Home in L.A.
After nearly 10 years living and working in New York City, I returned home to Southern California in the Spring of 2004. I had said that when I returned to California I would buy a motorcycle and so in April 2006 I did. My 2006 HD Sportster 1200L is my preferred mode of travel as I make my way to and from work on a daily basis.
While the distance between my home and office is a mere 12 miles, 12 miles in Los Angeles traffic can be anything but relaxing and so in those first years back before I bought my bike, I grumbled every day about being stuck in a car, sitting in traffic…
Now, I rise in the morning with great anticipation of what lies ahead. In the colder months when it actually gets as low as as the mid 30’s without the wind, I don my lined Fox Creek Gauntlets to keep my hands warm and my Fox Creek chaps.
I walk around the bike, checking to be sure everything is in good order – disconnect the battery tender, roll the bike out of my garage and start her up. Keeping the volume as low as I can on the deep rumble of the Vance & Hines pipes so as not to disturb my neighbors I head off to work up and through a lovely canyon known as Beverly Glen, out to Sunset Blvd and on to Santa Monica Blvd. There are days I must admit, that the turn on to Sunset Blvd brings rise to the voice in my head that says “keep going”… on to Pacific Coast Highway and then reality sets in and I turn towards my office anticipating the end of my day when I can make the return trip home.
Los Angeles CA