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Annual Hansen Dam Ride & Show set for Nov. 5

October 17, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Hosted by the Southern California Norton Owners Club, Los Angeles' biggest vintage bike event of the year, the Annual Hansen Dam Ride & Show, is setting up for its 38th incarnation, Nov. 5.

Get your classic Brit bike ready for show or for the road, and join the SCNOC for a day of fun -- a chance to chat with fellow riders, kick tires, and be part of the largest gathering of British motorcycle enthusiasts in the West. Several hundred vintage and rare bikes will be on hand.

The day will feature a Peoples' Choice judged bike competition this year, complete with trophies for 'Best Norton', 'Best Triumph', etc.

Riders will meet at the Lower Lot in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. Enter on Dronfield Avenue off of Osbourne Street. Festivities start at 7:30 AM so be there early to get a good spot for your bike. There will be T-shirts, patches, coffee, donuts, and burgers for sale to support the club. The SCNOC Hansen Dam T-shirts have become prized possessions for those who own them from previous years.

Highlighting the day will be the annual ride up into the scenic San Gabriel mountains and Angeles Crest leaving from the parking lot at 10 AM sharp and returning to Hansen Dam in the early afternoon for the show. Ride maps will be distributed at the meet and will take into account any road closures. Riders on British Iron will get free pins at the end of the ride.

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Out of Nothing gets American release

October 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

“It’s become a sensation because it’s filled with people that are true enthusiasts. There’s no money, there’s no real fame or fortune. You just do it because you have to do it,” says Dennis Bub Manning, the world’s fastest motorcycle, four-time record holder. “Bonneville is not a word … it’s a feeling, it’s an emotion, it’s this thing, it’s this challenge.”

Enter goosebumps …. A true feeling that’s there’s an experience moto enthusiasts have to add to their bucket list … Chad DeRosa’s film Out of Nothing hits deep into the speed junkie’s heart.

For me it’s not a new thing … I can honestly say I’ve watched The World’s Fastest Indian – documenting the trials of Kiwi racer Burt Munro – dozens of times … and each year I have a small group of friends who attend Bonneville almost religiously, leaving me with pangs of jealous admiration. I’ve even made the trek to Invercargill, New Zealand to see Munro’s 1920 v-twin Indian Scout firsthand, to touch a piece of history.

Out of Nothing (Running Time: 1:33:27) – which recently premiered in Los Angeles at the Lamelle Theaters in Beverly Hills – features the interwoven tales of four tenacious Pacific Northwesterners who risk everything to conquer the world records of motorcycle land speed racing on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s history in the making.

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Black Lightning: The Rollie Free Story earns MFF accolades

October 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The true story behind the most famous picture in motorcycling earned top honors at this year's Motorcycle Film Festival in September capturing both 'Best of Festival' and 'Short Documentary' awards for 42-year-old LA filmmaker Zach Siglow.

The documentary follows the life of Rollie Free, from his early days, through his racing years in the 1920s and '30s, owning an Indian dealership, his military service, and his post-war life. But Free is best known for setting the American motorcycle one-mile speed record in 1948, when he rode a British-made Vincent HRD Black Lightning to a speed of 150.313 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. To get to that speed, Free stripped down to his bathing trunks and laid flat out on the Vincent, an image which remains iconic even to this day.

NYC Motorcyclist had a chance to catch up with Siglow -- who in all honesty is a close friend -- to ask him about the film short (34:51 min), its origins, influences, and plans for future distribution.

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DTLA 2nd Sunday Ride Gets Spooky

October 5, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

This month's DTLA 2nd Sunday Ride will take an early Halloween detour, steering the two-wheeled set on spooky cruise through some of LA's finest cemeteries.

Meet at Lucky Wheels Garage (255 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90033) at 10 AM (KSU: 11 AM) this coming Sunday, Oct. 8. The ride is sponsored by LWG, Dejavita and LA Motorcyclist.

Moto Beach Classic hits Bolsa Chica State Park Oct. 14

September 18, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The Roland Sands Design team's dream of hosting a beachfront moto event has become reality. Partnering with Sea Legs Live -- a legendary concert venue on the sand at Bolsa Chica State Park -- RSD will be bringing Super Hooligan Flat Track and motorcycle drag racing to the beach Saturday, Oct. 14.

Throw in a West Coast Board Riders Surf Comp, art show, demo rides and unique vendors, and you have an incredibly entertaining day at the beach with something for everyone.

Sea Legs Live entertainment runs the gamut from daytime reggae with Black Uhuru and Wargirl to a night of punk rock with Lit and Unwritten Law.

Presale tickets and VIP packages went on sale Sept. 12 with VIP ticketing tiers available for limited edition items, premium access, rooftop aerial viewing and reserved parking with shuttle service. Presale tickets start at $29. Kids under 10 are free. Limited tickets available.

Bolsa Chica State Beach

Indian Motorcycle presents the RSD Super Hooligan Bolsa Bonzai Championship Race: In what could be a industry first, Roland Sands Design and Indian Motorcycle are bringing beachfront flat track motorcycle racing to Southern California. They’ll be assembling a specially built 110 x 300 ft. track to accommodate sideways flat track racing action next to the surf. This will be the penultimate round of the Super Hooligan National Championshiprace series, where a $60K Indian FTR race bike will be awarded to the series champion. Other classes being featured are: Run What Cha Brung, DirtBag Chopper’s, Hand Shift and Mini Bike. This is the Bolsa Bonzai!

BMW presents the Salty Sprint Races: BMW Motorrad will be presenting man on man (or woman) Drag Racing action, pitting bike on bike in a straight line next to the surf at Bolsa Chica. A paved 1/8 ish’ mile sprint course will be fashioned next to the flat track parallel with the beach. BMW will be presenting a Boxer on Boxer Cup, featuring invited riders as well as a drag race free-for-all, pitting bikes of all types against each other for the Salty Sprint Crown.

West Coast Board Riders Surf Comp: Board Rider Clubs are united through West Coast Board Riders competition up and down the West Coast and for the first time will be competing at Bolsa Chica. These Board Riders Clubs include the best non-pro surfers from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Dana Point, Ventura and San Clemente. The energy will be pumping and the competition will be fierce as the teams hit the water to claim which city will stand on the podium and hoist the crown.

Fast Surfboards Surfdrags: Brian Bent and Fast Surfboards will bring the speed and grace of handmade kookbox surfboards to the WCBR competition at Bolsa Chica. Part floating artwork and part wave-dragster, the kookbox epitomizes the smooth sliding style of surfing’s early years, giving us a peek into history and the art of trimming.

Architects of Inspiration Art Collective and Bike Show brought to you by Iron & Air: Iron & Air Magazine brings a collection of unique installations inspired by surf and motor culture. Experience unconventional visions in 3D which combine music, art, surfing and moto life into a visual exploration. A feast for the eyes and ears, surrounded by breaking tides and the vibrations of motorcycle racing and great music.

Sea Legs Feasts and Frosty Drinks: A specialized food and drink menu will be provided by Sea Legs at the Beach, cultivated for the event bringing the coastal spirit and motor culture together, with kind grinds and tasty libations. Full-service bar, beer, wine and high-end eats, will be sure to keep the crowd fed and fueled.

Vendor Village Local style makers will gather in the Vendor Village to show off and sell their creations and wares to attendees. Jewelry, custom bike companies, stylish one-off t-shirts, custom leather, furniture and housewares will be included to bring a unique taste of the local community to fans and spectators.

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Out of Nothing Los Angeles Premiere | Double Passes Giveaway

Sept. 11, 2016 | Uncork’d Entertainment

Ahead of its release in October, Uncork’d Entertainment in association with Lamelle Theaters is proud to present the Los Angeles premiere of OUT OF NOTHING on September 27 in Beverly Hills. A host of names -- including producer RYAN STILES, icons Mark Bjorklund and Bill Woods -- and a bevy of famous faces will be walking the carpet. From the Pacific Northwest to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, this is the inspiring true story of four tenacious men who risk everything to conquer the world records of motorcycle land speed racing. Their extraordinary journey will remind you how perseverance against all odds can send the most unlikely men roaring into glory.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:30 PM SHOW | RED CARPET BEGINS 6:30 PM
Lamelle Fine Arts, 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

We are giving away 20 double passes to the premiere to the first people to email the show's marketing man, Clint Morris at C2CTALENT@GMAIL.COM with the subject line "LA Motorcyclist OUT OF NOTHING – PREMIERE tix". Good luck.

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9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational in Photos

September 9, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The brainchild of Keino Sasaki, John Copeland, and Jessica Lee Wertz, and sponsored this year by Indian Motorcycles, the 9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational hit Williamsburg's Root Studios Sept. 9 with a stunning collection of close to 30 motorcycles from around the world. Included in the mix were three custom 2018 Indian Scouts, courtesy of Keino, himself, Satya Kraus (Kraus Motor Co.), and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero (in conjunction with Roland Sands Design).

Other designers represented included: Andrew Fairbank, Christian Sosa, CT Newman, Dave Freston, Dick Miles Collection, Jack and Zack Hindes, Jamie Waters Collection, Jim Garrison, J Shia, Martin Carlgren, Matt Davis, Nicke Svensson, Paul Cox, Rich Phillips, Stuart Parr Collection and Toshiyuki Cheetah Osawa. The event, held in a 16,000 square foot photo studio, presented these iconic motorcycles from diverse genres -- "the best bikes from the best builders" -- in a setting akin to a gallery, accompanied by a musical program and local vendor booths.

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VVMR gearing up for year 10

September 6, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

With just 10 days to go before the annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally fires up for its 10th year, VVMC members are putting the final touches on their hand-curated event, a unique spotlight for vintage motorcycle builders, enthusiasts and moto-centric brands to display their works and passion in Venice, California. The local community-driven event, Sept. 16 -- which links past and present motorcycle culture -- features a kickoff group ride to Pepperdine, a vintage bike (pre-registration here) and pin-up girl contest, a raffle giveaway for a custom 1950 Triumph Thunderbird Pre-Unit Bobber (tickets here), food, vendors, drinks and tons of bands.

A fundraiser for the club, the VVMR supports the annual Ride of Kids, the longest-running, most successful motorcycle charity event in the nation. Since 1984, motorcyclists have raised funds to help children with brain tumors, which are the top cause of cancer death in children. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was created in 1991 by the founders of Ride for Kids, and is now the leading nonprofit funding research into childhood brain tumors. The events also fund free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and emergency financial aid for families.

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Iron & Resin Hooligan Hoedown VI dates announced

August 16, 2017

There aren't many things better than the fall riding season in California. Pair that with good friends, good music, and sleeping under the stars, and you've pretty much found paradise.

Iron & Resin will be hosting their now sixth annual group ride & campout - The Hooligan Hoedown - Oct. 7 and 8 at Bandit Town USA, a remote outpost located in the exact center of California. Whether you're headed south from San Francisco or north from Ventura, you'll find Bandit Town surrounded by beautiful California countryside.

Group camping will be provided and all who show up are encouraged to spend the night. A barbecue dinner will get things heated up as the bands start to take to the stage. This will be a night to remember with plenty of stories to share with those willing to make the trek. The group will be jamming to the tunes of honky tonk all night long (band announcement coming soon). So get your bike ready, grab your girl (or guy), dust off your sleeping bag, and head into the hills for a weekend to remember.

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NUVIZ ‘All-in-One’ Device Aims to Simplify Rider Tech Options

August 10, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

With the financial missteps of Skully’s digitally augmented motorcycle helmet last year, and the increasing popularity of rider cams, Bluetooth headsets and even handlebar smartphone mounts for easy access to maps and GPS info, the market is ripe for a product that finally services all a rider’s tech needs.

The NUVIZ (pronounced noo-viz) is touted as “the first all-in-one motorcycle Head-Up Display (HUD)” … with intuitive controls that reduce distraction and enhance the riding experience by providing custom information needed on the ride, all within the rider’s natural line of sight.

The name is an abbreviation for what the device was developed to be, says NUVIZ product manager Brandon Holzworth, a “New Vision for Motorcyclists.”

Designed in an area often said to attract the “smartest people in the world when it comes to electronic devices,” – Salo, Finland – the NUVIZ’s pedigree includes more than a few engineers from the Nokia camp, says Holzworth, who’s based in San Diego, CA.

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Born Free 9 Gallery

July 14, 2017

It's about the love of old motorcycles, like-minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying bikes from the past.

In this gallery local photog Mike Luci captures the mood of Born Free 9 -- June 24 and 25 at Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado, CA -- the variety of bikes and people, the dry dust and heat, and the sponsors who braved the entire weekend.

"Right from the entrance, you walked into what seemed like a sea of motorcycles and no matter where you went there was always something going on, from pro skateboarders skating on a half pipe to attendees having fun in rambunctious ways," Luci said. "Despite the heat, there were still tons of people who attended and enjoyed themselves in the moto-esque environment as they talked amongst one another and had a good time checking out all the unique motorcycles."

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The Race of Gentlemen 2017 in Photos

July 13, 2017

The sixth incarnation of Wildwood, NJ's The Race of Gentlemen, June 10 and 11, saw the usual suspects pitting two and four-wheeled classic machines against sand and sometimes surf ... though this year the competition was staged uncharacteristically under blue skies and intense sun.

Billed as 'The greatest race on earth', TROG is an automotive carnival that celebrates American racing heritage -- a true homage to automobile and motorcycle history, hosted by the Oilers CC/MC. Check out images from the day courtesy of Godspeed Co.

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