If you’ve ever driven I-15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, you’ve probably noticed the exit for Zzyzx Rd. You’ve probably asked yourself what the heck is up with that name? And what the heck is down that road anyway?
From the I-15 exit, Zzyzx Road goes south. For six miles passing along a dried up soda lake bed, which was used for soda mining from 1907?–?1912. The stretch of hot desert coated with salt gives it a real Bonneville style feel. It’s a weird place, and turns out it actually used to be a spa. In 1944, a crazy evangelist dreamt up the concept and the Zzyzx Mineral Springs Resort opened on the land. The owner of the resort named it Zzyzx and came up with the slogan “the last word in health” to guarantee his spa would appear last in any alphabetical listing. Crazy genius…
For years the resort was a happening place, and then the gov’t shut it down after the evangelist tried to sell parcels of land. Today it serves as a Desert Studies Center for California State University. There are makeshift streets with whimsical names like Boulevard of Dreams that criss-cross the area. A number of buildings, which were undoubtedly the resort suites back in the day, now serve as dormitories / apartments for students, staff and employees. There is a natural spring here, which is surrounded by palmtrees and cattails and a family of ducks lives in the spring.
For a small, isolated place in the California desert, it’s pretty cool to check out once!
Some friends of ours asked us to help locate Emma’s (IG: emmelinerose) bike. It was stolen out of her garage in Long Beach last night. Please keep a look out. Here is a picture.
PLEASE REPOST Emma’s bike was stolen out of her driveway last night. It’s a 2012 black and silvertriumph bonneville t100, license plate number 20W6275, VIN SMT910K16CT529581. Predator exhaust, wrapped headers and biltwell clubman bars. Contact her at
Stoked to be a part of Lanakila MacNaughton’s Women’s Motorcycle Exhibition this December 22 at the Riverside Art Museum. The show will include large scale pictures, custom builds from around California and helmet art.
Being in the industry has it’s perks. We love the guys at Biltwell for always hooking us up! Got the girlfriend a new lid and some goodies for me!
Thank you Biltwell Inc. for making some of the coolest parts and accessories in the market!! -Sean D. (Burly Brand Marketing Dept. )
A deadly storm system which ripped through the Midwest on Sunday included the two most powerful November tornadoes that far north for more than 100 years, an expert said Tuesday.
Most powerful Nov. tornadoes to hit ‘that far north’ since 1911.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected. To donate funds to those in need contact Red Cross.
Carrie B. sent this picture in of her installing Slammer Shocks on her Sportster. Thanks Carrie!
Last weekend my buddy Gerry hit me up about his neighbors ’97 Xl 883 that only has 2,500 original miles. He knew the owner had it sitting in his driveway under some plastic for years and finally decided to ask him about it for me. The neighbor was interested in selling so I cruised over and struck a deal. Needless to say I got it for a great price and immediately began stripping it down on site.
After ditching the old man crap in the trash. We tore the wheels and front end off and disassembled the tail section. Once the parts were removed we cut off the rear struts, grinded them smooth and touched them up with some Krylon Gloss (a dead match to the frame color). Next was to paint the wheels, pulley and front end. As the wheels and pulley were pitted and semi corroded I went with Satin Krylon. This soaked up the paint and gave it a cool textured look. The front end needed a little cleaning up too so I ran some Sandpaper 1000 grit wet and knocked most the pits and imperfections out.
Once everything was painted and sorted it was all about bolting everything back together along with the parts I squirreled away for a rainy day XL Cafe project. I managed to stash some really cool stuff! The Burly Brand Cafe Tail Section, 15″ Stiletto Shocks, 1″ Clubman Bars and new Cafe Cable Kit coming soon. Working at Burly has it perks, having access to these parts is definitely one of them. Thanks Burly!! I’m also running some RSD parts like the Speedo Relocate, Fork Brace and Grips and Air Cleaner. Changed out the pipes for some V&H “Long Shots” that will not stay on the bike but a better alternative to stock. Not bad for a weekend, huh? -Sean D.
Vans, bikes, bands, beer and babes, all the ingredients you need for an epic show! This last Saturday in Whittier the Vanodolero Van Club and Rolling Heavy Magazine helped throw a great Van/Chopper Show/ Swap Meet not to be missed in years to come. This year they actually raffled off a 70′s Hevy Van for $25 raffle tickets. Check out the photos from the event below!
The Ace Café presented a preview party and auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA a couple weeks back. The Brough Superior Team and many others helped raise funds for the “Boot Campaign” at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles. The Boot Campaign helps war veterans achieve mobility by raising funds for artificial and prosthetic limbs.
The Peterson made for an amazing venue by offering their rooftop for the event. With a display of a few great bikes never before seen by the public it truly was a privilege to be invited. Two of such were to be raced at the Bonneville Salt Flats and given a chance to set world records for the first time.
Jay Leno was on hand to auction off gifts from sponsors, one of which was an old Cushman Scooter donated by Bruce Willis. He also generously auctioned V.I.P. group tours of his own garage in Burbank!
In addition, Jay placed the winning bid on a special Cafe Racer Triumph from the dudes at Dime City Cycle, helping the Boot Campaign reach their goal. After meeting Jay in person, I found him to be not only generous with his time, but also with his wallet. All in all, it was a very special shindig and we were proud to be involved!
Last Saturday at the Costa Mesa Speedway was the second Harley Night of the season. On Harley night the officials open the track between the main races to any Harley owner who wants to compete on the dirt track with there street machine. This year they allowed British bikes on the track so a bunch of guys from BA Moto gave it go! It was a very entertaining night to say the least.