Motorcycle riders packed the Statehouse lobby and heard Gov. Nikki Haley say she would veto any law requiring them to wear helmets.
The motorcycle rights group ABATE's annual rallies are a fixture of opening days for the Legislature.
Tuesday's rally occurred while a proposal from Greenville Sen. Ralph Anderson would make riders older than 21 wear helmets. The law now requires helmets for people under 21.
Haley told a crowd of more than 150 people gathered outside her office that the measure would be a waste of time because she would veto it.
Haley is a member of the ABATE chapter in Lexington County.
She told the crowd she hoped they would tell legislators to spend time putting more of the state's bureaucracy into a Cabinet agency she controls.