It’s never too soon to start planning for the fall bike rally in the Myrtle Beach SC area, so here’s a list of 10 things you should know about the annual events.
- The first Myrtle Beach Bike Week, also called “Harley Bike Week,” was held in 1940, making it the second oldest annual rally in the world. This year, we are celebrating ‘75 Years’ of Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks!
- There are two Myrtle Beach ‘Bike Weeks’ each year: 1) a 10-day spring rally starting the second weekend in May, and 2) a 5-day fall rally the ending the 1st weekend in October.
- Attendance for the 2014 Spring Rally was up 30% from the preceding year, with an estimated 150,000 bikers attending.
- Although it’s often referred to as the “Harley Rally,” all motorcycle types and brands are represented. However, the overwhelming majority are “cruisers” (Harley-Davidson, Victory, Indian, Honda, etc.) …with Harley being the longtime dominant brand … and the primary reason that area residents think “it’s so loud!”
- The current Myrtle Beach Bike Week consists of rally sites south, north, and west of the city of Myrtle Beach … throughout 2,290 sq miles of Horry and Georgetown counties – and parts of Brunswick County, NC – and includes the cities/towns of Murrells Inlet, Garden City, Surfside Beach, Little River, Carolina Forest, Socastee, Conway, Georgetown, Shallotte, Ocean Isles, Pawley’s Island, Litchfield, Loris, and Bucksport.
- The greater Myrtle Beach area hosts nearly 14 million visitors annually, making it one of the top tourist destinations in the United States.
- The average temperature during the Spring Rally in May and the average temperature during the Fall Rally in October are the same: 70 degrees.
- Famous biker bar Suck Bang Blow is named for the intake, combustion, and exhaust strokes that occur during the crankshaft rotations of the power cycle.
- The Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks generate over $100 million in business for the local economy (over the combined 15 days of the spring and fall rallies).
- After more than 20 years of not holding rally events, the Myrtle Beach Speedway returned to the Myrtle Beach Bike Week scene with a large 2013 Spring Rally event called BikeFest … and now host exciting laps around the track for the Cruise the LOOP Poker Run in the spring and fall.
Mark Krom is heavily involved with marketing of several events along the Grand Strand, especially the spring and fall bike weeks. He helps organize poker runs, concerts and the popular “Cruise the LOOP” rides, and promotes the BikeWeekMB.com website.