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Welcome to The Carolina Rider Scene!


In This Issue:

Come see The Big Ride!

Words from our Sponsors

Lil' Weather

Bike Wash Girlzz

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Stealth's Custom Corner

Work with The Carolina Rider!

Loose Talk with Jon


Look for much more at







If you see The Big Ride going down the street,




and we'll pull over and give you a t-shirt!


The Carolina Rider's Bus, THE BIG RIDE, will make an appearance at the following upcoming events....


July 6 - Quaker Steak & Lube in Concord, Bike Nite

July 16 - American Cycleworks "I Remember Click" Poker Run

July 23 - Mad Dog Custom Cycles Open House with music by The Wiggle Wagons!

July 24 - Coyote Joe's Poker Run







The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of July 5-11, 2011

Tuesday 90 scattered t-storms, Wednesday 89 scattered t-storms, Thursday 86 scattered t-storms, Friday 89 scattered t-storms, Saturday 88 scattered t-storms , Sunday 89 scattered t-storms , Monday 91 scattered t-storms (as per on Tuesday 7/5/11)


Bike Wash Girlzzz

Every Wednesday at The Lube!

This year with a new twist: every month they'll have a bikini contest and this year they will have 2 beautiful bike washers at The Lube.

Come meet the QS&L Bike Wash Gals and get your bike cleaned up at the same time!






One of Those Upside Down Weeks

Greetings Carolina Riders! Today is a Tuesday that feels like a Monday. Yesterday was a Monday that felt like a Sunday and before that there were a couple of days that felt like Saturday! How's that for a crazy mixed up mess that holiday weekends make in your life?

Good Reads!

Today's Carolina Rider Scene has a beautiful photo collage and story by Stealth about this year's SMOKE OUT in Rockingham. We're grateful that Stealth and Vicki made it to see the colorful variety of homemade motorcycle artistry on the fields of Rockingham Speedway. You're bound to know this by now ... Stealth is a true fan of built-from-the-heart bikes like those you see at SMOKE OUT and I'm betting he had that whole kid-in-a-candy-store grin on while meandering through this year's event! Do check out his story below and go to his story online and see TONS OF GREAT PHOTOS of well-loved and highly creative rides.....


Also online today is an article from Jane encouraging us all to head up to Moorseville Dragway for Lee's Performance Race & Bike Bash THIS WEEKEND. The Test & Tune part of the event is THIS FRIDAY with the meat of the show on SATURDAY. Event flyer is above and Jane's article can be found on our homepage. Thanks, Jane, for keeping us tuned into what's up in the world of riding!

Photo from Lee's Performance last event at Mooresville Dragway

Come Meet My Friends!

We're a couple weeks away from a fun day I hope you'll put on your calendar. I'm plugging it for many reasons, not the least of which includes my good friends who are involved .... everyone at Mad Dog Custom Cycles and the band The Wiggle Wagons. Come out and hear The Wiggle Wagons - a group you can't describe till you hear 'em and enjoy their own flavor of a good time. Good people and a good time as Mad Dog opens its doors for a full day Open House. The Carolina Rider Big Ride bus and our gang will be there and we're gonna have Bike Wash Girlzzz washing bikes for FREE so roll your ride down to Lake Wylie and suds up! See the flyer above for more info.



Our Readers Share....

Gordon of Aiken, SC wrote in response to Sharon's Story from last week ...

"After reading this weeks Carolina Rider and seeing Sharon's Story I knew I had to say something.

I read some of the articles and pass on most of them. Her story really touched me, ok I did not cry but it was moving.

It made me recall high school (1956 or 1957) when I rode a Sportster in Hawaii, where I was living. Myself and a friend "Duke" who was in the Air Force, would race through the back roads at night and the feelings of freedom that I felt then, is still there today. I was out to town this morning and I can still feel my bike in my heart, although it is no longer a Sportster, just a Street Rod (V-Rod family).

I used to think that no one else shared my thoughts and feelings, over the years I have rode in many countries and states, some just going to and from work, some just enjoying the ride, some just going anywhere for no reason (my get lost on purpose rides).

Sharon's story touched me and I just had to say that whoever wrote that is really good. I cannot say that I will go to the Ride for her because I may be in another state on a earlier commitment but I will be there in spirit if I cannot make it.

Thanks for the story's and articles like this one."

Gordon B., Aiken, SC, 2006 VRSCR Street Rod



Some event flyers that have come my way....






My buddy Jimmy B shares with me some great motorcycle-related quotes. Here's one I like for today:

Midnight bugs taste best.  ~ Author Unknown

Enjoy the bugs of your ride!

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

I'm on Facebook ... "friend me!"



This month I decided to do something different, instead of bringing you one bike of the month, I am going to bring you a ton of bikes ... THE BIKES OF THE SMOKE OUT!

First let me say if you have never attended the SMOKE OUT, you owe it to yourself to go next year. The SMOKE OUT is put on by THE HORSE BACKSTREET CHOPPERS magazine. Edge and his crew do an outstanding job with this event. It is held at the Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, NC every June, so make your plans for next year. It is always my favorite motorcycle event!

What makes the SMOKE OUT so unique is the bikes. You never know what will show up. There are FLATHEADS, KNUCKLEHEADS, PANHEADS, SHOVELHEADS, EVOS and a few TWIN CAMS. The SMOKE OUT features garage builders and their creations. You will see twisted Springer and Girder front ends, Ape Hangers, twisted Z-bars, King and Queen seats and every style paint job you can imagine from rattle can to professional. You see jockey shifts, tank shifters, foot clutches, up-swept fishtail exhaust and sissy bars that touch the sky, squeeze horns and of course kick starters!


You will see some of the coolest Triumphs on the planets along with a variety of metric bikes turned into choppers and bobbers. The SMOKE OUT is where less is more, bare bones. No BS, in-your-face bikes, no gadgets or frills, maybe a saddlebag or two here and there. These bikes take you back to an era when choppers ruled the road! This is chopper and bobber heaven!

There are top shelf builders here. You may not know their names but their work speaks for them. These guys don't do it for fame or fortune, they do it for their love of bikes and you can see their heart and soul in these bikes. You might be thinking "there is a ton of money tied up in these bikes?" Wrong -they are not 50K credit card bikes. They are built in garages across the country late at night with friends and the music playing and maybe a beer or two. You get the picture.

Another cool aspect of the SMOKE OUT is that riders from all over the country attend and some from out of the country. If they are in-country or Canada, THEY RIDE! It is the code of THE HORSE MAGAZINE. I always enjoy seeing old friends I have made through the SMOKE OUT.

Our local community was well represented at this year's SMOKE OUT. Names you'll know from Stealth's Custom Corner in The Carolina Rider such as Ben Jordan, Eric Stein and Bob Issacson and the Joe Cool bike were there. My buddy Bob Engels showed up on his 79 750 Honda he had just finished. It was the bike's shake down ride. It is a bitchin' bike.

For entertainment there was music, a painted ladies contest, a bike show and a mini bike race. I attended the mini bike race for theĀ first time and it was GREAT! The contestants dress in costumes and there are some good crashes ... no one was hurt.
For me the SMOKE-OUT is about simplicity. These bikes are simple and to the point ... but don't take that that to mean that they are not thought out and planned out. They are works of rolling art. All of those open belt drives singing their tune, those drag pipes popping and snorting ... It all makes me feel a little younger and takes me back to when I first got into bikes.

Yeah, I guess you could say that I LOVE THE SMOKE OUT!
May choppers and bobbers forever RULE! I can't wait until next year! Enjoy the pictures!








Chariot Rides and Beauty Queens


Last Wednesday night at Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord was another hot one ... the weather, of course, plus there was the sizzlin' girls in the bikini contest! If you missed it, QS&L Bikini Contest photos are in our GALLERY thanks to Larry V. Taylor of Digital Imagery & Magic,

Thanks, Larry, for sharing your photography with The Carolina Rider!


News from our CBA/ABATE of NC:

Congratulations!  Your hard work and efforts contacting our legislators have worked again.  On Monday 27 June 2011, Governor Perdue signed into law Session Law 2011-361, An act to create additional protections for motorcyclists from unsafe movements by other vehicles.  You probably remember this law as HB 113, The motorcycle Safety Act.  This law increases the fines for violating the right of way of a motorcyclist.  The act calls for a $200 fine for causing a motorcyclist to leave his lane of travel; and, increases the fine to $500 if injury or property damage occurs.

This legislation was spearheaded by CBA/ABATE and I know of lot of you made extra efforts to write and phone your legislative representatives.  On behalf of all the other motorcyclists in the state, I offer congratulations and thanks. 

We can make a difference when we are organized and handle ourselves in a professional and courteous way.  Please remember - at the beginning of the year someone could run you over and be fined $25 - that's all your life was worth.  Note now that the fine for causing property damage or injury to the rider or passenger is a minimum of $500.  The judge can go up from there.


Got this crazy pic last week from "DynoDave." He says it was seen on Interstate 40 near Raleigh ....

Hope you and your "chariot" have a safe and fun week!


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiney Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton




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