After a one-year hiatus because of the sputtering economy, the Glendale tradition in which motorcycle riders hit the hills to raise money for charity will return Nov. 7.
This year's Love Ride will be limited to 1,000 riders as they rumble from Glendale to the site of the original event ??? Calamigas Ranch in Malibu.
"We wanted to go back to our roots and start over again," said Harley-Davidson of Glendale owner Oliver Shokouh, who started the Love Ride and watch it grow to 20,000 people in 2008. "We wanted to do something simpler, more intimate and exclusive. And more fun, hopefully."
This year's event will feature high-profile riders, including television host Jay Leno and Robbie Krieger, guitar player for the Doors. Krieger is a safe bet to perform "Riders on the Storm" at the festival.
The ride will benefit Autism Speaks, a national organization that researches causes and cures for the developmental disorder that afflicts an estimated one in 110 children.