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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of August 17-24
Tuesday 91 t-storms, Wednesday 87 scattered t-storms, Thursday 89 scattered t-storms, Friday 92 partly cloudly, Saturday 93 isolated t-storms, Sunday 93 isolated t-storms, Monday 91 isolated t-storms (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 8/16/10)
What some of our Sponsors are up to this week
Get U Sum
Steve's this week!
Bike Nite at Steve's Bar & Grille Thursday August 19th 6-9pm
Free App's to first 50 riders (under $10)
A Wednesday you can COUNT ON! ...
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!
On the Homepage
We're still working on it...still fussing and fixing the details and making it fit our vision....but so far, we're fairly happy with the new homepage of The Carolina Rider dot com. I kinda miss CARL's central presence, but he's still around and will be making an even bigger show of himself in future events and promo materials. (And if you don't know who CARL is yet, go read The Legend of CARL!)
Homepage will not only showcase new stories and articles, but will also occasion currently-pertinent yet formerly-published articles as the one now online, Riding to Victory 6, about an annual event of The Kyle Petty Charity Ride.
Ride to Victory!
This event has become even more popular since, two years ago, it also became a memorial for Click who, as you know, ended this life's ride on a road to Sturgis in 2008. I've enjoyed being involved in the Ride to Victory - A Tribute to Click Baldwin for the past couple of years and I'm happy to help out the charity and share some info about this year's ride. So...SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, October 17, 2010 is your next chance to ride to Victory and there are some changes this year... As usual there will be more than one rally point to leave from but this year the departure and staging area will be zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC. I remember that this ride draws bikers from all over the Carolinas. It seems to be a good excuse for some groups to parade to the rally points or at least the departure area. And, with its memorial to Carolina-loved Click Baldwin, owner of Gasonia's Carolina Harley, and proceeds going to The Victory Junction Gang Camp, it's surely a good cause! Also different this year: rather than ending at the camp, the full ride will parade through the colorful camp for medically-challenged kids in Randleman, NC - undoubtedly to riotous applause and genuinely joyful smiles - then head on to the final destination, Pattie and Kyle Petty's Adaumont Farm! I understand there's some special music planned for the party at the Farm and they always put out a good feed too. But I just keep envisioning that parade through the camp....a major heart-warmer!
Correction....as it CLEARLY shows on the sign below, the phone number for Hollywood's Cycles is 704-827-9991. My apologies for getting it wrong in last week's article. We've since fixed our mistake in the full article that appears on the homepage of www.thecarolinarider.com. But I just wanted to take a few sentences to get it straight.......
I guess writing about The Ride to Victory and talking about the photo of Click and Hollywood in last week's article about Hollywood's Cycles has got me reminiscing. And it's that time of year anyway...Sturgis time. I'm grateful I had the opportunity to interview his wife, Diane, and write about them. "Click loved the ride ... the freedom. He always said you could solve the world's problems if you rode far enough ... he wished everybody could experience the ride," Diane Baldwin told me. And I wrote "If you knew Click or heard stories about him, you quickly understand that this thing he was so turned on about was not only 'the ride' but THE RIDE. The big magnificient ride of life into which he poured himself and all his energies, his passion."
And so at this time of year, I reminisce. I consider my own thoughts about The Big Magnificent Ride of Life....
"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....
Sounds like a bubble gum, but the company is actually named for its owner, Craig Bramscher who got the nickname Brammo as a high school football player. The company is located in Ashland, Oregon and has released the Empluse, a "cafe racer" styled electric motorcycle with water cooling that's said to run over 110mph for "sustained periods."
Indian says they're doing Really Well!
Indian Motorcycle Company is reporting that their year-over-year sales are up 80% and that May 2010 was up 214% over May 2009. Pretty amazing as everyone else is challenged in the current economy. Check out their new model...a very different "Injun," huh?
2011 Indian Blackhawk
H-D quits Sidecars - focuses energy on Trikes
Harley-Davidson reported on July 31st that it will stop manufacturing sidecars once they fill all currently held orders. Their first sidecars were produced in 1914. In recent years, the Motor Company began making trikes and says there's more demand for them than for the sidecars.
A reader shares some news...... It seems that some riders observed Park Rangers near Stations Inn, NC giving out $75 tickets to riders wearing non-DOT approved helmets.
Jimmy B shares "motorcycle wisdom" from cyberspace ...
"The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror"
(Fairly appropriate in these pop-up-t-storm days of Summertime!)
My computer seems to be sick today. It keeps shutting down when I get into my Firefox and that's slowing my whole day down. I've allowed this virus-ailing technology to throw off my rhythm and blow my schedule. Sorry. Just had to vent.
But today's technological crisis gives me yet another reason to go back to something I've already talked about....not just because I'm time-limited today, mostly because it's a great cause and I'm happy to be involved in revving the motors for this annual ride. So check out the following article about the Charlotte Area Firefighters Ride on September 11, 2010. It continues fully on our Homepage. And... may you have healthy technology and a smooth ride through your week!
Kara Walker with Coakley Foundation will set out 3000 flags in honor of her brother and all others who lost their lives on 9/11 at the former Firefighters Training center on Monroe Rd. Charlotte area firefighters and local motorcycle enthusiasts will gather 'round, heads bowed and hands to hearts. The rumble of motorcycles will be quieted and voices will pause as a moment of silence is honored for the firefighters and countless other Americans who died in the tragedy of September 11, 2001.
Until next week keep the shiney side up!!
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