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A helmeted motorcycle rider on a powerful red-and-black racing bike weaved skillfully between cars on the congested Harbor Freeway, alert for any sign that a driver might change lanes and wipe him out. "Motorcycle riding is dangerous," Jack Worrall agreed on a recent sunny day, before starting the 28-mile commute home from his university job. "It scares me constantly, but I'm willing to trade that (fear) for the feel of riding."
April 22, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The nation's largest motorcycle company has reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter results for 2014. Harley-Davidson Inc., which trades on the New York Stock Exchange as HOG, on Tuesday reported net income of $265.9 million against revenue of $1.73 billion, up from a 2013 first-quarter report of net income of $224.1 million against revenue of $1.57 billion. Among its strongest sellers?  The Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and its new Breakout were the No. 1 and No. 2 top selling motorcycles in America for 2013, the company said.
July 9, 1998
Reading J.P. Cunningham's letter on motorcycles (July 5) left me thinking I had just watched "The Wild One" with Marlon Brando. I have to ask, where are these flame-throwing motorcycles with open exhausts? Any off-road motorcycle operating on state land in California is required to have a spark arrester fitted to the muffler or silencer to prevent any sparks or flames from escaping. The majority of street motorcycles have mufflers but don't have spark arresters. Riders can also be issued a noise citation if they are riding without a muffler.
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.
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.
December 16, 2010
Progressive International Motorcycle Show Where: Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach When: 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday Tickets: Adults $15, children 6 and older $6, children 5 and younger free; $10 for car parking, free for motorcycles Info: (562) 628-8200;
April 30, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
As a hobby, motorcycling isn't as expensive as, say, yachting, flying or dating supermodels. But you can still spend plenty if you want to. Special-edition bikes, exotic foreign bikes and carbon-fiber-laden race bikes for the street can set you back $35,000 or more. PHOTO GALLERY: Top 10 most expensive motorcycles Not counting handcrafted, made-to-order machines such as the Confederate X132 Hellcat or the customized beauties handcrafted by Westside designers at Deus, these appear to be the most expensive production motorcycles available in the United States.
April 22, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Gas prices are high at the pump and rising higher, and prospective motorcycle buyers -- especially first-time buyers -- often cite fuel efficiency as their No. 1 reason for wanting to swap four wheels for two. It's always a good swap, as far as mileage goes. Even the thirstiest gas-guzzling motorcycles get more miles per gallon than the most economical cars. Honda's road racing CBR1000RR gets a reported 41 mpg, for example, while a big beast like BMW's R1200GS gets close to 50 mpg. A powerful road bike like KTM's 1190 RC8 gets close to 40 mpg, as does a mid-range cruiser like the Moto Guzzi V7. But some motorcycles are really fuel efficient.
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.
April 20, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Sales of on-road motorcycles, which took a beating during the economic downturn, are finally revving up. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales of new motorcycles meant for road use and scooters were up 8.8% for the first quarter of 2012 compared with the same period last year in part because of unseasonably warm weather and higher gas prices. Scooters alone got an especially big boost - 16.9% over last year. Sales of dual-purpose motorcycles, meant for on- and off-road riding, were up 12.7%.
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.
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.
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.
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