2011 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, Saturday July 16th. Update.

The 20th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show of customs, cruisers, performance and sportbikes returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on Saturday July 16, 2011. This year, the show got a new location, a new show day and a lower admission price. The Calendar Show moves from the Queen Mary Event Park in past years, now dockside next to the historic Queen Mary ocean liner on Saturday in the Seawalk Village which replicates an old British seaside town for a step back in history. The event features major motorcycle and parts manufacturers, top name builders, selected exhibitors, product and apparel vendors.

Motus Motorcycles will use the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show for the West Coast premiere of their new MST series high performance KM V-4 1650cc Touring and R Model naked sportbikes. This will be your first chance to see, touch and order one. Motus Motorcycles are the brain child of Lee Conn, designed and built by well known race car engineering firm Pratt & Miller, fabricators of the 24-Hour of LeMans winning factory Corvettes.

Some Pro and Amateur custom street bike builders will be in attendance with their newest 2-wheeled creations of rolling art to compete in the Calendar Show Bike Building Championship for cash and awards including the coveted Best of Show Trophy. Jim Guiffra and his AFT Custom Models will debut a new Indian Casino Bike, a VT750 Bobber/Street tracker being built on commission. All of the Shop’s girls are fully versed in motorcycle tuning, repair and custom bike fabrication, making them also the perfect spokesmodels for motorsports manufacturers at trade shows and consumer events.

This year, joining the Show’s Calendar Girl Music Festival, which is included with Queen Mary Ghost Ship and Bike Show admission for just $20, Barb Wire Dolls have been getting non-stop radio airplay on the World Famous KROQ of Los Angeles. Queen Isis, the young sex goddess and singer of Barb Wire Dolls, with Tas (guitar), Gabriel (bass), and Greg (drums) have the right kind of energy and talent to bring back raw rock power. The band will be performing 2 sets on Saturday which can be described as nothing less than raw, wild, loud and very R-rated sexy.

The 2012 Fast Dates Calendars, the world’s premier line of motorcycle pinup calendars returns for its 22nd year again with the world’s top roadracing bikes, custom bikes, and the most beautiful centerfold and celebrity models. Fast Dates is the official calendar of SBK World Superbike and features all the top factory race bikes including Max Biaggi’s’ 2010 Championship winning Aprilia RSV4, plus the MotoGP Championship winning bikes of Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi. Iron & Lace showcases the world’s top custom bikes from the annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building with Playboy centerfolds and supermodels. While Garage Girls features the hottest, sexiest, wettest Calendar Kittens from the other Calendars but without the bikes getting in the way! Meet the beautiful Calendar Kittens in person and pick up your own favorite Calendar and have it autographed by the Calendar Bike Builders and Kittens. Red Carpet Premier of the new 2012 Fast Dates Calendars.

11 Responses to “2011 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, Saturday July 16th. Update.”

  1. 1 Gary Von Hoene Jun 24th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Let’s hope they only photograph the naked version of the Motus… The touring version with fairings looks like a cheap Chinese knockoff! While the naked version is better, it’s still pretty rough looking…

  2. 2 J Jun 24th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Agreed- for all the engineering talent hype, that thing looks like something Bubba built in his back yard with old tractor parts….. Design and style are relevent these days.

  3. 3 Shifter Jun 24th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    The Motus bike is ugly looking. No design. No soul. It’s the next failure Cyril is going to announce in his blog. Poor American creativity.

  4. 4 VFAST Jun 24th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    LA Bikefest. No more what it was. Like the industry. shrinking.

  5. 5 aft customs Jun 25th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    This is a really fun show in a great location. Looking forward to it! Jim Gianatsis does a great job & we’re glad to see that he’s been able to continue with the show in such a tight economy.

  6. 6 rocco Jun 27th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    he needs to make the show free admission and make the money from booze and booth sales or sponsores . nobody is going to pay 20.00 anymore

  7. 7 Mac Jun 29th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    According to their website; loud pipes will be ticketed unless your on the police departments pre-described route. No colors allowed, unless the police deem your club to be socialbly acceptable. So who makes that call again?

    Check it out on their website. Why support an organization that doesn’t support bikers?

  8. 8 Bobby Jun 29th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This ‘Motorcycle’ show continues to employ a ‘SELECTIVE’ No Club Colors Policy with law enforcement officers given discretion on which ‘law biding’ clubs can come in with their cuts and who can’t. There have been reports from prior years that if you are turned away at the gate for wearing colors, even if you take them off, LE won’t let you back in knowing you are still associated. Some people just wearing support gear have also reported be turned away.

    Although this is on private property, it is still a public event and like other businesses that discriminate against select groups, it is in violation of the First Amendment of our Constitution and is illegal.

    Whether or not you support motorcycle clubs, the notion that we are criminal gangs is misinformation and farthest from the truth. Almost everyone knows at least one person in an MC. Please keep this issue in perspective. The fact that and this type of behavior and policy is so blatant and public should not be tolerated.

    I respectfully urge everyone to get the word out and boycott this event. Don’t reward misconception, fear, hate, discrimination and disregard for our constitutional rights.

  9. 9 Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com Jul 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Now in its 20th year the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show has been the world’s premier custom streetbike event, and is now the last remaining custom bike show on the west coast. The Show and the FastDates.com Iron & Lace Calendar which I produce and photograph were there to discover and launch the careers of many top name builders from Russ Tom, Harold Pontarelli, Roland Sands, Jesse Rooke, Shinya Kimura, Russell Mitchell and Jesse James to name just a few. Other top name builders showcased at the Show and in the Calendar over the years have included Arlen Ness, Dave Perewitz, Jim Nassi, Paul Yaffee and Cyril Huze.

    I have always take a lot of pride in the quality of the Calendar Show in which I have always tried to provide our spectators the best possible event at the lowest possible ticket price with the top name builders and their latest bikes, manufacturers, entertainment, all at the most beautiful and exciting locations in the world – first at the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport, and now at the Queen Mary Park in Long Beach along side the Pacific Ocean. Included with Sow admission is entrance aboard the historic Queen Mary ocean liner, which also served as America’s troop transport ship to and from Europe during World War II.

    Besides complimentary admission to the Queen Mary and The Museum of Flying, the Calendar Show originated the Calendar Bike Building Championship, World Record Dyno Shootout, the Calendar Bike Builder Seminars, and the Calendar Girl Music Festival, while showcasing Supermoto racing, Stunt Riding Shows, the Calendar Girl Model Search pageant and so many other activities for our spectators. At the peak of the motorcycle industry we featured 190 major bike and parts manufacturers, builders, vendors, and new bike demo rides.

    Unfortunately, the majority of people who attend any event like ours and come away with a great experience, just expect it, and never write letters to us or the media to pay us a compliment. While there is always that one person, who needs to satisfy their own inadequacies and to garner attention, by making negative comments about a quality event and passing it off that their opinion represents the majority, which it certainly doesn’t.

    I remember a few years ago someone wrote on a blog there was nothing to see at our Show and they walked in an out in 1-hour. Amazing! just to walk past all 190 Exhibitors without stopping would have taken 3 hours, plus the 4 hours of Builders Seminars, 5 hours of live stage music with national recording stars and dancing with the Perfect Angeles, 8 hours of Dyno Runs, 3 hours to tour the Queen Mary, an hour for lunch, you really needed 15 hours – 2 full days to experience just one day of activities.

    All for a low Calendar Show admission price of $20. While for comparison in greater Los Angeles a day at a major Amusement Park, Concert or sporting event like Dodger Baseball costs $50+ plus. A Lakers Basketball game cost $150 and up. Even a 90 minute movie with paid parking is $20.

    And yet some bikers think the LA Calendar Show should have free admission. If so, then how are we to pay for the facility rental, city permits, required Police and Security, Parking Control, a $30,000 adverting budget, porta-potties, staging and sound PA, the live entertainment, and my own production and staffing costs? You saw that the City of Holister had to stop their Holister Bike Week because they lost some $170,000 in production costs their last year to hold it in their town.

    Those same bikers will go to Laughlin, Daytona, or Sturgis for 3-4 days and stand on a street corner and do nothing, and because such street events have no admission, they think they are being “entertained” for free. But the Casinos and Hotels are jacking up their rates, all the concerts are additional paid admission. Those bikers are spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to be there, not counting the lost days of paid work to travel there and back. For just $20 ($25 the last 3 years) I’d like to think the LA Calendar Show is a much better entertainment value.

    “No Loud Pipes and No Colors – Why support an organization that doesn’t support bikers?”
    I am a biker and have been so all my life. I was an professional AMA racer for 12 years, motorcycle magazine editor, motorcycle designer and test engineer. My company Gianatsis Design is a Motorsports marketing and advertising design agency which serves many of the top companies in the motorcycle industry. You have their products bolted on your bike. I regularly take bike trips across Europe. Last month (at age 62) I was roadracing at speeds up to 190mph on the Imola race track in Italy with my friend, 3-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss.

    • No Loud Pipes: Why shouldn’t the City of Long Beach not ticket some inconsiderate rider with straight pipes on his Harley riding blasting down a quiet residential street at 8-10 am on a weekend morning? I hate it when I hear straight pipe Harleys from 1/4 mile away fire up in my neighborhood on a Sunday morning. Your freedom to be a jerk, does not have the right to infringe on someone else’s freedom to have peace and quite. As our website says: Just ride to the Show on the freeway and you won’t chance being ticketed”

    • Club Colors: When biker club gangs wearing club colors stop killing each other at bike events, we will be happy to change this policy. We do it to protect you. Murders at the Easyriders Show at the Queen Mary back in the early 90s, and at Laughlin about 7 years ago, forced this policy at both the Queen Mary location and at Laughlin Bike Week casinos. We’d like to be selective and let “good” Harley and Sportbike Clubs wear their colors into the Show, but then the “bad” biker clubs and the ACLU then have the grounds to sue for discrimination.

    If Mac and Bobby want to boycott anyone, why don’t they boycott airports who invade our freedom and privacy with invasive searches and banning certain carry-on items, just because a couple of terrorists crashed airliners into some building s 10 years ago? This is the price we all pay for living in a complex, over populated world.

    When you come to the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show this Saturday July 16th, ride your loud bike straight to the show on the I-710 freeway, and leave you club jacket on your bike in our secure parking lot, or carry it under your arm into the Show and leave it at one of the 28 Bike Clubs which will have booths there this year.

    Thank you in advance for joining us, supporting the motorcycle industry and your fellow riders, and for making this the 20th year of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show! – Jim Gianatsis, Producer

  10. 10 Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com Jul 1st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Regarding the comments on the new American made Motus bike premiering at his year’s Calendar Show, this bike is certainly more advanced and better engineered than a current production air-cooled Harley. That alone justifies giving it a serious look with an open mind.

    What you probably haven’t researched is this bike was designed and built by Pratt & Miller outside Detroit, a major design and fabrication company for world championship winning race car technology. It is Pratt & Miller who builds the LeMans winning factory race team Corvettes that beat Ferrari, Porsche and BMW in the world sportscar GT class. The engine is based off half a Chevy small block V-8, halved to a V-4, watercooled, fuel injected, powerful and lightweight. The suspension is by Ohlins, the premier motorcycle suspension company in the world.

    The Motus is an American made perfomance cruiser, more technically advanced and better performing than air-cooled Harley, that you can still work on in your garage at home. Sounds pretty cool to me. The Motus management team will be riding the bikes to the LA Calendar Show from their home base in Montgomery, Alabama, and then to Sturgis, as part of their on-going 200,000 mile real world test program before the bikes go into production this fall

    And Iif you want really advanced technology, engineering, performance and styling get the incredible new Ducati Diavel 162hp 470lb, Testastretts watercooled 4-valve sport crusier with traction control and anti-lock brakes. It is the best , most advanced V-Twin sport/custom/cruiser bike in the world. How many here on the Cyril Huze blog have even gone to a Ducati dealer to see and test the Diavel in person? Doing so would help greatly to expand your perspective and ability to make informed opinions of other bikes. Here is my test last month of the Ducati Diavel at the factory in Bologna, Italy:


  11. 11 Ron Jul 18th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Having gone to the show this past weekend.. I came away with a pretty poor opinion.
    We paid $40.00 entry (even though a participating bike dealer promised a discounted entry.. which the girl in the ticket booth knew nothing about..?) Strike 1
    On top of the $40.00 entry, we had to pay $12.00 to park.. so we are now at $52.00 before food, drinks, and incidentals? = expensive!.. Strike 2
    When we finally do get into the show.. (which was supposed to open at 10:00 .. although the ticket booth didn’t open until almost 10:25..?Nice organization guys!) we walked through the “show” twice in less than 35 minutes? This show was ridiculously small and lacking in content. I have been to free parking lot shows that had more to offer than this?
    While I don’t fault any of the builders and bike owners that displayed.. I do take issue with the promoters raping me and my wallet for a small time show, that clearly spent more on a flashy ad poster (nice legs on her.. that much I will give you.) than on ensuring a quality product.
    As a 30 year motorcycle rider.. I will spread the word on this travesty.
    Save your money.. blow this one off next year! It isn’t worth even a $5.00 admission.

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