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Featured Rental Bike: 2017 Ducati Supersport

Ducati’s Supersport was designed with the rider in mind. “Of course it was!”, you might say, but with most sportbikes on the market today, manufacturers have tended to focus on racing capabilities instead of comfort or ease of operation in a street setting instead of a track setting.

Not so with the Supersport. Ducati managed to keep the aesthetics of the beautiful Penigale, while enhancing the street rider experience with increased comfort. The riding position is the first change you’re likely to notice. A more relaxed footpeg position is combined with an adjustable windscreen and high-set clip-ons. The company places the Supersport somewhere between the Penigale and the Multistrada, which means that this bike can tear up a twisty road, but also allow riders the comfort to take it on longer rides (in the vein of a touring bike).

The Supersport offers three riding modes: Sport, Touring and Urban, which are progressively softer. Other features include RbW (Ride-by-Wire) technology, Marzocchi fully adjustable fork and Sachs adjustable monoshock; Brembo brakes and Bosch ABS, which work together to provide excellent control.

The Supersport answers riders’ calls for a fast and agile track or racing bike that is also comfortable enough to be used in a touring capacity, allowing for longer rides.

• Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
• 937 cc
• Six-speed
• Brembo brake system with Bosch ABS
• Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires
• 463 wet weight
• 4.2- gallon fuel tank capacity

No one who has ridden the Ducati Supersport has been disappointed, so call OC Motorcycle or stop by to rent this bike and experience it for yourself.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!

Featured Sale Bike: 2017 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

Once again, Moto Guzzi is catering to the U.S. market and more specifically, the West Coast with this model. Born in the Italian Alps, the California Touring bike keeps its tasteful design while appealing to the big bike market traditionally dominated by Harley-Davidson here in the States.

While a 1400cc (1380, to be precise) V-Twin engine isn’t terribly large by American standards, it is unusually so in Europe, so already we can see where Moto Guzzi is heading. In addition, the bike sports an impressive front rake, obviously taking inspiration from the American chopper craze. At thirty-eight degrees, it sets itself apart even from Harley’s chopper-esque Breakout model, which tops out at thirty-five. Surprisingly, though, the California’s profile doesn’t scream “chopper” because of its beefy make-up. It’s a solid, well-appointed bike in a class of its own, thanks to its Italian roots and style.

The California is a heavy bike at 743 pounds, but because of its low center of gravity can be managed quite easily by most riders. Brembo calipers on the rear brakes as well as the dual front brakes combined with ABS makes sure that the California’s bulk is brought to a safe and swift stop when required. Add a six-speed transmission and a single disc clutch and handling the California is a breeze.

The California also features a Ride by Wire throttle that allows the rider to choose between three riding modes: Touring, Sport and Rain. In addition, the bike is perfectly suited for touring with a nice-sized windshield, large, roomy saddlebags, cruise control, both engine and saddlebag guards and clean instrumentation.

This beautiful cruiser is road-ready and able to compete with its American competition. The California Touring bike is a perfect balance of luxury, comfort, reliability and power.

• Air/oil cooled 90° V-twin engine, four-stroke, four valves, double ignition
• 1380 cc
• 5.4-gallon capacity tank
• Six-speed
• Brembo brake system with ABS
• 742.9 lb. wet weight
• Double cradle tubular frame

OC Motorcycle has a two of these beauties, one black and one red, for sale that are ready for a lifetime full of road trips. At just $18, 490.00, this bike is priced to compete with its American counterparts, but offers riders a stylish alternative. Call or drop in today to take a look at this gorgeous bike today!

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is now an authorized Moto Guzzi and AV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!

Featured Rental Bike: 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

Moto Guzzi’s V7 model was first introduced in 1967 and quickly became the company’s bestseller. Fifty years later, the V7 is celebrated with a few upgrades and changes, four beautiful models, including a limited edition anniversary model, all while still retaining the integrity of the motorcycles and company that the public has always looked to them for.

Moto Guzzi’s stylish café racers are showcases of the company’s dedication to their enthusiasts, who appreciate the commitment to authenticity and tradition as well as the cutting edge, unique engineering.

The V7 III Special pays homage to the company’s very first V7 Sport series, introduced in 1971, with vintage-inspired graphics that closely honor the 1975 V750 S3. The bike features a stand-out, beautiful metallic light blue paint color on the tank, accented by silver stripes. The saddle, which can accommodate a passenger, is nicely enhanced with vintage-style stitching, completing the classic old school look of this sporty bike. Add some chrome and spoked wheels and the Special convincingly takes you back in time while incorporating the latest in Moto Guzzi technology. The Special also features fork stanchion protectors instead of dust boots, unlike the Racer and Stone.

All V7 III models have been updated while still maintaining all the features that have made these bikes so iconic. The 740cc engine remains the signature transversal, air-cooled V-twin, but it is now 10% more powerful. Other changes include a lower seat position, new steering geometry, new oil sump and crankshaft, double pipe manifolds on the exhaust, new pistons and cylinders, an ABS system and a new adjustable MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control). The V7 III also has an intuitive Bluetooth connection that, used in conjunction with a free, downloadable app, allows riders to plug in their smartphone and gain access to a wide range of useful information including speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer.

Moto Guzzi’s V7 is a classic motorcycle with wide ranging appeal for everyone, including women, new riders and those who appreciate a traditionally beautiful and reliable bike. With the new features and upgrades in addition to the bold and eye-catching style, these bikes are sure to receive a lot of head-turning and positive comments.

• Air-cooled 90-degree V-twin w/ longitudinally mounted crankshaft
• 744 cc
• Six-speed
• 5.8-gallon fuel tank capacity
• 417 lbs. dry weight
• Double cradle tubular ALS steel frame
• Brembo brakes
• ABS (can be disengaged)

OC Motorcycle now has this beautiful motorcycle in its rental fleet. Call or come by to see this classic café racer and take it out on the road this weekend.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is now an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!

Featured Sale Bike: 2017 MV Agusta Brutale 800 America

In these especially divisive and trying times, anything that can show unity and focus on the good things in life is important, no matter how seemingly small. The MV Agusta Brutlae America falls into this category. Only fifty of these beautiful bikes (to represent the fifty states) will be produced, so OC Motorcycle is proud to be able to offer one of these exclusive motorcycles for sale, representing its latest line of new motorcycles, MV Agusta.

This special edition Brutale, the manufacturer’s signature motorcycle, pays tribute to the Italian company’s important relationship with America and is reminiscent of their America range from the 1970s. The bike was only introduced this past Fourth of July, where it was unveiled during Round 8 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA.

The MV Agusta Brutale America is a work of patriotic beauty. Tasteful yet forceful in its presentation of the American spirit, the red, white and blue livery makes a stand-out statement. MV Agusta used a never-before-seen metallic blue paint that shimmers iridescent in any light, and is enhanced by red and white accents, emboldening this machine with the bold and brave reputation of America herself. Great attention to detail is a hallmark of MV Agusta, whose museum-worthy style (their F4 was chosen to represent the beauty, power, romance and sex appeal of the motorcycle in its purest form for the Guggenheim Art of the Motorcycle exhibit) is evident in all of their bikes.

Further patriotic tribute can be found in several other details on the Brutale America, including the gilt stitching on the red seat and the star-studded tank motif. Further markers of the America’s exclusivity are the “America Special Edition” logo on both the rear fender and the side radiator panel as well as that same logo on the triple clamp that also features the laser cut sequential production number. Proud buyers of this limited edition motorcycle will also receive a certificate of authenticity with this same production number on it, enhancing the bike’s rarity.

Technically speaking, the Brutale is quite impressive. It is powered by an 800 (798) cc engine and supported by some innovative gadgetry. Like its Italian competitor, Moto Guzzi, the MV Agusta employs ride-by-wire technology for better fuel efficiency and control. Riders can choose between Sport, Normal and Rain modes as they see fit. The transmission boasts what some claim to be the best shift-assist on the market today, the EAS 2.0, that provides the rider with flawless shifting through a system that is generally used only on racing bikes. Including this on their street bikes is more than a luxury as it adds extra control and confidence.

Brembo brakes are supported by a Bosch 9 Plus ABS system and pack quite a necessary punch. Although the bike is relatively easy to handle, it is not recommended for new riders. The Brutlae is best ridden by intermediate to experienced riders who can hone their already existing skills while enjoying the brute force of this powerful motorcycle. Suspension is handled by Marzocchi in front and Sachs in the rear, both fully adjustable. The comfort and safety is enhanced by Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires as well as a manageable weight of just 386 pounds (dry).

The Brutale is both intuitive and agile, making it perfect for getting out onto twisty mountain roads where it handles itself stealthily. This bike is bound to draw the attention of riders and non-riders alike, so be prepared to answer a lot of questions and requests for photos.

• Exclusive in-line 3 engine
• 6-speed transmission
• 798 cc engine
• 4.4-gallon capacity tank
• 386 lbs. dry weight
• ALS tubular steel trellis frame w/ aluminum alloy swingarm pivot plates
• Brembo brakes with Bosch 9 ABS
• Adjustable front and rear suspension
• Ride-by-wire throttle
• Exclusive production of fifty motorcycles

OC Motorcycle is thrilled to be able to offer this exclusive and stunning machine as one of its flagship models for the MV Agusta line.  Don’t pass up the chance to see or own this beautiful limited edition motorcycle. Although not in stock yet, please contact OC Motorcycle for pricing and information regarding when this very special bike will be available.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is now an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!

Featured Rental Bike: 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer

Moto Guzzi’s V7 model was first introduced in 1967 and quickly became the company’s bestseller. Fifty years later, the V7 is celebrated with a few upgrades and changes, four beautiful models, including a limited edition anniversary model, all while still retaining the integrity of the motorcycles and company that the public has always looked to them for.

Moto Guzzi’s stylish café racers are showcases of the company’s dedication to their enthusiasts, who appreciate the commitment to authenticity and tradition as well as the cutting edge, unique engineering.

The V7 III Racer pays homage to the company’s very first V7 Sport series, introduced in 1971. The bike features a stand-out, beautiful red frame, a nod back to that 1971 racer that had the frame and swingarm painted in “Rossa Corsa”, a bright red paint color. Other thoughtful special features include a satin chrome fuel tank and a brushed aluminum front number plate/flyscreen This model is also limited, although not as tightly as the anniversary model of which only 750 will be produced.

The V7 III Racer features the most premium parts of the four models. Most significantly are the adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers, but other components include solid billet rearsets. In keeping with its racing style, the Racer’s beautiful, humped seat appears to be for a solo rider, but in fact, can accommodate a passenger and also has removable passenger pegs.

All V7 III models have been updated while still maintaining all the features that have made these bikes so iconic. The 740cc engine remains the signature transversal, air-cooled V-twin, but it is now 10% more powerful. Other changes include a lower seat position, new steering geometry, new oil sump and crankshaft, double pipe manifolds on the exhaust, new pistons and cylinders, an ABS system and a new adjustable MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control). The V7 III also has an intuitive Bluetooth connection that, used in conjunction with a free, downloadable app, allows riders to plug in their smartphone and gain access to a wide range of useful information including speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer.

Moto Guzzi’s V7 is a classic motorcycle with wide ranging appeal for everyone, including women, new riders and those who appreciate a traditionally beautiful and reliable bike. With the new features and upgrades in addition to the bold and eye-catching style, these bikes are sure to receive a lot of head-turning and positive comments.

• Air-cooled 90-degree V-twin w/ longitudinally mounted crankshaft
• 744 cc
• Six-speed
• 5.5-gallon fuel tank capacity
• 470 lb. wet weight; 425 dry
• Double cradle tubular ALS steel frame
• Fully adjustable Öhlins rear shocks
• ABS (can be disengaged)

Call or come by to rent this gorgeous and classic café racer.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is now an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!

Featured Sale Bike: 2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado

The history of the Eldorado goes back to 1970 when Moto Guzzi was unexpectedly chosen to provide the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) with a fleet of motorcycles for official use. At that time, the model was called the California. In addition, a more luxurious model was also manufactured called the Ambassador. Two years later in 1972, Moto Guzzi increased the displacement from 757cc (before that it had been at 700 cc) to 850 cc and the Eldorado was born.

The Eldorado was made to replace the Ambassador. It retained its comfortable, elegant ride and look, but added more power, making it the perfect bike for motorcycle police officers traveling the highways of California.

Come up forty-plus years and you will find a new incarnation of the Eldorado, but with many of the original features that made it so appealing back then. The Eldorado of today is a heavy, solid touring bike with luxury features and old school styling. Taking advantage of modern technology allows the Eldorado to move seamlessly into the twenty-first century.

The Eldorado has beautiful spoked wheels and white-walled tires; a large, comfortable saddle; bullhorn handlebars, floorboards, a teardrop two-tone tank and front and rear mudguards. Guzzi added plenty of chrome to this bike as well, harkening back to its initial days of the good, old seventies. Combine all of this lush nostalgia with top-notch Moto Guzzi technology and you’ll find there’s nothing lacking in terms of what a great touring bike should be.

Technically, the Eldorado, of course, starts with MG’s world-renowned transverse 90° V-twin engine, but has all the bells and whistles of the modern Guzzi world such as ride-by-wire electronic management, which combined with MGTC (Moto Guzzi Traction Control), give the rider a feeling of ultimate control and safety. Brembo brakes with standard ABS help even smaller riders bring the 700-lb. bike under control easily and smoothly. A seat height of only 29.1” also helps instill confidence. Cruise control and Weber-Marelli fuel injection give this 6-speed, 1380 cc cruiser power that is both smooth and responsive.

• Four-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin engine
• Six-speed
• 1380 cc
• 5.4-gallon fuel tank capacity (with .66 reserve tank)
• 701 lb. wet weight
• Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe
• Brembo brakes

OC Motorcycle is proud to have the Eldorado in its line-up. In classic black with chrome accents and white walled tires, this beauty is ready for the road ahead. It is priced at only $13,499.00 with easy and affordable financing. Come by this weekend and test drive this bike and many others at Moto Guzzi Demo Days.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is now an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!

Featured Rental Bike: 2016 Honda NC700X

Honda’s adventure-tour NC700X is a unique motorcycle in many ways, but will still appeal to both new and seasoned riders alike and OC Motorcycle now has one for rent.
One of the unique features of this bike is that its 3.7 gallon gas tank is located under the seat and in the place where the tank would normally sit is a huge storage compartment that is big enough to hold a full-face helmet. It’s much like a motorcycle with a trunk!

A single 36mm throttle body carefully releases the combustible air/gas mixture straight through the downdraft style intake tract, creating unparalleled fuel economy, which Honda claims is 64MPG. A low center of gravity, a forward-leaning 670cc Parallel Twin engine and light steering give this bike a dirt bike feel making it beginner-friendly. The bike is extremely easy to handle and offers new riders ease of control while still keeping it fun for the more experienced.

To make things even more appealing to newer riders, this bike looks and feels almost like a scooter. Its unique design will draw lots of attention both stopped or while cruising Southern California backroads. Honda has kept the transmission simple and reliable as well as the braking system, leaving riders to enjoy themselves without worry or distraction. This 2016 model also boasts a larger windscreen as well as an LED taillight and a utility rail that can be fitted with a tank bag.

• Liquid-cooled parallel twin engine
• 670 cc
• 3.7 gallon fuel capacity
• 474 lbs. wet weight; 451 lbs. dry
• Six-speed
• Metzeler Roadtec Z8 Interact tires

The Honda NC700X is a fun and easy bike to ride for beginners, but also has enough gutsy torque to satisfy the seasoned rider as well. A versatile bike that can be comfortably ridden in both an urban setting as well as twisty country roads as it responds nicely while hugging close curves. Call OC Motorcycle and reserve this bike for a weekend adventure.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more.

A History of MV Agusta Motorcycles

 

I must admit that until OC Motorcycle announced that it would be selling these Italian motorcycles, I had never heard of MV Agusta. Indeed, I don’t think that I have ever seen one, either, so I was prompted to do a little sleuthing to find out something about them.

The original company, named simply Agusta after its founder, Count Giovanni Agusta, began manufacturing aircraft in 1907. The planes were used in WWI, but after the count’s death in 1927, his widow and sons, who he’d left Agusta to, needed to find another way to keep the company financially viable. Due to the growing need by the Italian population for cheap and efficient individual transportation in the early 1940s, the family decided to begin manufacturing motorcycles. They quickly developed a simple and cost-effective engine, but production was interrupted by WWII, when German forces occupied Cascina Costa, where the factory was located. At the end of the war, production began again in earnest and two of Agusta’s sons, Vincenzo and Domenico, founded MV Agusta (“M” for “meccanica” or “mechanics” and “V” for “Verghera”, the hamlet where the first motorcycles were manufactured).

Both younger counts were avid motorcycle racing fans and primarily used the sales of the small engine café-style motorcycles to fund their passion. In 1948, the company produced a 125cc two-stroke motorcycle and entered it into the Italian Grand Prix. The bike was piloted by Franco Bertoni and won the event, putting MV Agusta on the racing map.

The company continued to compete in the motorcycle racing world throughout the 1950s and 1960s, winning several races and building its reputation for excellence. However, in 1971, Domenico Agusta died and the company spirit sort of wilted. They won their last Grand Prix in 1976 and left the racing to other manufacturers.

As with many motorcycle companies, MV Agusta ran into a series of financial problems that resulted in several buy-ins and partnerships in order to keep the company afloat. The first of these resulted in the company leaving motorcycle manufacturing altogether, so production stopped and the last motorcycle was sold in 1980.

MV Agusta saw a rebirth, however, and in 1997 a new bike came off the production line, a four cylinder, 750cc sport bike in the F4 family, the model that effectively saved the company. By 2004, the company was back on the map, producing limited editions of their motorcycles, (such as Ferrari does with its cars), including their unique Brutale “naked bike”, a standard, general-purpose motorcycle. In 2005, the company introduced the Tamburini 1000, a bike that was named the best sportbike in the world by Cycle World magazine.

Unfortunately, the company was mired down with debt and once again exchanged hands several times -even Harley-Davidson was a short-lived owner-until they sold MV Agusta to the company’s president, Claudio Castiglioni, in 2010, prompting a fifty percent sales increase for that year.

Finally, the manufacturer was on steadier ground. They revamped their production facilities and designed a new three cylinder, 675cc engine. MV Agusta began to expand their line of larger cc engine bikes while still managing to maintaining the naked bike concept.

OC Motorcycle is proud to offer these exclusive, sleek motorcycles to Southern California. With brand new bikes coming in throughout September, be sure and stop by to check them out in person and ask questions of the informed staff. OC Motorcycle technicians, Sean and Rey, are experts in Italian motorcycle mechanics and can maintain your bike as well as recommend parts and specialized services to help make your relationship with your motorcycle perfect on every level. Don’t be shy-come by and ask them for advice about the MV Agusta bikes and more!

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda,

Weekly So CA Biker Events: 08/21-27/2017

Bike Night at Cook’s Corner, Wednesday, August 23: Cook’s Corner’s weekly Wednesday bike night offers locals and out-of-towners a nice drive and final destination where you can enjoy all you can eat spaghetti, salad and garlic bread for only $4.00 a plate (5:00-8:00 PM), live music, raffles (for various charities) and Happy Hour drinks from 5:00-7:00 PM. Nice mid-week event to kick off any weekend! Cook’s Corner, 19152 Santiago Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon 92679. ONGOING.

CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) Southern California State Rally, Friday, August 25 -Sunday, August 27: Weekend-long events includes camping or overnight lodging, meals and special guest speakers including national evangelists Tom and Kathie Palazzolo. Biker games, worship, swimming, hiking, bonfires and much more! Families welcome! See webpage for more details and pricing:  CMA Events.  NOTE:  At the time of this posting, the flyer with specific information was not working.  I have notified them, but you may wish to contact them directly.   Green Oak Ranch, 1237 Green Oak Rd., Vista 92081.

2nd Annual ;IGY6 Poker Run, Sunday, August 26: Poker run hosted by the 801 Motorcycle Club and VFW Post 1679. Take a beautiful ride through gorgeous Ventura County back country via Hwy 150 with views of Casitas Lake. Stops include Ojai, Santa Paula and Ventura. Raffle, 50/50, high and low hand payouts. All proceeds benefit VFW Post 1679. Live music, food and vendors. $20.00 per rider; $10.00 per passenger; includes lunch. Check-in between 8:00 AM-10:00 AM. Ride begins and ends at VFW Post 1679, 3801 Market St., Ventura 93003.

19th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Raffle and Fundraiser, Saturday, August 26: Join the LAFD (Los Angeles Fire Department) Fire Hogs Motorcycle Club and help raise funds for the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association, Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Firemen’s Fund. The ride leaves the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society Museum at 9:00 and winds through canyon country to the final destination, which is Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas. Once there, lunch will be served in addition to live music and raffles. Riders and passengers must sign and present a waiver in order to participate. Cost is $40.00 per rider; $70.00 per couple. Tickets can be purchased online at 19th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride 2017 where you will also find a link to the waiver. Check-in is at 8:00 AM. LAFD Historical Society, 1355 North Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles 90028.

So Cal Cycle Swap Meet Sunday, August 27: This monthly swap meet is the largest and most diverse of its kind with top vendors selling excess gear, apparel and parts alongside the average Joe with his left over parts. Come and find that elusive or vintage part for your custom build or check out the bikes of all makes and models in the Bike Corral where you, too, can show or sell your own bike for a $9.00 rider and/or passenger fee. Expect to find not only motorcycle gear, but bicycle as well, so if you’re looking for a seat for the vintage Schwinn in your garage, chances are you can find it here. General admission is $10.00 and parking is free. The swap meet takes place from 7:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium, which is located at 5005 E. Lew Davis St, Long Beach.  ONGOING.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is now an authorized Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!

Day Trip: Temecula Wine Country

Southern California’s wine country, namely Temecula Valley, is no slouch to her more infamous cousin, Napa Valley. The area’s history is similar to most rural or small towns in California replete with Native peoples, overland migration, stagecoach and railway lines, ranchers, vaqueros and all the rest. Temecula is presently a thriving tourist destination, mostly due to its increasing reputation as a wine lover’s paradise. Each year, the Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival draws thousands to the area. Hot air balloons sail skyward easily, giving visitors a beautiful aerial view of the valley below as land dwellers sip wine or local beers and enjoy delicious food offerings, check out big name music acts or shop from the many vendors.

From Orange County, an easy and scenic ride will get you to the heart of the quaint downtown as well as several excellent wineries in a little over an hour. The best route to take going out is by way of CA-74. Ortega Hwy offers some great views and riding as you climb up and over the hill. From Orange County, take I-5S. In San Juan Capistrano, exit at CA-74 (AKA Ortega Hwy) and turn left. There is a gas station on your left to top off or fill up your tank. Follow the signs to stay on CA-74 and then head south on I-15. Exit at Rancho California Rd in Temecula and head toward Old Town Front St by turning left.

When I went, the first winery that we visited was Falkner Winery, located at 40620 Calle Contento on the left as you continue down Rancho California Rd. We arrived fairly early on a Friday and there were a few other small groups already there. Most wineries offer two-for-one coupons during the week (some only Monday-Thursday), so check the wineries’ websites beforehand and print out a coupon.

This was my first wine tasting experience, and I was pleasantly surprised. The wines were all excellent and our pourer, Caroline, was friendly, informative and lovely. When I mentioned that I was writing a blog for a motorcycle website, she suggested a visit to a winery that housed an extensive vintage motorcycle and bike collection called Doffo, located just up the road at 36083 Summitville St.
Although we didn’t do any wine tasting here, we did stop by and stroll around the open barn where dozens of antique and vintage motorcycles lined the upper portions of the walls. Worth a stop and they apparently have very good wines as well.

For lunch, we headed back down Rancho California Rd to Old Town Front St and downtown proper. Parking was available in a public lot behind Pennypickle’s Workshop, a children’s museum, but Main St has ample spaces if you go mid-week or arrive early in the day.

There were several appealing eateries, many that serve handcrafted beers on tap, but we chose a Mexican restaurant called Rosa’s Cantina located at 28636 Front St, Ste 109. At-the-counter ordering is fast and easy and they offer daily lunch specials. We opted for the pollo plate (one of the specials) and it was generous and delicious.

The downtown is quaint, clean and lined with both unique and touristy shops. The wooden sidewalks are a nice Old West touch, but watch your footing as you can trip easily! Many of the restaurants also have misters in the summer months and as you pass by, you’ll be treated to a refreshing drizzle. Remember that it can get very hot in Temecula during the summer, so hats and sunscreen are recommended.

Going back to Orange County, you have two choices: you can go back over Ortega Hwy or hit the freeway, which is quicker, but less scenic obviously. If you choose the freeway route, simply head north on I-15 to CA-91 W, then CA-55 S toward Newport Beach.

OC Motorcycle is your premiere source for rentals, service and sales in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Corona Del Mar, Huntington Beach and all of Orange County! OC Motorcycle is now an authorized Moto Guzzi dealership in addition to already offering the most diverse line of used motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki and more!