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December 2nd Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause

The Carolina Rider's BIG RIDE Bus TOY RUN Schedule

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

We Welcome a New Writer! - Bob Stone

TCR Classifieds

(For Sale: 2002 Custom Roadglide + Trailer, 2012 Switchback)

Sandy Reece - Full Coverage

Be part of YOUR magazine in 2015

Lester - EVENT REPORT: Greenville Toy Run

Whirlygig the Drone - Toy Run Video

Loose Talk with Jon

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The Carolina Rider will be giving away 10 tickets to the 2015 Easyriders show in Charlotte at each toy run we attend!


The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus 2 will serving hot chocolate & cookies at the starting point of this toy run!

The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus 2 will serving hot chocolate & cookies at the starting point of this toy run!

The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus 2 will serving hot chocolate & cookies at the starting point of this ride!

The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus 2 will serving hot chocolate & cookies at the starting point of this toy run!


The Little Weather Quickie for the Greater Charlotte Area

for Week of December 2-9, 2014

Tuesday 57 overcast, Wednesday 66 m-cloudy, Thursday 59 m-cloudy, Friday 54 overcast, Saturday 57 rain, Sunday 54 chance of rain, Monday 59 overcast, Tuesday 55 p-cloudy (as per on 12/2/14)

Welcome Bob! You may have read something by him before, but he's now joining our little team of regular contributors to provide a column to The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine. We're tickled to have him! In his column today, he shares his own story and visions for his part with The Carolina Rider. And he's asking for YOUR input too so please email him at his brand new email address!

Bob says some truly nice things about TCR and the other writers we are so fortunate to publish here. He says, "The Carolina Rider has some very talented writers from all walks of life and my hope is to bring yet another perspective to the sport we all love." It's true. Our publication is so very fortunate to have a diversely-rich contributorship. It wows me constantly!

And speaking of being wowed, I had a little idea that turned into a great project recently. When Bob emailed to say he wanted to start offering a regular column, I asked him for photos to use and he said, that while he had pics of himself and pics of his bike, he didn't have any of the two of them together. And so, my little idea to bring together someone else in his neck of the woods ... one of our contributors who has a true gift for photography as well as writing: Sandy Reece. Bob and Sandy met a couple weeks back and produced the fabulous photo you'll see in Bob's Ride header below. Beautiful, Sandy! I knew that was a good fit.

Please Support our Sponsors & Support The Carolina Rider!

It's December and some of us are looking for GIFT IDEAS. And so I would like to suggest that you consider supporting the businesses of our advertisers as you look for gifts. Think about it....Doing business with our Sponsors provides them with monies they can use for advertising with us which, of course, is what keeps us afloat.

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Let me Introduce Myself

If you are a subscriber to The Carolina Rider, then you are more than likely a motorcycle enthusiast, rider, biker or whatever moniker you preferred to be called. And if you are reading this column, then you are probably wondering, “who the heck is this guy and why should I be interested in what he has to say?” That is a valid question, and one that I’ll answer in a moment. But first, let me tell you a little bit about me and where I’m coming from.

I am a 56-year-old husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, a lover of classic rock, a musician, and a motorcycle rider. I am from a little town up in the Northwest corner of Randolph County named Archdale. If you’ve been on I-85 traveling from Charlotte to Raleigh, you’ve passed right through it. I love this part of North Carolina with its rolling tobacco and cotton fields and miles of twisty, two lane roads that are perfect for cruising. From my driveway, I can be at the coast in three and a half hours, the mountains in two hours and the Blue Ridge Parkway in about an hour and a half.

I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was 14 years old - bikes have always been a huge part of my life. I’ve owned dirt bikes, sport bikes, cruisers and full dress tourers. Through the years my stable has housed Hondas, Yamahas, BMWs and a few Harley-Davidsons, and I loved every bike I ever owned--except maybe that old 1978 XLCH Sportster, which I literally had to pay someone to take off my hands (which is another story for another time). I currently own a 2005 Electra Glide and a 2003 Sportster and they are two of the most reliable bikes I’ve ever thrown a leg over.

My full time job, which I really enjoy, has taken me pretty much all over the planet. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world on someone else’s nickel and I’ve been to places that others only dream of visiting. Unfortunately my job does cut into my riding time, which makes those days that I do get to ride so much more satisfying. I’ll jump at any chance to take a ride and if I have a spare hour or two, you can usually find me out on my bike. My wife will attest that I can stretch a 10-minute trip to the grocery store for a jar of pickles and some cat food into a three hour ride.

Years of bike ownership and thousands of miles of riding does not make me an expert. But it does give me first hand knowledge of my subject matter. Couple that with another passion of mine, writing, and I’m hoping it will be a pretty interesting formula. Like you, I look forward to each weekly edition of The Carolina Rider showing up in my inbox. When I stumbled upon the e-mag a couple of years ago, I was thrilled that someone finally put together a publication geared to the biker community. I have written a few articles that the fine folks at The Carolina Rider found fit to publish—and I thank them for that. So when the opportunity to become a regular contributor came available, I jumped at the chance.

So, why should you be interested in what I have to say? The Carolina Rider has some very talented writers from all walks of life and my hope is to bring yet another perspective to the sport we all love. I want do a bike review or two. I plan do a story on where the motorcycle industry is heading. I want to meet interesting people in the biker community and hear their story (and tell you about it). But I would also like to know what interests you, the reader? I have tons of ideas for stories, but what would you like to see in a column? Drop me a line and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Until then, I hope you can get out and ride,


Check out THIS Custom Chopper!

1998 Custom Rigid, 120CC Delkron motor. This is a great custom chopper, has many upgrades including, ape hanger handle bars, 5 speed baker trans, custom wheels, new tires, open primary, JB brakes and a chain drive. This bike screams with 120 hp and low miles. One owner. Call 704-236-9222 to see. Owner is motivated. $8500


2002 Custom Road Glide & Trailer - $32,000 with trailer!- One of a kind built by Camtech & tons of customizations: Custom House of Color Paint, Black with Candy Red Pearl host Flames, Low Miles, Diamond Cut Barrels, 88 punched out to 95 inch, Sachs Racing Head, 10:1 Pistons-Compression Releases, Cams, 42 Mikuni Carb, Wimmer Velocity Intake, Screaming Eagle Adj Push Rods, Fueling Lifters, FBI 2-1 hidden exhaust, Slash cut and tucked under bag, 6 piston front brake caliper, Metalsport Roxxy 26 inch Front Wheel, Camtech Stretched & Raked Front End, Camtech Stretched Tank, Custom Dash with Flush Gas Cap, Custom Chin Spoiler, Flared Side Covers, Camtech Stretched Extended Bags w/ LED Flush Integrated Signals/Brakes, Full Width Solid Fender, Sinister Drag Bars, Dakota Digital Gauges, Snakeskin Seats(Solo and Dual,) Custom Back Rest, Arnott Rear Air Rear Suspension with Handle bar controls, Flame Kick Stand/ Mirrors/ Grips/ Hwy Pegs, Banana Floorboards, Extended Rear Brake and Shifter, High Watt Stereo system & Speakers with Hand Grip Controls, & much more! Barry Pollack, call 386-212-3201

As seen in The Litigator 2013 calendar ... (Sorry, beautiful girl not included! ...)

2012 HD FLD Switchback for sale

29000 miles.  Two year extended warranty left on bike.  Serviced every 5000 miles by HD mechanic.  12 inch 1.25 inch handlebars with wiring inside.  HD signature seat.  Sissy bar with luggage rack.  Power Commander.  Chrome primary cover.  Screaming Eagle muffler. Engine guard with foot pegs.  Willie G. Skull trim.  The extended warranty is effective until 12-31-16.  Will sell for $11,000.00.  Joe Champion,, 704-419-9705

Full Coverage

Hello everyone and a belated Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish everyone a great holiday season and readiness for all those “Black Friday” events that will take place between now and December 25th.  “Black Friday” events are really amazing…to watch folks rush and fight for an item that they just cannot live without in the moment.  So…what am I rushing out for?  NOTHING!  The rush I would love to feel is the wind in my face while accelerating down a long back road to nowhere!  Mother Nature has caused havoc on our weather again this year…going from 70 to 30 degrees over the past few weeks.  I get into my car in the a.m. for the commute to work and the first thing I see is a warning on my dashboard informational screen “Careful Ice on Roadway.” Really?

Soon, really soon, I will ride for NOTHING!

For those of you that enjoy the adrenaline rush of shopping for that great deal, add this item to your list:  NEW RIDING GEAR!   Carolina motorcyclists love to ride year-round (minus icy days), new gear might just be the ticket to rush for!  I, myself, will be using my bonus this year to buy new boots.  I love to wear tall riding boots for lower leg protection.  Rocks and other road debris popping you in the shin really smarts!  Riding gear is essential for protecting valuables… your body!

Good Riding Gear on your Wish List?

I read a quote from Muhammad Ali about his concern for coverage to his daughters.  The meaning could relate well to motorcyclist as well.

An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters: “When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister Laila and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them.” He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.”

So if you are making plans to RUSH out to retrieve the ultimate gift…remember to check out the sales of riding gear.  It might be time to renew your protective gear.  Like Muhammad Ali said in the above excerpt… “You’re far more precious…and should be covered too.”

Be safe and enjoy the rush!,

Hello all, The Toys Runs are Here !!!!!

               This is my favorite time of year - well one of my favorite times anyway ! lol  Toy runs galore. I love them. The crisp air, the beautiful sounds of hundreds of motorcycles, the fun had by all. I love it.  I especially love the giving for the kids. That is what it is all about. The Kids. My Kids. Your Kids. Everybody's Kids. Last but not least, Somebody’s Kids.

That is what it was all about in the Greenville Harley-Davidson’s Toys for Tots ride this past Saturday (Nov.22) Somebody’s Kids.  The faceless Kids.  I don’t know whose Kids. I don’t care whose Kids. Somebody’s Kids.  I’ll leave the “whose” to the US Marine Corp.  They are the ones who will distribute the toys. One can only pray that there are enough toys to go around. I know that Greenville HD and the area's riders did their part. The folks at HD of Greenville were trying to get a good count of the number of bikes coming in. I actually saw Joel (from the parts dept.) walking around near the entrance of the lot with a counter in his hand. I heard from the staff there that they lost count at 2000 bikes and that they estimate as many as 2200 bikes, and over 5000 toys given. I think that is wonderful! What a blessing. I know that is a great number of bikes, the largest ever and a greater number of toys. I also know, that contrary to belief, that is not enough toys. For this reason, HD of Greenville will be collecting toys for the USMC throughout the season. Quaker Steak and Lube will also be collecting toys, also for the USMC. Get out and bring in the toys!

The ride started out a little differently for me and some of The Carolina Rider writers. We were asked to join Jan & Jon at the Harley shop early to get set up. We did. Jan & Jon were showing off the new BIG RIDE 2 - The Phoenix to us!!!!!  You know the “out of the ashes rises the Phoenix” thing. Well, The Phoenix is alive and kicking. The BIG RIDE 2 is different than The BIG RIDE 1. The first BIG RIDE that was lost in a fire back in August was a refurbished school bus. The BIG RIDE 2 is a motorhome. (Right now it is a work in progress, but when it is finished it will be a rolling clubhouse!)  Very different from the old ride. Now, we not only have seating and heat and A/C; we have all the comforts of home - refrigerator, microwave, stove top, a bed and a bathroom. Whoo Hooo!!!!!  Not that I will ever need that stuff, but Jan & Jon will. This will allow them to be in more places than usual. No more motels for them, (unless they want to!) They can also take their family (the poodles) with them, if they want too!  Jan had small champagne drinks for us all to toast The BIG RIDE 2. Also, Jan actually made breakfast for all of us, I have to say that made it all worthwhile. Then Jan & Jon presented Golden “Bub” Carper, “The Tarheel Tornado,” and myself (“Lester”) all with a wonderful appreciation gift.  It was very special and thoughtful of you two (Jan) to come up with that.  I know that I speak for the other writers that this gift is very much appreciated!!!  Thank you ! Thank You!

Tend Your Batteries!

               Folks, this was only one of many toy runs going on this year. The Big Ride II will be at many toy runs this season.  Get those bikes charged up, cleaned up and warmed up, and be ready for the next toy ride. I say that because I heard from several people at the Harley shop, that they went to get their bikes out and the batteries were dead. That is what they make battery tenders for, folks. If you don’t have one, ask Santa for one. They will come in handy, and by the way they are cheaper than a   I personally know of some that rode in a Toy Run for their very first time, and they are hooked !  I know of others that could not ride because their bikes were down. I know of others that chose not to ride because they didn’t have anyone to ride with them. I hate it for all of them, they missed out on a tremendous blessing.

Don’t you miss out, get out to those toy runs. See the list above and come see us at The BIG RIDE 2. We will be serving up some hot chocolate and cookies.

Don’t forget the toys. Toys for the Kids. Anybody's Kids!!!!!!

Ride safe,


click on photo BELOW for a video overlooking

the above-mentioned 11/22 Toys for Tots Ride in Greenville, SC!



The Story of The BIG RIDE 2

I've been asked to share the story of our new bus. It's a long but significant story of how we got the new bus and here it is....

On the weekend that The BIG RIDE caught fire, we were on our way to help the Shriners with a fund raiser in Maggie Valley. Within hours after we grabbed what we could from the fire, we were at the Maggie Valley Rally to fulfill our commitment and be with those of you who came up too. Though our spirits were scorched, we were grateful for the friendships around us. Throughout the weekend, we shared our woes over the bus story and the fact that I had failed to put collision insurance on the bus so it was a complete loss. Thanks to all who listened!

Jason, one of the Shriners there that weekend, shared his own bus story. He'd recently agreed to buy a class A motorcoach for a very good price ... but on its way to be delivered to Jason, one of its tires had a blow out. The seller of the bus was disgusted with the whole situation and did not want to make the repairs. Jason himself decided that he had way too many projects of his own to deal wtih and decided he that he was going to not buy the bus afterall. But upon hearing our story, he kept nudging me to look at it as a great bus for The Carolinas Rider to replace what we had lost. It "seemed" synchronistic .. but I'd just been burned and surely didn't want any more fires to put out!

Fast forward to two week later. I went to see that bus. It was indeed a truly great bus and I was trying to figure out how I could scrape the money together to by the bus and if I should. The owner and I were looking and talking when I looked down at the front hub caps and on them was a picture of a Phoenix and the word Phoenix. Wow! Danny, one of our staff writers who was with us during that fateful weekend in Maggie Valley had said that we should call our new bus the Phoenix whenever we replaced it. You know, "rising up out of the ashes and such." Well after seeing the Phoenix on the hub caps I felt it was destiny. How could we not?! So we scraped together all the cash we had and bought the bus and so far we are just delighted and hope you will be as well.

We'd have never imagined that this would happen so fast ... and we're amazed and thankful it has! Bill with Signcraft Charlotte just finished covering the outside of The BIG RIDE 2 with our logo, sponsors' logos, and some new awareness info. FancyFree has begun some of the inside redecorating. It's pretty awesome just as it is, but, as Lester says above, we have some work to do to make it all we want it to be and we're slowly rebuilding our promotional materials and equipment. Still, we're happy to be back on the road again.

So come see us this Saturday (Gaston Co Toy Run, Ranlo,) or Sunday (Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots,) at one of the toy runs so you can and see The BIG RIDE 2 - The Phoenix. The front of the bus has the same skull design that we had on the side of the old bus ... but now with a Phoenix rising out of it!

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