{mosimage}For more than 68 years, bikers have been donning their leathers and heading down to Myrtle Beach for Bike Week. Drawing more than 300,000 visitors annually, Myrtle Beach Bike Week is one of the top motorcycle rallies on the East Coast, and some would argue the third largest rally in the United States.

From May 9-18, bikers will take to the strip to enjoy the sun and fun on the South Carolina coast; however, due to the large number of participants, the event has moved away from a central location on the strip to encompass 60 miles of coast from Little River to Georgetown. The Bike Week has moved up the coast to Wilmington and further out into Horry County. The event features motorcycle racing, concerts, rides, parties and street festivals. 

If you can’t find something fun to do at Bike Week, then your funny bone must be broken. Events start at 7 a.m. in the morning and run through midnight, each day of the week-long rally. Everything from motorcycle rallies to pudding wrestling is on tap at various locales along the strip. Both MTV and CMT are getting in on the action, with MTV’s Pimp My Ride’s Buck Wild and CMT’s Trick My Truck taking over the Grand Strand.

Restaurants and hotels have a variety of special packages for bikers, with several restaurants offering specials directed to bikers. 

Vendors will be set up at various locales at the beach, with motorcycle products on display at Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing and area malls. You can see everything from custom bikes to leather wear and jewelry. Other vendors will be set up all around the strand. 

And if music is your bag, Bike Week is sure not to disappoint. One of the big attractions throughout the week will be a performance by Kid Rock at the Hard Rock Park on Tuesday, May 13. Other big names include Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels, Confederate Railroad, the Marshall Tucker Band, David Allan Coe and Skid Row.

So, if you haven’t already decided to jump on your bike and head to the coast, what are you waiting for? Bike Week offers a little something for everyone. Just remember to ride safe, share the road and if you choose to participate in cool libations, do it after you park your bike.

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