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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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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.
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December 20, 2013 | 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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December 18, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A two-year investigation by the California Highway Patrol led to the seizure of nearly $1 million in stolen motorcycles and parts and 51 arrests across Los Angeles County, officials announced Wednesday. “We've taken down the majority of the main players” within L.A. County's three main motorcycle theft rings, said CHP Southern Division Chief Dan Bower. The thieves were professionals who could swipe the bikes in seconds, he said. Often times, they simply lifted them onto pickup trucks and hauled them away.
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December 16, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It's not every day I get to play elf to a Santa whose sleigh is a motorcycle. So I couldn't resist the offer from Kim Airs, who let me ride along on Sunday as she tooled around in her Santa Claus gear, handing out gifts to strangers. I might have declined if I'd seen the dorky outfit I'd be wearing: a billowy green velour jacket, huge red-and-white striped pants, and bells attached to my helmet. It's an elf costume created by her sister to match Airs' customized Santa suit, fake eyebrows and beard.
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December 8, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, James Barragan and Thomas Curwen
The fast and furious became the solemn and reverential Sunday as hundreds of fans and mourners met in Valencia to pay tribute to the memory of actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, killed Nov. 30 in a car crash. Under cold but clear skies, a line of muscle cars and motorcycles made a slow procession through the industrial park where the accident took place. Messages honoring Walker were spray-painted on their windows. One car had a funeral wreath. Billed as a memorial rally and car cruise, the gathering gave fans an opportunity to remember Walker, 40, whose fame as an undercover detective in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise made him beloved to millions, and celebrate the high-octane culture of tuner cars.
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