Not often does a scooter community get support and appreciation from big corporations. However, this little niche community receives support and appreciation from the world’s greatest technical safety-gear manufacturer for motorcycle and auto racing, Alpinestars, and the manufacturer of the scooter model (Honda). There is definitely something to say about all of this. This is a new generation of scooter life. Believe it or not, history is in the making.
This past saturday was Alpinestars Ruck Out II rally, where they partnered up with Honda Powersports and sponsors, to successfully host over 100 riders from Illest LA (Little Tokyo) to the Honda’s Secret museum (Honda America’s private collection) in Torrance, to the Alpinestars headquarter not far away. The weather was perfect in So-Cal, bright and sunny 80 degrees, perfect for riding and a day outside.
7:30am, shortly after meeting at Steady Garage, the first meet up spot for us was at The Hat on Rosemead Blvd. Along the way, we ran into the Inland Empire Riders (IER) crew and Kiwi2racing.
Posting up at The Hat already was a handful of SGV locals and NorCal Empire (Jensen, Erik, Big Chris, Little Chris, McNickels, and Deanna) who pulled an all nighter for the drive from NorCal to SoCal. They arrived at 6am in the morning to make sure that they were going to be part of the ride. True hardcore riders and enthusiasts!
After running into a few problems on a few bikes at the Hat, we made our way out of SGV and arrived to Illest LA just seconds before the group was leaving!
Not having a chance to say hi to everyone before the ride, we ran into Mike (Ezekielwhore) from the IER/909 crew to our right at the first light. This is their way of saying wussup and fuck you at the same time.
To the left we see Eddie (ConElite) with his stanced out Metropolitan.
Hi and fuck you too!
Rolling through Grand Street in downtown Los Angeles, we were waking people, scaring cats, dogs, and old folks.
To the right you’ll find Tony with a Canon 5D MK2 and a GoPro capturing the festivities.
Twitchell’s recently finished Ruckus. She built it with her boyfriend Paul, with a color scheme that will be sure to grab your attention.
Michael Ackerman AKA McNickels (on the left) is a amazing painter. This guy knows a ton about paint and how to get the best shine for your Ruckus. He paints nearly all of the hot scooters from Nor Cal. Last year he sponsored the paint and body work on the SF x Blox Racing Honda Ruckus build.
At times, you’ll find this while cruising around downtown. Random event or activity happens for commercials, music videos, movies, parties, gathering, and such.
The Alpinestars photographer and I had a little stand off of snapping photos of each other. We wanted to see how we looked as we were holding a couple of G’$ in our hands rolling through the streets.
Here’s Ricky saying hi and fuck you to Tony.
After cutting through Crenshaw and the hood, we made it to Honda’s Secret Museum in Torrance.
These are Mark’s and Amber’s GY6 swapped Ruckus. If there are any rides in So-Cal, be sure to hollar at the lovely couple. They are the few couples that I know of that would ride at any opportunity and chance they have. WeLoveRiding.
Here’s Big Chris’ Ruckus with a newly rebuilt engine, this thing moves like a mother.
Here’s two bikes from Rucksters, always looking clean!
James from Riverside and his freeway legal Honda Ruckus. Yep, it’s still registered as a Ruckus, but it’s freeway legal, don’t ask how it was done because it probably won’t happen again. Most of the things you see done to his bike was actually done by James inside his garage, mono-shock, rear footbrake, and engine mount. James is also a fellow AE86 enthusiast so I could relate to him on building things and mashing everything you can together.
Soichiro Honda, rest in peace.
Stay tuned for part 2.