Bike Weeks Takeover May
Elissa Jarvis, Lead Reporter Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Harley-Davidson bike week lovers are in for a treat! Contrary to popular belief, the dates for the spring bike rally have not changed. Instead the Spring Cruisin’ the Coast motorcycle rally is being extended to last for three weeks.
Late last week news broke that Harley-Davidson intended to hold the rally later in the month, from May 18th-28th. Bikers who had already booked their rooms from the May 11th- 20th were upset at change and many couldn’t change their plans this late in the game. Rest assured bikers, the dates have not been changed; Harley-Davidson bike week is going to last three weeks this year instead. There will be three weeks of rallies instead of two. Here is how the Sun News is breaking it down:
“• The first weekend, May 10-14, is viewed as “the light weekend.” No vendor permits are allowed that weekend, but businesses that cater to motorcycle enthusiasts and riders will offer live performances and celebrity appearances; some hangouts will extend their hours with food and drink specials, indoor contests, giveaways and a classic car show.
• The second week, May 15-20, is traditional Harley rally people have come to know. Businesses all around Horry County, from Little River to Murrells Inlet, will put on their big parties, according to Jamin Leather’s adjunct site, myrtlebeachrallies.com. This is when vendors will be allowed, and organizers plan new events as well. This weekend coincides with the Blue Crab Festival in Little River.
• The third portion, May 18-28, will begin with the Cruisin’ The Coast kickoff on May 18. That will include charity events, bike runs and many other events."**
Obviously the third week, which overlaps with Atlantic City Bike Week, Military Appreciation weekend and Memorial Day weekend, is going to be the busiest. But if you have already made plans for the original Harley week dates, rest assured you won’t be missing the rallies.
So YAY or NAY to an extension of bike week?