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« on: July 04, 2008, 10:05:40 am »

My family has been vacationing on Kiawah Island, South Carolina for over 20 years. (They're renters, not owners.) I've been going down there with them on and off over the years, but I've always driven down.

This year, due to insane gas prices, I thought I'd ride the motorcycle down to join the family for a long weekend...but NOOOO---the snootie rich bastards on Kiawah do not allow motorcycles on the island.  Mad2 Apparently the noise and sight of motorcycles offends their delicate sensibilities. (For those who aren't familiar with Kiawah, houses there start at $3 million.) Either that, or like most of the population, Kiawah Islanders equate "motorcycles" with "Loud Harleys."

So I'm thinking I might just ride down anyway and try to find someplace just off the island where I can leave the bike for 2-3 days. I wish I could leave it in a garage...(I know, I'm spoiled by my garage at home)...but heck, even a parking lot in a safe area would probably be okay (and I could pack a cover for the bike).

If anyone knows that area at all and has any suggestions, let me know!

Thanks,
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2008, 03:15:32 pm »

Are you kidding me???

I visited Kiawah last year with the inlaws. I'm supposed to go back down this year, and was going to take the bike. I had no idea they didn't like bikes.


Looks like I won't be going back this year. Smile
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2008, 11:15:42 pm »

im in north charleston, you can park it in my garage next to my c14 and my friends cb750.  not exactly next door but close enough i guess.  really, no bikes on kiawah?  if they accept fed/state money for road maint. they cannot ban a federally regulated vehicle, no matter what the type (provided you havent changed any factory items or added non dot approved upgrades).  if its private property then i guess your sol. let me know, ill be around. 843.697.3632 tom.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2008, 10:15:53 am »

Yeah, Kiawah is like the epitome of a "Gated Community". Not only is there a 24hr manned security gate on the only road leading onto the island, but it's a freakin island! Plus, the development company owns the entire island, which is it's own township. Yep, nice place to visit...

I was just riding down there yesterday and noticed a storage facility about 5 miles from the Kiawah gate. The closest commercial lot is the Freshfields shopping plaza, or whatever. Looked like the kind of place that would tow a bike if left overnight. I was able to ride my bike up the the gate, but turned around at the sales office before I made it to the guards. They may let you park in the parking lot of the sales office, could be worth a call to the gatehouse to see?

If I'm in town when you're down here, I could also make room in my garage. I am in West Ashley, about 45 minutes from Kiawah.


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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2008, 10:20:55 am »

I'm fairly sure you can leave it at the gate, but if you don't feel comfortable with that you're welcome to a spot in my garage as well. I could throw a rock and hit the intersection of I20 and I95 (Florence, SC). If that's convenient, just drop me a PM and we'll get ya taken care of.  Also PM me when you're gonna be there. We'll be at the beach later this summer and you're welcome to park it Garden City if our vacations are the same week.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008, 11:21:14 am »

Yep, I am sure you can largely blame the loud Harleys and the Myrtle Beach Bike Weeks on this mostly.  There are many condo complexes down in Myrtle Beach now that don't allow motorcycles for this reason....
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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2008, 09:46:32 am »

Thanks *very* much everyone for the generous offers of a place to keep the bike.  Thumbsup I'm going to give Kiawah a call and haggle with them, see if they suggest leaving the bike outside the gate (at the gas station there, which would be safe). There's also the Bohicket Marina Village, which has a good-sized, well-lit parking lot.

But if everyone acts like a jerk about it, I'll be in touch!  Thumbsup

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« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2008, 01:02:41 pm »

This is just the tip of the iceburg of sportbikes and cruisers with straight pipes ruining it for the rest of us.  

A customer of mine owns a house there and asked me down last year.  When I found out I couldn't ride on the island, I told him, "thanks, but no thanks."  
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« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2021, 03:33:02 pm »

Is anyone on this thread still available to help out with a spot for parking near Kiawah?? I've been here since Tuesday & hubby is on his way down now - on his bike - we had no idea you couldn't have a motorcycle here! Or does anyone know where paid parking is?? The guards said we absolutely cannot park by the entrance 🤦🏻‍♀️
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