In This Issue:
The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of September 12-19, 2011
Monday 85 p-cloudy, Tuesday 89 sunny, Wednesday 90 m-sunny, Thursday 85 p-cloudy, Friday 64 showers, Saturday 68 am clouds, Sunday 74 p-cloudy, Monday 77 m-sunny (as per www.intellicast.com on Monday 9/12/11)
Giveaways are Fun!
There's a fun "perk" in being a part of The Carolina Rider - we get to give things away and giveaways can be a blast! People smile when they win something - anything really. Could be something as small as a sticker and you can get a grin out of someone! Sure, bigger prizes swing the joy much wider but it's like the cheap little prizes in the Cracker Jacks or Fruit Loops boxes - we just all love digging something FREE out of life! Or perhaps it's like Teacher putting a gold star on your homework .......
As you heard from Footloose last week, we're a part of a fun ride to the show Toby Keith will be putting on at Verizon Wireless on October 7th. The ride takes off from H-D of Charlotte and 100 riders will get exceptionally cool t-shirts commemorating the ride plus everyone gets chances at ticket upgrades and meet and greets and such..... And that ain't all folks. We get to make some folks smile .. and others grin really big! ... because we are giving away a bunch of lawn tickets too!
Beginning next week, we'll be drawing names twice a week - once from emails and once from those who sign up at Quaker Steak's Bike Nite. We'll do this for the 3 weeks leading up to Toby coming to town and you can sign up every week to up your chances!
This past Saturday, as a part of the Charlotte Firefighters ride, we gave away our first pair of tickets. The lucky winner for those is Frank Davis. Congrats Frank!
Check out the flyer above about these weekly drawings and ENTER TO WIN!
See last week's mini-mag for more info about what you can win
Also, get down to Harley-Davidson of Charlotte, purchase your tickets, and sign up to RIDE WITH US to the show!
And, as always, if you see The Big Ride Bus around town, come say howdy - we might just have something to give ya!
So, I've been calling this section, "Readers Respond".....but in keeping with our quirkyness, today it's become "Readerville" - the space in the weekly mini-mag where we share news, announcements, updates, issues, and emails from you guys!
I hear on good authority that The Masons of Stanley, NC have a Porker Run scheduled for September 24th. No, that wasn't a typo....it's a PORKer Run instead of a poker run. The stops are for FOOD. And I hear it's not little food either....there's BIG FOOD to be had on one of these runs! Each stop is something different and I understand you better be prepared to eat up. I can't find anything current online about it but I did find a mention of a past Porker they had that looks pretty similar to this one so you can check that out and hit their "contact us" for info if you like.
It all begins at 11am on September 24th at The Woodshed in Stanley, NC ...' least that's what my DMV examiner told me last week when I went for my license renewal. Examiner Sawyer said he'd be there and that it was so much food the last time he did the run he had to skip the ice cream dessert!
UPDATE ... Kelly emailed us this contact for the Porker Run: Bill Withers Jr. (704) 263-4241
We received an email from Nichole R. with Log Homes of America about the following Poker Run. Really cool benefit to build a home for an injured vet and family!
In addition to the info on the flyer, I understand you can see online what's up with the build....
An Update about The Outer Banks
For those who have been following this little thread of Q&A about riding in the Outer Banks this Fall, here's a little update...
First, Dave wrote in that he didn't take his trip due to the storm. ("We didn't make the Outer Banks due to Irene. Maybe next year. As for Teresa going in October check the road conditions and ferry service before you go. I rode route 12 going south starting up at Kitty Hawk about 10 years ago. I don't know how much has changed but it was a beautiful and scenic ride. I hope you enjoy it!
Keep the shiny side up!, Dave")
Then we heard from Kathy, Director of the Outer Banks HOG Chapter:
In answer to the Outer Banks questions, this area has been hit real hard by Irene. Most of the southern part of the Outer Banks is not reachable. This Saturday the Outer Banks Harley Shop is holding a tent sale and all the proceeds from that event will go to assist those who have losses due to Hurricane Irene. The dealership can be reached at 252-491-2091. Anyone there can answer there questions. Our Chapter members will be there this weekend also so maybe these folks can come by and get some of our members to give them directions for some of our favorite rides!!!!
Thanks everyone for utilizing The Carolina Rider as the riders' voice!
Save the Date: October 22, MAL Night Poker Run around Charlotte
There's a very popular and unique charity run coming up...the ride to the strip clubs sponsored by MAL Entertainment. Look for the full flyer in next week's mini-mag, The Carolina Rider Scene, but save the date and count on these details....
Starting 5-7pm leaving from 3 locations - Hollywood Cycles, Easy Eddies, and Twin Peaks with Last Bike In at 9:30pm after about a 50 mile ride to the following: The Gentlemen's Club, Gold Club, Leather and Lace on South Blvd., Crazy Horse on Independence, and Twin Peaks. The Jeff Gates Band will be playing at the last stop where there will also be free food (hotdogs/hamburgers,) and Arm Wrestling (per weight class.) Plenty of bike parking for the final stop party......
Plan Ahead .... Something for your Fall Calendar!
The drawing might be a ways off...
but it's for the law enforcement motorcycle club, the Blue Knights
They're Giving away a BIKE!
"Do you write?," I asked someone at a bike event. "Yes, I've been riding for 20 years! We both have.," she enthusiastically responded then she and her husband both went on and on about their bikes and their love of riding before I could jump in to explain that "write" and "ride" can sound the same, especially somewhere there are loud motorcycles around ... and that "riders" and "writers" are often way too close in sound for folks to catch on to what I'm asking....
And what I was trying to get at .. and what I am putting out there right now for you is this: If you are a RIDER who WRITES, I would be happy to talk with you about how you can get involved in what we're producing here. The Carolina Rider and The Carolina Rider Scene are inspiring creative venues for folks who want to try their hand at expressing themselves. And riders who write just might find a fun outlet to focus some of their energies......
"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor
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We Lost last Week
I just had a trial this past week for a fellow biker. We started Tuesday morning (Monday was Labor Day) and finished Thursday afternoon. We lost. The jury found the defendant driver was negligent and found our fellow biker was "contributory negligent."
In North Carolina, if you contribute just 1% to the negligence which causes the harm, you lose. I think I have said this before in one of the GatorBites columns, ... but there is nothing like a just-lost-case to bring it home again.
Ways to avoid it: (1) get your lawyer early, (2) be careful with what you say, (3) don’t be negligent (4) pray & (5) hope you get lucky.
In this case the jury had problems with several things: the traffic pattern (3 to 1 lane ahead and biker had not made effort to get over sooner,) the traffic (News Year Day on Providence Road in Charlotte,) the client speed (client stated 45mph to officer per officer and client recollection 25 mph,) and the tire impressions before impact (80 feet.) Also impact was not with the defendant vehicle. (Yes it was not an easy case to start with!)
If a jury can find contributory negligence they will because it is easier than holding someone accountable. It does not change the status quo.
But there was a Winner on Saturday!
This week, in addition to speaking to legal issues, I have the opportunity to announce a winner from our drawing at this weekend's Firefighter Poker Run. Ann Mauney has won a $150 gift card to use at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte with our compliments! Thanks for coming by our tent and registering, Ann and enjoy your shopping spree!
Short and Sweet
Applebees fed us Saturday ... "us" being those who made the ride from Mad Dog Cycles in Lake Wylie, SC to Harley-Davidson of Charlotte ... Thanks, Applebees, - for the meal and for becoming a part of our motorcycle community!
And thank you to everyone who participated, donated, and supported The Burned Children's Fund and The Forever Blue Foundation this weekend.
Photos from this weekend are up in our GALLERY. See if you are there....and if you took other photos, might you share those with us too? In fact, if you find yourself to be a bit of a shutterbug, please let me know. We'd very much like to have your photos in our galleries, in our articles, amidst our announcements! Individuals and groups, please do send in photos from events. We're happy and grateful to post almost any good shots from our Carolina motorcycling communities!
Keepin' it short 'n sweet this week....
Ride Safe and Keep The Shiney Side Up,
Jon "Footloose" Pendleton