Big turnout expected for fall bike rally

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - On day one of the Fall Bike Rally in Horry County, there were already a great deal of motorcycles in the South Strand. Good weather and word of mouth may be to thank for the big turnout this year.

A lot of loud pipes on the road means more business under vendors' tarps and through business' doors, even though one of the biggest biker draws is down for the count.

"This is our first rally since 2001 without Four Corners. There was some red tape with the demolition, but it's coming down pretty soon," said Bill Barber, General Manager of SBB.

Without SBB Four Corners there are 13 fewer business permits in Horry County, but this fall business owners say they're expecting 15 percent more riders.

"That's the feeling we're getting from the internet, Facebook, and the hotels and motels throughout the area," Bill Barber commented.

Fewer vendors plus more bikers equal more business for those who do set up shop, but less revenue for the county. So even though there are fewer vendors, why are more bikers expected to come to the Grand Strand?

"The economy's getting a little bit better, and the weather's going to be fantastic. Bikers we know tell us it's going to be big," Barber added.

There were some last minute changes to the rally because two businesses that attract a lot of bikers - Limpin' Janes and Buzz's Roost - were destroyed in the Georgetown fire. But that fire also gives bikers a chance to help out.

SBB General Manager Bill Barber says they'll be organizing a charity poker run with the proceeds going towards relief on Front Street.

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