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In This Issue:


Easyriders Show in Charlotte January 21-22

International Motorcycle Show February 24-26

Myrtle Beach Bike Week West March 2-3


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


Stealth's Custom Corner


Work with The Carolina Rider! ... Regional Managers wanted


Legislative Issues with Blastoff


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of January 9-16, 2012

Monday 55 rain, Tuesday 62 p-cloudy, Wednesday 56 rain/thunder, Thursday 65 p-cloudy, Friday 50 sunny, Saturday 51 p-cloudy, Sunday 53 sunny, Monday 53 p-cloudy (as per on Monday 1/9/12)



By the way, check out New Story online about the upcoming Easyriders Show









Facebook Confessions


New Year Resolutions

I admit it. I have been a Facebook failure. I got on board the FB train initially to catch up with somebody I knew 25 years ago. I had no idea how the website was capable of changing the world. I wasn't aware that eventually it would become what it is today - a regular form of commuication that folks depend on even more than a phone call...perhaps even more than email these days. I simply was in search of a buddy who I had on my mind.

Once I signed up for my personal account, of course, there was that delicious stream of long-losts who wrote me. We had wonderful but brief catch-ups and then, as life goes, relationships went back to radio silence. I, like most of us, have gone thru the sweet elation of reconnecting with special people from my past. It's a miraculous vehicle for artificially shortening distance and turning back the clock. Thanks, Mr. Zuckerberg! I am honestly grateful to you for my FB reunions!

Nevertheless, I guess I have looked this gifthorse in mouth. After the honeymoon phase, my Facebook passion has dwindled down to (omg, should I admit this?!) ... once a month or less. I know this because in what I thought was a routine check-in I just made to my FB acct. this morning, I discovered a personal message sent to me way back in November that I didn't even know had been sent. My sincere apologies.

And therefore, for 2012, I resolve to be a better FBF (Facebook Friend.) I have excuses. Plenty. But I aim to get past them and check in more often. Maybe not every day. Hopefully once a week at least. Life can get overwhelming...lots to keep up with. And it is soooo easy to get sucked into all the chatter once you're on your Wall and looking at the others' Walls and looking at announcements and ..... But I will do better and I invite and welcome you to nudge me if needed.....I always check my email...




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Even tho I have been a poor FBF, I am thrilled to have you as my FBF, to hear from you via email, and to meet you at events when we can. Write me and tell me what's up in your neck of the woods. You might get published ... unless you ask not to, of course.

I look forward to seeing many of you in person at the upcoming Winter events at the Charlotte Convention Center... Easyriders and IMS shows. I know Stealth will be at both checking out bikes and anything to do with 'em. Make sure to check out his story and photos below as well as his new Product Review online.

Happy Relatively-New Year to ya....

"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor

I'm on Facebook ... "friend me!"





(Paying respects to THE MANN)

Story by: STEALTH, Photos by: VICKI

Friday December 9th 2011, Vicki and I made our way to California for our annual visit with my good friend Keith Ball (aka Bandit,) owner and President of and former Easyriders magazine editor. It is always a pleasure to visit with Keith.

This time we were there to attend the 8th Annual Dave Mann Chopper Festival in Ventura California on Sunday December 11th 2011. Most of you who have ever picked up an EASYRIDERS or BIKER magazine know Dave Mann or maybe I should say know of his artwork. His artwork was always featured as the centerfold in Easyriders and later on was featured in Biker magazine.

Dave Mann's artwork inspired many a chopper builder from coast to coast. I remember going to the local 7/11 store and picking up a copy of Easyriders the same day it arrived ... I had it down to the day! The first thing I would turn to was the Dave Mann centerfold to see what he had created for the new issue. Looking at his motorcycle artwork, you could hear the bike roar and feel the wind in your hair and no detail was ever missing. His work made you want to get and out and burn some asphalt!

I have two pieces of his art work signed by THE MANN himself. They are two possessions I really cherish. My garage walls are covered with Dave Mann art and anyone who has been into bikes for any length of time probably has at least one piece of his work displayed in their garage. His artwork portrayed a lot of time in the garage and building bikes.

For me attending the Chopper Fest was a dream come true. Panheads, Knuckleheads and Shovelheads dominate the show. There were some nice Evo's and one or two Twin Cams on display. You won't find any baggers at this show. All of the bikes are true to Dave Mann's artwork - Ape Hangers, Z-bars, Jockey shifts, Tank shifters, solo seats, kick starters, bare bones, nothing extra on these bikes, choppers at their purest form. I was like a kid in a candy store, not knowing where to look first. All of the bikes could have been from an Easyriders centerfold. The guys in California take their bikes and this show very seriously because if you win a Dave Mann award, you have pulled off a major feat! The competition is stiff and I would hate to be a judge. The people at the show were very friendly, just serious about the show.

Vicki and I saw some amazing scenery riding up the Pacific Coast Highway to the show. On one side was the ocean and on the other side were the mountains, JUST AMAZING! By the way, we rented a 2011 Electra Glide Classic. I wanted to rent a Softail or Dyna but Vicki insisted on the BIG love seat on the back?!

I am very fortunate and very thankful for having the opportunity to attend the show this year. Thanks Vicki and thanks to Keith and Nyla for letting us stay with you guys.

Dave Mann passed away in 2004. There will never be another artist like him. He was THE MANN and he lives on in his artwork  hanging in bikers' garages from coast to coast. Check out all the bikes from the show - photos in my online story. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
















Easyriders Bike Show

Two more weekends 'til the EZ Rider Show! We are looking forward to it as always. Kinda the un-official "riding season is just around the corner" event.

Usually we get to see a lot of old friends, get the chance to make new friends and this year we are going to roll out "The Big Ride" in style at the show. A lot of you have seen The Carolina Rider bus but a lot of you haven't had the chance so the bus will be our booth this year.

The Carolina Rider Babes will be there with us and we will be giving away free stuff as well... Hotel nights to Maggie Valley Inn in Maggie Valley and Skyline Village Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway. You'll want to know that we will also be giving away a $500 gift card to Harley-Davidson of Charlotte.

So lots of fun stuff in store. Make plans to stop by and ask to see the inside of the bus - newly improved and where I keep the Jack Daniels!!


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton









SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte








SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte








SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte








SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


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