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December 9th Edition

In This Issue:


Riding BE-cause

The Carolina Rider's BIG RIDE Bus TOY RUN Schedule

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Shag's Rant - The One Word Question

TCR Classifieds

(For Sale: Big Dog Mastiff, TriGlide Ultra Classic, Custom Roadglide + Trailer, Switchback)

Orangeburg Ron takes a couple rides in Low Country SC

Bub - Holiday Reflecting

Loose Talk with Jon

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Note: Sadly, The BIG RIDE will not be present for the Vets Ride on the 14th as planned ... but we hope you'll join the 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 9-16, 2014

Tuesday 55 clear, Wednesday 51 clear, Thursday 51 clear, Friday 55 clear, Saturday 57 clear, Sunday 57 clear, Monday 57 clear, Tuesday 56 rain (as per on 12/9/14)

Toy Run Fun!

I was beat-tired and admittedly a bit grumpy when I arrived at Saturday's Gaston County (Ranlo) Toy Run plus it was spittin' rain and cold. Still, there's something about the toys strapped to the backs of bikes and chilly but ready-to-roll leather-clad bikers sucking down hot chocolate that can melt the grump out of me and warm up my dwindling flames.

Sunday's Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots Ride kicked off with high winds lashing The BIG RIDE 2's awning about & bending its new-to-us supports, throwing The Litigator's tent across the Bojangles Coliseum parking lot, and shattering our little team's frayed organizational nerves as we considered and reconsidered how to keep styrofoam cups of hot cocoa anchored till the masses could enjoy them. A tin of cookies took flight in one gust, our prescious few business cards scattered on the asphalt when another swept through, and all of us were scrambling for additional layers to stay warm against the intense wind chill. Then the heart-warming moment came when all was just more perfect than words can say. Everyone in the saddle awaiting the GO, engines coming to life like an orchestra tuning up and my insides lept. It was my favorite part of the day - when the parade leaves in full black leather v-twin (and all other motored) glory! I don't necessarily "love a parade" as the saying goes; but I DO love a parade of motorcycles - especially on a chilly December day!

(Here I am with some dear old friends - Charlotte native friends who joined us at the Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots Ride at what we 4 will forever call The Charlotte Coliseum. David, Paul, Caroline and I (from right to left) reminisced about the concerts we'd partied at there, our high school graduations there, ice skating there, and how wonderful it is to have that longtime landmark still with us! Thanks to all of you for your holiday cheering! Photo by my buddy David Barnhardt)

Thanks for all who showed up in Ranlo. It was a smaller-than-usual crowd but was still a damn great turnout for a day like Saturday! Same to the Charlotte crowd who came from hither and yon to participate in their annual tradition ... and some who were just starting their own two-wheeled toy run tradition. Spectacular showing, everyone!

While our schedule above says that we will be in Columbia for the Vets ride this weekend, sadly, we actually won't be. Due to a scheduling snafu, we'll be missing the ride but truly hope you who can will join in. Please ride for our veterans if you are able.

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The one word question

In the unlikely event that my last shooting-off-at-the-mouth didn’t hammer this point home, I draw inspiration from some rather unusual subject matter. When I read back over one of my previously published butchering’s of the English language I’m always slightly amused.

The question of where my mind was always comes up.  Shit, don’t ask me man. The last contact I made with my gray matter was eight long years ago when I threw my leg over that vt500 for the first time in the back store room of Gaffney Pawn. I believe that conversation went something like:

Me: “this seems like a good idea”
Brain: “maybe we should but that money towards college in hopes of a better life”
Me: “you know what,,, I don’t think we can be friends anymore”

Fast forward to today when I’m sitting on the side of the road by Lake Lure (I’m penciling this on a Hardee’s napkin at the time) and watching the sun come up over the mountains.  It’s freezing ass cold at the time, my hands are too numb to work my lighter and I’m coughing from holding a cigarette on my lip at the edge of the exhaust pipe praying for a back fire. I can’t count the unfathomable number of times I’ve been here, and for what? The roads don’t change, the scenery doesn’t change, nothing about this little notch of western NC has changed in my twenty four years on this earth. Which brings me to my point. WHY????

Why why why why why? I hear that shit everywhere, especially when it comes to motorcycles. You’ve all heard it as well. Everybody reading this (yes all two of you) have been asked at one point or another why motorcycles are so important to you, why riding plays such a big role in your life. We all know how, but ...

BIG DOG Motorcycle - 2007 Mastiff - 11,700 mi. - Vin# 5J11MBJBX7W000051 - clean title; Beautiful. 99% ready for shows and 100% ready to ride. Extras: after market strobe/flashing halogen headlight, battery trickle charger, ​BDM ​f ront wheel and Kryptonite back wheel locks,​ second seat, BDM back rest and bag. ​One defect is small paint blisters at gas tank inlet. Hard to sell, but have to do it... Asking $14,900. MPL​ Asheville, NC (828) 782-6671;

2010 Harley Davidson Tri-Glide Ultra Classic FLHTCUTG - This one of a kind motorcycle has15,729 miles on the odometer and has always been covered and garage kept. All maintenance has been kept up to date and performed by a registered HD dealer. The unique custom paint features the work of Pamela Shanteau, known worldwide as the “Godmother of Airbrushing”.

The motorcycle has the following upgrades/extras: Chrome Accessories include: Passenger Footboard Covers; Tour Pak Hinges, Instrument Bezels, Push Button Fuel Tank Console Door Release; BUB 7 Mufflers; Chrome Riders Claw for iPhone (wired.) Chrome Flame Accessories include: Hand Grips; Footboards; Foot Pegs; Shifter peg, and Adjustable Highway Pegs. The Tour Pak includes a Retractable Tour Pak Tether and Wall Organizer. The lower fairing door features easy open magnetic door flaps. Also included are Custom Fit Travel Bags for the Trunk and Tour Pak and a Premium Cotton Indoor Storage Cover. The motorcycle has a rider backrest and is hard wired for heated jackets, gloves, and a battery charger. 
This one owner motorcycle is in beautiful condition and has never had any damage. It is located in NC and is priced far below book value at $22,500.00.  Additional photos upon request.


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

I thought I would tell you of a couple of rides recently that we’ve been able to get out to...

A couple of weeks ago my friend David (Yamaha Star) wife Ruth and my wife Marcia went to Hendersonville NC for some shopping with some other friends.  So I called from work and said it was too nice to work and lets go to Dorchester Co, actually Ridgeville, to the Single Action Shooting Society Regionals.  The SASS is where people dress up in old western outfits and shoot 10 targets with a single action pistol (have to cock it each time, can’t just pull the trigger) and 10 targets with a rifle and 4 or 6 targets with a shotgun (can only have two shells at a time.)

The weather was great at about 64 and the sun was out.  We met at my house and headed over to Bamberg on 301/601 to pick up 178 to connect with 61. Hwy 61 goes down to Charleston (that trip is later) and goes past the shooting range.  We had a wonderful trip and great weather.  It is all two lane and runs through rural farmland.  It crosses Hwy 21, and I-95 then Hwy 15 until it connects with 17 down near Summerville.  We had a good bbq sandwich and watched some of the competition.  It is a timed event in different settings.  We struck up a conversation with a couple of the shooters and thought they were going to offer that we shoot a round, which I would have done in a heartbeat, but they didn’t, just encouraged us to get involved.  We decided that the bikes were enough of a costly hobby.

We headed home up 61 but turned left and headed over to Ridgeville to take a different route. That branched off through Harleyville.  The police chief there got so tired of replacing the signs that he now sells them for $10.00.  David lives in Elloree and turned on to I-95 and I turned to Branchville and ran a couple of back roads home around dinner time.

Then the next Saturday Marcia and I were looking for a place to go because the weather was nice and who wants to do those honey do’s when it is such great riding weather.  I had read in Southern Living that the best BBQ place in the south was in ...

Thanksgiving to Christmas

So here we are, in the middle.  The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A gray, rainy Saturday, can’t ride my bike, well, ... I could but I kinda have a rule that if it’s rainy and dreary then the bikes stay in the garage. Unless we’re on a trip schedule and can’t delay another day. So I’m reading my motorcycle magazines - you know, the ones that come in the mail not the email. One of my two favorite print mags, “Rider,” has an article by Clement Salvadori in which he says, “the bike’s engine charges the battery and the ride charges my battery.” That is so right as I’m sure most of you agree. You can be wrung out over the trials and tribulations of daily living, but fire up that steel pony’s engine and all is good!

I thought about this season between Holidays and all I’m thankful and to Who I owe it all too.  I’m not a church goer but do believe in God and on my Sunday morning ride I feel like I commune with Him. So many things have happened in my life that Someone had to be making the arrangements cause it sure wasn’t me...

After retiring from the USAF I was kind of wondering about what to do when a friend who taught at the local community college suggested that I go into teaching. And I did. Taught Elementary school for 15 years and loved it.  The kids liked that their teacher had his bike helmet on his desk and I shared many cycle-related stories with them.  Several of them rode dirt bikes and we had some good class discussions about bikes.  Then after retiring from teaching I wanted to ride more and Margie and I made several road trips, generally to the North Carolina Mtns; so I suggested we move up here and she said, “Finally!, I was ready a long time ago!”  So we made several trips up here after putting our house on the market. Our good friends, Tom Cantrell and wife Amy, let us use their home as base while we wandered the area from N Georgia to Virginia looking and looking .... we couldn’t seem to agree on a house.  Then our house in Florida sold and we had to  find something. We came back up to Tom and Amy’s and went from dawn to dusk - nothing.  Then on our next to last day here Margie seen a "house for sale" sign.  We drove to the address and I said “we’ll never be able to afford that.”  She said, “well, let’s ask anyway.” And I’m glad we did! It's was not only affordable, 4 extra acres of woodland came with it!

So here I am tooling around Gaffney on my 82 R100 BMW and I stop at Ace Hardware for something and this guy on a new K1200 BMW pulls up beside me, introduces himself as the commander of the local Salvation Army. He asked me if I rode with anyone else and I replied that I didn’t.  He informed me that several guys from Gaffney meet at the Old Post store Tuesday at 6 P.M. and ride. The next Tuesday I ride over to the Old Post and sure enough, several guys and bikes sitting around in the parking lot.  And they all look to be about my age.  Introduce myself and ask about the Salvation Army commander and one replies that he generally only rides every month or so.  And that’s how I met the Gaffney Rough Riders - rough in looks only.  And Mickey rode with this gang too. You know - Mickey of the CPRs.  And Mickey is good friends with Charley  and Charley is friends with John.  The whole group of CPRs.

So here I am reminiscing about the turns my life has taken and I can’t help but think about The Carolina Rider and  FancyFree and Foot Loose who allow me to share my stories and thoughts with you. You know I can’t remember how I found The Carolina Rider. uuuummm, wonder Who arranged that?

Why all this?  Just want you to let life flow, ride those scooters, enjoy your companions and even those you don’t know - you never know when one thing or person is going to change your life - and to wish all who read The Carolina Rider and to those who make it possible - a very Merry Christmas.


What do you want for Xmas?

The Litigator Calendar 2015

Well, I don't really want anything, don't need anything, can do with what I have. But, if pushed, there are some cool things to consider. One free one for YOU - not so much for me tho since I put it together and have my own multiple copies! - is The Litigator's 2015 Calendar. I have to say, it's the best so far. Gorgeous women and bikes! Cases of them have already gone out at the past weekend's toy runs and more to go out over the next few weeks. If you've already asked for one, patience, it's on the way.

Smoke Out 2015 Tickets

You could your loved ones to give you tickets to Smoke Out Rally 16 which will be June 19 & 20, 2015. Always a great time with tons of unique bikes and unique-er characters roaming the Rockingham Speedway grounds, you know we'll be there with The BIG RIDE 2 set up! We just got word that Phillip Roebuck will be performing there. He's called a one-man-band and Edge says, "Phillip uses cables and contraptions that allow him to stomp out complex drum beats with his feet while he shreds a banjo in a way that is miles from normal." Something to look forward to and yes, something for the Xmas Wish List!

Tickets for Easyriders Show 2015, Charlotte

Easyriders 2015 is scheduled for January 24th and we gave out some free tickets during this past weekend's toy runs. We're looking forward to having more inside work completed on The BIG RIDE 2 before this show so The Phoenix is in tip-top shape. Furthermore, FancyFree and I are just looking forward to being at the show since we missed 2014 (with us both under the weather with the flu.) We plan to give out another pair or two of tickets at Windjammers Toy Run in Shelby on Dec. 20th. Come find us and register to win!

Leather Goodies from Top Stitch Customs

Chris of Top Stitch was kind to donate a $200 gift certificate for a custom created motorcycle seat that we auctioned off at Sunday's Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots ride. The winner was Breakdown Rob and Chris is looking forward to working with him! Top Stitch has so much great work going on these days. FancyFree and I have been getting lots of compliments on our own custom leather and personalized Santa hats that Chris made us. And in addition to their ads above and the tons of creative power behind motorcycle leathers they can make just for you, check out some other new creations by Chris Petner:

and a couple cool wallet creations ....


Last thing I have to say is this: It took little more than a quick text for the above advertiser to share new images of new items with us "hot-off-the-press-style." Chris commented that he was working on some new designs and wanted to share with our readership. He just finished the vest and wallets today. Yep, just this morning ... and now you've got his ad in your hands. So, if you've got something to sell - goods or services - please consider giving yourself the gift of advertising with The Carolina Rider. We get your info in the hands of over 75,000 readers EVERY week and we can let folks know quickly what's new with you!

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