Motorcycle Rights E-zine Editor Bio
is in my blood. I have spent most of my life on two
wheels. I enjoy racking up miles on my motorcycles;
I have a mild 2003 FLHT for travel and commuting to
work and a modified 1989 FXR for fun. I generally average
about 30,000 miles a year. I currently do not own a
cage by choice.
FastFred Ruddock at 2003 NCOM Convention
the my teenage years I rode various imported bikes including
a 1978 CB550. A new 1985 Ironhead XLX became my first
Harley at the age of 20; I rode the XLX as my sole means
of transportation until 1988 when I acquired a rigid
Shovelhead. South Carolina has great weather for year
‘round riding. I sold the XLX to a close friend
Riding the Dragon US129 without a
lid in TN 2006
the fall of 1993 I decided a new bike might be cheaper
than maintenance on my old and stroked Shovelhead. I bought a new teal
green 883 Sportster Deluxe during the Fall of 1993. I later
modified the Sportster into a fast 1200. I bought my
first and only cage in 1995; I only managed to place
40K miles on the cage before retiring and giving it
away in 2002 to a friend in need. My green 1200 Sporty was stolen in the
spring of 1999 but recovered less than 72 hours later.
FastFred riding in WNC Mountains
in the Fall of 2001
2001 I bought an 1989 FXRSC and later sold my 1200 Sportster.
My 1200 Sportster was nearly totaled when my brother was struck head on while riding it in 2001 just prior to 9/11; my brother survived and has since participated into two more combat tours supporting the Enduring Freedom Campaign in the Middle East. After my friend Dave Holiday died in the fall of 2002 I bought a new 2003
FLHT the following Saturday.
I have been a member of ABATE of SC since the
early 1980s. During the early 1990s I realized the economy
was not getting any better for electricians in South
Carolina and I sent myself to college; I earned a Bachelor
of Science in Computer Science from the College of Charleston. I have since used much of what I learned to the benefit of several Motorcyclists Rights Organizations.
2001 Motorcycle Awareness Rally at
the late 1990s ABATE seemed to lose its way. During
2000 and 2001 I realized our lifestyle was under attack
but ABATE of SC seemed more focused on charity and other
pursuits unrelated to biker rights. Many of my friends
seemed to share a similar opinion and encouraged me
to become more involved.
1994 XLD - Isle of Palms during the
Winter of 1993
2001 I proposed to the ABATE of SC Board of Directors
that we develop a professional website. I found myself
volunteered and developed a web site for ABATE of SC
in April. In July of 2001 I saw a need for more change
and ran for office in my chapter. I easily won the election
to chapter coordinator of the ABATE of SC Berkeley/Dorchester
Chapter. While some strides followed many roadblocks
were still encountered and some charity mongers still
held high offices in the lowcountry area of our organization.
1985 XLX - Sullivan's Island on Christmas
January 2002 several friends approached and persuaded
me to run for Lowcountry Area Coordinator.. I held the
office of Area Coordinator for almost two years; during
the time I held the office of area coordinator the membership
of Lowcountry ABATE grew quickly and the focus shifted
from charity towards biker rights. I became the State
Coordinator of ABATE of SC November 2003.
I became a member of the Sons of Liberty Riders (SOLR) during 2002 and remained a member until the Biker Republic (BR) was formed by the remaining members of SOLR. As one of the founding members of BR I created the new website and information lists.
Grandpa and Uncle Wayne 1932
Lately I have been seen riding in Western
North Carolina and other helmet law states without a
lid. I finally scored my first no helmet ticket in the fall
of 2006. During July of 2007 after many lidless miles I obtained an additional helmet ticket in North Carolina. However this time the Assistant District Attorney dismissed the helmet ticket on behalf of the state.
FF's Second NC Helmet Ticket, July 2007
After four years of service as the ABATE of SC State Coordinator I choose to pass the torch to the next worthy biker. Along this same time Bikers Of Less Tolerance (BOLT) approached me about helping to organize the Carolinas; I accepted the position of Director of BOLT of South Carolina.
I done all that I can to the best of my ability?
no but I am still trying!