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January 6th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause - Charitable & Educational Events in the Carolinas

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Gary Burgess: The Birth of the Long-Distance Rider

Bub: Last & First

TCR Classifieds

(For Sale: Big Dog Mastiff, Custom Roadglide + Trailer, Switchback)

Bob: A New Year Story

Loose Talk with Jon


The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of January 7-13 2015

Wednesday 39 p-cloudy, Thursday 31 clear, Friday 45 clear, Saturday 43 clear, Sunday 44 overcast, Monday 50 chance of rain, Tuesday 46 m-cloudy (as per on 1/06/15)

Off to a Promising Start!

The first stories of 2015 are something special to behold. Honestly, I am moved by the care and artistry taken by all of the creative contributors to our publications and this week is surely one of our most special examples of why we are here: to provide space for "the voice of The Carolina Rider!" For anyone not sure what our publication is all about; surely what's shared here this week can clearly answer the question, "Who is The Carolina Rider?"

The Carolina Rider is a WEEKLY MAGAZINE. In fact, we have those words on the sides of the new BIG RIDE 2 Bus! But more importantly, we are a vehicle for sharing and inspiring, a nudge off the couch and into the saddle, a connection from the mind and heart of one rider to another. This publication has a readership upwards of 75,000 motorcycle-lovin' folks who receive this in their email Inboxes every Tuesday. Some read every single issue. Some save them up to get to when time allows. Some catch an edition once a month or so. Pulled in by a photo, a topic, an ad, a friend, The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine is a much-valued resource for what's happening, an exceptionally-strong marketing method for our advertisers, and a true-to-life scenic ride through the eyes of riders like you.

Footloose and I birthed this baby and continue to nurture every shift and turn on its ride through The Carolinas. We work hard to reach as far and deep as we can but we have a LOT more work to do to get to all corners and curves of our states and into the awareness of all who ride and want to reach riders like you. Mostly, we are proud to be the"handlers" for the "talent" shared here!

So who is The Carolina Rider? It's not Footloose and me. It's not the publication. It's YOU. It's all of us. Included in this week's edition, you get to read a story by The Carolina Rider otherwise known as Gary Burgess, by The Carolina Rider who's also called Golden "Bub" Carper, and by The Carolina Rider who goes by Bob Stone.

You too are The Carolina Rider! As we kick start 2015, we invite you to watch for ways you can be more visible in these pages and to share YOUR RIDE too!

As I mention in the lead-in to Gary's stories below, you're in for a treat if you're a nostalgia nut like me. Dig into his memories and I'm betting you'll be scrounging through boxes in your attic for photo albums & journals, shuffling through your garage for motorcycle memorabilia, and tossing stories around with old ride buddies too! And riding buddies is a thread that rides through all of this week's stories....

While most of Gary's rides described here are solo, his friends are important to them all and the focus of one for sure. While Gary's stories are of riding buddies from his youth, Bub's partners-on-the-road lean toward the senior end of the age spectrum. But don't be age-ist, these guys will kick most young riders' butts in the kind of riding they tackle! And after years of nameless wandering, Bub's buds took a name this past year and the Carolina Pro Riders share some delicious rides (and usually something good to eat too) while they flash through curvy backroads in high speed pursuit of good times! Bob Stone joined our publication just before year's end and brings us today a touching New Year's tale sure to "get ya right there!" His New Year's Story about a friend with whom he has shared the love of motorcycles is brilliantly brought together as inspiration for riding into whatever the year holds ahead .....

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are pages from a rider's own memory books; just a tease into Gary's story. As you look at these photos, you're certainly tripping down your own memory lane ... and I'm hoping this bit of reminiscence will encourage you to take to the road with Gary as he shares his early years as a rider and ultimately a long-distance rider. You gotta love the rich 70's nostalgia pictured here and Gary's youthful-adventure details nudge us in, remind us where we've been and who we've traveled with through our own years as riders. Enjoy!

The Birth of Gary-the-Long-Distance-Rider

RIDE #1: Solo Multi–state Adventure - MI, OH, IN, OH

My first multiple-state adventure was on my 1967 +/- Montgomery Ward (Benelli) 175 cc two stroke single which I purchased new in 1969.  I left MSU on Saturday to see my College Roommate, Doug Randall.  Doug lived in North Adams, MI, a town not on every map.

Leaving his house on Sunday, I traveled to Ohio then Indiana and back to Michigan State.  Just as I got to Indiana, I lost an engine mounting bolt.

My throttle hand was already numb from normal vibration but without this bolt the vibration intensity increased 10 fold.  To make it home on Sunday, I had to alternate using my left and right hands to control the throttle.

Despite being numb, sore and cold - this trip had me hooked on long distance touring and wanting to travel to the Arctic which I did in 2013.  (And that 13,355 mile trip was done more in comfort on a 2010 Honda GL1800 with Navigation, ABS, Cruise, Heated Seats / Grips.  You can balance a nickel on the valve cover of a GL1800 and did I say my Wing had a back rest and highway pegs?!)

RIDE #2, 1973: Solo Multi–state/International Adventure


My next trip was significant longer and faster on a 1972 - Yamaha DS-7 250 twin.  I was working for Procter and Gamble as a summer engineer in Cheboygan, MI.  Bay City – my home and my girlfriend and now wife were about 175 miles south down I – 75.  The other possibilities were 850 +/- miles through Canada or through Wisconsin. 
I left in somewhat of a heavy rain with almost no rain gear except for a $1.98 plastic rain suit.  In 20 miles I was in Mackinaw City ready to cross the Big Mac which was the World’s Longest Bridge at the time.   I did not get to enjoy the crossing fighting the wind and rain.  The only real view was looking down at the water below when I dared getting on the inside “grate” lane.  The grating is there to reduce wind loading and to have a lane open when it snows.

Without a real plan I headed for Toronto. Toronto was not a goal when I left but for some reasons the signs drew me to this destination.   I was impressed as the city was lit with gold high pressure sodium lights – something I had not seen before.
I then realized Niagara Falls was in reach.  When I reached the Falls and was enjoying their power and beauty - they turned the lights off.  This would not be the first destination that I just made it to before closing....


Man! the month of December flew by and here it is the first of January 2015.  If I remember correctly---and that can be a problem at times, the CPRs only rode once between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Mickey and I rode a couple of times so I guess that’s "a half CPR!"

Mickey and I were riding one of our favorite rides in the low mountains around Lake Lure when we deviated and rode up Pea Ridge road toward NC 74. We came across the Equestrian Center that’s being built near that intersection. Wow, what a lay out! A beautiful sculpture is at the entrance on Pea Ridge and we hope that it is mounted very securely, cause it would supply a crack head for quite awhile—LOL. Building has almost stopped for the winter but a security guard told us  that things will start up in April.  It is impressive now and will be a draw for the area from now on.

On the ride that Mickey, Charley and I had gone on, we went up to Saluda NC from NC 9 via Holbert Cove Rd, a typical CPR road. And from Saluda wound over to Pinnacle Mtn for some breathtaking views. And then via US 25 and 176 back over to Saluda.  There is a road from near Tryon that kind of parallels Interstate 26 up to Saluda named  Howards Gap road and we have ridden it several times.  Last summer we were near Hendersonville and seen Howards Gap road and rode it to Saluda, at least that’s what we think we did. So we were at Saluda and Charley, you know, Charley of the we’re lost but we’re making good time! Anyway he said let’s find that Howards Gap road, we’ll ride it over to Hendersonville and Bub can visit his niece who runs the Blue Ridge Humane Shelter there.  But first Mickey wants to go down this road we’ve never been on in Saluda, ...

BIG DOG Motorcycle - 2007 Mastiff - 11,700 mi. - Vin# 5J11MBJBX7W000051 - clean title; Beautiful. 99% ready for shows and 100% ready to ride. Extras: after market strobe/flashing halogen headlight, battery trickle charger, ​BDM ​f ront wheel and Kryptonite back wheel locks,​ second seat, BDM back rest and bag. ​One defect is small paint blisters at gas tank inlet. Hard to sell, but have to do it... Asking $14,900. MPL​ Asheville, NC (828) 782-6671;


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1998 Custom Rigid, 120CC Delkron motor. This is a great custom chopper, has many upgrades including, ape hanger handle bars, 5 speed baker trans, custom wheels, new tires, open primary, JB brakes and a chain drive. This bike screams with 120 hp and low miles. One owner. Call 704-236-9222 to see. Owner is motivated. $8500


2002 Custom Road Glide & Trailer - PRICE REDUCED: $23,900 with trailer!- One of a kind built by Camtech & tons of customizations: Custom House of Color Paint, Black with Candy Red Pearl host Flames, Low Miles, Diamond Cut Barrels, 88 punched out to 95 inch, Sachs Racing Head, 10:1 Pistons-Compression Releases, Cams, 42 Mikuni Carb, Wimmer Velocity Intake, Screaming Eagle Adj Push Rods, Fueling Lifters, FBI 2-1 hidden exhaust, Slash cut and tucked under bag, 6 piston front brake caliper, Metalsport Roxxy 26 inch Front Wheel, Camtech Stretched & Raked Front End, Camtech Stretched Tank, Custom Dash with Flush Gas Cap, Custom Chin Spoiler, Flared Side Covers, Camtech Stretched Extended Bags w/ LED Flush Integrated Signals/Brakes, Full Width Solid Fender, Sinister Drag Bars, Dakota Digital Gauges, Snakeskin Seats(Solo and Dual,) Custom Back Rest, Arnott Rear Air Rear Suspension with Handle bar controls, Flame Kick Stand/ Mirrors/ Grips/ Hwy Pegs, Banana Floorboards, Extended Rear Brake and Shifter, High Watt Stereo system & Speakers with Hand Grip Controls, & much more! Barry Pollack, call 386-212-3201

As seen in The Litigator 2013 calendar ... (Sorry, beautiful girl not included! ...)

2012 HD FLD Switchback for sale

29000 miles.  Two year extended warranty left on bike.  Serviced every 5000 miles by HD mechanic.  12 inch 1.25 inch handlebars with wiring inside.  HD signature seat.  Sissy bar with luggage rack.  Power Commander.  Chrome primary cover.  Screaming Eagle muffler. Engine guard with foot pegs.  Willie G. Skull trim.  The extended warranty is effective until 12-31-16.  Will sell for $11,000.00.  Joe Champion,, 704-419-9705

I recently read a study where only 8% of Americans are able to keep their New Year’s resolutions. This solidifies my belief that New Year’s resolutions are pointless, and as easily broken as a politician’s promise. I can’t remember the last time I made a New Year’s resolution, or even what the resolution was. My guess is it probably had something to do with money, health, or personal fulfillment--which is usually what I strive for every day, not just because the calendar says January 1.

However, I do take a few moments to reflect back on the passing year. I think of family, health, my career and the happy times. Some of my fondest memories are of motorcycle trips taken with a few of my dear friends--friendships bonded by the love of two wheels. But with happiness, there comes the inevitable sorrow. Just like a single weed in an otherwise perfect garden, bad news pops up. February of this past year, I lost one of my best friends. Stevie and I had known each other for over 25 years—we worked for the same company. Though he wasn’t a rider, he did have a love for motorcycles. A debilitating artery disease prevented him from physically riding, but he was a biker at heart. I never once heard him complain about his sickness or not being able to ride, though I know he wanted to badly. Stevie was a virtual encyclopedia of motorcycle knowledge. He knew the differences between a Dyna and a Softail, and could rattle off the rear wheel horsepower and the top speed of a Hayabusa. He could tell you where every motorcycle dealership was within 100 miles of his house, and he’d been to every one of them. Some of the sales people even knew him on a first name basis.

Stevie was always eager to hear about my motorcycle trips. He wanted to know the routes we took, where we stayed and how the weather was. At times I felt as if he was living his dream of riding vicariously through me. Almost a year ago, Stevie ...

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