Carolina Ride for Life, Sturgis on deck, and Myrtle Beach Harley dealer ready for throw-down

For Weekly SurgeJuly 15, 2013 

The doctors tell me my back surgery was successful so for now I can only tell you what’s going on - instead of hopping on my bike and checking stuff out.

I am still not riding and won’t be for weeks, maybe months to come, but I’m hopefully on the mend. Thanks to all who have sent well-wishes.

One event that I’ll hate to miss this month: The Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association is helping to promote the 2013 CHDDA Ride for Life Tour, benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The July 27 event is a ride starting in Concord, N.C. at the Z Max Dragway and ending up at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Staging for the ride begins at 12:30 p.m. and the ride pulls out at 1:30. The Dragway is located at 6570 Bruton Smith Boulevard in Concord. Once assembled in the Charlotte infield, riders can enjoy free, live music, silent auctions and a balloon pop contest with several chances to win great prizes including gift certificates, a trip, and a 110th Anniversary Harley-Davidson chrome package. Our local Myrtle Beach Harley dealer has a limited number of free admission passes to the event, but you need to act right away because the deadline is Friday (July 19. If you’re interested call them now at 843-369-5555. For more general information about the ride, you can email events@myrtlebeachharleydavidson.com.

had hoped to be breaking some news about one of our local motorcycle supporters taking another big step towards world domination this week, but things are not yet official so I’ll just have to tease you with that until my next column. I can tell you this much: A lot of money is being spent, and even more will be made outside of the Myrtle Beach area because other locations welcome the money bikers have to spend.

Speaking of bikers spending big bucks, big doings are just around the corner for two major, national motorcycle events this summer.

Every year August means Sturgis, S.D.’s annual Black Hills Rally, considered by many to be the quintessential pilgrimage to the motorcycle Mecca of the world. Celebrating its 73rd year, hundreds of thousands of bikers will once again come from across the globe to enjoy one of the biggest biker parties and some of the best riding anywhere. The rally takes place this Aug. 3-10 across the nation where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play.

I have been fortunate enough to have attended the Black Hills Rally twice before with family and friends. While the television documentaries I have seen about the rally love to highlight the concerts, custom bikes, scantily-clad biker babes, and smoke-bellowing burnouts, which are no doubt a part of the show, my favorite part about the Sturgis rally has always been the incredible riding there. It really is amazing and I am surprised it is not more publicized. On one trip riders can brave the barren desert Badlands; cruise the same streets as James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok and Martha “Calamity Jane” Canary in the legendary gold rush town of Deadwood; literally ride through natural rock formations; roll amid the roughly 1,300 American Bison at the 71,000-acre Custer State Park; and, cruise scenic valleys, passing among lush forests and cascading waterfalls in Spearfish Canyon. Add to that the majesty and historical significance of enormous monuments to Crazy Horse and at Mount Rushmore and the rest of the trip is just the icing on the cake.

Also, every few years during the summer, Harley-Davidson corporate in Milwaukee celebrates its anniversary by throwing a party of its own that is also open to the world. This year marks the 110th Anniversary of the legendary union and the party in Milwaukee will be Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Attendees can expect 60 bands on 5 stages (interestingly, I noticed Katey Sagal who plays Gemma Teller on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” is fronting a band called The Forest Rangers which will perform), merchandise vendors, historical exhibits, museum and dealership events and special rides, and a live Ultimate Fighting Championship event in town, UFC: 164, taking place as part of the celebration. There will also be opportunities for Harley Owner Group (a.k.a. H.O.G.) members to commemorate the 30th anniversary of that organization during the Milwaukee event.

Closer to home, the Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson dealership will also celebrate the anniversary from 1- 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at its location here. I’ll get you some more details as the event draws nearer.

Then on Aug. 24, we all have a chance to give back a little without costing us a cent by taking part in a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. also at the Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson shop, located at 4710 S. Kings Highway. In general, donors should be in healthy condition, at least 17-years-old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. For detailed eligibility questions, visit www.redcrossblood.org.

That’s it for now. Look for the news I couldn’t bring you today in my next column and until then don’t take any chance you get to ride for granted.

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