHAT YOU ARE DOING TRYING TO SHUT SOMETHING DOWN AT LAST MIN THAT EVERONE EVEN YOURSELF WAIT FOR BIKE WEEK MAYOR DON'T LET THE GOOD PEOPLE DOWN THAT COME'S OUT EVERY YEAR IN PUT MONEY IN THE TOWN PLEASE DON'T DO IT......
JEFF CHERRY -DON'T SHUT THE BEACH DOWN  January 17, 2009 07:55 AM
ME MY WIFE IN KIDS COME TO MYRTLE BEACH EVER YEAR IN HAVE A GOOD TIME IN AM LOOKING TO COME TO BIKE WEEK 2009 THIS YEAR IN HAVE A GOOD TIME I LOVE THE BEACH I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN I COME WAY FROM NEW YORK EVER YOU PLEASE DO DO IT
Ron Whitaker -myrtle beach bike week  January 17, 2009 06:04 AM
Hi all.. I was just wondering, did the city council hold public meetings on the rallies or did they just stormtrooper over people to satisfy a request from a close knit of old fogeys that are very reminicent of the gestopo. the people voted them in...they can vote them out. until that time I will find elsewhere to vacation my 6 weeks out of the year and will be watching the cities coffers drying up like a drought area. I hope the city looks like the set of the movie "legend" . then the mayor can ride in peace all he wishes and see the destruction he has brought to this once beautiful vacation destination. I have been going to this area for 36 yrs but until the status quo changes I shall not be returning. Lord help the taxpayers of myrtle beach.
Nancy Edwards -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 17, 2009 01:39 AM
A note to Harley enthusiasts: THE RESIDENTS OF MYRTLE BEACH WANT YOU HERE! I've lived in Myrtle Beach for many years. I do not know, nor have I met, even one single person who supports getting rid of Bike Week. I would venture to guess that if you show up in Myrtle Beach right now, and you appear to be a biker, you'll be very pleasantly surprised at the even-heartier-than-usual welcome you'll receive from pretty much everyone you'll encounter. I repeat: I live here, and I do not know, nor have I met, even one single person who supports getting rid of Bike Week.
Charisma Cooper AKA Charismatic Barbie -MB-BIKE WEEK  January 16, 2009 06:49 PM
I'm not a bike rider but love Myrtle Beach not just for the bike week to relax.My friends and I we are called The Real Black Barbie dolls we go the bike week every May, from Thursday to Monday. 2009 will make 12 years for us, they can't stop it now we love it. Myrtle Beach will be losing a lot of money. I'm still making plans to attend bike week 09. SEE YOU AT THE BEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MC RIDER -MB BIKE WEEK  January 16, 2009 04:39 PM
So Myrtle Beach is tired of the bikers coming in for a couple weeks out of the year.I think that John Rhodes,City Council, and Residents needs to wake up.I travel to Myrtle Beach alot during the year for my job. I stay on the blvd in the off season great rates for the nice hotels. I do not go out and walk on the street after dark.One evening I decided to take a walk down the blvd.I have never seen so many prostitutes and crack sellers.I mean they just come up to you and ask if you need company or the guys ask you if you need some rock.I didnt go no more than 6 or 7 blocks from my hotel and decided to turn back and forget my evening walk.(Holiay Inn @6th Ave. S.&Ocean) Maybe the mayor likes to cruise the blvd after hours lol.He cant do it when the bikers are in town LMAO.. Well needless to say I will not stay in Myrtle Beach again.Spend no money there. I wil just do my work there and leave.If they dont want my money when I am on a bike, there not getting it while I am in my truck !!
Mike Smith -2009 Bike Week  January 16, 2009 11:32 AM
let MB enact these laws, after the politicians are forced to raise the taxes on the people of MB, they will come begging for the bikers to return, but guess what...WE WON'T...
ps -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 16, 2009 11:00 AM
Shhhh! It's a surprise....Bikers are tourists too and spend lots of money and may they prosper and spend lots where they are wanted! We have biked all over the US and Canada. We are law abiding and we always have fun. If Myrtle Beach proper doesn't want our money FINE WITH US! There are lots of places around there who appreciate bikers who have fun (legal of course) and we are not going to let a few disguntled old people in Mrytle Beach ruin our fun- and I hope your taxes increase 10 fold. BTW, with the economy the way it is...you would think they would want ANY tourist (on bike or 4 wheels) As for the jokers who don't abide by the rules, lock 'em up...there are plenty of laws ALREADY on the books for state and county to do that without discriminating against bikers who follow the rules and are productive members of society. By the way, watch out Myrtle Beach - lawnmowers and loud trucks are next (noise laws you know)and why not put in a few laws about obese people who ruin the view from your space?
David Emory -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 16, 2009 05:31 AM
Myrtle Beach is just the beginning. People are tired of the noise more than anything else. More and more communties are stengthening laws against loud motor vehicles. If you can't have fun on your bike without disturbing the peace of others, then you'd better seek some mental health counseling.
dl -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 16, 2009 04:30 AM
This stuff has been going on for quite sometime and I must say I am truely amazed at the ignorance and stupidity of the local politicians. Yes, I understand the desire of the Old Senile Buzzards wanting to sit on their front porch or balcony to get fresh air and allow the seagulls to vigouresly splatter their automobiles and foreheads. Good for them ... if thats what they want. Most of them are to the point in life where they don't pay much in taxes anyway. With all the crime that occurs daily around the Myrtle Beach area, Thats Right daily [watch the local news then again maybe they only have rabbit ears]. In lieu of this the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor, City Council has decided to have the Police Dept. put emphasis on harrasing bikers rather than being available for victims of serious crimes. I doubt that Mr Rhodes and /or his constituents are any older than myself , I can only conclude that age may not be the factor... undoubtly just a "Miserable SB"
Lawren Downing -Insane!  January 15, 2009 06:25 PM
Haven't we had enough of these lousy political blowhards screwing up our lives? We the People are supposed to be in charge of our country and we are anything but. Slowly but surely we are having more and more freedom taken away from us right under our noses. By the time people realize what is going on it will be too late. Sincerely, Another helpless American
Tony Perillo -What are they thinking?  January 15, 2009 04:01 PM
In todays economy the merchants of MB will suffer a great loss of income,in a time when they count on the a large amount of business in a short period of time,to pick up the slack.BIG BROTHER is at it again.I don't get it.For the most part 80+% or MC riders are very hard working,responsible,good people just looking to blow off a little steam.I think the local merchants will fight this and win.You can't take money out a man's pocket and expect him to not put up a fight.Or better yet there are many other states that would love to host us.As in North Carolina or Viginia,we already have a gig in NY Americade so that wont fly. Best wishes to all my riding brothers and sisters,any race, color,religion or creed. CIAO Tony
Mike Mitchell -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 15, 2009 03:09 PM
I went to M.B.B.W for the first time last year, and had a better than expected time. If the blue hairs in M.B don't want the business, and the income that it produces, than I say move it to Richmond,Va. We have the ocean, the mountains, historic sites, and beautiful scenic roads to explore on your motorcycle. We have R.I.R on the Va. State Fair Grounds, with camping available on site. We have an abundance of hotels in the area, and enough bike dealerships in the area to host the event. Most importantly, we have Govenor Kaine, and a budget in the red. What better reason for him to welcome the extra income to our area ? Take a look at Richmond. Hell,next to Nascar twice a year, how bad could it be ?
Becky Farr -Myrtle Beach Bike Week  January 15, 2009 01:42 PM
My husband and I are from MI and we have visited Myrtle Beach for the past 3 years. We are looking forward to 2009. I don't like all the rules about trailers and bikes. Every year we run into some kind of problem. Even booking in advance you'd think all was good. Not so. When we arrive in MB is when everything goes to crap. You'd think the bikers would be get more recognision and be treated better. After all the business that it brought in from all of us for this event. I heard Hard Rock is closed. What a shame. This year we are bringing our 14 year old daughter who has never been to the ocean. Bless the bikers!