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Lil' Weather

 

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

 

Stealth's Custom Corner

 

READERVILLE

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Nothin' ZERO Nada! - a Summer Vacation Ride Story by Doug McClew

 

Loose Talk with Jon

 

 

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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of September 3-10, 2012

Tuesday 81 scattered t-storms, Wednesday 84 scattered t-storms, Thursday 87 p-cloudy, Friday 87 p-cloudy, Saturday 84 scattered t-storms, Sunday 78 scattered t-storms, Monday 78 m-sunny (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 9/04/12)

 

 

 

 

I had the great fortune to get out on my two wheels yesterday and it was the cure for what ailed me. Not that I was sick. Not even that I was blue or stressed out really. But my ride did clear out the cobwebs and set things right again in my world like nothing else can do!

It didn't matter that my riding friends and I had set out with the intention to ride for breakfast and we had to go to several restaurants to find one open since folks just like us were resting from their Labors. As with most rides, it wasn't about the destination - altho my belly was happy to be fed!

I hope you too enjoyed your holiday weekend and that perhaps you had a chance to warm up your ride and take to the streets for awhile ... a sure cure for whatever ails ya!

 

 

 

The Green Monster stikes - gee thanks Doug!

I know envy isn't healthy - doesn't get me anywhere but looking for something. But when I read road stories like the one shared today by Doug McClew, I'm drooling and green and trying to figure out how I can rearrange my life and bank account to take such a spectacular trip! I'm guessing I'm not the only one who sees their photos and wishes and dreams of a long rich journey like that. I will take mine someday and hope you get to as well. In the meantime, I thank the McClews for sharing their fabulous tale and glorious photos!

Harley-Davidson Anniversary Coming up

Stealth's column today is right on cue with this weekend's event at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte. Celebrating the great history of the motor company, Stealth highlights the 100th Anniversary bikes including his own and one owned by his friend Leon ... and the dealership in Matthews is celebrating the upcoming 110th Anniversary with the unveiling of the 2013 line this weekend. Checkout the flyer for their Demo Days, make plans to go see what's new in the world of Harley, and enjoy Stealth's column below; then take yours for a ride for your own personal celebration!

Lost and Found

I mentioned recently that someone was looking for info about when the Stanley Porker Run might be this year. Well, Barry H. found out! It's Sept 29 and put on by the Stanley Masonic Lodge. Check our EVENTS CALENDAR for more info and stop eating now to prepare room for the bounty they are reported to put out!

Enjoy your week, folks....

"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
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With Harley-Davidson just releasing their 2013 line-up which commemorates Harley's 110th Anniversary, I thought it would be fun to look back at their 100th Anniversary. So let's go back 10 years to 2003 ... the biggest Harley-Davidson celebration ever!


The celebration was five years in the planning stages. I know this because I worked at a local dealership back then and the planning started in 1998; the year of Harley's 95th Anniversary. I remember every few weeks we would get updates on the progress and as the time of the celebration grew closer, the anticipation and excitement grew even bigger. I had not planned on buying a 100th Anniversary edition bike that year but as the model year grew closer to the end, there was this black Electra Glide Standard that kept calling my name and soon I took the bike home with me. For me, it was more about owning a piece of history rather than owning a new bike. 100 years in business, all that the Motor Company had been through and survived ... it was all wrapped up in these bikes. Most owners of 100th Anniversary bikes share this thought. I really don't care one day if my 2003 Electra Glide is worth BIG bucks, for me it is priceless due to what it represents.

So looking back I wanted to feature a 2003 100th Anniversary bike this month ... a way to get excited about the upcoming 110th Anniversary. My good friend Leon has one of the cleanest 100th Anniversary bikes around. I have NEVER seen it dirty. It's always spotless! His '03 Dyna Low RIder is as sharp as a razor and clean as a whistle. This bike is not all show, it sports Screamin' Eagle heads; Vance & Hines exhaust with Screamin' Eagle high flow air cleaner to help the engine breathe.


This Low Rider has a lot of bitchin' accessories in the looks department. The chrome Thunderstar wheels with matching rear pulley are bad ass. The drag bars with 5 inch risers give the bike that classic hot rod look. This bike is not overdone - you know it is a Harley when you lay eyes on it. No other way to say it: this bike just has a clean classic look to it!


The '03 100th Anniversary bikes celebrate a very GREAT accomplishment in Harley-Davidson history. The engine cases on these bikes have a special emblem on the engine cases and if you purchased a 100th Anniversary kit back then, you also received a gold ignition key. These keys would turn your ignition on but very few ever did. They turned into keepsakes at home in display cases and I have even seen some worn on necklaces. Mine still sits in the original box it came in. It is hard to believe 10 years have past!
The 100th Anniversary was a once in a life time celebration. We won't be around to see the 200th Anniversary but I am sure thankful I was here for the 100th Anniversary. It was a special time!


So as we approach Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary, I know all of us who ride a Harley wish them another 110 ten years of GREAT MOTORCYCLES! Long live Harley-Davidson!

 

 

 

 

Rooster's Run

The following info was sent in by Greg S of the Hawg Boyz regarding the upcoming Rooster's Run ...
All proceeds go to the family of Carl Reeves who passed on July 16th, 2012. Carl was a great father, husband, friend, and brother, who is survived by his wife and 3 kids. If you can make it we are riding rain or shine, bike or automobile. We appreicate any support from others. If you would like to make a donation, please contact Gregg @ 843-230-0964.
September 8th. 2012
Starts at Doug's Harley Davidson in Florence, SC and ends at Creek Ratz in Florence, SC
Sponsored by the Hawg Boyz
Guaranteed payout of: $500 for First ~ $250 for Second ~ $50 for Worst hand
50/50 Drawing and Raffle for prizes and gift certificates

 

 

 

NUTHIN' , Zero (0), NADA !!

by Doug McClew

NOTE: If you don't want to read about the trip and want to find out what the title means, see the last paragraph and the pictures!

Cathey and I were afforded the opportunity to again ride across our great country and see some of the most spectacular sights and attend the CVO Get-together in Spokane, WA. Leaving July 16, we started west with friends through TN, KY, into Illinois where we had to stop in Metropolis and see the statue of Superman. Continuing west through MO to the Harley plant in Kansas City, through KA, MO, UT, and ID where we stopped at the Snake river to see the Perrin river Bridge. Crossing into Oregon, we zig-zagged across the state to ride on the most scenic roads, stopping at Crater Lake National Park (NP.) This is definitely a bucket list must do and created by a volcano (not a meteor!!)

Seeing the Redwood NF in N California, we followed the famous Coast Highway 101 north seeing some beautiful lighthouses and coastline. We met with more friends near Portland who showed us the sights around the Columbia River Gorge (Multinomah Falls) and Evergreen, OR where the H.Hughes "Spruce Goose" is housed as well as where a 747 is part of a giant water park and water slide. We got to eat at the famous Camp 18, an old logging camp with the main hall having a 3' diameter log as the ridge beam.

Continuing up the coast and into Olympic NP, taking the ferry to Victoria, BC where we visited Buchart Gardens (I know - bikers in flower gardens! but this place is beautiful like Daniel Stowe Gardens on steroids!) We also found mile marker "0" which is the western most point of the Trans-Canada Highway. This was as far west as we could go - everything is going east from here!

So, continuing east to see the giant Grand Coulee Dam and the beautiful Indian land and mountains, it is easy to see what a great land we have. On to Spokane for the get-together, meeting with old friends from the GTG last year in Tahoe, and riding some of the fantastic roads in the area. From there continuing east to Glacier NP and riding "Going to the Sun Road," down to North Yellowstone NP, riding the famous Beartooth Pass (up to 11,000 ft.,) on through Sturgis for 1 hour, and to Duluth, MN where we met up with more friends from Charlotte to travel over the top of Lake Superior. Over the famous Mackinaw Bridge, down through Michigan and the "tunnel of trees," into Indiana, Cincinnati, Xenia, OH. for an ABC's of Touring picture and through WV, VA. and on to home in Monroe.



What a fantastic trip! Over 9300 miles, 21 states plus Canada in 5 weeks! Temperatures from 38-102 degrees and the only precipitation was sprinkles in Knoxville and Duluth and 1 hour of rain before getting home (just to loosen up the bugs.) But all this would have been marred, had we had any problems with the bikes. All along the trip we stopped at Harley Dealers, and in some cases visited with riders that had problems. We had Zero - "0" - Nuthin - Nada problems with our bikes on the trip! The only service we had done was to have our oil changed in Spokane (4800 miles into the trip.) Of course, prior to the trip we had H-D of Charlotte install new tires on the bikes and Steve McIntosh/ Chris Vincent / Bob Demski, great technician team went over the bikes to be sure they were ready. I can't say enough about the secure feeling we get when the service techs say "you are ready to go - have a good time!!!" AND WE DID!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonny's Bringing Bikers Back to Florence, SC


Some of you folks went to the event put on last year by Sonny Productions in Florence, SC and some of you came by The BIG RIDE Bus and said howdy to us while we were there. Well, Sonny's at it again - he's offering another bike show in Florence and calling it the Pee Dee Motorcycle Classic.

The event, scheduled for October 27 and 28 at the Florence Civic Center, promises a Ride-in Bike Show, BBQ cook-off, and live music with a daily admission fee of $10. The event is on our EVENTS CALENDAR now so check it out. Sonny wants to create something special for his biker friends. Give him your support!

 

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Jon

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