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December 7, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Are electric motorcycles going to be part of the Los Angeles Police Department fleet? Zero Motorcycles hope so. The electric motorcycle company based in Scotts Valley, Calif., has placed a couple of its Zero DS Police models with the LAPD, which is currently testing them for practicality on the force. From the company's booth at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Zero's vice president of global marketing, Scot Harden (who's also an American Motorcycle Assn.
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.
December 3, 2013 | By Leon Logothetis
Everyone loves my big yellow motorcycle with a sidecar, the one I'm using in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. Kids love it. Adults love it. Cambodian monkeys also love it. But there is one place where the love falls short. Since I left Los Angeles on Aug. 10 , I have relied on the kindness of others for food, shelter and gasoline and have been fortunate to attract the best kind of attention. But for some reason border guards do not love my bike, which I called Kindness One , and they apparently do not like me either.
November 30, 2013 | By Leon Logothetis
Here's the thing about circumnavigating the globe on a journey that's funded and fueled by kindness: You don't always find comfort but you almost always encounter adventure -- and I have, almost every day of a trip that began Aug. 10 from L.A. I've made my way from L.A. to Thailand -- across the U.S., then the Atlantic, then Europe, then Asia -- riding my 1978 bright-yellow Chang Jiang motorcycle with the BMW engine. I call my mechanized pal Kindness One . On this journey, I've encountered incredible kindness on the one end and a sort of indifference on the other end. This was to be a bit of the latter.
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 25, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Nothing says "love" quite like theft. And motorcycle thieves just love their Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis. They particularly love stealing them in California -- especially Los Angeles. The state and county led the nation in bike thefts for 2012. The three Japanese marques were the most-stolen brands in the top locations last year, according to a new study from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, which reported that overall thefts of two-wheelers dropped slightly from 2011. Honda led the league, representing 20% of all motorcycles stolen, with Yamaha (16%)
November 19, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Champion motorcycle Kurt Caselli died Friday in Baja California near the end of the world's longest off-road race. Caselli, a 30-year-old Palmdale native, was in the lead position with about 100 miles to go in the 833-mile Baja 1000 race in Mexico when he lost control and crashed into the sand. Race organizers say he may have swerved to avoid hitting an animal. He died overnight at an Ensenada hospital, where he had been taken with head injuries, according to a statement released by his racing team, KTM Motorsports.
November 15, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Three years ago Polaris Industries bought the historic Indian motorcycle brand and vowed to make it roar again. The results of that boast have hit the streets, in the form of three mighty machines - the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain. The rollout represents a roll of the dice for the successful powersports company, which has managed to bring the three entirely new motorcycles to market in 27 months from concept to showroom - about half the time most companies take to develop a new bike.
November 9, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A grand jury in New York has indicted an undercover detective who took part in a violent clash between motorcyclists and an SUV driver, an incident which gained nationwide attention after video of the altercation swept across the Internet. Wojciech Braszczok was indicted on nine different charges, including first-degree gang assault, first- and second-degree assault, riot and coercion, according to court records. Braszczok, 32, would face up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted.
November 9, 2013 | By Vincent Boucher
For many, the words "Brooklyn style" call to mind the easy cliché of a hipster in a hoodie. Nothing could be further from the dressed-up truth for Michael Kuhle and Adele Berne, the married couple who started men's clothier Epaulet New York there in 2008 with the borough's passion for old-school manufacturing, subtle updates on the traditional and a "small-batch" mentality. Now, after expanding to Manhattan in 2010 and with a thriving online business, they've come West. With the sun streaming through the big corner windows one recent morning, the couple are holding forth at their new Montana Avenue store in Santa Monica and explaining this somewhat surprising turn of events.
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