It’s Fall Rally time.
To be sure you’re up to speed on the latest Grand Strand-area fall rally developments and information I’ll spare you my usual ramblings. Instead, I’m offering the following tips and information to help you get the most out of the 2013 fall motorcycle rally, happening along the Grand Strand now through Sunday (Oct. 6).
RALLY UPDATES VIA TEXT
Here’s a tip: Text HARLEY to 84300 to get rally details, updates, and other offers from Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson.
There are two Harley dealerships in the area. To make room for vendors and additional merchandise during the rallies the main dealership, Myrtle Beach H-D located at 4710 S. King Highway just south of the Myrtle Beach city limits, moves the bulk of its motorcycle inventory to the Harley Shop at the Beach location in the city of North Myrtle Beach. Go to the main dealership for vendors and merchandise. For new and used motorcycle sales, and Harley rentals, head north on U.S. 17 Bypass to 4002 U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. (North Myrtle Beach is an independent city that has always welcomed Bike Week visitors; and, is not part of the city of Myrtle Beach.)
The owner of both local Harley dealerships also owns the Low Country Harley-Davidson shop at 4707 Dorchester Road in Charleston, 90 miles south. The historic, port city of Charleston makes for a great day trip destination for those looking to actually ride during the rally.
BAREFOOT LANDING VENDOR NEWS
Burroughs & Chapin Co., a local, big fish real estate entity in our little Grand Strand pond, has recently purchased the Barefoot Landing shopping/entertainment center in North Myrtle Beach. Barefoot Landing has for years been home to a great vendor location during the rallies, and word on the street was that B&C might be doing away with the vendors. I spoke to Kim Kelley, the Director of Marketing for Barefoot Landing, who set me straight. There will still be vendors there during the rallies. There is a new promotion company in charge though. When asked about the rallies Kelley replied, “We look forward to the event every year. It brings people back.” I reached out to the promoter to try to get a better idea of how many vendors to expect and which ones would be coming but my calls were not immediately returned.
SBB-4 CORNERS GONE
Recently, the 3-acre, 40,000-foot Suck, Bang, Blow-Four Corners venue was sold to a developer who plans to tear it down and replace it with a shopping center. The self-proclaimed “World Famous Biker Burn-Out Bar” and home to the area’s only indoor burn-out pit closed its doors for good following this year’s spring rally back in May. SBB Original, is still alive and well and planning plenty of Fall Rally events at 3393 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet.
NEW BIKER-FRIENDLY CAMPGROUND
A new campground on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, Cypress Camping Resort is offering free bike trailer parking for guests. It is also only campsite I know of locally that allows you to (respectfully) ride your motorcycle right to your site instead of beaching it at the gate with everyone else’s. While you may already have a place to stay for this rally, I’d recommend checking Cypress out while you are here for future visits. The campground, offering more than 100 pull-through sites as well as cabins and bunkhouse accommodations, a swimming pool, boat ramp, and other activities is located on the Intracoastal Waterway at 101 Cypress RV Way in the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach, which sits outside of the notorious city limits. See www.CypressCampingResort.com for more details.
FREE RALLY LOCATOR MAPS
Nationally-published, local artist Don “Thunder” Baggett produces free rally locator maps listing plenty of area establishments that welcome bikers and support the rallies. You can find them at both local Harley Davidson dealership locations, both Beaver Bar locations on U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet and dozens of other area businesses. Look for the large, double-sided, colored sheet of paper placed near the entrance. Visit www.TheThunderZone.com.
EVENTS ANY TIME
Is it plagiarism if I steal from myself? As I wrote prior to the spring rally, the new rally central along the Grand Strand has become the waterfront stretch of U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Located next door to each other (at 3381 and 3393 U.S. 17 Business) are the original Beaver Bar and Suck, Bang, Blow biker bars. Both will offer live music, food, beer tub girls, and vendors. Follow U.S. 17 Business just three-tenths of a mile south and you will find the newer, larger Beaver Bar at the County Line that has bars and bands inside and outside under the pavilion. During the last few years this location has become the hub of the rally. Like the other locations, there will be plenty of vendors, free bike parking, live entertainment, contests, food, and drink specials. See www.BeaverBar.net and www.SuckBangBlow.com.
DAILY THROUGH SATURDAY
Jamin’ Leather Photo Fall Rally Scavenger Hunt
To play along, participants must take photos during the rally of yourself with a staff member at participating businesses and post them on the "Myrtle Beach Rallies" Facebook fan page to qualify. One winner will receive a leather jacket valued at $200. Ten runners up will each get a $50 gift certificate. This is a free event. Entries must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at 5 p.m. Saturday at Jamin’ Leather located at 1220 Port Drive, Myrtle Beach. You must be present to win. For more info call 294.1222. The Jamin’ Town location will also host free charity auctions, cars shows, bikini contests, bike washes, comedy and magic shows, and have free hot dogs throughout the rally. Visit www.MBeventGuide.com for a more details.
Cruise the Loop – 90-mile Poker Run
From 10 a .m.-6 p.m. Thursday with stops in Georgetown; Bucksport Marina south of Conway; the Myrtle Beach Speedway; and The Boathouse on the Intracoastal Waterway. Participants allowed to take five laps around the Myrtle Beach Speedway on their motorcycles. More than 300 riders participated last year. Sign up from 10 a.m. until noon at SBB Original (see above for location). No entry fee, but participants are encouraged to donate money to the Wounded Warrior Project. Prizes include $200 cash for the best and worst hands, $100 to a random rider, and other cool stuff. Ride ends with a free BBQ supper (while it lasts). For more details, visit www.BikeWeekMB.com.
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson Pier Party
5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Springmaid Pier and BARnacles Bar & Grille at 3200 S. Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach. Enjoy live music with local acoustic rock act Potatoheads, trivia and extended happy hour specials. Call 369-5555 for more info.
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson Rally Party
5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sticky Fingers at 4200 U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. Appetizer and drink specials; Free Oyster Roast (while supplies last); Two-Night Vacation Give-Away; Live Music; Hot Wing Eating Contest; Tattoo Contest; and other activities. Call 369-5555 for more info.
There is so much more to see and do that simply won’t fit here so be sure to visit the links in this column for more details.