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A heavy-metal accessory

December 02, 2007|Susan Carpenter

It's louder than a pair of red Jimmy Choos and more expensive than a Balenciaga bag, but it might be the ultimate accessory: a motorcycle.

More women are riding than ever, thanks to an explosion in motorcycle sales during the last few years. And the fashion world is taking notice: Check out Moschino's new helmet and the stylish road-ready gear at the Super G store on Melrose Avenue.

Now, there will also be a place to try a motorcycle on for size. Next weekend at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, the largest traveling bike show in the U.S., the Women's Studio makes its debut: a curtained, no-men-allowed area where women can "try on" four bikes in front of full-length mirrors like trying on clothes in a boutique.

There will be a makeup artist on hand to show how to play up eyes under a motorcycle helmet, and racks of gear to slip into, each coordinated to one of the bikes -- scooter, cruiser, sport bike or dual sport. And, naturally, a photographer to shoot free "Moto-Makeover" pictures.

No solutions are offered for helmet hair, but now that the helmet is going high fashion, you might not even want to take it off.


The Women's Studio at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. $13 for adults; $6 children 6 to 11, free for 5 and younger. For more information, or (800) 331-5706.

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