Love Ride, 5 Ball Racing Leathers & the Mean Streets of LA

Late night flight into LAX

Late night flight into LAX

I flew into LAX late Thursday night and was picked up by my partner Bob Kay.

    By Jeff Najar, Biker Pros Partner

I ducked my head to see who was in the car and found Bandit of Bikernet behind the wheel grinning ear to ear. Kay was riding shotgun and Ray Wheeler was taking up residence in the back. Once we all got loaded, we had 850+ lbs of beef and 300 lbs of luggage dragging the springs of the black Ford rental.

The boys waited on me for dinner so after I got in, Bandit slammed the accelerator and we shot off into the night looking for a late night dinner. We zipped down the mean streets of Los Angeles on the hunt… blasting down the streets, popping over curbs and blowing through lights.

We finally found a someplace bar with loud rock music and great chow. Perfect

Later that night we made it back to Bikernet HQ and started blue-skying about the work with 5 Ball Racing Leathers. We decided to pull together a photo shoot in November with a tattoo model by the name of Imogen and our star, Dumptruck. We have new leather samples coming in and we are looking to put together a lifestyle shoot.

The next day we spent hitting shops with client meetings. Saturday we rolled into Castaic Lake at 6AM to get ready for the Love Ride 31. Biker Pros got the nod from Oliver Shokouh, owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale to deliver the Peter Fonda Love Ride Custom Bike Show by Customization in America (CIA). What a treat to be at this event and an honor to be refereed by Bill Davidson.

Love Ride 31

Love Ride 31

This year Love Ride 31 was held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with longer hours at Castaic Lake. Riders, drivers and families from all over Southern California and the Southwest attended the all-day music festival. Activities included a motorcycle stunt show, food trucks, vendors, beer garden, Hot Rods and more.

Buckcherry [buckcherry.com] and The Door’s Robby Krieger with his Jam Kitchen [robbykriegersjamkitchen.com/] played during the day-long concert. Buckcherry played a set spanning their career, including songs from their brand new EP, “F#CK.”

The bikes that rolled into the bike show were outstanding. Sam Baldi rolled out 3 bikes and two of his sleds took home the gold. Gino Ilacqua brought out his chopper that he built in his garage. Quentin Gutierrez won People’s Choice award with a twisted frame Knucklehead bobber. Bandit brought out his cool Peashooter, a tasty little 490cc built for racing on the Salt.

At the end of the day 7 builders and custom bike owners came away with a win. The bikes that rolled in were outstanding. Sam Baldi rolled out 3 bikes and two of his sleds took home the gold. Gino Ilacqua brought out his chopper that he built in his garage. Quentin Gutierrez won People’s Choice award with a twisted frame. Bandit brought out his cool Peashooter, a tasty little 490cc single that was built for racing on the Salt.

Customization of America (CIA) Winners

Freestyle – One-off, ground-up built custom bikes, on all or any chassis platforms or drivetrains. Must run and stop.

FreeStyle CIA Winner

FreeStyle CIA Winner

  • CIA Winner – Sam Baldi – 2013 Lost Angel
  • Awards – Tour of Jay Leno Garage, Letter of congratulations from Peter Fonda and a Nino 925 Skull Ring and Biker’s Choice gift certificate

Custom Big Twin – Must be based off a Harley Davidson Softail, Dyna or FXR frame. the neck may be cut to rake the frame. Hardtail sections and wide tire kits are allowed.

Winner of

Winner of Custom Big Twin

  • CIA Winner – Marty Seagrave – 1992 Softail
  • Awards – Tour of Jay Leno Garage, Letter of congratulations from Peter Fonda and a Shadetree Fabrications’ Gift Certificate

Custom Sportster / V-Rod – Must be based off a Harley Davidson Sportster or V-Rod frame. The neck may be cut to rake the frame. Hardtail sections and wide tire/swingarm kits are allowed.

V-Rod / Sportster Class Winner

V-Rod / Sportster Class Winner

  • CIA Winner – Troy Letwak – 2005 V-Rod
  • Tour of Jay Leno Garage, Letter of congratulations from Peter Fonda and a 5 Ball Racing Leathers’ Special Ops Vest

Custom Bagger – Must be based off a touring frame. The neck may be cut for the purpose of raking or stretching the frame. Drop seat tail sections and wide tire/swingarm kits are allowed.

Bagger Winner

Bagger Winner

  • CIA Winner – Ossie – 2011 FLHTK
  • Awards – Tour of Jay Leno Garage, Letter of congratulations from Peter Fonda and a Ridewright Wheels Gift Certificate

Custom Retro – Any modified bike with a manufactured pre-1984 engine.

Custom Retro Winner

Custom Retro Winner

  • CIA Winner – Lionzo Perry -1941 Knucklehead
  • Awards – Tour of Jay Leno Garage, Letter of congratulations from Peter Fonda and a Chop Docs Choppers Gift Certificate

Ladies Custom – Any bike, any make owned and ridden by woman

Ladies Custom's Winner

Ladies Custom’s Winner

  • CIA Winner – Diandra Baldi – 2010 Custom Pro Street
  • Awards – Tour of Jay Leno Garage, Letter of congratulations from Peter Fonda and a 5 Ball Racing Leathers’ Bonnie Jacket

People’s Choice – The bike that receives the most votes from the attendees

People's Choice Winner

People’s Choice Winner

  • CIA Winner – Quentin Gutierrez -Twisted frame with 1940 Knucklehead bobber
  • Awards – Tour of Jay Leno Garage, Letter of congratulations from Peter Fonda

Love Ride 31 – For The Kids
Net proceeds from this year’s event will support children served by MDA living in Southern California and help them attend a weeklong, barrier-free summer camp in the area. MDA summer camp offers a wide range of activities specially designed for youngsters who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Each year, campers have an unmatched opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, share interests and build self-confidence.

About the Love Ride
Billed as “The largest one-day motorcycle fundraising event in the world!,” the “Love Ride” was first organized back in 1983 to raise money for “Jerry’s Kids,” the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The concept was simple… take a 50-mile star-studded motorcycle ride that culminates at a public concert and barbecue at Castaic Lake.

Celebrities taking part in the Love Rides have included Bruce Springsteen, Dwight Yoakam, and Gunner Nelson (of “Nelson”); actors Lorenzo Lamas, Kirstie Allie, Pamela Anderson Lee, Charlie Sheen, Ann-Margret and Judd Nelson to name a few.

The 2014 Love Ride attracts over 20,000 motorcycles. To date the ride has generated over $20 million which has been donated to try and help solve Muscular Dystrophy and has gone to the USO and other charities.

Once again, Jay Leno  returned as Grand Marshal, joined by stars Peter Fonda (“Easy Rider”) and Robert Patrick “Terminator 2”. It’s a kick to see Leno as well as Emilio Rivera, who plays  Marcus Alvarez on SOA.

At the Chowder Barge with Bandit

At the Chowder Barge with Bandit

I wrapped the Saturday night Bike Show and headed out to Bikernet HQ. I stopped in at the Chowder Barge for dinner. It’s on an actual barge located at the Leeward Bay Marina, 611 N Henry Ford Ave, Wilmington, CA 90744. It’s run by the Karate ass-kicker Nyla. The barge was built in 1934 as a support vessel for “Mutiny On The Bounty”.

Late night dining in LA

Late night dining in LA

Stars at Love Ride 31

Stars at Love Ride 31 – Emilio Rivera & Robert Patrick