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In This Issue:






Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


For the Bling of It with Jane: Wheel CHAIR-ity Ride THIS SUNDAY


Big Mike Buildz Bikes: A New Build by THE BIKE EXCHANGE


Are you Ready for Toy Rides?


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of October 30- November 6, 2012

Tuesday 51 showers/wind, Wednesday 58 p-cloudy, Thursday 60 m-sunny, Friday 62 p-cloudy, Saturday 63 sunny, Sunday 65 m-sunny, Monday 61 showers, Tuesday 61 p-cloudy (as per on Tuesday 10/30/12)





Leaf Piles

When I was a kid, we had a "leaf pile" in our backyard where we caged the mounds of leaves that we raked up on Autumn afternoons from what seemed to a kid's eyes our football-field-sized yard. It was agony ... it was fun. While we'd rather have been playing, we made up games as we helped with the chores. Yes, we used rakes; generally with a couple tynes bent all cockeyed - no leaf blowers at our house back in the 60's! The leaf pile was huge .. .well, again, so it seemed from my young viewpoint. It was surrounded by a chickenwire fence and, when filled, looked like a giant pillowtop trampoline just itchin' to be jumped in. And so we did! We jumped and dove down into the crispy leaves, throwing them at each other, hiding under them in the corners. As I reflect on it now, I wonder if a leaf pile somehow inspired the first "bouncy houses" for kids?!

Yesterday's winds have created some humongous leaf piles, scattering colorful confetti, and stripping what were just a couple days ago brilliantly-hued Fall trees. No complaints. Footloose and I caught some time over the weekend to take a ride and enjoy the pre-hurricane Autumn masterpiece. It has been another breathtaking seasonal show here in The Carolinas and I, for one, am grateful for any chance I've had to ride in recent days.

Something to remember when the Winter days grab hold ... and that's not too far down the road ....


Today I'm happy to share a couple columns with you .. Big Mike's Bike Exchange bike build column will knock your boots off when you check out the before and afters! And while I'm not happy about the subject of Jane's column today, I am truly glad to hear from her and be able to share a way we can all help out one of our writers and her sweetie. Please do take a moment to read these two columns when you have a chance this week.....

We're also highlighting a couple toy runs that we'll be attending with The BIG RIDE Bus and our hot chocolate elves this season. If you are involved in a large toy run event in The Carolinas and would like us to share your flyer or to be a part of your ride, please give us a holler and we'll see what we can do - if not this year, perhaps next.

Have a good week - go jump in a pile of leaves!


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

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The last article I had the honor and pleasure of writing for The Carolina Rider was about Sturgis ... the wonderful time that Greg and I had, and how we bragged there are three things you carry to Sturgis: Your License, your Credit Card and your Health Insurance card. We bragged that we only needed two out of three. In Sturgis, it is inevitable that someone is going to die. I believe the count for 2012 was 9 fatalities.

With that being said, on August 27th Greg was involved in a vehicular accident on his bike with two "cages." He and Quece (our dog) were taking there typical Monday ride through the Mountains and Lakes of NC. I haven't written anything on The Carolina Rider since, but I have certainly been writing ever since. There is so much to tell that I am not at liberty to share until the situation is "closed." I have read online that 76% of all accidents involving motorcycles instantly put the biker "at fault." What I can tell you is that as soon as I got the call that my husband was flown to a trauma center with life threatening injuries, I called Jason Taylor, The Litigator. Being an Insurance Broker at Superior Insurance myself, I made sure from the beginning that Greg and I had ample coverage on our bike policy. With all the extra precautions that we have taken as riders, including wearing proper boots and helmets, you can't do enough. Quece went to an Animal Emergency Clinic in Boone and was released in two days. Greg has been hospitalized since August 27th in Johnson City, TN. He spent almost a month in ICU and over a month in the Hospital itself. When he was ready to be moved to a Transitional Care facility we chose to stay in TN so that he could continue his care and follow up surgeries with the doctors who have worked with him from the beginning (and we couldn't afford to move him to NC.)

Had it not been for the prayers of family and friends, I do not think Greg or I could have gotten through all of the drama, chaos, and devastation that this has been placed on our lives. I read constantly of other bikers in these similar situations, and my heart goes out to them all. This is the time of year when Greg and I usually ride all of the Christmas rides and donate to the different Charities of the season. We miss all of it!! Greg has been trapped inside four hospital walls for over 2 months and is looking forward to in-home nursing care in the next two weeks.

James Deal of Just Hawgs in Walkertown, NC (where we originally came from) is offering a ride to help raise funds for the Wheelchair, Wheelchair carrier, and Wheelchair ramp that we have had installed at our home. The flyer for the ride is above. It will take place on November 4th and leaves from Just Hawgs at 5326 Walnut Cove Road Walkertown, NC 27051, (336) 595-2210. If you are interested in participating we would greatly appreciate it. Kickstands up at 12 noon from the Just Hawgs parking lot, and meeting at the Dan River Family Restaurant (1050 Smurf Rd Danbury, NC 27016) around 3:30. $15 per bike and $10 for passenger includes the delicious Barbecue buffet.

We are praying that Greg comes home by November 4th to see the ride. There will be a second group to leave out of Mooresville. We will meet at Superior Insurance of Mooresville (294 West Plaza Drive Mooresville, NC.) The Mooresville NC group will also be leaving at 12 noon and take a scenic ride to the Dan River Family Restaurant. Cages and bikes are invited. Your friendhip and support is greatly appreciated! You can also find posters and details on facebook "JUST HAWGS" or facebook "SUPERIOR INSURANCE MOORESVILLE."

I promise you, as Paul Harvey used to say, "the rest of the story" is yet to be told!!



Hey everyone and welcome back to another build by The Bike Exchange, 2012's Easy Rider Best Custom Touring class winner. This build is on a 2011 Road King that is actually being shipped to Jordan ... not MIchael Jordan but the Country Jordan. This paticular customer called us on a satellite phone on a King we had just sold. That's the beauty of what we do here at The Bike Exchange! We told him we could build him a Road King EXACTLY to his specs and he could work with the build team to build his dream bike ... and that's what he did, he even went as far as providing us with Harley part numbers for some specific parts he wanted on his build.

The end product was a jaw-dropping custom Road King that ANY Harley enthusiast would appreciate. Anytime a customer is involved we always provide creative ideas to choose from because a build can be rather difficult when an endless stream of visions is flowing through someone's mind. So what we came up with was a traditional paint scheme with a beautiful candy orange with some aggressive lines that are razo- tight with some silver and black to follow the orange to give this custom paint job diversity ... and, of course, blacked-out motor components and cases because black is boss.

We went with a Screaming Eagle Harley Agitator wheel set, Vance & Hines Tru-Dual flat black exhaust and a Screaming Eagle breather. The customer preferred Harley's Tribal line for Grips, Floorboards,Shifter and brake pedal which looked awesome I might add. The design didn't stop there either. Our Build Team also decided on a killer set of Harley fork sliders to set off the blacked out front end, some old school beach bars and an intense set of HID headlights that look like an alien spaceship coming down the road. The finished product was a King we at The Bike Exchange are proud to have our name on!

Thanks for reading and be safe out there.
















Happy Halloween

You all know about The Carolina Rider and what we are about; stories, event calendar, photo gallery, event promotion. Well, The Carolina Rider is published by Satisfaction Marketing; our marketing agency that helps small businesses and entrepreneurs to grow their callings and dreams. One of our marketing clients is The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor and as their marketing agency we have been working on a bike calendar for 2013. We are pretty excited about this project and happy to let you know that the Calendar has been sent to the printers and will be in my hands in about a week!

So this brings up two topics you need to know about. First...

We will be handing out the calendars at bike events around The Carolinas over the next several months, FREE. So look for The Carolina Rider or The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor for your free copy.

What, you can't wait? You want it now? Ok, send an email to with your mailing address and we will be happy to send you one, hot off the presses!

Which brings us to my second topic. Jason and I were just talking and he is very excited about this calendar and has asked Satisfaction Marketing to produce a 2014 calendar for him. So I will be starting photo shoots for 2014 very soon and I am looking for very kool bikes. In addition to you individual owners, I would also like to speak to bike builders in the Carolinas as potential calendar stars too. So if you have a kool bike, know someone who does, if you are a builder or know someone who is, send them my way. I know I have room for 12 "off the hook" bikes!!!

Oh, here's just a quick peek of a photo from one of the shoots..... Enjoy and look for the calendar!!....

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



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















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