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July 8th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Shaggy: Smoke Out!

From the Mailbag: Brian Stack's Trike

Winning Pics! - Spring Rally Photo Contest

From the G-S on an H-D: Lester Shares

ENTER NOW: Name "the Codgers" Contest!

Loose Talk with Jon

Look for much more at



... and while at the rally:



The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of July 8-15, 2014

Tuesday 94 m-sunny, Wednesday 92 pm t-storms, Thursday 85 scattered t-storms, Friday 87 iso t-storms, Saturday 88 iso t-storms, Sunday 91 scattered t-storms, Monday 92 iso t-storms, Tuesday 88 t-storms (as per on 7/8/14)

what's your line? ... tell the truth!

Anyone old enough or nostalgic enough to remember the TV shows from the 60's called What's My Line and To Tell the Truth? Click on the above links for a taste of some vintage black and white!

We're gearing up for a renewed feature in The Carolina Rider. In a regular column called "I'm The Carolina Rider" you'll get to meet yourselves... the riders of NC/SC.

The Carolina Rider is you and we want to get to know you better.

Stay tuned "in living color" for more news ... and in the meantime, enjoy another episode of What's Your Line? about a female motorcycle cop!

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

Writer's note: The story you are about to read is true. Names have been changed to protect the innocent and my shitty memory. Enjoy.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here it comes. The shot heard ‘round the Motorcycle world, ... Christmas for slightly-disturbed people such as myself.  You know what I’m talking about; it’s time for the SMOKEOUT!!! You see countless people load up trailers and RVs for Daytona or Sturgis ... but if you want to go to a bike show and actually pass other bikes on the road, you get your ass to the Rockingham Dragway ....

This show never ceases to amaze me man, there’s not another thing like it. That’s why I was up at 6:00 am on Friday morning packing KING SHIT with what I thought I might need for a three day stay. With the Wal-Mart special sleeping bag/tent combo secured, all that was left was my camera, a few packs of camels, and a hand full of fresh skivvies.  A full tank of gas and I hit I-85 like a bat out of hell and headed north. All went well until I hit the “Queen City” and my GPS decided to go fucking haywire, I knew I was in the wrong place when I noticed that the neighborhood I was in was waaaayyyy to damn nice for me to be in. Finally I came across a shitty looking gas station where I hammered out a few electrical bugs and finally made my way to my mortal enemy, EAST Independence BLVD. This road and I have a love-hate relationship - I hate that mother fucker and that mother fucker loves to eat my tires. Seriously, if I had one dollar for every tire I’ve blown on that pitiful assed slab... I’d be able to afford good tires.

That explains my utter shock when I made it to the other side and onto 74 with nothing but light traffic and a clear shot to Rockingham. Once into town I rolled onto HWY 1 and headed for the strip. Rolling on HWY 1 I have to admit I was feeling kinda worn out at this point. I hate traveling on major super slabs and try to avoid them like the plague, every accident I’ve ever had was on some interstate. You wanna know how to get yourself out of a funk? Ride through a wooded two lane for about 20/30 minutes, and then off in the distance hear BUM-BUM-BUM-BUM- BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK-BRAK-BRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK. Holy hell they have already opened the drag strip. All of a sudden, the cell-phone-texting teenies and the wind off the semi-trucks seem to be well worth it.

Rolling through the gate of this show gives you the feeling of being exactly where you were meant to be. If you don’t quite understand that, let me clarify.....

Bill's First-Place-Winning Photos:

These 2 clearly go together .. and count for one work of art and the TOP PICK of our judges!

As one judge said, "how could I NOT choose the nuns on bikes pics??!"

The following colorful tank photo won second place ...

"Works of art photographed into a work of art!"


Chuck's Second-Place-Winning Photos:

These 2 shots caught the eyes of our judges as well as the crowd.

Catching the spirit of bikerdom ... can't beat the great characters and sexy bodies of bike weeks!

As one judge said, "It's not just the obvious that make these great ... check out the photographers and the wide-eyed guy in the backgrounds!"

Had to have this biker beach scene ... Judge comment: "After a long ride, kick off your boots and take to the surf ... welcome to bike week!"

Hey guys and girls! It is July now and I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Since it turned off cooler than normal, I’m sorry to say that I did yard work all weekend.  I rode on July 2nd but not since.  It was still hot then.  Too hot under the brain bucket (helmet).  I think I fried my brain. (not a good thing..) Since I haven’t been anywhere I wanted to recap a couple of recent trips. One to Maggie Valley for the Spring Bike Rally and one to the Hog Happenin in Lincolnton N.C. I was not able to ride to Maggie Valley as my bike was still in the shop at that time, but I did have it back for the Hog Happenin.

The trip to Maggie Valley was very nice, even if I was in my cage, instead of the bike.  We had some very close friends go up with us, Mrs. Lester and I.  The 4 of us had a great time at the rally and enjoyed meeting lots of new people from all over the east coast.  I enjoy cutting up with all the normal (?????) people that come with the big silver bus.  We stayed in Maggie Valley for several hours and headed home at the end of the day.  It was a lot of fun.  I sort of miss the "goat reports," and the trying on of the bikinis (WOW).  Congrats to all the winners of the day !

The second trip was to The Hog Happenin there in Lincolnton N.C. We did ride the bikes there.  Mrs. Lester and I left the house with ...


Look into our Galleries! ...

 Be sure and take a look at the pictures just posted this week in our online photo Galleries. Paul and Shaggy did a great job covering the Smoke Out. and I think you will enjoy them, ;-)

I also congratulate the winners of our Spring Rally Photo Contest ... Bill dHappart and Chuck Cavanaugh. Truly great pics, guys!

I'm taking a break from traveling this week but I do have a MSF/Riders Edge teaching engagement this weekend at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte. So, as an ever-conscious instructor, I'll remind you to use your Push Steering and Stay Alert ... and as a biker, I urge you to go out and ride and have some fun!




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