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Miniature Moto: Samantha Jarmasz

April 2, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

Rebelling against her university fine arts background, Calgary, Alberta-based flight attendant, moto artist and vintage bike enthusiast Samantha Jarmasz has an eye for great detail and a penchant for miniature watercolors.

The 29-year-old currently specializes in creating commissioned reproductions of motorcycles and cars that are just slightly bigger than a large postage stamp (about two inches wide and tall).

We discovered her incredible work after seeing two pieces she did for NYC’s own off-road guru, Steve Kamrad, and felt compelled to explore further. We weren’t disappointed.

Check out our Q & A interview with Jarmasz, or enjoy a small collection of her work in the NYC Motorcyclist galleries.

Read the Feature [+] | View the Gallery [+]


Brother of the Wind & the Pen : Distance

April 1, 2020 | Sorez the Scribe

For biker scribe Eddie ‘Sorez’ Pliska, poetry is as much about capturing his passion for the moto lifestyle and the raw energy of two-wheeled travel in prose, as it is about documenting determination in the face of the often-harsh struggles of life. He has had his fair share of both.

Here is April's exclusive piece, titled Distance ... a poem capturing the strange times we find ourselves in with coronavirus upending everyone's lives: forced isolation, panic over food shortages and job shutdowns ... a new stark, hopefully temporary reality. The light at the end of the tunnel is us, helping one another, looking out for one another, being of service to our friends, family and immediate community.

#nycfamily #motocommunity #motofamily #brotherhood #sisterhood #honorthosearoundyou #cometogether

Read the Poem [+]


How to help in NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 23, 2020 | Ryan Snelson

Motoveli is working directly with Masks For Docs to deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals and individuals around New York City.

There are 4 ways to volunteer:

Riders ➡️ Use the sign-up form at the bottom of motoveli.com/blog/moto-volunteers to volunteer for upcoming motorcycle missions.

Doctor/nurse/hospital needing supplies? ⬇️
masksfordocs.com/need

Have supplies? ⬇️
masksfordocs.com/volunteer

Start a motorcycle squad in your city ⬇️
Self-organize and connect with Masks for Docs chapter leaders.
masksfordocs.com/volunteer

If you sign-up to ride in NYC, the group will reach out to you directly as missions begin to form. Sorry we can not answer all DMs right now. Please see above links if you have supplies or know healthcare workers who need supplies.

Right now the group's main communication is on Twitter @ryansnelson and Instagram @motoveli.

Please practice social distancing and self-isolation when you’re off the bike. Be 6ft away from each other. ATGATT.

Sign up to Help [+]


THE ONE MOTO SHOW 2020 : Gallery

March 9, 2020 | Ryan Handt

NYC Motorcyclist contributor, Motos and Photo: NYC alumnus and noted Brooklyn-based moto photographer Ryan Handt generously shares some photos and thoughts from this year's The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon. The 11th annual motorcycle show and dirt track event was staged at the Veterans Memorial Colosseum this past February ... 10,000 beers, 5,000 high-fives, 200+ bikes, five bands, 70 vendors, 20 partners, 15 race classes ... all under ONE roof.

"In past years, the show was in old factories. The charm of the locations, mixed with the custom motorcycles felt right. They had their touch, which I personally loved for the light that would streak through in the early hours of the day. But it was cold and hard on your feet," Handt says.

View the Gallery [+]


Clutch Moto bringing ‘Cali’ to the Garden State

March 5, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

The owners of Bayonne, New Jersey’s latest café offering – Clutch Moto – hope to bring a little bit of their native ‘Cali’ vibe to the area, and to the local motorcycle community as a whole, when they officially open their doors this coming Monday.

Fernando and Kim Castaneda’s concept for a moto-inspired community coffee house has been in the offing for a few years. The couple moved to New Jersey from Los Angeles, CA in 2017 and had official approvals for the new shop – located at 590 Avenue C and previously a pharmacy – well over a year ago.

But they took their time to get things right … that meant choosing a first location that wasn’t already served by an established café, getting to know the local motorcycle community, and designing an environment that felt like a home away from home for the couple, who are currently also expecting their first child.

“We were under the radar for two years as we wanted to make sure we could follow through on the idea,” Fernando says, adding Clutch Moto’s inspirations can be seen in both the café’s menu, and in the interior design of the sleek, modern, yet comfortable space.

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Motos and Photos : NYC ... What's Happening

March 4, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

Due to both family and personal illness ... and a crazy work / shooting schedule over the past three months, we have not had the time or energy to organize and host our regular off-season Motos and Photos events thus far in 2020. We still have a few events being planned and will announce dates and speakers when the details are finalized. We are sorry for this but promise we'll be back soon.

If anyone has ideas as to who they would like to see profiled -- local moto photographers, artists, filmmakers -- feel free to drop us an email at rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com with your recommendations. Many thanks to the NYC moto community for your patience and understanding.


Brother of the Wind & the Pen : Hard Core Soft Heart

March 1, 2020 | Sorez the Scribe

For biker scribe Eddie ‘Sorez’ Pliska, poetry is as much about capturing his passion for the moto lifestyle and the raw energy of two-wheeled travel in prose, as it is about documenting determination in the face of the often-harsh struggles of life. He has had his fair share of both.

The local poet and Road Scribes of America co-founder has graciously agreed to pen some inspiration for the NYC Motorcyclist community each month. You can read more about Sorez in a feature NYC Motorcyclist published in the spring of 2019. Here is March's exclusive piece, titled Hard Core Soft Heart ... a callout to the coming of spring and renewal, evaluating your life, moving forward, and remaining true to who you are.

#nycfamily #motocommunity #motofamily #brotherhood #sisterhood #honorthosearoundyou #wintersend

Read the Poem [+]


Lorenzo Minischetti: Communicating through Art & Motorcycles

February 19, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

What is the purpose of art ... social commentary, personal introspection, a platitude to those things loved and admired in life?

For illustrator, typographer and moto enthusiast Lorenzo Minischetti it’s really a blend of all three.

When he’s not designing logos and font types commercially, the Brooklyn-based Italian transplant devotes his artistic talents to capturing elements of the local moto scene in art.

“I’ve always liked drawing and art, not so much as a medium for self-expression, but as more of a communication tool,” says the now 32-year-old, who studied industrial design at the Politecnico di Bari in Italy and graduated with a major in graphic design.

Whether it’s illustrations decrying the treatment motorcyclists receive at the hands of local police – with mass towings and dubious traffic stops, calling out inattentive drivers on their phones, or paying tribute to a close friend’s long-time ride … NYC is replete with rebellious inspiration.

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Photographer Spotlight

Otter LaRouche

New York, NY

Mark Squitieri

New York, NY

Marco Penajoia

New Jersey

Debbie Fitch

Baltimore/New York

Dean Chooch Landry

New York, NY

Stan Evans

New York/LA

Grace Roselli

Brooklyn, NY

David Goldman

Brooklyn, NY

Ryan Handt

Brooklyn, NY

Bart Ksiazek

New York, NY

Artist Spotlight

Samantha Jarmasz

Calgary, AB

Lorenzo Minischetti

Queens, NY

Darren McKeag

Cedar Rapids, IA

Lydia Roberts

Brooklyn, NY

Stefania Gallico

Fort Lee, NJ

Caroline Perron

Montreal, QC

Danilo de Donno

Lecce, Italy

Sorez The Scribe

Brooklyn/Jersey

Douglas Thompson

Connecticut, MA

Derick Miller

New York, NY