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Oct. 15, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose | photo: Mike Higgins

2018 saw a host of Distinguished Gentleman's Ride fundraising records broken, both internationally and on the local scene. NYC became the highest ever US-based ride in the standings, finishing second globally with literally just seven 'Benjamins' under $200K raised. London finished tops with $308,756, and DGR founding city -- Sydney, Australia -- took third with $177,585. Los Angeles ($125,554) and Melbourne, Australia ($89,501) rounded out the top five. The USA ranked as the top country with $1,822,729 raised of a worldwide total of $6,047,280.

On the local front the New York Classic Riders topped the team category with $73,292 raised of a $90K goal (finishing 3rd worldwide), followed by Motofellas (13th) with $24,466 of a $10K goal. Congrats to the NYCR for being the top non-corporate team in the world, behind only Triumph and Zenith Watches, and to Motofellas who more than doubled their original target.

Saving the best for last, Vincent Nicolai topped the NYC tables and finished 2nd in the world with $27,380 raised, earning himself a brand new Triumph Bobber Black and a self-imposed clean shaven face ... for the first time in eight years. He is now known locally as 'Baby Face' Nicolai. NYC's top five also included: Chris Mitchell ($6,201) -- 34th in the world; Walter Siegl ($5,271) -- 47th; Jason Hodrinsky ($4,095) -- 84th; and Russell Elliott ($3,972) -- 91st.

Put next year's date on your calendar -- Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.

DGR NYC Local Standings [+] | 2018 NYC DGR GALLERIES: 1 | 2

detail from girad fox's 1922 henderson | rahoul ghose

The Prestige : Gallery

Oct. 13, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Elmsford, New York's Prestige Custom Cycles hosted The Prestige custom motorcycle, art and photography show Oct. 13, a grassroots affair which drew steady crowds throughout the day despite a wet morning, weather-wise. Check out our photo coverage from the inaugural event, featuring bikes, the galleries, and the personalities who attended.

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motoveli issue 2 release panel: doug gordon, amparo abel-bey, cru jones and ryan snelson | rahoul ghose

Motoveli Issue 2 Release Party: Gallery

Oct. 13, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

The Motoveli Motorcycle Magazine Issue 2 release party at Triumph Brooklyn in Williamsburg -- Friday, Oct. 12 -- brought out several of the publication's profiled riders with 'zine Rider-in-Chief Ryan Snelson leading two panels -- featuring Doug Gordon, Amparo Abel-Bey, Cru Jones and Kynsho founder George Crichlow -- in a discussion on motorcycling in New York.

In addition to celebrating the second issue of Motoveli, which went on sale that night, the event also showed off Kynsho's new crossover cowls.

Many thanks to the dozens of local moto enthusiasts who came out to show community support ... close to 60 people. The gallery -- true to Motoveli style -- is in black and white.

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It’s therapy, plain and simple

Oct. 12, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

I playfully call it ‘psycho’ therapy, dealing with the plentiful talking heads during a week’s work … something that cures a racing mind and soothes my often-restless soul.

To be honest I have always been a loner … group rides, rides with friends … they have their place.

But it is those solo two-wheeled jaunts, the smell of gasoline, and oil as it heats up, the feel of rubber on asphalt in sharp turns – grips and slips, the roar of a twin hitting top gear at high revs early in the morning before cagers congest the streets … and the sound of my favorite tunes filling my helmet and mind with positive bliss as I watch the tach needle bob up and down.

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Motorcycle DNA

Oct. 12, 2018 | Ryan Snelson, Motoveli Motorcycle Magazine

I was talking to a kid about electric skateboards at the Pump Track in Williamsburg. He was skating the Boosted mini and I mentioned having the longboard. We decided the only real difference between boards was in foot position and length. We talked briefly about how maneuverable and portable the boards were in different scenarios.

I gave him a Motoveli sticker for his helmet, and he asked if Motoveli was a motorcycle magazine about riding gas bikes or about riding electric bikes. I was so stumped because I never thought about it before. I said that we ride gas motorcycles ... but that we could ride any kind of motorcycle.

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TARFORM combining new tech and vintage moto aesthetics

Oct. 10, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

More innovation on the electric motorcycle front is coming out of Brooklyn, with Swedish start-up Tarform announcing a new torquey, 700-cc single-cylinder-equivalent entry into the market last night at a New Lab innovation center launch event in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The brainchild of CEO and co-founder Taras Kravtchouk, who locals may know from the artist studio space Craftsman Ave in Gowanus, Tarform was spawned out of “a clear consumer interest in electric vehicles and the rise of modern vintage motorcycles.”

The trick was to make Tarform's latest non-petrol motorcycle look inspiring enough for riders to make that transition from a combustion engine to an electric-powered two wheeler, Kravtchouk says.

The new, fully electric, zero emission premium motorcycle – currently taking the form of cafe racer and scrambler prototypes – is in fact a marriage of new and old, combining modern, cutting-edge tech with the aesthetics of vintage design … a bike for the 21st century, if you will, using sustainable materials and smart connectivity.

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the prestige t-shirt artwork | ken stork

The Prestige inaugural bike, photography and art show this Saturday

Oct. 8, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Featuring bikes from Indian Larry and Girard Fox of Basketcase Productions (a 1922 Henderson), photography & art from Douglas Thompson (Tempus Deficit), Mark Velazquez, Jimmy Frizzell, Richard Fuggetta, and Bryan Helm, and host of moto sponsors, The Prestige hits Elmsford, NY this Saturday for what organizers hope will be an annual fixture on the local moto calendar.

The grassroots motorcycle, photography and art show, hosted at Prestige Custom Cycles – in Westchester – Oct. 13, also includes food trucks, dyno pulls, raffles, giveaways … and music by Red, White and Brews. A rain date is set for Oct. 14.

The shop – located at 12A W Main Street in Elmsford – specializes in Harley-Davidson service, maintenance, performance and repair work.

Co-sponsored by Legend Suspensions, The Prestige will also include numerous vendors: Doug Hames Cigars, Barking Mad, Sandra Cook from Sew That Now, pinstriper – Dave the Captain and NY Firehouse Grille.

The show runs from 10AM to 5PM.

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride: International Wrap Video

Oct. 8, 2018 | Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

The 2018 International DGR wrap video, featuring 76 cities, is LIVE (Music: ELEVATE, Ugly Duckling). Yes, NYC is in there with some nice scenes (starting at 3:38) courtesy of Xizmo Media and Will Carr. The local video promises to look incredible this year with some stunning drone and in ride footage. Stay tuned.

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Motoveli Magazine Release Party (Issue #2)

Oct. 5, 2018 | NYC Motorcyclist

MORE INFO SOON: But mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 12 as Motoveli Magazine will be hosting a party at Triumph Brooklyn from 7 to 9 PM to celebrate the release of Issue 2 of the Brooklyn-based publication for "riders and creators. Not to give anything away, but the new issue features articles on Safe Streets, NYPD Harassment, Social Media, Addiction, Parking and more. Motoveli issue 2 'Hot Wheels' includes featured riders @ampy0907, @cruface_killah, @fz09_nyc, Doug Gordon/Brooklyn Spoke, and contributions by @nyc_motorcyclist, @luciferspride, @bgrhymes, @bikesbitesandbooze, @ryansnelson, and more ...

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NYC Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in Photos

Oct. 4, 2018 | NYC Motorcyclist

Seven New York-based photographers volunteered their valuable services in documenting this year's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride though Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Some shot while riding, some were passengers on the back of a bike, and some found stationary positions along the route, which took 800-plus riders over the Williamsburg and Queensboro Street bridges, through Central Park, Columbus Circle and Grand Army Plaza, and down the FDR, ducking under the Manhattan Bridge. The group, fronted by ride leaders Mike Higgins and Allister Klingensmith, included DGR founder Mark Hawwa as well as a host of international and local sponsors, members of Motofellas NYC and their DGR build -- the Dapper Braaaper, and fundraising giant Vincent Nicolai and the New York Classic Riders, who were the top non-corporate fundraising team in the world.

The gallery is not in chronological order, but rather seeks to highlight the movement and moments from the day while showing off the talents and unique styles of Geoff Barrenger, Ethan Covey, Mike Higgins, Taisiya Lazareva, John Saponara, JJ Sereday and Mark Squitieri. You can view the images as a collection, clicking on thumbnails to view larger versions. Or you can isolate each shooter's images by clicking on their names in the menu bar below. Enjoy the gallery, and if you use one of the photos in your social media, please credit the photographer. FOR THE LOVE OF MOTORCYCLES ...

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North America's No. 1 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride : Gallery

Sept. 30, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

An image sampling of some of the distinguished characters who helped to make NYC the top North American ride, and second in the world this year ... from the start and finish at Peck Slip in South Seaport, and the midpoint stop at Natural History Museum, where a group photo was taken.

The local ride -- which took the suited, 800-plus, two-wheeled group through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens -- was a huge success, in no small part to the hard work of New York's finest who led, and blocked off intersections to keep us moving. A gentleman's tip of the helmet to them, DGR founder Mark Hawwa, ride organizers Mike Higgens and Allister Klingensmith, and sponsors for an incredible day supporting a worthy cause: funding prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources.

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DGR Dapper Braaaper Bike Build Gallery

Sept. 23, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

As an added incentive for NYC fundraisers, this year local Distinguished Gentleman's Ride organizers are raffling off a custom 2007 Triumph America motorcycle. The 'Dapper Braaaper', is an amazing bobber-meets-dragster-inspired bike build spearheaded by DGR NYC ride host Jason Hodrinsky, in collaboration with Brian Ballard of A & J Cycles, and a host of parts suppliers and talents, including British Customs, Biltwell, Motorgrrl, MotoFellas builder Chris Zahner and custom painter Ronnie Melendez of Weights and Paints. Overall build sponsor Zenith Watches helped to fund parts from Mickey Thompson, Barnett (custom throttle cables), and Buchanan's, who supplied Sun 21" rims and spokes. A&J kicked in some Avon rubber. And members from the MotoFellas helped with final assembly Sept. 22. The bike will be raffled off at the post ride finale event on Sept. 30 with the lucky winner selected from those NYC registered riders that qualify for entry by raising at least $50 in donations through their ride donation page.

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Sept. 18, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

A few images from last Saturday's NYEF event ... Downtown Williamsburg's Velosolutions Pump Track, along the East River, played host to a brand new eBoard & eSkate festival, Sept. 15.

Free and open to the public, the New York eBike/eBoard Festival was the brainchild of the pioneering folks at Filipacchi, a day which featured all of the industry's leading eBoard, eBike and eMotorcycle brands, including: Boosted Boards, Evolve Skateboards USA, Inboard Technology, Zero Motorcycles, Thousand Helmets, Shredlights and NYC Eboarding. Filipacchi showcased Enki Cycles, LEIF Technologies and BajaBoard.

Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party 2018

Sept. 17, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Whether it was the collection of inspiring rides -- including one the Ghost Rider would have felt at home on, marveling at Cole Freeman's stunt riding, collecting our 9/11 Ride coin from the NYC Punishers PJ Marcel, following Makoto Endo's brush strokes as he completed another stunning bike portrait, or just taking in the scene ... Indian Larry's 15th Annual Grease Monkey Block Party in Williamsburg did not disappoint.

The smell of gasoline, oil, cigars and BBQ permeated the air ... and the sun came out to play.

Enjoy our gallery from this year's event, including a collection of East Coast bike personalities, lots of iron, and a host of moments from the day.

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Sept. 16, 2018 | NYC Motorcyclist


Yuce rides a Ducati Monster S2R and describes his favorite local ride as Rt 106 @ Harriman. We will be contacting you via email to get shipping details for your new helmet. Congrats from NEXX North America and NYC Motorcyclist.

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Vaktare: Moto-Inspired Gear Combining Style and Safety

Sept. 12, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

This month we sit down with Vaktare owner/designer Estefan Duarte, whose collection of city-inspired jackets are now available in NYC through Fillipachi in Manhattan. Combining style and safety, the jackets offer urban riders and commuters a new option for protection, on and off the bike. Retailing for $400 to $850, depending on the style and materials, Vaktare jackets can accommodate back, shoulder, and elbow armor, and come in both leather and wool variations. You might have seen some of the Los Angeles-based company's offerings last December at the IMS show in the Javitz Center as part of the SHIFT display.

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15th Annual Grease Monkey Block Party the Saturday

Sept. 10, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

WILLIAMSBURG, NY – The 15th annual Grease Monkey Block Party celebrates everything Indian Larry loved: being surrounded by kick ass bikes, ice old beers, delicious BBQ, live music and more!

The Block Party is free to enter and enjoy. Pay-as-you-go food and drink are available, vendors will be out in full force to sell their unique products, and the Indian Larry showroom will be open selling tees and parts.

September 15, 2018 | 70 North 15th Street, Brooklyn
Bike Show | Tattoo Artists | Bands | Art
11 AM to Late

#indianlarry #harleydavidson #indian #blockparty #motocommunity #choppers #knucklehead #shovelhead #classic #bikeshow #chopper

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Brooklyn Invitational 2018 Gallery

Sept. 8, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

The brainchild of Keino Sasaki, John Copeland, and Jessica Lee Wertz, and sponsored this year by Indian Motorcycles, Tarform Motorcycles and New Era, the 10th Annual Brooklyn Invitational hit Williamsburg's Root Studios Sept. 8 with a stunning collection of more than 30 motorcycles from around the world, showcased in two rooms.

In addition to Keino and Copeland, designers represented included: Andy Carter, Aki Sakomoto, Austin Johnson, Cheetah Osawa, CT Newman, Dave Polgreen, Jamie Waters, Jasin Phares, Jason Jessee, Jeff Leighton, Jeff Wright, Jeremy Cupp, Justin Walls, Karichiroh Kurosu, Mitsuhiro Kiyonaga, Nick Van Woert, Oliver Jones, Paul Wideman, Reece Zylstra, Roland Sands, Ryan Grossman, Scotty Stopnick, Taras Kravtchouk, Warren Heir Jr., Yuichi Yoshizawa and Yoshikazu Ueda. The event, held in a 16,000 square foot photo studio, presented these iconic motorcycles from diverse genres -- "the best bikes from the best builders" -- in a setting akin to a gallery, accompanied by a musical program and local vendor booths.

Check out our gallery of images from the event: the bikes and people, both inside and outside the Root Studios.

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Motorcycle School Celebrating Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sept. 5, 2018 | Motorcycle Safety School

BROOKLYN, NY – Motorcycle Safety School (MSS) is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month this coming October by raising awareness through women-only classes and promotional pricing.

Women can try out motorcycling by taking an Introductory Motorcycle Experience class at a 50-per-cent discount, as well enroll in a women-only MSF Basic Rider Course at Spring Creek in Brooklyn the weekend of Oct. 13.

In New York State, the number of women enrolled in motorcycle training has increased. Last year the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program taught more than 17,000 new students how to ride a motorcycle, of which 19 per cent were women.

“We are thrilled to have more women embracing motorcycling and receiving the proper training,” says Ben Zadrozny, NYSMSP program manager.

According to 2015 Department of Motor Vehicles statistics, 10,159 women hold a motorcycle license in New York City counties. Between 2015 and 2017, Motorcycle Safety School saw a 28-per-cent increase in women being trained at its’ Brooklyn location.

“Women are finally finding out how exciting motorcycling is,” said BettyRae Lorenz, a certified MSF RiderCoach for 15 years. “They are also loving the camaraderie.”

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride NYC Profile: Paul McManus

August 20, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Early testing and discussion on men’s health issues keeps you on the road of life

For Brooklyn born and raised moto enthusiast Paul McManus, the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) – and its fundraising support for prostate cancer research – hits very close to home.

The now 61-year-old retired FDNY fire marshal tested positive for ‘the second most diagnosed cancer in men’ almost a decade ago, but early detection and treatment gave him a new lease on life.

“I believe that early testing and detection is extremely important – I was diagnosed at a relatively young age,” says McManus, who plans on riding in his first NYC DGR this coming September. “In my case, there weren’t any palpable tumors, as my cancer was still in the chemical stage. If it hadn’t been picked up by a PSA exam, who knows if I’d be here to do this interview. Prostate cancer is a slow-moving cancer, but it can still be deadly.”

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Split'n Lanes Dodgin' Gutters Gallery

August 19, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

After a year outside in the heat and sunshine as The Lot, Basket Case Productions' Splitin' Lanes & Dodgin' Gutters made a triumphant return to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg for its fourth year – Sunday, Aug. 19 – boasting an impressive collection of rarely seen classic and vintage motorcycles, a DJ, an in-house tintype photographer, food, drink and bowling.

For event co-organizers Girard Fox and Tim Warner, SL&DG is quite literally a labor of love, a chance to showcase close to 50 hand-picked motorcycles ranging from the teens-era, through the late '70s. But it is also about community. Bringing bikes and people together ... even if the elements don't oblige.

Check out our gallery of images from the event: setup in the morning, the motos on display, and some of the incredible details guests were treated to.

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New York eBike/eBoard Festival debuts in Williamsburg

August 17, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose | video: Filipacchi

Downtown Williamsburg's Velosolutions Pump Track, along the East River, will play host to a brand new eBoard & eSkate festival, Sept. 15.

Free and open to the public, the New York eBike/eBoard Festival (NYEF) is the brainchild of the pioneering folks at Filipacchi, a day which features all of the industry's leading eBoard, eBike and eMotorcycle brands, including: Boosted Boards, Evolve Skateboards USA, Inboard Technology, Zero Motorcycles, Thousand Helmets, Shredlights and NYC Eboarding. Filipacchi will itself be showcasing Enki Cycles, LEIF Technologies and BajaBoard.

Located at 318 Kent Ave in Brooklyn, NYEF kicks off at 11AM with a DJ, MC, free demo rides, free giveaways, raffles, and complimentary food and drinks. Each eBrand will have a scheduled 15-minute time slot -- 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 PM -- for a brand ambassador and/or a leading influencer to engage the audience and demo on the track. A night ride, organized by NYC Eboarding, caps off the event at 7 PM.

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride: Riding & Raising for a Cause

August 16, 2018 | Triumph North America

Prolific Distinguished Gentleman's Ride fundraiser and New Yorker Vincent Nicolai takes Triumph North America on a ride through the city and explains why raising awareness of men’s health issues is so important. Learn more at To support Nicolai's fundraising efforts this year for the Sept. 30th ride, visit his DGR profile page at:

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