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Race of Gentlemen 2016 : Pismo Beach

Oct. 20, 2016 | Photos: Guy Mokia

Despite one rained out day, this year's first West Coast edition of The Race of Gentlemen, Oct. 15 - 16 at Pismo Beach, drew a huge and varied selection of vintage roadsters and motorcycles out for a day of sandy speed trials.

Hosted by the Oilers CC/MC and traditionally staged on the East Coast's Jersey Shore, the Race of Gentlemen (TROG) is a living history event, celebrating America's racing and hot rodding heritage, and the 'can do' spirit that made this country so great.

Photographer Guy Mokia captures the spectacle, mood and style of the day in this gallery for those who couldn't make it out.

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Beautiful Bikers Conference expands to meet demand

Oct. 10, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

In the past two decades the motorcycling world has seen a huge jump in both female ridership numbers and advanced opportunities for women moto enthusiasts … a credit to the increase in all-women clubs and events throughout the country, and the genuine interest in the demo from major bike sponsors, says Beautiful Bikers Conference organizer Porsche Taylor.

“The landscape has changed with women’s ride events like International Female Ride Day (held annually on the first Saturday in May),” says Taylor, also the Editor in Chief at Black Girls Ride Magazine. “Women on motorcycles become members of a sisterhood and connect with each other … a camaraderie is built – you find someone to ride with and form lasting friendships.”

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Get to know the L.A. Ride For Kids®

Oct. 5, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Helping kids and their families cope with the top cause of cancer deaths in children, brain tumors … It’s a daunting task, but one that the Ride for Kids® has enthusiastically taken on for the past quarter century with close to 40 fundraising events now being staged throughout the US over the course of a year.

For current L.A. Ride For Kids® board member Brian 'Tink' Tinkler, an active participant since the start, the Angelino event has been a way of giving back to the community.

"The biggest emotional item for me is the kids and their families … (a child’s cancer-related illness) can devastate a family," said Tinkler, now 62. "This is the core reason I do this … it’s really important … it touches your soul as a motorcyclist."

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Royal Enfield targets a ‘simple’ success in the US with ‘Made Like a Gun’ motorcycles

Oct. 4, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

An interview with Rod Copes, Royal Enfield, President, North America

With a new recently opened headquarters and flagship store in Milwaukee, WI, and plans to triple the number of dealers in the US and Canada in the not-so-distant future (from 30 to 100), Royal Enfield’s North American president, Rod Copes, is hoping to reignite the continent’s 1960s love affair with mid-weight British vintage bikes.

Companies such as Triumph, and to a much lesser extent Norton, have led the way, flooding the US market with a variety of expat offerings in the 900 cc range and above. Copes – who took over the reins of Royal Enfield North America in August 2014 – says Royal Enfield’s smaller-displacement-centered brand has a very different outlook on the industry, one that emphasizes simplicity in the face of the current trend of rising prices and overcomplicated products.

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8th Annual Brooklyn Invitational

Sept. 24, 2016 | Photos: Rahoul Ghose

A curated collection of close to 30 motorcycles from around the world was showcased at the 8th annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show Sept. 24 -- including a modified Indian entry from LA's own Rolands Sands -- at Root Studios in Williamsburg, NY, a sprawling 16,000 square foot photo studio and sponsor of the event since 2010.

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Book launch: Timeless American - A Selection Of Pre-1916 Motorcycles

Sept. 23, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Celebrating the Golden Era of Motorcycles, photographer, designer and creator of Iron Vault Studio, Edward "Eddie" Lee, is excited to announce the launch of his highly anticipated coffee table book, Timeless American – A Selection of Pre-1916 Motorcycles, now available at for $125.

“In a way, it pays homage to these great pioneers, innovators and engineers who paved the way for us today. It also illustrates the impeccable craftsmanship and skills from some of the restorers, and their dedication to the preservation of these timeless antiques,” Lee said. “It’s almost a lost art and I really wanted to showcase it in a very rich, visual way.”

The public can meet the photographer at a special launch party for the book on Oct. 8 at the Venice, CA headquarters of Deus Ex Machina from 6 to 9 PM (1001 Venice Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291).

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LA Motorcyclist Artist Spotlight

Aug. 27, 2016 | Maryia Bulka

Our artist profile this month is recent LA transplant Maryia Bulka, a graphic painter and rider whose work spans a wide range of bike styles, from cafe racers, hogs and vintage rides, to bikes more familiar in her native Belarus ... Urals and Minsks, the most popular beginner's bike in former Soviet Union countries. For Bulka graphic painting is "straightforward, sonorous and versatile," and a complimentary adjunct to her black and white photography.

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Motorcyclists with a Mission: Putting Burn Victims Lives Back on Track

Aug. 25, 2016 | Kim Botbyl

When burn survivor Trevor Holtan and US Marine Corps Captain David Kuntz each separately approached the Grossman Burn Foundation and Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors in the summer of 2014 about starting a motorcycle benefit ride in Southern California, it was more than just a coincidence -- it was meant to be.

"It's something I'd been wanting to do for years," says Holtan, who spent three months at the Sherman Oaks Burn Center in 1990 after an automobile accident killed his best friend and left 40 per cent of his body covered in third and fourth degree burns.

"I figured, what would've been the point of having gone through this hellish experience? To do nothing would have been a waste of the life I had been given a second chance at. I needed to find a purpose that would make it all worthwhile. I didn't know how and I didn't know what, but I loved riding motorcycles."

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The Equilibrialist launches the Maska for Retro Full Face Helmet Owners

Aug. 23, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Continuing LA Motorcyclist’s efforts to highlight Los Angeles-based moto entrepreneurs, event organizers, photographers and artists, this week we are honored to introduce a brand new product to LA riders, courtesy of Neo Melanthiou and his company The Equilibrialist.

Owners of retro full face helmets now have a brand new and innovative option for eye protection.

LA’s latest addition to the motowear industry – The Equilibrialist – this week launched ‘the Maska,’ a loupe/visor for three helmets: the Ruby Castel, Biltwell Gringo and Nexx X.G100.

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Tim Flynn Memorial Ride Gallery

Aug. 16, 2016 | Photos: Rob Price

Friends and family honored the memory of Timothy Daniel Flynn (@tflynn64) Aug. 13 with a ride to celebrate his life. The event started at Deus ex Machina in Venice and headed to the lookout in Palos Verdes for a moment of silence and contemplation. Tim's love -- a modified 2014 Triumph Thruxton -- was along for the ride.

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Norton: It's Black and White

Aug. 6, 2016 | Photos: Rahoul Ghose

Every motorcycle enthusiast has at least one bike that evokes an impassioned emotional connection to two-wheeled travel. Some are lucky enough to own those bikes ... some just dream about them. Then there's the Norton Commando 961 ...

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ATWYLD: Inspired by the void, built for the voyage™

Aug. 2, 2016 | By Rahoul Ghose | Photos Mike Pham

Necessity is often the Mother of Invention ...

Babes Ride Out icon Anya Violet and partners Corinne LanFranco and Jaime Dempsey decided more than a year ago to address the lack of moto wear available to women riders head on by creating their own line of clothing.

"The idea for ATWYLD came when the three of us were riding Angeles Crest one day," Violet said. "We stopped for lunch at Newcomb's Ranch and as we sat down to eat, we noticed that all three of us were wearing black skinny jeans with zero protective qualities and fashion leather jackets that would likely split right open in the event of an unexpected slide. We talked about how proper technical apparel for female motorcyclists was severely lacking when it comes to versatility on and off the bike."

Armed with their extensive riding experience and varied backgrounds in the apparel industry, the trio decided that day to remedy the situation.

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Jim Downs Memorial Gallery

July 22, 2016 | Photos André Pinces

We celebrate Jim Downs' upcoming 44th birthday (July 31) and life with a collection of photos taken by his close friend, fellow adventurer and photographer André Pinces. The images epitomize Jim's Hemingway-esque passion for pursuing 'the road less traveled,' and a life lived to its fullest. We will miss Jim's enthusiasm, kindness and lust for life. May the off-trails and editing booths in heaven be just as satisfying. Jim's family has chosen a specific charity for all donations made in his honor: Fat Kitty City Agee Memorial Wildlife Fund.

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