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Ruckus Ride

Ride hosted by: 3 aka Brad on Meet: Valencia Destination: Shakey’s Pizza in Palmdale Round Trip: 80+ miles Head count: Approx. 20+ riders Powerband: 49cc to 180cc 12 | CYCLEPATHMAG.COM

A day in the Desert


growing trend and a promising tomorrow, Ruckus riders all across the US are meeting every weekend to spend a day of riding their cool little scooters on the open road. On one particular morning, Jan. 23 2011, a group of riders from the San Gabriel Valley, better known as RUCKSTERS, joined Killer Scooter on a caravan to the city of Valencia. Awaiting them were a group of local riders and Palmdale peeps. As they pulled up to the spot, the taste of freedom was in the cool breeze. Eagerness filled the desert morning, as everyone awaited their journey ahead. For some it was just another day, for others, the Palmdale roads meant no stop signs, no signal lights, and no traffic. Can any 2-wheeled enthusiast ask for anything more?? CYCLEPATHMAG.COM | 13

















TO TOUGH FOR WINGS! Mess with this steel beast and he’ll leave you seeing nothing but red. That’s what Robert Trimino did with this 1987 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail. Robert had a vision; this vision didn’t come together overnight. It took years for Robert to have his “Ah Ha!” moment. In 1987 Robert purchased his brand new red & beige Harley Davidson Heritage Softail from Bellflower Harley Davidson (which is now L.A. Harley) for $9,500. Robert would’ve never bought the bike if it wasn’t for his childhood friend, Leo Mouneu. Leo, the owner of Road Dog Customs bought the same bike in black & white the day before and asked Robert to come along to drop off his bike to have some work done. That’s all it took for Robert to ask, “Where do I sign?”



At the time, Robert made a couple of small changes to his bike; he changed the pipes, to make it louder, he changed the seat and the handlebars. After enjoying his Harley for a little over ten years it was time for a makeover. He wanted to stay true to the Harley style as much as possible, but wanted to customize it to make it him. Robert went to another one of his childhood friends, Chubby, owner of American Cycle to redesign and customize his Harley. Chubby had also purchased a 1987 Heritage in a two tone color the same week Robert and Leo did. Chubby was hard to work with, Robert comments, they argued every step of the way on how he wanted his bike done. Robert won that fight, when the bike was finally done they were both truly satisfied with the results. Most parts used in rebuilding the bike were genuine Harley parts. The fenders and tanks were extended and he added shocks, brake calipers and 16” rims. The original frame was painted Candy Apple Red and metal flake ghost flames added to the rugged look on the tank. All this work took Chubby eight months to complete and lots of money. Robert dug deep into his pockets for about $17k to customize “El Toro Rojo”. 28 | CYCLEPATHMAG.COM


I asked Robert, “Do you have plans on adding or changing anything to your bike?” He quickly answered, “No, I’m happy with my finished product.” This bike has been featured in a few magazines, has won Best in Show, and continues to be put on display at local shows. Robert has received offers from interested buyers from as far away as England and Canada. He also received a trade offer for a Corvette. Robert being 6’5 in stature knows he’s more intimidating on his Harley Heritage than in any sports car. You can catch Robert riding around Orange County or down the coast in Laguna Beach. Both, his Compa Leo and his friend Chubby still own their 1987 Harley Heritage bikes. Robert is looking at a touring bike next. I’m sure we’ll be doing his story on how he customized that very soon. I just hope he remembers to make sure there’s a back seat for his wife. CYCLEPATHMAG.COM | 31



PICCOLO aka The Se


n Aug. 6th of 2009, the three brothers from RUCKSTERS took a long journey from So-Cal to the beautiful state of Washington to premier their newly built custom Ruckus “Project UTAH� at the Conference of Noise RUCKUS CON in Seattle. It was an ambitious journey indeed, 20 hours of driving after an 80 hour work week. No sleep for the wicked as one might put it. But who needs sleep?? After all, this is what a 2-wheeled life style is all about. Meeting other riders, having a beer, being against the wind and enjoying the open road in some strange & far away place. Lucky for them, the local riders welcomed them with open arms and they all embarked on a weekend tour around the city on their scooters. After too much fun and one too many drinks, the 3 amigos packed their bags and headed home. Without skipping a beat, they were back to work the following day. Not too long after, one of the local riders from Seattle whom they met at The Con contacted them and placed an order for one custom Ruckus. It would not be until a year later that Project PICCOLO aka The Seattle Project premiered at the 2010 Motorcycle Show in Seattle. In the end, the ambitious journey proved to be worthy, for a life time of good memories and another build to add to their portfolio. The experience itself was priceless.


eattle Project 2010








Special Features:

rPRO GY6 Custom Fatty Kit rPRO GY6 Engine Mount System rPRO Custom Handcrafted One-Piece Rear Frame rPRO Custom Integrated Upper Shock Mount rPRO Custom Handcrafted Lower Shock Mount rPRO Paint Job rSPEC Ultra Wire Tuck Grip Ace Controls Engine:

KN Kikaku Low Down Forks ATR Rear Shock

GY6 150cc

Braking Rotors Front & Rear

Yoshimura Custom Exhaust

Stainless Steel Braided Brake Lines

BTX Header Pipe

CNC Master Cylinder

Composimo Anklebiter Stage6 Air Filter Wheels/Tires/Suspension:

Parts & Accessories: rPRO Monster Drag Bars rPRO Monster Kickers

rPRO 12x7 5-Spoke Rear Wheell

rPRO D1 Kit

Daytona 10x2.75 5-Spoke Front Wheel

rPRO Custom License Plate Mount

rPRO Front Hub

Password JDM Gas Cap

rPRO Rear Disc Brake Hub

Bride Seat

rPRO Triple Tree

BTX Billet Grips

Heidenau K61 Tires

Trailtech LED Head Light

Brembo P32 Calipers Front & Rear

Turtlehead Tail Light









Biker Build-off


odfather of Freestyle Motocross is one of action sports biggest names. He pioneered the way for the FMX riders of today with his innovations and unique style he brought to the world of freestyle Motocross. Mike Metzger was born on November 19, 1975 in Huntington Beach in California. His FMX career has been one of the greatest impacts on the world of freestyle motocross then probably anyone. Metzger became one of the biggest names when he threw down the first ever back-to-back flip in the 2002 X Games. Mike Metzger has three gold and two silver summer and Winter X games metals. In 2006 Mike Metzger completed the impossible jump in Las Vegas. He threw down a massive record breaking 125 foot back flip over the fountains at Caesars Palace. Metz was only the second person to complete a jump over the fountains, but the first to back flip them. The Godfather being an innovator jumped at the chance to showcase his other talents to the world. With that over the top Metzger style he built this amazing KX 250 for the Biker Build off. Going up against Larry Linkogle for the first dirt bike challenge the godfather took first place. Metzger convinced he can go bigger, faster, sicker, and can make bikes look as sick as any v-twin. Knowing what he had in mind Metz took apart the KX 250 to the bare bones so he can change and modify almost everything. He added some of the most exotic race components, Candy paint, powder coating, polish, and you have to have gold to make it clean and crispy. Special foot pegs, a precession cut seat, and freestyle cutouts. Because if you have no cutouts there will be no superman seat grabs and this bike is not all show. With the foot pegs widened an inch, and the teeth as sharp as possible there will be no falling off them when 56 | CYCLEPATHMAG.COM

Mike Metzger


you’re upside down, doing sick inverted back flip variations. Besides a world-class rider, Metzger is an accomplished artist whose angry vision jumps off the canvas. But on the bike, he had to play nice no over-the-top kind of paint job. People see the bike for the first time and sit there and look at the paint job. He wanted everyone to get the full effect of the two tone almost chameleon paint with tons of flake to give it that never ending sparkle and making it a three dimensional work of art. Metzger put the pinstripe to add a lot more detail make the paint seem as if the bike’s was ripped open. 24-Carat gold rings for the down tubes, and the pinstripe to bring out the color scheme is what make this kx250 rip. The Anodized linkage looks sick against the chrome swing arm. The bike sports the first heavy-duty factory freestyle triple clamp, and oversize bar mounts designed by Metz. The factory freestyle design beefed-up clamps that sport three bolts per side, instead of the two that comes stock, this one the many products in Metzger’s FFD line. The beefed up triple clamps basically makes the difference in the front end becoming lot more rigid for the tremendous pounding from the amazing height of freestyle jumping. For the wheels Roland sands from RSD made some custom billet wheels. The camo tires cap off what we see as a true work of art that can be put up against any custom build out there. Mike took the first ever freestyle Biker Build off, building his custom over the top Mean Green Ripping Machine! We don’t know what’s next for Mike Metzger (the Godfather) but what ever it is I am sure it will not disappoint… 60 | CYCLEPATHMAG.COM

Supercross Lites West Point Standings 1. Josh Hansen 88 2. Broc Tickle 87 3. Ryan Morais 70 4. Eli Tomac 69 5. Cole Seely 60 6. Tyla Rattray 58 7. Ken Roczen 49 8. Martin Davalos 45 9. Kyle Cunningham 44 10. James DeCotis 40


Point Standings

1. James Stewart 92 2. Ryan Villopoto 90 3. Ryan Dungey 78 4. Trey Canard 71 5. Chad Reed 70 6. Brett Metcalfe 55 7. Andrew Short 49 8. Kevin Windham 46 9. Justin Brayton 39 10. Kyle Chisholm 39


Following in the tradition of their performance street bike hard parts line, Yoshimura R&D of America has announced that they now offer a complement of quality-engineered hard parts for a host of off-road MX and ATV applications. The precision-designed and manufactured components are CNC machined from solid aluminum and sport a red anodized finish with laser-etched logos. Superior in quality and fit to stock components, these performance hard parts also give any machine a quality “works” look. Hard parts available for MX and MX/ATV applications include oil filler plugs, engine plugs, steering stem nuts, spark plug holders, brake clevises and axle blocks. Yoshimura performance hard parts are the choice of the Rockstar Makita Suzuki and Rockstar Energy Suzuki teams. Many of the performance off-road hard parts are currently available and applications and pricing can be seen at


We gave the Oakley SPLIT JACKET® interchangeable lenses with SWITCHLOCK™ technology that makes lens changing easy and fast. All lenses are optimized with Hydrophobic/Oleophobic technology that repels dust and helps maintain a smudge resistant barrier against skin oils, lotions and fingerprints while preventing water from leaving streaks and sheens. Accented with true metal icons, the lightweight frame is made of stress-resistant O MATTER® with UNOBTAINIUM® stem sleeves and nose pads that actually increase grip when you sweat. Our Three-Point Fit optimizes comfort while keeping the lenses in precise optical alignment. Take a close look at how the lenses contour at the sides, maximizing protection against sun, wind and side impact. It’s a full 8.75 base lens curvature that utilizes patented XYZ OPTICS® to offer razor sharp clarity at every angle of view. You’ll have extended peripheral vision and performance that meets all ANSI Z87.1 standards, thanks to HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS® (HDO®). Oakley HDO® also means protection, so SPLIT JACKET meets all ANSI Z87.1 standards for high velocity and high mass impact resistance. Our PLUTONITE® lens material filters out every eye-baking ray of UV, not just UVA and UVB, and you’ll have a wide array of lens options to adapt to any environment. When reflected glare threatens your vision, install optional Oakley HDPolarized lenses. They’re made without the haze and visual distortion of ordinary polarized lenses, and they filter out greater than 99% of glare while offering the performance of HDO®. No wonder they’re considered the best polarized lenses on the planet. Other options include lenses with IRIDIUM® coating to balance light transmission and further reduce glare, as well as TRANSITIONS® SOLFX™ lenses that adapt to changing light with photochromic technology. You can also get Oakley Authentic Prescription Lenses with +2.00 to -3.00 combined power, and numerous options are available for our corrective optics.

Vans - Atwood

Grounded in classic Wino styling, but twisted with Vans heritage, thanks to the vulcanized outsole with WaffleGrip. The Atwood features a die-cut EVA midsole for added comfort and a lightly padded tongue and collar area, pulling this silhouette into the skate shoe realm. We finished off the design with a woven tongue label and hang flag, giving the Atwood that classic Vans look. 64 | CYCLEPATHMAG.COM

DC Creates Exclusive Riding Gear for Motocross Legend Jeremy McGrath DC is proud to announce it has re-signed 7-time Supercross Champion and DC Moto athlete Jeremy McGrath to a new multi-year deal. In addition to being a head-to-toe DC athlete, Jeremy will now be wearing riding gear created exclusive for him by DC. This is the first time that DC has ventured motocross gear and fans can expect to see Jeremy sporting the gear this Spring. “We couldn’t have picked a better athlete to create our first DC branded motocross gear for,” said Brian Cassaro, DC’s Action Sports Marketing Director. “Jeremy is the king of Supercross and one of the greatest motocross legends of all time. He’s been a dedicated DC athlete for more than a decade and we’re honored that he’ll be wearing DC designed gear on the track, as well as our apparel and footwear off the track.”

To create the design of the Spring 2011 gear, Jeremy worked with DC designers on a graphic and came up with a print inspired by a blue spill pattern from the Toxic boardshort in DC’s Summer 2011 line. While the gear won’t be available for sale, it’s only for athlete and promotional use, apparel and footwear inspired by Jeremy’s gear is in the works and will be available to consumers later this year. “I couldn’t be more excited about working on a new venture with DC,” said Jeremy. “I’ve been a DC athlete for such a long time, and this was a great next step to get more involved with the brand. I like to be at the forefront of new and exciting projects, so this was a perfect fit for me. To make sure the gear was the best of the best, we reached out to my friend Troy Lee to help with this project.” This multi-year deal with Jeremy comes on the heels of DC announcing last month that it would be the official and exclusive footwear sponsor of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross for the next three years. For the 14 years, DC has been involved in the motocross industry through its elite team of motocross athletes and products. This new venture exemplifies DC’s growing commitment and dedication to Motocross. Motocross fans can get a first look at the gear that will be on display at DC’s booth at the AMA Monster Energy Supercross races throughout the 2011 Supercross season. For more information on Jeremy and the DC Motocross team visit and stay tuned to DC’s Facebook pages including the new DC Moto page, at and CYCLEPATHMAG.COM | 65

HONDA - Ruckus

TRC Stainless/Carbon Full System SKU:1290072 Description Ride a Ruckus and you don't just make the scene... you ARE the scene! Its zippy 49cc engine and easy ergonomics get you where the action is quickly, especially with our TRC Exhaust System. This Full System features a stainless steel head-pipe and a mini TRC muffler, with carbon fiber sleeve and endcap. You're bound to turn heads when you arrive. Price: $419.95

Moto Shelf

Item #MSF01 Removable design allows this injection-molded work station to be used in multiple locations inside the shop, race trailer, or garage. The bench top has a rubber non-slip pad andcomes complete with a convenient storage drawer perfect for tools and accessories, Price $79.95

AP Racing ORR Brake Pads

AP Racing is a very well known brand in the world of automotive racing, and they are quickly establishing themselves within the motorcycle industry. Using the technology and experience gained through countless championships worldwide and over 50 years of business, AP developed the ORR (Off-Road Racing) Brake Pads for use on dirt bikes. The AP ORR Pads are engineered to be a high performance option for competitive racers and dirt bike enthusiasts. The pads feature a sintered metallic recipe designed to offer consistent performance regardless of temperature. This suits them perfectly for many racing applications, where reliable brakes are crucial to success. Test riders noted that the pads showed no noticeable fade and felt just as good two hours into a ride as in the first 30 minutes. AP's pads improved modulation over OEM pads, and simply felt "really good." Durability seems to be on par or better than most OEM offerings. We encourage you to check them out as a replacement option to your OEM brake pads. They are available for almost all current dirt bikes and are suitable for OE cast iron and stainless steel discs. A set of pads retails for just $35.99, and are available for purchase online at www.niksindustries. com. Coupled with AP's PRF Brake Fluid, you'll be well on your way towards great braking at the track and on the trails. For more information and brake related tech tips, visit and www.facebook. com/apracing.brakes. 66 | CYCLEPATHMAG.COM

Zing Racing Rim Stickers Looking for someone to design and print custom decals? Zing Racing has been specializing in the Action Sport industry since 1995, and their latest items are rim stickers. For more info, you can check in with the info below. Zing Racing 1250 Keystone Way Vista, CA 92081 (760) 599-6093

IMS Bigfoot pegs

The Bigfoot pegs are the newest breakthrough in the IMS line. Using the patented Sprocket Tooth design for increased grip and mud relief, the Bigfoot pegs are made of durable 17-4 stainless steel that's powder-coated and polished. Hailed as the industry's most stable platform, the Bigfoot pegs are 57mm wide—up to 27% wider than stock. The Pro Series pegs are from cast 17-4 stainless steel with a powder coated and polished finish, and have earned a reputation for their unparalleled durability and have been used by the world's best off-road racers.

K&N Powerkleen

K&N’s newly packaged Power Kleen™ (99-0621) High Performance Cleaner and Degreaser was originally used to remove contaminants, road grime, and grease from its cotton air filters. It is now formulated to clean both your cotton high-flow air filters, as well as those troublesome and demanding cleaning jobs that make you cringe most. The Power Kleen™ cleaner is specially formulated to remove oil, lubricants, grease, grime, and other deposits from most surfaces including cotton air filters, painted surfaces, chrome, plastic and more! Easy to use forumula: - Packaged in an Easy-to-use 32 oz trigger spray bottle. - The ideal size for frequent cleaning or multiple cotton air filters - Safe on painted surfaces, chrome, plastic and more - Begins cleaning in just over 5 minutes! - Tried and true K&N formula for over 15 years! Look for other K&N Performance Products, including High-Flow Air Filters, Oil Filters, and Complete Intake Assemblies for your motorcycle, car or truck at your at your local performance dealer! Go to: for more information and a performance dealer near you! CYCLEPATHMAG.COM | 67