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In This Issue:




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


Jane LaVoy: A Road to Recovery!


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with FancyFree


Sandy Reece: Rainbows and Oil of Oh-shoot!


Golden: Retro Ride - Germany, mid-70's


Loose Talk with Jon



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The International Motorcycle Show -

One of The Carolina Rider's Yearly Favorites!

"If you've been to one bike show, you've been to them all," one might say; but that's clearly not true now, is it? There is honestly great diversity out there, and the Progressive International Motorcycle Show is one proof of that!

Progressive? Do I mean "forward-moving" as the word implies? Yes, partly, since the show does truly point to what's new and up-and-coming in the motorcycle biz.



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

Here's a story from The Carolina Rider contributing writer, Jane LaVoy - one that speaks to the value of the Litigator Ride (above flyer) as well as SO MUCH MORE! Start here and continue reading ONLINE....

Well it is official! I am the proud parent of a 2013 Crushed-Sapphire 110th Anniversary CVO Road King! Yes, I bought it for Greg. You could call it his Valentine's gift. After his near fatal accident of August 27th 2012, he has done nothing but be positive and focus on healing. It was the strength of prayer, and the help of friends that made it possible for us to survive situations I never thought would happen to us!

There will be some who won't understand. How could I possibly promote Greg getting back on a bike? Greg without a bike would be like a bird without his wings! The famous quote "If I have to explain, then you wouldn't understand" says it all. I made it clear from the first night in ICU that if you couldn't be positive in his healing and riding again, then just don't bother to call him.

While Greg was still in a wheelchair we were visiting Harley Dealerships. He was determined to ride again. Yes, I pushed him through every Harley door, and I agreed he deserved any bike he wanted. I was so glad he was alive, and I was glad he planned on walking, working, and riding again! There were a lot of doctors who said he wouldn't do any of that ... Greg proved them all wrong! ... (READ ON ...)



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!



Erin, the CVMA Public Relations Officer, sent in this info and flyer about the CVMA & the Combat Vets Spring Run

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 15-2 is hosting a Poker Run on March 30, 2013 to benefit Purple Heart Homes and Matthew Bailey, a local Disabled Veteran. Registration begins 10 a.m. at Pat Rogers Speedway Harley Davidson in Concord, NC with first bike out at 12 p.m. Route includes stops at Sam Bass NASCAR Art Gallery, Twin Peaks Restaurant, Hendrick Motorsports Museum& Shop, and ends at Iron Thunder Saloon for awards presentation and live music. Prizes for Best Hand and Worst Hand, as well as raffle and silent auction. Entry fee is $20 per rider & $10 per passenger. Contact for more info.

About CVMA: We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Our mission now is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say "Thank You" and "Welcome Home." We sponsor and/or participate in many motorcycle-related charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donate to various veteran care facilities and veteran charities.




The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of February 19-26, 2013

Tuesday 53 rain, Wednesday 52 m-sunny, Thursday 54 p-cloudy, Friday 41 rain, Saturday 56 rain, Sunday 61 p-cloudy, Monday 56 few showers, Tuesday 59 showers (as per on Tuesday 02/19/13)


I love my Work!

Today will not be a day I wanna sing along with Johnny Paycheck altho I've had many days in my life when I needed to shout out that anti-work tune he was known for! Nope, no takin' this job and shovin' it today. Today is more of a whistle while I work kind of day and that's a wonderful thing!

Why might I be so gleeful on this rainy Tuesday? Partly because I have this weekend's fun to look forward to. I realize it's not everyone's cup of tea. As Stealth told me recently, "it's not so much a bike show as a dealer show," and that's true enough but the International Motorcycle Show has got a pretty cool flavor all its own and I kinda like it as do the throngs of riders who make it a really large annual event! (And if you think you might just like to give it a try, don't forget to use our discount code HERE - but, honestly, the price isn't nearly as steep as Easyriders so you really won't lose too much giving it a shot.) With us at The BIG RIDE Bus, we'll have a great crew working with us plus our new t-shirts and sweatshirt hoodies for sale, a chain maille artist selling and making her cool bracelets and other chains, a cigar guy rollin' some up, and our usual chatty give-aways.

I'm also enjoying my work right now because I have such a special cluster of folks to work with. Spread out over both Carolinas the writers and readers of The Carolina Rider dot com and The Carolina Rider Scene are diverse and most interesting. The Carolina Rider publications have their own special flavor I think. We give voice and presence to YOU. Through stories, photos, and email responses, you tell your stories and share about YOUR RIDE. We are The Carolina Rider. You are The Carolina Riders and we are grateful to be here for you in whatever small ways we can.

The Club Room!

NEXT WEEK: I'm very excited that PoniPrincess has volunteered to take the reigns of The Club Room, a listing of riding groups throughout The Carolinas. You may have heard me mention it before. You might have even sent in your organization's info but never saw it online. Well, we're heading closer to our destination. There will soon be some temporary pages put up representing various riding groups and over the next year we will be re-vamping our website to better accomodate you accessing The Club Room. Next week, look for more info here from PoniPrincess about The Club Room and in the meantime, if you are part of a riding group, get in touch with us at!



More in this issue: Enjoy riding vicariously through Golden as he flashes back to the 70's, re-connect with Jane and Greg as he reaches a grand milestone in his recovery from a crash. And it's gonna rain more this week so keep looking for the gold but heed Sandy's warning and stay clear of the rainbows!

See you this weekend!


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Rainbows and "Oil of Oh-Shoot"

You are probably thinking, Rainbows and Oil?? What on earth will she write about this time? I promise you will be looking for those rainbows after I refresh your memory of wet road travels. To those who have no clue what I'm talking about, do take note.

A couple of weeks ago it seemed to rain every day! I looked out of my office window at the dreary weather and wished for sunshine to come. One day as I gazed out the window, I saw a beautiful but scary rainbow. Scary? Yes! On the roadway there was a beautiful multi-colored OIL and water rainbow.

Some riders, who know what I'm writing about, have experienced a "fishtail" motion from your motorcycle tires when travelling through a "rainbow" roadway. Someone may have even experienced an unpleasant "going-down" effect. If you haven't had the experience while riding in the rain, please take note! Stay out of the center of the roadway lanes! The beautiful rainbow you might see along the way is OIL!

My first experience on an oil roadway was near Low Gap, VA on Highway 89 through the curvy mountain route. A group of us were headed to Indiana and no one wanted to ride interstates. So I mapped mostly secondary roads and highways. Leaving home in rainy conditions, I cautiously wind my way around the curves on Highway 89 on very wet road. The back tire on my Gold Wing slipped a little as I crossed the center of my lane on the "rainbow." Talk about a "wake-up" moment and a few profane bad words spoken out loud! All it took was the ONE time reminder NOT to ride on the "rainbow."

Reality: I love to ride and I will get caught riding in inclement weather and will experience some very wet roadways. If I don't have time to stop and wait for the weather to clear out, my rule of thumb is safely ride in the tire path of a car ahead. If crossing over the oily center in the lane, keep the motorcycle upright (do not lean) and merge slowly over.

Just remember as St Patty's Day comes, the liquid GOLD (oil) at the end of the rainbow might not be as rewarding ...





It's the mid 70s and I'm stationed at Patrick AFB near Cocoa Beach Florida. I'm a Msgt in charge of Radar Maintenance and just waiting until retirement next year. Then ... a message from Wing stating that I've been assigned to a Radar Sqd in Virginia - or - I can extend my enlistment 2 years and go to Germany for 3 years. Guess I better call wife and get her input as I already know my decision. She says, "Go Man Go," so that is how this retro ride began.

Packing up and selling down, my beloved 72 Honda CB750 and her CB160 are sold as only one vehicle can be shipped. So our VW Beetle gets to go home to the Fatherland. Then board a 747 at JFK in New York and off we go. We fly into Frankfurt Germany, board a bus for Hessisch Oldendorf and our new life. Hess is in northern Germany near the famed Pied Piper town of Hamlin. I am to help construct a new Radar Station, but the radar and associated equipment has not arrived yet. So a month of getting acclimatized to the German culture and then it's time to start working.

We're working 12-hour days, 6 days a week, but it's OK, it is interesting to build a squadron from scratch. But about Spring time the following year I get antsy for a motorcycle to ride the beautiful roads around there. I start searching and find out the Canadian PX has an arrangement with BMW Motorrad. Why not, kinda wanted to own one of those. A month later, Margie and I hitch a ride to a BMW shop in Rentelin, hand over my paper work and 4000 Duetch Marks. [this is way before the Euro!] and ride back to our German home on a 1977 R100 BMW. 1000cc strong and 500 lbs. light. Never been on anything with that much torque and handling to boot. We're quite a hit in Hessich Oldendorf. The Germans generally ride 250 to 400cc. as there is a severe tax on 500cc and up; so to have a 1000cc is quite rare.

We spend the Summer and Fall riding the mountain roads around north central Germany, West Germany at that time. Even though I was working 12-hour days, there was plenty of daylight after work to ride 2 or 3 hours. And then on Sunday after church we'd ride all day. Got lost so many times I couldn't remember. But by that time we knew a little German and could get by ... or just by saying our village's name would get a smile and pointing to the right road. [I still do that today ... get lost!, but now I can turn on the GPS.] The scenery is so beautiful, the old old buildings and castles setting on a hilltop, we were in awe, like being in a fairy tale.

We had rode past a ruined castle several times and one day we went up the road to it. There was a large picture at the castle entrance, with a picture of the castle before the US bomber raid of June 1944 and an arrow pointing to the ruins stating "After."

Winter came, but even though we're in northern Germany, the Gulf Stream from the other side of the world moderates the temperatures so that there are days we can ride. I bought snowmobile suits for us, mail ordered from Sears; and that helped a lot. Spring and Summer roll around again and I start thinking about a bike trip to Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland, talk to my boss about taking a couple of weeks vacation and he said "sure." I had never seen high mountains although Margie had been west several times with her parents. So I wanted to not only see the Alps but ride the Alps and visit several countries as well. We ordered English language maps of Europe from the Air Force Exchange and studied them to determine our routes. As it was now late Summer, we thought a stop should be Munich and October Fest; which takes place in September, by-the-way. Then we'd head to Garmish and on to Innsbruck in Austria and check out Vienna too.


Our vacation start day finally arrives and off we go, riding the famous Autobahns to Munich.  Park the bike on a sidewalk [which all Europeans do] and check out the famous beer tents. It's a wild town, kinda like Sturgis and Mardi Gras in New Orleans together. We check into a Gast Haus for the night and after breakfast of kaffee, brotchen [hard rolls] and cold cuts, we find the Autobahn and head south....

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This Weekend and Next too ...

I know I am repeating myself but I truly want you to consider joining The Carolina Rider for what we're up to over the next 2 weekends!

International Motorcycle Show

First, we are so looking forward to this weekend 2/22-24, at the IMS show at the Charlotte Convention Center. Last year's show was truly great with lots of cool stuff to see. As usual, the Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus will there in full form. And, as usual, I'm encouraging you to stop in and say hello.

Not-for-Profit Events Seminar

Now, FancyFree has reminded those of you who are registered for next Saturday's seminar (Planning Non-profit Motorcycle Events,) and I know I am looking forward to being a part of this new class offered by The Carolina Rider. With more years than I want to tell you about in Marketing and Sales, and our joint background in successful event creation and implementation, we genuinely want to use our knowledge and experience to help you who are supporting not-for-profit causes and this is one way we can. For those of you who didn't make it into the registrations before they closed (with over 70 people registered!,) stay tuned, because we may just have another in the Fall and make this an annual event.

The Litigator's Ride

Next Sunday, March 3rd, is The First Annual Litigator's Ride from Blue Ridge Harley to HorseFeathers Roadhouse. According to the weather forecast, it looks like bright sunshine and just a good day to get out and ride. Let's hope their forecast is right 'cause we have lots of prizes to give away and hope to see a lot of you there. Don't forget, the 1st 10 people to sign up at the dealership for the ride get one of the new The Carolina Rider T-shirts. So, please do put it on your calendar and let's ride!!


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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

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














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