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May 27th 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!

Poni Princess: Western NC BBQ Festival & our Prize Package!

TCR Classifieds

Loose Talk with Jon

Join us at The BIG RIDE Bus!


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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of May 27 - June 3, 2014

Tuesday 87 scattered t-storms, Wednesday 91 p-cloudy, Thursday 88 scattered t-storms, Friday 83 scattered t-storms, Saturday 83 am clouds, Sunday 81 am clouds, Monday 87 p-cloudy, Tuesday 90 p-cloudy (as per on 5/27/14)

Braised and Confused

The confused part ...

In my head, Memorial Day comes on the 30th or 31st of May. I'm sure this early holiday anomaly has happened some other time in my 5+ decades but it didn't mess me up as much as this one has. This coming weekend "seems" like it "should" be the holiday. This past weekend, while clearly filled with red, white, and blueberries of holiday spirit, felt somehow "off" to me. Perhaps in part because I "worked" this past weekend; The BIG RIDE and our team being at Sonny's rally in Maggie Valley 'n all, you know. But mostly, I am convinced, because the dates just don't jive in my head. I'm a little befuzzled this week and I extend my apologies to ya for that.

Despite my confusion and the early appearance of Memorial Day, it's a fabulous time of the year, isn't it?! Up the mountain and down this past weekend, I enjoyed my "cage" flanked by motorcycles. A couple times, I found myself almost drifting into formation with some of the groups I passed! I wasn't envious of this one guy I passed on the way home Sunday. There were a couple rounds of rain I hit on the way down the mountain. This poor fellow and his partner were clearly a bit chilly in their short sleeves in the rain ... and one of them was in dire need of one of our TCR Riding Tuffs because he had his clutch hand over his face as he puttered hesitantly down the right lane of I-26 with his blinkers on. If that was you, give me a shout and I'll mail you a "Tuff" that'll save you next time you get caught in rain or cold or heat or other riding times you need a little protection.

Yep, riders are out like crazy and our online Events Calendar is bursting at its seams with runs and rides all over The Carolinas. Just look in our Riding BEcause section above and notice how many rides The Carolina Rider is helping to promote and you'll find 4 for this weekend...not to mention all else that's on the Calendar. Yes, once it heats up more, the Calendar slows a bit but throughout Summer there's lots to choose from.

You all know The Carolina Rider has a valued relationship with The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor. In fact, I don't think I'm overstretching to define our connection with The Litigator as "symboitic" in the sense that we have a great mutual support for each other. Well, this Sunday we're proud to partner with Jason and his crew to bring on the second year of a motorcycle ride that's very special to him...

From our friend, The Litigator:



The Braised Part ...

There've been a few questions about this BBQ festival promotion we're doing ... thankfully, Poni Princess is answering them in her article today about the Western North Carolina Barbeque Festival in Maggie Valley that is happening the last weekend of July. It'll be scorching hot by then and The BIG RIDE Bus will be in Chesnee for Shaggy's Kamikazi Bike Meet and for Antique Bikes on Main that weekend, but we've got it all set up for YOU to be further up in the Carolina hills chowin' down on some Q!

Poni hands you a saucy plate of info below. All you got to do is first get to HOG Happenin' in Lincolnton next weekend and register to win a delicious weekend in Maggie Valley later in July.


It was my honor and priviledge to meet many new friends in Maggie Valley this weekend. Looking forward to some personal riding time, Bike Nites at Quaker Steak and Out-Skirts this week, The Litigator Ride this Sunday, and HOG Happenin' next weekend!


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There’s nothing like summer in the Carolinas with a long ride and a great destination place in mind. Now you throw in some BBQ and a few beers and add some fierce competition and you have a full weekend. Friends of mine…if ever there was something to get excited about this is it. The Carolina Rider in conjunction with the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce is offering an AMAZING prize package to be used at the Smokin’ In The Valley BBQ Festival. The festival is being held July 25 and 26 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds and you do not want to miss this incredible event.

Even though it will be in the heat of the summer, there is no better place to enjoy summer riding than in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The curvy roads and cooler mountain temperatures make for an awesome experience only made better when you bring on the BBQ!

Want a piece of this action…for FREE? Then you MUST be at Hog Happenin’ in Lincolnton, NC June 6-7. That’s where you will register for this incredible give-away. Just come by The Carolina Rider’s BIG RIDE Bus and see Footloose or FancyFree for your entry form. At the end of that weekend they will be drawing one name for all of this: a two night’s stay at Maggie Valley Inn, two admission tickets to tour Wheels Through Time Museum, two admission tickets for the BBQ festival, and two t-shirts from The Carolina Rider. You do not have to be present to win, but your only opportunity to enter for this amazing prize package to be used in July is at Hog Happenin’ in June. Being a biker just don’t get no better than this!

Last year the BBQ festival drew 48 professional cookers from the top BBQ states here in the south including Myron Mixon’s team from the hit TV show BBQ Pittmasters. This year the festival will introduce a new competition that will be a part of the WNC Points Chase. Cookers who compete in both WNC competitions, Maggie Valley and Franklin, will be automatically entered to win a $1,500.00 purse being paid out to first and second place. You know with money like this the big dogs will be there concocting their magic sauces and sprinkling on their homemade pixie dust. This event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society which reigns supreme as the largest organization of grilling enthusiasts. Hundreds of spectators will be there!

“Barbeque is an art form with traditions handed down from generation to generation,” says Teresa Smith, executive director of the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce, a long time friend of The Carolina Rider. Cookers come in with everything from $50,000 designer-made grills to your Weber special from the local hardware store. Equipment runs the gamut from specialized apple wood to that lucky spatula; & every competitor has their ‘secret ingredient’. Attendees of the festival can walk amongst and talk to the competitors and view their booths. Maybe you can learn a new BBQ trick!

Teresa told me, “In addition to all the serious BBQ competition, the festival will include live bluegrass, country, and folk music. There will be arts and crafts vendors, chainsaw art demonstrations, and a free Kid’s Zone. A special appearance from Bubba Bear of the Cherokee Fun Park will happen from noon to 4:00 Friday and Saturday.”

For more information regarding the festival call 828-926-1686 or visit their website at

For more information on The Carolina Rider's prize package which will get you to this festival PLUS a place to stay & more goodies, make sure to be in Lincolnton on June 6-7 & visit The BIG RIDE Bus at Hog Happenin’.

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)



Happy Holiday Week!

Even if you don't have anymore time off this week, I wish you and your families a happy Memorial Day holiday week. Because of many who came before us, we have many freedoms, opportunities, and resources and we are appreciative. But we should never forget that our freedoms, opportunities, and resources must be protected and that we all have a hand in that. Each and every one of us must take responsibility for ourselves in order to make sure our freedoms are maintained!

Now, here's where we're gonna be over the next week ....



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