By James “Hollywood Macecari
What do Sturgis, Myrtle Beach and Daytona Beach have in common? They take your money but can’t stand having you there. This is especially true in Myrtle Beach and Sturgis. Just this year the gaming commission uttered threats to resorts who let members of the Hells Angels stay at their establishments. The funny thing is. The Hells Angels have been going there for decades without issues.
I used to work in Myrtle Beach and bike week was absolutely insane in Myrtle Beach and then after all the changes with Mayor Rhoads, he pushed them out of Myrtle Beach, and they congregate in this little inlet,” said Cynthia Bingham, manager at the Inlet Crab House. (Source ABC News 15 below)
Have you ever noticed when a town or city is lucky enough to be established as a rally point they inevitably invent ways to screw it up? I use to attend Daytona Bike Week. Never again. The laws these politicians throw out there to squeeze more money out of bikers on fines is ridiculous. In my opinion, most of these massive rallies represent nothing more than a RUB haven to play biker. Most of them don’t even ride their scooters in. They trailer the damned things in 100,000 dollar toy haulers. God forbid they would have to pitch a tent and do it old school.
Why go back? What’s the lure of the big rallies?
If bikers recognize that the local authorities don’t want them there. Why every year does bikers continue to flock to these places? You would think we would start going to other more welcoming places. Would be cool to see some old school biker rallies start up again. Those who are younger don’t remember the rallies were there was nothing but titties, beer, hill-climbs and dirt racing. Now those were the rallies to be at. Find a decent hill and some acreage and let loose for the week. Sturgis and some of the other major rallies use to be like that at one time.
I guess the Insane Throttle Facebook question of the day has to be- Why go to these big rallies knowing the cities only want your money?
Abc 15 News
Myrtle Beach, SC (WPDE) — It’s called the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally, but bikers and businesses owners say the actual bike week festivities do not actually happen in Myrtle Beach.
Almost 80 years ago, a spring rally for bikers started in Myrtle Beach. It was a roaring week for businesses.
“It’s business people and they like to ride and spend a lot of money,” said Bill Lindsey, owner of Barnacle Bills.
But that all changed eight years ago.
“I used to work in Myrtle Beach and bike week was absolutely insane in Myrtle Beach and then after all the changes with Mayor Rhoads, he pushed them out of Myrtle Beach, and they congregate in this little inlet,” said Cynthia Bingham, manager at the Inlet Crab House.
“The city of Myrtle Beach passed all the laws: the helmet laws, the noise ordinances, trying to keep people out of Myrtle Beach,” said Shea Bridges, a local biker.
The laws are gone from Myrtle Beach, but so are the bikers, according to Bill Lindsey, owner of Barnacle Bills downtown.
“There’s still a little hurt of why would you do that,” said Lindsey.
“Everybody goes south and north now,” said Bridges.
Which is good news for businesses in Murrells Inlet and North Myrtle Beach.
“This is where they come and they spend a lot of money,” said Bingham.
As for Lindsey, he is still trying to bring back the bikers.
“Bikers are starting to come back up because they know that we welcome them. We want their money. We love their attitudes, we have no problems,” said Lindsey.
“We’ve always come here and we’re going to keep coming. This is as far as I go,” said Bridges.