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Norton set to make waves in the US

February 15, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Returning to the scene of the crime from over a year ago when the sultry lines of the new hand-built Commando 961s grabbed our attention, Norton and the US’s most prolific dealership in Orange County, California appear poised for an eventful and exciting year. The trend towards reviving and improving upon classic motorcycle icons of the past is not new – Triumph is still seeing banner sales from its Modern Classics stable of bikes; Royal Enfield is releasing two new twin model 650cc bikes, the Continental GT and Interceptor, both aimed at the mid-range market; Kawasaki is playing off its KZ1000 ‘70s lore with the introduction of the new Z900RS; and Honda is already on its MkII version of the modern CB1100, the RS.

Since its market revival, Norton has definitely been a niche, boutique-style brand, appealing to the ‘Brit Iron’ set and, in particular, current vintage Norton owners, admits Norton OC GM and EVP Leo Hartog.

“I would say 90 per cent of the Norton buyers we see have had or still have a 1970s Norton in their garage,” Hartog muses, adding Norton OC sold a couple dozen bikes to these brand enthusiasts in 2017. “So, it’s all about reliving their youth … knowing the brand from way back when, that’s what brings them through the doors. And I sell bikes all over the country … more throughout the US than locally (in Los Angeles) or even here in Southern California.”

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Beringer US distributor living the moto life

February 13, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

An ever-growing library of moto-related articles, books and memorabilia, and a quartet of iconic vehicles grace the Gardena, CA, North American HQ for Beringer Brakes, a testament to one man’s childhood dream to embrace the automotive and motorcycle industry.

For Frog Specialties owner Philippe Danh, becoming the exclusive stateside distributor for Beringer last year was the culmination of two decades working with the French-based brakes innovator. And, even now, at 60, that connection with the moto world still sparks the energy and excitement of youth in him.

Born and raised in the French racing capital of Le Mans, Danh grew up surrounded by car and motorcycle competitions.

“It’s like Indy or Daytona in the US. All my neighbor’s raced bikes, raced cars – so, from a young age, you know … I said oh my god I want to do this,” Danh says, sitting in his offices, a large, converted sound stage and studio. “Then, as a (teenager) I came to the US as an exchange student back in ’75 and fell in love with America and the American style of motorsports.”

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Paradise Road Hot Rod and Motorcycle Show

February 12, 2018 | Rob Pryce

Check out some images from the Paradise Road Hot Rod and Motorcycle show in Palm Springs, January 20 and 21, courtesy of local photog Rob Pryce. Cool cars, trucks and choppers greeted visitors on the day, which featured a healthy dose of beer and burnouts, as well some interesting vendors.

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Chains 'n' Sprockets ... Master Links & Chain Breaking

January 25, 2018 | Jeff King

Our previous article covered Chain and Sprockets R & R, while conveniently glossing over chain breaking and the specifics of working with master links. This was done intentionally as it’s almost a separate task utilizing several specialized tools to get the job done. It deserves its own full length article ... so here we go.

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2018 LA Moto Calendar Announcements

Dec. 31, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

As we look to 2018, Mark and I wish all of you a host of two-wheeled adventures in 2018, no matter what you ride. The year is already shaping up to be a great one on the moto scene in Los Angeles with numerous annual events already announcing their dates: The Outlier's Guild Custom Motorcycle Show returns for a second year to DTLA, March 31; The Californian, A Celebration of Sound, Taste and Speed , moves up to May 5 at Santa Anita Park to coincide with the 2018 running of the Kentucky Derby; the 4th Invitation Why We Ride to the Quail is set for May 4 and 5; Babes in the Dirt 4 (April 27-29) and Babes Ride Out 6 (Oct. 18-21) are on the calendar; and Born Free 10 celebrates a decade June 23 and 24 in Silverado, CA. I'm sure there will be many more announcements to come as the year gears up.

As always LA Motorcyclist will maintain a consumate calendar of local events for you to plan your moto year around. Got an LA-based Moto Event coming up? Get it on the LA Motorcyclist Calendar by using our handy Events Submission Form. We'll need a brief description, a logo or artwork, contact info, and any relevant links to event websites or social media pages. Get listed now.

Happy New Year!

Dec. 20, 2017

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season and all the best in 2018.


Women's Motorcycle Show | Jan. 13, 2018

Dec. 20, 2017

Showcasing bikes for women, built by women, and celebrating seven years of Motolady, the 3rd annual Women's Motorcycle Show hits Lucky Wheels Garage in Ventura, Saturday, Jan. 13. Open to all, the event features a raffle, a bar, food and music. Click on the link below to enter your custom, vintage, race, restored, and rare bikes. The show runs from 6 to 10 PM.

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Iron & Resin Help California Silent Auction Benefit

Dec. 19, 2017


Dear Friends,

As I’m sure you’ve been following on the news, Ventura and our surrounding communities have been decimated by the Thomas Fire. Over 1,000 homes have burned and we’re losing more every day. The fire is only 30 per cent contained and thousands are still at risk.

We’ve launched a relief effort called Help California (IG: @helpcalifornia | Website: https://www.gofundme.com/iron-resin-relief-california). We’ve established a pop-up command post and distribution center collecting and dispersing desperately needed relief items that are being put to work by our volunteers or used to fill immediate needs of those affected by the fires. We have a small army of volunteers working around the clock to facilitate relief efforts and to positively impact the lives of those most in need.

This Friday, Dec. 22, we’ll be holding a benefit silent auction with 100 per cent of the funds raised going into our relief fund. We’re reaching out to our friends and brand partners for help.

Would you be willing to donate any items that we could feature in this auction? We don’t have much time and items would need to be here no later than Thursday, Dec. 21. Anything helps!

Thank you so much for your consideration. Together we can make a difference.

Thom Hill
Co-founder, Iron & Resin |   

Keeping it simple, fun and affordable: Royal Enfield is firing on all cylinders

December 7, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

A little over a year ago we had the privilege of sitting down with Royal Enfield North America (RENA) president Rod Copes to talk about the future of the company, new products on the horizon, plans for the US/Canadian markets and the general philosophy of the company. (NYC Motorcyclist, Oct. 2016)

Fast forward to IMS New York 2017, at the Royal Enfield NA booth, and we’re impressed with how well the company has done in the past 14 months in not only keeping to their new model release promises and their dealership expansion plans, but more importantly sticking to their philosophy of keeping it simple, fun and affordable.

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SHIFTing tides at the International Motorcycle Shows

November 3, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

North America’s top annual consumer motorcycle show is taking a page out of local community run events this year, debuting a new ‘boutique’ section on the tour designed to highlight some of the smaller moto brands currently garnering success in the industry.

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®’ SHIFT concept is described as “a new lifestyle-inspired space to Explore, Shop, Socialize and Experience,” featuring “a rad selection of brands that are both new and known to the industry … which offer a fresh prospective about life on two wheels and beyond.”

"This is a very exciting time for the motorcycling industry as whole," says Meredith Loza, Marketing Manager, Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) "There’s a growing number of lifestyle-oriented motorcycle brands that represent a new culture of motorcyclists and successfully engage the new and emerging riders, all of whom are looking for gear and products that speak to them directly. We created SHIFT at IMS to bring these brands and riders together and help cultivate further excitement and growth for the industry. The space is highly curated and represented in a way that stays true to these brands’ identities and this culture."

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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