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Old 09-01-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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An Early Morning Shot of Café Bikes

Scroll through the gallery above to see all 25 pics from the Café Bike Cruise-In

Did you know that Motorcyclist magazine was once part of the Petersen Publishing empire during ‘70s. ‘80s and ’90s? Although Motorcyclist had been in print for decades (since 1912, making it the world's first and oldest motorcycle magazine), its circulation was a struggling entity when the late Robert E. “Pete” Petersen made the decision to add the title to his group of thriving automotive magazines including Hot Rod and Car Craft. Motorcyclist thrived under the PPC umbrella and Petersen soon launched an MC spin-off called Dirt Rider along with two other titles, Sport Rider and Motorcycle Cruiser, all of which are now brands of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group.

We ran into our buddy Paul Garson, a freelance moto-journalist who was covering the Cruise-In for one of the internet sites. Garson, the first Editor In Chief of our sister publication Hot Bike, rode in on his faithful BMW that has served as his daily ride for over 16 years. It’s a mish-mash of parts with a 1978 frame powered by an ’82 RT engine.

Pete sold PPC in ’96 to focus on the development of the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Museum, located in the the prime business district of Los Angeles at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire is currently undergoing a major redesign that will soon display a more refined collection of cars and motorcycles.

The Museum remains open during remodeling and one of our favorite events at the Petersen is the Breakfast Club Cruise-In that takes place on the last Sunday of each month. It’s a casual affair for owners of any classic, exotic, hot rod, muscle car or motorcycle that can wake up early enough to get together on the Museum’s upper parking tier. Oftentimes there'll be a special theme to attract certain a certain type of car or bike such as this month’s Café Bike Cruise-In. Flip through our photo gallery and see the bikes and people that showed up.

Kelsi Blauvelt recently rode her 1974 Honda CB750 from Michigan to her new home in SoCal. She made the trip in two-and-a-half weeks, riding through whatever inclement weather Mother Nature could throw at her including hail. Kelsi, who enjoyed some sightseeing along the way, said that making the trip on a 40-year-old bike wasn’t without mechanical issues, recalling a stop in Oklahoma City to replace the points.

Kelsi Blauvelt's mostly stock 1974 CB750 still bears Michigan plates.

Larry Romestant (with a friend) rode in on Romestant’s two highly modified BMWs. Larry and his bikes were featured on Jay Leno’s Garage recently. The mods and details are too many to list here but you can read all about both machines on his website at

Abhi Eswarappa has a bike blog called bike-urious and also owns this 1968 Honda S90.

The Cruise-In was breaking up when Damian Saavedra (left) buzzed across the lot on his 1966 Gilera 106 with his buddy Christian on his 1976 Suzuki A100.

This custom cafe was once owned by actor James Cromwell.

More Cruise-In pics and details of the bikes are in the gallery at the top of the page

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