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Photos from this weekend's Keith Larson ride and the Independent Benefit Run ready for viewing in our GALLERY!


In This Issue:




Dale Folwell for Lt. Governor


Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Readerville Weekend Event Highlight:

THIS SATURDAY: Comporium Pioneers 5th Annual Firehouse Run, May 5, Rock Hill, SC

THIS SUNDAY: Relay for Life Poker Run, May 6, Denver, NC


GatorBites with Jason E. Taylor, The Litigator


Ride Report by Jane LaVoy


NC Legislative Affairs with Blastoff



NC Legislative Affairs with Blastoff


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of April 30-May 7, 2012

Monday 82 am clouds, Tuesday 85 p-cloudy, Wednesday 86 p-cloudy, Thursday 88 p-cloudy, Friday 88 p-cloudy, Saturday 88 p-cloudy, Sunday 86 p-cloudy, Monday 81 scattered t-storms (as per on Sunday 4/30/12)





Rider or Passenger?

Yesterday was a great day of "therapeutic" riding for me. I hope the same was true for you!

Footloose and I joined the two-wheeled supporters of yesterday's Independent Benefit Run. Our schedules don't allow us to be part of rides very often except when we're in some support/leadership position. Fortunately, we had the chance to get out and simply be part of the rumble of a thunder-strong line of friends riding together. I chose to "be lazy" and hop in the "lounge chair" of his Street Glide. Yes, I have my own bike and I love to ride; but sometimes it's just a good time to use my womanly choice! Choice is good....

Today's e-Magazine brings a bit of alternate opinion to some current politics. I applaud Jason Taylor, The Litigator, for his splendid discussion of political and voter power! For the past several weeks we've published other perspectives from some CBA representatives as well as from one of the candidates, Dale Folwell, who is purchasing advertising from The Carolina Rider. Jason offers his thoughts on the importance of making good choices in elections and he voices his own informed choice for the Lt. Governor seat, Grey Mills.

Please understand, we at The Carolina Rider are not choosing sides here nor shall we. We are somewhat of an arena for public discussion and, on occasion, debate. Mostly we are simply a place to learn about options for choices that you get to make for yourself. You choose what ride to go on! You choose who to vote for! You choose what to read or look at! You choose what and when to ride. You choose. Choice is good.



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






Jason's Garage & Diva Customs

Grand Opening Party, Open House, Pig Roast, Party, and Bike Show

Date:  May 19th, 2012

Time:  11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Where:  Diva Customs Motorcycle Co. / Jason's Garage Inc.

Address:  1131 Highway 41 Mount Pleasant, SC 29466

Phone:  (843) 284-8006


Details:  Welcome all Bikers!  The Low Country's Newest Aftermarket Motorcycle Shop is celebrating being open for business with a Grand Opening Party and Pig Roast.  Anyone arriving on two or three wheels gets a coupons for upcoming promotions at Diva Customs / Jason's Garage Inc.  Refreshments, Music, Great Bikes, Good Times, and Great People.  Join us!











Scooter, President of EODMC sent in the following ... a good example of how he asked for promotional help from The Carolina Rider for his not-for-profit activity: "I have received your E-magazine for quite awhile now and was wondering if you could run a spot for us to help with our effort to raise some money for the Wounded EOD Warrior Project. Our MC is a 501(c)(19) Veterans non-profit organization. The attached pdf flyer describes our current custom build bike that we are raffling for the WEODW Project. The money raised will help Active Duty EOD Technicians that are injured performing Explosive Ordnance Disposal operations world wide. The bike is currently in Florida but will be going on the road for show soon. The winning ticket will be drawn at our poker run at The Outpost for Bikers in Freeport FL on 13 Oct 2012"





I'm betting there'll be some sunscreen in use out there this week. The forecast looks pretty wonderful for us riders. Nothing south of 80 all week long and some days pretty near 90. Yesterday's ride put some pink-tan on my shoulders and Footloose ended the day with the traditional racoon face. May you too enjoy tan lines and goggle-face in the warm weather ahead.


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

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We are at a Crossroads in North Carolina Politics

Political Choices & Political Voices has never been more critical. We are in many ways at a crossroads in North Carolina Politics. We had the Democrats running our State government and we needed change. We have had the Republicans running things this last year and, in my opinion, it is no better. In the contested political races in North Carolina my support is almost half for Republicans and half for Democrats and I am a conservative. I have determined that generally speaking Democrats want to take our money (to give to other people) and Republicans want to take our rights (to give to corporations.) I don't like either group very much, which makes picking individuals and supporting them in their primary very important.

In this e-Magazine, you have been receiving campaign propaganda from Dale Folwell who is a Republican Representative running for Lt. Governor. He is a fellow biker and he thought this publication would be an excellent place to get his word out. He was right in that this is a great venue for bikers. Representative Folwell heard that I am a conservative Republican and that I do not support him and he kindly called me to discuss things. We had a very nice conversation but I explained to him why I do not support him. In my opinion, as a member of the legislature you have to make your decisions for the right reasons and that must be consistent. Following  the party line or because your party caucus "tells you to" makes you sheep and that is unacceptable. Voting for something that is ideologically at odds with your professed beliefs because it is pay back for campaign money is reprehensible. Voting to reduce the freedoms and liberties and constitutional rights under the pretense it is good for the economy is a crime against the state. The fact that no evidence existed to suggest the vote was good for the economy is beside the point. A crime is a crime, stealing is stealing. Representative Folwell has made many good votes and many bad votes, like all of them in Raleigh. When Republicans and Democrats voted to remove your rights as a juror and as an injured citizen in North Carolina, they violated the trust of the citizens.  When they voted to remove your personal property rights as guaranteed in The North Carolina State Constitution in the name of corporate greed and political funding they violated their oath of office. Representative Folwell was not the only wrong doer; many of "our leaders" (I use the term loosely) in Raleigh did the same thing. Over time, this issue will get to the Supreme Court and the legislative bodies' selfish unconstitutional acts will be struck down, but many will have suffered injustice while it exists. If you supported this legislation, you voted to erode the rights of the people and increase the rights of the government in violation of our Constitution and that is bullshit and for that you must go.

I support Grey Mills for Lt. Governor. He stood with just a handful of others and said in the face of his party leaders "I must do what is right." I must support the citizens of North Carolina and the Constitution which protects their rights. Grey has supported biker rights; but more importantly he did not do it for the biker vote, he did it because it was right. I want my political leaders to make ideologically correct decisions and do it consistently. I want someone who is not afraid to stand against his party or party leaders when they are threatening  the rights of the citizens. Grey Mills courageously fought for our rights when others like Folwell caved and cowered to the pressure. I support Grey Mills for Lt. Governor and encourage you to do the same and vote for him in the upcoming republican primary.

Stay vertical,






Keith Larson's Ride 10 "Back to Waxhaw"

A group of ordinary people doing extraordinary things? No, a group of Extraordinary people doing AMAZING things!

A Ride Report by Jane LaVoy

Keith Larson has put together these rides for the past Ten Years, and every year Children, with special needs, are taken under the wings of you "Angel Bikers" who ride and contribute in their honor.

Greg and I had the privilege of meeting Cassidy on a bike night in Charlotte. She is the recipient from year seven and she is in the process of several facial surgeries to create a nose where there once was nothing; and a beautiful teenager who loves to sing and attends the school for the blind.

As we drove into Matthews Fun Machines, there were already several hundred bikes in the parking lot. Everything from Spyders to Hondas, Harleys, Suzukis and other Metrics to bikes with side cars and trikes. Each year Sponsors assist with the Ride, beginning with Keith and WBT News talk Radio. There was breakfast from Bojangles and lunch From Mac's Speed Shop plus great t-shirts and other goodies; all part of the enticement to get you to ride. Keffer Hyundai and Volkswagon, Little Hardware Company, Team Charlotte Motorsports and Keith's own LAMA!

100% of rider contributions go directly to the charities and kids. The ride is for the March Forth with Hope Foundation (the Hope Stout family foundation) and Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer fund, both of which directly grant money to families of seriously ill children. Jordan Jemsek, a beautiful young lady battling a rare adult leukemia who recently received a bone marrow transplant, was a recipient in ride nine. I had the opportunity to meet Jordan. Her Mom was wearing a t-shirt with a pale, bald, angel-faced girl and here before us was a vibrant, dark-haired, bright-eyed child who was beating all the odds! She loved holding our dog Quece (KC!)


I chose to chat with Matt of Matthews Fun Machines while others were passing around a big snake. I don’t know what kind but you can look at the pics. All I know is it was big! Eeeeeeeeeeekkkk! The ride started with a few riding reminders (about some tricky turns and some gravel on the roads) then went into all the different beneficiaries from the rides over the years, to introductions from Robert D. Raeford and other local celebs who participate, to Capt. Mike Smith and Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office gives a baseball gift to Ride 10's Spencer Griffin who is 11 yrs old and battling Cancer! And Keith introduced Stephen McMickens who, in 2007 at the age of 18, tried to help mortally-wounded Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton when they were gunned down in a Charlotte neighborhood. When everyone else ran in fear Stephen stayed with the officers. Stephen McMickens is another recipient from one of these rides. He received a Scholarship to Central Piedmont Community College and has a grade point of 4.0! Congratulations Stephen! He is very talented and sang a "thank you" song that he had written himself and it was difficult to hold back the tears as he put his heart and soul into the music.

The weather was not what the news had promised but it was still a great ride. Fully-escorted by the CMPD Motorcade. I love being able to go through every intersection seeing their flashing lights and holding back the traffic so we never have to stop! I couldn't see the beginning of the line of bikes from my position, and all I could see in my left side mirror was shiny chrome, headlamps, and "ape hangers." It was like looking back at a 1960's movie with ape hangers and literally a couple of hundred bikers following behind!

When we arrived in Waxhaw, they reserved an entire street for us. We parked 3-wide along the back road and made a dash to the stage where Molly Grantham was making announcements and introductions for Darin and Brooke Aldridge, "The Sweethearts of Bluegrass" who took time out of their busy schedule to sing for the Ride. They were at Merlefest the next day! We met so many nice people on this ride, and Quece (KC) even met a few four-legged friends from the ride as well. Standing in line for Mac's barbecue (and oh-my-gosh-the-best-mac-and-cheese-ever!,) we saw folks from other rides we have been on recently - all from checking out our online Events Calendar!

Greg checked out the cars on display from Keffer and I chased down Robert D. Raiford of the John Boy and Billy show! Just had to get my pic with him -so did everybody else -but he was kind enough to oblige. The band played, Brooke belted out a great Yodle, and I had all the barbecue I could eat ... it was time to call it a day!

On that note, I have bad news and good news: BAD NEWS: yes, it is true that Keith will not be renewing his contract with WBT (but he will be concentrating on his business LAMA!) And the GOOD NEWS: Ride 11 is already organized for April of 2013!

Don't miss this opportunity, check out our Gallery for the photos, and keep checking the Events Calendar for other charity and benefit rides!











Freedom: Yours, Mine, & Ours

Freedom. What does that mean? ... a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Here's the thing though about freedom - when you lose it, it's gone. As bikers we are often the group being looked at for laws to restrict what we ride, how we ride, how much noise we can make, when we ride, and even what we have to wear when we ride.

When goverment decides what we can and can't do then we have lost that freedom and very rarely do we ever get that freedom back. I'm not saying we should wear or not wear helmets or that we should or should not ride bikes with loud pipes. What I am saying is that if you don't get involved and decide what is right for you then other people WILL take away your rights, slowly but surely, one little bit at a time.

So May 8th is primary day in NC. Figure out who is who and who wants to do what with your freedoms and get out and make a difference.


Anyone from South Carolina?

My apologies that, as a North Carolina citizen, I'm not in tune with the elections in SC. Any of you South Carolinians want to chime in here and talk about what's up in your neck of the woods? Please write something and share with The Carolina Rider. We'd love to have your voice represented and we'd appreciate you helping to keep everyone informed about the road to freedom!


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro




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Harley-Davdison of Charlotte





SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte




SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte






SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte



SkyLine Inn



Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte










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