By AJ Jacobsen Motorcycles. If you’re reading this, chances are, you ride, know a rider, or have an interest in riding. These two wheeled machines can evoke a wide range of emotions and create a culture all their own. Within that culture there are many sub-cultures, each with unique individuals that collectively make a
By AJ Jacobsen The world famous Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca – one of my favorite tracks to ride in Northern California. The great track surface, elevation changes, and variety of corner types makes this an amazing place to experience track riding, and one of only two tracks in California that the pros also race
By AJ Jacobsen The Women’s Sportbike Rally is a gathering of women on sport bikes that was established in 2006 by two women riders: Stephani McIntyre and Kiri Hunter. The rallies originally focused on the east coast, with the first rally being held in the infamous “Deal’s Gap” aka “The Dragon” near Robbinsville, NC.
By Talya Adams This past weekend, I attended the Progressive International Motorcycle Show out in Long Beach. This is an annual event and normally runs Friday through Sunday in the month of November. My friends have been riding down for years, and this year I was lucky enough to be able to go along.
By AJ Jacobsen With the dawning of the somewhat dreary day, we were aware that the track was going to be damp. In an effort to help dry it out prior to the bikes going on course, everyone was invited to drive their 4-wheeled vehicles around, so our group piled into the RiderzLaw van with
By AJ Jacobsen Since I first got introduced to track days, one day I have hoped and been told I “needed” to attend was the famous “Femmewalla.” This track day is an all-women only day, for all groups, and is hosted by the owners of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway near Desert Center, CA, east of Los
Sometimes in life we are presented with an opportunity we simply can’t pass up. I was provided one such opportunity to accompany a friend to the MotoAmerica races at the famous Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama. Naturally, I had to tag along! For me, the benefits of being able to go were layered.
Round 6 of the Wera West road racing championship. It was a warm weekend in the Southern California sunshine at Auto Club Speedway. First race of the day. Christopher Carron is the points leader in A Superstock. A stalled bike on the grid made for a hairy start but the front row got away clean.
Cops aren’t always popular these days, but most of them are good, hardworking, and honest people who have gone out of their way to make their cities and towns safer for everyone. I really respect motorcycle officers, ever since I watched the show “Chips” as a kid. One way I like to show my respect
Apparently the Boozefighters who came in later encountered difficulties. One group was profiled by SD County sheriff deputies, who pulled them over for doing the speed limit, held them for a while, then let them go. Another group rode in an hour after us, and the leader said he was unnerved by the sand dunes,
It’s been a while since my accident two years ago. The bike was down for a year as I scrounged for money to buy parts. Then, when it was all back together, I went on a 6 hour ride down into the desert with the BMW shop guys. After that one ride, the bike started
Traveling by bike is one of the most liberating feelings you can imagine. Experiencing the open road on a bike is completely different from riding in a car. You are not in a climate-controlled pod. You smell the air, feel the temperature changes, and experience the road. You stop often to stretch your legs and
The event itself has been going on for quite a few years now, but this year was my very first in attendance. Despite a friend of mine coercing me to attend annually like clockwork, I had always shrugged it off as "not my cup of tea". Actually, not being my particular fancy of tea isn't
Where are the waterproof gloves I came to the show to find? The Fiesta Hall is about a hundred booths with merchants selling all kinds of motorcycle gear. I walk quickly past the one with a nifty trailer and another with leathers. I have a mission. Here is a booth with baklavas, sunglasses, and gloves.
Yesterday I went to the motorcycle show at the San Mateo fairgrounds. I started in the Expo Hall where the bikes are and the first display was Ducati. Their new Scrambler model was on stage. And who knew Ducati would have an $8.000 motorcycle. It is good looking with several different versions on display. It
Today I am feeling like a kid in the days before Christmas. Why? Well of course, the International Motorcycle Show at the San Mateo fairgrounds is at hand. This annual event is the first of eleven stops on the tour. What will I see this year? What will I just have to buy this year?
As riders, we all have our goals, dreams and those things we just really want to do. For me, that was racing. In late July, I finally managed to make it to a race weekend and complete my first race ever. It was a bit of a thrill, followed only a few weeks later by
This blog is for the old timers of the motocross family. Saturday, June 7th was the annual SoCal Vintage Motocross Classic held at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. Last year, it was held at Barona Raceway in San Diego, but since its increase in size and popularity, was moved to the bigger facility
I had never done any form of rallying before, and the last time I sport-toured on any of my bikes across multiple days was the first time I had ever done it, back in October 2010. As a regular member of Bay Area Rider’s Forum (BARF), I had always been aware of their rallies held
I will be sharing my first experience doing a motorcycle rally in writing in the next entry, as for now I wanted to share some of the photos I took during the rides (some taken literally during riding!). Day 1 In the first day, we met with all the rally participants in Cordelia, CA, then
The mighty Colorado, what the Laughlin River Run is all about No matter the route you take for this, the journey is going to be about 250 miles from the Orange County Line. For getting there fast, I-15N to I-40E can’t be beat. But this is definitely the path more traveled. A daytime departure means
Once again at the Angel Stadium in Orange County was the next installment of Supercross. Just bringing in an empty Monster Energy can gives you entrance to the pit area. This recycle program has been in place for a while. You can pay ten dollars extra for a pit-pass, but why do that? There are
Anaheim Supercross Stadium The last of the fireworks have faded and the grounds are being changed for next weekend’s Monster Truck event and we now know that Chad Reed won the final 450sx race of the night. Before all the events started I had a minute to talk with Monster team riders Justin Hill and
As often as I do/work trackdays, fact is, it can be a few weeks in between them. What this usually means for me is that it takes me a number of laps, maybe a couple of sessions or so to get up to speed out on the track, picking up where I last left off.
I Must Be Solar-Powered… …because my best just isn't there unless the sun is. I was back at Sonoma Raceway on the 21st, for Z2 Trackday's last Sonoma event for 2013. I've had over a week of rest since the Laguna Seca double-header on the 12th and 13th, and I was really looking forward to
This past weekend, October 12th – 13th, marked the third time Yamaha held its Owner's Appreciation Days at the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in Monterey, California. It was my third attendance in succession as an avid Yamaha owner, but the first time I was in attendance as a Z2 Trackdays staff. Z2 Trackdays
RaceLegal at Qualcomm Stadium Where can you go to legally race your motorcycle or vehicle in a street environment? We aren’t talking about going to a special track and paying hundreds of dollars to race either. In San Diego, the city developed a fun, and safe way to keep street racing, well, off the streets.
Given that I am writing this in a school converted to a hostel in Prague, Czech Republic, I feel it necessary to give some background on what I'm up to at the moment. I am currently taking part in the Mongol Rally, hosted by the Adventurists. This is a charity rally that started in England
When was the last time you watched a Vincent Black Shadow just ride by under its own power on a carefully manicured golf course? That’s just one of the type of rare occurrence that happens at a Concours. Last Sunday was Orange County Collector Car and Motorcycle Week, highlighted by the 31st Annual Dana Point
Saturday May 18th marked the Bigg’s Harley Davidson 11th Annual May Ride. The ride is like most other Harley and motorcycle functions with the exception that the May Ride raises money for our military. Usually I’d be hesitant to pay $40 to register for a ride, but when it directly benefits our Armed Forces I’m
By now, you probably know about the tragic event at the 28th Annual Love Ride. The Love Ride was founded by Glendale Harley-Davidson owner Oliver Shokouh. The ride begins at the dealership, fifteen minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, and winds its way up to Castaic Lake, about forty miles north. In it's 28-year history,
As in any other segment of society, there are good bikers and there are bad bikers. This is the case whether you're hanging with motorcycle club members, or at a bar in San Clemente, or a coffee shop in Silverlake. Bad behavior by bikers is the exception, not the norm. Nonetheless the media and law
On Sunday, September 11, 2011, thousands of bikers rode together through Orange County, California, in remembrance of that tragic day ten years ago, and in patriotic honor of this country's great loss. Many folks sat on theur porches or along the streets, waiving flags and cheering on the seemingly endless parade of bikers. Though it
If you are a fan of vintage British motorcycles and you are filthy rich, here's an auction you don't want to miss. The last Brough Superior SS100 ever produced will be up for sale at the Auction of Exceptional Motorcars and Motorcycles in Carmel, California on Thursday. Then again, most of you have probably never
Looking for another reason to go to Sturgis this year? In addition to the booze, girls, and more bikes than you can count, here's another thing to look forward to. Indian Motorcycles, which was recently purchased by the American company Polaris (maker of Victory Motorcycles) will have their entire 2012 lineup on display at the
Few motorcyclists haven’t heard of Sturgis, South Dakota, even if they can’t necessarily find it on a map. And most know that it’s home to the biggest motorcycle rally in the country every year. Sturgis is bigger than Daytona, bigger than Laughlin, bigger than Laconia, bigger than Myrtle Beach. Without looking it up, I’m guessing
As a service to our clients and readers, the Orange County motorcycle accident lawyers here at Riderz Law have compiled a list of the best biker bars and motorcycle bars in Orange County – a haven for Harley-lovers, cruisers, and sport bikers alike. We did a lot of “research” and have come up with a list of
On Monday, ABATE of Californi held its annual Freedom Rally. Hundreds of bikers gathered at the steps of the state capital in Sacramento, CA to bring attention to promote motorcycle safety awareness and freedom of choice (regarding wearing motorcycle helmets) to our legislators in the state capital. Hundreds of motorcycles — mostly Harley-Davidsons —
As a service to our clients and readers, the San Bernardino motorcycle accident lawyers here at Riderz Law have compiled a list of the best biker bars and motorcycle bars in San Berdoo – the cradle of biker culture in Southern California. We did a lot of “research” and have come up with a list
I will be at the ABATE Freedom Rally in Sacramento on Monday, May 23. If you can make it, come on out and remind our state politicians that motorcyclists vote! Details are below. Here are a few more rides this weekend around California: National Armed Forces Freedom Ride Bakersfield, Fresno, and Westminster, CA May 19-20
The American Motorcyclist Association announces April as "Get Out and Ride!" month. Beginning on April 1, events will be scheduled across the country, from California to the East Coast. AMA Get Out and Ride! Month officially launches on April 1. They'll provide Facebook and Twitter updates on events. The themes for each week have been
For those of you who are looking for a ride this weekend, I would encourage you to check out the ABATE 24th Annual “Polar Bear Run” this Sunday, February 27, 2011. The ride raises money for ABATE of California. If you ride motorcycles and you aren’t familiar with this group, well, these are the men
Were you a huge fan of the great Guns ‘n’ Roses? If you were, here is your chance to own a motorcycle, car, guitar, or leather jacket owned by GnR’s iconic lead guitarist, Slash. According to AutoEvolution.com, a “Collection of Slash” auction will take place on March 26 in Beverly Hills, California. Apparently, any fan
Who wouldn’t want to own a motorcycle that belonged to Steve McQueen? One of the coolest men ever to grace the big screen, McQueen was the star of such iconic classics as The Great Escape, Bullitt, The Magnificent Seven, The Getaway, and the original Thomas Crown Affair. McQueen was not only a film legend, but
For those of you who don’t venture out when the weather is less-than perfect, is it time to dust off the motorcycle old motorcycle helmet? I guess that depends on your tolerance for chilly weather. The good news? It looks like just about all of California — from San Diego, OC, and Los Angeles,