Black bikers get Southern bum's rush

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Alpharetta, GA

#1 Nov 30, 2008
Every few years, I take a brief spring vacation in Myrtle Beach when the seaside resort town plays host to Atlantic Beach Bike Week, an event that draws about 300,000 mostly black motorcyclists.

Not anymore......
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Since: May 08

Marietta, GA

#4 Dec 2, 2008
I live here in the Myrtle Beach area, and I have seen pros and cons to all of the motorcycle rallies. Both the Harley weeks, and the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. I do not want to see ANY of them leave. Although with both parties, I see some people who need to either grow up, or act like they have.

I for one used to work within the service industry here in Myrtle Beach. I used to drive a taxi. I have had one time during the BBW (Black Bike Week as some refer to it as) a group of 5 gentlemen..(all Black) I picked up at a restaurant... And I carried them only for a short trip...(Meter and extras only came to $9.00), but each of the men gave me a 5 dollar bill. Not too shabby $25.00 for a $9.00 cab ride. But on the same token I had a group of 3 African Americans who promptly ran upon exiting my cab to avoid paying a $20.00 cab ride.

By way of comparison, I have had some Harley Riders who broke down in Murrells Inlet at one time, who needed a ride to Calabash NC. I gave them the ride, and then had to return to the bar in Murrells Inlet, and get their car keys that they had left behind and had to take them keys all the way back to Calabash. And was tipped generously then as well.

But I have also had the Harley riders attempt to get hostile with me after having too much to drink, and attempt to cause some issues, because they were offered a ride away by the police. "One way or the other" "either you get into this cab, or you get into my car!"

There are pros and cons to this issue as I have said, but I for one, do not wish to see the bikers gone.
Ghost Rider

United States

#5 Jan 21, 2009
Carl in Murrells Inlet wrote:
I live here in the Myrtle Beach area, and I have seen pros and cons to all of the motorcycle rallies. Both the Harley weeks, and the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. I do not want to see ANY of them leave. Although with both parties, I see some people who need to either grow up, or act like they have.
I for one used to work within the service industry here in Myrtle Beach. I used to drive a taxi. I have had one time during the BBW (Black Bike Week as some refer to it as) a group of 5 gentlemen..(all Black) I picked up at a restaurant... And I carried them only for a short trip...(Meter and extras only came to $9.00), but each of the men gave me a 5 dollar bill. Not too shabby $25.00 for a $9.00 cab ride. But on the same token I had a group of 3 African Americans who promptly ran upon exiting my cab to avoid paying a $20.00 cab ride.
By way of comparison, I have had some Harley Riders who broke down in Murrells Inlet at one time, who needed a ride to Calabash NC. I gave them the ride, and then had to return to the bar in Murrells Inlet, and get their car keys that they had left behind and had to take them keys all the way back to Calabash. And was tipped generously then as well.
But I have also had the Harley riders attempt to get hostile with me after having too much to drink, and attempt to cause some issues, because they were offered a ride away by the police. "One way or the other" "either you get into this cab, or you get into my car!"
There are pros and cons to this issue as I have said, but I for one, do not wish to see the bikers gone.
You are the first person on here from the area that I have heard that speaks with an open mind. Sorry to hear about the incidents you encountered but it seems that you know that everyone is not bad. Thanks for your possitive response.
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Woodbridge, NJ

#6 Jan 21, 2009
Carl in Murrells Inlet wrote:
I live here in the Myrtle Beach area, and I have seen pros and cons to all of the motorcycle rallies. Both the Harley weeks, and the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. I do not want to see ANY of them leave. Although with both parties, I see some people who need to either grow up, or act like they have.
I for one used to work within the service industry here in Myrtle Beach. I used to drive a taxi. I have had one time during the BBW (Black Bike Week as some refer to it as) a group of 5 gentlemen..(all Black) I picked up at a restaurant... And I carried them only for a short trip...(Meter and extras only came to $9.00), but each of the men gave me a 5 dollar bill. Not too shabby $25.00 for a $9.00 cab ride. But on the same token I had a group of 3 African Americans who promptly ran upon exiting my cab to avoid paying a $20.00 cab ride.
By way of comparison, I have had some Harley Riders who broke down in Murrells Inlet at one time, who needed a ride to Calabash NC. I gave them the ride, and then had to return to the bar in Murrells Inlet, and get their car keys that they had left behind and had to take them keys all the way back to Calabash. And was tipped generously then as well.
But I have also had the Harley riders attempt to get hostile with me after having too much to drink, and attempt to cause some issues, because they were offered a ride away by the police. "One way or the other" "either you get into this cab, or you get into my car!"
There are pros and cons to this issue as I have said, but I for one, do not wish to see the bikers gone.
Thanks for the positive words goes to show you not everyone is bad that comes to the bike weeks..

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