March 21, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose
Los Angeles has incredible weather, sunshine year round. And ... the City of Angels has dust ... lots of it, kicked up by a host of winds off the Pacific Ocean. Along with 'bugs in the teeth syndrome' ... it's just something those of us who choose to ride with a open face helmets have to deal with, bandannas aside.
In the past few months there have been more than a few leather cowl / face mask alternatives popping up on Instagram, produced by riding enthusiasts in small batches. Some fill a practical need ... some are more of a fashion statement.
John James, with Los Angeles-based Sunday Academy, hopes to provide the best of both worlds with his new line of vintage-inspired and hand-tooled leather masks.
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March 21, 2015 | Amanda Cunningham
Thinking of riding a motorcycle in LA? Before lifting the side-stand of that rumbling hunk of horsepower, consider getting the proper training.
In California, there are two ways of getting your motorcycle license, or M1 endorsement. Either tame "the lollipop" at the DMV or pass a California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) Motorcycle Training Course (MTC).
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March 15, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose
The OC Section, and its president elect -- local cafe racer and rocker Steve 'Carpy' Carpenter, were officially inducted into the UK's famous 59 Club in a March 15 ceremony at the Olde Ship Inn in Santa Ana.
Attended by Andre Pine and members of the 59 Club San Diego, the day included a ride, followed by an after party at Carpy's Cafe Racers in Anaheim.
"I have lived this lifestyle for many decades," Carpy said, following his election last year. "I can't tell you why I love this, the passion for motorcycles, and old vintage things ... but that’s just me. There are many like minded people around the globe and we all share something in common. I have been honored to have the title of the president of the 59 Club in the O.C. and am looking forward to meeting you on some of the rides we shall be organizing, as I hope to do this for fun, relaxation and sometimes for a charity too."
The 59 Club, or Fifty Nine Club, was formed in London, England by Reverend Fathers John Oates, Bill Shergold and Graham Hullet in 1959 as a church-sponsored youth organization to help underprivileged youth in the church’s parish. In 1960, sensing that the young rebellious bikers of North London that raced along the North Circular Road might be in need of spiritual guidance, Reverend Bill Shergold, an avid biker himself, rode up to the Ace Café to see if these “Ton-Up boys,” as they were called, would be interested in Sunday mass services where they could have their bikes blessed. Surprisingly it turned out to be hugely successful, and thus the relationship between Londons bikers and the 59 Club began.
"Make a cuppa, put your feet up and try and absorb some of this information if you are interested in being part of this great club."
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February 18, 2015 | Chase Scheinbaum | KCET
It is morning on the freeway. Rush hour. Your sedan cruises along with the flow of traffic, hitting a whopping top speed of 15 miles per hour. And then: vroooom!!
A motorcyclist zips by doing 40 mph, inches from your side view mirror.
The rider is partaking of the quasi-legal practice of lane-splitting, riding a motorcycle between cars in adjacent lanes. Though irritating or unnerving to many drivers, lane-splitting is not outlawed in California. While all other states prohibit lane-splitting, the Golden State does not. And though it isn't explicitly permitted, that may change soon.
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