MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Bikers are choosing to stay south, and business managers in the north are seeing a drop in sales.
Many bikers are choosing to stick to the south strand especially in Murrells Inlet, and businesses think they have a few reasons why.
Business managers say the fall bike rally goes beyond the event. It serves as a last boost for local business, but bikers admit they are being selective.
"Because Myrtle Beach imposed the helmet law a few years ago, trying to push the bikers out. So Murrells Inlet and North Myrtle Beach took us in, so to speak. So this is where our loyalty is," Timothy Wright explained.
The Harley Davidson in North Myrtle Beach is just starting to see some traffic, but managers admit the week has been slow.
"Sales are down, dramatically, obviously as an affect of that but hopefully in the next couple of days we'll make up for it," Scott Kravitz said.
However, business managers in Murrells Inlet are seeing quite the opposite.
"It's been a good rally for us. The first weekend, sales were up about 20 percent," Bill Barber explained.
Some bikers feel this could be because no vendors are set up in Barefoot Landing this time around, so there is less of a draw to head up that way, but Scott Kravitz feels it may be because people aren't staying as long.
"I feel that a lot of people have come in for the shortened weekend instead of what they normally attend which would be the longer week," Kravitz said.
At the Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson managers said they were busier in the early afternoon but things fell off.
Bill Barber, General Manager of SBB, see's bikers avoiding Myrtle Beach as well, especially because of the latest news with the new bike loops for Bikefest.
"Murrells Inlet is reaping the rewards of it and we all need this little shot in the arm before this long winter," Barber explained.
Bikers say even though the crowds are in Murrells Inlet, they will still make their way up to North Myrtle Beach. Bikers feel this rally is the biggest they've seen it.
Despite what they've seen so far, business managers, both north and south, say they are anticipating a huge weekend.