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May 20th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause - a Focus on Not-for-Profit Events & Efforts

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Invitation to Win! - Get High on the Hog!

Bub: Florida Part 2

Sponsor Highlight: Southside Customs 'n more

Enter the Spring Rally Photo Contest

TCR Classifieds

Loose Talk with Jon


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Concord STAR Riders Tell about their Charity Effort coming up ...


Every school day, 72.6% of Kannapolis City students and nearly 43% of Cabarrus County students eat a free or reduced breakfast or lunch from their school. We received statements from Cabarrus County teachers that for many of those children these are the only meals they will receive. Those school meals are not served in the evenings, or the weekends.

Our club, STAR Touring & Riding, Chapter 443, based in Concord is beginning a campaign to raise funds to help feed these innocent children and are collaborating our effort with HOPE Worldwide – Charlotte chapter. For more information on HOPE Worldwide visit their website at

Our campaign goal for this year is $10,000.00. Proceeds will go towards
purchasing food for approximately 400 children and their families.

We are looking for supporters and friends to contribute to this cause.

There are several ways to get involved:

Donate  - We are accepting tax-deductible donations to support our cause. The more money we raise, the more we feed. Other types of donations we need are assistance with advertising and getting our cause out to the people any way we can. To make your tax deductible donation please see the information below.

Participate in the Cruisin’ for the Kids Benefit Motorcycle Ride on June 21st at RideNow Powersports. For more information and to pre-register for the event at .

Silent auction items  - On the day of our event, we will be holding a silent auction, raffle, and 50/50 give away. If you would like to donate items for this, let us know and we will come to you to pick them up.

Purchase an FCC t-shirt or patch - Visit to purchase items. All proceeds from the sales go to Feeding Cabarrus Children.

Participate in the Cruisin’ For the Kids car Show  - Enter your custom/classic car into the show for a $20 donation. This event will take place on June 21st  at RideNow Powersports in Concord.
If you have questions and need to contact us, you can use the contact link on our website at or contact me.

Jon Greene
Vice President 
STAR Tour & Riding
Chapter 443 Concord, NC






The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of May 20-27, 2014

Tuesday 80 m-sunny, Wednesday 88 p-cloudy, Thursday 91 p-cloudy, Friday 86 p-cloudy, Saturday 82 sunny, Sunday 84 sunny, Monday 86 p-cloudy, Tuesday 88 pm t-storms (as per on 5/20/14)

Heading to Maggie Valley!

It looks like a great weather weekend in Maggie and Footloose ... and I are looking forward to being there with The BIG RIDE for Sonny Productions' Spring Rally. 66 for the high on both Fri and Sat with tons of sun and 69 on Sunday with even more solar power shining for us. The word is that it more often than not rains in the Valley ... but not this time!

Sonny has good music and games planned with great bikes on show and a variety of vendors and activities. There's a guided and a self-guided bike tour on the menu as well and if you don't want to get on your bike, you can ride the mechanical bull on site! Of course, why would you not want to get on your bike and ride the scenic curves of the area?!! I know I'll be hopping on the back of Footloose's ride (that's being dragged up behind the bus!) for a spin around some groovy mountain curves. Poni Princess and Frog will be working with us at The BIG RIDE Bus during the rally and I'm guessing that since they'll have their bikes with them too, they'll be asking to take off early to get in a ride or two. So be it!

I'm considering taking my first hot air balloon ride while there since it's part of what's happening at the Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley. Check out the website and come on and join us for awhile this weekend. The admission is better than ever at $10/day.

Don't forget .. you want to go to HOG Happenin' in Lincolnton for lots of reasons - a humongous BBQ contest and bike show set in historic downtown Lincolnton, lots of fun people in a laid-back hometown atmosphere, great businesses & restaurants around town to welcome you, and The Carolina Rider's BIG RIDE Bus set up for you as well! At the bus, you will be able to register for the BIG BBQ PRIZE PACKAGE we've got in store for you - check out the ad below ....

In today's edition, Bub continues his tale of "the great bike-venture" to Florida and back. For those of us of a certain age, he has a little Laurel and Hardy nostalgia to share ... and for all of us, he inspires us again to get out and RIDE!

Poni shares another Sponsor Highlight as we continue to celebrate our 5th Anniversary with monthly special activities. And the highlight this time is of a brand new Sponsor to The Carolina Rider ... Southside Customs/Skooterz Saloon/Eternal Art Tattoo are a 3-business venture of CJ Sauer in Shelby, NC. You know that town you pass thru on your way somewhere on 74? The one with the BBQ joints and the mall where there's a huge toy run every holiday season? Shelby may be a pass-thru town for some, but it's a bustling home-sweet-home for others .. .including the Sauers and my Uncle Bud! Whether you're just passing by on your way to Lake Lure or you intentionally set out that direction, you'll want to set this place as a destination. Grab something to eat and drink and take in the view of bikes old and new and all hot rod-ed up. Tell 'em The Carolina Rider sent ya!

Along with our monthly sponsor highlight, remember we have PRIZES scattered throughout our special anniversary year celebration. You still have another week or so to get your PHOTOS in for the Spring Rally Photo Contest that will be judged the first week of June and you don't want to miss the "Get High on the Hog" Prize Package opportunity either. Check em out!

It's Electric!

I was impressed to hear that an electric motorcycle won a hill climb against gas-powered bikes. Here's a video from Lightening Electric Motorcycles about it. While it's really cool, I'm absolutely sure the world will never lose its love of the rippin' ROAR of a rumbling ride tho....

Enjoy your week!


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Florida Part 2

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bub continues to share the tale of his Florida bike-venture a couple months back. Charley and Mickey were along, as usual but they headed further south while Bub spent some time reminiscing...

I enjoyed Monday in sunny Florida after the rain in Georgia. I’m riding my old stomping grounds around Rockledge and Cocoa which is on the east coast of Florida near the Kennedy Space Center. Used to stand in my back yard and watch the rockets blast into the sky. Also about 70 miles south of Daytona Beach.  Wanta know about Bike Week?  I know more than I want to know.

Visited with some old friends and stopped in at the school where I used to teach.  Strange—I don’t remember them looking that old!  Several are getting ready to retire and they wanted to know how I enjoyed retirement and as the famous Tony the Tiger would respond---GREAT!!  was my reply.  One couple that Margie and I spent many miles on the road with was Ken and Avis Stanifer. They owned Cocoa Honda when I lived there and probably are responsible for the Hondas I’ve owned since.  Ken is 86 and still rides, but not a Honda. He has a Harley Sportster and putters around town on it.  Said he’s coming up to ride the Blue Ridge with me.

While I’m having a good time in Central Florida Mickey and Charley are charging toward Key West.  Charley’s Vstrom starts to act up , something electrical.  The bike won’t start and ...

I love getting out in our huge biker community and speaking with people who are totally immersed in the culture. They live motorcycles, they talk motorcycles, I’m sure in a previous life they were a motorcycle. I had the extreme pleasure of meeting just one such person, CJ Sauer. I don’t think I have met a person so committed to a vision as CJ has for his business at Southside Customs in Shelby, NC. He has created a true trifecta when it comes to fun with bikes!

I went to CJ’s place on Dixon Blvd in Shelby last week and was amazed at the huge 20,000 square foot metal building that houses three major biker attractions, Skooterz Saloon, Southside Customs, and Eternal Arts Tattoo. This was my first visit and I’m not sure what I expected but this was, by far, more than I imagined. First let me warn you that bike parking is on the side and in the rear of the building. Don’t be a dufus like me and try to park on the hill out front! My every present hero, Frog, went with me and had to quickly come to my rescue when I couldn’t put a foot down on one side of my Deluxe and was losing traction on the other. It was a little scary and definitely comical there for a minute. Sweet Lori, CJ’s wife, came running out the front door and quickly invited us to park out back.

Safely inside the building I took it all in. There were about 10 custom rides immediately to my left, a beautiful parts counter in front of me, more custom bikes far off to the right, and a comfy couch and flat screen TV (which Frog immediately gravitated towards). The greatest impression I had? This place is incredibly clean, very functional, and aims to please. The tattoo parlor with its long counter full of books and guidelines sits pretty much in the middle of it all. Skooterz Saloon is behind all that and they are expanding to include ...


Current Listings:

Listed 5/20/14 - 2002 Custom Road Glide - $38,000 - One of a kind built by Camtech & tons of customizations: Custom House of Color Paint, Black with Candy Red Pearl host Flames, Low Miles, Diamond Cut Barrels, 88 punched out to 95 inch, Sachs Racing Head, 10:1 Pistons-Compression Releases, Cams, 42 Mikuni Carb, Wimmer Velocity Intake, Screaming Eagle Adj Push Rods, Fueling Lifters, FBI 2-1 hidden exhaust, Slash cut and tucked under bag, 6 piston front brake caliper, Metalsport Roxxy 26 inch Front Wheel, Camtech Stretched & Raked Front End, Camtech Stretched Tank, Custom Dash with Flush Gas Cap, Custom Chin Spoiler, Flared Side Covers, Camtech Stretched Extended Bags w/ LED Flush Integrated Signals/Brakes, Full Width Solid Fender, Sinister Drag Bars, Dakota Digital Gauges, Snakeskin Seats(Solo and Dual,) Custom Back Rest, Arnott Rear Air Rear Suspension with Handle bar controls, Flame Kick Stand/ Mirrors/ Grips/ Hwy Pegs, Banana Floorboards, Extended Rear Brake and Shifter, High Watt Stereo system & Speakers with Hand Grip Controls, & much more! Barry Pollack, call 386-212-3201

By the way, the bike was in The Litigator calendar in 2013 ... (Sorry, beautiful girl not included! ...)



Listed 3/3/14 - Custom Chopper - $10,500 OBO, 1998 Custom Rigid, 120CC Delkron motor. This is a great custom chopper, has many upgrades including, ape hanger handle bars, 5 speed baker trans, custom wheels, new tires, open primary, JB brakes and a chain drive. This bike screams with 120 hp and low miles. One owner. Call 704-236-9222 to see. Owner is motivated. (Charlotte)




What a week!

Weekend before last I was at CPCC teaching an MSF safety class. That Monday we got the magazine ready to publish and Tuesday my buddy and I left on bikes headed south with "no plan."

(my buddy Steve and our bikes in one of our sunny moments on the road last week)

We made it to Savannah, spent the night and, because of expected rain on Thursday, we headed northwest and ended up in Augusta, GA. Just a word about Augusta, if the Masters is not going on..... not much is happening. I would not recommend it. But you know what they say, it's the ride not the destination. And it was a GREAT ride! Anyway, we headed home Thursday and were lucky enough to skirt the rain most of the day.

The rain taught me about our new riding buffs, the "TCR Tuffs." They are great as a face mask in the rain!

And here's a video about "multi-functional headwear" .... WATCH VIDEO

This weekend

Now, in my non-stop schedule, this week we (FancyFree, The BIG RIDE Bus, and me) are headed to Maggie Valley to the Festival Grounds for the Rally, Friday through Sunday. Come on up and see us!

We enjoyed taking the Bus up to this year's Combat Vets ride in Wilkesboro and got to meet a number of new friends and see some good longtime ones too. We're getting the bus out more this year than last - partly because last year's riding season was mostly rainy, partly because we can! The Litigator had his tent up next us at the starting point for Combat Vets ride. Jason wanted me to let you all know that the winner of his drawing for a $100 gift card for Crossroads Harley was Craig Unger. Congrats to him!

If you are in the area of any of these this week, don't forget bike nites at our much-valued Sponsors: Mac's (3 in Charlotte area, one in Fayetteville, one in Greenville, SC!,) Quaker Steak & Lube in Concord, (Wed) SkooterZ in Shelby, (Wed) Zippers in Lincolnton, (Wed) and Out-Skirts Cabaret in Charlotte. (Fri)

They are all rockin' times! ...


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