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April 7th Edition

In This Issue:

 

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

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Calling Women Riders!

Brother Bear: Kelsi Long Memorial Ride

TCR Classifieds: Motorcycle PARTS for sale!

A Daytona Rally Story by Kurt Brandt

Bob's Ride: Review of Victory Magnum

Loose Talk with Jon

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of April 7-14, 2015

Wednesday 87h p-cloudy, Thursday 83h/80% t-storm, Friday 83h/80% t-storm, Saturday 78h p-cloudy, Sunday 76 p-cloudy, Monday 77h/70% rain, Tuesday 78h/78%/rain (as per www.intellicast.com on 04/07/15)

Time for a Quiz!

  • The Loop
  • The Dancing Avocado Kitchen
  • Main Street
  • "Destination"
  • Aunt Catfish
  • bikes and bikers on the beach
  • Cabbage Patch coleslaw wrestling
  • Boot Hill
  • Rats Hole Bike Show

So who knows where this list is pointing to? ~ I know you do!

For me, it's a short list of some of the sights, sounds, and sensations in my memory banks from my times at some Daytona Spring Bike Weeks. Many weeks back, I threw out an invitation to our readers to share their Daytona experience ... and one reader took the invitation and took off on his own ride down memory lane. Kurt Brandt of Kings Mountain, NC tells his story so well, I can feel the sweat and hear the rumble. It's the same kind of ambling bike week that many of us have had. You sit somewhere (down at the beach, perhaps as Kurt and his friend Ken did,) and people-watch till you can't take it anymore. You roll out and find yourself in traffic at a dead-stop on the bridge and you sizzle your way slowly to some place for a drink; maybe some food. You take the ride out to Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona and take in the scene at this amusement-park-style shopping/bar/accomodation meca. You keep going while your friends take a break from your unrelenting-drive to see it all. You make sure to go to all your usual favorite food joints, bars, shows, and you return home happy and spent; another year in the rearview.

I'm so glad Kurt accepted my invite! While I didn't get there this Spring, we already have plans for Biketoberfest (followed by a trip further south to Fantasy Fest right afterwards!) Remember, you can share your stories too - by words and/or photos. The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine is YOUR voice, YOUR eyes, YOUR memories.

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On March twenty-first, I headed into Georgia to the Augusta Harley-Davidson for the 13th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. This was the first time that I know of that warm weather hurt a charity event. I was thinking everyone was just wanting to get out and ride somewhere on this clear and warm day....

The Ride for Kelsi has always been one of the biggest rides in the Augusta area. I don’t know what happened this year but there was only 150 bikes that turned out for the ride. I hate to say it but this was half the number that was here last year. One good thing I saw that day was that they raised more than $6100 for the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center. Mike Maddox and his crew raised more money with half the number of bikers. I just wonder what the mount of money they would have collected if the other 150 riders came to ride!

Mr. Mike Maddox founded the Kelsi Elizabeth Long Memorial Foundation back in 2003 in memory of his granddaughter, who was stillborn at 81/2 months and had Down’s syndrome.” One day my wife and I were out at the grave putting out flowers, and my wife said that she didn't want Kelsi to be another name on a headstone," Mike said. "She wanted people to know how much Kelsi is loved.". "We felt that we needed to do something but we didn't know how.” Then the Kelsi Long Memorial Ride was born to keep her memory alive.

When it came close to the time to ride ...

 

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Parts for Sale! - Contact 336-423-4476 text or call

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            I left for Daytona Thursday afternoon about 2 in the pouring rain.  Two pairs of gloves two tanks of gas later I arrived at Richmond Hill Ga. soaked through my pants and two jacket under my rain suit.  Other than being a crappy day I was fine since I was riding.  I slept and got up in the morning and rode in the rain and cold to Daytona.  I even stopped and put on all my dry gear and plugged in the gloves and vest until I got to destination Daytona.  The heated gear works pretty well under the rain suit.

I wandered around Daytona until my friend got down with his bike on a trailer to the house we had. 
The next morning we went to breakfast and started riding around. The day was dreary but dry we made it to the Ponce Inlet light house. (That's a picture of my friend Ken there.)  I wore Ken out and he went to the house and I rode up to Flagler beach and the sun came out and I had a great ride up and back.

The next Day Sunday was magnificent and we rode from the beach out to Destination about 10 and it was busy going in. When we left it was mayhem. We have not seen that many people the first weekend in years. Went down to beach street and sat and watched the bikes go by for some time.  As we sat there it was only a matter of time and we had seen more things than we could imagine. (The title photo above is Ken sitting and watching there on Beach street.)

We left there and headed down main street over the bridge,  the wrong thing to do on a warm sunny day.  We stopped on the drawbridge  and an hour later we made it back to beach street coming back over the Speedway bridge.  Hot and sweaty we wandered back off the beaten path to a festival and found some great food that tasted wonderful and made the overpriced stuff at the main bike week venues pale in comparison.  There is a picture of the food and me eating ... and it was delicious.

On the way back  to the house we wandered up the intercostal, past the mansions of people that have lots more money than me, so I could pack to leave back on Monday. Monday was a wonderful day and I started out with gear on and ended up stripping down to a jacket for the ride about 11:00am and rode home with no problems.   At 8:00pm and 1250 miles later my 16th Bike week was over and I am ready for a great year of riding.

When it comes to heavyweight, American cruisers, what’s the first name that comes to mind? Like most people, you probably thought Harley-Davidson. But these days, riders have two more companies to consider when choosing an American v-twin: Victory and Indian. Victory, based out of Spirit Lake, Iowa, has been selling motorcycles since 1998; while the Indian brand was resurrected in 2014 (Polaris owns both Victory and Indian.) Though all three makers use an air-cooled, big inch v-twin, six-speed transmission and belt drive to the rear wheel, that’s where the similarities end.

I have never had the opportunity to pilot a Victory motorcycle. So, when the Victory Demo truck rolled into Victory/Indian of Greensboro last weekend, I was chomping at the bit to get the chance to ride one of their new offerings. And what I was really interested in riding was the new Magnum. Introduced late last year, the Magnum is as close as any manufacturer has come to producing a “custom” bike. Based off of the Cross Country model, the heart of the Magnum is the company’s tried and true 106 cubic inch Freedom engine mated to a 6-speed overdrive transmission. Custom paint with graphics, a 21-inch front wheel, slammed rear end, a 100 watt, 6-speaker stereo and a color matched, painted inner fairing with a chopped windshield are just a few of the highlights that set the Magnum apart from your run-of-the-mill Cross Country.

Visually, the motorcycle is stunning. The bike I rode was a dark, metallic midnight cherry (a color only available in the Cory Ness edition) with white and silver graphics. When Victory first came on the scene 17 years ago, their paint and chrome quality ...

Demo Rides

In today's issue, Bob Stone does a review of a Victory motorcycle. Bob does a great job of telling us about the Victory Magnum that he got to enjoy at a dealership Demo Ride.

Most dealerships offer some kind of demo day event. They are great especially if you are thinking about up-grading your bike. Demo days allows you to ride several different models of bikes and you can make a full day out of finding the right bike for you and how you ride. They require that you show your motorcycle endorsement and provide your own gear ... and, of course, that you are confident and capable of taking on such a ride.

I highly recommend that you find a dealer who is offering a demo day for the brand you want - maybe more than one brand - and take your gear over and ride them all and go home knowing that you bought the right one!!

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