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In This Issue:




Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


Readers Respond: 3 Perspectives on "THE RIDE"


Shag's Rant: "The Old Breed"


THIS WEEKEND: Are you Ready for Toy Rides?


Loose Talk with Jon



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Give to others - Get a Discount for yourself

For the fifth time in as many years, Cox's Harley-Davidson in Rock Hill, SC is asking you to participate in their annual food drive, and in exchange they're offering you a 10-20% discount to treat yourself to a gift at the dealership. "Bring in non-perishable food items on December 15th and we'll give a discount on your purchases," shares Rick Caviness, manager at Cox's H-D. "We're a family dealership - family owned and operated - and so it is an opportunity for us to give back to our community and help less fortunate families."

The foods go to Hope Ministries, a food pantry serving the Rock Hill area. "Last year's donations fully filled the bed of a pickup truck and we hope to have more this year," stated Caviness. Here's how you can help make this year even bigger and help nourish the need in the community ....

They're so motivated to help out, this offer is open the full week leading up to December 15th!



The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of November 27-December 4, 2012

Tuesday 57 p-cloudy, Wednesday 57 sunny, Thursday 59 sunny, Friday 62 p-cloudy, Saturday 63 m-cloudy, Sunday 65 p-cloudy, Monday 67 sunny, Tuesday 68 m-sunny (as per on Tuesday 11/27/12)





Writing Riders

"Do you write?" I've asked that question in the midst of some motorcycle scene and pretty quickly realized I was misunderstood when the answer comes back, "Yep, I've got a '92 Road King that I ride to work every day" (... or something like that!) Perhaps it's the Southern flavor to my speech, but I bet I'd get the same backwards response if I asked a bunch of creative sorts if they ride. Nevertheless, "Writing Riders" actually AREN'T that hard to find! In fact, there are some damn good writers out there who enjoy rolling the day away with their two-wheeled buddies ... and even better, there are some who are inclined to write about being a rider.

A couple weeks back I asked what The Ride means to you and today I get to share what came from that little quest: Three unique, creative, insightful, and very relatable responses spread across The Carolinas and all the way to Pennsylvania too!

Thank you to Bob, Daniel, and Ron for putting the pen to the page and expressing what they dig about riding, where they ride and who with, and why they do it at all. Anyone else wanna weigh in on this topic? We've got years we could chew on this delicious treat .......and, it's as simple as telling your story. So why do you ride? What does "The Ride" mean to you? Write me!

Shaggy's back with his monthly column below. So glad to have him as part of The Carolina Rider! And, whoa now, before you say "whoa, boy," ... make sure you read it all the way through Shag's Rant today because he's one young dude throwing out a truly dear compliment to inventive riders and gearheads who have made it a bit further down the road than he!

In addition to the newly added fresh voice of Shaggy, I'm hoping to announce some additional new writers to our publications for 2013 ... maybe even one or more of the guys you get to read today in The Ride below.... maybe even YOU?!


We're heading into December, the last leg of the journey of '12, and the weather looks pretty awesome, huh? The Toy Runs won't be snowy this year (always a fun addition to the mood but at least we won't be freezin'!)

And with this mostly-over-60's-and-sunny forecast, we'd all better take this chance to get on our bikes .. no tellin' what the Winter comin' is gonna bring!


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

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I posed the question ... and I've been hearing some great stories! Want to share your thoughts on what The Ride means to you? Shoot me a line! Your story and photo/s could be here too ...



Daniel Krehling from Pennsylvania ...

"I love LONG rides! I ride thru the Carolinas to Myrtle Beach, Daytona Bike Week, and when I do a long weekend ride south. I love Cannon Mills too! I do appreciate your eMag and do look forward to each issue. You do an excellent job! Thanks so much. Keep up the great work and keep the shiny side up!"

Here's his story:

I've been working 7 days a week now for a couple of months. I run my own business called Daniels' Hot Dog Cart and Catering Services for 16 years now. During the week I work on the Square in downtown Harrisburg, PA. Evenings and weekends I work Dog Shows, Horse Shows, Biker events, Auctions, wedding receptions and the list goes on and on. I was having PMS. Parked Motorcycle Syndrome. So the event I had planned this past weekend; I only had to work Saturday. A very long Saturday no less but I had SUNDAY Nov. 10th OFF! Yeah! The temp here was a cool 40 degrees so on with the chaps, heavy sweater and leather biker jacket. Had to also pack the helmet as the adjoining states require them. I woke up early. My bike almost didn't remember who I was and didn't want to start. Thought I might have to jump it but it growled and with the full choke on and a little prayer she kicked over...

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Ron Lofts from South Carolina ...

"You asked for rides. This is one we took with some friends this summer. We have a few others that maybe I can share later."

And here's one of his Ride experiences:

A friend had called me in June to say he had purchased a bike (2002 Dyna Wide Glide) and wanted to go for a ride. He had heard about the Tail of the Dragon and wondered about going up there. I suggested that maybe after a little more experience we could do the Dragon but he wanted to go to the mountains. We called some other friends; David and Ruth with their 2010 Heritage Fireman's Classic and Larry with his Honda Road bike and we planned a trip to the NC Mountains. Our plan was to head up back roads to Maggie Valley and the Wheels Through Time museum and then over to the Jarrett House in Dillsboro for the night. Then the next day head down to Franklin pick up 64 through the waterfalls and mountains and back to 179 through Pickens SC and back home. David and Ruth and Marcia (my wife) and I left our house in Cope, SC at 9:00 a.m. to meet with Larry in North, SC. We took 178 to Saluda to meet up with Terrell and his wife Aileen and Larry's wife Donna that was going to go in her car. This was going to be Terrell and Aileen's first "bike" trip ...

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Bob Stone of North Carolina

"I am a rider and a former newspaper reporter and I probably could have written several pages. Here's my article about The Ride."

Here's what Bob wrote:

When Fancy asked the readers of The Carolina Rider to submit an article explaining why we ride, I must admit that I'd really never given this question much thought. My first response is that riding is fun and I enjoy it. But the more I pondered this question, the more I realized how important riding is to me. To a certain extent, owning and riding a motorcycle defines who I am. But it's not only about the machine itself as much as it is about what I get out of it.

I think about all the wonderful friendships I have made through riding--people I would have never met if we didn't share the same passion for motorcycles. I would hate to have gone through life without knowing Big Ralph from Ohio, Biker Bob from Raleigh or Gold Wing Mike from Virginia, just to name a few of my dear riding pals. Every year anywhere from six to eight of us take a bike trip through the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. We only have three criteria when we plan our trip: great mountain roads, good food and, at the end of the day, some cold beverages. The riding is spectacular--those mountain roads will test the skills of even the most seasoned rider - but it's the camaraderie that makes this trip so satisfying. The members of our little group are all from different parts of the country and different walks of life, but our friendships are forged by our love of two wheels, a tank of gas, and chicken fried steak.

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The Old Breed

Hey old guys, getting old sucks right? The hard tail frame and stratosphere-bound ape hangers on your sled are getting to be a real pain in the ass, you're missing a few events due to weather, and you put air conditioning in your hot rod because it's just too damn hot on hot August nights. And what the f*ck is with the late model import sedans you're holding up traffic in? Whatever happened to those sweet chopped and channeled Mercs? Fear not geezers and geriatrics, I am actually here in your defense! Go ahead and sip your diet beers and bitch about your far too distant parking spot at the swap meet, you've earned it. But f*ck man, did you guys forget about all that cool shit you built about half a century ago? Oh ya did, let me remind you.

You built off the wall, bat shit crazy custom bikes and hotrods. You gave us drag racing, started the seven mile strip at Bonneville, and need I bring up the shit you pulled at the Long Beach marina in those early drag boats? You guys are the original bad asses and we owe you some gratitude. I feel we owe you a lot more than what we've given you, and barring an act of the almighty I plan to change that....

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Turkey Time is gone

& Time for the Santa Hats to come out

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and you were able to get some rest and recharge those batteries. Friday would have been a great day to go riding if you had the time. Sadly, I didn't. Saturday and Sunday got a little chilly for many of us, (I know, ... most of the Northerners think it was just about right!!)


New Carolina Beauties Gallery!

Did you see the prompt up top about Shanna's GALLERY? Yep, there're NEW PHOTOS in The Carolina Beauties .. and I promise to give you even more in months to come!


See you this Weekend?

Another Reminder: Don't forget to put on your weekend schedule the two HUGE toy runs we'll be involved in: one's in Ranlo, NC, the Gaston County Toy Run. Last year there were about 1600 bikers there.

The Charlotte CBA Toy Run, another BIG one, is on Sunday and gathers at the Bojangles Arena. See the flyer above for details.

As I've said before, The Carolina Rider will be there giving out hot chocolate and cookies along with a trip to The Skyline Village Inn, (and don't worry, you have a year to use it!) Look for Santa and Mrs. Clause at The BIG RIDE Bus for your chance to win!!

Come say hello...


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



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



















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