It is January and for custom bike builders and those that enjoy looking at custom bikes that means that the 2014 Easyriders Bike Show Tour is now underway. The first stop for the tour was Saturday, January 4 at the Anaheim Convention Center. I have been attending various Easyriders events as a participant or spectator since the mid-80’s and while there are definitely bikes that show up in the show year after year, it is interesting to watch the evolution of motorcycle building. Huge front wheels, etched chrome and amazing paint jobs seemed to be the theme in recent years with front wheels seemingly getting taller and fatter every year.
In addition to the motorcycle viewing and vendors providing everything from beef jerky to eternal salvation (yeah, you may have to look at the photos to get that one). For entertainment there was a dance routine performed by the Purrfect Angelz, a fashion show and live music. For the bike show, there were two classes for the judging of bikes with the People’s Choice being voted on by attendees and the Judged Class being chosen by Easyriders Magazine editors.
Next week the tour moves up north to Sacramento which will be a two day event and is usually huge in comparison to Anaheim. From Sacramento the tour moves to Charlotte, NC; followed by Nashville, TN and Columbus, OH in February. You can get full details on the Easyriders Events page. Continue reading
Tuesday afternoon I was alerted to the fact that the traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance would be arriving in Irvine, CA on Wednesday morning and that they would be escorted by about 700 motorcycle riders that were coming up from Riverside. That sounded like as good an excuse as any for a ride, so I headed down to Irvine to catch the escort as they paraded into the Woodbridge Community Park.
The Wall That Heals is a half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been traveling around the country since 1996. In 2011, the Global War on Terror – Wall of Remembrance was unveiled, which memorializes the two million veterans and civilians involved in the Global War on Terror. This is the first time that the two walls have appeared together.
Both memorials will remain open for public viewing 24 hours a day from July 18-21 at Woodbridge Community Park, located at 20 Lake Road, Irvine, CA. The opening day ceremony begins at 10:00 AM on Thursday with various ceremonies scheduled from Thursday through Sunday. You can find all the details at the City of Irvine website. Continue reading
On Saturday July 13, the California Fallen Riders Memorial Fund (CFRMF) held a fundraiser at the Tilted Kilt in Long Beach, CA. The CFRMF is a non-profit that is part of the national network of U.S. Fallen Rider Memorial Associations. Their goals include raising funds to assist the families of fallen riders, to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. Through fundraisers, motorcycle events and donations the California Fallen Riders raise funds to provide direct support to the families of fallen riders. This event was to raise funds for families in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Funds were raised with raffles and specials on beers provided by Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Coors with the monies going to the CFRMF. There were a few girls there to pose with bikes for a few dollars which also went to the CFRMF.
It was a pretty fun event with about 40-50 bikes showing up; a little more publicity the next time will improve the showing, I am sure. The Tilted Kilt is located at 6575 E. Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, CA. This was only my second visit there but I have to say, the staff there are all quite friendly; I am sure I will return. Continue reading