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(photo taken by Jane Lavoy at Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots Ride 2014)

December 16th Edition

In This Issue:

Riding BE-cause - Motorcycle Therapy for Vets!

Lil' Weather

Free Thinking with FancyFree

Sandy - What was your favorite Ride Event in 2014?

Bob - An Easy December Ride in Randolph Co, NC

TCR Classifieds

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

Quece - Fleas Navidog!

Paul Pics - Toy Runnin' 2014

Loose Talk with Jon

Look for much more at www.thecarolinarider.com

 

 

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Veterans Get Motorcycle Therapy in NC

by Jim Kaselitis, LTAF volunteer

A new 501c3 non profit based in Hendersonville, NC, the Let's Twist Again Foundation Inc. provides a unique motorcycle therapy program at the NC Veterans Home in Black Mountain.  Director of Activities at the vet home Amy Ferguson says," The motorcycle program Garry brings here is so engaging and fun and it does exercise hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills ... the residents love it"

Using a modified virtual riding apparatus (Honda SMARTrainer) that has real motorcycle controls and a variety of courses to ride, director Garry Segal works with veterans there giving patients a chance to exercise cognitive and motor skills from a wheelchair or bed while on a virtual motorcycle ride!

Currently on a weekly basis the program visits the NC Veterans Home -Black Mountain NC, Universal Health Care -Fletcher NC, and Spring Arbor in Hendersonville NC.
Funding comes through public donations and they need your help to keep this program going!

Stop by www.motorcycletherapy.org to see what it's all about and donate.

THIS SATURDAY:

The Carolina Rider BIG RIDE Bus 2 will be 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 16-23, 2014

Tuesday 59 p-cloudy, Wednesday 59 clear, Thursday 55 p-cloudy, Friday 56 clear, Saturday 42 rain, Sunday 57 p-cloudy, Monday 54 p-cloudy, Tuesday 52 m-cloudy (as per www.intellicast.com on 12/16/14)

As the Year Ends

Over the next couple of weeks as folks tend to be scurrying around madly or tucked firmly into their hide outs due to the holiday season, Footloose and I attempt to slow things down a bit in our lives, take a bit of a breather and endeavor to regenerate some lost energies. If asked to describe our 2014 year, we'd say "surprisingly chaotic" so a bit of R&R is called for in preparation for a new year. Undaunted in our commitment to this publication and the great work of our lives, we also believe it's our job to rest up so we can stay strong and true as we move forward.

We wish for you the same. My Mama always said, "you're no good for anybody else if you don't take care of yourself." True that, Mama. And so may your holiday time permit you opportunity to take care of yourself so you can be around for some riding fun in the year to come. May you ...

  • Take some aimless rides if weather allows!
  • Meet up with easygoing characters and share a laugh or two!
  • Look around you and enjoy the sights!
  • You're "born to be wild," so give it a (safe) try and play a little ... or a LOT!

This is the final full edition of The Carolina Rider Weekly Magazine for this year. You'll still get an email from us the next 2 weeks but they'll simply be our annual holiday "cards," of best wishes. Can't wait for 2015! I'm looking forward to a fresh start; how 'bout you?!

I had the chance to enjoy some Christmas lights on the waters of Lake Wylie this past weekend - one of my very favorite parts of this festive time! Even got my picture taken with Santa Clause (the REAL one, of course!!) while floating on a boat on the lake with sparkling colors of the dressed-up boats in the background. How often do we get THAT kind of great fun in life? I vote for MORE; much, much more!

This inspired me to share these links to other holiday light shows in The Carolinas.

Holiday Lights in SC

Holiday Lights in NC

Have a colorful, shiny, light-filled time whatever you're up to!

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Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Happy Hanukkah!  Season’s Greetings!  Happy Kwanzaa!

Looking back throughout the 2014 year, I realize there were a lot of great events happening in the Carolinas!  I hope you were able to experience at least one of these events.  The Carolina Rider online event calendar keeps us abreast of most activities in the surrounding areas.  If there were some events we missed….next time advertise with Footloose & FancyFree!

So…did you have a favorite event this year?  Do you have a favorite memory of a road trip with friends or family?  I’ve noticed a question posed to friends on the social media frenzy...”What is your favorite Christmas memory?”  So I will change-up that question a little by asking “What was your favorite ride event for 2014?”  Looking back to my ride adventures, I would have to say my favorite ride this year was to the Low Country of South Carolina.   Time spent with my friends Debbie and Krissa cruising the low country back roads and capturing many historic photo opportunities.  Can we top that trip in 2015?  Sure thing!   Plans are already underway for the next road trip!

Wreaths Across America

For the month of December, Wreaths Across America has had a phenomenal year on (never-to-happen-again consecutive date) 12-13-14 as the organization had enough donations to COVER the entire Arlington National cemetery.  The Worchester family placed the 2 millionth wreath ...

One of the great things about living here in Randolph County is the abundance of scenic, country roads. Within the 790 square miles of North Carolina’s 11th largest county (by size), one can find some of the best riding in the state. Fortunately, I don’t have to go far from my home in Archdale to ride one of my favorite routes. Archdale Road, or county road 1004, was made for two wheelers.

Slicing through the Randolph County countryside, Archdale road winds its way south through gently rolling farmland. The road is well maintained and has a perfect mix of gentle, sweeping curves and fast, smooth straightaways. Traffic is usually sparse and there are plenty of connector roads if you feel the need to further explore the area. Riding the road south allows fantastic views of the Caraway Mountains, which at 1,150 feet above sea level, is the highest point in Randolph County.

The road changes to Caraway Mountain Road the further south you go, snaking quietly up the mountain with several tight, footboard-dragging curves. The road up the mountain is fun to ride fast, but first timers need to exercise caution—there is virtually no room for error if you misjudge your speed and come into a curve too hot.

A couple of Sundays ago the weather warmed up enough for an afternoon ride. The week prior, we had just experienced some of the coldest temperatures of the season, with much of central North Carolina dipping into the teens at night. Once the mercury hit 45 degrees, I bundled up in leather from head to toe, thumbed the starter and pointed my bike south toward Archdale Road....

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;mplcal@gmail.com

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. skysis1@aol.com

 

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, champjh@yahoo.com, 704-419-9705

It is that time of year when the posers garage their bikes with the battery tender on, and the Rest of Us….well, we are going on Toy Runs, looking forward to the Easy Riders Show in January, and making our reservations for the 75th Sturgis Anniversary!  Can I get a Woof! Woof!

(photo of toys being gathered at Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots Ride on Dec 7)

Mom and Dad have been very busy this year and we did not ride as much as we would have liked…but we still got in at least 10,000 miles on each bike!  And I rode every one of them…including a week long trip to Michigan!

Mom with her heated seat, and me with my new Saddleman carrier (that we put foot warmers in) are nice and toasty on the colder days.  That is how it was Sunday at the The Charlotte CBA and Marine Corps Toys for Tots ride!  Yes there was a little bit of a chill, but the sun was shining and ...

This year is winding down

This Saturday is the final toy run of The Carolina Rider's season. We will be at Windjammers toy run in Shelby. Windjammer Riding Club always does a great toy run; LOTS of bikes! Even though it is forecast to rain there, will are always plenty of dedicated bikers trying to help make some child's Christmas a little brighter. So do come join us this Saturday and help close out the year.

If we don't see you, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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