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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.
April 22, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Hundreds of uniformed police officers gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to a veteran LAPD motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine. A 26-year veteran of the LAPD, Christopher Cortijo, 51, had been assigned to the Valley Traffic Division when he was struck from behind on April 5 by an SUV. At a funeral Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, colleagues remembered him as a man who so cherished his role as a motorcycle cop that he wore a leather motorcycle jacket even in the soaring San Fernando Valley heat.
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.
April 22, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The cathedral was full - the choir seats filled by uniformed police officers - but it was silent as the microphone was lowered for the little boy. Ten-year-old Jonathan Navarro looked out at the hundreds of officers seated before him to mourn his uncle, LAPD Officer Christopher A. Cortijo, and began speaking directly to the fallen officer. "Uncle Chris, I will always remember you," he said. "You took your time with me and treated me with tough love. You are my hero. " Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Tuesday to pay their final respects to Cortijo, a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer who died earlier this month after being struck by a driver suspected of being under the influence of cocaine.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
February 6, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
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.
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.
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.
April 9, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Movie buffs and motorcycle fans can conjure memories of a 1991 Hollywood blockbuster -- starring California's former governor -- at a new exhibition at a Milwaukee museum. “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” is the name of  both the film and the display that opens Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum . At its core is a time-worn Fat Boy Harley ridden throughout the movie by actor and later California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film also starred Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the story about a cyborg (Schwarzenegger)
April 6, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a crash that left a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer in critical condition, police said. Qaneak Cobb of Pacoima was arrested after the collision, which took place about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street, police said. The officer, whose name has not been released, was stopped at a traffic light when Cobb's red SUV struck him from behind and pinned him to the car in front, authorities said.
April 5, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
The Los Angeles Police Department officer critically injured in a traffic accident Saturday evening is a 26-year veteran of the force, authorities said. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said the officer, whose name is not being released, has been riding motorcycles for about 20 years.   The motorcycle officer was stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Saticoy Street when a red SUV rammed him from behind and pinned him to the car in front. The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Smith said.  The officer remained in critical condition late Saturday night at a local hospital, where he is undergoing surgery.
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.
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.
December 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer was taken to a hospital early Wednesday after he was struck by a car in Mid-City. 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 officer was conscious when he was transported to the hospital, she added. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.
October 1, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Antonio Candelaria had an embarrassing problem: He was lying in the driveway of his Albuquerque home Saturday night, his foot stuck beneath his motorcycle. He couldn't budge. The 50-year-old could have called just about anyone - his best friend, his local priest or, heck, even his mother-in-law. But no, Candelaria whipped out his cellphone and called police, who arrived to promptly arrest the motorcyclist on suspicion of driving under the influence. Albuquerque police said Candelaria's breath test results registered above 0.16, which is twice the legal limit in New Mexico.
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.
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.
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