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In This Issue:

 

April 14th: Thin Blue Line Ride

 

Fly-in, Drive-in Ride-in!

 

Keith Larson's Ride #10 is April 28th

 

Dale Folwell for Lt. Governor

 

Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

 

Loose Talk with Jon

 

 

Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of April 2-9, 2012

Monday 81 am showers, Tuesday 76 p-cloudy, Wednesday 80 iso t-storms, Thursday 64 t-storms, Friday 61 showers, Saturday 70 sunny, Sunday 75 m-sunny, Monday 74 p-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 4/2/12)

 

 

 

 

 

The 5 Senses

So, I was in a writing workshop recently and the instructor asked us to write about our favorite meal and use all 5 senses to describe it. One woman from an old world Italian family wrote of the crackle of handmade sausages and the flatness of handrolled pastas, the zingy scent of yellow lemon spritzing the air and the sizzle of firey red peppers burning chef's hands before mellowing into wine sauce. Another writer read the words she'd scattered on the page: pungent onions, flashy green greens, the thump of a ripe melon, the cool insides of a fuzzy kiwi.

There's a musical I've heard of but never seen entitled "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd." It came to mind as I was touring through our Daytona photos. I guess it's come to mind before when at a rally or other big loud bike event - the line, that is, since I have no experience with the show itself. There's something uniquely sensual about the sounds (bikes, of course, but also folks hawking t-shirts, partyers getting their "woo-hoo's" on,) and the scents and flavors (ribs and wings, beer and suntan lotion,) and the many varied colorful sights of course ..... !

 

What do your senses bring to you as you ride ... as you ride alone down a quiet byway, as you roar down an asphalt river, as you swing through the curves in your own neighborhood?

Please share if you feel inspired .. write me!

 

 

"Readerville"

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Carolina Motorcycle Show folks sent this in ...

While you're shining up that classic bike for the spring riding season, mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show! It's being held at the same place, the NC Transportation Museum, Spencer, North Carolina.  Some have asked if the museum's new fee policy is impacting the cost of the show.  The museum fees are only if you want to visit the regular exhibits or ride the train.  If you're just coming to attend the show, only the normal show entry fees apply. $10 per bike or show as many bikes as you like for $20. As we have seen in the past, bikes of all conditions turn up and are definitely invited. We've had some very interesting barn finds show up. Sometimes the bikes are for sale. Maybe you'll find your next new project, or have one you want to sell. Put it in the show and get it noticed. This is not a serious show. Our trophies are a little quirky. Just a chance to display our bikes, swap a few stories and open the world of classic motorcycles to a wider public. These days, how many 12 year olds will ever get the chance to see their reflection in the chrome tank of a BSA Goldstar? ...

 

From Keith Larson

Keith Larson of WBT talk radio sent us this encouragement to get involved with this month's charitable ride....

Saturday, April 28 will be "Keith's Ride 10" (we have to call it "Keith's Ride" now because of a
trademark issue). It comes as I wrap up my tenth year at WBT. The Ride is going "Back to
Waxhaw" where it all started for me in Charlotte and where we went on the very first Ride. It
will be a terrific Ride, escorted by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Motor Patrol as always,
with help from other local agencies. It starts at Matthews Fun Machines and ends up in Historic
Downtown Waxhaw, where the town is helping us host a "Street Festival" on Main Street with
several bands, great food, and lots of fun.
As you know, your contributions as Riders go to our charities - and the need has never been
greater. We will be riding for the March Forth with Hope (Hope Stout) Foundation and the Zach
Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund, as always, and also three local families with kids currently
battling horrible cancers. The basic cost for a Rider and passenger to enjoy the whole day
including breakfast, lunch from Mac's Speed Shop, t-shirts, etc., remains $50. We once again
have several upgraded contribution packages to help us raise more money for the kids and
families. This year, the payment you make when you register will go directly to the March Forth
with Hope Foundation and you will receive a tax deductible receipt for your contribution. March
Forth will then distribute funds to the other recipients.
We've had some excellent times together on these Rides, with many more to come. We do them
to have a fun day that allows us to help kids and families going through struggles that most of us,
thank God, will never know. I hope to see you on April 28th.
Follow on twitter: @KeithsRides

 

 

New today online - a new Motorman article entitled "How does your Bike Fit?" Something to think about ... whether you've had your bike for awhile or are just looking for your first. Reminds me ... I'll be sharing a little article soon about a cool business I ran across that customizes bikes specifically for women's bodies and styles ...!

Also online today and, for you, in today's edition below, Stealth's Custom Corner highlighting a hot bike owned by a cool dude...

 

 

"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor

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www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

 

 

Nightmare

This bike is not a Nightmare but that is what Tuck's friends named it because of all the black that gives it a dark attitude. I first came across Tuck and Nightmare at a McKoy's bike night last year and it stuck with me. A few weeks ago I came across Nightmare again at Mad Dogs Cycles. This time it wasn't getting away. I left my card and Tuck, the owner, gave me a call and we set a date to shoot the pictures.

 

I have always loved a blacked-out bike .. they have that sinister, all business look. I remember on my 82 Shovelhead FXR, I blacked-out the entire engine and tranny and my lower fork legs and at the time my friends thought I was crazy, so I have loved that look for quite some time.

 

 

What impresses me about Nightmare is its versatility. Its hot rod looks profiling at a local bike night and it is just as comfortable on a weekend run. Those '68 Sportster saddlebags make for a nice long trip. Tuck fabricated the brackets for those bags and they look right at home.

 

 

One interesting fact about Nightmare is that it left the factory as a 2003 100th Anniversary Police edition Dyna. A factory rep rode it from California on the Kyle Petty ride and the bike was left at Carolina Harley-Davidson and that is where Tuck took possession. As you can see from the photos, it didn't stay a Police model for long.

 

 

Nightmare reminds me of a Sons of Anarchy bike ... all of the black, the fly screen cafe-styled faring, the Thunder Header exhaust system. I can picture Jax or Opie or old Clay on this bike!

Nightmare is not all show by no means. The engine is bumped to 1550cc with an S & S E carb, Performance Machine air cleaner kit and a Thunder Header exhaust system, it can seriously lay down some rubber on the black top. Nightmare - a GREAT example of a GREAT all around bike. And Tuck is one of those guys I could talk to all day, down to earth old school biker with a lot of tales and stories to tell.

 

 

Let's just say Nightmare is the kind of dream we would all like to have!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Motorcycle Insanity

"Just remember, on a motorcycle, you get very few second chances!"

 

As I'm sure you have heard two people were killed at this weekend's Veterans celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Although official details have not been released, according to eye witnesses there were dangerous things going on all day.
Don't get me wrong, I would love to get on my bike and go flat out around that track but if you add in 62,000 of my best friends, the track get very small very quick.

My heart goes out to the organizers of the event and to the families of the bikers who passed away.

Just remember on a motorcycle you get very few second chances!!

Until next time....

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,
Jon

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton

Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

 

 

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