The Big Bike Scene in Los Angeles

God bless whoever invented the motorcycle.  Well in fact, this feat is generally attributed to Gottlieb Daimler who invented the first gas-engined motorcycle in 1885.  Since then, the motorcycle has undergone so many developments and has turned into what we know today.  In this modern age, though, one motorcycle is not just like any other.  There are so many different classes and models and types of these rides that you can get lost in the variety.  One thing is for sure, though, the big motorcycles – or what we fondly call big bikes are one of the most interesting and challenging types.

Wherever you go in the United States, you are likely to run across groups of people who are passionate about big bikes.  In the past, it seemed that bikers had a negative image.  The general public tended to associate biker groups with violence, rebellion, and a general disrespect for others.  Today, however, this perspective is not altogether accurate.  You just might be surprised at the backgrounds of bikers today.  They actually come from all walks of life.  The common thing about them is a passion for motorcycles and a love of riding out in the open road.

Where to Find Bikes

Los Angeles Harley Davidson

Once a customer, always a friend!  That’s Harley’s well known slogan.  Of course, the Los Angeles motorcycle scene would not be complete without its own Harley Davidson shop.  I need not say anything more about it – go visit them for yourself at 13300 Paramount Blvd. in the City of South Gate.  You can also give them a call at 562 408 6088.

Los Angeles Motorcycle Salvage

If you are looking for something different from a Harley Davidson bike, you might want to check out this shop.  For other types of motorcycles, specifically Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha, LA Motorcycle Salvage is a good choice.  You can take a look at their web site (click on their name above) and even visit them at 425 E. 58th Street.  They can be your source for unique parts and accessories.  They also have “fix me uppers” – bikes for real cheap prices.  Of course, you have to put in some time, effort, and money to get them running.  Yet for some, that is the best part of the deal.

Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rental

If you would rather rent a bike than buy one for one reason or another, Eagle Rider may have the answer for you.  They actually carry out their operations all over the United States and even in other countries.  Fortunately, they have a branch in Los Angeles.  All you have to do is check out their web site and see if the bike you want will be available when you want it.  You can choose from a wide selection of Harleys, Hondas, and BMWs.

Motorcycle Clubs

Biker Beauties Motorcycle Club

This group of women is taking to the road.  Their members are all women who believe that biker chicks are fit for more than the back seat of motorcycles.  They have moved on to take the driver’s seat and have made the roads safer with that.  Don’t think that because they’re women they have smaller bikes.  No, not at all, they have rides just like any man’s – Suzukis, Harleys, and Hondas.  Name it, you’ll see it.

Satyrs Motorcycle Club

Talk about motorcyclists coming from all walks of life – the Satyrs are the longest continuously running motorcycle club for gay men.  The club was established in 1954 and now has members living in Northern California and even Arizona.  Every year, the club holds a four day run during Labor Day weekend.  This is held at the Badger Flat Campground.  You can get in touch with them at:

Satyrs Motorcycle Club
P.O. Box 1137
Los Angeles, CA  90078.

Warriors Motorcycle Club

One of the oldest running motorcycle clubs in the area, Warriors M/C was founded in 1969.  It is a nonprofit organization with the main goal of promoting motorcycling and motorcycle safety.  At present, they are limited to 16 members, at least 2/3 of which are motorcycle owners.  They can be contacted at:

Warriors M/C
P.O. Box 2484
Los Angeles, CA 90078-2484.