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In This Issue:



Riding BE-cause - a Focus on Not-for-Profit Events & Efforts


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with FancyFree


Ponderings with Poni - Easyriders 2013


Shag's Rant - See what Shaggy's got to blast off about this month!


Register Now for FREE Motorcycle Event Planning Seminar


Loose Talk with Jon



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Geoff with the Durham Harley Owners Group shares the folllowing event with us. He says "Proceeds from the raffle support local charities and the bike show is our biggest raffle-ticket event." Please give 'em your support and let them know you saw this in The Carolina Rider!


And this one we're deep into ourselves - a Brand New Poker Run co-sponsored by The Litigator and The Carolina Rider! ...



The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of January 29-February 5, 2013

Tuesday 69 m-sunny, Wednesday 70 strong t-storms, Thursday 48 sunny, Friday 49 sunny, Saturday 53 p-cloudy, Sunday 54 sunny, Monday 57 p-cloudy, Tuesday 55 few showers (as per on Tuesday 01/29/13)



Kindergarten Bullies and Birthday Cake

I had a blast for my birthday! Got to meet new friends and reunite with folks I haven't seen in awhile. The BIG RIDE Bus was rockin' all day and our tables were slam-busy with prize-entries and conversations. I got to work and play with people I love, I had a killer birthday cake (rich whole wheat carrot cake with raisins and walnuts and pecans and super-chunky cream cheese frosting!) and there were so many great smiles and good words for The Carolina Rider, how could I not have had a happy day?!

The weather didn't keep us down. Easyriders went on. But some folks weren't there due to a new show ban on the wearing of colors. What? Bikers can't attend their own annual convention? While not in The Carolinas, there've apparently been to other places on their bike show tours where some clubs have shown out; so they made it a full scale policy for 2013. But it's like when a bully makes it so everyone in your kindergarten class loses their play period. Real tried-and-true, good-hearted, community-minded, fun-loving bikers went home instead of coming to play with the rest of us on Saturday. I'm pretty sad about it and hope Easyriders leadership will think about their losses this year rather than shunning the very reason for their existence.



And we're off! - The Poni is on track with TCR

This week, as promised, PoniPrincess comes to The Carolina Rider Scene as a monthly columnist. She was at The Charlotte Convention Center for Saturday's show and today shares a bit about competition. Again, I welcome PoniPrincess and her enthusiastic creative energies to The Carolina Rider and look forward to all she intends to offer. In addition to a monthly column, she's volunteered to take on The Club Room which we've had under works for a couple years now - yep, you've heard about it before and I'm hoping that, with Poni's caring hand, this valuable resource will be available to you just down the road.

He didn't go Anywhere - Shaggy's here to say it like he sees it

Also in today's e-Magazine below is the return of Shag's Rant. I had a couple of you ask me about him on Saturday; concerned he was no longer with our publication. Nothing could be further from true. His monthly column took December off but he's not going anywhere except maybe for a ride on his Shadow. And glad to hear that you are into his style of expression because we believe in him and are happy to have this no-words-left-by-the-roadside two-wheeled philosopher as part of our creative crew. Shaggy, like good aged cheese, has some deep rich stinkiness peppered into his writing style and you've just gotta be patient and let it mellow on your tongue to chew through to the deliciousness of what he's got to say. He's not afraid to say it, either; so don't get your feathers ruffled, readers and riders!




At Easyriders, I chatted with riders from Fayetteville and from Kings Mountain (who rode in Saturday morning's ice!;) from Raleigh and from Rockingham; from Greenville-Spartanburg and from the Columbia area as well as from Charleston, SC too; from right here in Charlotte and just South in Rock Hill. It was good to meet you, to hear what you're doing out there and what you want to see more of. Don't forget us! The Carolina Rider is RIGHT HERE and GROWING. We may not have a big presence in your neck of the woods YET but we sure as hell are trying to get there ... as fast as we can roll. Sure would be great to have you lend a hand if you have the time, interest, and inclination. Write to us! Send us some photos and stories! We'd love to publish more about you.....


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EasyRiders Show ... No Easy Task for the Judges!

"Never let your failures get to your heart and never let your success get to your head"

... An appropriate quote for the Easyriders Bike Show in Charlotte this past weekend. After the excitement of snow and ice on Friday and the very brisk temperatures that dawned on Saturday, it was anyone's guess as to the crowd numbers that would show up for the absolutely amazing collection of passionately-created motorcycles. And the crowds did fill the huge Charlotte Convention Center even with a little friction regarding the wearing of colors. A few people were asked to leave (gently, I'm sure!,) and several were turned away at the door if they were unwilling to cover the patches or leave them at their bikes. The group of people in attendance shopped for new treasures, mingled with fellow bikers, watched the bands and dancers on stage, and I hope, visited The BIG RIDE Bus of The Carolina Rider and signed up for the Night at Maggie Valley Inn Give Away.

I had a chance to speak with several of the competitors or their representatives at the Charlotte Convention Center. I asked each one "Why do you compete?" The answers ranged from the obvious, "Money and fame!" to the basic, "I just love to make bikes," and in the words of Trace Atkins some did it for the "Ba-donka-donk!" You gotta love them bikers!

I can remember the anguish of competition from my days of being in the horse industry, a not too distant memory, for sure. Every winter it would begin with the spark of seeing the potential in a young horse, who just might make the grade. You see the class and elegance in his movements as he plays with herd-mates in the pasture on a chilly spring morning. He stands out amongst the others with a presence that says, "Look at me" as he frolics with stunning grace. The intelligence of his mind comes alive in the round pen as you begin his training. He picks up on your cues as though he can read your mind. He trots a little slower as you steady your seat and melt into his strong back. He energetically transitions to a smooth canter as you place one leg back on his side. He responsively settles to a walk as you gently lean back, his haunches gathering up mightily and patiently waiting for your next cue. His muscles begin to develop and blossom over the summer months changing from fuzzy and lanky colt to sleek and mature steed. This could be THE ONE, the one to take you from dusty road horse trainer to Madison Square Garden, or the Quarter Horse Congress, or the Breeder's Cup. The one your have dreamed of all your life, the one no one ever believed you could produce, the one that lets your soul sing.

Similar, I'm sure, to seeing the lines in an arc of steel as the frame comes to life under the careful hand of the welder if the bike is being built from the ground up, as some were at the show. Or a builder sees a stock bike and says to himself, "I can improve that if I just ..." All the personality of a bike begins to emerge as the angles soften and swirl, lengthen and strengthen. Wheels are developed or changed out and tire size is selected so a connection from the designer's mind to the road can occur. The power is revealed as the engine is selected or tweaked and tuned to a purring perfection or a deafening rumble. Colors start to jump from the painter's palette to the smooth steel, either telling a story with pictures or shading accents' depth and length. These are critical choices being made; so many ideas that have to meld and come together. It all must blend perfectly if you want the coveted vote from the judge.nThe color cannot argue with the light, the seat cannot clash with the steel, the handlebars cannot detract from the body lines. It all must work in a cohesive union or it is just a collection of ill-designed junk.

And a non-biker might have thought he saw some ill-designed junk at this show as well if he ventured to the back of the floor close to the concession stand. There in a perfect line were seven or eight of the most rough and rusted mishmash of iron and leather you could ever imagine. There were a couple of barely distinguishable Indians and several that started as a Honda or Harley but morphed into what ever would hold it together and finish the ride. Those bikes have stories to tell around the campfire for sure! They have enjoyed rain and sun, bugs smashing into them, and even being used as a tent on the side of some long and desolate road. They have had the beautiful and the homely to grace their seats and wrap well manicured or gnarly hands around the grips. No glitz, no paint left, leather as hard as the rides they have been on, but truly they still have life in them and would be willing to challenge the far more expensive "all show, no go" bikes under the spotlights. In many ways I can see these weathered bikes' view of life. Just like the horses back at the trainer's barn that are pretty in the stall and have a pedigree to rival royalty. Take them to the arena and let's see what you've got. These bikes are beyond beautiful sitting in the garage, but get them in formation on the road and point towards Sturgis or Laconia and let's see what you've got.



Jap Crap

This one's for all my brothers and sisters out there on their rice rockets. I mean the TRUE LOVERS of moto-sickles from the land of the rising sun, not the festering puss nuggets babbling stupid shit like, "I'm just learning on this," or "I'm saving up for a Harley." That's about the biggest ass load I've ever heard in my brief miserable existence. I've never been considered a sensible individual, but the question still nags me, "why tear up a perfectly good bike so you can run out and buy one that's going to fuck up on its own? Fair warning: the rest of this rant WILL piss off a Harley rider, it's NOT MEANT TO but here we go ....

Japanese companies such as Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha started shipping motorcycles to the US and other parts abroad in the early 60's. The bulk of the early bikes were under-powered, awkwardly-shaped, and didn't hold a lot of "star power." Then in the mid-60's, the Rising Sun shined down upon a brand new mystical fire breathing dragon, the CB750 inline four engine. This beautiful offering from Honda took the market by storm, cornering all other cruisers, touring, (and most importantly,) race bikes of the day. The CB750 changed many things in the motorcycle world in many ways but none so infamous as this. You could ride it without dragging a bag of wrenches with you!!! Just kick, twist, and go!

With the power and reliability these machines produced, it's no wonder they were the preferred power plant of so many choppers, bobbers, and cafe racers of the day. I've had several older gents tell me, "back in the day, you couldn't beat a 750 Honda."

The years faded, but as any proud JapRider will tell you: the power and reliability did not. When I graduated high school, I walked into Palmetto Cycle Center in Spartanburg, SC, and I rode home on a brand new 2007 Honda Shadow Spirit 750. Since then I have put over 60K miles on the clock and good ol' Kingshit (the bike's name,) hasn't failed me yet. That bike has been layed down, wrecked and set on fire twice but I will be my bottom dollar that it will still be going when next year's Harleys are being hammered out into license plates and beer cans.

Let me pause here before some of you shit a brick ... to say that I am not prejudiced against any brand. I've rode Harley's, Triumphs, and many other brands and stil haven't found one I hated besides a Can-Am but that's another rant completely. I'm harping on this subject for one reason and one reason only: Harley riders are proud to be Harley riders and they SHOULD BE; but, dammit to hell, LAY OFF US JAP RIDERS! Nothing pisses me off more than hearing people say shit like "Real bikers only ride Harleys."

Let me state this for the record: To anyone who fucks with my bike, I came into this world kicking and screaming, and covered in someone else's blood and I've got no problem going out that way. I hold NO HARD FEELINGS for American and British bikes. I just want equal treatment for us Jap riders. That's why I present this idea. It won't be long now until the rest of the country hits "riding season" and rallies and runs will soon kick off in full force. If I can generate enough interest through The Carolina, I will host a Jap-bike-only" motorcycle show in the Upstate of SC this Summer. Please, if this interests you, contact me (,) and/or write a comment to this article. I may not reply to all of them, but I assure you I DO READ ALL of them!

To my rice riding bretheran, keep it verticle. To everyone else, I promise to stop and help when your bike leaves you stranded! Now, beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life here.




It's January - almost February, and we are off! ...

We had a great Easyriders show. They changed it a little this year. It was only a one-day show and for some reason they decided to exclude colors from the event. A lot of clubs did not to come out and that hurt their attendance but overall it was a good turnout.


WINNER of Night at Maggie Valley Inn:

Barbara Alston!

Congrats, Barbara ... give me a holler to claim your prize


I also attended a Motorcycle Safety update this weekend - which reminds us that safety should be the most important thing on the agenda. Most of the community colleges have MSF classes as do a lot of Harley dealers. There is a lot of good information in those classes and I would really recommend attending a class this year. If for no other reason than to find out how much you have forgotten ...

I stumbled across these stats, keep your motorcycle safe as well.

TOP FIVE MAKES STOLEN, 2011            
1. Honda 11,014                    
2. Yamaha 8,880                    
3. Suzuki 7,281                      
4. Kawasaki 5,009                  
5. Harley-Davidson 3,120        


1. California 5,927
2. Texas 3,950
3. Florida 3,927
4. North Carolina 2,466
5. Indiana 2,114


Finally, here's a shot of our new hoodies hanging out at the Easyriders Show Saturday. Cool design! We also have short and long-sleeved t's and they'll all be in our online shop soon. But if you want yours now..... write me!

Hooded Sweatshirt $30

Long-sleeve t's $20

Short-sleeve t's $10

(All come in L, XL, and 2XL)


Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

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Ride Like A Pro

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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

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D













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