FTW Gear Brings Motorcycle Culture to the Masses

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Josh Chesler
T-Rod (left) and Crash (right) stand on each side of one of T-Rod's most famous custom motorcycles.

If you ask Rodrigo "T-Rod" Requejo and Nick "Crash" Dagger, the acronym "FTW" can stand for a whole host of things. The common online usage (particularly 5-10 years ago) of "For the Win" isn't one of the first phrases a FTW Gear's owners think of, but they're leaving it open to interpretation.


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2016 Scion iA and iM Models Hug the Canyon Roads Like Much Pricier European Sportscars

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One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

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Scion
The Scion iM (left) and iA are the first newly designed models from the Toyota brand in 3 years.
It was total coincidence that had me at Dave Wilson's South Coast Toyota in Costa Mesa Sunday afternoon, when I sat a few feet from rows of 2015 Scions. That's when it struck me how much different those cars look compared to the 2016 Scion models that I test drove three days before even though they won't hit American showrooms until September.


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Hyundai Motors America in Fountain Valley Gets Unwelcome Visit by United Auto Workers

Categories: Labor, Ride Me

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PRNewsFoto/Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai USA headquarters in Fountain Valley
About 30 United Auto Workers members and supporters marched to Hyundai's North American headquarters in Fountain Valley as their comrades hit 23 dealerships around the country Thursday to deliver a letter addressed to President and CEO David Zuchowski that accuses the South Korean automaker of providing low wages and unsafe work conditions.

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6 Ex-Celeb Cars to Give Dad for Father's Day, Courtesy of Russo and Steele Newport Beach

Categories: Events, Ride Me

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All photos courtesy of Russo and Steele
Outrunnin' with the Devil
Waaaay bitchen vehicles once owned by the likes of John Wayne, Burt Reynolds, Eddie Van Halen, Richard Carpenter and other celebrities go on view starting at 9 this morning in Newport Beach--before they are rolled into daily Russo and Steele auctions Friday through Sunday.

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Pedego Trips the Electric Bike Fantastic

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Pedego
The electric bike on the left is like the one I rode, but that's not me standing next to it.
This is another in an occasional series on consumer vehicles powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines, my tears or other alternative sources.

Oil slicks, drunken drivers and snapping mutts are banes of many bicyclists' existence.

Mine is "The Hill."

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Santa Ana Opens OC's First Bicycle Huts

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BikeConnect.org
Hut to it!
Just in time for Bike to Work Week, the City of Santa Ana announced it is the first city in Orange County to install integrated modular bike huts. What is an integrated modular bike hut? It's an enclosed place where you can safely store your bike--for a fee, of course.

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Pump Documentary on Breaking the Oil Monopoly Rolls at UC Irvine TONIGHT

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Fuel Freedom Foundation
It's a gas, gas, gas ...
UPDATE, APRIL 27, 7:42 A.M.: Updating to remind that the documentary about oil dependence Pump screens at 6 this evening in Room 134 of Steinhaus Hall at UC Irvine. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/455308817958911/.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco Drives Like a Hybrid But It Actually Gets the Unleaded Out

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One in an occasional series reviewing consumer vehicles that are powered by water, natural gas, electricity, hybrid motors, high-efficiency gasoline engines or some other alternative source.

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Photos by Matt Coker/OC Weekly
Yes, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco will get you to Baghdad by the Bay no problem at all.
Whenever I tell a friend I am writing about an electric or plug-in hybrid car, the first question I am invariably asked is, "Will it get you to San Francisco?" Why yes. Eventually. The people asking don't drive to the Bay Area as much as I do; I have family up there. But the question points to a car-buying mindset that minimizes every-day driving because, I guess, people figure if a vehicle can take you 414 miles in one trip (with a stop or two to fill up), it will automatically take care of their shorter commuting needs.

Might I point you folks to the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco?


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Peter Heinrich Conrad Reinert Tied to Scams Involving Hybrid Cars, Anti-Counterfeiting

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RipOffReport.org
Keep reading before you buy in.
An Irvine businessman has been hauled into federal court and remains in custody for allegedly duping about 50 investors out of at least $3.6 million in scams involving technological "inventions" to thwart counterfeiters of state documents and increase gas mileage of any car to 150 mpg.

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Back to the Future DeLorean Restoration Film is Pushed into the Present with a Local's Help

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Universal Pictures
Tinker away, Doc Brown.
A Laguna Niguel marketing company is helping to spread the word about a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary on the plight to save the DeLorean "time machine" from the Back to the Future movies.

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