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In This Week's Issue:

Lil' Weather

Some Events

Bike Nites

Other Events

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Loose Talk with Jon


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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of Oct. 18 - Oct. 25

Monday 81 sunny, Tuesday 81 am clouds, Wednesday 72 few showers, Thursday 73 sunny, Friday 74 sunny, Saturday 74 sunny, Sunday 74 p-cloudy, Monday 73 am clouds(as per www.intellicast.com on Sunday 10/17/10)






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I love a parade!

I've been in a few parade-like experiences involving motorcycles. Some were actual parades - like the once-in-lifetime opportunity of being one of 7500 invited riders who were gloriously welcomed throughout the streets of Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson's 105th anniversary. Others, have been police-escorted local rides such as the many seasonal toy rides and some of the bigger charity rides. Yesterday's Ride to Victory reminded me once again what an interesting phenomenon this group riding thing can be...from other people's perspectives.

While most of the time I think, talk, and write about being a rider myself, there's a whole other viewpoint: the bystander! I am ALWAYS SURPRISED when I see someone wave at me from the side of the road. I look around and wonder who's over on the other side of the road; I wonder if they might need assistance. And when, as I continue down the road ... and the hands keep going up, ... and folks come out of their houses to greet riders streaming by, ... and I figure out that we're the center of attention, ... I'm totally shocked and amazed!

Yesterday as our group of 400 motorcycles made its way from zMax Dragway to the Victory Junction Gang Camp and then Kyle Petty's farm, the wavers were out! Standing at the sides of country roads and spilling out of trailers and brick homes there they were; happy faces, enthusiastic onlookers. We passed a full-grown woman who looked like she'd just won the lottery - so happily seated on a brick wall with an ear-to-excited-ear grin clapping her hands with actual glee...because of us! Amazing! Another guy had his leg propped up on the steering wheel of his riding lawn mower in the middle of his half-mown yard. Work stopped as soon as the "parade" began and he just kicked back for the show. A family burst out the front door of their home, toddler in Mama's arms and another holding Mama's free hand all joyfully running down the driveway shouting and waving like some long-lost kin were arriving for Sunday dinner. There were a few overpass wavers too....the ones who thought ahead to get just above the highway to see us as we thundered underneath. Wow!

I am and most likely always will be astonished with the nobility awarded to us just because we are on two wheels with growling pipes. Kids wave from cars. Folks gawk at stoplights. And if you're a woman rider, you know that the approval goes even further. We women riders get nods and thumbs-up that you guys don't. Not that you men on motorcycles aren't applauded by a certain segment of the general public. I suppose it's the added wow factor that a female can actually handle a motorbike...and plus, we're the more beautiful gender afterall!

Some thoughts that participants shared with Morgan Castano, Project Director for Kyle Petty Charity Ride/Ride to Victory...

  • "We've never seen that many bikes on the road at the same time before."
  • "Morgan, I wanted to tell you that we had a wonderful time today on the ride. The road, the scenery, the weather, the people, it all added up to a great time!"
  • "I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the ride yesterday. The organization of the ride was great, Kyle was so friendly and gracious and eager for everyone to enjoy themselves. The ride through the camp was something I won't forget.  The law enforcement guys kept me safe and it was awesome to have Kyle ride up beside me and wave.  He was always ready with that Petty smile and to take a picture or just chat.  Awesome food and just listening to some friends play and sing.  150 miles home and some great memories. You can be sure we will ride again next year with more of our friends and our new friends from the ride."


Over 400 riders layered up for a chilly ride to zMax ....

Gathering at zMax for the Ride to Victory Sunday October 17, 2010

The caravan of motorcycles at times reached over two (2) miles in length!


Kyle Petty's Songwriters Jam portion of Ride to Victory


And thanks, Morgan, for all you do for your community!

I'm sure she was exhausted ... but Morgan's light was still shining bright even late Sunday afternoon.

Learn more and read all comments from Ride to Victory on Facebook


Thinking way back, I actually do remember being one of the parade watchers that I've been talking about. I grew up on Sharon Road in Charlotte. I can remember one of my parents calling me to come watch. It must have been my father because Mama never showed any interest in motorcycles. My family wasn't into bikes at all but the spectacle out the front window wasn't something we usually saw roaring past our house. I was around 7-10 years, old I guess. It seems like it was near the holidays so it had to be a toy run...probably Toys for Tots, huh? We didn't run out of the house tho....didn't go near the road or let anyone see our enthusiasm. Not my family. We kept all that hidden behind our curtained windows.

Mmmm..., I'm so happy to now be part of the parade today......let's make some noise and stir up a commotion, shall we?!!!

Makes me think of this piece of a musing from one of my favorite ancient poets .... Rumi ... who I'm sure would have been a biker had he not lived so long before motorcycles .... he lived 1207-1273.

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street, and BEING the noise.

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



Quick little Links, Stats, 'n News to chew on....


Retro Raffle - Right on!

The AMA - The American Motorcycle Association -has an interesting raffle going on to raise money for the AMA Hall of Fame Museum. It's a rather modern raffle in that it's being carried out online. Purchase tickets at their site for the drawing next Summer at the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in July, 2011. And the give-away itself is a mixture of old and new. THEY'RE GIVING AWAY AN OLD BIKE!...and a new one too! Enter for chances to win a couple bikes....a Vintage Kawasaki Z1 of the 1970's...and a brand spankin' new version of the same: a 2010 Kawasaki Z1000!

(As a total off-the-wall aside....who rules the world of acronyms? How is it that we have the American Motorcycle Association AND the American Medical Association sharing the same one??)


More from the AMA

Apparently, the EPA is making some change to increase the amount of ethanol in blended gas. The AMA reports this increase from 10 to 15% could pose a danger for motorcycles. Here's more info. Something to pay attention about...


New NC Law for those under 18 who wanna ride

Beginning in January 2011, you must take a motorcycle safety course before you can ride one if you are under 18 years old. It's a new law motivated by an upsurge in NC rider deaths especially concerning young riders. A boost for MSF courses....

Want to take a new rider class? Here are some contacts....

Central Piedmont Community College

Rider's Edge, H-D of Charlotte

Rider's Edge, Cox H-D



Daytona Biketoberfest & The Kyle Petty Charity Ride

It been one hell-of-a-week!! Last Thursday morning I was to leave with a bunch of local guys to go to Daytona Beach for Biketoberfest. I was ready, having packed the bike on Wednesday for my 6am departure on Thursday. At 5:30 and I went to the bike and it would not roll.... who put a rock under my wheel?....

You guessed it - a flat tire, bummer! I took the truck and met the guys at the appointed spot to tell them I would have to make other arrangements and I would meet them at the Cabbage patch.
 I went to Wal-Mart, (open 24 hours!) and got a plugging kit and promptly called my friend Steve Macintosh, Service Manager at H-D of Charlotte, to ask him what he thought about plugging a motorcycle tire. Steve Mac's answer: "not much."
After the rain let up around 7:30am, I plugged the tire and took off to Daytona, looking for an open Harley dealership along the way.

In Columbia, I turned off my path to go to Thunder Tower Harley to get the tire replaced. They did a great job... replaced the tire and got me back on the road, three hours later. My buddies had decided to take the back roads so I was on my own... look out Daytona, here I come. 5:30pm: I pulled into the Cabbage Patch camp grounds. My buddies didn't get there until about 7:30pm. They got turned around in Jacksonville somehow.

Anyway Daytona Thursday night till Saturday morning... partying , drinking, riding, sleeping, and generally having fun. Saturday morning I packed up and headed back to Charlotte to be in the Kyle Petty Charity Ride on Sunday.

The count in not in yet but there were several hundred bikes and they thought it was one of the best attended rides yet. The ride was great. We left the Zmax Drag strip and headed for a signature move, the Kyle Petty Ride Across America fuel stop. It's great - you pull into the gas station and someone is standing there pump nozzle in hand, you fill up and move on...payment already taken care of too!  The ride then went to The Victory Junction Gang Camp for a parade lap and then on to Kyle's farm for the Songwriters jam portion of the day. Of course they fed us and then serenaded us with some really good songs.

Thursday to Sunday, 1,368 miles. I think I will take the truck today.....


Until next week keep the shiny side up!!

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton
Publisher, www.TheCarolinaRider.com


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