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Love Ride to return with 1,000-rider 'retro' event

September 15, 2010 |  3:01 pm

LoveRideRetro Love Ride, an annual motorcycle charity event that went on an economy-induced hiatus in 2009 after 25 years, is back.

A spokeswoman for Glendale Harley-Davidson announced Wednesday its Love Ride Retro run -- a one-day ride that will lead bikers along a 40-mile route to the Calamigos Ranch in the Malibu Hills, just as it did when Love Ride began in 1984.

The event, which will take place Nov. 7 and feature Jay Leno as grand marshal, replaces Love Ride 26-1/2, a no-ride "biker's carnival" announced in the spring.

Although previous Love Rides drew as many as 18,000 bikers per event and raised as much as $1.7 million per ride to benefit various children's charities, Love Ride Retro is limited to 1,000 participants.

In an effort to recapture the feeling of the first Love Ride, the retro event will feature one of its original performers -- Robby Krieger of the Doors -- and raffle Bruce Springsteen's autographed guitar from his 1996 Love Ride show.

-- Susan Carpenter

Image: Glendale Harley-Davidson

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