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--- WHAT'S IN THIS ISSUE? ---

THINKING AHEAD - This Week's Riding Planner:

  • The Little Weather Quickie
  • Some Weekend Motorcycle Events,
  • Bike Nites & Other Recurring Events, and
  • Some Differently-Flavored Events around Charlotte & Beyond!

... also ...

WHAT'S NEW ONLINE

... plus ...

FREE THINKING WITH FANCY FREE

  • Question of the Week
  • Call for Women Riders

... and ...

KIBBLES 'N BITS - Quick little Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on

... then finally ...

LOOSE TALK WITH JON

 

THINKING AHEAD

- This Week's Riding Planner for The Carolinas -

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of May 11-17

Tuesday 74 & cloudy/showers, Wednesday 83 isolated t-storms, Thursday 86 isolated t-storms, Friday 88 mostly cloudy, Saturday 87 isolated t-storms, Sunday 80 isolated t-storms, Monday 77 scattered t-storms (as per Intellicast.com on Monday 5/10/10)

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SOME WEEKEND MOTORCYCLE EVENTS

(see CALENDAR for more plus full details)...

 

Harley Dealers Association Rally ... New Bern, NC

Myrtle Beach

Thunder Tower's Anniversary ... Columbia, SC

AMCA Southern National Meet ... Denton, NC

Asheville Bikefest & Blueridge Run ... Asheville, NC - It's the Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Birthday!

Prayer Ride .. Turbeville, SC

Meet up at the Roost ... Deep Gap, NC

Macon Co CBA Poker Run ... Franklin, NC

Armenia Dual Sport Ride ... Chester, SC

 

 

 

BIKE NITES & OTHER RECURRING EVENTS

Tuesdays....

Sonics 7pm 14315 Independence Blvd. Indian Trail NC 28079

Wednesdays...

Easy Eddie's, 2125 Statesville Rd., Huntersville, NC, 704-875-2501.


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 beginning April 14th, 2354 Ebenezer Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-324-8300
Tumbleweeds Bar and Grille beginning March 31st in Monroe, NC

Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord begins Wednesday April 7th 7731 Gateway Ln. 704-979-LUBE.

Thursdays...
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

Outlaw BBQ Starting 4-22-10 Every Thursday 6pm 2570 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Monroe NC 28110 704-776-4779

Mac's Lake Norman 19601 Liverpool Pkwy 704-892-3554
Fubar Club at 1102 E Main St in Rock Hill 803-325-8284

Freeman's Pub in Gastonia - "for contemporary British & European motorcycles and classic bikes of all kinds" - monthly either a Th or Sat: Thursday May 20, Thursday July 15, Thursday September 16

Fridays...
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

Saturdays...

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

Freeman's Pub in Gastonia - "for contemporary British & European motorcycles and classic bikes of all kinds" - monthly either a Th or Sat: Saturday May 1, Saturday June 12, Saturday August 14, Saturday October 16

Sundays...
Biker Brunch 11am-2pm at The Tilted Kilt13230 Carowinds Blvd Charlotte NC, 28273 704-910-5353

 

 

SOME DIFFERENTLY-FLAVORED EVENTS AROUND CHARLOTTE (& beyond!)

a few events & destinations that you might like to ride to this week....

FREE (except what you may buy while there!) Alive After 5 events .... several venue options: Wednesdays at Piedmont Town Center, Thursdays at Epicenter and also on Thursdays at Ballantyne Commons plus there's free music Fridays at The NC Music Factory 5pm to 11pm at 1000 Seaboard Street

Other regular weekly music opps..... Mondays: at Double Door at 10pm, The Monday Night All-stars http://www.doubledoorinn.com and Find your Muse Open Mic at The Evening Musehttp://www.eveningmuse.com; Tuesdays at Fairview Grille Fair Play with Robin Rogers, Bobby Donaldson, Donnie Marshall 9:30pm http://www.fairviewgrill.com, and Red Rocking Chair at Comet Grill http://www.cometgrillcharlotte.com

FREE ... Friday and Saturday evenings 7-10pm free music at the fountain at Stonecrest at Piper Glen

Tuesday, May 11 - NASCAR Hall of Fame Grand Opening ... u gotta pay to get in but there will be FREE outdoor activities and things to see ... check out http://www.nascarhall.com

May 11-21 - BMW Art Car at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art www.bechtler.org

Wednesday, May 12 -Norah Jones w/Elvis Perkins In Dearland, Ovens Auditorium www.ovensauditorium.com

Thursday, May 13 - Jonathan Byrd at The Purple Onion in Saluda, NC www.purpleonionsaluda.com

Friday, May 14 - Simplified at The Visulite

Saturday, May 15 - Patrick Fitzsimons at The Purple Onion in Saluda, NC www.purpleonionsaluda.com

Saturday & Sunday, May 15-16 - drumStrong 2010 at Misty Meadows Farm- Festivities start at noon EST, Saturday, May 15th and drumming will continue (non-stop) through Sunday, May 16th till 5:00 pm (28 non-stop hours later!). drum, learn, dance, eat, camp and show your support. rain or SHINE! Drum in honor of or in memory of and support survivorship. http://www.drumstrong.org

Saturday & Sunday, May 15-16 - WWII Re-enactment at Historic Latta Plantation www.lattaplantation.org

 

WHAT'S NEW ONLINE

Check out what's new at www.TheCarolinaRider.com ....

New Style - much more user friendly PHOTO GALLERY

and our brand spankin' new VIDEO page too!

Thanks Les for sharing this shot from Carolina Classic Motorcycle Show!


Boxless Safety

Most of us have someone in our life who questions the sensibility of riding on 2-wheeled contraptions that don't seal us in a "protective box." I have friends who shake their heads at my "unsafe" choice of fun and transportation. My Mama says she needs to stay on her knees if she hears I'm riding.

Riding a motorcycle has a rep of being daredevilish ... even if all you are doing is transporting yourself a few miles to and from work each day. The fact that riders aren't strapped in and boxed up sets off alarms in the fearful masses. And people who ride motorbikes are crazy-acting-road-runners, aren't they?! They live on the edge and throw caution to the wind, for heaven's sake!

Concern and Attention Save Lives

There's a lot of concern over motorcycles on the road. Whether you're a rider who blows the lines off the road or a more timid toodle-er like me, our safety is always a concern. And concern is good. Concern and attention might just be what saves my life and yours.

I'm not talking about concern in the sense of sticking your nose in someone else's tail pipes. I tend to throw my helmet in the ring with those who lean toward personal choice rather than iron-fisted judgment. I believe that we can all be pretty smart if we use the giant muscle up top...if we ALL use the good sense we should've been born with! And I realize I'm preaching to the choir here when I say that it's riders AND drivers who ALL must turn over a new leaf in our approach to living on the roads.

Maddog's Crash

My dear friend Steve Lorusso who many of you know as Maddog with Maddog Custom Cycles just had a painfully unfortunate crash. The wreck, it appears, was due to a driver who was distractedly rolling down the road when she failed to see Steve slowing his turn-signaling bike for a turn into his own business parking lot. The crash from behind that sent Steve flying means that he now has pins and rods holding his body together and a long road of healing and rehab to travel.

Surely you too know of riders who have been hurt and killed on the road. Sometimes the accidents happen because the motorcyclist made foolish choices. Sometimes bike crashes are due to their involvement with cars. According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation which many of us know as MSF, the same folks who sponsor the rider classes in many of our Carolina community colleges, "Half of all motorcycle crashes involve a collision with another vehicle and the car driver is most often at fault." (see Kibbles 'n Bits below)

The Numbing Zone

The box around us when we are in a car might be considered a dome of safety but maybe it's really a "numbing zone." You and I both know that we can much more easily drive down the road mindlessly in a car than when we're on a bike. It's the norm to put your car on autopilot and eat, read, talk, and set yourself apart from the world "out there." Riding a bike, we ARE the ride, the road, the everything in and around us. But in a car, we can be "safe in our own little world" and oblivious of all beyond us.

Can Cars and Bikes Play Safely Together?

But I am not pointing fingers here. Honest. We all drive cars and trucks too. Safety is something we've all gotta own. To say that bikes are simply unsafe and that's all there is to it is pointless. To blame car drivers without taking responsibility for our own portion of pavement is limiting. To give into a philosophy that cars and bikes don't play well together can't be the answer.

I'm employing our Question of the Week to invite discussion around this topic. And while your answer is your answer and I honor whatever opinion you might carry, the intention of our querry is to stir up productive response rather than to gripe. To me, rider and driver classes must address the joint issues. Car drivers absolutely must be constantly aware of motorcycles and the issues that riders face. And those of us who ride have gotta take the classes that MSF and Rider's Edge offer and be as prepared as we possibly can be....and then kick back and enjoy the ride.

 

Maddog Steve's bike showing the way his seat projected him off when hit from behind.

Here's a thought: If you find yourself needing to have text while you're driving, .... pull off 'n get a room!

 

 

WOMEN RIDERS! the time has arrived....

THIS IS IT.... time to GET IN YOUR STORIES, PICTURES, & THOUGHTS!

DUE DATE: Tomorrow - Midnight, May 12th

SPECIAL WOMEN'S EDITION will be published next Tuesday, May 18th!!

I am SO EXCITED by the emails I'm getting from you women. You are all INSPIRING ME toward the creation this publication!! I am still looking for the women riders of The Carolinas to share stories, photos, and thoughts about your experiences with motorcycles. As you may have heard, May is Women Rider Month. And even tho we don't need a special month set aside for us - because we already know we're pretty damn special! - it's still a good motivator for good things! And as it happens, I am happily in the midst of creating more than one good thing celebrating women who ride motorcycles:

  1. We are putting together a special edition of The Carolina Biker Scene to be published to some 12,000 Inboxes on May 18th;
  2. We're in the midst of creating a new Girl Power section of www.thecarolinarider.com for women rider articles, ads, events, 'n such;
  3. And just over the next horizon is a new forum for our website which will have a Girl Power section for women riders to learn, share, and inform more directly...where us gals can connect and express the way only we can do best. .

So, for our special May newsletter, here's my request to you Carolina women out there who ride ...or want to ride!:

Write something!... something real, something fresh, something that's all YOU!

Write about your riding experience/s....when you first rode a bike...how you learned....whether you ride your own or ride "on the back,"....what and where you ride and just about anything else ride-related you want to share. AND BE CREATIVE! Write a poem, write a paragraph. Write a story or a list of things you love about riding. You don't have to use full sentences or proper grammer. You can send in photos or words or both. Don't stress about it....just share! Put your pen to the page and see what flows out....or perhaps you'll put your fingers on the keyboard and watch the words that get created on screen....either way, just PLEASE WRITE! You have a story. I have a story and I'll be sharing mine too. And again, I'd love to see that awesome creativity that women are blessed with rather than just words on a page. Express yourself and have fun doing it! Send it to FancyFree

 

 

READERS RESPOND...
To last week's question of the week about riding when money's tight, Teresa wrote in "When moneys tight we ride, just ride. We go to Lake Oliphant , Landsford Canal, Woods Ferry (pretty and quiet). But if we have a little cash we might go to the Smokehouse Grill in Jefferson, ALL the BBQ, ribs, fish, shrimp,seafood,and salad that you can eat, including the tea for $11 each. Excellent food! It's a nice ride, about 170 miles round trip. Down 9 to Lancaster, get on 903 and then 265 to 151 and Jefferson. We come back on 97 and stop by the Flamingo and Kickstand and thern back home to McConnells.  Good food, fun and friends. Hope to see ya'll there soon."

 

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK for the week of May 11th, 2010:

Keeping in mind that we want to have a productive and balanced discussion on this topic, How do you think cars and bikes can get along better on the road?

 

 

And as I send this week's newsletter out, I feel my excited butterflies kicking around in my belly anxious to fly into the work I have ahead of me for next week. Our next issue of The Carolina Bike Scene will be a bit different...and something many hands will have had a part of. I have received some wonderful words and images from women over the past few weeks and more are still on their way to me through cyberspace. This will be a busy week as I pull together what's come in but I am most grateful for the opportunity to share your stories and to be a part of your ride. Thanks for letting me come along. I'll see you down the road shortly!

 

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

www.TheCarolinaRider.com


 

KIBBLES 'N BITS

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

 

What I did on my Summer Vacation...maybe? ....

The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee has all sorts of cool things happening this Summer. Imagine going to bike nite at the home of Harley every Thursday night or celebrating Women Rider month at their event in May! Join in their Fantasy Camp in June or peruse the Evel Knievel Exhibit that opens July 10. For more look around www.harley-davidson.com

 

MSF Cautions Car, Truck, and Bus Drivers

"Don't Be That Guy. Drive Nice, Look Twice and See the Riders

IRVINE, Calif., May 6, 2010 - Half of all motorcycle crashes involve a collision with another vehicle and the car driver is most often at fault. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation urges all drivers to give riders some space and to not "be that guy" that hits a motorcyclist. Killing or injuring a rider is something that you would have to live with for the rest of your life, and nobody needs that guilt. Remember, drive nice, look twice, and see the riders. Start the conversation at forcardrivers.com.

The MSF is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, and Yamaha. For RiderCourseSM locations, call (800) 446-9227 or visit www.msf-usa.org.

 

LOOSE TALK

One of my friends said recently, "Jon, you have an interesting life!" I do .... and I like it that way.

I get to spend time with people who build bikes, ride bikes, sell bikes, love bikes, repair bikes, party on bikes, and look damn good on their bikes!

This past week I dropped by Gastonia's Buffalo Wild Wings and Concord's Suck Bang Blow. I enjoyed our area's weekly tradition bike nite at QS&L in Concord and a new bike nite with Hollywood Cycles at The Sandtrap in Steele Creek in Charlotte. And I ran by Cox Harley-Davidson in Rock Hill to check out the Women in the Wind and Harley-Davidson of Charlotte in Matthews for their Antique Bike Day.

Check out pics and vids from my interesting life on our website's new additions and please please share in my interesting life by sending in stories and pictures about your interesting life too!

Until then, keep the shiney side up!!

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton
Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com

 

 

 

SkyLine Inn

 

Mad Dog Custom Cycles

 

 

Matthews Fun Machine

 

Charlotte Honda

 

Ride Like A Pro

 

Cox H-D

 

Superior Ins

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

 

Bob Karney Law Firm

 

State HOG Rally

 

Tilted Kilt

 

McKoys SmokeHouse

 

 

 

 

SkyLine Inn

Mad Dog Custom Cycles

 

 

Matthews Fun Machine

 

Charlotte Honda

 

Ride Like A Pro

 

Cox H-D

 

Superior Ins

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

Bob Karney Law Firm

 

State HOG Rally

 

Tilted Kilt

 

McKoys SmokeHouse

 

 

 

 

SkyLine Inn

 

Mad Dog Custom Cycles

 

 

Matthews Fun Machine

 

Charlotte Honda

 

Ride Like A Pro

 

Cox H-D

 

Superior Ins

 

Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

 

Bob Karney Law Firm

 

State HOG Rally

 

Tilted Kilt

 

McKoys SmokeHouse

 

 

 

 

SkyLine Inn

 

Mad Dog Custom Cycles

 

 

Matthews Fun Machine

 

Charlotte Honda

 

Ride Like A Pro

 

Cox H-D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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