May 9 - 18, 2003
Over 200,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected in Myrtle Beach for the Annual Spring Bike Rally making this rally the largest single Harley Rally in the Carolinas!
The Myrtle Beach area is absolutely stunning and one of the top vacation destinations in the nation with over 13 million visitors annually. Myrtle Beach has over 60,000 guest-rooms, 1,600+ dinning establishments, entertainment theaters, amusement parks, and over 100 golf courses. Motorcycle riders from all over the eastern part of the United States enjoy the great cruising weather at Myrtle in May. Several major motorcycle attractions are set up during the spring rally.
Every year more people enjoy the Grand-Strand and this is reflected in the attendance for Myrtle Beach Bike Week. The south end of the Grand-Strand area (Murrells Inlet & Inlet Square Mall area) will again host most of the Motorcycle Events for Bike Week. New to Bike Week, there is two (2) ways to get to Murrells Inlet and both come together at Inlet Square Mall. Business 17 and Bypass 17 bring you to the largest single outdoors vending and business location Bike Week.
Photographic Motorcycle Tours is a new concept in group travel. Professional photographer and avid motorcyclist John Hershey is offering guided motorcycle tours designed to experience the rustic beauty of the scenic Southwest and improve your photography skills.
Besides the great riding , John is going to create photographic opportunities for you and provide photographic instruction and coaching throughout the tour.
"Mr. Hershey offers an incredible riding and photographic experience," states James Morrison, president of Southwest Bike Travel Zine Inc., the world's first internet publication dedicated to motorcycle travel. "This is motorcycle touring at its best." Morrison continues, "By combining motorcycle travel with professional photography, Mr. Hershey captures the total experience of touring. He provides the film, a photograph on canvas of you and your bike for your office or den, and of course, all the excitement you can handle."
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Executive Chairman Henry Schimberg and President Rey Sotelo relax and take in the excitement of the 2000 Laughlin River Run.
Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse performing at the River Palms Hotel and Casino.
The Indian Motorcycle Management team makes friends with Ray Parker Jr..
(L to R): Rey Sotelo, Ray Parker Jr., Bill Rupert, Branscombe Richmond, Walt Behnke, Toni Martino and Jim Kelly.
Location - River Palms
Day 1. Mcallen will be your rendezvous point, that southern tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. Here riders will gather by 5 p.m. for a meeting. Safety and other tour aspects will be discussed. A currency exchange service will be provided to get some pesos in your pockets.
Day2. Crossing the border is made easy with PVMT preparing much of the paperwork in advance. The scenery is flat, riding along coastal plains, but eventually a feel of the tropics emerges with towering peaks of the Sierra Madres giving you a hint of the riding joys to come . Overnight in Cuidad Victoria.
Sign up early for the Mexico Mardigras date Feb 17-28.
Day 3. The ride will take you closer to the Gulf of Mexico. Rich fields of sugar cane are a dominant feature in the landscape. Your destination is Poza Rica. You are in the heart of what was once the vanilla capital of the world. But it is the nearby archeological sight of El Tajin that will fascinate you. Only 20 buildings have been restored of what is believed to be nearly 150. Seventeen ball courts, a number of temples, pyramids and hieroglyphics reveal one of the most unusualpre-Columbian structures in Mesoamerica. And if fortunate, the Totonac Indians will be performing their death defying pole dance.
Days 4,5 & 6.It is rare that PVMT spends three days at a single stop, howeverwith so much to do and see in the area you will be permitted to explore beyond the city on optional day rides. Veracruz, on the gulf of Mexico is filled with historicalinterests. The group will take a tour of the Fortress of Ulua, and learn of it's role in the defense of the city from pirates, invading French forces and yes, even the "gringos" back in 1848 and again in 1914. An evening visit to the Plaza de Armsa is a must and if you like seafood, there is none better anywhere. You can ride to nearby Lake Catemaco famous for its concentration of brujas, (witches). These are a number of early remote beaches one can visit. be sure to sign up early for Mardigras.
Day 7. Departing Veracruz you will head towards the interior of the country stopping the night within walking distance of one of Mexico's prominent archeological sights. Near the village of Cholula you can climb a 265 foot high pyramid for an incredible view of what was once a great pre-Columbian temple city. Cholula is also known for its numerous churches, constructed by the first Spanish conquistadors using native artisans who managed to sneak in under the noses of unknowing padres, an occasional image of their gods such as a serpent, the moon or the sun.
Day 8. Zimapan is but a tiny village along the route of the Panamerican Highway. It is also where an ex-hacienda was converted to an elegant spa. Time for a massage! Or if you care, you can just wander the village, go to the plaza and immerse yourself into the daily happenings of native Mexico life. To those who are willing, a PVMT tour is a daily exploration and you thought all you were going to do was ride.
Day 9. Xilita. Find it on the map if you can. Say it if you can. Here we will stay at a bed and breakfast affair in a tiny Sierra Madre village which happens to have been the home of an eccentric English Nobel and artist, and mixer with some of the world's most famous surrealist artists and alternative thinkers. Edward Olmos was a little odd, however he created in a jungle setting, the sprawling work of mart known as Las Pozas. A fascinating story in the most unlikeliest of places. And the most thrilling, through the twisting Sierra Madres.
Day 10. Your final night in Old Mexico will be at an authentic hacienda dating back to the early 1700's where riders with Pancho Villa Motor-Tours always receive the warmest of receptions. It may be centuries old, but the Hacienda Santa Engracia for years has been a favorite PVMT stop. You will enjoy the swimming pool, the great food and the special ambiance of being in the real Mexico.
Day 11. To the border! You will arrive at McAllen around 2 p.m, enough time to make a few miles to your destination, or just run up the road to Padre Island and enjoy a night on the sea shore.
Mike LaRocco put in one of the most impressive rides of the day at round nine of the AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series in Daytona International Speedway, coming from nearly last after a first-lap pileup to fifth on his Team Amsoil/Factory Connection/Jack in the Box Honda CR250R. Perhaps the only more astounding ride was that of Ricky Carmichael who completely dominated the main event so thoroughly en route to his first 250cc supercross victory that he lapped all but runner-up Jeremy McGrath and third-place David Vuillemin. LaRocco maintains third in points behind McGrath and Vuillemin as the second half of the season gets underway.
Although all racers had a weekend off between Atlanta and Daytona, few saw it as a vacation. Instead, many teams remained in Georgia or Florida to test bike setups for the all-important Daytona Supercross, one of the most prestigious races in the sport. Team Honda, for example, tested in Georgia at some of Ezra Luskӳ practice tracks. In fact, Lusk got in some training laps for the first time since injuring his shoulder at round one in Anaheim, riding his CR125R, but heӳ not expected to resume racing until the AMA/Chevy Trucks National MX Series kicks off in May.
Daytona is the most unique race on the circuit and combines aspects of both indoor supercross and outdoor motocross. The course on the infield grass between the road course banking and pit row is very sandy, which becomes as rough and rutted as the most brutal outdoor course. However, track builder Gary Bailey incorporates combinations of jumps and rhythm sections that are as technical as any stadium event, too. Daytona is also the longest track, so instead of a 20-lap main thatӳ 20 minutes long, itӳ closer to 35 minutesشhe length of an outdoor National moto.
LaRocco hasnӴ enjoyed the best starts this season, but he got off to a nice one when the gate dropped for the main. ԉ had a great start. I went [into the first turn] and there was a deep rut there,ԠLaRocco said. Ԋeremy was in it, and I was kind of waiting for him before I went in it when [Damon] Huffman ran into me. He pushed me into Jeremy and got all caught up in my back wheel. I ended up falling over because we [Huffman and I] were tangled up; he just kept clutching it, and we couldnӴ get our bikes apart.
ԉ just did what I could to get through traffic [after that]. It was tough. The first five laps, it took a lot of energy for me to get through.Ԡ
Carmichael ended up safely out front followed by McGrath, Vuillemin and Red Rider Sebastien Tortelli. The top three remained unchanged for all 20 laps, though McGrath drew close early, only to drop back when his legs tired. At the finish, Carmichael owned a 22-second margin over McGrath.
Once again, LaRocco gave the crowd something to watch as he slashed through the pack. After getting untangled, he went to work immediately and came through in 19th place on lap one, passed four more racers on lap two and snuck by four more on lap three for 11th place. He moved into sixth by lap seven, and it took a long time to catch up to Kevin Windham in fifth. Windham, who spent most of last week in bed with the flu, would still manage to finish seventh.
With three laps to go and Tortelli in sight, LaRocco felt a cramp coming on so he backed off a bit in order to maintain his position. For his second appearance at Daytona, Tortelli said, Ԕhe bike is working great. I worked hard [to prepare] for [this], but I was maybe not ready for it, I guess. I was riding my pace and [keeping] a good rhythm to not get tiredدr to try to get tired as late as possible.Ԡ
In 125s, Team FMF/Honda racer Brock Sellards maintained his AMA 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Series points lead with a runner-up finish behind Travis Pastrana who won for the first time in his short professional career.
Daytona Supercross 250-class Main
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Transfers to/from international airports, airport hotels or recommended hotels
Free use of motorcycle helmets for rider and passenger, saddlebags, and road maps.