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March 10th Edition

In This Issue:


Riding BE-cause ~ Charitable & Educational Events in the Carolinas

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Does Riding Make you HAPPY?! - Readers & Writers Respond

TCR Classifieds: Motorcycle PARTS for sale!

Send us your Daytona Stories

Vince Esposito: Ok, I've met my (chilly) Match!

Loose Talk with Jon




James Avery “Rex” Clark was born in June 2012 and passed away in December 2012 just over six months old. He was the victim of a genetic disorder called SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). This disease is a severe form of Muscular Dystrophy. It is also known as "Baby Lou Gehrig’s Disease," and "floppy baby syndrome." SMA is the #1 genetic killer of children under 2 years of age. During this traumatic experience, our family was contacted by a group called Families of SMA (FSMA). This organization helped us more than we could ever explain. They provided information about the disease, medical resources, home care tips, counseling for our older boys, toys specifically for Rex, and so much more. In Rex's memory, we decided to put together a motorcycle ride to support FSMA. During our 3rd annual ride, we are hoping to increase participation and raise more money for FSMA on Saturday, June 6, the day before Rex’s birthday. Rex's story and information, including registration for the ride is online at . This ride is about remembering Rex, while trying to help support a wonderful organization that touched our lives in a way that we could never repay. The ride begins at Crowder’s Creek Elementary School, 5515 Charlotte Highway in Lake Wylie. Kick stands up at 11AM, and will ride to Cox’s HD in Rock Hill, SC. Lunch and t-shirts are included in the cost for riders and passengers. After ride music is provided by the #1 Party Band on the East Coast! If you would like more information on this disease, visit our website at or the FSMA website at Thank you for your time and I hope to see you at the ride!

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of March 10-17, 2015

Wednesday 76/80% chance of storm, Thursday 57/30% rain, Friday 48/90% rain, Saturday 70/70% rain, Sunday 71 p-cloudy, Monday 67 clear, Tuesday 70 p-cloudy (as per on 3/10/15)

Asked and Answered

So I asked the questions about HAPPINESS. (February 10th edition of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine.) How does motorcycle riding make you happy? Where? When? How? Who? And, then just what IS happiness afterall?

Thanks to the half dozen folks who answered, we have a happy little article below to enjoy. And we'd still be most happy to hear from YOU!

We're happy to report that we're within earshot of Spring's arrival. The peepers are singing in the plentiful puddles alongside our country roads here in Southwest Mecklenburg County. With all the rain and frozen water events that we've been having for weeks, I'm guessing we'll have a bumper crop of frog choruses going everywhere around The Carolinas!

Come on Springtime! That sunshine this past weekend was quite a tease ..

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In the February 10th edition of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine, FancyFree posed the following questions:

  • What about riding makes you happy?

  • Where and when are the happiest places and times to ride?

  • How does riding a motorcycle relate to happiness in general?

  • And what is happiness anyway?

    Well, as the late Bob Ross, the "happy little tree" painter of PBS fame would say, a happy little flood of responses flowed into our email box and we're happy to share them with you now!

    A Reader Responds:

    This response came from Curt of Andrews Motorsports in Concord ...

1-The feeling of going down that country road you never have time to explore in a car.

2-Blue ridge mountains or any remote twisty blacktop with my high school riding buddies. Then stopping at a cool old café or pub found along the way.

3-The smell, the sounds, the feeling of freedom.

4-My happiness and anyone else’s happiness will never be the same, you can never rely on someone else to make you happy. It can be anything from a certain smell or song that returns a happy memory to an old foggy brain, to watching someone accomplish something that you have assisted them with. (A most happy thought for me is Obama has 3 years left in office.)

And the following responses came from some of our TCR regular columnists



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Well, while I don’t have a long story or anything this week, I do have a few random thoughts I am hoping to share...

First, thanks to all who responded to my question about what makes someone a biker.  I’d still love to hear from more of you about that.  I plan to put the results of what I heard into a story coming up, along with my own random thoughts on the subject.  I can tell from the responses that many of you are very passionate on the subject, but I only ask one favor:  Please answer the question…lol.  I had a few who told me their own accounts of situations that happened to them, but they never defined a biker.

Secondly, thanks to everyone for their overwhelming support of Carlo.  He is out of the hospital and it looks like this time for good.  He has even made a couple of appearances at his shop trying to get the paperwork and administrative stuff taken care of.  He is in remarkably good spirits as I can’t imagine the stress he is feeling with the recovery, being out of work so long, and the medical bills filing in now. We really hope to see everyone on March 21st for the Benefit Poker Ride.  I would like to ask a favor though, and it isn’t money.  However, if you have Social Media at all, can you post this link one time to your Wall, or Feed, or Tweet it out (hopefully your following is more than mine!)  We just want to get the word out.

Thanks! Here's the link to share:

Last, I replied last month to FancyFree’s question about what you wear in the cold.  I also ended that with something along the lines of, “Who Cares?  It’s just Cold, and when have you ever seen a whale freeze?”  Ok, I will admit, I met my match.  A few weeks back before the Ice and Snow and all the school closing and delays, on a Thursday morning we had a morning temperature of 8 degrees when I left home at 6:15am.  I rode my bike up I-485 at about 75mph to work that day.  Here is the picture of the thermometer mounted on my bike (inside the windshield) after I got to work at 7am.  I have a website I found that calculates Rider Wind Chill at speeds and temperatures and takes into account a windshield or not.  According to that, I faced -28 degrees.  My hands froze, despite my double gloves, Snow Paws and Heated Grips.  It was just cold.  That next day, it was 3 degrees and I admit it, I jumped in my Jeep and drove to work.  So, maybe I’m not as tough as I thought I was.  Or maybe I’m not a whale…maybe just a sardine…I don’t know!




Support those Good Causes!

... We know you are ....

It's hard to get to all the charitable rides and events happening in The Carolinas. We at The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine would love to be present for everything going on ... but we can now only make it to a tiny few compared to all that's really being held. Already our Online Events Calendar is filling up with Spring around the corner - and we're proud to be Marketing Sponsors of several events that you see up top in this week's Magazine.

Got this flyer from the good folks in Columbia who work hard for a number of causes including the huge Veteran's ride at Christmas. This time they've got their wheels in The SC Midlands Ride for Kids. Below is a flyer inviting club presidents and dealer principals to join them for an organizational meeting to fuel up the effort. Give em a hand if you can...

And remember, we're here for you. Want to have The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine help with your marketing efforts? Write FancyFree for info about how we help charitable and not-for-profit efforts and groups. We're happy to help as we can!

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