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Win a Maska from The Equilibrialist

August 30, 2016 | LA Motorcyclist

LA Motorcyclist and The Equilibrialist have partnered up this month to offer our readers a chance to win a new Maska, a visor made for three retro full face helmets: the Ruby Castel, Biltwell Gringo and Nexx X.G100. The handcrafted Maskas offer riders both affordable functionality – the ability to swap clear and darkened shields easily – and the freedom to mix and match color options. Visors are constructed from high-strength polycarbonate and feature anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings as well as stainless steel hardware. The outer edge of the visor is made out of high-grade synthetic.

RULES AND ELIGIBILTY: Entrants had to be from the US to qualify. All personal information (name, email address, etc) will not be shared with any outside parties. The info will only be used by LA Motorcyclist and The Equilibrialist to market to you at a future date, at which point you will have the opportunity to opt out of any further email correspondence.

Contest runs from Aug. 30 through Oct. 3, 2016. The winner will be contacted by email or phone. Only one entry per email will be accepted. The winner will be drawn Oct. 4, 2016. The prize -- winner's choice of one Maska in the color and visor type of their choice -- and an LA Moto Logo Shirt/Pin/Sticker pack -- is valued at approximately $200 US. Offer does not include a helmet.

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Recent News

8th Annual Brooklyn Invitational

Sept. 24, 2016 | Photos: Rahoul Ghose

A curated collection of close to 30 motorcycles from around the world was showcased at the 8th annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show Sept. 24 -- including a modified Indian entry from LA's own Rolands Sands -- at Root Studios in Williamsburg, NY, a sprawling 16,000 square foot photo studio and sponsor of the event since 2010.

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Book launch: Timeless American - A Selection Of Pre-1916 Motorcycles

Sept. 23, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Celebrating the Golden Era of Motorcycles, photographer, designer and creator of Iron Vault Studio, Edward "Eddie" Lee, is excited to announce the launch of his highly anticipated coffee table book, Timeless American – A Selection of Pre-1916 Motorcycles, now available at www.ironvaultstudio.com for $125.

“In a way, it pays homage to these great pioneers, innovators and engineers who paved the way for us today. It also illustrates the impeccable craftsmanship and skills from some of the restorers, and their dedication to the preservation of these timeless antiques,” Lee said. “It’s almost a lost art and I really wanted to showcase it in a very rich, visual way.”

The public can meet the photographer at a special launch party for the book on Oct. 8 at the Venice, CA headquarters of Deus Ex Machina from 6 to 9 PM (1001 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291).

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Wrench Against the Machine Promo Released

Sept. 7, 2016 | Esquire Network


Some of the most prestigious bike builders in the country are putting their reputations on the line in the ultimate test of creativity and craftsmanship. Wrench Against the Machine premieres Tuesday, November 15 at 9|8c on Esquire Network.

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Chains 'n' Sprockets ... Hydraulic Brake System Maintenance

Sept. 6, 2016 | Jeff King

The third installment of C'n'S with Jeff King doing the wrenching

In this month’s tech article, we’re going to cover the function and servicing of the hydraulic braking systems on your motorcycle. By better understanding how these systems function, it will be easier to keep tabs on the health of your brakes, and perform the yearly maintenance procedures to keep them working their best.

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LA Motorcyclist Artist Spotlight

Aug. 27, 2016 | Maryia Bulka

Our artist profile this month is recent LA transplant Maryia Bulka, a graphic painter and rider whose work spans a wide range of bike styles, from cafe racers, hogs and vintage rides, to bikes more familiar in her native Belarus ... Urals and Minsks, the most popular beginner's bike in former Soviet Union countries. For Bulka graphic painting is "straightforward, sonorous and versatile," and a complimentary adjunct to her black and white photography.

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Motorcyclists with a Mission: Putting Burn Victims Lives Back on Track

Aug. 25, 2016 | Kim Botbyl

When burn survivor Trevor Holtan and US Marine Corps Captain David Kuntz each separately approached the Grossman Burn Foundation and Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors in the summer of 2014 about starting a motorcycle benefit ride in Southern California, it was more than just a coincidence -- it was meant to be.

"It's something I'd been wanting to do for years," says Holtan, who spent three months at the Sherman Oaks Burn Center in 1990 after an automobile accident killed his best friend and left 40 per cent of his body covered in third and fourth degree burns.

"I figured, what would've been the point of having gone through this hellish experience? To do nothing would have been a waste of the life I had been given a second chance at. I needed to find a purpose that would make it all worthwhile. I didn't know how and I didn't know what, but I loved riding motorcycles."

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The Equilibrialist launches the Maska for Retro Full Face Helmet Owners

Aug. 23, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Continuing LA Motorcyclist’s efforts to highlight Los Angeles-based moto entrepreneurs, event organizers, photographers and artists, this week we are honored to introduce a brand new product to LA riders, courtesy of Neo Melanthiou and his company The Equilibrialist.

Owners of retro full face helmets now have a brand new and innovative option for eye protection.

LA’s latest addition to the motowear industry – The Equilibrialist – this week launched ‘the Maska,’ a loupe/visor for three helmets: the Ruby Castel, Biltwell Gringo and Nexx X.G100.

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Tim Flynn Memorial Ride Gallery

Aug. 16, 2016 | Photos: Rob Price

Friends and family honored the memory of Timothy Daniel Flynn (@tflynn64) Aug. 13 with a ride to celebrate his life. The event started at Deus ex Machina in Venice and headed to the lookout in Palos Verdes for a moment of silence and contemplation. Tim's love -- a modified 2014 Triumph Thruxton -- was along for the ride.

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Norton: It's Black and White

Aug. 6, 2016 | Photos: Rahoul Ghose

Every motorcycle enthusiast has at least one bike that evokes an impassioned emotional connection to two-wheeled travel. Some are lucky enough to own those bikes ... some just dream about them. Then there's the Norton Commando 961 ...

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LAMotorcyclist.com D73 Leather Jacket Contest Winner

Aug. 2, 2016 | LA Motorcyclist

AND WE HAVE A WINNER ... Congratulations go out to Sean Dorsey (@denimdorsey2) from San Diego, CA, who wins his choice (style, size and color) of a D73 leather jacket (subject to availability) ... and a new LA Moto Tee and pin. Sean, check your email for instructions on how to receive your prize package.

Preview D73's wide range of men's and women's jackets at d73usa.com, which features an incredible lookbook as well as details on every jacket the company offers this season.

Thank you to all who entered the contest -- by far LA Motorcyclist's most successful to date -- and stay tuned for our next exciting promo offer, coming soon.

RULES AND ELIGIBILTY: Entrants had to be from the US to qualify. All personal information (name, email address, etc) will not be shared with any outside parties. The info will only be used by LA Motorcyclist and D73 to market to you at a future date, at which point you will have the opportunity to opt out of any further email correspondence.

Contest ran from July 1 through August 1, 2016. The winner was contacted by email or phone. Only one entry per email was accepted. The winner was drawn August 2, 2016. Prize package was valued at approximately $600 US.

ATWYLD: Inspired by the void, built for the voyage™

Aug. 2, 2016 | By Rahoul Ghose | Photos Mike Pham

Necessity is often the Mother of Invention ...

Babes Ride Out icon Anya Violet and partners Corinne LanFranco and Jaime Dempsey decided more than a year ago to address the lack of moto wear available to women riders head on by creating their own line of clothing.

"The idea for ATWYLD came when the three of us were riding Angeles Crest one day," Violet said. "We stopped for lunch at Newcomb's Ranch and as we sat down to eat, we noticed that all three of us were wearing black skinny jeans with zero protective qualities and fashion leather jackets that would likely split right open in the event of an unexpected slide. We talked about how proper technical apparel for female motorcyclists was severely lacking when it comes to versatility on and off the bike."

Armed with their extensive riding experience and varied backgrounds in the apparel industry, the trio decided that day to remedy the situation.

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Jim Downs Memorial Gallery

July 22, 2016 | Photos André Pinces

We celebrate Jim Downs' upcoming 44th birthday (July 31) and life with a collection of photos taken by his close friend, fellow adventurer and photographer André Pinces. The images epitomize Jim's Hemingway-esque passion for pursuing 'the road less traveled,' and a life lived to its fullest. We will miss Jim's enthusiasm, kindness and lust for life. May the off-trails and editing booths in heaven be just as satisfying. Jim's family has chosen a specific charity for all donations made in his honor: Fat Kitty City Agee Memorial Wildlife Fund.

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Photographer Spotlight

Chris Medak

Los Angeles

André Pinces

Los Angeles

Zane W. Levitt

Los Angeles

Dayne Ashbaugh

Los Angeles

Heidi Zumbrun

Los Angeles

Joseph Abramo

Los Angeles

Nick Nakahara

Los Angeles

Shane Crocker

Los Angeles

Armin Adams

Los Angeles

Ben Zales

Los Angeles

Ron Geren

Venice, CA

Guy Mokia

Los Angeles, CA

Jose Gallina

Los Angeles, CA