Article And Photos By: Markus Cuff
Originall Published In The February 2018 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
2017 marked year two for Exile Cycles charity run, “Rider Roundup at the Ranch” in the sunny mountains of Malibu. Last year’s event was largely a celebration of Exile’s 20 year anniversary: this year was a more successful effort to establish an annual bash that benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation. The location, which was the same as last years’ run, was the picturesque Paramount Ranch Western Town just down the road from Russell’s Agoura compound. Since 1923 the Westernstyle ranch has hosted numerous movie and TV productions and is administered by the National Park Service. Jim Gianatsis, motorcycle and pin-up photographer, organized the Calendar Bike Building Championship which featured a wide assortment of makes, models, and styles. The Best in Show this year was a wild looking, long and silvery KTM Flat Tracker built in Los Angeles by Hazan Motorworks.
You’ll be able to catch this bike in next years FastDates.com Calendar. Riders traveled from many states near and far to catch some bright fall SoCal weather. What could make for a better day than riding the Malibu hills, checking out the bands, ogling over the bike show, and sampling some stellar chow and suds all while doing good? Not much, if you ask me. There was even a local winery represented, serving up a variety of tastings. Sponsor booths included Jim’s Machine, Heartland USA, Azzkikr Customs, The Speed Merchant, and many others. It was damn cool to see some notables riding in and hanging out at one of the booths: former Guns and Roses guitar slinger Gilby Clarke, and Taime Down of Faster Pussycat. There is talk that next year’s gathering will include a V.I.P. ride through the canyons, out to the ocean on the Pacific Coast Highway with a stop for breakfast at the quirky and, yes, very old Old Place which is a mile or so down the road from the ranch.
It looks like it escaped from the movie ranch, and has some hellaciously great grub. It sounds like they found a way to make an already great day even better. If you think you might want to join in next year, mark your calendar for Oct. 14, 2018. The cost of admission is minimal, and you’re bound to enjoy the scenery while hanging with Russell and the family. And you’ll help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation while you’re at it. For more information about next year keep checking exilecycles.com or to make a donation directly to the foundation please visit www.teamintraining.or Instagram: Exilecycles.