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Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

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Myrtle Beach Update

Posted in Custom Bike Show, Motorcycle Rally, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 11, 2008 by ArtBiker

Well, the rally has ended and there are some really interesting results from this year’s Myrtle Beach Fall event. 

First and foremost, a lot of riders skirted the city limits of Myrtle Beach all together.  Attendence in town was certainly down, vendors were down, and a lot of local businesses lost the biker’s dollars.  I believe this had as much, if not more to do with the 15 new laws to curb the bikers vacation as it did the economy and gas prices.

Within the city limits, there were only three tickets issued for sound violations.  It seems the cops were giving the bikers a bit of a grace period and issuing a lot of warnings, but not handing out violations.  It has also been reported by the Myrtle Beach Police Department that there were a total of 17 complaints about sound.  This statistic does not tell us whether the complaints were about bikes, cars, trucks, music, or other possible sound nuisances. 

A break down in the numbers from the Mrytle Beach PD reads as follows:

37,125    in overtime pay for police officers

1537       calls for service

368         citations and/or charges

227         people arrested

6             DUIs

26           collisions

1             death

3             stolen motorcycles

Speaking of stolen motorcycles, there was a bust of a chop shop in nearby Andrews.  The three men arrested included Martin Grice, a jailer at the Georgetown County Jail, and Patrick Cumbee, an Andrew’s Police Officer.  The third man, Dedrick McCray, must have been the misfit of the bunch as he wasn’t involved in law enforcement at all.

All in all, the rally commenced and those that attended had a good time.  It is our hope that the MB City Council relaxes a bit and lets the bikers come for a good time.  You and I know that although we all love a good party, we are a good bunch, right?

As of now, there are three lawsuits against the city in an attempt to prove the new laws unconstitutional.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

 

So, Ike CAN keep us down :(

Posted in Motorcycle Rally with tags , , on October 10, 2008 by ArtBiker

Well Gang, it looks like the ambitious dream of having the Galveston Rally happen on time has come to an early demise.  BUT, the rally will still happen this year, just a little later than originally planned.  The update came on line just last night…

 

10/9/2008
WE WILL MOVE FORWARD IN GALVESTON WITH THE LONESTAR RALLY
WITH NEW DATES

DECEMBER 11 – 14

Dear Riders,

It is unfortunate and beyond my control that I inform you that the dates of the Lone Star Rally must be changed to Dec 11-14th. We were contacted by City officals today and told that, in spite of great effort on their part, downtown will not be ready in time for the regulary scheduled dates. We are sorry for the inconvience but it is agreed by all that safety is our first and foremost concern and after touring the property with City officals yesterday it was agreed that it would not be up to our standards for presentation to our community in time. We hope you’ll understand and adjust your plans accordingly. This hurricane effected everyone. Perhaps its best we give everyone a few more weeks to get back on their feet.

Yours in Success, 
Ron Limbock 
President- Lone Star Rally, Inc.

Hurricane Ike Can’t Keep Bikers Down!

Posted in Custom Bike Show, Motorcycle Rally, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 5, 2008 by ArtBiker

 

Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that don't evacuate."

Hurrican Ike headed for Galveston, TX "Certain death for those that do not evacuate."

 

AP Photo/Javier Galeano

Photo Credit : AP Photo/Javier Galeano

 

It is true; the hurricane has got nothing on us.  For those of you out in the rest of the country, you may or may not be aware of the devastation Ike left on Galveston and the Southern Houston area.  The ArtBiker family was lucky and suffered some minor damage and was only without power for about 11 days. With the aid of battery operated radios, we were able to find out a little of what was going on.  When we did get our power back, all the local stations were still running Ike news 24/7.  The city forgot about everything as we focused on FEMA Points of Distribution, Ready to Eat Meals, and $12 bags of ice from the few price-gouging vendors who had the balls to try and take advantage of the situation.  The news took our breath away.  Neighborhoods were gone… yes, literally gone!  Not even rubble left behind, just bare land!  If you have not seen the pictures, do a search and check out the damage.

Anyway, we were lucky to not have another Katrina disaster and the island of Galveston is struggling to come back to life as quickly as possible.  And working they are.  In fact, promoters of the Lone Star Rally are dubbing their annual event as the “Official re-opening of Galveston.”  As the Island re-builds the Lone Star Crew is doing what they can for the community that has embraced them since their first rally in 2004.  The Rally is set for the weekend of October 30th – November 2nd and there are special plans to help bring folks in and do their part to bolster the economy.  The efforts include:

A Charity Casino and Auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House.

An attempt to bring more major entertainers in for benefit concerts.

Vendors will hold Trick or Treat for the Galveston kids from 6pm-9pm on Friday.

LSR will hold a kids costume contest. The top five kids will get new bicycles.

Over 20 donation stations around the venues will be set up.

A special Rally to Rebuild logo can be added to the Official T-Shirt for a donation to the Rally to Rebuild Fund.

A telethon will be held inside the Convention Center on Saturday to raise money.

If given enough space on the Seawall, LSR will provide free space to Galveston merchants who have product to sell but no place to sell it.

 

This is all fine and good, and we applaud the LSR Team for their efforts, but what is the rally going to offer all those bikers they are hoping to attract?  Well, in past years, this rally has drawn nearly 500,000 riders to the island of Galveston.  This year there will be a special concert by the Beach Boys as well as three stages around town featuring 60 bands.  Demo fleets, deep sea fishing and dolphin tours, AMA tours and poker runs, a Halloween Costume Biker Parade and the World’s largest Leather and Lace Ball, ghost ship tours, the Lone Star Lady Riders’ Conference, as well as your usual bikes, babes, beer, and other standard rally fare.

The ArtBiker family will be there in force, taking pictures, holding wedding ceremonies, passing out free ArtBiker cards and gear, and kicking back with a cold one while watching the world go by.  If you make it, please come on up and say hello, we would love to meet with you.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

 

 

 

Roar By The Shore Rally

Posted in Motorcycle Rally, Motorcycle Tour and Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 4, 2008 by ArtBiker

The 15th annual Roar By The Shore Rally is coming up next week… so if you are on your way to Biketoberfest (October 16-19), why not head out a bit early and make a stop in Texas. Head down to South Padre Island and make your trip a real vacation.  If the locations sounds familiar, it could be from some hazy, distant memory of a long past spring break… or maybe you have just heard of it before.

The expected 25,000 bikers will arrive for the duration of October 9-12th. During this time, there will be loads of fun to have including a fully escorted ride to Nuevo Progresso, Mexico.  The Mexico Fiesta Run is not to be missed.  You will be met by a group of escorted Mexican bikers who will mingle with you on the Main Streets as bands play, food vendors satisfy your culinary cravings, and shopping is had by all.

 If a ride into Mexico isn’t your cup of tea (or bottle of beer), than take advantage of the Iron Horse Memorial Parade, the Casino Night, Tattoo Contest, and/or the Costal Current Poker Run.  One thing is sure, there will plenty to keep you occupied for the long weekend.  Drop us a note and let us know what you think!

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe

ArtBiker

 

Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks Are In Trouble!

Posted in Biker News, Motorcycle Rally, Motorcycle Tour and Travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 1, 2008 by ArtBiker

I am a little worried about Myrtle Beach… I have been attending the Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks for many, many years now.  It was an easy rally to attend, as it would double as a vacation to visit my grandparents who lived there up until last year.  MB was always a rally with a different feel; less riding than Sturgis and Laconia, attractions and landscape similar to Daytona, but with worse traffic, and bikers had their choice of evening entertainment, one of the many strip joints, or a round of mini golf, up to you!

The rally has been upsetting locals for many years.  Myrtle Beach is a huge retirement community and makes its primary income from tourism, both spring breakers, and golf devotees.  The beachfront properties are huge, plenty, and reasonably priced.  The restaurants and bars are not bad, and the inflated prices could be worse.  Problem is, many locals remember when MB was not such a huge destination, when their streets were a bit quieter and the lines to get into restaurants were shorter.  I believe that as the local population continues to age, the relaxed sprit goes by the wayside and folks start complaining more loudly, apparently loud enough to be heard over straight pipes.

This year’s Fall Rally has just started and will run through the end of the week.  New sound ordinances and other “anti-rally” laws have been put into place and will be tested at this much smaller event (the fall rally attracts around 60,000 bikers as opposed to the spring rally’s 300,000).  So far, the police are planning bike checkpoints that will force all traffic to stop while bikes are checked for sound level violations, equipment violations, and licenses, registration and insurance information is confirmed.  It may not be too big of a hassle to the 60k riders who are currently rolling into town, but you can bet that when the spring rally rolls up, there will be perpetual gridlock.  It will take you all day to get from Barefoot Landing to the Esplanade.  If anything, the rally will have to get longer simply because you can only see half as much in the currently allotted time.

The rally talks are serious folks and I, for one, will not be surprised to find out that future rallies are cancelled and the event is cut off.  With all the money that the rally brings to the area, locals claim that it is not that far above and beyond a good week of attendance by quiet and well-behaved beachcombers.  Well, I think they will eventually look back on that idea as a huge mistake. 

As of this moment, Myrtle Beach has created 15 new ordinances concerning Bike Week.  The ones that will most likely affect the average attendee are: helmet and eyewear required (only in Myrtle Beach city limits – SC is a no helmet state for anyone over 21); no loud mufflers (over 87 decibels); photo ID required for hotel/accommodation check in as well as ID of all guests per room and of all vehicles in parking lots; no open containers; no trailers parked on public streets; no use of parking lots for non-parking activities; and only two motorcycles allowed per parking space (including metered and pay parking).

The ordinances in combination with a limit placed on vendor licenses has set the stage to phase out the motorcycle events held in this tourist town.  And, some folks are already questioning the ability of the Myrtle Beach City Council to pass such ordinances.  The most obvious problem is the helmet and eyewear ordinance.  South Carolina has no law requiring a helmet for motorcycle riders over the age of 21, and a law firm from Virginia has already filed suit against the city to see if the city law overriding the state law is constitutional.  I would like to think not.

I will do my best to keep you apprised of what is happening in Myrtle Beach this year.  You may also visit the local news website for very valuable info including a full list of new city ordinances (www.myrtlebeachonline.com).

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe

ArtBiker

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