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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.


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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4th Invitational Why We Ride to The Quail

April 20, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

With under two weeks to go, Why We Ride MOTOvational Events is still hoping to entice close to 500 riding enthusiasts to see some of California’s most scenic routes, all in support of charity.

May 3 and 4 participants – on their way to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, CA – ride from the lemon groves of Ventura County to beautiful Pismo Beach, up through the wooded hillsides and rolling valleys of the Paso Robles wine country, then follow the winding Carmel River through the secluded redwood filled canyons and arrive at the beaches of Monterey.

The event, now in its fourth year, raises money and awareness for The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, while meeting the Why We Ride mandate to inspire, educate and celebrate all things that are great about the motorcycling community. You’ll meet new riding friends while cruising through panoramic SoCal and experiencing all the best of the area’s incredible weather.

Ticket prices for the three-day excursion are $225 for a single rider, $220 per person for couples, and $200 for veterans.

This VIP package features first class accommodations (hotel discounts) and meals, including the riders’ dinner, and special guest speakers: sponsors, OEMs and WWR community hosts. Listen to the life of the most inspiring man on a motorcycle. And riders will attend The Quail Motorcycle Gathering May 5 with VIP credentials to view some of world’s finest and rarest vintage and modern motorcycles.

Registration and tickets are available online at:

A full schedule for the three days, including meeting places and times, is available here:

Note: due to recent fires and mudslides in Southern California the daily routes could change to keep riders safe.

The Californian in the starting gates at Santa Anita Park

April 18, 2018

The Californian -- a one day celebration of sound, speed and taste that combines the prestige of a concourse motorcycle and classic car show with the excitement of horse racing, music, art and food -- returns to Santa Anita Park (285 Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA), Saturday, May 5.

The event is built around an exhibit of new and old motorcycles and classic cars with family friendly activities ranging from a petting zoo, a food truck rally, a pop-up retail experience, a live art installation, and live music. The background is the spectacular scenery and mountainside view of Santa Anita Park and its unprecedented horse racing history. Sponsors will create unique spaces to showcase their products and judges will sort through the entries to name the best of each class while a variety of musical artists take the stage throughout the day.

You can register your bike and purchase tickets for the event -- which runs from 1 to 6 PM -- online at: Tickets & Registration. Motorcycle Registration is $30 and ends April 27. VIP Packages ($45) and General Admission tickets (Free) are available for online purchase until May 4. Sponsorship inquires should be emailed to, vendor inquires to

LA Motorcyclist will also be offering a chance for a $200 Biltwell gift card to those who register online with our promo code. When you register via Eventbrite, enter 'LAMOTO' in the Referral Box to be eligible to win. If you register a motorcycle to display at the event, you will get 10 entries into the contest. The winner will be picked on May 4 and must pickup their giftcard at the event on May 5.

Taking the Twisted Road to motorcycle rentals

April 16, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

It’s an idea long in the making … an ‘airbnb’ of motorcycle rentals allowing bike owners to connect with enthusiasts looking for that special ride when they are far from local roads and their own bike.

For Twisted Road founder and CEO Austin Rothbard the concept stemmed from a very personal need.

“Two years ago, I was traveling through the Southwest, visiting our National Parks: The Grand Canyon. Horseshoe Bend. Zion. Bryce,” says Rothbard, originally from Bergen County, New Jersey. “I was cruising through Mother Nature’s playground surrounded by beauty -- in a car. I needed to experience it on my bike. But my bike was parked in my garage 1,600 miles away. This happened again when I was trying to plan a trip to Motos in Moab; I didn't have nine days off work to ride my bike there and didn't want to attend on four wheels. And then in Italy, Vespas were abundant, but Moto Guzzis were not. The shame.”

Rothbard needed to have a bike to ride when traveling; and he also wanted to take advantage of the down time for his own bike – a 2010 Moto Guzzi v7 Classic – which could be rented out to visitors in his current hometown.

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The Garage Company Experience in Photos

April 3, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Yoshi Kosaka's Garage Company is an LA moto institution, a working builder's shop/museum of parts, bikes ... gear and art, as well as a destination for group rides and moto events. Check out some of the recent renos, including a pay-as-you-go pub, a coffee bar, and new bike displays. An improved clothing section is also in the works.

Coming up soon ... Saturday, April 28 to be exact ... will be a RockMoto Art Exhibition, featuring vintage-themed motorcycle, rock 'n' roll and petroliana art. Featured artists include Lisa Raphael and David Cook. The opening event runs from 4 to 8 PM at 956 W. Hyde Park Blvd., Inglewood, CA, 90302. The exhibition will be on site through May 13. Come out and support the community.

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Outlier's Guild Moto Show 2018 Galleries

April 2, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

The second coming of Los Angeles' Outlier’s Guild Moto Show hit DTLA March 31, sporting a new venue, new bikes, new art installations and live entertainment.

The concept is the brainchild of bike builder Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering, a high-end motorcycle show done up LA-style and highlighting some of the most exciting builders in the country in a gallery-themed setting, featuring bikes, moto art & photography, and a broad selection of vendors, including the likes of RSD, Royal Enfield, Bell Helmets, Beringer Brakes, WD-40, rizoma, Rev'it!, Indian Motorcycles, Motodoffo and Alpinestars.

Our gallery covers the bikes, art and some of the people we met over the two days (Friday, March 30 a VIP pre-opening event was held for media, builders and local VIPS).

Gallery 1 [+] | Gallery 2 [+]

Stylmartin Matrix boots protecting the adventurous streak in all bikers

March 6, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Whether you choose to steer your two-wheeled conveyance off road -- through hills, dirt and rocks, or you negotiate the daily wiles of crosstown traffic in the proverbial ‘concrete jungle’, protective gear should always be your first consideration.

That’s not to say you can’t mix form and function, though. Enter Stylmartin’s newest entry into the motorcycle footwear fray – the ‘Matrix’.

Retailing for $375US, the Matrix is a deft tip of the hat to enduro styling and technology, combined with the comfort, design elements and materials seen in adventure touring boots.

It’s not an unexpected fusion as the European company was born out of an area – Montebelluna, Italy – known for technical ski, mountaineering, and motorcycle boots, says US Stylmartin distributor Fabrice Piard from Minneapolis, MN-based Moto&Co.

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The Passionate Eye: Debbie Fitch’s photojournalist dedication to the biker lifestyle

March 5, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Moto life, eternal bonds and friendships, the grit, the love of movement, the freedom of two wheels -- all are captured through the distinct eye of Baltimore, MD's Debbie Fitch, whose photos have graced the pages of an enviable list of biker magazines over the years.

But it's Fitch's time with her New York-based riding friends where her work truly hits home, affording her a personal look into local biker life and many of the living icons that have forged chopper culture for decades in the Five Boroughs. She shoots what she loves and is passionate about. And that passion shows through.

“New York City, Brooklyn, and surrounding areas such as Jersey hold some of my dearest friends, friends that would do anything for you.” Fitch says. “I always have a couch/bed and warm meals. Between Shovelhead Austin, Telly The Greek, and their amazing families, I’m never left homeless on my trips up there.”

Many of Fitch’s subjects, like Austin -- aka Brown Sugar Johnson from the American chopper documentary Sugar and Spade -- hail from a different generation than Fitch, “folks with a great history on badass choppers.”

“I love that,” she says. “They are history. They are the photo stories I want to tell. I want these young guns to see living legends and that they have been building, riding, and living the choppers lifestyle longer than those youth have been alive.”

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Outlier’s Guild MKII going bigger and better

February 27, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose | photo: Mike Luci

The second coming of Los Angeles' Outlier’s Guild Moto Show hits DTLA March 31 sporting a new venue, new bikes, new art installations and a soon-to-be announced entertainment lineup.

For those who didn’t get the opportunity to see the inaugural show last year, the concept is the brainchild of bike builder Jay LaRossa of Lossa Engineering, a high-end motorcycle show done up LA-style and highlighting some of the most exciting builders in the country in a gallery-themed setting featuring bikes, moto art & photography, and a selection of boutique vendors.

We got a chance to talk to LaRossa this week about what to expect this year.

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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.

Enter a Bike  |  

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: 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