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This is Ms March in The Litigator Calendar & now she's in our Carolina Beauties Gallery!

 

 

 

In This Issue:

 

 

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

 

Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with FancyFree

 

For the Bling of it with Jane: The Litigator Ride Report

 

The Club Room Info

 

Loose Talk with Jon

 

 

Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 pro@cvma15-02.org 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.

Leon Yard sent in this flyer. He wants to see as many of our readers in this run as possible!

 

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of March 5-12, 2013

Tuesday 55 rain, Wednesday 51 p-cloudy/wind, Thursday 56 sunny, Friday 57 sunny, Saturday 58 sunny, Sunday 63 p-cloudy, Monday 66 cloudy, Tuesday 64 showers (as per www.intellicast.com on Tuesday 03/05/13)

 

Still Looking Back while Looking Ahead

As I look into 2013, I find myself looking back at February's IMS and January's Easyriders Show. While both shows had their "issues," we had the chance to turn a ton of folks on to The Carolina Rider AND we had the truly positive opportunity to connect with some of you who have already been part of our little family of subscribers. And, (NO surprise to me!,) you all have some kickin' stories to tell and good info to share!! I am pleased and excited to look ahead into my crystal ball of twenty-thirteen because I'm seeing YOU and your writing and photos and tales trailing through our pages........

Got a story this week from a fellow I chatted with at IMS. He told me about his love of riding FAST and I suggested he put it down for everyone to read. He did. Welcome, M. Gates Kendall to The Carolina Rider! Go check out his speed-crazed story online NOW! (and in addition to heeding his warning to know what you're doing, you might also wanna sit quietly and do some deep breathing after you read this breathless tale!) Thanks for the follow-through, Michael!

Also heard from Jimmy B from Midlands, SC. He came by The BIG RIDE Bus and told us about the great luck he's having connecting with other riders through Meetup.com. Jimmy's with the Southern Cruisers Riding Club of Midlands, SC and emailed us this past week saying "It was good meeting and chatting with you both.  I just posted some pictures I took tonight and want to send you a link and introduce you to Southern Cruisers Riding Club and Meetup.com  Meetup is a great website for posting rides and giving everyone the opportunity to rsvp and make comments about upcoming events or suggest their own.  Sorry I wish I had gotten more pictures with just the two of you." Thanks for writing, Jimmy ... and PoniPrincess will be in touch with you soon to get your club into The Carolina Rider's Club Room listings too!

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We have a little lull now in the calendar before engines roar big time. There are a few organized rides and benefits going on here and there. Please write an Event Report or share a little something about your personal ride! Some of you are going to Daytona. Please give us a holler when you get back and share your pics and tales. Mostly, just have fun down there! I won't be making the trip around The Loop or eating at my favorite Daytona Beach restaurant, The Dancing Avocado Kitchen, this Spring ... but I will be keeping the home fires buring here in The Carolinas.

 

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Event Report: The First Annual Litigator Poker Run

"There were tons of groups represented! I saw the Charlotte HOG Chapter, Gastonia CBA,  Bikers for Bikers, Combat Veterans, Christian Riders, Open Road Riders, and more."

by: Jane LaVoy

The Litigator's 1st Annual Spring Poker Run, might have been called "Those who Really Care ... Ride!" Even though the morning was sunny, it was still barely in the 40's. Greg and I put our layers on and dressed the dog in her special "snow suit" along with her "H-D" leather jacket. I put a "posers vs. riders" poke on Facebook as we headed out of the door. I even wore the face mask as we rode from Denver, NC to Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson. With all the layers, the ride was nice. We had no idea what to expect when we turned the corner into the Blue Ridge H-D. Even though we were checking in early, there was already over 50 bikes in the parking lot, and while we stood in line and signed in, more were coming. We hung out where the lounge area is inside enjoying hot tea and coffee. There was a table set up to register, a table set up with a gentleman rolling fresh cigars, and a table with Jason Taylor the Litigator calendars and 3 beautiful models to sign them. While I shopped through the store, I also saw an "older lady" and her ventriloquist voice following close behind. One rider said, "I can't believe I am arguing with a Dummy!," and the Doll said "neither can I!" hahahahaha!

There were tons of groups represented! I saw the Charlotte HOG Chapter, Gastonia CBA,  Bikers for Bikers, Combat Veterans, Christian Riders, Open Road Riders, and more. Greg and I decided that, as the place got more crowded, this is the time to hook up with a group and start our poker hand.

We walked out and realized that there were well over 125 riders at the event and the weather didn't stop them from participating and contributing to the Bikers for Bikers Foundation! NO POSERS HERE! NO FEAR! (anyone can ride in 60 degrees) I am proud to say that there were a lot of female riders too - females riding there own bikes like me! I understand that Blue Ridge HD had a women's garage party with over 30 participants, so I am not surprised to see more and more "chics" on their own!

Riding through Hickory and Conover was wonderful. The sun was shining and felt good on our backs. The stops included The Lazy Dog and Ryan's Bar and Grill. The groups we rode with shifted at each stop because folks would stop and eat and drink and "hang out" at the different poker stops.

It was after 3 when we got to Horsefeathers. The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE bus was up front along with tons of bikes, more bikes parked down behind the "big deck." Greg picked a place on the front deck in the sun, while I walked in and ordered two appetizers of "Hawg Wings" along with those delicious "loaded home chips." There was live music, a table set up with plaques that you could purchase to commemorate the ride with a picture of you and your bike by CYOURPHOTOS.COM. I met the President and Vice President of the Bikers for Bikers Foundation, and they had a booth set up for everyone to join.

With laughter and chaos going on, Jon "Foot Loose" of The Carolina Rider began giving out awards, money prizes, and more. We had color-coded tickets at each poker stop, and they called out one ticket per stop and handed out $50 bills. Then there were t-shirts, Horsebucks, and other prizes. Cash for the best and worst hand! Plaques were handed out for best bike, best dressed, largest riding group, furthest rider, and a Special Plaque to my Hubby, "Greg," for Perseverance - his hard road to recovery and back on the bike! A bid for cigars was settled at $200 to be shared among two competitive bidders. The money went to Bikers for Bikers! With Jason Taylor as the main host, The Carolina Rider as the organizer, and all the great stops as sponsors, this was a very well-planned and fun ride! (If there is such a thing as a "Luxurious Poker Run," this was it!)

It was announced that with the success of over 125 bikes and riders showing up in 40 degree weather, that there will definitely be a 2nd  Annual Litigator Spring Poker Run. Blue Ridge Harley Davidson has already agreed to be the start with Horsefeathers at the finish. And ... the money prize has just been pushed to $1500!

There were riders from Matthews and Gastonia and as far away as Fayetteville and Rock Hill. I know that not everyone can "hang" in these cold temperatures, but for those 125 riders who came, "Thank YOU!"

Keep checking The Carolina Rider Calendar for more events you don't want to miss!

 

The Carolina Rider is very happy to announce the grand opening of our newest resource, The Club Room! FancyFree has had this room under construction for a while but with all her other duties at the magazine she just hasn't been able to put on the final coat of paint. But Volunteer Extraordinaire, Poniprincess, (that would be me) is riding to the rescue! We are dang near ready to invite everyone in and have a look around. I just need to decorate and hang curtains. Martha Stewart I am not, so that's where YOU come in....

(Above is an initial example of what you might find in The Club Room in the future. (We used an imaginary club and logo.) The final look and functionality of it have a way to go but this gives you the initial idea. General info sections as well as space to add articles, current events, and photos as well as pertinent announcements and news from your members!)

This is an excellent opportunity for riding groups to promote themselves! Through this portal motorcycle enthusiasts will be able to locate and connect with like-minded breathern and sisters! Please contact me and let's get your riding group visible to 56,000 readers of The Carolina Rider. We have over a million hits to our website each month. Use this FREE tool to increase membership, announce your focus, and get people taking to and about you!

Send an introductory email to theclubroom@thecarolinarider.com. I'll get all your important information assimilated and visible quickly!

Poniprincess

 

Thanks to all Who Came Out

& to Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson

& Horsefeathers Roadhouse!

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of weeks you know that yesterday was The Litigator poker run. We have been planning this event for 6 months and I have to admit to being a little nervous when 18 hours before the event it was snowing. That generally puts the death nail into an event. But the snow ended, the sun came out and it got "perty."

Dont get me wrong, it WAS cooooold ... and I'm truly thankful that so many friends and assoiciates decided to come on the run regardless of the temps. I would especially like the thank The Charlotte HOG chapter, The Gastonia County CBA and the Combat Vets as they all showed up in force.

We raised over $1200 for the Bikers for Bikers Foundations and gave away over $2,000 in gifts and prizes. Quite honestly, after an hour and a half of calling out raffel tickets I was tired. We gave away a LOT of great prizes. Needless to say we had a good time and HorseFeathers Saloon and Grill was the perferct host which every one enjoyed.

NOW HEAR THIS: Next year we are going to change it up a little. I'm being told that we are going to give away $1,500 in cash prizes. That's a lot of money for riding in a poker run!!!

Thank you all again and we will see you soon at an event near you, look for us!!

 

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