By Talya Adams
Welcome back to the second part of my interview with Vincent. In this section we discuss the importance of his friends and security measures for his motorcycle.
T: Knowing the dangers of riding, what makes you get in the seat? Especially living in Los Angeles?
V: It’s my friends. About every other weekend I ride down to San Diego. I’ve got five or six people that I’ll ride with down there. We go out, we ride, get lunch – it’s fun. It’s weird hopping on my bike to ride somewhere just to ride somewhere. It’s still fun, I love it.
T: So, it’s the camaraderie for you that keeps you coming back?
V: Yes, Absolutely.
T: Do you guys have a cool riding group name?
V: No. It’s different types of people and different types of bikes. It’s a melting pot if you will, but we haven’t come up with a name. They’re all former Marines, or they are Marines at the moment. That’s pretty much the demographic.
T: Do you have a favorite ride that you guys do in SoCal?
V: There’s some hills out a ways from San Diego. I couldn’t give you the name of it, but that was probably the most scenic route. Whenever I’m here riding alone, I’ll ride through Griffith Park on my way home.
T: Are you looking forward to this summer? Getting out and maybe into the mountains?
V: I am, but I’m not. The weather will be nice, I won’t have to worry about rain. This jacket I have here, I’ll have to get another one. One that breathes.
T: Is that leather?
V: Yeah, it’s a solid leather jacket. It doesn’t breathe very well.
T: Yes, that could get warm in the summer.
V: I’d rather be safe than sorry.
T: You mentioned you live downtown. How’s the parking?
V: I park on the side of the street near my apartment. Whenever I go out downtown to meet up with friends, I usually have to find a parking garage. Parking is a bit tough to find unless you use a parking garage.
T: As far as security measures, what do you do?
V: (laughs) Security? I don’t do too much except take the keys out.
T: Are you aware of motorcycle theft in Los Angeles?
V: No one’s ever touched my bike. I hop off in a very intimidating manner, and I hop on in a very intimidating manner. That’s all the security I’ve needed thus far.
T: You might consider a wheel lock.
V: (laughs) I’m glad we’re having this conversation. I’ve been here a couple months now and nothing’s happened.
T: True, but riding season is fast approaching. That’s when people get a bit more bold about taking things that don’t belong to them.
V: I’m really glad we’re having this conversation.
T: They’re not too expensive. I’d look into a wheel lock at minimum.
I hope I was able to convince Vincent to buy a wheel lock since his bike is so beautiful. I’ll have to check back in with him in a couple months to see. Check back for the next installment of this interview.
Stay safe in these streets!