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Raw Horsepower on Display at The Californian

April 26, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Flared nostrils and the sound of thunderous hooves as a group of thoroughbreds jockey for position at top speed; the smell of oil, a puff of smoke and the explosion of noise as a Vincent Black Shadow fires up, kickstarted to a rumbling growl …

Two horsepower-driven worlds will collide May 20, when The Californian Classic Motorcycle Show takes to the infield lawn of the historic Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, the same day as contenders hit Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland for the 142nd Preakness Stakes.

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Celebrating 110 Years of Motorcycle Riding and Friendship

April 14, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

One-hundred and ten years of motorcycle riding and friendship … that’s what the Pasadena Motorcycle Club will be celebrating with a free family festival and commemorative group photo at Pasadena City Hall, May 20.

The third oldest club in the US -- behind the Yonkers Motorcycle Club (est. 1903) in Yonkers, NY and California’s San Francisco Motorcycle Club (est. 1904), the Pasadena MC also holds the distinction of being LA’s oldest riding group.

“We are excited to invite everyone to this illustrious event, marking 110 years of friendship, life experiences, personal relationships and successful accomplishments created over the years,” club referee Todd Hodgie said. “Being a part of this iconic photo opportunity will be an important and special part of history that you won’t want to miss.”

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Metal moves like life … One step forward, two steps back

March 28, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

I have coast-to-coast friends – builders, mechanics and DIYers – all of whom are quite proficient, some even downright talented, at maintaining and modifying their motorcycles. I get by … I can do oil and filter changes, replace brake pads, bleed brake lines, do minor wiring mods, and even swap out batteries and re-program ECUs.

I’ve also added my fair share of bolt-on aftermarket parts.

But, high school industrial ed classes notwithstanding, designing and building specialty parts for bikes always felt a little out of reach.

So it would seem like providence when a Sheetmetal Shaping Fundamentals class, offered by noted custom builder Keino Sasaki, of Indian Larry, Brooklyn Invitational and Biker Build-off fame, came up on the local moto calendar … a chance to test my mettle, so to speak.

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DTLA 2nd Sunday Ride Gallery

March 15, 2017 | Photos: Mike Luci

Seventy-plus riders joined the third running of the now monthly DTLA 2nd Sunday Ride, March 12, enjoying 80F temperatures and a journey down the coast to Tank Farm -- in Seal Beach -- and the Newport Beach Brewing Company.

Sponsored by LA Motorcyclist, Whiskey Grade, Dejavita and Lucky Wheels Garage, the event always originates in Downtown Los Angeles to bring riders to the city's core and encourage them to visit businesses in the Arts District.

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Motorsport Exotica rises from humble beginnings

March 7, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose | Photos: Stan Evans

Rising from humble beginnings in Jarred Fixler’s home garage three years ago, Hollywood’s Motorsport Exotica now caters to a high end list of riders set on getting the most out of their sport bikes, whether they are flicking through local canyon roads or laying down perfect lines at the host of race tracks SoCal has on offer.

It’s a journey that has seen Fixler build some great moto business and personal relationships in the city, from the formation of a competitive race team and a partnership with Newcomb’s Ranch, to ties with the California Superbike School and its SoCal Corner Workers Program.

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Chains 'n' Sprockets ... Tool Guide for the Home Motorcycle Mechanic – Part 2

March 1, 2017 | Jeff King

The eighth installment of C'n'S with Jeff King doing the wrenching

This is the second part of a multi-part series, with King helping you to put together a comprehensive tool set up for the home motorcycle mechanic. In last month’s article he focused on tooling up for the most common motorcycle maintenance tasks. Emboldened by your successes with basic servicing, you will undoubtedly decide to take on more and more complex maintenance tasks, and of course, be forced into augmenting your tool kit as needed. This month, King will highlight the tools needed to take your servicing prowess to the next level.

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DTLA birthing new custom moto show

Feb. 28, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

It’s been a long time coming for the City of Angels; while Portland, OR, Austin, TX and Brooklyn, NY have become meccas for custom bike events hosting the likes of the One Moto Show, the Handbuilt Show and the Brooklyn Invitational, Los Angeles – which epitomizes the biker lifestyle for many throughout the US – has sadly been remiss on that side of the scene … until now.

Leading a new local effort is Lossa Engineering owner, past Deus Biker Build-off Venice winner and recent contestant on the show Wrench Against the Machine, Jay LaRossa.

“I have been to The One Show for the past four years … it is such a great show, and every time I am there I ask myself, why do we not have a show like this in our hometown?” LaRossa says. “There are so many top notch builders right here in So Cal ... it just makes sense.”

The upcoming inaugural Outlier’s Guild Moto Show, set for May 6 at The Container Yard in DTLA, is at heart a bike show that will feature 50 to 60 of the best builders in the city on the main showroom floor..

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Hedon Helmets Hit LA Fashion Market

Feb. 21, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

UK luxury helmet brand, Hedon, will be showing during the LA Fashion Market at Source British, March 13 and 14 (9 AM to 5 PM) at the California Market Centre (110 East 9th Street, Los Angeles).

One of the UK’s leading helmet brands, Hedon features a wide range of styles and design choices, as well as some of the lightest and lowest profile helmets on market.

You might have seen some of the company's handiwork during last year's 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, with top fundraisers being given specially DGR-designed Hedon helmets as part of their prize packages. More recently the Hedon collection was on display at the One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon this month. 

Derived from the word Hedonism -- the relentless search for pleasure -- the company came together in 2011, founded by married couple Lindsay Chong and Reginald Flint, both with extensive experience in design and helmet crafting. Tired of conventional style, they set out on a mission to rethink the urban rider’s protective headgear, and create something bold, refined and nostalgic ... a necessary accessory for the discerning rider. Each Hedon helmet has its own unique signature marked in their definitive style and distinctive materials, a fine blend of the old and the new, forged using traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. The company 'mantra' is when "form and function come together seamlessly, style is effortless."

Known for their impeccable design in the motorcycle industry, Hedon are now starting to turn heads in the fashion sector as well. To check out this new luxury brand visit the Hedon booth at Stand 58.

Visitors to Source British also get free entry to the other showrooms and trade shows taking place this week including LA Kids Market, Capsule, SELECT Better & Contemporary Tradeshow, EMERGE Emerging Brand Showcase, ALT Athleisure & Lifestyle Tradeshow, TRANSIT Footwear & Accessories Show and Contemporary CURVES Plus-Size & Curve Brands.

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The ONE Moto Show : Portland, Oregon

Feb. 14, 2017 | Photos: Mark Gamo

The eighth incarnation of Portland's 'The One Moto Show' featured 120 two-wheeled entries celebrating wild, rare, custom, classic and race motorcycles from all eras, displayed in an old foundry located just a few miles from the PDX city center. The larger and more photogenic space included a premier marketplace for show sponsors, vendors, and food/beer gardens. Check out the scene ...

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Los Angeles Mourns the Loss of a Moto Icon

Jan. 17, 2017
photos: Christopher Medak, André Pinces, Dayne Ashbaugh

Memorial services for Joseph Abramo will be held at Westwood Village Memorial Park (1218 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, 90024) this coming Sunday, Jan. 22, at 2 PM. A memorial ride to the services will convene at Deus Ex Machina in Venice (1001 Venice Blvd.) at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Joe's high school alma mater, Blue Ridge School, St. George, Virginia, 22935. Come out and celebrate Joe's life.

Jan. 11, 2017

Another LA moto icon has left the City of Angels to pursue the offroad trails on the other side.

Longtime Venice Vintage Motorcycle Club member, Distinguished Gentleman's Ride participant and LA Motorcyclist contributor Joseph Abramo passed away amongst friends this morning due to complications from an aggressive bacterial infection and the resulting pneumonia.

Born and raised on the legendary BMWs of the '70s, Joseph Abramo shared that affinity, along with a love of photography, with his father from a very early age, shooting and developing in the darkroom from his young teens. Joseph intertwined his two passions into one love as an Off-Road Instructor and Guide for the BMW Academy in California, and as a fervent motorcycle photographer. His stable of rides included a '68 BMW R60/2 (Maggie May), a '76 BMW R75/6 (The Old Girl), a '76 BMW R90/6 (Marilyn), and an '82 BMW R100-S (Madison).

Our hearts go out to Joseph's friends and family.

NYCMotorcyclist.com Hub Page Now Live

Jan. 5, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Our initial landing page for NYCMotorcyclist.com is now live. You can view using either NYCMotorcyclist.com or Motorcyclist.NYC. We have also created a new Facebook page and Instagram account (@nyc_motorcyclist) for the NYC-based site, set for a full launch in March. For now please 'like' and 'follow us'. #nycmotolife #expandthemotofamily #events #features #motophotos #getinvolved #brooklyn #nyc #newyork #motorcycle #vintage #builders

NYCMotorcyclist.com | Joining the Family Spring 2017

Jan. 3, 2017 | By Rahoul Ghose


And the next chapter begins ... with help from LA Motorcyclist logo designer Danilo De Donno (@stylographic) work on our new sister site -- NYCMotorcyclist.com -- begins. The NYC Motorcyclist logo ... a crouched rider wearing a Schott-style leather jacket and riding a stripped down vintage racer ... is inspired by Brooklyn build culture and moto fashion.

Slated for a Spring 2017 launch, the new community website hub has started out life as a special section, featuring New York specific stories, events and club info.

We are now looking for your contributions and help in building our galleries and links sections. NYC Motorcyclist provides galleries for moto artists and photographers in NYC and the surrounding areas, including a bio, a small selection of work -- 8 to 12 images, preferrably with a common theme -- and links to websites and social media. No negatives here ... just great exposure. We are also looking for entries for our NY Moto Directory ... shops, stores, resources ... etc.

For more information on advertising on the new site, or to send us NYC story ideas, photos and event info, please email rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com. Social Media:   

Head to Head Carbon: The Classic Helmet Showdown

Dec. 26, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Known for its feather weight and high tensile strength, carbon fiber is fast becoming the optimal choice in motorcycle helmet construction, a welcome change from fiberglass and lower end polycarbonate options.

But the added safety benefits, longevity and comfort offered through stylistic carbon fiber models currently available through the likes of NEXX, Les Ateliers Ruby and Bell come at a premium, with prices ranging from $500 to well over 2K for the luxury of being ahead of the crowd.

LA Motorcyclist decided to pit three top-end, retro-styled helmets in a head-to-head comparison to see if you really can put a price on the protection of your precious noggin; at odds, the newly released NEXX X.Garage Carbon, the Bell Bullitt Carbon, and, at the peak of the cost chart, Les Ateliers Ruby’s Castel.

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GEOsky ALERT offering bike owners peace of mind with real time GPS tracking

Dec. 20, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

With motorcycle thefts still on the rise in the US, particularly in California, and insurance companies often not covering modifications and additions to bikes in the event of a theft, an Escondido, CA based company has come up with a solution to more closely monitor your two-wheeled obsession.

The GEOsky ALERT is not cheap at $249 for the basic unit, plus a monthly monitoring fee averaging $18 on a month-to-month plan.

But it does offer some peace of mind for owners with unique rides, says Ron Carter, GEOsky ALERT’s director of sales.

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) recorded 45,555 motorcycle thefts in the U.S. in 2015 – a six per cent increase over the previous year – with California topping the state totals at 7,221. Los Angeles County ranked No. 1 amongst the 2,029 U.S. counties identified in 2015 with a motorcycle theft, and New York City topped the city stats with 1,340 stolen bikes last year, a 30 per cent increase over 2014.

“We all know that car alarms don't work unless the owner of the vehicle is within earshot, and once the car is gone there is a slim chance that it will be recovered. A car alarm in a parking lot is ignored, as everyone just wants the noise to stop,” Carter said. “GEOsky ALERT provides a solution that puts the information in the hands of the people who care about their vehicles directly, via a mobile-based mapping interface which includes notifications via text or email.”

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International Motorcycle Shows 2016 : New York

Dec. 10, 2016 | Photos: Rahoul Ghose

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say. Attending a bike show always has me looking at the details ... that's where my inspiration lies, both as a photographer and as a rider.

The IMS in New York, Dec. 9-11, had more than a few bright spots, including: the international debut of Brooklyn, NY-based Vanguard’s first release, the Roadster ... a post-modern brushed aluminum triumph of design and engineering; numerous custom builds as part of J & P CYCLES Ulimate Builder Custom Bike Show -- which featured several Yamaha Virago variations; BMW's amazing 2017 R nineT Racer and Scrambler; and KTM's wide range of multipurpose and racing inspired models.

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NEXX now aiming X.Garage series at West Coast riders

Nov. 16, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

The NEXX X.Garage helmet is the first of many LA Motorcyclist tested, selected and endorsed moto products scheduled to be sold on LAMotoStore.com. We talk to North American Director of Operation Ricardo Silva about the relatively new helmet line and the company’s big plans for 2017.

With the addition of a new carbon fiber variant to the popular X.Garage retro helmet series for 2017 and the opening of a dedicated North American headquarters – based in New Jersey – earlier this year, NEXX Helmets is setting its sights on the niche US moto market and expanding westward.

A look at the Portuguese company’s 2017 catalogue reveals a series of helmets for riders from all segments of the motorcycle world: racers (X.R2), sports tourers (X.T1), dual sport (X.D1) and scooter enthusiasts (SX), and, most recently, the now broadly popular café racer set (X.G100 & X.G10).

NEXX has been around for 15 years, but is now looking at making a serious mark in the US, says Ricardo Silva, Director of Operations for North America, adding the X.Garage helmet series represents a culmination of unique styling and technology, combined with a refreshing artistic partnership with another Portuguese lifestyle moto brand – Maria Riding Company.

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Putting the LA in Esquire Networks’s Wrench Against the Machine: Part 2

Nov. 4, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

In this two-part feature, LA Motorcyclist goes behind the scenes of Esquire Network’s new bike build-off series Wrench Against the Machine to get the competitor and judging experience firsthand. In Part 2 we talk to Deus Ex Machina’s US Design Director Michael ‘Woolie’ Woolaway, one of three judges for the series.

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Putting the LA in Esquire Networks’s Wrench Against the Machine: Part 1

Nov. 3, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

In this two-part feature, LA Motorcyclist goes behind the scenes of Esquire Network’s new bike build-off series Wrench Against the Machine to get the competitor and judging experience firsthand. In Part 1 We talk to LA-based builder and contestant Jay LaRossa from Lossa Engineering.

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LA Photogs grace IMS VIP calendar

Oct. 25, 2016 | Rahoul Ghose

Two LA photographers -- both regular LA Motorcyclist contributors -- will have their photos in the soon-to-be released International Motorcycle Show VIP calendar.

André Pinces and Christopher Medak will each have an image in the annual calendar, a freebie given to IMS customers who either purchase VIP tickets or bring in an IMS loyalty postcard that was mailed to them. Last year the IMS gave away 20,000 calendars through their 10 US-based shows.

Calendar designers were looking for interesting, eye-catching photos of enthusiasts enjoying the moto lifestyle, highlighting everything from custom bikes and women riders to off-road and adventure tours.

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Photographer Spotlight

Chris Medak

Los Angeles, CA

André Pinces

Los Angeles, CA

Zane W. Levitt

Los Angeles, CA

Dayne Ashbaugh

Los Angeles, CA

Heidi Zumbrun

Los Angeles, CA

Joseph Abramo

Los Angeles, CA

Nick Nakahara

Los Angeles, CA

Shane Crocker

Los Angeles, CA

Armin Adams

Los Angeles, CA

Ben Zales

Los Angeles, CA

Brian 'Tink' Tinkler

Orange County, CA

Ron Geren

Venice, CA

Guy Mokia

Los Angeles, CA

Jose Gallina

Los Angeles, CA