An Early Morning Shot of Café Bikes

Classic and custom motorcycles gather at the Petersen Automotive Museum for the Breakfast Club Cruise-In

The Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano

Scroll through the gallery to see all 25 pics from the Café Bike Cruise-In

Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano

Did you know that Motorcyclist magazine was once part of the Petersen Publishing empire during the '70s. '80s and '90s? Although Motorcyclist had been in print for decades (since 1912, making it the world's first and oldest motorcycle magazine), it was a struggling entity when the late Robert E. "Pete" Petersen made the decision to buy and add the title to his group of thriving automotive magazines including Hot Rod and Car Craft. Motorcyclist flourished under the PPC umbrella and Petersen soon launched an MC spin-off called Dirt Rider along with two other titles, Sport Rider and Motorcycle Cruiser, all of which are now brands of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group.

Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Larry Romestant (with a friend) rode in on Romestant’s two highly modified BMWs. Larry and his bikes were featured on Jay Leno’s Garage recently. The mods and details are too many to list here but you can read all about both machines on his website at www.specialks.net. Scroll through the gallery at the top of this page to see more pics of Romestant's customs.Brian Hatano

Pete sold PPC in ’96 to focus on the development of the Petersen Automotive Museum. The Museum, located in the prime business district of Los Angeles at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire is currently undergoing a major redesign that will soon display a more refined collection of cars and motorcycles.

Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano

The Museum remains open during remodeling and one of our favorite events at the Petersen is the Breakfast Club Cruise-In that takes place on the last Sunday of each month. It’s a casual affair for owners of any classic, exotic, hot rod, muscle car or motorcycle that can wake up early enough to get together on the Museum’s upper parking tier. Oftentimes there'll be a special theme to attract a certain type of car or bike such as this month’s Café Bike Cruise-In. Flip through our photo gallery and see the bikes and people that showed up.

Paul Garson
We ran into our buddy Paul Garson, a freelance moto-journalist who was covering the Cruise-In for one of the internet sites. Garson, the first Editor In Chief of our sister publication Hot Bike, rode in on his faithful BMW that has served as his daily ride for over 16 years. It's a mish-mash of parts with a 1978 frame powered by an '82 RT engine.Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Kelsi Blauvelt recently rode her 1974 Honda CB750 from Michigan to her new home in SoCal. She made the trip in two-and-a-half weeks, riding through whatever inclement weather Mother Nature could throw at her including hail. Kelsi, who enjoyed some sightseeing along the way, said that making the trip on a 40-year-old bike wasn’t without mechanical issues, recalling a stop in Oklahoma City to replace the points.Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Kelsi Blauvelt's mostly stock 1974 CB750 still bears Michigan plates.Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Abhi Eswarappa has a bike blog called bike-urious and also owns this 1968 Honda S90.Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
There are no identifying emblems on Drew Newman's café'd custom but we hear it's a 1978 Honda 750.Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
The Cruise-In was breaking up when Damian Saavedra (left) buzzed across the lot on his 1966 Gilera 106 with his buddy Christian on his 1976 Suzuki A100.Brian Hatano
Damian Saavedra's 1966 Gilera 106
Damian Saavedra's 1966 Gilera 106Brian Hatano
Damian Saavedra's 1966 Gilera 106
Damian Saavedra's 1966 Gilera 106Brian Hatano
1979 Honda 350 Café Racer
This 1979 Honda 350 Café Racer is owned by Hollywood special effects guy Sean Gordon. Gordon lusted after this vintage bike for 15 years and he finally acquired it in 2011. It was originally built for actor James Cromwell (Trekkies, he played warp-drive inventor Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact, and the warden in The Green Mile) and was recently restored.Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
A top side view of Drew Newman's café'd 1978 Honda 750.Brian Hatano
2004 K1200RS engine
Larry Romestant's "K1200 Beast" is based on a 1987 K100 frame with a 2004 K1200RS engine and 5-speed transmission. Visit Romestant's website for more info on this bike at www.specialks.netBrian Hatano
2004 K1200RS engine
2004 K1200RS engineBrian Hatano
Larry Romestant's "K1200 Beast"
The dash of Larry Romestant's "K1200 Beast"Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano
Larry Romestant's "KAgusta"
Larry Romestant's "KAgusta" is based on a 1997 K1100LT frame with a 2004 K1200RS engine and 6-speed transmission. Visit Romestant's website for more info on this bike at www.specialks.netBrian Hatano
Larry Romestant's "KAgusta"
Larry Romestant's "KAgusta"Brian Hatano
Larry Romestant's "KAgusta"
Larry Romestant's "KAgusta"Brian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Breakfast Club Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive MuseumBrian Hatano