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Venice Vintage Rally 11 Date Announced

July 10, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Mark your calendars ... the date for the 11th running of the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally has been announced as Saturday, Sept. 22. The organizing board this year includes Dayne Ashbaugh, Eddie Nicholas and Farin Hoover.

The day's schedule includes the VVMR11 Kickoff Group Ride -- from Abbot Kinney & Venice Blvd in front of Stronghold, heading north to Pepperdine University for a group photo (8 AM meet-up, 9AM KSU). The VVMR runs from 11AM to 7PM in Venice with music, vendors, the Vintage Bike Contest Awards and a Raffle Bike Giveaway for a 50th Anniversary Honda CB750. Details will be posted on the club's website as they become available.

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Los Angeles Motorcycle Museum gets temp home

June 27, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Check out the new temporary home of the LA Motorcycle Museum -- Yoshi Kosaka's Garage Company in Inglewood, CA -- as the venue hosts a ride to event Sunday, July 1, in honor of Independence Day (July 4).

"When grey-haired, lifelong motorcycle riders from three different continents get together talking motorcycles at the Rock Store -- a museum may be born," LAMM's website says of its founders, which include Yoshi, Lorenzo Dalla Vedova and Michael C. Roberts.

LAMM will host riders from 9 AM to 4 PM at Garage Co., located at 956 W. Hyde Park Blvd, a biker's mainstay which already features a new espresso bar and clothing store.

Come visit the newly refreshed, always changing selection of vintage motorcycles in a 'working museum.'

A final location is expected by August 2019, serving as "a motorcycle arts gathering place ... displaying the first comprehensive, brand-neutral, continent-neutral, industry milestones, rotating vintage motorcycle collection, (and also offering) ample space to new motorcycles and custom and handbuilt ones."

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The Golden Bolt Motorcycle Builders Invitational Inaugural event in July

June 10, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

A new moto builders invitational hits the City of Angels' arts districts in July, featuring a 'winner-takes-all' prize purse of $25K, an expert judging panel, and a twist: all entries must complete a 25-mile rideability test.

The brainchild of The House of Machines’ Family and custom builder Kevin Dunworth, THoM’s Golden Bolt offers something new to the current collection of US-based craftsmanship competitions.

"This event allows a collection of the top current motorcycle builders, or those that think they can challenge them, to compete for a winner-takes-all $25,000 cash prize and the honor of winning the Golden Bolt," Dunworth says. "The rideability factor combines form and function allowing the best rideable masterpieces to complete under a roof of excellence and be recognized and rewarded for it."

The event will be inviting the country's best builders to complete, but in another twist, anyone can enter. Click here to register your build.

The competition, set for July 12 to 15 at THoM's DTLA Arts District locale (2028 East 7th Street), will also feature a new blind panel-style judging platform rather than peer judging. The panel will include: chairman Bob Kay, a renowned and highly respected figure in the V-twin and Custom Culture community; Miguel Galluzzi, the mastermind and designer behind such timeless icons as the Ducati Monster, the Aprilia Dorsoduro, the RSV4 and Tuono, the Guzzi V7 Racer, and the California 1400; Mark Prosser, a world-renowned author and motor industy expert with books on metal fabrication and welding; and Chip Foose, a Boyd Coddington protege before he launched Foose Design, and the beloved star of the TV series Overhaulin’.

The Golden Bolt winner is not decided on aesthetics alone. There are judging criteria for:

  • 10% = People’s choice ballot totals.
  • 20% = Rideability: Best score for 25 mile ride completion.
  • 70% = Judging panel on show quality with the following panel: Paint Judge; Welding/Fabrication Judge; Originality of Style Judge ;and Upholstery Judge
THoM LA -- featuring all things motorcycles and riding, live music, solid cocktails, craft beer, bold coffee and classic apparel -- recently opened its doors in the Arts Distict, joining locations in Capetown, South Africa and Niseko, Japan. A fourth location is in the works for Shanghai, China.

ABOUT #THoM_LA

The House of Machines (THoM) was created to be the essential bricks and mortar meeting house for a community, a beacon against the white noise of everyday life. It’s the personification of many passions: All things finely curated, well crafted and purposefully made. THoM exists to serve a deceptively simple goal — bring together man, woman and machine — and celebrate that union in all its expressions.

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LA Motorcyclist Photographer Spotlight: Jessie Gentry

May 31, 2018

Jessie Gentry is one of the bright lights in the LA moto community, a photographer, motorcyclist, club founder and philanthropist. Born and raised in the City of Angels, Gentry attended Art Center College of Design where she studied photography and fine-art. She currently shoots lifestyle marketing images for companies like Stellar Moto Brand and writes and shoots for a variety of publications including RideApart.

A founder of The Velvets MC, a women's riding club, and a standout for organizing events like The Velvets Rodeo and Charity Event annually, which last year raised funds for Planned Parenthood, Gentry loves the outdoors and working with fellow creatives. When she's not shooting with her Nikon D610 and Sony A6000, Gentry is more often than not found on the saddle of her Ducati Multistrada 1200 Sport.

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The essence of TROG: Mel Stultz fires up ‘40s Americana and builders' ingenuity

May 31, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

It’s thumbing a nose at the state of modern, disposable technology. It’s an advocate for ingenuity in the face of the elements and mechanical adversity. And it’s an inspiration to those who value being part of a close-knit moto family.

Start your engines ... It’s The Race of Gentlemen, an annual vintage hot rod and motorcycle drag competition born in 2012, and set to splash down again on the beaches of Wildwood, New Jersey this coming June 8-10.

Think two growling, spitting machines, tensely waiting for the drop from an acrobatic flag girl, then peeling off in a wash of sand towards a finish line in the distance, weighing traction against power for the smoothest run possible.

Grandiose platitudes for an event which at its heart harkens back to simpler times of youthful abandon, self-sufficiency, and gritty determination? Maybe …

For race captain Meldon Van Riper Stultz, TROG is really about “familia” and a deep respect for the bravado from days past when weekend racers donned leather jackets, goggles and helmets and pitted their hopped-up, garage-boosted creations against one another in wheeled combat.

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Women's Sportbike Rally gears up for 2018

May 14, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

The Women’s Sportbike Rally -- an annual gathering of riders on both coasts of the USA – hits a new locale this year: Camarillo, CA, based near the world-famous Malibu Coast, with the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains to the East, laid-back Santa Barbara to the West, and the Los Padres National Forest to the North.

Dubbed as “the only multi-day female-focused sportbike road rally in the world,” the July 13 to 15 West Coast event welcomes all individuals, groups and clubs with a passion for performance motorcycles. Guests (limited to two) of these women are also included in the celebration. Yes, that means men are welcomed.

“We have always been and will always be a grassroots effort, with events designed for sportbike women and coordinated by sportbike women,” organizers on the official website say. “We volunteer countless hours each year to create a weekend focused on collaboration, fun, riding, education and camaraderie.”

The rally depends on volunteers and is funded by donations from sponsors, product sales and event registration fees.

Activities planned this year include: workshops on topics such as track days and maintenance; group rides/photos, and a bike night sponsored by Icon & MC Service Center of Camarillo; and a moto movie night sponsored by Michelin.

Registered (female) attendees are automatically entered into a raffle to win sponsors prizes, including TCX Boots and Sena headsets.

Early registration for the West Rally 2018 continues until June 12 at $65/attendee and $20/guest. Starting June 13, the rates go up $10 for each.

REGISTER

Registration covers:

  • Rally wristband: for entrance to activities, food and raffle all weekend
  • Food – Friday night dinner, Saturday morning breakfast beverages, Saturday Night Snacks/Dessert
  • Goody bag full of awesome swag
  • Raffle entry – one automatic entry into every raffle
  • Activities – participation in all official rally activities (see schedule for more details)
  • Event shirt and sticker
Hotel bookings for the event, based at the Hilton Garden Inn (2000 Solar Drive, Oxnard, CA 93036), are available here.

The East Rally 2018 is set for Deals Gap, North Carolina, Sept. 7-9, with the Iron Horse Motorcycle Resort playing host. More information is available here.


IFRD: celebrating a quintet of the kickass women riders we know and admire

May 5, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Today is International Female Riders Day, an event geared to getting women riders out to celebrate two-wheeled life around the globe. Female ridership has been on an upward trajectory for the better part of a decade and is truly one of the industry's big hopes in reviving declining sales. We think IFRD is also a great excuse to honor some of the diverse and accomplished women riders we know and respect. They come from a wide range of experiences, some fairly new to the riding scene ... some seasoned veterans. Some see riding as a route to female empowerment ... others defy the gender classifications and just want to be considered 'riders,' thus achieving true equality. We choose to let them speak their own personal truths.

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Photographer Spotlight

Chris Medak

Los Angeles, CA

André Pinces

Los Angeles, CA

Zane W. Levitt

Los Angeles, CA

Dayne Ashbaugh

Los Angeles, CA

Heidi Zumbrun

Los Angeles, CA

Joseph Abramo

Los Angeles, CA

Nick Nakahara

Los Angeles, CA

Shane Crocker

Los Angeles, CA

Armin Adams

Los Angeles, CA

Ben Zales

Los Angeles, CA

Brian 'Tink' Tinkler

Orange County, CA

Ron Geren

Venice, CA

Guy Mokia

Los Angeles, CA

Jose Gallina

Los Angeles, CA

Stan Evans

Los Angeles, CA

Jessie Gentry

Los Angeles, CA