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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

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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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The Global Moto Family : Rockers Unite

February 14, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

While we at NYC Motorcyclist cater to New York City and the surrounding area, and stats show a majority of our readers hail from New York, we do have some fans throughout the US and other moto hubs around the world. Case in point ... a request to purchase a photo we took at the 14th annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party of a standout Shovelhead engine case ... from the French Southern rockabilly band Abilene.

Lead vocalist Didier CERE reached out over email last summer with the request for an album cover image, and the story of his brother Sergio, who rode a Shovelhead and was in an awful accident more than two years ago, leaving him bedridden in hospital. The traditional rock 'n' roll album, Take No Prisoners, released independently this past January, and an upcoming music festival are a fundraiser to help Sergio get the care and rehab he needs. Moto family, no matter where it is, is family ... so we donated the image without question.

Recorded at Kleplin and Celestine studios (France), and mastered by Jerry Tubb (TX, USA), the 10-song album features an eclectic mix of great covers, including David Bowie's Heroes, personally retitled Sergio My Hero, Eddie Cochran's Summertime Blues, Motorhead's Bomber, Billy Lee Riley's Red Hot, Quiet Riot's Cum on Feel the Noise, Gun's Race with the Devil, and a french version of Brian Setzer's Radiation Ranch (Le Rade Des Zombies).

A number of people donated their talents to the project, including CERE's personal friend Bruno Boussard, who looked after the artwork.

"It warms my old rocker heart to see some are still humans in this world," CERE said, adding, "(it's going) to be a long fight, but we'll never give up ... he is my little brother."

Abilene features Jean-Michel CALLEJA and Jean-Pierre MEDOU on electric guitar; Pascal Lahuche DAVANT on bass; and Daniel QUENARD on drums.

Give it a listen. It will definitely throw some positive energy into your day.



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Hold Open to Rewind

February 10, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

Photographer, colleague and friend Otter LaRouche, aka Jesse Padilla, released his latest book offering today for pre-order. Hold Open to Rewind is a special, limited edition hardcover landscape photo book featuring a selection of 170 images captured by Padilla across the USA in chronological order over the past year. All photos were shot on various types of film using 35mm and medium format, accompanied by words from Maxwell 'Rubsy' Barna.

Padilla, a past Motos and Photos: NYC guest and one of the photographers documenting the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in NYC last year, can be found at many moto events throughout the year capturing his gritty style of moto lifestyle images.

"I have a surprise for those who attended the DGR..... chances are, you're in this book," Padilla said.

You can read more about Padilla in our feature from March 19, 2019 -- The Gritty World of Otter LaRouche and see his gallery from the 2019 DGR.

Each copy of the new 8.5 X 11" book -- limited to 250 -- will be signed and numbered. Get your order in quickly. ($46 + Taxes and Shipping Costs)

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Brother of the Wind & the Pen : Bonnie

February 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 February's exclusive piece, titled Bonnie ... an ode to a chopped and rebuilt '69 Triumph Bonneville.

#nycfamily #motocommunity #motofamily #sharethepassion
#honorthosearoundyou #bikeremembrances #bonnie #pastrides

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2020 | NYC Motorcyclist

Wishing our readers, followers, supporters, contributors and sponsors all the best in 2020. For those we've worked with over the past year, we look forward to continued partnerships and successes. We also hope to live up to our mandate of promoting and covering the NYC moto community, and inspiring those within to achieve great things in the coming year. Cheers to a new decade of moto adventures and camaraderie. As always we welcome comments, suggestions and submissions from you ... any ideas you think will make NYCMotorcyclist.com a valuable resource in your daily moto lives. Feel free to email us at rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com.

#motocommunity #supportlocal #motonews #motocalendar #motofeatures


Brother of the Wind & the Pen : Jacob's Ladder

January 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 January's exclusive piece, titled Ride on Through ... a missive welcoming renewal and the clean slate that comes with the New Year ... if you can let go of the past.

#family #motocommunity #motofamily #sharethepassion
#honorthosearoundyou #happynewyear #renewal #cleanslate #nycfamily

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Season's Greetings

December 12, 2019

Wishing our moto fam, sponsors, readers and contributors a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2020.

Rahoul Ghose
Publisher/Editor

#seasonsgreetings #merrychristmas #happyhanukkah #2020wishes #motocommunity #nyc #motofriends #motofam #supportlocal #buildcommunity


Motos and Photos : NYC Submissions Winners

December 9, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

#motosandphotosnyc December event TOP 5 winners, as announced at the Season 2 opener at Kickstarter HQ, Dec. 5, were:

1) Ryan Handt, 2) John Saponara, 3) Ken Geiger, 4) John Saponara | Ken Geiger (tie),
6) Kofla Olivieri

Entries, with the subject 'Your favourite 2019 riding moment', were voted on by our board -- Rahoul Ghose, Ryan Snelson, Kirsten Midura and Mike Higgins. Congrats ... and remember to keep tagging your NYC moto photo moments with #motosandphotosnyc. See you in 2020 with Vol. 2 Part 2 of the series.

#motoartists #nyc #brooklyn #motorcycle #photography #ridecoverage #motoportraits #motomeetup #ridingoffseason #motoveli #nycmotorcyclist #supportcommunity #givingback #motosandphotosnyc #motoart #motofilms #motocinematography #motosandmovingphotos


IMS 2019 at the Javits : Gallery

December 7, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

With fewer manufacturers represented at this year's IMS in NYC's Javits Center -- Ducati, Triumph, KTM, and Indian Motorcycles were noticeably absent on the corporate side -- the annual motorcycle show seemed a little smaller. But enthusiasm definately surrounded the Harley Davidson booth, which featured several of their new Livewire electric offerings. And nice weather this weekend translated into larger crowds, even for the event's public opening Friday at 2PM.

Locals were well represented with a vibrant vintage section featuring booths and bikes from The Miss-Fires, ARHMA, & the USCRA, and DIY workshops from MotorGrrl Garage. And the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show saw entries from perennial winners A&J Cycles and first-timer and Motofellas rep Pete Inga, who brought his 1980 Shovelhead FXB chopper.

Our gallery features images from the media day, Friday, Dec. 5, and more moto goodness from Sunday, Dec. 7.

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Motos and Photos : NYC : Vol 2, Part 1 -- The Wrap

Dec. 6, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

A huge thank you to our sponsors -- Kickstarter, Moto Spirits, Godspeed Co and Motoveli -- and all those who attended the season opener of Motos and Photos : NYC, Dec. 5 in Greenpoint. We had seven past speaks -- alumni -- come out to support, as well as a host of new fans in the 75-person audience. Stay tuned for details on our next event, tentatively set for mid-February 2020.

For those who didn't get a ticket, you can still read our feature interviews with photographer Mark Squitieri (link), motovlogger The Illestrator (link) and artist Lydia Roberts (link) here on NYCMotorcyclist.com. And you can view The Illestrator's motovlog on winter riding -- done exclusively for Motos and Photos -- below.

a rant about riding in the winter in nyc || the illestrator

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Added to lineup was the short documentary debut from NY/LA fashion photographer and filmmaker Sam Gold. GH RASTA CLUB follows a garage of Ghanaian stunt bikers on the outskirts of Accra. The bikers are salesman during the day, buying and selling used motorbikes in Carprise, one of the largest bike markets in West Africa. However, their real passion is motocross stunt riding. As Ghana currently has no bike arena, they illegally take to the streets as their training grounds. The majority of the stunt riders are Muslim, which works to their advantage as a majority of Ghana’s police force is Christian and therefore do not work on Sundays. The lack of law enforcement enables the bikers to orchestrate a big show on a quiet street in Jamestown, without permits, to massive crowds every Sunday. Enjoy ...

gh rasta | sam gold

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