Harley-Davidsons bearing Barbie dolls and stuffed animals idled Sunday morning in south Glendale at the starting point of the 23rd annual L.A. Toy Ride.
Event coordinator Richard Wagner said more than 1,000 riders would roar to the Fred Jordan Mission on L.A.'s Skid Row to hand out toys to homeless children.
"The toys the kids get today might be the only ones they get this year," Wagner said.
Many of the riders are the same ones who gathered at Harley-Davidson of Glendale last month for the Love Ride — a party on two wheels and fundraiser for children's charities — founded by shop owner Oliver Shokouh.
Alan and Margarethe Rucker of Shadow Hills are veterans of both rides. The Love Ride usually takes a winding path to a scenic destination, while the Toy Ride is a straight shot to Fifth Street downtown.
"This is fun, too," Margarethe Rucker said. "It's for the kids."