(Dawn's long legs inspire a little Bob Seger ... so click on her pic to sing along)
March 11th Edition
In This Issue:
The Cycle Kings Motorcycle Club of Trenton NJ has been around 42 years. The Raleigh Chapter started in 2013. When a long time member moved to the Raleigh area, he started a chapter and continued his mission to make motorcyclist be more aware of their health as part of motorcycle safety.
It's one thing to have a medical incident while driving a car, it’s a total different scenario while riding a motorcycle. So, when the chapter started the members agreed with that concept and jumped right into starting an Annual Motorcycle Safety and Community Health Day.
This year we are growing a little bit more. We are currently seeking pledges for Blood Donors. We need 35 pledges to donate blood to the American Red Cross. Please call 609-915-2484 to sign up.
So we hope to see this event grow more and more every year. It’s the type of event where you don’t have to spend the entire day. You can take a ride with your group, hang out for a little while, gather some information, and continue riding on that day. All we can hope for is some good riding weather.
So come out and support our Motorcycle Safety and Community Health Day!
Alvin “Cattman” Cadlett
President Cycle Kings MC, Raleigh Chapter
The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of March 11-18, 2014
Tuesday 74 p-cloudy, Wednesday 74 showers/wind, Thursday 46 sunny, Friday 59 p-cloudy, Saturday 66 few showers, Sunday 58 showers, Monday 54 showers, Tuesday 55 p-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on 3/11/14)
- Custom Chopper - $10,500 OBO, 1998 Custom Rigid, 120CC Delkron motor. This is a great custom chopper, has many upgrades including, ape hanger handle bars, 5 speed baker trans, custom wheels, new tires, open primary, JB brakes and a chain drive. This bike screams with 120 hp and low miles. One owner. Call 704-236-9222 to see. Owner is motivated. (Charlotte)
Damn it, Lester! ... Rock on, Shaggy!
Dust up the Sandhills, Mike!
(We appreciate you all!)
I had to scrounge up some dark chocolate to accompany my editorial work today ... thanks to Lester and my own chocoholic leanings. Lester, it's not really your fault, man and I didn't really have to look far. A bit of the dark yummy can often be found on my desk as I work. Lester pointed his ride to a Russell Stovers store. For me, if I find myself in Asheville, I must pop into The Chocolate Fetish truffle store on Haywood Street. (And I cannot urge you too strongly to try their delectables!) Unlike Lester tho, my saddlebags rarely get stuffed with the stuff as I leave their shop. My fun is nibbling on various decadent concoctions as I stroll one of my favorite Carolina towns.
It's good to have Lester back on The Scene this week and I hear he's going to be covering some rides down and around his SC area in upcoming weeks. Got something going on in the Greenville-Spartanburg area or roads stretching out beyond? Give Lester a shout and I bet he'll zoom on over.
Sandhills Mike has some event coverage on his schedule too for The NC Sandhills. In addition to a couple rides local to Fort Bragg, (Patriot and Lightning Memorial Rides on 4/5,) he's planning on riding over to Wake Forest to cover the Cycle Kings Safety Day. You in the Sandhills area or parts nearby? Connect with Mike!
I guess the Winter thaw has begun because I'm hearing more and more from our hibernating writers and new folks too. It's good to hear from Lester and Sandhills Mike and Shaggy. Shaggy's spitting out some words for us again in an article on Smoke Out 2014. You know this is one of my favorite bike events all year long and Shaggy's interview with Smoke Out organizer, Edge, just whet my appetite for more! Chocolate AND Smoke Out in one edition?! I'm one happy editor!
Signs of Spring ....
Next weekend is the 40th Annual Charlotte CBA Swap Meet at the Metrolina Expo. That, like little yellow crocus blooms in my yard, are a sign of Spring! Read more HERE.
Spring Rally Photo Contest
We're inviting you to MAKE SOME PHOTOS! As part of our 5th Anniversary celebration, you get to enter a contest that promises some killer prize packages that are coming together now. If you are down in Daytona, you may or may not read about this till later but you might wanna make sure you click some shots while you're there because The Carolina Rider's SPRING RALLY Photo Contest is for you ... and for those of us who make it to one of the Carolina rallies in the hills or coast or otherwise.
The intention is for you to show off the "rally flavor" in your photo. You know what that means - rallies are bawdy and loud, smoke-filled and sunshiney, sexy and gritty, colorful and bright, playful and fun, vacations and day trips, lots of food and gallons of drink. Catch the color and scent, the scene and flavor of a rally in a way that our judges say YES! and you could win some damn good prizes from The Carolina Rider Sponsors.
Deadline for entries is the end of May. See flyer below
We're getting rewarded for almost making it through this hard Winter as 70+ sunshiney days are appearing periodically to give us a sign of things to come. I feel like I've hit the jackpot to have been on my bike twice this month ... she's been a quiet little Yamaha for months and even though Sunday's ride reminded me that she's got a little tuning up to be done, she was kicking up her heals as we rounded curves and lit out on straight-aways!
We rode to Outskirts Cabaret and enjoyed sharing the ride with some counted-on and some just-showed-up friends and even got to hug some Fishheads too boot! We rode because it was sunny and warm but the destination purpose was to grab some photos of the biz and an interview with Outskirts owner, Dave. Outskirts is a new Sponsor of The Carolina Rider and I'll be telling you more about them next week.
We invited our beloved neighbors to join us for the ride Sunday. And as we warmed up our own bikes to leave, another couple rolled up on their bike and so joined in the ride. Don't you just love how motorcycle rides have an easy flexiblity to them? Spontaneity, open-endedness, ya'll come-ness! Yep, when you get out of the cage, you really get out of the boxes that life can build around you - roles, schedules, conventions, rules.
Fly free, my friends!
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Hello all my fellow bikers in The Carolinas! Calendar Girl here with all the latest information on some upcoming events for this weekend and on into next week.
Bike nights are really starting to crank up. Be sure to pop in to some of these great watering holes after a long ride… And, remember, this is just a taste of what's on our full online Event Calendar so make sure you always check TheCarolinaRider.com for all that's happening ... and get your ride on!
Bike nights this week:
Chrome Drive Bike Night - Greenville, SC
Boneyard Tavern Bike Night - Monroe, NC
Other Events and Rides:
Saturday, 15 March, 2014 ...
28th Annual Bike Show and Chili Cook-Off - Durham, NC – I spoke with Ron of the HOG chapter and he told me, “The event usually draws over 1000 people. We don't actually count, but judging by the number of hot dogs and drinks we give out, that's a safe number. The bike show itself typically includes about 65 bikes.” Stan their director commented, “The Durham Harley Owners Group members work tirelessly throughout the winter months selling raffle tickets and planning the annual bike show and chili cook-off, held each year on the third Saturday in March. First prize in the raffle is a new Harley Davidson Sportster 883 Super Low.”
Memorial Ride For William - Asheboro, NC – William Varner was killed in one of those “I didn’t see him” accidents we hear about all the time. His wife Carolyn survived but was badly injured. His best riding buddy, Larry Smith, has created this tribute ride that will begin at The Heritage Museum of Harley’s in Asheboro and be escorted for 102 miles throughout Randolph, Davidson, and Montgomery counties in NC. Larry told me, “Guys like William don’t come around that often.” Then he laughed and said, “William would be pissed as hell at me if I didn’t do something to brag on him!”
Team Doug Benefit - High Point, NC – Fellow biker and Indian rider, Doug Gardner, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at a very early age. He is struggling with the effects of his treatments from years ago and really needs some help with the expenses. His daughter, Maria Gardner, has pulled together this event that includes food, live music, a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, and ride. The ride will leave at 2:30 from the family owned business at Gardner Tire and Auto and travel the 60+ miles to see Doug, at Duke Medical Center in Durham. Maria told me, “They call him “Rub” and I have never know why, but he says he will tell everyone when they come see him at Duke.”
Holly Springs 'War on Terror' Memorial Ride - Holly Springs, NC
T & T Morrow Mountain Ride - Angier, NC - Arlene Mabry called in to invite everyone to come enjoy a long day of riding and to help out a fellow biker. She is a member of Seven Sabres Motorcycle Riding Club based in Angier, NC. They are sponsoring this ride to raise money to offset expenses from some medical issues for one of their members. Arlene said they will be
These and lots more can be found on The Carolina Rider online EVENTS CALENDAR!
Admit it, REAL bike shows are getting harder to find than Jon Pendleton’s hair line (sorry Jon.) Myrtle Beach is as good as history, I can’t afford the required bail money for Daytona, and all Sturgis has to really offer now is a bar where some chick who seems to constantly be high on ‘ludes will sit on your head for a picture. I will admit I’m not totally opposed to the latter. But shit man, what show can you go to without that post Disney land feeling? I’ve had it up to the hairs of my chiny chin chin with trailer queens, chrome polish vendors and GOD ALMIGHTY HAVE MERCY on the next sorry son of a bitch that hands me another restaurant menu while I’m busy trying to stare at some girl who isn’t wearing much. I’m not saying there aren’t some great shows out there, there’s plenty. But there’s alota great shit in the world that may not be what you’re looking for. Some of us, I’m sure, would enjoy going to Vegas to see a prize fight. On the other hand, I’m just shy of positive most of us would rather watch a bare knuckle brawl in your favorite bar’s basement. But does that element still exist in the MOTO-SICKLE realm? To quote The Dropkick Murphy’s “Cheer up son; I know a place where mugs like us belong.”
There is still one place in the world where a bike show is still just that, a bike show. And that place is the SMOKE OUT! If you’ve never been, make it a point to go. Do it for yourself if not for me, you’ll never see another thing like it. Smoke Out is like the petri dish for everything fun, wrong, vulgar, intoxicating, loud, dirty,,,,, four of the five requirements for me to let the kickstand up.
But yes as it sadly turns out this event (which is in its fifteenth year) is still new to many of you. And in order to provide an accurate description I’ve set down with Greg “Edge” Scheuer of “The Horse” to help explain this strange, confusing, and badass phenomenon. So here we go, fifteenth Smoke Out, fifteen Q&As with one of its main organizers, enjoy....
SHAGGY: This year marks the fifteenth year for the Smoke Out, how has it changed over the years?
EDGE: The first year had very little planning and advertisement. It was held in a hotel parking lot in Pigeon Forge TN. The third year Discovery Channel filmed the first Biker Build Off at the Smoke Out and it just grew from there.
SHAGGY: The original Smoke Out was held in Pigeon Forge, after which it moved to the Cherokee reservation and onto Salisbury, and is now held in Rockingham. What made The Horse pick this location and is it here to stay?
EDGE: Rockingham is here to stay. We originally picked Pigeon Forge because Ralph Janis’ girlfriend vacationed in the area and liked it. The Cherokee reservation was a great location for the event but we found out too late the area was dry. One of the best stories from Cherokee is about this one guy ....
Hello all, guess what? Spring is just around the corner, woooo hoooo!!!!!!
For the 4th time this year we got the bikes out and rode on Sunday, just the wife, a couple of friends and myself. We started out from the house to our local ethanol free gas station. I don't know about your bikes, but ours run so much better on ethanol free premium fuel. It is a little more expensive but it is so worth it. My wife has an 883 and a 3 gallon tank. She can get about 175 miles before she has to turn it on reserve. I have a FLTCU with a 1340 EVO. With my 5 gallon tank, I now have 180 miles and I have not had to hit reserve yet. I get between 45 and 50 miles to the gallon and the wife gets about 75 miles to the gallon. I'm happy with my mileage now. When I rode to Daytona last October I only got 40 miles to the gallon. I have changed the air filter and housing and it seems to be paying off. A great investment. Anyway, enough about mileage.
We left out of our local station ( here in Greer) and headed to Woodruff SC. There we hit SC-418. with our destination being Anderson SC. Our whole purpose for the ride is to go to the Russell Stover Store at exit 19....
It's 77 degrees Today!
...so I'm going riding. I have a couple of appointments today and I'm headed out on the bike. This is the way I prefer to work!
I hope you get a chance to get your hair in the wind today. Speaking about hair, in Shaggy's article today about the Smoke Out he talks about "real bike events being harder to find that Jon's hair line"..... Hmm, Shaggy, it will not be long and you my friend will join me.......!
Have a great week, everyone!!