Spring has sprung and with the warmer weather there are plenty of riding opportunities being announced around the Grand Strand.
BIKE NIGHTS AT THE BEAVER BAR
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson is hosting Bike Nights from 7-10 p.m. beginning next Thursday (April 25) at the Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet. Bike Nights will feature live music, prizes, drink and food specials, and giveaways. These are sponsored by Steelhorse Law, a law firm that specializes in personal injury cases involving motorcyclists, who will be giving away a Kindle Fire at the event on April 25. Future Bike Nights are planned for May 2 and May 9 and will resume after the spring motorcycle rally, which runs May 13-19.
There are three charity rides from which to choose taking place on April 27:
Castaway Paws Bike Run:
According to a flyer, riders should meet at 10:30 am at Longbeard’s Grill in Carolina Forest at 5040 Carolina Forest Blvd. Stops will include The Beaver Bar in Murrells Inlet, Back Yard Bar & Grill in Myrtle Beach, and Captain Poo’s in Little River. Proceeds will benefit Castaway Paws, a no-kill shelter for cats and dogs in Pawleys Island. There was no mention of entry fees, donations or prizes, but you can get more details and RSVP at either 301-536-4999 or 877-1724.
4 th Annual Chuck Shearer Memorial Bike Run:
Registration is at 11 a.m. and it’s “Kickstands Up!” at noon. Also taking off from Longbeard’s Grill, the stops on this ride will include Spencerz Sports Pub, The Boathouse, Jay’s of Little River, and Harley’s Roadhouse in Little River. The cost is $20 for riders and $10 for passengers. There will be auction items, raffles, prizes for the best and worst hands, food and other diversions. The ride benefits the Chuck Shearer Leukemia Foundation, which supports a number of cancer-related causes. Shearer was a local motorcycle mechanic. To learn more about the foundation and to read Shearer’s story, visit www.ChuckShearerLF.org. For more information, call 610-637-2550.
Ride For Gracie:
You can register for this benefit ride from 11 a.m. until 12:30 pm at the Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson dealership at 4710 S. Kings Highway. Gracie is a six-year-old who was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis (NF) at six-months-old. The ride cost $20 per bike and passengers are asked to make an additional donation. All proceeds from this event will help with the girl’s medical expenses. The Ride for Gracie, open to motorcycles and cars; will be stop at Sun Up Bar & Grill, Longbeard’s, Oscar’s and Captain Poo’s. (This is going to be a busy day for the staff at Longbeard’s and Captain Poo’s where I guess you can hang out with the Castaway Paws riders at the end of the day.) There will be a prize for the best hand and a 50/50 drawing at 4 p.m. followed by a free fish fry at 6 p.m. For more information, call 855-2597 or 254-5281.
Hopefully, riders will make it a point to donate to all of these events, regardless of which one they are riding with, since they will either be starting or ending at the same place on the same day.
DAY RIDE TO GEORGETOWN
The local H-D dealership is also planning a group ride to Georgetown on April 28. The ride will leave the dealership at 4710 S. Kings Highway at 10 a.m., ride to the Beaver Bar for breakfast, then leave for Georgetown around noon. There is no charge so just come out and ride. Donations are accepted for the Beaver Bar breakfast, which helps a number of area causes.
If these events sound like good fun for some good causes, but you can’t ride a motorcycle, maybe it is time you learn. Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson has resumed its Rider’s Edge, the Harley-Davidson Academy of Motorcycling rider training courses, for the year. The first classes were held April 11-14, but it is not too late. The next session will take place May 2-5 and the course will be offered monthly. As the dealership’s Web site says, “If you’re ready to roll, this is the place to begin.” Classes are taught by certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Harley-Davidson certified Rider’s Edge instructors. To register or get more details call the shop at 369-5555.
BIKE RALLY JUST AROUND THE CORNER
As mentioned above, this year’s spring Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally on the Grand Strand will take place May 13-19. In addition to the usual vendors, rides, and merchandise sales, the dealership is sponsoring another Harley Party on the Pier from 5-7 p.m. May 16, hosted by Springmaid Pier and Barnacles Bar & Grille. The party features live music, trivia and extended happy hour drink specials and half-priced appetizers.
Keep your eye out for more rally information coming up in this column.