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February 7, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Motorcycle hand signals are an important part of riding, but not just the ones you use to tell fellow motorists that you're turning right or left -- or the one you use when you get cut off. There's a whole other lexicon of hand signals that can mean anything from "Watch out -- police ahead" to "Hey, dummy -- you left your blinker on" to "It's time for a bathroom break. " There isn't universal agreement on usage or meaning, and some of the signals don't mean the same thing in motorocycling as they do in other sports.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts and Joel Rubin
A veteran LAPD motorcycle officer died Wednesday, several days after he was struck by an SUV driven by a woman suspected of being under the influence of cocaine. Fellow officers and family members had been holding vigil for Chris Cortijo - a member of the department for nearly 27 years - at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center since the Saturday accident. A visibly shaken LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday called Cortijo's death the "ultimate irony," noting that the officer had arrested more than 3,000 drivers suspected of being under the influence and "in doing so saved countless lives.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Moviegoers and movie critics have come away from "Oblivion" raving about the vavoom vehicles in the box-office hit starring Tom Cruise -- especially lead character Jack's futuristic folding motocross bike. Known on the set as "Jack's moto bike," the wispy ghost-white bike wheelies its way across a landscape of desert salt flats -- actually, volcanic sand in Iceland -- and transports the hero into and out of trouble throughout director Joseph Kosinski's dystopian film. The "moto bike," though, was a Honda CRF450X before local motorcycle-fabricator-to-the-stars Justin Kell started transforming it. Kell, whose Glory Motor Works has built or restored bikes for "The Master," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "G.I.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the 2 Freeway. Jurors on Wednesday found Richard Clayborne, 40, and Jose Gonzalez, 36, guilty of killing 30-year-old Venice resident Manuel Martin , who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest on Oct. 8, 2008, as he rode alongside another motorcyclist, authorities said. Clayborne and Gonzalez were also found guilty of trying to kill the other motorcyclist, Ronald Hamburg, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office told the Glendale News-Press . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Martin and Hamburg had been at a bar with Clayborne and Gonzalez before the shooting, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The motorcyclist who led law enforcement authorities on a wild pursuit Wednesday afternoon has been identified by police as 50-year-old John Madrigal of East Los Angeles. The pursuit occurred on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, continuing on surface streets across downtown Los Angeles and the Eastside. 9 crazy Southern California police car chases Television news footage showed a man being detained at an Auto Zone store about 5:30 p.m. on Whittier Boulevard near Indiana Avenue.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
A deeper data dive on our recent post on motorcycle thefts in 2012 has produced some better information on specific makes and models. And Honda wins again. The original story , based on a new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, pointed out that Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki led the league, and by brand were the most-stolen motorcycle makes. It also assured California residents, and those living in L.A. County, that we are, indeed, No. 1. Our state and county led the nation for all motorcycle thefts for the year.
NEWS
February 23, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Most summer camps are for children. But Camp H-D is a summer camp for big kids -- and big bikes. The Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee is hosting five-day motorcycle camps in 2011 to give riders (and riders-to-be) a chance to immerse themselves in the culture of twin-cylinder two-wheelers and the Midwestern city that has been building them for more than a century. Costing $3,000 per person, each of the three camps includes a night out in Milwaukee and, of course, saddle time on a  hog. Each camp is limited to 20 participants.
OPINION
May 21, 2002
Re "Auto, Bike, Bus Race to the Office," May 17: It was with interest that I read about the La Crescenta-to-downtown-L.A. race. Two years ago, at age 55, I got my motorcycle license and have commuted to downtown L.A. from Venice every day. I have two motorcycles, one new and one used, both of which get better than 40 mpg, and my commute at any time is less than 30 minutes. Plus, as any motorcyclist knows, riding a motorcycle is fun! I have enough room in two saddlebags for two large grocery bags, dry cleaning, etc.--for errand-running.
BUSINESS
November 28, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
Two of the great European motorcycle collections will go under the gavel in February at the Grand Palais in Paris. To be sold are the Garelli Grand Prix Collection and a private stock of 55 machines belonging to a late French enthusiast. The Garelli collection contains two dozen classic racers from the famed Italian manufacturer, among them world-record holders ridden by racing legends like Ernesto Gnesa, Tazio Nuvolari and Achille Varzi. The private French collection includes European and American marques, highlights being a pair of postwar Terrots, and a pair of early Magnat Debons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated below. A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was struck in a hit-and-run collision near Sunset Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway, a department spokesman said Wednesday night. The condition of the officer was not immediately known. He was hit about 7:50 p.m by a dark colored vehicle that apparently fled north on PCH, according to Officer Gregory Baek. "The vehicle left the scene without rendering aid," Baek said. Investigators were responding to the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Long Beach motorcycle officer was struck by a semi-truck Tuesday morning and immediately rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries, police said. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the officer suffered fairly serious injuries in the collision on Santa Fe Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Those injuries are not believed to be life threatening, he added. McDonnell and other senior officials were headed to the hospital to check on the officer, who was in stable condition.  Crash scene investigators asked the public to avoid Santa Fe Avenue between Anaheim and 17th streets.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - Opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro held massive demonstrations Saturday in central Caracas and other Venezuelan cities as the unofficial death toll rose to 11 in more than a week of unrest. Leading the opposition demonstration in eastern Caracas was Liliana Tintori, wife of Leopoldo Lopez, the former Caracas borough mayor who was arrested this week and charged with inciting violence that has erupted during protests. Lopez and other opposition leaders say armed pro-government vigilantes have been responsible for the deaths and that the opposition has demonstrated peacefully to protest rising crime and shortages.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The remake of the 1980s thriller "RoboCop" roars into theaters this weekend, and the title character roars into action on a motorcycle. Except he doesn't roar. The filmmakers behind the MGM remake were determined that the futuristic robocycle underneath their RoboCop be authentic. So it's electric. VIDEO: The Can Am Spyder RSS Production designer Martin Whist, working closely with director Jose Padilha, started with a Kawasaki Z-1000. They stripped it down to the frame, extended the swing arm to increase the overall length of the bike, and clad it with a fiberglass-like shell.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
Motorcycle hand signals are an important part of riding, but not just the ones you use to tell fellow motorists that you're turning right or left -- or the one you use when you get cut off. There's a whole other lexicon of hand signals that can mean anything from "Watch out -- police ahead" to "Hey, dummy -- you left your blinker on" to "It's time for a bathroom break. " There isn't universal agreement on usage or meaning, and some of the signals don't mean the same thing in motorocycling as they do in other sports.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This is a fantastic time to be riding motorcycles. So many models! So many choices! So many manufacturers trying so hard to build the perfect bike. In 2013 I had the opportunity to ride about 40 different machines. There were street racers, road hogs, sophisticated cruisers, stripped-down "naked" bikes, dirt bikes, dual sport bikes and even electric bikes. I liked almost all of them. And I really loved quite a few. PHOTOS: Best bikes from 2013 The year to come looks even more exciting.
SPORTS
December 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The second annual Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational motorcycle races are scheduled Saturday in the City of Industry. The event, which starts at 7 p.m., features flat-track racing at the roof-covered Grand Arena in the Industry Hills Expo Center. Among the 16 entrants are riders from the United States, Great Britain, Denmark, Australia and Poland. The American riders include last year's winner, Billy Janniro, along with Billy Hamill, Greg Hancock and Charlie Venegas.
NEWS
April 27, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
They aren't yellow, and they've got only two wheels, but the taxis operated by a new service in Los Angeles , Moto Limos Club, will get passengers where they need to go — even between lanes of traffic. They'll just need to gear up in a helmet and jacket and travel light. In operation since March, the members-only Moto Limos Club charges $90 an hour for a ride on the back of a Honda Gold Wing, equipped with two saddle bags and a top case. Safety gear is provided by the company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Long Beach motorcycle officer was struck by a semi-truck Tuesday morning and immediately rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries, police said. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the officer suffered fairly serious injuries in the collision on Santa Fe Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Those injuries are not believed to be life threatening, he added. McDonnell and other senior officials were headed to the hospital to check on the officer, who was in stable condition.  Crash scene investigators asked the public to avoid Santa Fe Avenue between Anaheim and 17th streets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
What started as a basic investigation into some stolen motorcycles in Southern California ballooned into a three-month probe that culminated this week with nine arrests and the recovery of dozens of bikes, authorities announced Friday. On Thursday, prosecutors charged Felipe Galicia, 40, of Monrovia, Daniel Hernandez, 21, of El Monte, and Victor Coca, 45, of Los Angeles, with more than 30 felonies, including operating a chop shop and receiving stolen property. Authorities say the three were the masterminds behind an elaborate motorcycle theft ring that included at least six other men. Together, the group would allegedly target specific motorcycles, steal them and then haul them to Galicia's shop in Duarte.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer struck by a car in Mid-City is in stable condition with a broken wrist, officials said. The officer was driving near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and La Brea Avenue "when a vehicle that was backing up hit him," said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. She said the incident occurred about 6:30 a.m. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. ALSO: Alleged LAX gunman could face death penalty Family wants brain-dead girl on life support after tonsil surgery Driver of car that killed 5 in Burbank had twice legal alcohol limit   Twitter:  @aribloomekatz  |  Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com    
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