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In This Issue:

 

International Motorcycle Show February 24-26

Myrtle Beach Bike Week West with NANTUCKET! March 2-3

 

Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

 

Stealth's Custom Corner - Easyriders Show

 

Blastoff - NC Legislative Issues

 

Loose Talk with Jon

 

 

Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com

 

 

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of February 6-13, 2012

Monday 51 cloudy, Tuesday 60 sunny, Wednesday 62 p-cloudy, Thursday 53 m-sunny, Friday 58 p-cloudy, Saturday 49 p-cloudy, Sunday 48 sunny, Monday 53 p-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 2/6/12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riding Fears

(My response to questions from a reader after last week's BRIDGE story)

So last week I let you in my one of my secrets - that riding my motorcycle across bridges used to freaked me out. As I said, I got past my bridge-a-phobia. The fact that I worked toward eventual improvement prompted an email from someone who shared similar fear of riding across bridges asking how I overcame it. As a follow-up to last week, here's what I told him:


Dear Rider,

Not sure what made the difference - or if I'm completely "cured" of my bridge-aversion - but I haven't had any other panic attacks on a bridge in several years. I think it's partly one of those "just keep riding" things. It's been that way (keep riding and things eventually take care of themselves) with several issues along the way - things that have slowed my ride such as curves and gravel. Not all riders will admit to having "issues" but many do have something that they're not completely comfortable with but keep working to get over.

The year I kicked the bridge issue I also rode thru Miami on their crazy busy freeways at high speeds behind a friend who was leading us from where he lived in Northern Miami to the Southern end where we were meeting others for our Keys ride. It was 5 o'clock traffic and I couldn't do anything but hang on and ride hard even tho I wasn't all that comfortable blasting thru the worst traffic I've ever dealt with. I guess by the time 7-mile Bridge and her other bridge sisters along the route came up, I was pretty numb maybe? Or perhaps I just had a good strong dose of courage built up.

And that's what it really boils down to - feeling strong, confident, capable of directing the 2-wheeled vehicle. Kinda like riding a horse, I suppose (altho I'm by no means an equestrian expert; having only ridden a handful of times in my entire life!) I suppose riding a horse means having enough confidence that the horse senses your confidence & control. According to my motorcycle instructor husband, riding a motorcycle takes about 25% basic skills/knowledge and 75% confidence. I have to agree altho I might even put the confidence percentage a bit higher.

So get your skills - take the beginner classes (MSF and/or Rider's Edge) and then take the experienced riders' classes too and take them again for refreshers. That's the foundation.

Then RIDE. Ride small bridges and medium size bridges and then larger bridges and then do it again and again. Find someone who is patient and slow to ride with as you work through your fears but also push yourself a bit and ride with some confident riders too because that kind of strength can be contagious!

Riding is a life-lesson that carries over into all areas of life. Fears are something to be faced - or they cripple us in our lives, huh?

Finally, all I gotta say is ENJOY the ride - or get off the bike!

 

 

"Readerville"

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

The following Event Report comes from Barbi Burkett in the Raleigh area....

On January 14th I participated in a charity ride sponsored by BFBF. Although it was a chilly day, a great group of people showed up and rode for the cause. The ride was to benefit 9 year old Kaydon Allen. Kaydon has autism and his family needed help to pay for a service dog for him.

The ride assembled at Ray Price Harley Davidson. From there we continued on to Locked N Loaded, White Oak Grill and Lounge, Past Times, and back to Ray Price. Arriving back at Ray Price there was hot chili waiting for everyone and live music provided by the band, Total Strangers, out of Youngsville, NC.

It was a day filled with great camaraderie. The biker community, once again, pulled together to help someone in need.  It was a great day of riding with old friends, meeting many new friends, and supporting a great cause!  Hats off to those of you who made it happen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14TH ANNUAL KERRI D EFIRD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP BIKE RUN!!!

SATURDAY, APRIL 28th, 2012 WEST STANLY HIGH SCHOOL, OAKBORO, NC
RAIN OR SHINE! - REG 10 AM & RIDE 11 AM.  WE WILL LEAVE FROM WEST STANLY HIGH SCHOOL, 306 E REDCROSS RD, OAKBORO, NC W/ POLICE ESCORT & GO TO COX’S HARLEY DAVIDSON, ASHEBORO, NC - RIDING TOGETHER & RETURNING TOGETHER - BACK TO THE SCHOOL FOR BBQ.  COST IS DONATION (TAX DEDUCTIBLE) T-SHIRTS & GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES.  PLEASE HELP SUPPORT THE ONLY FUND RAISER FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP FUND.
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO WEST STANLY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS.
HELP KEEP KERRI’S MEMORY ALIVE!
INFO- SCOTT OR TRACY EFIRD @ 704-888-4587
E MAIL: marbleman28097@yahoo.com or te97hdheritage@yahoo.com
Or go to website - www.kerripooh.com  e mail – kdescholarship@aol.com

 

 

Wow! What a full edition of The Carolina Rider Scene! Thank you to all of our talented and dedicated writers and to those who have shared event flyers, event reports, photos, and personal opinion too. The Carolina Rider is created WITH YOUR INVOLVEMENT and support....all of you -whether you are reading or contributing content.

Anyone have a Photo from Boothill?

Speaking of contributing content, anyone have a photo of the bras hanging from the ceiling/bar in Boothill Saloon in Daytona? I need a photo to use in an upcoming article......

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It was that time of year again when I go to my closet and grab my "Peter Fonda - Captain America" jacket and head out to the annual Easyriders Bike Show in Charlotte. The Easyriders Show is always a welcomed break in winter. I always look forward to it!

The bike show entries may have been down just a bit but the bikes that were there were all TOP SHELF. Local builders were well represented. Ben Jordan who has had bikes featured right here in The Carolina Rider Scene won a first place award in his class with his 47 Knucklehead. Ben's bikes are always something special. Another local builder with a lot of talent, Chris Wade, won a "Best of Show" award with his 56 Panhead. Mike Steranko won an award for his immaculate 52 Panhead. This bike will also be featured soon here in my monthly column. Eric Stein also had a real nice entry, a rigid Evo. I don't know if Eric took home an award but it was a killer bike!

One of the greatest rewards for a bike builder is to have his bike admired by other builders. Guys who know what it takes to build a winner at this show: a lot of hard work, a lot of late nights in the garage, and a lot of talent plus a clear vision of what their creation will look like when finished. To see it before it is finished is a great gift. To have all of these elements recognized is a great accomplishment. I really admire the builders at the Easyriders show along with their bikes.

If you are a "Sons of Anarchy" fan then this year's show had somethi ng special for you. Tommy Flanagan who is "Chibbs" on SOA and Winter Zoli who plays"Lyla" were there signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am a BIG Sons of Anarchy fan, so I thought it was cool for them to be at the show. The lines were long - I know a lot people got a kick out of it!

This show is always a great place to see old friends and maybe make a couple of new ones. The bikes on display take some of the chill out of winter and makes you start to think about spring. Every year the Easyriders show inspires me and makes me recall why I love this "stuff" so much.


"The BIG RIDE" bus of The Carolina Rider was there, of course. There were a good number of vendors selling everything from t-shirts to jewelry and there were even bikes for sale. There were some great looking hot rod cars on display. Something for everyone! One of my favorite displays was the Dave Mann art display. As I shared in my column in January 9th's e-mag, I collect Dave Mann art and there were some great original prints on display. My garage is decorated with Dave Mann centerfolds and even a few decorate the walls of our house.


It was a great day at the Easyriders show - bikes, friends, music, and the Sons of Anarchy right there! What more could you ask for? The Easyriders show exists for you, the rider, and your support keeps the show coming back every year!


It's time to get your motor running, ... it will be time to head out on the highway soon!


There are MANY more photos Vicki took at this show published online. Check 'em out. Next month we are back to our feature "Custom Corner" bikes!

 

 

 

Safety First! ...

 

(photo courtesy of NC State MSF Offices...)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody talks a good game but the truth is that we, as a group have been having more crashes. See the Crash Statistics. As we get ready for the upcoming riding season how about we go take a class and get our minds right so we don't have to have so many poker runs "For The Families Of."

 

 

There were several of us who were ready to go to Lake Lure to have our bikes tested last week by the police department there. I decided at the last minute not to go because of the rain. My apologies to those of you who got ready despite the rain. However, look for us to make the trip very soon and I will be sure and post it in advance so anyone who wants to ride along can make the trip.


 

 

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,
Jon

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton

Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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