Myrtle Beach bike rally to attract tens of thousands

Myrtle Beach bike rally to attract tens of thousands

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The annual Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally is underway and organizers say it's expected to attract about 125,000 bikers to the Myrtle Beach area. The rally officially opens Monday and continues through May 19.

This year marks the 75th year the rally and been held.

Some business owners say attendance is recovering to what it was six years ago, before the Myrtle Beach passed an ordinance requiring all riders to wear helmets in the city. That law was tossed out by the state Supreme Court because it conflicted with state law allowing anyone over 21 to ride without a helmet.

The ordinance caused a sharp drop in attendance at the rally. Other business owners say they don't think the rally will ever draw the numbers it attracted before the ordinance was passed.

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