California Stories

2008 Sturgis

If you read last month’s Publisher’s Letter, we recapped the basics about our trip and Sturgis overall. You may have noticed that we tried to be professional, but really didn’t hide the fact that selfishly, as riders, we enjoyed the hell out of an event that continues to lose vendors, sponsors and those big “mainstream” dollars that were thrown around ...

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Sons of Anarchy

SPILLED BLOOD – GUNRUNNING – DRUG TRADE – CORRUPT COPS – CORPORATE DEVELOPERS. The little central northern California town of Charming has seen its better days. What was once a sleepy little town in its day has evolved into something quite different since the end of the Vietnam War. The returning vets get a different reception than those of earlier ...

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QT Interview: Ron Hutchinson of Harley-Davidson

Interview by Mike Dalgaard, Northwest Editor & Diana Olmstead, Northwest Associate Editor During a recent “105th Ride Home” kick-off party we were given a rare opportunity to sit down and play 20+ questions with Ron “Hutch” Hutchinson who as noted above is the Senior VP of Product Development for Harley-Davidson. Ron has been with the motor company for 36 years. ...

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Chopper Chick Crew

By Koz Mraz It only took 8 hours and 45 minutes for nationally renowned Chopper Chick Crew of all-women designers and builders to transform a Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster into a custom drag-style bike. Accomplished at Harley Davidson’s 105th celebration in Milwaukee the finished motorcycle was donated to the RAACE Foundation (Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere). Chopper Chick Jayme Gray ...

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Big Bear Choppers Paradox

This is a story about riding a chopper, but also about riding THIS chopper. I had to have a torn rotator cuff tendon repair the next day. Why not go out with a bang? And ride a big 10-foot long chopper, for the very first time ever. Chris and Lisa met me at Left Coast Kustoms, where I was sitting ...

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Hollister 2008

Article by Mike Sayer and CD, Photography by Pete Alva, Mike & Jan “Pirate Girl” Sayer, Babydoll, Gary Balch Hollister, what can I say? Just another invasion of thousands of Bikers to the small Central California town that pays homage to the fact that the American Biker Movement all started here some 61 years ago. The difference between then and ...

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LA Calendar Motorcycle Show

Photos by Art Hall July 12-13, 2008, Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA – The 17th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend presented by Performance Machine returned to the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach on July 12-13th, 2008. Thousands were in attendance to enjoy hot bikes, and cool ocean breezes. The weekend featured many of the ...

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Anaheim-Fullerton Harley-Davidson

By Lisa Dalgaard When I first met Tom Scott, owner of Anaheim Fullerton Harley-Davidson, I immediately recognized his genuine kindness and small town hospitality and knew he was the real deal. As easy going as he was though, I knew this was a man who gets what he wants. Tom began his love affair with Harley-Davidson back in Pennsylvania where ...

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Big Bear Choppers: Don’t Scare the Big Bear

By Koz Mraz, Pics by Koz and Art Hall Big Bear Chopper is still standing on all fours. Despite the economic wash out that’s devastated the custom motorcycle industry, Kevin and Mona Alsop have taken advantage of a slow market to improve operational efficiency. They have always built their business from the ground up. Since the inception of their “build ...

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Testing the New Champion Trike

By Koz Mraz My first set of wheels was a trike and I remember that Christmas morning well. The smell of pine, piles of packages and there she was, my metal flake blue road to freedom. I took her down a flight of stairs within an hour. Once I out grew 3 wheels I never looked back, until now. Pacific ...

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