One of the world’s most well-known motorcycle rallies is about to take over South Carolina’s Grand Strand for the 72nd year in a row. Since 1940, Myrtle Beach Bike Week has been one of the premier gatherings for motorcycle enthusiasts, especially Harley riders.
Although Bike Week has had some troubles with local lawmakers over the years, it’s still going strong and expects a great turnout when the week-long rally kicks off on May 11th.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week 2012
The festivities begin before you even reach the Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of beach towns along the South Carolina coast. No matter where you are coming from, you are guaranteed to meet other bikers making the scenic journey. Businesses in the surrounding areas appreciate the boost in patronage during the rally, and you can expect a warm welcome from participating restaurants and hotels.
To make things clear, there will not be any events in the actual city of Myrtle Beach, which covers about 14 miles of the Grand Strand. All events that are part of the Myrtle Beach Bike Week will be held in North Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, and Horry County.
The main reason to go to Bike Week is of course the rides. This year Myrtle Beach Bike Week will be introducing “The Ride,” a series of self-guided tours throughout the entire stretch of the Grand Strand. These rides will introduce participants to many of the area’s scenic landscapes, tourist attractions, and sponsor businesses. Riders will receive a “Ride Passport” which will be stamped as they complete rides and can be used to qualify for prizes when “The Ride” season ends in October.
Mother's Day Ride
In celebration of Mother’s Day, there will be a special Mother’s Day Ride at Myrtle beach Bike Week on Sunday May 13th. In addition to honoring mothers everywhere, the ride pays tribute to the women that make up 23% of all U.S. Motorcyclists.
After a long day of riding, you’ll find no shortage of evening entertainment at Myrtle Beach Bike Week. In particular, Bike Week features an extensive lineup of bands playing up and down the coast. Bike Week organizers have hand picked an array of rocking groups that capture the biker lifestyle in their music and will get you up and dancing no matter how sore your backside is from riding all day. Whether you decide to take the guided tours or just ramble on your own, be prepared to make a lot of new friends, as well as run into some old ones.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally and Ride will be taking place this May 11th – 20th.
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