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  • Free Thinking with Fancy Free
  • Experienced Rider Course Flyer
  • Question of the Week
  • Thin Blue Line Ride Flyer
  • New Pics and Reads
  • Readers Respond
  • Kibbles 'n Bits
  • Bike Nites & Other Recurring Events
  • Quaker Steak 'n Lube Bike Nite Flyer
  • Loose Talk with Jon

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Some recent study by some studious studiers just announced findings that put in question the value of rider training. They said something about the effectiveness not having any statistical significance. Well, that's the problem right there: statistics! I took stats in college and hated every numerically-calculated moment of it and I am certain to this day that statistics are some evil way of turning brains inside out and back again. (Thanks for listening...I needed to get that off my chest after all these years!)

Besides whatever the statisticians say, I took the MSF beginning riders course at CPCC myself and always highly recommend taking a class somewhere to anyone considering getting a bike as well as to those who might be riding with someone else. It's just a good foundation, a good generalized toolchest of info to come back to when you get a little wigged out on the road and can't remember the best way to take a curve or whether to draft behind a big rig.

Below is a flyer from Central Piedmont Community College regarding their Experienced Rider Course which I have yet to take but, again, recommend most highly. CPCC has some great instructors; (most notably that good looking guy at the bottom of the page - the most patient, clear, and caring instructor you'll find anywhere...and you'll find him everywhere these days!) But, setting Jon aside, please do check out what CPCC's got goin' on and tell a friend or two! These Experiened classes are great fun with a group of rider friends.


Speaking of a group of rider friends, please do join us (and several hundred of your favorite rider friends) for the Thin Blue Line Ride this Saturday!

Question of the week for the week of April 6th, 2010: If you could design the perfect motorcycle event, what would it be like? What kind of a setting? What kind/s of activities? What kind/s of entertainment? Put on your imagination caps and let's see what's dreamed up!

This feature is getting to be a fun regular weekly deal for us and we hope you're enjoying sharing and seeing what others share too! I can't wait for my INBOX to show new mail from you guys this week. Be creative and let us know who you are too!

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

The Carolina Rider dot com



New photos this week of McKoy's big bike nite this past Friday, April 2nd. Great turnout and lots of smiling faces! If you can't remember if you were there, ...go to Mckoy's Bike Nite Photos.

Stealth has put up a new article so make sure and turn to STORIES.

Also in STORIES and REVIEWS sections are April's Ride tips and H-D Review from Motorman.

Give it all a look-see!


Unusual Cargo?

Here's what this past week's Question of the Week dug up....

Jack Parks with Matthews Fun Machines had this goody for us: "Here is an interesting picture you might want to post on your site.  Charles Potts, one of our dedicated employees at Matthews Fun Machines decided he would bring in his riding lawnmower to mow the grass at Matthews Fun Machines.  We offered to loan him the shop truck, but he had a better idea."

Dana in Columbia, SC emailed: "Ok. So, I don’t know if this is weird enough 'cargo' for you or not.  Before I bought my 2008 Ultra Classic, I had a 1999 Road King.  My husband and I have a small pottery business in our home.  We specialize in 'face jugs' and this particular day I had some packages that needed to be mailed off to pottery customers.  So, I wasn't going to let a good riding day go by 'unridden' (I ride to work almost every day - 11 months out of the year).  I packed up the pottery to mail off and stuffed it on my bike and off to the post office I went that day at lunch.  BTW, all the pottery arrived at the post office AND their long-distance destinations just fine." (

Robert in Pine Hall NC said "How about a midget wrestler from SBB in MB to House of Blues on my prostreet softail with room for only one ass. Needless to say the rear fender had midget spread all over it. What a sight it was riding around with a midget strapped to my fender"

The last two are such good laughs!!...but sadly, no one took credit for either one and I don't recognize either of you by email address. So please take credit next time folks and let us know who you are!

Unsigned #1: "F.F.....I know its not a motorcycle...but still pretty funny!!!"

Unsigned #2: "Unusual cargo?.......Does beer count?..Lots of beer...."


Quick little Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on....

  • Another up-surge for H-D Stock! According to several news sources, Harley-Davidson stock went up 6.7% this Monday....a second positive movement in the past two months.
  • On the other hand, Yamaha Motor is selling stock (new public shares) in order to raise some much needed dough ($810 million) to fund their R&D needs....hoping against hope that some pricey research and development studies will tell them how to make money again.
  • And in another study altogether, The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) just spent some money and time studying Antilock Brakes (ABS) on motorcycles and discerned that "motorcycles with antilocks versus without are 37 percent less likely to be in fatal crashes per 10,000 registered vehicle years."


Soon you can find a growing listing of Bike Nites and other Recurring Events of The Carolinas on Till then, here's a request and a short list.

REQUEST: Please WRITE ME TODAY with any bike nites and other weekly or monthly recurring events that you know FULL AND ACCURATE INFO about. We want to let you know what's up....and we don't want to lead you astray!


Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord begins Wednesday April 7th 7731 Gateway Ln. 704-979-LUBE. Be sure to come say hello to The Carolina Rider Staff this week.

1st Wednesdays beginning April 7th Carolina Harley-Davidson 2830 East Franklin Boulevard Gastonia, NC 28056-7261 (704) 867-2855

Mac's Southend 2511 South Blvd 704-522-6227
The End Zone Sports Bar on Ebenezer Rd in Rock Hill 803-324-8300
Tumbleweeds Bar and Grille beginning March 31st in Monroe, NC

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar 422 Cox Road Gastonia, NC 28054 (704) 349-4060
The Ponderosa on Cherry Rd in Rock Hill 803-366-2258

Mac's Lake Norman 19601 Liverpool Pkwy 704-892-3554
Fubar Club at 1102 E Main St in Rock Hill 803-325-8284
2nd Thursdays at 1012 Market Street in Baxter Village in Fort Mill, SC SoMoto Bike Night "An Eclecic Motorcycle Gathering for vintage bikes, cafe racers, old school bobbers, sport and adventure tourers, or anything just a bit different."

McKoy's Smokehouse and Saloon at 4630 Old Pineville Rd in Charlotte 704-523-6330

Mac's Steele Creek 2414 Sandy Porter Rd Charlotte 704-504-8500
First Fridays on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC presented by Mike's on Main and sponsored by local merchants


1st Saturdays at Steve's Bar & Grill in Tega Cay, SC

12-6pm Saturdays at The Naked Oyster 704-483-1188
2nd Saturdays in Harleyville, NC are Swap Meets at Nightmare Custom Cycles at 115 E Main St in downtown Harleyville, SC. Vendors set up at 8am and they open to public at 9am 843-462-7055

Biker Brunch 11am-2pm at The Tilted Kilt 13230 Carowinds Blvd Charlotte NC, 28273 704-910-5353



Things at The Carolina Rider are definitely heating up. As a wise man once said, "I'm busier than a one-armed paper hanger in a wind storm!" But it's all good. Our brotherhood (and sisterhood, of course) of email recipients is fast approaching 12,000 people and the site achieved an all-time record high-hits- record of over a quarter million hits! So I'm proud and hopeful. The economy is trying to heat up and the Spring days have finally found some heat of their own...and all is good in The Carolina Rider dot com world!

If you get a chance, be sure and check out our sponsors because they ARE the ones who are making The Carolina Rider possible and all of our sponsors are good motorcycle friends who would love to count you as one of their friends.

Till next week, KeepThe Shiney Side Up!

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton
Publisher, TheCarolinaRider


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Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


Bob Karney Law Firm


State HOG Rally


Tilted Kilt


McKoys SmokeHouse


SkyLine Inn


Mad Dog Custom Cycles


Cox H-D


Ride Like A Pro



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