The Art of Motorcycles


Bryan Helm: Immortalizing Moto Culture

To view Bryan Helm's moto and vintage race images is to get a rare, insider’s look into motorcycle counterculture, its embrace of gasoline-sparked, two-wheeled machines, and the ties that bind a timeless brotherhood together.

The original Indian Larry crew with Paul Cox and Keino Sasaki; Billy Lane and his Sons of Speed vintage trackers; and the fearless souls who battle through The Race of Gentlemen ... just a few of the subjects immortalized through Helm's documentary lens over the past two decades.

His style and philosophy are not unlike the legendary documentary photographer from Queens, Danny Lyon, who inserted himself into biker culture in Chicago in the late '60s, capturing the mood and feel of a an oft sidelined segment of society.

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g.d.m Offers Moto Storage Alternative

The brainchild of NYC Gotham Riders founder Ronnie Pichson and his husband Stefon Davis, the Gotham Depot Moto Storage – or g.d.m. – opens its doors this month in Greenpoint as the latest of the city’s community garage motorcycle facilities.

It’s everything a boutique facility could offer … wide parking spots, private storage units, individual electric outlets for trickle charging, lounge space and tunes … all in an upscale, designed, almost club-like atmosphere.

A jazzy version of Billy Holiday’s Autumn in New York plays over the speaker system, while visitors are greeted by slate-colored brick walls, stainless steel lockers, dark brown bamboo veneer wall cladding, tin tile wallpaper … reminiscent of British pub ceilings, two covered skylights, black metal roof beams, and black reflective lines on the floor, designating motorcycle spots.

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Featured Video

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride NYC 2023 Teaser — Matt Koffel, Nikolai Berger & Zoltan Suhay


The 2023 NYC Distinguished Gentleman's Ride united more than 1000 gentlefolk and 800-plus classic bikes May 21 in aid of prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources, with the 'Big Apple' raising a city record $235K through rider donations and local contributions.

This year's inspired video -- courtesy of filmmakers Matt Koffel and Nikolai Berger -- will cover the panoramic start at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, the ride up the Westside Highway, back down the FDR and across the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges before the group landed in the Meatpacking District for après festivities including live music by Julia Haltigan. For now we have a nice teaser to share with you.

Many thanks to all who participated this year: the enthusiastic riders, the generous sponsors, our dedicated volunteers, and the spirited, untiring organizers for a hugely successful event.

NYC ride hosts Mike Higgins, Allister Klingensmith, Chris Logsdon, Hatim Banaja and Rahoul Ghose are honored to be a part of this great experience. Relive the day and don't forget to bookmark next year's DGR date: Sunday, May 19, 2024.

Stay dapper folks ... and keep the rubber side down.

Video credits:

Matt Koffel: co-director, cinematographer and editor (@mattkoffel_)
Nikolai Berger: co-director, cinematographer (_nikolaiberger)
Zoltan Suhay: cinematographer (z_motophoto)

Check out the seven DGR NYC 2023 Photo Galleries. And if you have a New York City motorcycle-related video you'd like us to showcase on the site, contact us at or via IM @nyc_motorcyclist.

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We have been involved with this classic global fundraising ride in one form or another for the past 10 years, directing events in LA and helping the incredible organizing team here in NYC. The 'Big Apple' took top global honors in 2022 and 2019. The event pairs classic rides and dapper dress to raise funds for prostate cancer research and mental health funding through the Movember Foundation.


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. Sorez the Scribe has graciously agreed to pen some inspiration for the NYC Moto community each month.


NYC Hometown Heroes

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 & transportation of medical supplies — masks, hand sanitizer; rides for medical staff; and even photojournalistic documentation of the city’s efforts.


Mods vs Rockers NYC

It's an idea we at NYC Motorcyclist have been mulling over for a couple of years now ... reviving the Mods vs Rockers event in New York City. Cafe racers, scooters, a meet-up, a circuitous ride, bands, food, drinks ... pie-in-the-sky aspirations. We are putting out feelers right now to gauge interest from the British Iron set and their Vespa rivals for an event set for 2022. Get involved!


Motos and Photos : NYC

We're building a community of NYC-based motorcycle photographers and artists, promoting interchange, common events, mentorship, education and inspiring content through a regular, off-season, sponsored photo night here in the city. We profile artists, photographers & cinematographers, who offer up their experiences, inspirations and advice.

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