This past Sunday, a multitude of motorcycles made its way to American Honda headquarters in Torrance, California, for the Ride for Kids Los Angeles. Each year, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation holds a police-escorted event to raise awareness and support for the work done by the nonprofit and its many volunteers.

This year Grom owners were invited to display their custom-built minibikes among the many hopped-up Metropolitan and Ruckus scooters in attendance. The level of detail applied to these small-wheeled machines was astounding. Each bike was individually modified to meet the owner's personal tastes, and the results drew a massive crowd.

I participated in the 35-mile ride on a 1982 Honda MB5 owned by Bonnier Motorcycle Group Testing Manager Ari Henning. The event raised more nearly $100,000 for the foundation, which funds research for pediatric brain tumors, which is the leading cause of cancer death in children. Here are some of the coolest bikes that I spotted along the route.

honda mb5 static side view
My day started on Ari Henning’s Honda MB5, a two-stroke, five-speed motorcycle that Honda briefly sold in the US in the early 1980s. Ari bought this bike in California and competed on it in a 24-hour endurance race. He has since added lights and turn signals so it can be ridden legally on the street.Brody Cox
custom motorcycles in ride for kids event
Once the first wave of custom small-bore bikes began to roll in, I started to realize the level of detail that had gone into every one of these unique machines.Brody Cox
two stroke honda ruckus
Everyone stopped at stared when this guy showed up on his two-stroke—yes, two-stroke—Ruckus. It sounded mean.Brody Cox
honda ruckus with two stroke engine
Here's a better shot of the two-stroke Ruckus. Just look at it. If there's one thing I love, it's an engine swap, and this is the coolest example that I've seen in a long time.Brody Cox
custom honda grom motorcycle
This Honda Grom has a ton of unique detail work, including hand-painted mufflers, an extended swingarm, custom distressed paint, and beefy billet triple clamps.Brody Cox
honda ct90 static 3/4 view
I have a soft spot for most small-bore motorcycles, including Honda’s CT90. This 1968 model is the last year of the leading-link fork and twin rear sprockets but the first year of the manually switchable dual high/low-range transmission. Check out the fork/handlebar-mounted rifle holder, a rare factory accessory that’s almost impossible to find.Brody Cox
custom honda hobbit motorcycle
I used to own a Honda Hobbit just like this one back in high school. This one has been modified with better suspension, a tuned exhaust, and a welded-in backbone, among other things. This moped uses a CVT transmission, just like what you’ll find in most scooters.Brody Cox
custom stretched kawasaki zx 10r motorcycle
Wait a minute, that’s not a minibike. Who let in the guy with the stretched, turbocharged Kawasaki ZX-10R? Kidding, of course. This is BMG Social Media Specialist Brian Hatano’s personal bike. I had to throw it in here because he’s put so much work into this project, and I was jazzed to finally see it on the road.Brody Cox
custom motorcycles in crafted parking lot
The ride ended at Crafted, a large-scale handmade artisan marketplace and brewery located at the Port of Los Angeles. There were bikes as far as the eye could see.Brody Cox
guy sitting on his honda ct70
After the 35-mile, police-escorted ride, the mood was light. Along the way, we picked up a few extra riders, like this proud Honda CT70 owner.Brody Cox
custom stretched honda grom motorcycle
Long and low: This stretched Honda Grom’s stance was right on the money, and I really dug the Ruckus headlight treatment.Brody Cox
custom honda chaly motorcycle
This Honda Chaly was imported from Japan and had every possible bolt-on accessory you can buy. It was truly out of this world.Brody Cox
minibike motorcycles on display at event
After a crowd gathered around the minibike display, awards were handed out for the best Grom, Ruckus, scooter, and “WTF” bikes.Brody Cox
custom motorcycle winners of ride for kids event
The winners from the four individual classes posed for a photo.Brody Cox
motorcycles that won the best of awards
From left to right: Best Non-Ruckus Scooter, Best Grom, Best WTF, and Best Ruckus.Brody Cox
honda ruckus burnout at ride for kids event
What beats a victory burnout from a two-stroke Ruckus? Very little. The Ruckout portion of the Ride for Kids event was a huge success. I’m already looking forward to next year. There’s no such thing as too many minibikes.Brody Cox