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Yellow Devil Gear Exchange Closing Shop in April

March 31, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

A Long Beach institution is shutting its doors after four and half years serving the LA moto community; Yellow Devil Gear Exchange closes shop with a final blowout sale April 11 and 12 benefiting the Dream Foundation, a charity organization which makes dreams come true for adults with life-threatening illnesses.

"My goal was to make good motorcycle gear affordable for everyone, and to create a fun and welcoming place to shop," owner Jessica Prokup said. "I didn’t realize my life would turn into Pawn Stars, but to be honest, it’s been pretty great."
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KISKA looking for LA rider input on new 2016 bike

March 31, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

Austrian-based motorcycle design firm KISKA kicked off its 25th anniversary this past January by opening its very first subsidiary studio right here in Southern California, the heart of the North American motorsports industry.

The Salzburg firm, responsible for the motorcycle design of a variety of manufacturers including KTM, Husqvarna, Triumph, Honda, Opel, CF Moto, Magura and WP, is still gearing up for the official SoCal studio opening. KISKA partner, Steve Masterson, has been appointed president of the new studio and will manage its development.

But the company is already looking to the LA market to get some input on a new model they are working on for a 2016 release.
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Hell on Wheels Steeplechase 2015

March 29, 2015 | Heidi Zumbrun

There's an almost timeless ease about Heidi Zumbrun's images from last weekend's Hell on Wheels Steeplechase ... dirt stalwarts carrying on a tradition combining motocross and TT racing ... is it 1970 ... or present day? Doesn't matter ... it's rider against machine, against the elements.
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LA Motorcyclist Launches Website

March 21, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

Los Angeles sports one of the largest motorcycling communities in the United States as well as near year-round, sunny weather, and a host of scenic twisties to sate even the most adventurous of riders. You see motorcyclists of every vein on the streets and highways -- cafe racers, bobbers, sports bikes, multi-terrain, dual sport, cruisers, classic vintage, tour bikes -- yet Los Angeles' sheer size often makes it difficult for riders of like minds to meet up.
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The Source: Wrapped in Leather, Dipped in Oil

March 21, 2015 | Chelsea Nicole Taylor

We put our hair in braids, gave hugs, and fired up the bikes.

The first Rebel Girls Ride was a wonderful success. A group of about 15 ladies cruised through West Hollywood to PCH, and then coasted down Topanga Canyon. 

On the way home I find myself riding in my favorite position, alone. I scrape pegs through Topanga with my mind drifting in and out of reality.

There's a certain magic that happens when riding by yourself, especially in a scenic environment.
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Triple Nickel: Barber to Corsa Motoclassica

March 21, 2015 | Stacie B. London

Making it back to Barber for the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival with 555, my 1968 Honda CB160 racer, felt good. With the help of my racing mentor, Ralph Hudson of Ironwood Racing, "Triple Nickel" had a fresh engine rebuild just broken-in at the Bonneville Vintage Festival at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah just weeks before. The bike was running solid and now it was up to me to find my race face. Racing in two classes, the 200GP and the 160-race, meant I only had four races to prove myself over the two-day weekend event.
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Deus Boundless Enthusiasm Bike Buildoff

March 21, 2015

Its official ... 2015 will see the return of the Deus Boundless Enthusiasm Bike Build Off, and May 3 is the date to mark a big red cross on the calendar. Round the world, on one weekend in May, five continents will gather the masses together to celebrate the challenge of the Bike Build off – to make the most with the least. Locations: Sydney, Bali, Los Angeles, Milan, Tokyo, Bangkok
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Artistic License: Capturing the Café Racer

March 21, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

Encinitas-based artist Carter Asmann has combined coffee ring stains, a graphite pencil, and his love of motorcycles -- in particular café racer-stylized Honda CB 550s -- into an artform.

With a level of detail only a true motorcycle enthusiast would strive for, Asmann takes side profile images of some iconic bikes -- the Easy Rider chopper, Ducati's 900 Desmo Supersport, BMW's R90 ... to name a few -- and creates a limited edition set of prints, with coffee stain rings being substituted for the wheels. It takes the concept of the 'café' racer to a whole other level, he says, adding the idea evolved from an accident while he was sketching one day ... an evolution from a coffee stain left on his sketch pad. All of his drawings start with that organically derived java ring and any additional coffee splatter.
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