The California arm of the 59 Club carries on the original club ideology and passion for cafe racers and vintage motorcycles like BSA, Norton, Triumph, AJS, Matchless, Royal Enfield, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, BMW, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. Our members come from all walks of life; blue-collar and white-collar, male and female. Most members are in their 30s or 40s who’ve been riding for a long time, some are educated professionals, and some have families, most of us ride on the weekends, some of us ride every day. Overall the club has a very diverse mix of people and backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common, riding vintage or classic British, European or Japanese bikes and café racers.
As an officially recognized section with card-carrying members all over Southern California we keep true to club traditions; therefore we have no club officers, no politics, very few rules, and we have zero tolerance for personal drama, racist or sexist attitudes, drug use or criminal activity. You don’t have to be a Greaser or love Rockabilly to join our section, but you do have to own, ride and maintain a bike that reflects our club history and traditions, you have to understand our club philosophy, and hopefully feel a kinship with what we represent. We also support other clubs with similar passions.
Overall we want to keep our club and our sections focused on meeting up at out-of-the-way locales, fun rides, camaraderie and sharing a few rounds of beers with your mates. We ride as a group, and often with other Southern California-based clubs. We attend music & bike events, weekenders, and basically enjoy the biker lifestyle as the original Ton-Up boys and Rockers did in 1950s and 1960s Great Britain. And where ‘cracking the ton’ was a customary rite of passage in England, it is too a rite of initiation for the California branch of the legendary 59 Club, among other traditions such as jukebox ‘record racing’ between pubs and diners.
With 59 Club Sections in the Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield, Monterey Bay, and Orange County areas, there are always major bike events to attend, and there are numerous like-minded bike clubs to ride with. We attend several annual rides in San Diego, Orange County, Kern County, and Los Angeles; the annual Hansen Dam ride here in L.A., the annual Venice rides, and numerous other bike events around Southern California. As a club we try to enjoy all that Southern California has to offer by way of winding mountain roads in the east, beautiful coastal rides north, far away cafes and restaurants, long freeway excursions away from traffic and city congestion,… or sometimes we just ride down to the local pub for a pint or two. Come join us, all are welcome. Cheers mates
California Section ~ 59 Club of England