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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of August 3-10
Tuesday 91 isolated t-storms, Wednesday 93 scattered t-storms, Thursday 95 scattered t-storms, Friday 91 scattered t-storms, Saturday 86 isolated t-storms, Sunday 86 isolated t-storms, Monday 89 scattered t-storms (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 8/3/10)
What some of our Sponsors are up to this week
Bike Nites at
Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord, NC ... Wednesdays
Buffalo Wild Wings in Gastonia, NC ... Thursdays
McKoy's in Charlotte, NC ... Fridays
Steve's Bar & Grille ... every other Thursday (THAT'S THIS WEEK!)
(see The Carolina Rider Events CALENDAR for many more events plus full details)...
Please look and add your own events when they come up! There's always much to choose from around our Carolinas ...
New space-saving feature....click on LINK above to find this listing!
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!
Nothing in Particular...
Nothin' in particular to say today. I think I've come down with something.... kinda like the reverse of Spring Fever....what'll we call it? Well, using the name of another malady that they talk about on those TV pharmaceutical ads, maybe we'd call it "Restless Spirit Syndrome?!"
A new air came to town this weekend and is still hanging around today. I can't stay in the office long. The call of the road is too strong.
The commercial might go something like this...
Do you find your mind wandering from the computer screen to the out-of-doors?
Do you have intermittent visions of zooming through the cool air on two wheels?
Do you have cravings for refreshment and adventure?
Have you been recently exposed to prolonged periods of excessive heat?
Have you been weighed down by over-responsibility and boxed in by the roles you play?
You, like millions of other survivors of this Summer's viscious heatwave, along with pretty much everyone else in the world who deal with the everyday demands of life, may be suffering from RSS, Restless Spirit Syndrome.
But help is on the way, dear friends. As close as your garage or bike trailer or perhaps the closest dealership, you too can find relief for your sudden-onset or chronic symptoms. You can thrive again and find the energy you used to have as a child, the creative inspiration you felt playing in the sandbox and running free on the playground!
Take a FREE RIDE! Just a simple dose will do ya. Some find repeated doses over a week or two or perhaps even a month in The Keys to be the best initial therapeutic regimen. Others find a weekly or daily dose will suffice. Consult your personal biker friends before beginning any therapeutic program (and maybe they'll decide to join you!)
You shouldn't take a FREE RIDE if you have been consuming mass quantities of adult beverages or if you are experiencing excessive sleepiness or are suffering from blindness or from any form of stupidness.
FREE RIDE might cause middle age crises; sudden urges to resign from your job; clear thinking; renewed spirituality and creative expression; parts and accessories shopping sprees; wild vacation planning; wearing of leather as well as loss of garments; and, in some instances, extending your ride by some 1600 miles to attend this coming week's Sturgis rally.
Take a FREE RIDE today. Certain relief for your Restless Spirit Syndrome.
Saturday was my friend Lovey's 35th birthday and her husband presented her with a Sportster...."and it's a red one!!" - she kept exclaiming! Lovey was all a-twitter about her new hog...lots of questions, much to consider, great reason to celebrate, and then time to get down to business and figure out what to do with this new addition to her life. She's never ridden. Oh, sure, on the back with old boyfriends but never on one herself....and I recall how that feels. I shared about the classes available and what all's out there to help her get comfortable and knowledgable. She's excited but wants to do this thing right. It's a used bike so she wants to get the bike mechanically checked out by someone who knows their stuff. We had a couple thoughts on that. What to buy to wear and where to get it all. I shared some possibilities for her to consider...including "Some boots look great and are fine for while you're seated and riding but are really uncomfortable to walk in!" I told her she can NOT buy a bell for herself or the magic won't work and I urged her to do as Stealth says in his recent article about customizing her ride. She's on her way. I could see the gleam in her eye. She too needs a dose of the FREE RIDE to treat her RSS symptoms!
Doctor Fancy Free's remedy for RSS....Go4aRIDE!
(Me in Sturgis in '04 - it was COLD!)
"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
KIBBLES 'N BITS
Quick little Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on....
Jim Wertman, General Manager of Carolina Honda in Columbia, SC shares this story
South Carolina Business and Community Come Together to help Marine:
When RJ Wild got out of the Marine Corps after serving his country The Marine Corps gave him a grant to help him purchase transportation. As a Purple Heart Recipient RJ had been seriously wounded in the war in Afghanistan and returned home to Greenville South Carolina. RJ purchased a motorcycycle with the grant but within one week it was stolen. A local TV Station WSPA put the story out there to try and get RJ some help. Well help came from two people in the Greenville area that donated $2500 dollars, and a motorcycle dealership in Columbia South Carolina Carolina Honda along with the help of The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Club donated a Red, White, and Blue 2007 VFR 800 valued at $7,000for RJ for the amount of funds raised that was $3,000. Still the community and other business came forward to help RJ. There was insurance agent who put insurance on his motorcycle, LOJACK put a Security System on his Bike to make sure it was never stolen again and American Honda went thru the bike replacing what ever it needed and put a two year warranty on the motorcycle. Tucker Rocky a main distributor of motorcycle products put a $750 dollar exhaust system on the motorcycle to improve the bikes performance and sound. So much help for one Marine has been a blessing for RJ and sends a great message to all of our Military returning home: WE CARE ABOUT OUR VETERANS and people and businesses are willing and able to reach out to those Veterans. We can never thank our Veterans enough for there service to our country. It is a privilege to help our Veterans and we are very proud of those individuals, businesses, American Honda, The Cobat Veterans Motorcycle Club,Tucker Rocky and especiall the TV station WSPA and the reporter Dianne Derby who put the story out there and got RJ the help he needed. God Bless the Veterans who return to South Carolina and God Bless those who offer a helping hand to make them feel special and offer help when needed.I hope every one who reads this story understands that you can make a difference in the life of a returning Veteran so please take the time to say Thank You For Your Service, and offer a helping hand to those who need the help. I am sure RJ Wild will tell you what a blessing and difference it made in his life. (Jim Wertman)
Go buy some Motorclothes!
It's SALES TAX HOLIDAYS this weekend for NC and SC!
Throughout The Carolinas this weekend, August 6-8, it's the yearly Sales Tax Holiday. According to the federal website, here's what that means for you.....
NC: clothing - $100
Now, we don't know what "other" means .... and we're pretty sure motorcycles aren't part of the "other," but sounds like motorcycle apparel might qualify, doesn't it?
For more info, click on the NC and SC links above
Side note: How fun is it that there is another tax holiday listed for NC and it's in November and is for Energy Star Appliances.....and that the extra tax holiday that SC offers which is also in November is for guns, rifles, and handguns!!!
Jimmy B shares "motorcycle wisdom" from cyberspace ...
One bike on the road is worth two in the garage
What does a Biker Look Like?
Sturgis in 2004
I recently read an article about the prevailing image folks have in their minds of motorcycle riders. The author - who I'm sorry to say I can't remember his name or I'd give him some credit - raised some good points about how most people think of The Sons of Anarchy stories and characters when asked to describe a "biker."
It set me thinking. Personally, I see ALL KINDS of people in my life in the Carolina motorcycle world...and beyond. All kinds.
So is there a "typical motorcycle rider?" And what comes to mind when the general population thinks of riders or bikers or motorcycle enthusiasts? Do we all have our own mental image or do we, even we riders, have the same impression of who rides motorcycles?
I guess the answer depends on how old you are or how you were raised. But the short answer is that the image has been changing over the last 10 years or so and will continue to change; but just keep in mind that not every body thinks like you do or we do!!
Until next week keep the shiney side up!!
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