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Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free




Stealth's Custom Corner: Old Nasty


Golden Opportunities with Golden Carper


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of October 9-15, 2012

Tuesday 66 m-sunny, Wednesday 75 m-sunny, Thursday 71 sunny, Friday 78 m-sunny, Saturday 73 p-cloudy, Sunday 77 m-cloudy, Monday 75 sunny, Tuesday 73 showers (as per on Tuesday 10/9/12)





"Ride Safe"

It's what we say as we hop on our bikes and head back out on the road. "Ride safe," is our parting toast to friends ... and even complete strangers at the pump! "Ride safe" .. and we're off....

Why wouldn't we? We're outside of cages and exposed to drivers of boxes who often don't know how vulnerable we are. We're free as birds and equally as fragile. Motorcycle riders tend to be safe riders - thoughtful and aware of what's around and coming at us. It's part of the ride - being aware of our surroundings more fully than one can be in a car or truck.

As riders we choose the level of risk we are willing to take. Some folks ride in full protective gear - thick padded suits covering body, boots, gloves, and full-face helmets. Many of us ride with the usual jeans, boots, and a helmet. And some of us ride in flip-flops and shorts helmet-free. Many variations in between and all personal choices.

Some riders never take interstate highways or congested freeways. Some only ride when very little traffic is out on back country roads. Some freewheel it in the dirt and rocks and some steer clear of anything but steady roading.

It's all personal choice and safety is still in the forefront of riders' brains. Yet accidents happen. Jane, one of our contributing writers to The Carolina Rider, is helping her husband Gregg through the healing after his recent motorcycle accident and we send them both our supportive thoughts. In his column below, Golden shares of the little roll he took last month from which he fortunately reports only stiffness and soreness. Even Stealth's Custom Corner shares how a wreck effected the bike and owner. And in today's Readerville an organizer of a local fund raiser shares the sad ride story and the effects on a family who will benefit from the event coming up on the 27th. She also shares of the role played by the Accident Scene Management courses - a way to know how to act if an accident comes your way. I've heard of this course but didn't consider its full impact until reading the Wheatons' story below. Gonna look into it and report back....

Accidents happen. Sometimes it's completely out of our control. Sometimes it isn't.

What can we do to stay safe?

What pro-active, preventative, and safety-conscious resources are out there for riders?

Let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, please, as always - RIDE SAFE!


"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor

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Terrie C sent in this info-filled article ...

... that encourages participation in the upcoming benefit as well as in any opportunity you might have to take an Accident Scene Management class ....

Almost a year ago, on October 16, 2011 Dave Wheaton, Assistant Lead Road Captain for Charlotte HOG chapter 3456, lead a group of HOG members to the Victory Junction Ride and then on out to the camp. On the return, Dave and Anjanette were coming down NC 80, then known as the Devils Staircase (now called the Devils Whip). Dave and his wife Anjanette had been riding with a group of friends but all decided to take different routes down the mountain to head home, leaving Dave and Anjanette together to head home together. Dave was leading and for reasons we'll never know, he lost control and ended up in the guard rail at one of the curves. Anjanette was first on the scene but did not see the accident. She and another person were able to revive Dave, Anjanette using rescue breathing she has recently learned in an Accident Scene Management Class. Dave was airlifted to Asheville where he spent weeks in intensive care. Dave had fractured 5 cervical and thoracic vertebrae which caused injury to the spinal column. Surgery was performed to fuse the fractured vertebrae.

When it was safe to transport him, Dave was taken to the Shepherd Spine Center in Atlanta. With the exception of a month that he and Anjanette were able to spend in their home in Charlotte, they have been living in Atlanta where Dave receives daily physical and occupational therapy. Their bikes and cars were sold so they could buy a wheel chair accessible van. Although Dave has made a lot of progress and is able to get around in a motorized wheel chair, he still has a long recovery ahead of him. The HOG Chapter has held one fund raiser immediately after the accident but it only made a dent in their expenses. Now we need your help by joining us in our spaghetti supper fund raiser on Saturday October 27, 2012. Tickets are available at Harley Davidson of Charlotte, at the clothing counter.....



Rider Seeking Ride Partner to The Arctic Circle ...

Gary B writes: "I am looking for a Honda Goldwing rider to have someone to ride to the Arctic Circle with.  Since the Dalton or Dempster Highways can be difficult if wet - I welcome riding with someone that is on a similar mount.  Any help in finding a partner will be much appreciated."






Back in the day when my friends and I would get together for a ride or we were just hanging out, if we saw a stripped-down dresser go by we would say "THERE GOES AN OLD NASTY." Why we called that style of bike an "Old Nasty," I don't know but it stuck and we all used that name for these bikes.

When I saw this bike parked at a bike night at Quaker Steak, I automatically said to myself there is an "Old Nasty." I left my card and Brance, the owner called me and we set up a time for the photo shoot. It seems Brance and Nasty have been through a lot together. In June of 2011, Brance and Nasty were involved in a serious accident. Brance got the worst of it. He suffered a broken neck and Nasty had $8000 worth of damage. Thankfully, Brance fully recovered from a very serious injury and Nasty turned out better than new.

Now some of you may be wondering why Brance did not opt for a new bike. His insurance company wanted to total Nasty and put it out of its misery. You see Brance's Dad originally owned the bike and he wanted to hold on to it for that reason.

Nasty for me looks like a "BIKER'S- bike." It just has that look about it. The hard bags make it more than a day tripper bike. The FL style front end with full headlight nacelle is super clean. That 21" DNA wheel with 3/8 spokes really draws you to it. The Klock Werks fenders, front and rear are slick. I noticed from the start the 5.5CCI gas tank. It really flows with the Burly one piece 1 1/4" drag handle bars. The Bassani Tru dual exhaust sounds great when "OLD NASTY" is burning the black top.

I love this style of bike, it is a custom but you can still clock the miles on it. I also love the fact that rather than let NASTY go to the rust yard, Brance chose to make the bike better than new. It is what real bikers do!

I enjoyed talking to Brance and getting the story on his "OLD NASTY." Seeing this bike brought back some old memories for me of the guys I grew up riding with. "OLD NASTY," may your chrome forever shine and may you roam the black top for a long time!






Beautiful Road - Beautiful Scenery - BAM!

By Golden Carper

On Sep 26, Mickey Moss and I rode over to Lincolnton NC to meet Charley Rippy to ride route 16 up to Beckley WV. Route 16 is unique in that it is the only state route that does not change its number through 4 states (South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia,) up to the border of WV with Ohio. And what a road it is! If you haven't been on it then take this as an invite to go. Wonderful mountain views, farmland, forest, and rocks. Pull up Google maps or MapQuest and look at 16 going across Virginia.  It looks like a sewing machine ran a stitch across those mountain ridges.

If you've been north on I77 and the tunnels that bore through mountains, well Route 16 goes OVER those mountains. My video this month shows some of the road that we travelled on. We 3 ride Yamaha FZ1s which are crotch rockets with comfortable seats and high handle bars, so after a day's riding we do not have "broken" backs and sore buns. And they are superb mountain road bikes with super suspension, very powerful brakes and high revving engines that will leap into warp speed ... "Beam me up, Scotty!"

We picked up 16 at Newton NC and joined in with the morning rush to school and work. The fog had lifted and the traffic moved right along. Wilkesboro calls itself the "Gateway to the Mountains" and, sure enough, we started climbing in altitude. But to me the real "Gateway" is Jefferson NC. We continued up through the Mount Rogers rec area and set our sights on Marion VA. After leaving Jefferson the traffic dropped to the occasional farm pickup and farmers moving a tractor from field to field. Did I mention that the scenery was outstanding and the road better? We were having a great time. We have bike-to-bike intercoms so we shared the news as we went along. Couldn't carry much speed into the curves as the road was damp where trees overhang. And you can't be sure there are no wet spots around that curve.

Nearing Marion we decided that it may be a good place to stop for an early lunch. Entering town we seen a cafe, but decided to go further into town, fuel up and then look for a diner. We seldom eat at the chain restaurants because we have them at home and want to try something different. So what were the only places we seen as we went through and out of town? You're right!!! ... MacDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell - you get the drift. So, a 180o turn, back through town and the little cafe we seen at first. And it was so good, yum! Interesting conversation with the waitress and patrons, full bellys and we're ready for the road. Oh, and no one knows how Hungry Mother State Park got its name........... cont'd online ....









Gettin' to be mountain time ....


As the weather gets colder and the leaves start to change, some of us riders start thinking about heading to the mountains to see the sights and to experience the seasonal changes on our bikes.

I want to remind you of two great sponsors of The Carolina Rider:

The Maggie Valley Inn in Maggie Valley


Skyline Village Inn in Little Switzerland

Both are long time sponsors, good people, and great places to go to rest your head after your ride when you take off for the mountains.

So, please do give them a call and find out what they have to offer... and tell 'em thanks for helping sponsor The Carolina Rider!

(Scene at Maggie Valley Inn)

(View from Skyline Village Inn)


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton






Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn


Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro




Cox H-D






Harley-Davdison of Charlotte




SkyLine Inn


Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte




SkyLine Inn


Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D















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