Nikki Haley: Still Hating On Black Bike Week

MEANWHILE PETITION ENCOURAGES EVENT ORGANIZERS TO MOVE TO NORTH CAROLINA || By FITSNEWS || Despite a marked decline in violence at this year’s Memorial Day “black bike week,” S.C. governor Nikki Haley is still hating on the event. Haley rolled through Conway, S.C. late last week to discuss the state’s…


|| By FITSNEWS || Despite a marked decline in violence at this year’s Memorial Day “black bike week,” S.C. governor Nikki Haley is still hating on the event.

Haley rolled through Conway, S.C. late last week to discuss the state’s hurricane preparedness efforts, but used the occasion to reiterate her opposition to the annual black biker gathering.  Specifically, Haley claimed she would help Atlantic Beach, S.C. – the municipality which sponsors the “bikefest”- replace the tourism revenue it lost if it agreed to no longer host the event.

Hmmmm … wonder how much that would cost taxpayers?

Haley has previously called on local governments to stop hosting black bike week – and been ignored.  Looks like that trend will continue as the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce issued a statement in the aftermath of this year’s event saying it would “continue to provide financial support for temporary law enforcement and urge local officials to immediately begin planning for 2016.”

The governor may get her wish, though, as a petition has been launched in an effort to move the event to North Carolina.

“We as The Black Biker Community spent the majority of Horry County’s $4.9 million in retail sales and $1.4 million in hotels and accommodations,” the petition reads.  “Yet … still they create new laws and local ordnance’s to further harass and discriminate towards us. We are literally fighting with this community to give them our money with law suits to enforce federal civil rights laws.”

“This proposal is to move Black Bike Week to the neighboring state of North Carolina,” the petition concludes.  “We can make a party anywhere we go and have a less stressful time at it.”

Organizers of the event say they are not part of the petition process and have no intention to move black bike week to North Carolina.

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Posted by Black Bike Week on Friday, May 29, 2015

This website previously reported on some of the questionable ordinances enacted in advance of this year’s event …

Our view?

We believe bikers should be allowed to go wherever they please, provided they do not violate others’ liberties – and provided they follow reasonable laws that do not violate their liberties.

We also believe state and local leaders should stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize tourism marketing efforts … so that law enforcement for events like this can be easily managed without resorting to tax hikes.


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Timmy Tebow June 1, 2015 at 9:13 am

Yes! More pics of big-bootied ladies, pleeze

urbantrout June 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

NO thanks…that thong might slip, and I’d have to see that thing that looks like a piece of roast beef stuck in a Brillo pad.

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

Gee, that’s pretty harsh…

Squishy123 June 1, 2015 at 11:26 am

Sometimes the troof is ugly.

Rocky June 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

THey’ze all the same, just the color is different.

easterndumbfuckistan June 1, 2015 at 9:15 am

Despite a marked decline in violence at this year’s Memorial Day “black bike week,” S.C. governor Nikki Haley is still hating on the event.

When Law Enforcement is directed to not make arrests except for the most serious of crimes the stats don’t mean much.

You Know My Name June 1, 2015 at 10:29 am

I have heard that, too. The hooliganism didn’t drop. The politicians just tried to show fewer arrests by directing the cops not to make them and/or drop cases when they did. There was a story (I believe on WIS) where they interviewed a woman in Myrtle Beach or maybe NMB, and she said the politicians had promised the residents better enforcement and protection on streets just off the main drags. She said people were openly using the bathroom in yards and parking lots and of course, revving their motors at all times of the night and preventing sleep despite (more unfulfilled) promises from the politicians. The lady in that story indicated no enforcement for rampant littering and other uncivilized behaviors commonly witnessed at that event, each year.

SYNTwist June 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

I’m not opposed to biker weekend, but I don’t live there, so my opinions on the topic shouldn’t carry any significant weight. I think the people and businesses who are affected should be the ones to decide if they want to keep any bike week or not.

Paul_Curry June 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

“We had an outstanding time; it was a great event, we only had one
arrest and that was for indecent exposure,” explained Taylor.

Attributed to Atlantic Beach Police Chief Tim Taylor by WMBF:

It defies imagination that that many people, mixed with alcohol, in a four by six block Town, wouldn’t have more violations

Fecal Matters June 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

I’m sure some sort of stand down order played into this staggering statistic.

syntwistsuglydog June 1, 2015 at 9:24 am

What a blessing it is to have a pro-active governor.Her early involvement in working with local officials and law enforcement apparently made the mayhem called Black Biker Week less violent and safer for residents and other tourists. Traffic appeared to be a problem however it always is.

Haley,job well done.

pogoblows June 1, 2015 at 11:32 am

Slurp slurp sluuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrp!

The Colonel June 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

I ride, I wear a helmet, eye pro, boots, long pants, gloves and generally a protective jacket. I’ve watched friends being “debrided” after relatively low speed spills on asphalt. They use a scrub brush and betadine to get all the little pieces of street out of the wound – it’s ugly.

Can you imagine how ugly it would be on that girl that’s facing the camera’s ass?

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

It only takes one such occurrence to realize the value of protective gear if the sufferer of the lack of such has an “episode”.

It doesn’t take much speed to do much damage either. When I was young and dumb(er) I took my dirtbike out for a little jaunt with a helmet but not my usual elbow pads…I went down at around 10mph in hardpack backing into a turn & trying to get a holeshot on my buddy out of it(goofing off)….bloody forearms later I never casually jumped on any bike without protective gear again.

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 10:06 am

Add Shifty to the “bruised cruisers” club – but mine ended with a broken collarbone caused by an unexplainable event that defied the laws of physics.

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

I’m really sorry to hear that.

When I look at any “incidences” I’ve had- if I’m honest with myself there’s always something I could have done personally to mitigate things.

That said, I’ve never had a crash on public roads thankfully. *raps on my wooden desk*

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Mine was at the intersection of Broad River Road and I-26. My friend and biker guru was to ride with me to Newberry and gadabout while he critiqued me. This was to be my first ride out from the neighborhood.

It happened coming off BRR at the triangle where BRR and the off ramp from I-26 intersect. Hit hidden ditch — flew in the air — hit ground — was ready for ditch #2 and flew in the air again — layed it up against the berm — gasped for breath — waited for help.

He had already gotten on I-26 and didn’t see what happened. Had to wait for him to turn around and come back after he missed me.

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Obviously I’m not a “government guy”- but the MSF courses at Midlands Tech are really very good if you ever decide to try again.

Statistically speaking, the first 6 months of riding is by far the most dangerous for a career motorcyclist.

The weekend courses there give you the proper beginning skills to reinforce as you practice and do so in a very safe manner(empty parking lot).

It’s a very good learning environment for those that have had bad experiences or are simply tentative.

Motorcycling isn’t for everyone, but it’s important to find out if it’s for you under the best/safest circumstances.(which usually isn’t your buddy telling you what to do in a parking lot and then slapping your shoulder and sending you out on the road)

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

No, it wasn’t like that. He and the other guys were very good teachers. This ride was to help me gain more confidence out on the open road. It was truly just a freak accident.

SYNTwist June 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

I guess this means I won’t be riding with you? Ha! Just messin’ with you!

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Well, maybe you’ll learn something at an MSF course you didn’t know before if you decide to try it again.

VernaBMontero June 2, 2015 at 1:02 am

$83 / h0ur @mk25



sparklecity June 1, 2015 at 10:41 am

You know the ‘old saying”
There are only two types of motorcycle riders:
“Those who have dropped their bike and those that will”

SYNTwist June 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Late teens, early 20’s. BF and I were supposed to be “cruising” Virginia Beach. I had my helmet fastened, but not for racing. Someone pulled up at a red light and goosed it, so my BF who is driving a freaking Ninja, decides to call it a race, with ME on the back on the bike. After we topped 100 mph, the wind got under my helmet. I kid you not, had the race not have ended soon thereafter, I may not be here to tell the story. The force of the wind underneath my helmet, was pulling me off the bike, and I was a strong ass girl, but I couldn’t have held on much longer. Oooow was I pissed. LOL

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Young motorcyclists have a hard time remembering that they are ambassadors of motorcycling when giving people rides. The one experience can turn someone off or on depending on how it goes.

Plus, the rider has handlebars to hold on to and knows exactly what he/she is doing and knows what to expect and can prepare for sudden changes in movement….all things the passenger doesn’t have the ability to do which is why it is much more terrifying to be a passenger on a motorcycle when an idiot is the rider.

Not only that, but rarely have I seen a rider properly instruct a passenger who has never ridden on a bike how to lean and what to expect.

SYNTwist June 1, 2015 at 1:27 pm

LOL – are you calling me an idiot?

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

lol…no…you’re boyfriend.

SYNTwist June 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm

It is true about teaching the rider. You lean, I lean, we lean.

I cut my teeth on riding motor cycles, we used sneak my friends mother’s 250 something, when we were kids. The bike was so big compared to our size, one would hold it up while the other made an effort to kick start it and then jump on. When the ride was over, our feet wouldn’t touch the ground, so we just sorta fell over, many scrapes and bruises but fond memories.

I haven’t been on a bike in many years, but at one time I loved to ride, both bikes and horses.

shifty henry June 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm

‘how to lean and what to expect.’
A biker was telling the story about riding in the Smokies when he came upon a guy who had car trouble. The guy agreed to be ridden down to an auto shop. The biker explained to him about leaning, which in his case was important because his bike had a tire that was losing air and he had to stop periodically to pump it. Well, at one point the biker was going around a curve and needed to pull over in the grass to pump his tire, but in the curve this other guy apparently panicked and jerked to the left which caused them both to crash down the embankment.

sparklecity June 1, 2015 at 9:53 am

You ain’t a rider unless you’ve had at least one case of “road rash”
Was wearing all the stuff you are supposed to wear but physics has an ugly way of finding the path of less resistance.
No scars but every time I look at my right forearm there ain’t freckles where freckles used to be prior to one fateful day in February 1980……..

Technology has come a long way since i began riding back in 1973 and the new “protective” jackets are pretty slick (I have a 3-season one; “mil-spec of course, Air Force bases won’t let you in without it being “mil-spec” visability – I suppose all DOD sites are the same).
I like the jacket but admit I don’t wear it all the time. Helmet,gloves,pants and ‘half-way” suitable footwear mandatory. But this time of the year Carhart pocket “T’s” are the uniform of the day!!!!!!!

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 10:14 am

You can get a motorcycling specific textile jacket now for less than half what a decent, non-specific leather jacket would run back when I was a kid…and the textile will protect you better 90% of the time than the pre motorcycle specific leather. (racing leathers back in the day and now excepted of course)

The power of the market is still amazing to me sometimes.

sparklecity June 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

That’s what I have. Got a nice one at the motorcycle expo in Charlotte a year or two ago…………
I’ve got two leather jackets as well. A nice cold weather one I’ve had since 1974 the other one is my A-2 (sans patches but with the velcro still on it).
Wear those mostly when it gets chilly (A-2) or cold (circa 1974)
Plus, the old standby Levi jacket is hard to beat!!!!!

The Colonel June 1, 2015 at 11:07 am

Two kinds of riders, “…those who have crashed and those who are going to…”

My forearms/elbows don’t match and I have a patch on my left hand that doesn’t match the rest. I’ve been down a time or two – that’s why I’m adamant about protective gear now. I’ve seen crotchrocket idiots in flip flops with no foot left after what should have been a walk away accident. I’ve seen Harley riders who thought their “colors vest” was all they needed with rash from shoulder to wrist. And my ER buddy always talks about the guys who come in with the bandanna on their head after making head to street contact – he thinks the bandanna is great, “…it mops up some of the mess and keeps all the goo together…”

sparklecity June 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

Question: “You know what paramedics call riders who don’t wear helmets?”
Answer: “Organ donors”…………….

Tazmaniac June 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Back in the 80’s I found that those silky Members Only or baseball jackets slid amazingly well on pavement while not being nearly as hot in Florida. No road rash or blood ever but had dislocated shoulders, fractured collar bone, and fractured legs. I never went to the corner store without full gear. Only exception was the beach. The gear today is awesome.

Squishy123 June 1, 2015 at 11:23 am

Couldn’t maker her any uglier. If you’re dumb enough to wear that riding, well you’re dumb enough to endure the process.

Nölff June 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

Hikki Naily is raicialist.

michelle June 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

Most middle eastern people don’t seem to like blacks. Just the way it is.

TroubleBaby June 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

I seem to remember reading someplace that the stratified culture in India is both based on skin color and socio-economic status…so I wouldn’t be surprised if she is.

Jonny Logic June 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

Gotta love the FITS ‘Limited Gov’t’ mindset on this one. Let the event police itself and keep gov’t/police/MBACC out of it. That is great until all heck breaks out and people die, circa 2014, and businesses need assistance when Tourism suffers. Take tourism away from SC and tell me what you got then?

soxinsc June 2, 2015 at 3:43 am

But didn’t you know? Get government and the po-po out of it and everyone who goes will be more than happy to mind their manners. Just like the bikers in Waco…

Bible Thumper June 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

Awkward Truth 5
BLS SC Seasonally adjusted monthly jobs gains:
All in 2015
January 10,610 #1 in the records.
February 10472 #2 in the records.
March 6,212 —– #9 in the records.
April 8,106 ——- #3 in the records.

Records kept since 1976.

sparklecity June 1, 2015 at 9:59 am

Queen Namrata ought to give it a rest.
Don’t know where they’d go in North Carolina. Places i can think of don’t have much room to cruise and the ones that might are too small and the local law would put the kabosh on it in seconds flat.

SizeandPositionoftheDirtBag June 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

Honky Bike Week and Nigger Bike Week need to go away. All either of them accomplish is clogging up the beach for actual tourists. Motorcycles are a scourge on society and so are their riders. Ban them or regulate them in to non-existence.

Rocky June 1, 2015 at 10:38 am

Da may be black, but da money is green. Nuff said.

You Know My Name June 1, 2015 at 10:51 am

They talk about all the money this event bring in. It would be interesting to have a way of compiling data on the losses generated by (reported AND unreported) shoplifting, vandalism, and other illegal or inconsiderste behaviors common to the event, such as families avoiding the area, its eateries, and other businesses for the duration. I bet those figues would knock quite a dent in the ones most quoted.

john June 2, 2015 at 6:55 am

Working on the beach….you would be surprise that it’s less than what you think. …business’s profit and growth are high….hotel rate is more that weekend then any other holiday weekend.

Squishy123 June 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

How much did businesses lose to theft this year during Black Bike Week?

Black Daddy June 1, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Haley is nuts and obviously has something against black people. She is inviting a federal class action lawsuit against her and the state. SC residents will end up paying enormous legal fees and punitive awards.

KeepingItReal June 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Atlantic Beach is a dump, even for Myrtle Beach. The town should be annexed into North Myrtle Beach, burned to the ground and built up on.

Anonymouseschmuck June 1, 2015 at 4:16 pm

For a couple of years in the late 90’s I drove gasoline tanker trucks for Hess out of the North Charleston terminal. Learned to hate the run during BBW. Wore out my left foot clutching and constantly shifting through low gears in heavy traffic. Maybe went two miles per hour.

Got to the station and the parking lot was jammed packed with drunken black bikers and girlfriends. Try to drop 9,000+ gallons into the ground while shooing away drunks sitting on blacktop leaning on tanker tires: “Hey! Not a good place to smoke!” I would holler and watch them get up and stumble across the lot.

Shittiest delivery ever. Got it two years in a row on multiple days. During this event It was not unusual for the Hess stations in MB to get 3 deliveries in a single day.

Elfego June 1, 2015 at 5:39 pm

For or against the Rally all I can say is you should go spend the weekend down there and experience it. At the very least you will be able to tell why most eating establishments and the locals are against it. Been there done that.

TontoBubbaGoldstein June 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

“Yet … still they create new laws and local ordnance’s to further harass and discriminate towards us. We are literally fighting with this community to give them our money with law suits to enforce federal civil rights laws.”

Local ordnance’s are da bomb!

Scooter June 1, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Go to it Gov. Get those thugs and misfits off our streets.

Mike at the Beach June 1, 2015 at 10:54 pm

“We believe bikers should be allowed to go wherever they please, provided they do not violate others’ liberties – and provided they follow reasonable laws that do not violate their liberties.”

This inane statement bears very little relevance to Memorial Day Bike Fest.

Joe D June 2, 2015 at 11:15 am

I teach the MSF courses at Midlands and follow these stories. The wrong attitude while driving transfers directly to riding a motorcycle. We as riders, have no crumple zones or steel surrounding us unless you count the cars and such in the traffic pattern. Ask yourselves one question before leaving the driveway-“what’s the worst that could happen?” All of the protective gear does not make one invincible. The BRC is just the first step. Take a refresher course. Deviant behavior is not just for motorcyclists but we can make a difference within our ranks. Ride Safely, my friends.


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