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Hollywood Helplines: Independent Benefit Run

Bike Wash Girlzz at QS&L

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of May 2-9, 2011

Monday 81 p-cloudy, Tuesday 84 m-cloudy, Wednesday 68 am showers, Thursday 71 sunny, Friday 75 p-cloudy, Saturday 80 m-sunny, Sunday 82 iso-tstorms, Monday 78 sunny (as per on Monday 5/02/11)




Back in 1997 Jaybird from Riverside Cycles called me up and suggested that we put together a benefit run. At the time, I was co-publisher and writer for THE INDEPENDENT BIKER, which was a local rag geared toward bikers in the greater Charlotte area. Jaybird told me that he had spoken with several friends about the benefit run, most of which were independent bike shop owners, and they were very interested. At the time, poker runs and benefit runs were few and far between, unlike the multiple charity runs we have today.


Our main goal for our organization was to raise money solely for a benefactor, without taking away donations through "administrative fees" and other hidden costs. For the past 17 years, our group has carried on the Independent Benefit Run, and we are quickly approaching our 18th event- this Saturday, May 7th. We have helped a lot of people over the years, and this Saturday we will help out the family of Makayla Woodard- a local 5-year old who passed away January of this year after being attacked by two pit bulls.

    In years past we have done a typical poker run, but this year we're changing things up a bit and going with a scavenger hunt event- instead of drawing cards at a series of stops, riders will ride to as many stops as they can to get specific tokens from each participating location. The Independent Benefit Run starts at Ben's V-Twins (13007 E. Independence Blvd. in Matthews) and ends at McElhattan's Machine and Rod (Goose's Shop- address is 1318 Central Avenue in Charlotte.) The final stop will have food served up by Goose, cold beverages, tunes from Butch & David from The Oneppo Brothers, RayCoustic, and Rockstar, with DJ Todd providing the music between sets. Several vendors will be on site, and we'll also have a silent auction with some really cool stuff.
     Hope to see you there to continue our tradition of helping others in our community who need it.

RIP Jaybird





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Bike Wash Girlzzz

Every Wednesday at The Lube!

This year with a new twist: every month they'll have a bikini contest and this year they will have 2 beautiful bike washers at The Lube.

Come meet the QS&L Bike Wash Gals and get your bike cleaned up at the same time!



What to do .... Where to go ...

In addition to the abundance of charity and memorial rides, the dealership events, the weekly bike nites, and the annual rallies; there are lots more options for you and your bike to enjoy in The Carolinas. You can, of course, ride anywhere you can drive a car or truck .. and it's a whole lot more special on a motorcycle if the weather's right! (...and it's another kind of special when the weather's not so great too!)

So, this week I thought I'd share a little list of possibilities ... things that come across my desk ... a varied little list from one end of our states to the other. Some food, some music, some community fun. And, I will be the first to say, I'm NOT covering it all or even coming close to sharing all that's available to ya from the mountains to the coast. I'm just giving you a little nudge toward some of the possibilities........and, yes, many but not all of them are around The Greater Charlotte Area......

May 4 - Ziggy Marley at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC

May 6 - Kim Richey at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC

Through May 7 - North Charleston Arts Festival

May 6-8 - Spring Folly in Kernersville, NC

May 7 - Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Charlotte, NC

May 7 - Charlotte RollerGirls Double Header in Charlotte, NC

May 7-8 - 79th NC Strawberry Festival in Chadbourn, NC

May 13 - Beaufort Music Festival in Beaufort, NC

May 14 - Bethabara Highland Games in Winston-Salem, NC

May 15 - 12 Band Jam at Amos's on the Lake in Cornelius, NC

May 20-22 - Pirates on The Pungo in Belhaven, NC

May 21-22 - drumStrong to beat cancer in Waxhaw, NC

May 22 - Steel Wheels at The Purple Onion in Saluda, NC

June 2 - Nashville Pussy at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC

June 22 - James McMurtry at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC

July 29 - Further Festival at Charter Amphitheather in Simpsonville, SC

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From the Mail Bag......




I'm getting a number of requests for GROUP SUBMISSION FORMS! So, of course, I am re-running this again as promised since it's an effort to help you all. Thanks to everyone who sent in requests.

Yes, we have had a delay in getting forms out to you but they WILL get to you ... I promise! Everyone who has written in is on a list to receive as soon as that delay is cleared from "the road!"

Attention Riding Groups/Organizations!

Today I send a shout out to all of you who are part of riding groups, organizations, and clubs. It's time for you to show your stuff in THE CLUB ROOM which will be found under GROUP PAGES at! We want to help you get the word out about who and what you are and all that you're doing in our Carolina communities.

Some of you are charitable organizations. Some social riding groups. Some of you band together for a cause. Some of you ride together for fun. Some groups are focused on specific towns, some on specific types of motorcycles. Some are loosely laid-back and some are very defined and formal. It's all cool........

The Carolina Rider CLUB ROOM

The Club Room offers space for motorcycle-related community groups to:

  1. List General information about their organization
  2. Provide membership and contact information for riders to explore involvement
  3. Share periodic reports, articles, stories, photos, and announcements for The Carolina Rider community to enjoy and connect

If you would like your organization represented in The Carolina Rider CLUB ROOM, email me for a GROUP SUBMISSION FORM today!

We are here for you. Help us help you.


Readers Respond

Ken B. sent in some more info about the September ride for Hospice & Community Care in Rock Hill, SC. Sure, September is a ways off but it's never too late to make plans to ride......or to give from your heart!

Hospice & Community Care of York County Pitching & Riding event on September 4, 2011

Labor Day run is back on!  For five years, Buster Dill held the event at Busters on McConnells Highway and Daves Road.  Last year the event was not held.  This year we want to make up for it.  We are planning on having the run on September 4th, 2011 at Jokers on Neelys Creek Rd, in Rock Hill.  We are having the following; horse shoe and corn hole tournament, poker run.  We are having a D.J. during the day and a live band that night to celebrate this event getting kicked back off!  This event has helped raise money for a great organization that helps a lot of great families from around this area. We hope all can come out and be a part of what has become a tradition for so many years. As we all know if it wasn’t for the biker community and close friends that pitch and ride, we could not raise money for such great organization.  Hospice & Community Care works off of donations only, so we as community residents want to help!  All their revenue goes directly toward helping patients, their families and our community at large. Hospice & Community Care services are available to people of all ages, religion or race and provided regardless of their ability to pay.



This one's not quite as far off but still in good time to make plans!

PTFWC Mount-Up Biker Ministry is hosting Backpacks For Kids 2011 Motorcycle Ride and Event. This event will be July 23 and will start at the Staples Parking Lot in Lincolnton, NC on Main Street at US321 exit 24. Registration starts at 9am and the ride pulls out at 10am. Registration for this event will be a school sized backpack with at least 5 school supplies inside. These backpacks and school supplies will be going to help less fortunate kids in Lincoln and Gaston Counties. The ride will end at Roberts Retreat on Dover Rd near Crowders Mountain, NC, there will be food, live music, games, and prizes. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact "Chappy" Kevin Pitts 980-429-6877 or Mr. Stacy Jordan 704-913-0961 and check out their online flyer too!


Yesterday's Ride in Raleigh

A Report from the Rides for 2011 Ride for Kids. Today's press release from The Ride for Kids which raises money for The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation says that with a ride in Texas and yesterday's Raleigh, North Carolina ride, they've raised almost a half million dollars. Yesterday's 8th Annual Triangle Area Ride for the Kids had 760 participants and brought in $109,824.

When I was a pre-teen and teenager, lots of my friends had MIA/POW bracelets wtih names on them. This week's "ride home" for SFC Shue reminded me of those bracelets...and got me wondering who has or had the one with his name?

I sign off with the same words each week....about "squeezing out every drop of sweetness"....and that's just what I hope for everyone....that we can all live each day squeezing the very last drop of good sweetness out of it and not missing a thing. Each day, as they say, is a gift....even the days that suck. Some things just bring that reminder home .... once again.....

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

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I came across this bike at this year's Easyrider Show here in Charlotte. I was impressed with the tight lines of the bike. As I read the info from the show poster on the bike, I saw where the owner, Eric Stein was a local, so I left my business card and the next day I got a call and we made plans to shoot his bike. Time passed as winter slowly said goodbye and finally we got the perfect day to shoot TROUBLE, as Eric has named his bike.

Eric tells me that this is his 3rd bike build. The 2 previous were the wide tire variety. While living in NY, Eric had a bike stolen. Anyone who has ever had a bike stolen will tell you it is a low feeling. Eric bounced back and decided the wide tire bikes were on the way out and that he wanted to build a sleek no-nonsense bobber.

Before you go thinking this bike is all show and no go, think again. TROUBLE sports a 113" Ultima engine with a 6 speed Ultima tranny. Last year at the SMOKEOUT, Eric decided to let TROUBLE blast down the drag strip. TROUBLE posted a blistering low 7 time and 101mph in 1/8 mile!

You have to see the paint job to really appreciate it. Eric laid the paint job down in his garage! The silver metal flake really dances in the sun light. This bike draws you in and the closer you look the more you see. The lines of TROUBLE are flawless and every part of the bike flows with the lines.

I asked him why he named his bike TROUBLE and he said no real reason, just a cool name, but just maybe it is because TROUBLE gave a lot of bikes trouble at the Easyrider show: Eric and Trouble took home a 2nd place award at the show and won an award at the LIMPNICKIE show in 2010. NO small feats!
Along with its engine and tranny, TROUBLE sports some serious equipment: S&S G carb, Santee Rigid frame, BDL 3" belt drive and modified Super Trapp exhaust.

I was really impressed with Eric and his bike - my kind of bike, bare bones, no BS, a lot of show and a lot of GO !





We're having a bit of technical difficulty today. Besides my boat having severe motor trouble, my internet service is heywire. I've been on the phone with less-than-helpful technicians and I am here at the end of the day at the end of my rope....

So you may or may not be able to view today all the photos I put online today...but you will in the next day or so at the very least.

What's there is/gonna be there: pictures from the past week/weekend/s ride events. Check out photos from the Sgt. Shue Ride Home, from Keith Larson's Annual Ride for the Kids, from The Quinn Witherspoon Ride, and from Wednesday night at Quaker Steak and Lube. Thanks to Bill d'Happart for some great photos from the Shue and Witherspoon rides!

It's Monday. I hope yours is agreeing with you more than mine is me.....


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiney Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton











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