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In This Issue:




Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


August 18: Big Pot Fun Run, Lincolnton, NC

August 25: CMOU Riding for Relief, Concord, NC

Sept 15: Families Helping Families Poker Run, Columbia, SC


Mad about Motorcycles! Tech advice with Derek Hoard


Golden Opportunities - on the road with Golden Carper


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of July 9-16, 2012

Monday 95 iso t-storms, Tuesday 89 scattered t-storms, Wednesday 83 t-showers, Thursday 82 scattered t-storms, Friday 84 scattered t-storms, Saturday 84 iso t-storms, Sunday 88 iso t-storms, Monday 89 iso t-storms (as per on Monday 7/9/12)





Small Towns

Humor me, please, as I pay homage to Andy Griffith!

I haven't kept up with Andy's acting in the last 30 years really; my connection with him is rooted in his role as Sheriff Taylor. Andy, Barney, Opie, and Aunt Bea and the many others of small town America have had a huge impact on my life, I find. So many lines from the shows still dancing in my head, so many warm images pressed into the photo album of my brain, so many laughs still chuckling around in my belly! Just yesterday in the midst of the goodbye-Andy-days I found without any surprise an Andy Griffith marathon on TV. As one episode whistled to a close another whistled that familiar theme song beginning and I was off in Mayberry with the gang on another adventure; this time walking in over-cautious unison into "Old Man Renshaw's house;" Barney's teeth fearfully chattering and Gomer "sha-zamming" at the ghostlyness of the place while Andy egged their terror along in his usual good-natured humor. And, as usual, Andy saves not only the day but Barney's pride as well as he allows his wirey sidekick to take credit for knowing that the place was only haunted by moonshiners rather than ghosts.

Yep, Andy's part in this beloved sitcom was to point us to basic human compassion and friendship, neighborliness and the general goodness of humankind. He and the varied characters of Mayberry and Mount Pilot and what-have-ya feel like "home" and "family" in the best of ways. It was a TV show. It was set in a fictitious town. It was a long time ago. Yet it still harkens to what many of us seek - that good feeling we associate with small towns, country stores, and granny's jam....

I know that I am mesmorized by small towns and country roads. You've heard it from me before and will undoubtedly hear it again ... I am a country road-riding kind of gal. I-77 and I-85 and freeways and other such highways are for getting somewhere as expediently as possible. Busy traffic-jammed city streets are necessary evils we must all patiently push through at times. But country roads are for being really alive; being in each and every moment rather than rushing to get to the next moment as quickly as possible; taking time to smell roses and newly mowed oniony-grass as well as food cooking on the grill of the local lunch counter and pies cooling on the counter of small town diners! Ride past the smells or pull up to a curb for "a spell." Walk in, hear the shop bell ring as the screen door clacks shut; sit down and hear the fizzle of a Coke-a-Cola being poured and the gum smacking of the waitress taking your order as she tells you all about her cousin Earnest and his girlfriend Joy.

It's THE RIDE we say and when folks tell me about their rides there are these kinds of details in their stories. Somewhere in almost every ride story is a country store, a neighborly chat, a caring gesture, or some small town find that makes the ride even more special. Mayberry and Andy are a flavor we look for out there. And so I'm going to take an Andy Memorial Ride sometime soon and gobble up some good flavors out there on the roads!

Andy and motorcycles don't have a lot of connection other than these dribbles of thought and the following .....

  1. On a darker side, as I was Googling around today, I found this movie which I never saw with Mr. Griffith playing a sadistic fellow who rides. One of his lines is "I'm a hippie with money." If you can stand to see him in this kind of role, give it a glance: Pray for the Wildcats

  2. And, of course, here's the much fonder image we all come to when putting Andy (and Barney, of course!) and motorcycles together:

Go find an Andy Griffith Memorial Marathon and you'll surely come across this classic!





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This one is a ways off but it gives us all a chance to get it on our calendars early!








New Contributors to The Carolina Rider!

Derek of Mad Dog Custom Cycles

As promised, I am happy to introduce two new writers today ... Derek Hoard is the General Manager of Mad Dog Custom Cycles in Lake Wylie, SC and you can find a monthly column by him here in The Carolina Rider Scene discussing all sorts of bike-customizing options and need-to-know tech advice. We're excited to have Derek as a part of The Carolina Rider!

Near the Buster Boyd Bridge which crosses Lake Wylie at the North and South Carolina lines, Mad Dog Plaza is quite a destination for riders. Not only will you find fine service and creative buildership with Derek and his team but they have a stocked shop of leathers and bike gadgetry plus Sweetwater Sports Bar and Grill where you can drink and eat in comfy surrounds! Their deck is mist-cooled plus there's plenty of space inside for your group to have lunch or dinner and a few drinks while enjoying games on TV or the occasional live music. Saturdays are BIKE DAYS from 12-5pm. Check out their flyer above.

Golden Opportunities by Golden Carper

Another new writer from South Carolina is sharing with us today. Golden Carper sent in this ride story recently and we're hoping to hear more from him in the future. I so enjoyed reading his tale and am really impressed by their camping and drooling over the scenery they encountered! There's even a cool shot of a country store and a Mayberry-like town experience that backs up my earlier statement that most ride stories have some wonderfully delicious tidbit like these .....! Thanks, Golden, for giving The Carolina Rider a taste of your ride!

The Motor Maids 72nd Annual Convention in Spartanburg

This week is the annual Motor Maids convention and it's being held this year in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Footloose and I will be going for awhile tomorrow to meet some of these great riding women, hear some stories, take some photos. Tomorrow evening they will be parading through Spartanburg and on to Chesnee. Weather looks challenging but I encourage you to go to one of these viewing points to see something that you don't usually get to see! You can find more info about Motor Maids in their press release on our site and more on theirs.


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

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"It's all Clear"

People ask me all the time to see what is going on inside of the motorcycle. With the new Clarity line by Roland Sand Designs that is now possible. The Clarity line allows you to look inside your primary, cam cover, and intake. Made of machined billet housing and transparent polycarbonate lenses you are able to watch the inner workings of your motor while that bike is running.

These parts come with all mounting hardware and gaskets you will need to install them and create a look all their own. The derby cover allows you to look inside of your primary and see fluid levels and workings of your clutch. The air cleaner allows you to see your throttle butterfly moving and gas entering your intake manifold. The covers are offered in chrome, black and a contrast cut to achieve any look that you are going for. Some exhaust systems may interfere with the cam cover and you need to make sure you have 5/16" clearance from your cover to your exhaust.

To be innovative and different also comes at a price. The cam covers range from $329.95 to $339.95. A derby cover runs $229.95 to $239.95 and an intake runs $499.95. If you are interested in make the move to the clarity line please contact me a Mad Dog Custom Cycles and I can help you with any of your custom looks!







CBA Helmet Law Protest

4th of July Ride

This past Wednesday, July 4th, The Gastonia County Chapter of the CBA did their best to stand up to THE MAN. 150+ bikers showed up to say that they did not believe in the helmet law.

Last year the local police was not sure what to do with 100 helmet-less law breakers so they let them go. This year the Belmont police, the Sherriff's Dept, and the Hwy Patrol were out in force. This year was going to be different.

So before any helmet-free riders ever got to the NC Hwy streets, they were directed to an adjoining parking lot where 25 or so brave souls took their tickets.

So, the bikers did their jobs, the law enforcement did their jobs, and now a biker attorney, Jason E. Taylor, will be doing his job. The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, has agreed to help all 25 of the "Law Breakers" and will be taking the cases with no fee involved. Jason, a great guy with a huge heart, said "I'm happy to help out my fellow bikers."

Yes, so on the 4th of July everyone had done their job and duties!!!

Check out photos in our GALLERY and Blastoff's blast off about the day in his article online now.

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



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