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Events Calendar Update


With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing a stay-at-home order for NYC residents, local moto events for April though early June are being either rescheduled or canceled outright. We will do our best to keep you up to date on the latest developments. And while taking your motorcycle out for solo or small group rides may seem like a great way to relieve some stress, consider two things before you hop on the saddle ... less cars on the road has actually led to more incidents of reckless driving and several recent motorcycle accidents. With hospitals and emergency responders pushed to the limit dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus, you are putting your life at risk by riding, and straining an already overwrought medical system. Stay at home if travel is not essential. We are ... and we're using the time to do spring maintenance and some upgrades in a safe location.

NOTE: event posts on the NYC Motorcyclist calendar are a community service. Postings do not reflect an endorsement of events and should not be construed as condoning group moto gatherings during a pandemic. If you do decide to attend an event, we can only encourage you to do so safely, following up-to-date CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Latest News


Brother of the Wind & the Pen : The Key to Escape

June 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.

With summer on the horizon and hopefully some light heading our way, we are pleased to publish another of Sorez the Scribe's poems ... The Key to Escape.

#nycfamily #motocommunity #besafe #bestrong

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Motoveli Issue 4 heads online

May 22, 2020

A special internet release of Motoveli magazine hits the world wide web today, following in the footsteps of three stellar print editions covering moto culture in the 'Big Apple'.

"Motoveli Issue 4 Missions may not be the zine you wanted, or even align with your views of the world, but it’s the zine you deserve," says the mag's rider-in-chief Ryan Snelson. "For starters, it’s $free.99 and comes in a few parts ... All you have to do is keep scrolling to start."

Expect to see gritty COVID-19 response coverage, as well as some regular features and contributors this time around, including a return to the A-Files.

Go to Motoveli Issue 4 [+]


NYC Motorcyclist HOLD OPEN TO REWIND Contest

May 11, 2020

WE HAVE A WINNER: after two weeks of steady entries, we have a winner: Brooklyn, NY's Seth Grossman

With a decade's riding experience under his belt, Grossman can currently be found on a Honda VTX1800C. As to what makes a great motorcycle image for Grossman: "I like to see detail ... it’s a combination of people and cool bikes," he says.

Congrats Seth ... we will be in touch to get a mailing address for you new book ... a limited edition copy of the Jesse Padilla (aka Otter LaRouche) photo book Hold Open to Rewind (no. 200), featuring images from a variety of East Coast moto events from 2019, including Cheap Thrills, the App MotoJam, The Race of Gentlemen, the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and the Pat Perrone Poker Run ... to name but a few.

Thank you to all who entered ... and stay tuned for new contests on the horizon.

Contest Details [+]


NYC Hometown Heroes : Chris Peterson

May 5, 2020 | Kirsten Midura

While NYC is replete with heroes in the medical field, tackling the battle against COVID-19 head on, the local moto community has also stepped up with some creative and resourceful ways to help out: production and transportation of medical supplies — masks, hand sanitizer; rides for medical support staff; and even photojournalistic documentation of the city’s efforts.

We’ve partnered with Kirsten Midura from Engines for Change to talk with a few of these local moto icons about what they’re doing for the city, how they’ve been personally affected by the pandemic, and, literally, what keeps them going day to day.

Having felt the financial sting of previous downturns in the economy in her younger years, Chris Peterson can fully empathize with the hard times people are going through during the COVID-19 crisis ... worrying where the money for rent, food and all the essentials is going to come from as jobs evaporate and public social institutions are taxed beyond their means. But in true NYC fashion, the NBC 30 Rock stagehand and 20-year veteran of the city has stepped up to help deliver food to those most in need, and to disseminate information about food resources and distribution to those communities that have been hit the hardest.

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Brother of the Wind & the Pen : Essential

May 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 May's exclusive piece, titled Essential ... a poem about the fine line between freedom and safety during these trying times. Whatever your beliefs, stay safe and healthy.

#nycfamily #motocommunity #besafe #bestrong

Read the Poem [+]


NYC Spring Moto Inspiration

April 21, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

Local optometrist and events consultant Dr David Tai captures some interesting and artistic 360-degree NYC cityscapes from the saddle of his Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone using an Insta360 ONE X. Case in point is his recent circumfluous shot from a ride across the Marine Parkway - Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, a vertical-lift structure which crosses the Rockaway Inlet. Opened on July 3, 1937, the bridge connects the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, with Floyd Bennett Field, Flatbush Avenue, the Belt Parkway, and the Marine Park neighborhood in Brooklyn.

"I don't recommend riding on it unless you have thicker tires ... LOL," Tai says. 

You can see more of Tai's work on his Instagram @drdavidtai.

#motophotography #360images #motoguzzi #insta360 #motosandphotosnyc


Kickstarter coming soon for Lydia Roberts Collaboration

April 21, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

A Kickstarter for the first two issues of INTERDIMENSIONAL -- a new sci-fi anthology comic book written by Evan Schultz, and featuring artwork by Williamsburg-based illustrator Lydia Roberts -- is set to launch in early May.

Issue #2 will feature a post-apocalyptic, eco-terrorist biker gang, says Roberts, a speaker at the Motos and Photos : NYC event last December.

But rather than a typical desert-dwelling, hog-riding gang out of the Mad Max universe, @evanschultz's story is rooted in @lydiarobotica's' passion for dirtbikes and trials.

"Riders fly through the interconnected web of branches in an overgrown Pacific Northwest, pushing perusing rivals into hidden traps or dropping them to the forest floor below," Roberts says.

Stay tuned for details. And, while you wait, you can read more on Roberts here: NYC Motorcyclist Feature | Gallery | Lydia Roberts Official Website

#interdimensional #scifiart #comicbook #evanschultz #lydiaroberts #fineart #lowbrowart #heavymetal #dirtbike #motosandphotosnyc


Hometown Heroes : Series Hub Page

April 20, 2020

While NYC is replete with heroes in the medical field, tackling the battle against COVID-19 head on, the local moto community has also stepped up with some creative and resourceful ways to help out: production and transportation of medical supplies — masks, hand sanitizer; rides for medical support staff; and even photojournalistic documentation of the city’s efforts.

We’ve partnered with Kirsten Midura from Engines for Change to talk with a few of these local moto icons about what they’re doing for the city, how they’ve been personally affected by the pandemic, and, literally, what keeps them going day to day.

You can now access the entire ongoing series through one page.

Go to Feature Index page [+]


NYC Hometown Heroes : John Saponara

April 20, 2020 | Kirsten Midura

While NYC is replete with heroes in the medical field, tackling the battle against COVID-19 head on, the local moto community has also stepped up with some creative and resourceful ways to help out: production and transportation of medical supplies — masks, hand sanitizer; rides for medical support staff; and even photojournalistic documentation of the city’s efforts.

We’ve partnered with Kirsten Midura from Engines for Change to talk with a few of these local moto icons about what they’re doing for the city, how they’ve been personally affected by the pandemic, and, literally, what keeps them going day to day.

Motorcyclist John Saponara has been outdoing himself in the midst of this pandemic. The Brooklyn-based photographer has always been an avid volunteer, working with numerous local, grassroots community organizations. But while COVID-19 is taking its toll on New York City, John has been working to fabricate face shields, deliver supplies, document the pandemic through his own lens, and continually provide support to his friends, family, and everyone in his community. We recently had the honor of speaking with John and getting some insight into all the relief work that he has been doing.

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NYC Hometown Heroes : Will Davis

April 18, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

While NYC is replete with heroes in the medical field, tackling the battle against COVID-19 head on, the local moto community has also stepped up with some creative and resourceful ways to help out: production and transportation of medical supplies — masks, hand sanitizer; rides for medical support staff; and even photojournalistic documentation of the city’s efforts.

We’ve partnered with Kirsten Midura from Engines for Change to talk with a few of these local moto icons about what they’re doing for the city, how they’ve been personally affected by the pandemic, and, literally, what keeps them going day to day.

Next up is Dapper Tours NYC's Will Davis, who's using his Ural motorcycle-and-sidecar fleet — normally ferrying tourists around the Big Apple — to give free and safe rides for medical personnel in the city.

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NYC Hometown Heroes : Ryan Snelson

April 16, 2020 | Rahoul Ghose

While NYC is replete with heroes in the medical field, tackling the battle against COVID-19 head on, the local moto community has also stepped up with some creative and resourceful ways to help out: production and transportation of medical supplies — masks, hand sanitizer; rides for medical support staff; and even photojournalistic documentation of the city’s efforts.

We’ve partnered with Kirsten Midura from Engines for Change to talk with a few of these local moto icons about what they’re doing for the city, how they’ve been personally affected by the pandemic, and, literally, what keeps them going day to day.

First up is Motoveli magazine's rider-in-chief Ryan Snelson, who partnered with Masks For Docs to arrange pick up and delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals and individuals around NYC.

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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