California Motorcycle Rides

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Sanchez said...

Sleep Under the Stars

Its Back!!! Bigger, Better and more exciting than last year, the original California Adventure Rally !!
(April 27th through April 30th, 2006)

RawHyde in co-operation with your California BMW dealers invite you to join us for the 2nd annual California Adventure rally.

A Weekend of Adrenaline & Exploration - all you can handle… Adventure rides, mild to wild, and a Paris Dakar style experience... Brought to you by RawHyde Adventures and your California BMW Motorcycle Dealers;

Experience Adventure!

Were you there last year? Remember the fun & the excitement of 250 other "Adventurers"? If you were not with us last April, there is nothing like the clarity of a desert nite sky, the twinkling of campfires illuminating a sea of tents, The big support trucks and the rumble of motorcycles coming in out of the desert... This Rally will be held in the heart of the Mojave Desert, far from the trappings of civilization. Just for a weekend…Feel the rush… Experience Adventure!

When: April 27th to April 30th.
Where: Ballarat, California
Cost: $199 per person

What you get: #1 a very unique experience plus 8 meals, ( Dinner Thursday through Breakfast Sunday ) drink coupons, camping pass & raffle tickets, Area maps, and a chance to ride with like minded adventurers on some of the most beautiful "Adventure Tracks in the west" Plus a special Rally Shirt!

Your personal experience: The idea with this event if to give you the time and the chance to enjoy a remarkable weekend in one of the most special places in the state; The Panamint Valley- its barren, desolate, enchanting, ride all day, and then at nite exchange stories around a campfire, make some new friends & "feel the desert".

The Rally will be limited to 500 Bikes (solo or two up), so Sign Up Now.

Camping is included with entry fee, tents, motor home's, and campers welcome at rally venue! All camping fees are included with your entry fees.

Or, if you're not up for camping, here are links to the 3 closest motel/hotels in the area...

Panamint springs Resort : located about 23 miles from the rally site is an 1800's era stagecoach stop. Originally built as part of the stage line to carry silver from Cerra Gordo this funky "resort" has modest but clean rooms, a nice restaurant, and a truly unique "air" about it. The web-link below has driving directions and all the contact info. This would be a good choice if you are not a camper but would like to ride to the Race Track in Death Valley, or take the Cerra Gordo ride!
The Carriage Inn : in Ridgecrest is about 45 miles from the rally site, and is a nearly new 100 room "Best Western" class motel. Easy to reach from the rally, you have all the amenities of the big city if "camping isn't your style"
Stove pipe wells in Death Valley

Anonymous said...

If you're riding in LA County, stop by Newcomb's Ranch Inn for a burger.

NEWCOMB'S RANCH INN is the best (and only) restaurant and bar in Angeles Forest!
We are a favorite stop and meeting place for hikers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, skiiers, campers and day-trippers of all ages.

Angeles Forest offers countless sights and explorations so the kitchen at NEWCOMB'S RANCH INN is open long hours, seven days a week to serve our adventuresome visitors!

We are a breathtaking, scenic 45-minute drive from
La Canada off the 210 freeway.

We can host your special occasion in true high-country fashion! Call ahead and ask about our schedule for live musical entertainment.


For information call (626) 440-1001
Hours of operation are: 7:00am to 10:00pm Weekends, 7:30am to 9:00pm weekdays.

Anonymous said...

Vintage Motorcycle Museum, Solvang, CA

The motorcycles in the museum are from the private collection of Virgil Elings. He has been collecting motorcycles for 2 decades. The collection is quite broad with something for everyone, ranging from a 1910 FN to the present, and across all makes. The emphasis is tilted toward racing motorcycles since Virgil and his son Jeff were involved in vintage motorcycle racing, both motocross and road racing.

The Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum is an easy day ride out of Los Angeles, through the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.

The museum is located in the former Solvang Designer Outlet Center now owned by Dr. Elings. You can find us in the former Brooks Brothers store (maple floor and all).

The museum rotates some of the bikes each month so that the bikes on display are constantly changing and expanding.

The website contains photos of these beauties

1954 AJS 500cc Single
1955 AJS 7R
1936 AJS R10
1924 AJS TT

1956 Ariel Square 4
1939 Benelli 250cc
1936 BMW R 12
1969 BMW R69s
1974 BMW R 75S
1954 BMW Rennsport
1995 Britten V1000
1932 Brough Superior
1957 BSA Goldstar
1958 BSA Super Rocket
1990 Buell 1200RR
1935 Calthorpe Ivory Major
1925 DOT
1948 Douglas 350cc Twin
1993 Ducati 888
1974 Ducati Sport
1936 Excelsior Manxman
1910 FN
1957 Gilera 4
1989 Harley Davidson Custom
1972 Harley Davison XR750
1927 Henderson 4
1976 Honda 125cc
1976 Honda 400/4
1966 Honda Black Bomber
1970 Honda CB750
1979 Honda CBX
1946 Indian Chief
1960 Jawa 500cc Factory Racer
19? Jawa Speedway
1923 James
1973 Kawasaki H2
1957 Maico Tyfun
19? Matchless Dirt Bike
1955 Matchless G45
1960 Matchless G50
1933 Matchless Silverhawk
1953 Mondial 175cc
1966 Montessa
1955 Moto Guzzi 500cc DOC V8
1947 Moto Guzzi Bicilindrica
1956 Moto Guzzi Milan-Taranto
1949 Moto Guzzi Gambalungino
1955 Moto Parilla 175
1959 MV Agusta 125
1965 MV Agusta 3
1928 Neander
1936 Nimbus
1929 Norton
1939 Norton Manx
1949 Norton Manx
1951 Norton Manx F. Beart
1988 Norton Rotary
19? Norton Single
1904 NSU
1926 Sunbeam
1978 Suzuki GS 1000
1979 Suzuki RG 500
1974 Suzuki Water Buffalo
1918 Thor
1947 Triumph Gran Prix
1947 Triumph Speed Twin
1952 Triumph Tiger 100
1939 Triumph Tiger 80
1965 Triumph Tiger Cub
1955 Triumph Trophy
1951 Velocette KTT
1966 Velocette Thruxton
1949 Vincent Black Lightning
1955 Vincent Comet
1950 Vincent Grey Flash
1947 Vincent Rapide
1948 Whizzer
1972 Yamaha XS650
1985 Xinfu

Anonymous said...

Vintage Motorcycle buffs need to visit the Garage Company in Los Angeles

Garage Company is at 13211 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90066
1 800 39DESMO (1 800 393-3766) or 310 821-1793
North side of the street, two stoplights east of Lincoln Blvd.
Click here to view map!

Like many motorcycle shops, Garage Company was initially a hobby that grew out of control. The story actually started in the 70's in Japan, where a young Yoshinobu Kosaka was enjoying enough income to buy a lot of bikes. Yoshi was a dental appliance engineer, which in Japan is something totally different from the dental technician of modern HMO US medicine today. In Japan becoming a dental technician requires 6 years of training in programs just as hard to enter as medical school. When you get out you make huge money if you are really good. Yoshi bought a new bike almost every month and loved to race motocross. At 22 he discovered roadracing and that was that.

Fast forward a few years to 84 and Yoshi decided to leave for California, home of not just the surfer scene, but the motorcycle lifestyle. In Beverly Hills he made maybe a tenth of what he had earned in Japan but he had saved money, and if you recall the years of the gas crisis, vintage machines were being thrown away.

Cruising swap meets, flea markets, classifieds, boneyards, old garages and other places where old bikes hide, Yoshi started collecting. Mostly he was into Kawasaki H1Rs, Ducati 750SS, Norton production racers, MV Agustas and BMWs. In 86 Yoshi started racing AHRMA.

In 1987 Kyoko (Yoshi had married his high school sweetheart) was getting a little bit alarmed that all the bikes around the place not only didn't fit in the garage, but were crowding the yard. She started looking around for a warehouse or someplace that Yoshi could keep all of his bikes. She finally found a place on the not-yet fashionable West Washington Blvd. (now Abbot Kinney Blvd.) in Venice Beach. It wasn't just a warehouse, it was a little shop and one day she came home with a key for Yoshi. Lotsa bikes and his first true love was understanding about his hobby. Life was good.

Yoshi brought a lot of his approximately 150 bikes to the little shop and spent weekends fixing up bikes and organizing parts all over the walls. Pretty soon people who had looked in the windows during the week started stopping by. Asking what's up, looking for parts or service, maybe to trade bikes, or just to chat. This garage was starting to become like a business. So Yoshi and Kyoko printed up a whole bunch of Garage Company t-shirts for the visitors, since he really didn't want to sell anything in the shop.

The t-shirts sold out quickly and 6 months later they decided to make a go of it and opened up a real shop at 13218 Washington Blvd. At first the bikes still really weren't for sale so Yoshi bought a lot of books, racing parts, and memorabilia to sell. To this day there are always a few bikes at Garage Company that are not for sale like Yoshi's collection of Harley Davidson KR-TTs or some of the factory racing machines. Speaking of racing, Yoshi finally took an AHRMA national title in 93 in Formula 250 on a water cooled Bultaco TSS.

Garage Company has only had a few employees over the years, and the first one was Kevin Johnson, also a vintage bike racer and multiple season champion singles racer at Willow Springs. One of the many journalists for bike magazines, (an obscure motojournalist at that) Paul Peczon was recruited to take Kevin's job (by Kevin) when Kevin decided to move up north. Paul was with Garage Company when the first Corsa Motoclassica in 95 and stayed when the shop moved to the significantly larger location (5400 square feet) across the street at 13211 Washington. (He left, to return later to webmaster this site, and then followed Kevin up north.) Joe Yee, who now denies being one of the better bike restorers on the West side, now manages the shop and of course there is mechanic Takashi Iwamoto, who also collects bikes. Kyoko runs the financial side, with professional accounting help from Chiyoko Misawa. There really is too much stuff in the shop so we won't be moving soon.

Garage Company is kind of like a museum where you can buy almost everything. This website is just a sampler, say, of the gift shop. We have hundreds of things to sell or maybe just look at that we haven't put on this website (yet).

First and foremost, we have a nice collection of pristine condition bikes for sale. We also stock a huge collection of books and manuals about them, as well as videos, including a number of exclusive videos of vintage footage you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Our memorabilia includes antique motorcycle postcards, vintage motorcycle signs and posters and even rubber stamps.

Also, we'd like you to check out our collection of correct restoration decals and transfers for the finishing touches on your restoration project. Many are in fact NOS so when you do get a real varnish transfer, please be sure to read the varnish decal application instructions.

We also carry a wide range of t-shirts with your favorite vintage marquee logos. At this time we are also offering a number or rare NOS collectible helmets, as well as new traditional "puddin' bowl" style Davida helmets, and of course goggles to match.

If you're really into the vintage bike racing scene, we hope you can attend our annual AHRMA race at Willow Springs - Corsa Motoclassica. Corsa 2006 was our 11th vintage race, bike show, and swap meet.

And finally, if you've never been here to our little shop you can read here a little bit about us, and maybe check our buy list (we give commissions and pay cash for whole inventories). And of course, once you're through perusing our little site, we hope you have time to browse on out to our links list.

irishlass said...

Cafe Desmo bike show - Saturday, August 12th
Cool bikes, one-day specials, free entry

Join Pro Italia Los Angeles on Saturday, August 12th from 3pm to 7pm for Cafe Desmo, our annual Italian bike show.

Cafe Desmo features a little something for everyone; restored vintage bikes, tweaked custom rides, exotic 2-wheeled art, beautiful stock machines, and a bike show with winners chosen by you the enthusiasts. To see what we're talking about, we've got images from Cafe Desmo 2005 and 2004.

Show classes for 2006 will include Best Vintage, Best Custom, Best Monster, Best Sportbike, Best Sportstourer, Best Non-Italian class and whatever else we can dream up. Mark your calendars, schedule time, polish up your pride and joy and we'll see you on August 12th. For more information contact Pro Italia Los Angeles at 818 249-5707 or sales@proitalia.com.