A display of fine art, inspired by passion’s urgency, themed through the medium of motorcycling, and realized on the objects of road racing culture (a motorcycle, helmets and apparel), opens to the public noon, Sunday, July 12, at the SURU Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
The show, entitled Celeritas (Latin for Speed, like in accelerate.), features helmets, apparel, and a 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa, each painted by one of 14 trend-setting fine artist, helmet artist Troy Lee, musician/artist Joe Hahn, and welder/biker-cum-risk-taker Jesse James.
This past weekend, BRP Can-Am Spyder roadster owners from all over North America rode to Los Angeles for the Ryde to the Red Carpet event. This year’s annual owner’s event – the second for Spyder – was in celebration of the Spyder roadster role in this summer’s blockbuster hit, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Hollywood didn’t know what hit them, as 220 Spyder roadsters and 410 Spyder owners were parading around the Los Angeles and Hollywood streets for three straight days.
Most of the owners stayed at the host hotel, the Sheraton Universal.
The Fiat Yamaha Team arrives in the United States this week in stunning form with Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo lying first and second in the championship, separated by just five points. Rossi, who clinched his 100th career victory in Assen on Sunday, has three wins to his name so far and Lorenzo has two, while both riders have finished on the podium in six out of seven races this season to leave Fiat Yamaha leading the Teams’ standings and Yamaha the Manufacturers’.
The Los Angeles RIDE FOR AUTISM charitable organization, comprised of a 100% volunteer group, will be hosting their second annual motorcycle ride on Saturday, August 8, 2009. This exhilarating ride brings together motorcycle enthusiasts from all walks of life to cruise the streets of Los Angeles and Orange County to raise awareness and resources for families affected by autism
For the second year, the ride will kick off at 11 AM at Laidlaw’s Harley Davidson in Baldwin Park and end at Original Mike’s in Santa Ana.
Honda today marked its first 50 years in America, commemorating the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a small Los Angeles storefront on June 11, 1959. Honda associates observed the occasion with a brief ceremony at the company’s Torrance, Calif. headquarters.
"On behalf of the tens of thousands of Honda associates in America, past and present, we offer our deepest thanks to our customers for placing their trust in Honda over the past 50 years," said American Honda President & CEO Tetsuo Iwamura.
Three Singer-Songwriters Tour on Scooters to Raise Awareness on Global Warming.
On April 30th, singer/songwriter Jason Reeves will gather his friends and fellow musicians Brendan James and Amber Rubarth and embark on The Vespa Experiment, a two-week tour of the California coastline during which they hope to raise awareness about global warming.
Motorcycles Frozen In Time.
We were riding across the Golden Gate Bridge, the sun setting pale orange through the rolling fog bank. It was cold and my hands were well past numb. I was 19 and had just ridden my Honda Scrambler 160 up the coast from Los Angeles. Each time a semi-truck passed, the wind swelled, sending us sliding sideways toward the railing that separated us from the churning sea 300 feet below. It didn’t matter. With each passing juggernaut of the road, her arms encircling my waist gripped tighter.
Started in 1994 in Los Angeles, Team Sheriff Racing educates the public—especially youths—about the dangers of drugs, gangs, impaired driving, and illegal street racing. The program’s success has led to the creation of a division that deals directly with the perils of racing motorcycles in canyons and on the street.
I pulled off the freeway feeling like I had just won the Daytona 200, though my victory was more private. A friend gave me a 1970 Honda CB350 that hadn’t been started in 15 years and, with surprisingly little effort, I had it running. I couldn’t fully experience the 350 on the city streets of San Jose, Calif., so I took to the freeway to give its rusty, frayed, throttle cable the stern pull it deserved.
The 350 came on with surprising strength from 6,000 to its 10,500 redline and it sounded great doing it. After my test run, I put the bike on its center stand to lube its rust-coated chain.
Whenever I see riders in tennis shoes, I wince. Even on a bike with floorboards and heel-toe shifting, I like to wear substantial footwear. On a sport bike, that means something from Sidi, usually. But, on a cruiser, I want less flash and more attitude. The Red Wing 968 boots is a boot that relies on understated toughness to get its point across.
Living in Los Angeles has its definitive advantages for a motorcyclist. With the help of the beautiful Southern California climate, motorcyclists can enjoy the freedom of being able to ride almost year-round, which serves as a reason to get outside and search for a way to explore our own senses of adventure. Requiring only a short ride, Los Angeles offers many things to do, from hanging around the snowy slopes of Big Bear Lake in the winter, to swimming at one of Malibu’s beaches in the summer.
Plenty of motorcyclists look down their noses at scooters, and that’s understandable. They don’t have as much power as their cousins, their handling is more challenging and I wouldn’t exactly describe them as the most macho of two-wheel vehicles.