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Destination of the Free

July 7, 2015 | Chelsea Nicole Taylor

Once a year, the spacious Oak Canyon Ranch in Silverado is overrun with bikers and moto enthusiasts for one of the largest vintage chopper and classic motorcycle shows on the West Coast. With over 150 vendors, invited builders, live music, off-site camping, food, and a raffle complete with bike giveaways, it's no surprise that Born Free attracts thousands of motorcycle fanatics from all over the world.
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Check out the gallery from the 7th annual Born-Free Vintage Chopper and Classic Cycle Show, June 27 and 28.
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LA Rides: Deathwish and Searcher

July 4, 2015 | Bobby Searcher

While Los Angeles is full of incredible bike builders and modifiers, not everyone can afford a one-off collectible. But that doesn't mean enthusiasts can't mold their personal rides into something both eye-catching and functional. LA Rides will be a regular feature highlighting some of those riders and their bikes. The first modfest in our series highlights Bobby Searcher's Triumph Bonneville T-100.
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A Taste of El Mirage Freedom, Courtesy of LAMoto

July 4, 2015 | Filmmaker: Mark Gamo

A little taste of El Mirage freedom, courtesy of LA Moto's Mark Gamo .... On this July 4, have a safe and happy holiday, doing the things that make you feel free.

Moto F.A M.: It's all about Family

June 24, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

The biker community commonly refers to fellow riders as family. Moto F.A.M.’s mission is to pull this "moto fam" together to raise funds for riders that have been hurt in a motorcycle related accident, or the family of a fallen rider. They're also passionately committed to improving road safety.
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The Triple Nickel is More Than a Motorcycle

June 22, 2015 | Petrolicious | Filmmaker: Saam Gabbay

"I just knew I wanted to ride," says Stacie B. London. "I had a picture of the bike that I wanted in my head ... and it was coincidence and luck that I managed to find it."

London isn't your typical vintage motorcycle racer, and her steed, a Honda CB160, is not a typical vintage motorcycle. Sold for just one year, the tiny, jewel-like Japanese bike isn't the easiest to find parts for … but that matters little to London.

"Going to that first race is when I realized I needed to race. There was nothing more clear to me that I needed to experience what it felt like to do that,” London says. “I didn’t really know what that meant, that I’d been in the shop every night for hours … and on weekends ..."

With a Master's in Industrial Design and, until a few years ago, little interest in motorcycles, London's introduction and approach to racing have since encouraged many more to don leathers and live life on two wheels.

London maintains Triple Nickel herself, with the help of a mentor, Ralph Hudson.

Through many obstacles—including a broken collarbone and finding parts for such a rare motorcycle — London’s first season of vintage riding has been both challenging and thrilling.

"What I get out of it is this incredibly rich experience … In some ways, I got swooped up into this process that I wasn’t expecting,” London says. "Now it’s about discipline, focus, staying calm, adapting ..."

"It kinda went from girls posing on bikes, and being pinups ... now the pinups are riding."

Pursuing Moxie in Art and Life

May 29, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose | Artwork: Amy and Jennifer Hood

Get to know Hoodzpah artists and entrepreneurs Amy and Jennifer Hood, their moto inspirations and pursuit of life off the beaten track.
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An Engine, Two Wheels, and a Handlebar

May 27, 2015 | Chelsea Nicole Taylor | Photos: Nick Nakahara

What once started in a parking lot has become hands down the best super moto experience that Southern California has to offer.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary this past spring, SoCal Supermoto raises dust at several SoCal tracks including Apex in Perris, Grange in Apple Valley, and Adam's Motorsports Park in Riverside.

But it is owner Brian Murray’s pure passion for all things motorcycle and his teaching skills as an instructor which propelled the company from a hobby, teaching friends, to the full on track experience it is today.
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Filmmaker Spotlight: Jacob Moss | cope

May 21, 2015 | Rahoul Ghose

cope is a personal film project -- put together over the course of a few months by writer/director Jacob Moss -- which follows a character as he tries to manage his anxiety.
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Tammy Hilton Memorial Gallery

May 19, 2015 | Dayne Ashbaugh + Various

"There was a lot of support, great turnout & lots of smiles - a few tears, but mostly smiles."

Tammy Hilton was memorialized by her friends Sunday with well over 150 motorcyclists taking part in the VVMC's Third Sunday Ride, which -- along with Deus Ex Machina's Sunday Mass -- was dedicated to the memory of her and all she did for the LA motorcycling community. The day's events were as much about reflecting on the loss of a very special person as they were about celebrating Tammy's life. Some knew her very closely, others had had just a few moments to feel Tammy's warmth, her kind words, her smile. For those who couldn't attend here are some images from the day as well as some special shots of Tammy.
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