Music and Moto Fans from Across the Country to Converge at Inaugural California Bike Week

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Moto Fest highlighted by world's largest one-day motorcycle charity event -- the love ride.

Our intention is to create a destination bike event that rivals Daytona or Sturgis, while continuing to grow support for the charities assisted by our Love Ride Foundation.

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Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman, in addition to an all-star band with surprise guests, will be rockin' the house at this year's 24th Annual Love Ride at California Bike Week™ -- a three-day motorcycle and music event roaring into the Fairplex in Pomona, California. A packed schedule of rockin' events starts on Friday, November 9, and ends Sunday, November 11 with the 24th annual Love Ride® -- the largest one-day motorcycle fundraising event in the world.

Thousands of motorsports enthusiasts will join Love Ride® Grand Marshal Jay Leno at the first annual California Bike Week™ -- a premier motorcycling experience held in one of the most motorsports-friendly cities on the West Coast. This exciting event will feature:

  • California Bike Week/Love Ride auction in conjunction with Bonhams & Butterfields Friday, Nov. 9 at the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum (featuring artifacts of the Von Dutch collection)
  • Debut of The Pacific Coast Nationals flat track races Saturday night featuring the Harley-Davidson® Wrecking Crew and notable racers of AMA fame. This event is open to all pro-level competitors, American and metric.
  • All Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) racing on the famous NHRA drag strip, Friday and Saturday
  • Music and festivities each day
  • Exhibitions by the Victor McLaglen Motor Corps Stunt Team
  • Freestyle stunt demonstrations by Jason Pullen
  • Demo rides provided by top motorcycle manufacturers
  • Enthusiast trade show with hundreds of quality vendors, including the interactive Harley-Davidson® Village and traveling museum
  • Sunday's 24th annual Love Ride,® and Gregg Allman/celebrity concert benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Reading by 9 and Cure Autism Now
  • Huge complimentary barbecue for Love Riders
  • free parking all weekend for all motorcyclists.

For the first time, the popular, 24th annual Love Ride will be tied in with an entertainment event saluting a wide spectrum of motosports fans. "Tying in this year's Love Ride 24 with California Bike Week allows us to maximize support for both," said Oliver Shokouh, owner of Glendale Harley and founder of the Love Ride®. "Our intention is to create a destination bike event that rivals Daytona or Sturgis, while continuing to grow support for the charities assisted by our Love Ride Foundation."

On November 11th, Annual Love Ride 24 will begin at 6:00 a.m. when an expected 20,000 riders will finish registration while being entertained by the band "Captain Cardiac and the Coronaries". At 9:00 am, bikers will then head north through Glendale on Brand Boulevard, then turn onto the 134 freeway to the Pomona Fairplex. There, riders will enjoy a complimentary BBQ lunch and beverages, then sit back and enjoy an afternoon of rock and blues supplied by the legendary Gregg Allman.

Big surprises are in store for people who attend this year's event, including special guests performing songs from the very first "Friends of Love Ride 24" CD. This new compilation includes original songs by recording artists Andy Summers (The Police), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jackson Browne, Jeff Healey, and an all-star cast of others including: Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Todd Smallwood (Mick Fleetwood Band), Jack Mack (America's #1 Rock n' Soul band), Brian Ray (Paul McCartney), Too Slim and the Taildraggers (currently in Billboard's Top Ten), and more.

Glendale Harley owner Oliver Shokouh founded the Love Ride twenty-four years ago as a way to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy and local children's charities. Since then, the Love Ride Foundation has given over $20 million to organizations, supported by such celebrities as Malcom Forbes, Peter Fonda, David Crosby, Billy Idol, Bruce Springsteen, the Doobie Brothers and Sammy Hagar.

"California Bike Week™ is an event for every motorcycle enthusiast, whether they ride, race or just like to watch -- whether you're into Harleys, Hondas, dirt bikes, sport bikes or cruisers. It also offers a rare chance to get up-close to top celebrities and join together for a great cause," says John Buck, California Bike Week's™ new Executive Director. Thanks to several new partnerships and strategic alliances there's a new route, a new venue and a new sense of purpose to the world's largest one-day motorcycle charity event.

General Admission tickets are priced at $20/day, including admission to all stunt shows, general entertainment, admission to the trade show/vendor area, and complimentary motorcycle parking. Tickets that also include admission to the AHDRA Drag Races (Friday and Saturday), and Pacific Coast Nationals (Saturday only) are available starting at $30. Tickets to the Love Ride 24 (Sunday only) include stunt shows, admission to the trade show/vendor area, BBQ lunch, Love Ride 24 concert and complimentary motorcycle parking are priced at $75. Tickets are available on-site, and online at and

Gates are open: Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information on California Bike Week™ and/or The Love Ride® please call 1-877-CAL-WEEK (1-877-225-9335) or visit For media inquiries, please contact Christine Eastman at 949-481-5561.

The California Bike Week partnership is comprised of the Southern California Harley-Davidson® Dealers Association, the Northern California Harley-Davidson® Dealers Association and The Love Ride Foundation.®

Sponsors include: HUMMER, Budweiser, Harley-Davidson, Spyder Can-Am, Event 360, 95.5 KLOS, NOS Energy Drink, Hot Bike magazine, Soboba Casino, Cycle Trader, Paul Mitchell and Recycler Classifieds.


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