Black leather and blue denim dominated south Glendale on Sunday morning as 1,000 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts rumbled to the starting point of the annual Love Ride.
After the recession forced a one-year hiatus in 2009, founder Oliver Shokouh, owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale, was back leading the event he founded in 1984 to support charity and celebrate the riding life.
"Last year we hit a snag, but everyone else did, too," Shokouh told a crowd as riders registered at tents outside his San Fernando Road shop and admired the souped-up Harleys parked on nearby streets.
Over the years, the ride has raised more than $14 million for children's charities. This year's beneficiary is Autism Speaks.
In the past, tens of thousands of riders clogged San Fernando Road and Glendale Avenue at the start of the ride, headed for festivals at Castaic Lake or Pomona. This year, the crowd was limited to 1,000 riders, and the post-ride party was at Calamigos Ranch in the mountains above Malibu, the destination of the original Love Ride. Robbie Krieger, guitarist of the Doors, was among the riders and performed at the ranch Sunday.