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In This Issue:

 

THIS SUNDAY: Harley-Davidson of Charlotte Mother's Day Celebration

 

Dale Folwell for Lt. Governor

 

Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Readerville Weekend Event Highlight:

THIS SATURDAY: Motorcycle Rodeo, Rock Hill

 

Stealth's Custom Corner: Bones

 

Loose Talk with Jon

 

 

Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of May 7-14, 2012

Monday 80 p-cloudy, Tuesday 80 pm t-storms, Wednesday 73 scattered t-storms, Thursday 75 sunny, Friday 72 sunny, Saturday 80 p-cloudy, Sunday 76 cloudy, Monday 76 p-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Sunday 5/7/12)

 

 

 

 

You ARE Paying Attention!

We're thrilled by the latest numbers for the website, TheCarolinaRider.com and this e-Magazine, The Carolina Rider Scene:

  • We're getting 700,000 page views to the website per month (That's how many pages of the site were viewed each month.)

  • And we currently have over 44,000 email subscribers to this weekly e-Magazine.

Wow!

What these numbers show is that folks are utilizing the resources we are providing. And that is affirming in a variety of ways - first, simply because we, like everyone, appreciate giving something of value to the world. And it appears from emails and comments we receive in addition to the above numbers, that riders DO like having these go-to publications for info and interest. Secondly, this is a business that we are trying to grow so that these resources (and future ventures under creation) can be around for years to come and can earn some bit of profit for all involved. Thirdly, our Sponsors, the businesses and individuals who support The Carolina Rider as paying advertisers, are encouraged by the numbers which show that our publications are being accessed and that, of course, means that we can continue to offer you this and more new opportunities through The Carolina Rider!

When you write and create for the public, you never know whether anyone is actually reading and looking at what you generate. We try a variety of tactics to see if we're being heard and seen to get feedback on what's being offered, to discern what projects to take on and which ones to do away with. We've tried surveys, questions-of-the-week, in-person queries when we're at events, pleas for shared input. The numbers tell us that you are looking. They don't really tell us that you are reading or paying attention.

Thanks for Speaking up - when you're happy and even when you're not!

Well, this past week's e-Magazine showed us that a couple of you really are seeing what's here. And we couldn't be more thrilled to have received these 2 emails!! I know it seems odd that we're happy to receive negative feedback but the fact that these guys took the time to so thoughtfully write us is absolutely gratifying...and their investment in The Carolina Rider is signficantly valuable to us!

Both writers of the emails below very courteously shared their thoughts and feelings and I don't think come off as "angry readers" as Bob stated. Nope! I didn't read or feel that as I read what was shared. In fact, I was ecstaticly applauding them both as I read and re-read their personal perspectives. Sure, I'd like to feel good about everything we do here. Truth is, I'm not always. And I happen to agree that the political leanings we've taken aren't what I'd like to be doing here. It's just a road we wandered down for a variety of reasons.. And honestly, just as there are some of us who don't want the political stuff here, there are other dedicated riders and readers who are asking for just that.

I thank you, John and Bob. Truly, from the bottom of my heart to the ends of my tired typing fingers, I thank you for taking time to write and SPEAK OUT! I promise to always hear what you have to say, even if we don't agree; which isn't the case this time because you and I do see this one in the same light. Your efforts show that you too have some investment and ownership in The Carolina Rider .. just as we hope and intended!

EMAIL #1

From John W. of Pineville, NC: "Jon, I just finished the latest Rider e-mag and I wanted to let you know that I was really disappointed in the political content. Your comments I thought we're fine and appropriate - encourage people to get out there and vote! It's a responsibility not an option! 

But I didn't like the Folwell ad or Jason Taylor's commentary. It's not that I don't agree with them (I happen to support Folwell for Lt Gov), it's that i don't think it's the right venue for that info. I don't need to see a Folwell ad mixed in with my riding info and I don't really care who Jason supports, even if we tend to agree with our political leanings - he's a lawyer, not a political analyst so really what qualifies him on this subject any more than me?

If you were to devote an issue to the candidates and their stands on the issues - especially as it relates to biker impacting issues, I'd be right there with you. It would be a good data source (similar to how the NRA ranks by gun rights issues) to gauge support for our shared passion. But, as it stands, I've got to say I think you blew it this time.

My two cents. Take care and see you at the next event!"

EMAIL #2

From Bob S. of Randolph County: "Fancy, Let me begin by saying that I love getting your e-newsletter. Whenever it pops up in my inbox, I can't wait to read it. You guys do a fine job covering the sport that I love. Although I'm in Randolph County, and most of your readership is in the Charlotte area, I still enjoy reading about the rides and events.  

However, I do not like the political advertising and political forums that I am starting to see you run. I understand that this is a form of revenue for the Carolina Rider, but I just don't think it has a place in a fine publication such as yours. The Gator Bites "editorial" is what really prompted me to write. I really don't care that Jason Taylor isn't supporting Dale Folwell for Lt. Governor. I am sure that Jason buys advertising from you, and I guess he's free to write what he wants, but I don't think that your newsletter is the place to do it. It appears to me that you and Jon have sold out a bit. I am well read, educated and can make my own political choices based on my beliefs and morals. And by the way, I am a very conservative person and I am concerned about our government's attempt to take away biker's rights.

Yeah, I know what you're thinking: 'If you don't like it, don't read it' ... And you have a very valid argument - it's your publication, so you can do what you please with it. But I receive your e-newsletter to read about the sport that I love - motorcycling and the biker lifestyle. The Carolina Rider is a little escape from the day-to-day grind, a bit of inspiration that solidifies all the reasons that I enjoy the brotherhood (and sisterhood) of biking. I see and hear enough political advertising on television, radio and in newspapers. I just don't like it in my favorite biker newsletter.

Please don't take me as an angry reader - that is not my intent. Any good product needs criticism from its clientele. I understand you can't please everyone. I just needed to get this off my chest, to let you know my displeasure with what is otherwise a great publication.

You and Jon keep up the good work. Hopefully you'll expand up into my area one of these days. The Triad (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point) has tons of bikers!"

 

Where's THE BIG RIDE?

Have you spotted THE BIG RIDE out and about? The Carolina Rider bus gets around The Carolinas, often at motorcycle events but not always ... as seen in this shot taken by a reader (thanks Justin!) over this past weekend from The Epicenter in Charlotte.

If you spot THE BIG RIDE bus, snatch a photo and send it my way and I'll post it. If we get enough responses, we might even do a little "best photo" prize! And yes, this is one of those "are-they-paying-attention?" methods. So, are you paying attention?

 

"Readerville"

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

 

 

 

 

 

For your June Ride Calendar

Our friend and Sponsor Tommy Fowler sent in this flyer about an upcoming ride from Thunder Tower. Put it on your June ride calendars. You can click on the flyer to connect with the site for DISCOUNTED pre-registration.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"

 

 

 

 

Here's an important message to take away from this week's "lessons:" The Carolina Rider has no purpose if not to support you and your Ride. You are an integral part of this publication, this effort, our reason for being. Please know that you are "part owner" in a way ... So never hesitate to ask for what YOU need. We will always listen and attempt to create what's most requested and vital to the community.

Thanks for reading!

 

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

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"Right away I was taken with this Crossbones, it had what it should have had rolling off the assembly line. ... I am not knocking the Crossbones or anyone who owns one. With a few changes it will SCREAM "OLD SCHOOL!" And if you love your Crossbones the way it is, that is cool. That is what makes this so much fun - everyone of us like different styles and that is a good thing."


 

The Crossbones for me was always a contradiction in terms. By that I mean it was billed as a bobber 40's-50's era style bike; something like out of the Marlon Brando THE WILD ONES movie. But for me it missed the mark. It was like the Crossbones had an identity problem, "Do I really want to be a bobber or not?" Oh, the flat paint scheme and the classic Springer front end said bobber (I am a Springer guy - I love those front ends) ... but the fenders were a contradiction on the bike. The Cross bones only lasted three model years, if my memory serves me right.


I am not knocking the Crossbones or anyone who owns one. With a few changes it will SCREAM "OLD SCHOOL!" And if you love your Crossbones the way it is, that is cool. That is what makes this so much fun - everyone of us like different styles and that is a good thing. The fenders for me were always the biggest detractors from the lines and the style of the bike. The rear Fat Bob fender did not go with the bike and the front fender, well it was like an afterthought and no one could agree on it so they put something between a small short fender and a regular size fender.


One day not long ago I was hanging out at my favorite custom shop, Mad Dog Custom Cycles in Lake Wylie, SC and I stumbled across Patrick Kelly and his 2009 Crossbones. Patrick purchased his Crossbones new at Cox's Harley-Davidson in Rock Hill SC and with 22 miles on the clock he rolled into Mad Dog's and told Derrick to work his magic on the BONES!


Right away I was taken with this Crossbones, it had what it should have had rolling off the assembly line. The simple flat rear fender that hugs the rear tire and that one-off sissy bar rocks! No front fender, the Gimp Ape Hangers, the 32 Ford tail light all add to the bobber flair! Another nice touch that Patrick added to the bike are all the brass parts, the inserts in the shifter linkage, the headlight ring, the handlebar risers, and grips. Those brass wing nuts used on the bike are killer! Patrick also added a rear final drive chain. Some will like that others won't but I think it adds to this bike. The Crossbones features Roland Sands clear view cam cover and derby cover. That's right you can see right through those covers! How bitchin' is that?!


This Crossbones lives up to what it was suppose to be "IT SCREAMS OLD SCHOOL!" Nice job, Patrick and Mad Dog Custom Cycles!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casting Call

~ Looking for Beauties ~

Good Looking Models

& Great Locations Needed

We are in the midst of creating a truly cool 2013 calendar that you're gonna love. It's a ton of work but a very gratifying project in many ways!

Currently we're shooting the photos - good looking bikes and beauties in interesting locations. So far we have shot 3 of the 12 months and intend to complete this part of the process in the next couple of months.

We are looking for two things. One, of course, is models ... those who model professionally as well as impressive good looking women who are not models. The second is cool locations to photograph the ladies on bikes. Do you have a bar or shop? Do you build bikes or know people who do? There's a certain "look" required to fit the project vision so we'll need you to submit photos or see you/your place in person before we can determine if there's a good fit. But we look forward to seeing what you've got!

Know someone or some place that you'd like to suggest? Shoot me a line!

Hello Sun City!

To my friends from Sun City who I ran into this past week ... Good to meet you. Thanks for reading and keep riding!

 

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,
Jon

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton

Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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