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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
  • Some Differently-Flavored Events of Charlotte & Beyond!

... plus ...

 

FREE THINKING WITH FANCY FREE

including

  • Question of the Week and
  • Readers Respond

... and ...

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

... then finally ...

LOOSE TALK WITH JON

..... The Carolina Rider .... a new slant on things!

 

THINKING AHEAD

- This Week's Riding Planner for The Carolinas -

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of June 1-7

Tuesday 83 & scattered t-storms, Wednesday 87 partly cloudy, Thursday 83 isolated t-storms, Friday 86 scattered t-storms, Saturday 84 isolated t-storms, Sunday 88 partly cloudy, Monday 86 scattered t-storms (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 5/31/10)

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SOME WEEKEND MOTORCYCLE EVENTS

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

Southern Throttle Rally ... Greenville, SC

Hog Happenin' ... Lincolnton, NC

Coffeehouse Run .... Lake Wylie, SC

Alzheimer's Run... Lexington, SC

Jesus Loves Me Ride... Monroe, NC

Rock Hill Rescue Squad ... Rock Hill, SC

Hopewell Baptist Biker Day .... Monroe, NC

HOG Days of Summer Ride ... Elgin, SC

 

BIKE NITES & OTHER RECURRING EVENTS

New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!

 

 

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

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

New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!

 


Taking a walk thru www dot world ...

To distract your anxieties in the dentist's waiting room, you probably grab a softened old magazine from their public pile. Mindlessly flipping pages is somehow soothing and you can hide your dental fears from the other poor souls in the room. And who can pass up a Highlights magazine and their hidden pictures?

Sprawled out newspapers on diner tables give you something to do when you're flying solo in a restaurant. Perhaps they help us feel less alone? Glossy colorful magazine pages help us count the hours till our plane arrives and bide our time while playing the agonizingly exhausting hospital waiting game.

 

The Carolina Rider is an online magazine. Might not feel like one. Can't hear pages flip. Ya don't have to wet your fingertips. But I'm really diggin the possibilities this kind of magazine offers! In order to give you the same kind of experience with paper media, you'd have to have a whole library,...no, the entire Library of Congress and then some....to fulfill this deal. And we are just beginning.

The Carolina Bike Scene is a weekly magazine that points you to a bigger publication, The Carolina Rider. And each one of these pubs links you to other online publications and bits of information. You can link from one thing to another for hours and then find even more to link to and to. Yeah, technology is kickin'!

While still a young online magazine, The Carolina Rider has some regular contributors who are building a grand archive of stories, reviews, and informative articles. Check out new articles from Stealth and Motorman in STORIES as well as in REVIEWS. Motorman has provided a new and always valuable tips and tricks article as well as a review of the Can-Am Spyder. Stealth shares in his genuine realness about something near and dear to all riders' hearts in his article "The T-Shirt."

Old school paper magazines can't give you a moving picture experience. Our video coverage is in its infancy but totally worth a look. Check out VIDEOS for a tiny little taste...

So laptops end up being our company at the diner and surgical waiting rooms and B-Berries and Eye-Phones provide our visual distractions. And sure, we all still do the paper thing. We have choices.

Most of us scan pictures and headings. Some of us read what draws our interest. A few of us read every word cover to cover. It's all cool. Take what you want and leave the rest for someone else.

The Carolina Rider gives one option for letting your fingers walk thru the www dot world. Thanks for wandering around in our cyberspaciousness! Now, where are you as you're read this?

 

READERS RESPOND...
To last week's question of the week, "What do you recommend for June pleasure rides and Carolina events?," Here are some nature-lovin' responses......what else you got??

Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center - a 2800 acre "outdoor classroom" with 25 miles of roads and trails for birding, hunting, hiking, biking, and camping - Four Oaks, NC, I-95, Exit 90

Blooming Butterflies, April-October, 211 Gervais Street Columbia, SC 29201

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK for the week of June 1, 2010 is just for fun....."Where do your read this publication? Are you at work? In the dentist's office? On the john? Outside in the yard? At a coffeehouse? On your home couch?" Just wondering....do tell....

 

"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....

  • Let's Play Pretend ... Try out your daredevil skills on a new PlayStation game coming out June 8. When the real bikes are garaged, you can imagine yourself in a whole different world of two-wheels with Joe Danger.
  • Practical Parking Planning ... A bill just passed in the Rhode Island Senate to require motorcycle parking spaces at all state, city, and town buildings; one bike spot for every car space. Cars parked in bike spaces would be fined.

The Daily Ride ... Ride to Work Day coming up

According to the non-profit organization that promotes this international day of the year, it's much more than just seeing how many folks would ride to work if encouraged to do so. It's a way to draw the world's attention to how motorcycles benefit the greater good. Here what they say...

Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate:

  • The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
  • That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
  • That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
  • That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
  • That motorcycling is a social good

LOOSE TALK

Random Thoughts about Wednesday Bike Nights

Quaker Steak and Lube is the granddaddy of all bike nights. Sometimes they have over 1,200 bikes. About half are cruisers and about half are crotch rockets. All in all, a good mix of riders.
Then the people across the street decided to have a bike night. Not a bad idea but I hear it was for all the wrong reasons. Something about a fallout with the QS&L people and then SBB coming to town but what about Iron Thunder. Right in the same parking lot as the Harley dealer but yet no bike night. Make you wonder? Me too!
Easy Eddies built a big new building and of course they needed to have an Easy Eddies bike night

Mostly Harleys, a good group of riders and Judy has things laid out nice. Cold beer, a band and all of the usual bike night stuff.
A Harley dealer in Gastonia has even started up a bike night on the first Wednesday of each month. A good gathering of riders but too hard for me to remember which Wednesday night it is. Way too confusing.
I guess the bottom line is, get out and ride, stop in at several of the bike nights and see which one floats your motorcycle. Just remember, not too many adult beverages when you are out there. Let me know which ones you like.

Until then, keep the shiney side up!!

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

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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