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Lucky Wheels DIY Garage | BRO5

SponsorsAnya Violet
Photo by Monica Semergiu

Photo by Monica Semergiu

www.luckywheelsgarage.com

IG: @luckywheelsgarage

Lucky Wheels is happy to report that we’ll be back at Babes Ride Out this year to offer riders access to tools they may need to make any quick repairs on their bikes at the event!

What’s Lucky Wheels?

We’re a Do-It-Yourself Motorcycle Garage located in downtown Los Angeles. We offer the DIY-minded a place to work on their own bikes, as well as all the tools they need to do so. The shop is not only a place to find the tools you need, but a common gathering point for riders to meet up, socialize, and be creative together.

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Why do it yourself?

We’ve always had the mindset that working on your own bike gives you a greater connection to it, and the more you know about how it works, the better you can ride, and the more joy you get out of it. There really is nothing like having your bike break down and not being worried because you have the skills to troubleshoot the problem and get back on the road.

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One of the questions we get asked the most is, “What if I don’t know how to work on my bike?”. Well - none of us did at first! And to be honest, it isn’t rocket science! Most of the members at LW come from backgrounds that have nothing to do with mechanics or fabrication, and we don’t expect anyone to know anything more about mechanics than we do about their job. We try to foster a place where if you know alot, help those around you, and if you’re clueless, ask questions and learn. Lucky Wheels is a great community of motorcycle nerds of all kinds, from every background and just about any type of 2-wheeled machine you can think of from mopeds to choppers.

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What is LW doing at BRO5?

 If anything on your bike needs some attention during the ride, stop by the LW booth for access to some tools and help fixing it, if you want to do it yourself. We’ll have an on-site mechanic available to point you in the right direction.

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Los Angeles | Meet-up and Ride to Babes Ride Out 5

EventsAnya Violet

Looking for a group to ride out with to Babes Ride Out 5? Look no further! We will have rides leaving from Orange County, L.A., Arizona, Las Vegas and more.  For tips and tricks about riding in a group read the blog we wrote for Progressive MC HERE

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When:

Thursday 10/19/17

Arrive at: 10:00am

Kickstands up at: 11:00am

Where:

Name: Triumph of LA

Address: 8515 S La Cienega Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

Provided:

Coffee: Yes

Breakfast: Donuts

Free tire pressure checks: At Lucky Wheels

Route:

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Details:

Suggested rider ability: No Rider left behind

Suggested engine size requirements to keep up with pack: Ability to ride at HOV lane speeds (80 mph)

lane splitting: no

speed limit: Ability to ride at HOV lane speeds (80 MPH)

Gas stops: Yes

Notes:

arrive at  Triumph LA with a full tank of gas.

We will be riding to Lucky Wheels Garage, 255 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles 90033 to pick up additional ESMB women and do tire pressure checks. KSU from Lucky Wheels @ 12:00 noon.  Pack lunch.

Lead Rider Contact:

Name: Kim O’Reilly

Email : kimo@triumphofla.com

Instagram handle: @triumphofla , @triumphwomenofla

Phone Number:860-868-1703

 

Lucky Wheels DIY Garage is Returning to Babes Ride Out 5

People, SponsorsAshmore Ellis

Babes Ride Out is thrilled to welcome back Lucky Wheels Do It Yourself "Makeshift" Garage to Babes Ride Out 5 . They will be sending 2 lady mechanics from their garage to help out on site with heaps of tools . These guys can kinda do it all. Other than running a DIY garage in Downtown LA, they offer classes for maintenance, hold charity events, and also throw one hell of a camp out call the White Lighting Campout (Nov4-5th) Get to know Ty Neff, one of the Lucky Wheels founders and all around "nice guy" on today's blog. 

Images by : @oilandbones  @zachflash

 

Ty Neff: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Myself and best bud Jackson McGovern run Lucky Wheels Garage, a Do-It-Yourself Motorcycle Shop in Downtown Los Angeles
Website: www.luckywheelsgarage.com
@luckywheelsgarage
@luckywheelsty 

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Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into motorcycling:
I grew up in Southeast Texas and was always surrounded by quads and dirt bikes. It was just a
part of life down there. I actually didn't ride much as a kid - I was into skateboarding and
setting things on fire.I started riding motorcycles after meeting Jackson while I was living in Austin for school. We had some old Honda CBs we rode around town and wrenched on constantly. Been hooked ever since. I used to work in the film industry as a grip and moved to LA to keep doing that. The motorcycle obsession kept getting bigger and we decided to start the DIY garage. Jackson moved out here and the rest is history.

Current bike(s) you’ve got & what modifications you’ve done:
My main bike right now is a 1972 HD Shovelhead chopper. I bought the frame and motor on
chopper swapper and put the rest of it together at Lucky Wheels over the course of a few
months last year. The frame has some rake to it and a bitchin’ old blue paint job so I didn't
see any reason to touch that. I did all the fab work on the bike in our shop which basically
boils down to the exhaust, made the sissy bar, seat pan, fender/tank mounts, brake hanger,
etc. I got the front end from Yoshi’s missing the rockers and top clamp so I made those as
well. The bars are some Pangea Speed pullbacks that I shortened and turned out to make
some little mini apes. There’s probably a dozen handmade little parts I made all over the bike
but too small to list. I made everything from stainless and polished it to avoid having to pay
for a bunch o chrome.

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My other bike is a KTM 500EXC that’s pretty much bone stock, but I did vinyl wrap it in space
graphics and put an under glow kit on it.

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Tell us about what you do and how you got into it and how long you’ve been doing it:
I run Lucky Wheels with Jackson 5 days a week in downtown LA. It’s a DIY motorcycle shop
where riders can pay a monthly membership fee for access to lifts and tools. We have 7 lifts,
tons of hand tools, and a full fabrication shop with a frame jig, sandblaster, MIG and TIG
welders, etc. Lucky Wheels acts not only as a workspace for wrenchers but also as a gathering point for motorcyclists in LA. We host parties, events, group rides etc. on a monthly basis so it’s a good place to hang even if you aren’t the type to twist wrenches.

Best moto route / camping trip you’ve ever been on:
We ride down to Baja every year around New Years and it never disappoints. Offroad or
highway, the riding is always killer, the people super nice, and the tacos delicious. Last year
we rode down to Bahia de Los Angeles and I think that’s my favorite Baja destination so far.

Images by : @oilandbones  @zachflash

Meet Lucky Wheels Garage

DIY TipsAshmore EllisComment

Meet Ty, Cam and Jack of Lucky Wheels DIY Moto Garage in Los Angeles, CA!

 

We first heard about Lucky Wheels Garage from some friends of ours that have signed up for their workshops! They offer some really great classes like; Intro to Motorcycle Maintenance as well as provide a DIY workspace for rent so you can learn how to wrench on your moto yourself with all the tools you need. if you live in the LA area, stop by and say hi and see what they are all about.

The three of us met working in the film industry in Austin, TX and have been best buds ever since. We were working as grips on movies and tv, and found a common thread with some other grips who rode old Hondas, and we formed a little club called Deth Grips. The six of us rode and wrenched together constantly, and our hobby of tinkering on bikes turned into a complete obsession.

A few years went by and Cam and I moved to LA to continue careers as grips. We moved into a warehouse in east downtown and 18 months later we were basically living in a motorcycle shop. Our friends were constantly working on their bikes at our place, and we spent every minute we weren’t working on movies wrenching on bikes. Meanwhile, Jack and the other Deth Grips had started an unofficial co-op garage in Austin where they were working on bikes and providing a place for other local riders to turn a wrench. Both places had become gathering points for the DIY moto community in their own respects.

The three of us got a job on a movie in New Mexico and had a chance to go on a camping trip after the show wrapped. Cam and I were riding our Sportsters, and Jack followed in his 64′ Ford with an old 125 Honda in the back for getting rowdy in the dirt. We were sitting around the campfire one night and started spitballing, and the idea for Lucky Wheels was born. 8 Months later, after a lot of late nights, countless hours researching how to start a business, tracking down old tools and refurbishing them, finding a building and spending a month turning it into a suitable shop, it became a reality and we are super excited to see where it goes.

The goal for Lucky Wheels is to have a place where riders of any kind can gather and share our love of riding and turning wrenches. Lots of people in LA don’t have the proper space or tools to get projects done on their bikes, and that’s the gap we aim to fill. In addition to that, the growing community of DIY-spirited riders at the shop provides a non-intimidating, inspiring environment for people to do some bigger projects than they could get done alone. There is always someone around to lend some advice or an extra set of hands, or just to shoot the shit about bikes over a game of pool, and come up with new ideas for projects. After a month in business we have 20 members, and it continues to grow.

One of the coolest things so far is the people we’ve met at the shop. Our members are at a wide range of skill levels and ages, etc. Some are doing maintenance, fixing up old bikes, others are building choppers and trackers. It’s super cool to get a taste of every bike type and to see people’s excitement for their favorite types of bikes. Out of our 20 members, 5 are women, which we think is awesome, and it definitely beats the local ratio of male to female riders.

We have 4 lifts, a plethora of wrenches and hand tools, engine specific tools and precise measuring tools, a tire changer, soda and sand blasters, as well as a basic fab shop out back with MIG and TIG welders, a plasma cutter, tubing bender, fixturing table and frame jig. The sky is the limit for someone with the DIY attitude, and we are meeting lots of people who are stoked to have a place to take their customizing to the next level. We are also rolling out some retail upgrades this month, and we’ll be carrying custom parts and gear from Lowbrow Customs, Biltwell, and some badass local makers of riding gear, so stay tuned.

Another aspect of Lucky Wheels are the classes we’ll be offering in the coming months. Currently we offer an Intro to Motorcycle Maintenance class, where we go over the basic systems of your bike, demonstrate with some old motors, and we finish with a hands on oil change. As we move forward we’ll be offering some more specific/advanced maintenance classes, as well as some fabrication classes.

When we first heard about Babes Ride Out, we thought it was such a cool idea. We have lots of women friends who ride, and their excitement about an event to gather and ride was uncontainable. It’s so awesome to see how many women are riding from all over to attend Babes, and is inspiring to us to see women have such a great event to share their passion for life on two wheels. We are stoked to support Babes Ride Out in any way we can, and look forward to providing a welcoming place for women riders to hang out, improve their wrench turning skills, and ride. We are working with some local clubs to start a monthly ladies wrench night at the shop.

In terms of why we ride, it’s all about getting out to new places and meeting new people. We rode out to LA from Texas on our 70’s Hondas and we’ve been hooked on road trips ever since. Ride em don’t hide em!

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