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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 with NANTUCKET! March 2-3


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


GatorBites with Jason Taylor


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of January 16-23, 2012

Monday 51 cloudy, Tuesday 60 cloudy/wind, Wednesday 47 p-cloudy, Thursday 49 m-cloudy, Friday 57 m-cloudy, Saturday 58 showers, Sunday 62 cloudy, Monday 61 m-cloudy (as per on Monday 1/16/12)



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










So, there's not as many events happening in January as there are in June. Not motorcycle-related or otherwise, really. It's hibernation time to crawl in your cave and get some rest for a few weeks before the world winds itself back up and there are too many events to choose from. Nevertheless, if only for reading interest, here are a few things around the Carolinas in this listing of Free Ride:

Anson County Cruise-in - 1/19, 5-8pm - Lilesville, NC

An Evening with the Winemaker - 1/19, 6:30-8:30pm - Raylen Vineyards in Mocksville, NC

Bluegrass Music Jam - 1/19, 7-9pm - downtown Marion, NC

AKC Dog Agility Trials - 1/20, 8am-3pm - Fletcher, NC

Resolution Expo - 1/21, 9am-2pm - Foothills Area YMCA, Seneca, SC

Voice of the Mountains Old Time Music - 1/21, 7:30-9:30pm - Mount Airy, NC

(The next ones aren't free but might still be of interest....)

NASCAR Acceleration Weekend - 1/20-22 - Nascar Hall of Fame, Charlotte, NC - $10

Asheville Beer Fest Winter Warmer Weekend - 1/21, 3-7pm - Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC - $39

37th Annual SC Square & Round Dance Convention - 1/27-28 - Myrtle Beach, SC

World's Toughest Rodeo - 1/21, 7:30-10:30pm - Raleigh, NC - $18-75




Write me and tell me about your favorite places to ride in and to in NC and SC! I'll be sharing what you tell me in an upcoming edition of The Carolina Rider Scene. Feel free to include photos and tell stories about fun, interesting, and otherwise enjoyable destinations as well as great roads and routes to enjoy the ride......




... an eclectic little section dedicated to eclectic items sent in by our eclectic readers!



I do hope to see you this weekend at the show.... Please introduce yourself and I will try to remember your name. I'm pretty good with faces but sometimes in the midst of a busy event, my brain doesn't catalog everything as it should. Easyriders is a really nice way to warm up your engines.....

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

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A Question for The Litigator:

How difficult is it to go to trial on a motorcycle injury case?


The LitiGator answers ...

As you can imagine, no two cases are alike. So, some cases will be easier than others, particularly if liability is clear.

You always have two potential issues,

  1. The first is liability, meaning who is at fault.

  2. The second issue is damages, meaning what is the value of the case.

There are subparts to these issues like "last clear chance" on the issue of liability and "pre-existing" condition on the issue of damages.

These issues you face with any injury case, not just with motorcycles. The uniqueness with motorcycle cases really comes from the perceptions of the non-riding public who typically make up your jury.  There is a collective train of thought that suggest motorcycle injury case values are 25% less than automobile injury case values do to jury bias. Many people (jurors) think that motorcycle riders are risk takers and/or are simply reckless. When in trial on a motorcycle case you need to have the jury differentiate your client from their preconceived notions of motorcyclists. Non bike riders will identify with the defendant who was driving the car or truck and they will think about the problems they may have had seeing a motorcyclist on the road. The profile of a motorcyclist is significantly smaller than that of a car and jurors and the defense will use this fact to reduce the liability of the defendant. Preparing for this issue is critical and one of the best ways to prepare for this is with a focus group.

Other issues unique to motorcycle cases include engineering principles (like stopping distance of two versus four wheels) and certain types of injuries (like road rash and certain traumatic brain injuries.)

How to deal with potential challenges:

Proper preparation including the use of focus groups, discussion of bike dynamics and the relevant difference from four wheel vehicles as well as preparing medical providers to explain "mechanism of injury" reduces these hurdles and increases the likelihood of success.

Stay Vertical,











Easyriders Bike Show

From where I sit,... it's going to be a very long but good week! Long because we will work all week and then put The Big Ride in line for loading-in at The Charlotte Convention Center on Friday morning then set up for the Easyriders Show. We will be set up with the bus unit from then until 5pm on Sunday when we can start tearing down. Of course, in between Friday and Sunday we will be busy talking to people, making new friends and clients, and spending time with old friends who have been holing up in their homes because its been cold outside.

We will be giving away hotel stays to Maggie Valley Inn, Skyline Village Inn in the NC mountains as well as a much-sought-after $500 gift card from Harley-Davidson of Charlotte!
Our cute Carolina Rider girls as well as myself and our editor, FancyFree, will be there to say hello and answer any question you might have.

So, stop in and say hi!!


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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