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December 8, 2013 |
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.
December 7, 2013 |
The motorcycle industry is growing extra wheels. Many manufacturers at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show are using the event to promote vehicles that aren't motorcycles at all. They'll be trumpeting their side-by-sides -- four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles that are a cross between a souped-up golf cart and a downsized dune buggy. To be sure, the manufacturers' main interest in the motorcycle show is still motorcycles. The annual gathering in Long Beach is their chance to introduce new machines to an estimated 55,000 attendees over two days and almost 90,000 square feet at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
December 7, 2013 |
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.
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December 4, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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%)
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November 19, 2013 |
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 |
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.