The Lifestyle Riders or what some have now called us "The Wild Bunch" recently went on a ride to the Easy Riders HQ.
The ride was legendary.
20 bikes met at the Lifestyle Rider Club House in Palmdale and from there we rode to Agoura Hills to meet other riders at the new biker bar called Slingers just a block away from Paisano Publications home of Easy Riders, Biker, In the Wind, Tattoo, Flash, just to name a few magazines.
Thanks to Dino, he made it possible for us to have the chance of a lifetime to take a personal tour of the Paisano Publication building.
For those of you who do not know the significance of that name it is simply said like this, While the Muslims got their Koran. The Bikers have "Easy Riders" magazine. It stirs emotions and instills beliefs to them both.
So in essence were heading to the Biker Mecca the only difference is we enjoy looking at naked women while the other individuals believe if they see a naked woman they have to kill themselves. (So ladies flash a Muslim whenever possible)..
Dino is friends with one of the editors named Kim, and has graciously allowed our band of misfits to take a walk down the same halls once graced by "David Mann" and countless biker models and legendary bike builders like "Indian Larry."
Not sure about you but, that is huge and we can thank Dino for setting this up. For those of you who do not know it Dino knows some famous people including Lil Debbie who graced the cover of the August 1984 edition of the magazine (see her pic in the photo gallery). Apparently all 3 stay in touch after all this time.
We rode into Slingers and we were met by the manager Paul who was happy to see our group on a slow Saturday afternoon. We checked out the new bar and it is what every biker imagines a biker bar to be like. It has it all including a sexy bar tender ready to serve thirsty riders.
We met Kim at the bar and after introductions to the wild bunch we rode over to the magazine head quarters. As we all gathered out front of the building it brought back memories of school daze as kids going on a school outing to a museum or something. More like a candy factory with the way some of us were acting.
Kim took pictures of us all in front of the place. He then showed us one of the photo shoot areas with bikes lined up and it didn’t take long for the ladies to start giving their best “Biker” centerfold shots in front of the trademark white back drop (check out past photos of the mag and you will know instantly what I mean).
I think half of the guys would have been satisfied with just experiencing that moment. The ladies were having a fun time in front of all the cameras getting a glimpse into what it must be like to be in one of the magazines famous shoots.
When Kim opened the doors to the magazine office it was like a bus load of tourist got off a Hollywood tour bus. Cameras came out and photos were being shot of anything and everything.
The memorabilia inside this place was amazing.
Everyone treated the place like they were in a place where the Holy Grail was kept. Everyone was respectful for where they were except of course when it came to having their photo taken behind the big guys desk. For a moment everyone felt what it was like to be important running the worlds most well known magazine.
Kim gave us a great tour of the place telling us the history of the magazine and the changes with the times they had made.
My favorite moments was of course seeing some of the amazing photos and art work on the walls, especially that of my inspiration of biker ideology “David Mann.”
We also got to see the original lay out of “Lil Debbie” in the Easy Rider 84 issue of the magazine. Time may have changed some of the looks like most of us but, you have a feeling her fun and wild attitude is the same then as it is now.
After the tour we thanked Kim knowing he allowed us to be in a place where some riders only dream of going.
We headed back to Slingers for a great lunch. We all made plans of returning to the bar on a Sunday when the place is packed with bikes and the parties are going strong.
We rode back to the Club House to end the days ride but, the party continued with great friends. It happened to be my B-day and it was one I will never forget thanks to Dino, Kim and all of my friends.