North Carolina Motorcycle Community

One very important part of my practice as a North Carolina motorcycle accident attorney is to provide services that support and educate the motorcycling community as well as to sponsor various motorcycle events events throughout North Carolina.

Capital City Bikefest in Raleigh

2019 was my 11th year of sponsorship of the 15th Annual  Capital City Bikefest which takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina every September at the Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson dealership and in downtown Raleigh.  2020 would have been my 12th year of sponsorship, but COVID had other plans.   This event was started by Ray Price 14 years ago and Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson is continuing the tradition.  I appreciate everyone associated with Tobacco Road for giving me the opportunity to sponsor such a great event since 2009.  I also appreciate the members of the Raleigh HOG Chapter for all of the volunteer hours they put into the event each an every year.   Just to give you an idea about what great events there are during Bikefest, here is what happened in 2019 at the Dealership – Wall of  Death, a stunt show, military appreciation, Patriot Ride, Parade of Lights Ride, several musical performers, kid’s race on the new Harley-Davidson electric bikes, and many vendors.  There was also events around the Warehouse District in downtown Raleigh, particularly in and around the Contemporary Art Museum (e.g. Tattoo Fest, The Stray Cat Sideshow, and the Rumble in Raleigh Car Show).  There was also  a vintage motorcycle race at the Wake County Speedway.  Each year I am at Bikefest meeting motorcyclists and handing out my motorcycle towels.    I hope that in September of 2021 I can describe the goings on of the 16th Annual Capital City Bikefest.

Sponsoring Motorcycle Events and Charitable Organizations

Motorcycle riders have a long history of giving back to the community.  For a number of years I have been involved with  providing my motorcycle towels and/or sponsoring  various motorcycle events and charitable organizations such as:

  • Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson (formerly Ray Price Harley-Davidson) and Raleigh HOG Chapter – various events and fundraisers (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • 2 Wheel Rider Awareness Rally (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Ruff Ryders of Raleigh Annual Poker Run (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Motorcycle Ride benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association of Greensboro (Kernersville, North Carolina)
  •  Southern Fall Ride (Danville, Virginia)
  •  Freedom Biker Church Fall Festival (Clayton, North Carolina)
  • Locked and Loaded Open House (Garner, North Carolina)
  • Lewis “The Godfather” Clark Extreme Stunt Show
  • Unity of Remembrance Ride – Bull City (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Journey of Hope Breast Cancer Ride (New Bern, North Carolina)
  • NC Finest Motorcycle Club 13th Anniversary Weekend (Statesville, North Carolina)
  • Steelhorse Strangers MC Annual Person County Toy Run (Roxboro, North Carolina)
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Benefit Ride for Debra Baldwin (Burlington, North Carolina)
  • Back Road Barbecue  Ride (Pitt County, North Carolina)
  • Angier Bikefest (Harnett County, North Carolina)
  • American Veterans Motorcycle Club Ride (Wake County, North Carolina)
  • NC All Female Scholarship Ride (Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina)
  • Duke Children’s Hospital Charity Ride – Brewers Cycles (Henderson, North Carolina)
  • Jerry’s Annual Memorial Ride (Raleigh, Goldsboro, Wilson, North Carolina )
  • Durham Harley Owners Group – Annual Bike Show and Chili Cook-off (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Ride For Kids – Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (Triangle, North Carolina )
  • Ride for Life Benefitting Duke Children’s Hospital (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Randolph County CBA/ABATE Annual Toy Run (Asheboro, North Carolina )
  • Raleigh Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Ride (Raleigh, North Carolina )
  • Bikers 4 Boobs Breast Cancer Ride (Asheboro, North Carolina )
  • Carolyn Creech Breast Cancer Poker Run (Dunn, North Carolina)
  • Mountainview Ruritan Club Motorcycle and Car Show (Burlington, North Carolina)
  • Motorcycle Ride for Brian & Wendy Cox (Winterville, North Carolina)
  • Leathernecks Motorcycle Club Mid-Atlantic Raffle (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Post 94 Ride for Veteran Warriors (Snow Hill, North Carolina)
  • Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Open House (Stedman, North Carolina)
  • Concerned Biker’s Association / ABATE of North Carolina – Annual Calendar
  • Raleigh EuroBike (Raleigh, North Carolina )
  • Iron Elite Celebrations – Harley-Davidson Dealerships (Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina)
  • Raleigh HOG First Annual Charity Fundraiser Golf Tournament (Raleigh, North Carolina )
  • Blue Knights NC II Officer Down Motorcycle Ride (Raleigh, North Carolina )
  • Blue Knights NC II Golf Tournament Supporting the North Carolina Trooper’s Association (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Blue Knights NC XVI 6th Annual Officer in Need Poker Run (Pineville, North Carolina )
  • Blue Knights NC VIII 6th Annual Officer Down Ride (Greenville, North Carolina)
  • Blue Knights NC XVII Officer Down Motorcycle Ride (Wilmington, North Carolina)
  • Nam Knights of America, Old North Chapter, Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament (Hoke County, North Carolina)
  • Battlefield Bounce Motorcycle Ride by Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association (15-1) (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
  • Hogs for Dogs Charity Poker Run (Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • Miles for Mutts Ride at Davis Harley-Davidson (Burlington, North Carolina )
  • B.U.D.’s Foundation Fallen Riders Fundraiser Weekends (Wilson, North Carolina; Smithfiled, North Carolina; Garner, North Carolina)
  • Female Ride Day (Greensboro Harley-Davidson) (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • Homeless Neighbors under the Bridge Ride (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • Female Empowerment Movement – Liberty Riderz (Fayetteville, North Carolina )
  • Partners in Learning Child Development and Family Resource Center Poker Run (Salisbury, North Carolina )
  • ALTEC 5th Annual Charity Ride for United Way (Creedmoor, North Carolina)
  • Vets to Vets United Annual HOG Wild Chicken Fest and Block Party (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Relay for Life Motorcycle Ride (Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina)
  • Brenner’s Children’s Ride (Greensboro, North Carolina)

Annual Toy Rides and Toy Runs

Every year motorcycle clubs, motorcycle organizations, motorcycle dealerships, HOG Chapters, motorcyclists, and individual members of the community organize and/or participate in motorcycle toy rides, motorcycle toy runs and toy drives that bring happiness to children across North Carolina.  Thank you to all of the volunteers that invest their time, energy and money in making these events happen each and every year.  In this post I am going to list out all of the motorcycle toy runs and motorcycle toy rides that I can find throughout North Carolina.  I was able to find 39 events for 2020, but I am sure that I have missed some.  If I missed your event and/or left out an event host out, please let me know and I will add to the list.

Toy Rides/Toy Runs Location
Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson and Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Toy Run Raleigh, Wake County
Steelhorse Strangers MC Annual Person County

Toy Run

Person County
Annual All-American Toy Run – NC CVMA 15-1 Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Christmas Cheer of Alamance County Toy Ride Alamance County
Twist and Turn Toy Drive Clayton, Johnston County
Annual Conover School Toy Run Conover, Catawba County
Annual Randolph County CBA Toy Run Asheboro, Randolph County
Toys-for-Tots Motorcycle Run – Baker American Cycles and Sandhills IMRG Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Lejeune Motorsports Annual Sleigh Squad Ride Jacksonville, Onslow County
Batchelors Annual Toy Run Spring Hope, Nash County
Ron Ayers Motorsports Ride for Toys for Tots Greenville, Pitt County
Black Cat HOG Chapter & Black Cat HD Annual Toy Run Rocky Mount, Nash County
Annual Wayne County Toy Run Goldsboro, Wayne County
INA Fitz Annual Memorial Toy Run Johnston County, Wake County
New River Harley-Davidson Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride Jacksonville, Onslow County
Polk County Toy Run Saluda, Polk County
Carolina Billiards Toy Run Wilson, Wilson County
BTN Annual Toy Run Winston-Salem, Forsyth County
Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson Annual Toys for Tots Ride Wilmington, New Hanover County
Thumper’s Holiday Charity Run for Turning Point Monroe, Union County
Beach House Harley-Davidson Annual Toys for Tots Ride Shallotte, Brunswick County
Harley-Davidson of New Bern Annual Kennedy Children’s Home Toy Run New Bern, Craven County
Henderson County Annual Toy Run Fletcher, Henderson County
Bull City HOG Chapter Annual Salvation Army Toy Run Durham County
Arzie Rogers Memorial Toy Run – Speedway Harley-Davidson Concord, Cabarrus County
Haywood Bikers for Toys Haywood County
Smoky Mountain Toy Run Black Mountain, Buncombe County
His Laboring Few Toy Run Thomasville, Greensboro
Annual Gaston County Toy Run for Kids Gaston County
Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots Run – Independence Harley-Davidson Mecklenburg County
Renegade Cycles Toy Run Dobson, Surry County
Wind Jammer’s Annual Toy Run Shelby, Cleveland County
Annual Currituck County Sheriff’s Department Toy Run Currituck County
Murphy’s Annual Toy Run Kings Mountain, Cleveland County
Rutherford County Toy Run Spindale, Rutherford County
Annual Wingmen Toy Run – Ft. Bragg Harley-Davidson Fayetteville, Cumberland County
Brenner Children’s Hospital Toy Run – Riding-High Harley-Davidson Guilford County, Forsyth County
Alamance County Toy Drive & Ride – Downhome Harley Davidson and Burlington Harley Owners Group Burlington, Guilford County

 

Educating the Motorcycle Community about Legal Issues and Motorcycle Insurance

In my capacity as a North Carolina motorcycle accident lawyer, I have spoken to many motorcycle organizations about legal issues that affect those who ride.  I have had the privilege of speaking to Harley Owners Groups (HOG) Chapters at Tobacco Road (formerly Ray Price) Harley-Davidson in Raleigh, Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson in Fayetteville, Greensboro Harley-Davidson, Smokin’ Harley-Davidson in Winston-Salem, Raging Bull Harley-Davidson in Durham, Cox’s Harley-Davidson in Asheboro, Tilley’s Harley-Davidson in Salisbury, Cox’s Double Eagle Harley-Davidson in Southern Pines, and CrossRoads Harley-Davidson in Wilkesboro. I have also spoken to the Blue Knights NC II in Raleigh, the Honda Goldwing Chapters in Durham, Garner and Sanford, the United Riders in Archdale, the Christian Biker Association Raleigh Chapter, the Concerned Bikers Association (CBA) Raleigh Chapter, and to motorcyclists attending the Safety Awareness Seminar at Team Powersports in Garner, North Carolina.  I have also had the privilege of speaking at the BUD’s Foundation Banquet in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and at the BUD’s Foundation Fallen Riders Fundraising Weekend.

I view speaking with motorcycle groups as a public service and if your group or organization would like me to speak about issues related to motorcycle accidents or motorcycle insurance, please Give me a call directly at 919-942-1181, send me an email at garyrpoole@mindspring.com or complete our online contact form.

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