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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-06-2016, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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To All Los Angeles Riders...

Wanted: Awesome Riders with Extraordinary Machines

Currently working on a web series that showcases awesome people and their interesting motorcycles here in Los Angeles.

If you have a cool story about how your got your bike or your bike is rare or one of a kind or you're just a charismatic guy or gal who loves to ride and wants to share that with the world, then you need to send me an email right now. Make sure to include a short note as to why you should be featured along with a few images of you and your machine. If you fit the mold, or actually if you break the mold, I'll get back to you as soon as possible to set up a time to do a short video/still shoot and interview. You will be compensated for your time.

Hit me back here or you can reach me at michaelbarr at leatherup dot com.

Thank you for your time.

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Mike, there are several places to visit to gather your Data: The Rock Store, Mount Palomar, Lookout at Ortega hwy, Cooks Corner all come to mind. There are many Charity rides in the Basin.

I was born in Lynwood, CA when it was still a nice place, lived in Downey, Bellflower, Paramount and lastly Hemet and was involved with the bike scene from 1962 until 1999, with various clubs spanning all types of bikes, from competitive off-road racing to touring, all over the States and old Mexico.

My riding now is mostly 200 mile or so day trips, in the beautiful heartland of the Ozarks, riding Everything from Super sport bikes, to touring bikes, to Dual sport/ adventure bikes, with some muscle bikes, like my recently sold 2012 Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster and 2012 Goldwing. Recently I've found the almost perfect bike for me and the kind of "Smell the roses" type of riding I enjoy now, a 2016 Suzuki DL650 Adventure bike.

By the way, my offices were in the financial district of Los Angeles for many years! I only miss a few things about LA: Jewish delicatessen's and REAL Mexican food

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Hi Sam.
That's quite a riding dossier. Good to hear you're still doing it and in style!
Thanks for the list of locations. I've been to the Rock Store but I haven't been to the others. Excited to check them out.
I have to ask. How was it riding the Rocket? That's a huge bike.
Well, thank you, Sam. Happy riding.
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Mike, I was a real eye opener! It had massive torque @ 165 ft lbs and right at 150 RWHP that translates into 180 crankshaft hp+-. The torque started very early in the RPM range so in ANY GEAR passing was easily attained. At any time it was docile as a puppy until the throttle was rotated and then it roared to life but never showed an attempt to instantly lift the front wheel like some of my past Super bikes. Like most heavy bikes, the weight disappears after it gets moving.

Have you had a bite to eat at the PANTRY in downtown LA or Manuel's El Tepeac, a famous Mexican restaurant or Tony's on the pier in Redondo beach or the Cannery in Ocenaside????

Take care!

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