April 27, 2013 |
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.
February 6, 2013 |
How big is the motorcycle business? Big. Multibillion-dollar big. Motorcycling accounted for more than $10 billion in total sales of gear, accessories and vehicles in the United States in 2012, according a report released by the Outdoor Assn., which tracks the economy of outdoor leisure activities. Sales of "trip-related" products and services -- food, lodging, transportation and such -- totaled another $32.5 billion. The "ripple effect" of dollars generated by motorcycle enthusiasts -- including wages paid in the manufacturing and service industries related to two-wheel sports -- accounted for more than $102 billion.
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.
November 26, 2013 |
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.
November 28, 2012 |
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
February 25, 2014 |
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.