Look at five magazines' coverage of a single event, and sometimes you wonder if they were even at the same rally to begin with. Other than some really noteworthy show bikes, beer girls, and a few geographical features, there really is not much to distinguish one destination from another.
Bike publications usually skew the pics they pick to suit the tastes of the magazine in question. Some magazines look for classy, beautiful women, for example, while others might think the trashier, the better. Obviously the bikes covered in a given magazine might sway photo selection as well.
Faced with the Myrtle Beach Spring Rally, allegedly the nation's third biggest, we really only have one choice: We have to keep it real. For one thing, don't be fooled by the name. Unless you are renting a condo on the beach, if you're just attending official event stuff you'll never see the Atlantic. And since this stretch of South Carolina "coast" doesn't really have any distinctive geographical features, most of the pictures you see in most magazines could have been shot anywhere. In fact, all of the big destinations are either mall parking lots, local Harley dealers, or either of the two versions of legendary biker bar Suck Bang Blow.
So we went a new and different route. We cruised the rally hot spots and indiscriminately took photos, selecting the best, regardless of beauty, make of motorcycle, or any other editorial preference. BIKE-WORKS is, after all, a gearhead magazine, so style of bike shouldn't play much of a deciding factor, right? Enjoy.