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August 6th Edition
In This Issue:
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The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area
for Week of July 30 - August 6, 2013
Tuesday 85 p-cloudy, Wednesday 78 scattered t-storms, Thursday 85 scattered t-storms, Friday 86 p-cloudy, Saturday 87 p-cloudy, Sunday 84 scattered t-storms, Monday 84 p-cloudy, Tuesday 84 m-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on Tuesday 07/30/13)
Good Vibe Folks!
I met Valencia and Archie at the seminar we offered about creating not-for-profit motorcycle events back in March ... then a week or so ago I was the recipient of a group email they sent out sharing photos from Star Days in Pennsylvania. I replied to their message asking if they wanted their photos published and received a lovely affirmative response. Then last weekend as I hung out on Main Street Chesnee, here comes Valencia sidle'n up to me reminding me who she is and taking a few shots of our crew at The BIG RIDE!
(Valencia's photo of Archie and Frog who were thankful for The BIG RIDE's awning keepin' the sun off!)
Isn't if funny how some folks just keep showing up in our lives and others never come back around again?
And isn't it wonderful to be around people who just have "good vibes?" That's Valencia - a good vibe kinda gal. And how nice it is to have reconnected .. and that she has sent us a nice little photo journal of their trip to PA for the 13th Annual Star Days as well as their own photos of Antique Bikes on Main to boot!
Now that's what The Carolina Rider is about - YOU! ... YOU who ride; YOU who read this weekly ezine; YOU who peruse our web magazine; YOU who are involved in our Carolina communities North and South for fun, for charity, for the love of bikes!
We're More than just Charlotte-Area Now!
So, go check out Valencia and Archie's Chesnee pics in the Photo Gallery now and I know you'll enjoy their photo journal too. The beginning of the Star Days 13 photo journal is found right below "Lester's" column. Henry "Lester" Donald is another good-vibe person who has kept coming back around to us over the years at The Carolina Rider. It's been a pleasure to chat with him at area events and he won Toby Keith tickets when we had that giveaway going on ... and then recently wrote to say he wanted to help bring some info from his neck of the woods to YOU through a monthly column here in The Carolina Rider Scene! Today he's providing us with a little taste of how ya'll in the Greenville area do bike nites. Isn't it great to see more than just Charlotte-area info in our publications? Thanks so much, Lester, for speaking up and extending yourself to make this section of The Carolina Rider possible. Without you representing your are of The Carolinas, we're slower to cover it all.
What about YOUR area?
And so once again, I'm reminding you all that you CAN see what's happening in your area here, that you CAN learn more about riding and riders and rides more local to you. How? We need YOU. The Carolina Rider is designed to be YOUR voice. I don't want to speak for you (and I'm sure you don't want to read me speaking for you!,) ... I want YOU to speak for you! So, if this rings a bell with you, consider providing us with some small amount of content coming from your corner of The Carolinas. You don't need to make a huge commitment - could simply be sending some photos once a month or filling in the blanks of an Event Report form that we can provide you, or writing about the ride you just took or the biker bars you enjoy or the way it feels to be in the wind......
Planning Toy Runs & other Fall/Winter Events?
I went to Summer Camp a couple times in my childhood. It was a church-sponsored camp in the North Carolina mountains and I loved being in nature, singing before a meal, vespers at sundown, making lanyards in the craft hut, and getting a Heath Bar ice cream bar for my afternoon snack at the snack hut just down the trail. I wasn't thrilled by the meals or the competitive games or the smelly shared bathrooms in the cabins but the memories are still sweet today. If you chose to go on one certain week of the Summer, they had something different going on: Christmas in July. We sang Christmas carols and there was an outdoor decorated tree and one year they had a toilet on the roof of a cabin that they'd fashioned into a sleigh for Santa and his reindeer. Good silly kid stuff.
Anyway, it's August, and it might seem that I am trying to have my own Summertime Christmas by bringing this up, but here's what and why: It's time to talk about TOY RUNS and FALL and WINTER Events! If you are involved in a motorcycle event that's happening anytime before the end of this year, you need to be getting the word out NOW! Believe it or not, it's time. You don't want your event walked on by other events being marketed sooner (or better) than yours! You don't want folks to make plans for being somewhere other than where you want them to be. Remember, you should give us all no less than a couple months notice for an event and more is even better, especially when it comes to the big toy rides.
So, please, let us know now. Get your events on our Events Calendar, contact me to find out how to get your event flyer in this ezine, request TCR's partnership in overall marketing, and write something to help promote what's going on in your area during Fall and Winter 2013.
I don't know about you, but I'm dreaming of a Key West Christmas myself.....
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This new column to The Carolina Rider Scene is a collection of Letters to the Editor (and Publisher too!,) info links, and writings that fall into the catagory of motorcycle safety and education. You are encouraged to write in, share your experience and hard-learned lessons as well as sheer opinion and personal perspective......
Let's start off with some emails. Here are a couple from the past few months:
The following unsigned email came in back in June: "First let me thank you for your great publication, I look forward to its arrival each week. On Friday, May 31st I had the opportunity to attend a 'Bike-Safe North Carolina' session. What a terrific chance to improve my riding skills and safety awareness. This is a free class taught by some of the finest bike riders you could ever meet. It consisted of classroom time and about ninety miles of driving on streets and highways. On the rides you are accompanied by a highway patrol officer on a bike. Following a morning ride and afternoon ride the officer provides valuable information on how to be a better and safer rider. This class in not advertised anywhere and as such I was hoping that you could pass on this information to our fellow riders. Just google 'bike safe North Carolina' for the web site and registration. Thank you."
This one came in May from Bill K: "Jon, Regarding the helmet repeal bill, I personally don't care if motorcyclists wear a helmet or not - but as a tax payer, doesn't pass on substantial financial liability to the State for taking care of the hospital bills incurred by those that do not have insurance or enough insurance? The proposed requirement of $10,000 of insurance does not even come close to the actual expense incurred for head injuries. Sadly, the data from those states that have repealed the laws shows substantial costs that would have been prevented if riders wore even the most minimal helmets.
I know you don't want to see this but nevertheless: States that have repealed their helmet laws have paid dearly for doing so. Here's a LINK by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety."
Another Link in the Chain:
Now, having heard from the insurance angle of things here's a LINK from The Litigator, Jason E. Taylor. It's a general discussion of motorcycle accidents from an attorney's perspective.
Finally, here's something written by a recent graduate of a Rider's Edge class:
For years, I've always wanted to ride a motorcycle. However, I was brought up in a home where my father was scared to death of motorcycles. He had experienced the loss of a friend in a terrible riding accident when he was young. Over the years, no matter how much I desired to ride, his fear was passed on to me. This year has been quite different for my kids ( who are 20 and 24) and I. You see, my wife passed away in August of 2012 from cancer. Now I know through this experience that life is too short to pass up on living and experiencing life. Don't get me wrong, the fear of riding is still in there and I'm not on some grief-induced death wish now. I wanted to do something for and with my son for his birthday. Something we could do together. So, I finally signed us up for the HD Rider's Edge course. The experience was more than I could have expected. Jon Pendleton and Amy Hope gave great instruction and made sure that all of us who passed had a healthy dose of knowledge and skills that we can build on. What impressed me most was the diversity of the class. There were a few of us that had never ridden a motorcycle before. There were some with limited experience. And there were two gentlemen who had ridden quite a bit years ago. They had both recently purchased new Harley's so they could finally get back out on the road. These guys wanted to refresh and increase their skills, to allow them to enjoy their new bikes. This impressed me most of all. And it went right along with one comment that Jon made in class: "Anyone can ride a motorcycle in a straight line at 100 mph. But it takes the skills you've been taught to ride, corner, swerve and stop safely." Since the class, I can see which riders have such skills and knowledge under their belts. You can see them on the highways. They have the right gear on. They have a well-maintained bike. They are riding with grace, not racing or fighting with traffic or the elements. I've also noticed that my driving habits in my truck have changed. I've always been a fairly cautious driver. But I now think a bit more like one on a motorcycle. I give a little more room, look a little further ahead and don't trust that the drivers around me are going to do the same. I don't have a bike yet and it may be a little while before I get there. However, I now have the knowledge to make an informed decision and not an emotional one. I certainly hope that more riders consider such a course for themselves. Because life may be too short to pass up on living it, but you also don't want to do anything to make it shorter!
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