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Fonda, Leno Assist Love Ride Bike Show


2011 Love Ride Bike Show

Iconic actor/biker Peter Fonda (Easy Rider) is literally lending his name to help raise awareness and funds in the fight against autism by signing each of 10 special trophies created from Harley-Davidson pistons for the winners of the 2011 Love Ride Bike Show.

To enhance their experience, “Tonight Show’s” Jay Leno is also opening his famous garage to the category winners. The bike show is a key feature of the 28th annual Love Ride charity event, this year featuring country music artists Montgomery Gentry in Castaic Lake, California on October 23.

The Love Ride Bike Show is open to everyone that comes to the event and wants to show their motorcycle. From the pro builder to owners who do it themselves, all are welcome and encouraged to display their pride and joy.

Oliver Shokouh (Love Ride Founder) says: “Of course we love to see what the professional builders put together. By the same token, we love the personal touches and creativity we often see in enthusiast rider’s bikes, so we want those guys to have a shot at being recognized, too.

“With this spirit in mind, Peter and Jay have generously offered their special touch to help us create a pair of really memorable prizes.”

The winners of each of the 10 bike show categories will take home trophies that are truly unique, every one created from a different Harley-Davidson piston that has been “run hard.”

Each piston is captured in a caliper and individually signed by Peter Fonda whose autograph is then permanently engraved into the piston crown.

Each category winner (plus a friend), will also receive a guided tour of Jay Leno’s Garage, famous for its rare and unusual motorcycles and cars-an enthusiast’s dream.

Bike Show Details

The Love Ride Bike Show is open to anyone that has purchased a Love Ride event ticket ($65) and pays a nominal show entry fee (just $10). There is just one rule: To win, the bike must run and be able to be ridden. You can bring it on a trailer if you must, but if you win, you will be asked to start your bike.

Show Categories

Vintage – All Brands Welcome

1.) Pre-1940

2.) 1941 to 1965 All Years

3.) Harley-Davidson XL

4.) Harley-Davidson FX (includes soft tail)

5.) Harley-Davidson FL

6.) Best Bagger (any make)

7.) Custom Chopper (any make)

8.) Bobber (any make)

9.) Female Owned (any make)

10.) People’s Choice (from all categories)

As the largest and perhaps most eagerly-anticipated motorcycle ride-for-charity in the country, all of the primary reasons to attend the Love Ride remain:

  • An important cause – Raising money and awareness for the fight against Autism
  • Celebrity bikers – Mingle Jay Leno, Peter Fonda, Robert Patrick, Lorenzo Lamas, Larry Hagman, Willie G. Davidson and more surprise celebrities
  • Outstanding music – The pleasures of country stars Montgomery Gentry (they ride, too)
  • Gourmet cuisine – Tasty food from a variety of purveyors

As in 2010, the Love Ride charity is Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism.

Castaic Lake once again plays host to the Love Ride, with its rolling hills, shade trees and calming lake as the backdrop for a long list of family-friendly activities and an eclectic variety of souvenirs.

Information and registration forms are available online at, or in person at Glendale Harley Davidson, 3717 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA. Forms can also be obtained by calling the dealership at (818) 246-5618.

All makes of motorcycles are welcome to participate in the Love Ride. And even if you don’t ride a motorcycle but would like to donate and join the party in beautiful Castaic Lake, there is ample parking for cars and trucks on site. For latest information and updates on the ride, go to

About Love Ride:

The Love Ride, a 501(c)3 charity, began in 1984 to raise funds for children’s charities. Oliver Shokouh is Love Ride’s founder and owner of Harley-Davison of Glendale located at 3717 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA, an authorized dealer for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, serving customers since 1976. Information about Love Ride and the dealership can be found online at

About Autism Speaks

Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has committed over $142.5 million to research through 2014 and developed innovative new resources for families.

The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speakshas played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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