Myrtle Beach Rally
- Myrtle Beach Spring Rally 2010 Official Event Dates are May 7 – May 16
- Myrtle Beach Fall Rally 2010 Official Event Dates are September 29 – October 1
Myrtle Beach Bike Week used to be a great event, perhaps one of the main reasons Myrtle Beach grew to what it is now. I first went to Myrtle Beach in 2005 and worked for a friend of mine selling riding glasses. We setup right at the entrance of town where the Harley Store and Iron Gate Biker Bar is. Bikers are mainly attracted to pay their tribute to the Local Harley Davidson store to pick up their Myrtle Beach Harley shirts. That’s the only reason we were there. Great hours, work from 9 in the morning till about 7 in the evening as once the Harley Store was closed, everybody was out of there.
It was a fun event, accommodations were great and easy to find. After all it is mainly a timeshare community with lots of golf courses everywhere. Sadly the retired locals have forgotten the economical benefits of hosting one of the Countries largest Biker Rally. From a Great Attraction to Bikers , in a very short time, it became a nightmare for Bikers rolling in to have a Good Old Time. 2008 Marked the great decline. All of a sudden it was decided that Myrtle Beach didn’t want Bikers in their town. So the city began giving Bikers and Vendors a difficult time to discourage them from coming back next year. Passing noise laws and equipping the cops with noise measuring devices to bust Bikers revving their engines. Vendors found themselves in the hole as well with limited temporary license availability, harassment by inspectors whether your tent met the latest fire code.
Well Myrtle Beach, We got News for you too. If you don’t want us Bikers or Vendors we’ll just take you out of our schedule and move on to another town where we are welcomed. I just feel bad for the local business owners that have lost their main income. And the city workers will soon feel the effects once the city runs out of money and starts slashing jobs and giving people pay cuts. Certainly, in an already downhill economy your timing couldn’t have been worse to try to get rid of this traditional event. One less place for me to sell my embroidered patches.
One last word to the Myrtle Beach Locals that wanted the Biker’s gone, Well you’ve gotten your wish. But don’t complain when you see your local taxes increase to make up for the budget deficit when there is no more Bikers or Vendors to tax anymore. For every action there is a reaction, remember that.
I’m not going to start a big campaign amongst Bikers and Vendors to boycott Myrtle Beach. However, an example must be made of a town that once welcomed Bikers and then kicked them out.