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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: motovational.com/registration-tickets/.

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

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 brandon@enter.works, vendor inquires to denise@enter.works.

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).

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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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