If you’re in the market for a moped, hunting for a bobber, tuning up a Harley or rebuilding a Moto Guzzi, then look no further. From choppers and hogs to sports bikes and tourers, when it comes to finding the best bike shops in the Greater Los Angeles area, we’ve got you covered.
South Bay Customs
115 Penn St.
El Segundo, CA 90245
Owned and operated by Los Angeles native Michael Schreiber, South Bay Customs is a full-service motorcycle shop that has an enviable customer service reputation. Throw in some live music, an art gallery that doubles as a showroom and a stunning array of hand-crafted motorcycles and customers will think they have died and gone to hog heaven. With a focus on V-Twin parts, service and custom design, this is one bike shop that can handle it all, from a simple service to a custom fabrication.
Choke Motorcycle Shop
4157 Normal Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
From sticking throttle slides to beat up handlebars, this Los Angeles-based bike shop with a neat retro vibe — and a collection of cool pinball machines — has your back. Specializing in servicing and parts for vintage ‘peds and motorcycles, Choke also offers a great selection of bikes from Slovenian scooter manufacturer Tomos. Good service, great atmosphere and a solid team of mechanics makes Choke a mecca for moped lovers in the City of Angels.
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Garage Company Inc.
956 W. Hyde Park Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302
Owners of vintage motorbikes looking for a customized restoration should suit up and head over to Yoshinobu Kosaka’s legendary Inglewood-based Garage Company. The massive shop is filled with a variety of biking apparel, merchandise and motorcycle memorabilia from around the globe including an awesome 1969 750cc KR-TT Harley-Davidson racer. Not only does Yoshi’s team build some seriously awesome bikes, but its roster of mechanics includes former Speedway and Dirt Track racer Sonny Nutter.
Atlantis Motor Corp.
3300 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
This downtown LA bike shop — which services both foreign and domestic motorcycles — enjoys a well-deserved reputation for its superlative customer service. Founded by longtime moto fanatic John Q., this small neighborhood shop is a home away from home for bikers who share John’s love of smoke, gas and grease. From cafe racers and bobbers to street fighters and choppers, the guys at Atlantis have seen them all. They’ve even done work for Arctic Monkeys’ frontman and moto gear-head Alex Turner.
966 Vendome St.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Fair warning: the yard adjoining this old fashioned mom-and-pop-style bike shop is a treasure trove of classic European and Japanese bikes from yesteryear so petrol-heads may spend more time here than initially anticipated. The Illuminati mechanics — under the watchful eye of proprietor Barron Gunter — deliver solid repair and fabrication work and are clearly well versed in their craft. A hidden gem located behind Club Los Globos just off Sunset Boulevard, the business has good ties with the local biker community – in 2012, Illuminati sponsored the 3rd Annual ESMB Babes on Motos Event.
Julian Gothard is an internationally published freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. You can check out his popular RVing and travel column at Examiner.com.