The Distinguished Gentleman

A film about the power of community in the face of hardship

Split'n Lanes Dodgin' Gutters

Highlighting a world without cruise control at Brooklyn Bowl

Gentleman's Ride 2019

DGR sets up for Year 8 : NYC aiming for 200K and global glory

Marrying Cinister Passions

An interview with illustrator and moto enthusiast Stefania Gallico

Curbside D'Elegance

Inaugural Motofellas motorcycle show hits Bushwick

A & J Cycles Open House

Moto event raised more than $5,500 for the Angioma Alliance

Moto Market NYC

Gallery from the summer event at Low Tide Motors

Entering 'Helmet Mode'

Images from Motoveli Issue 3 release party

Touring NYC from a Sidecar

Dapper Tours NYC navigating the city in style

This is Spartan!

SHARK and the Science of Modern Helmet Design

Ryan Handt

Finding Your Voice Behind a Lens

Brit Iron and 1970s NYC

Allan Tannenbaum's Life Comes Full Circle

IMS NYC 2018 Gallery

Moments and details from the 2018 Progressive IMS

Thruxton999 After Dark

A Triumphant Labor of Love ...

Vaktare Motorwear Co.

Fall Season Moto Fashion and Function ...

The Prestige

Grassroots custom bike, photo and art show at Prestige Custom Cycles ...

TARFORM Motorcycles

Electric offering combining new tech and vintage moto aesthetics ...

DGR NYC through 7 Lenses

2018 NYC Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Gallery in Motion ...

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Indian Larry

Check out our gallery from the 15th Annual Grease Monkey Block Party ...

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Check out our gallery from the 10th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show ...

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2019

The NYC skyline and bridges makes for a picturesque DGR route. | photo: ethan covey (@ethanhcovey)

DGR NYC extends global lead to 14K

September 16, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose (daily updates)

With 12 days to go before the 8th annual Distinguished Gentleman's Ride kicks off worldwide, NYC holds 1st place with $104,363 raised (444 riders) for prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources ... $12K ahead of last year's winners, London, England. A rousing 'Tally Ho' to our incredible fundraisers as we push for our city goal of $250K this year.

Dominating our local riders list is Vincent Nicolai -- 1st globally with $16,137, followed by Howard Brodsky ($6059), Ron Gushue ($5190), Michael Lagudis ($2703) and Joel Knutson ($2682). Top team for the city currently is the NY Classic Riders (including mega-fundraiser Nicolai), with an incredible $28,015 raised, followed closely by Triumph Brooklyn at $22,411.

Get signed up for the NYC ride, one of 700 cities participating, at The global goal for 2019 is $7 million. The US is again the top fundraising country so far with $899,310 of the the total raised -- $2.878 million -- to date.

Get involved, get hyped ... and if you're a man in your 40s, get checked out.

#gentlemansride #movember #ridedapper #dgr2019 #dgrnyc2019 #dgrnyc #distinguishedgentlemansride #105K

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September 14, 2019

DGR NYC threw in a challenge last week to spur some friendly competition. It certainly boosted fundraising for the week. And now we're going to boost the spirits of our winner!

Ron Gushue – $4,098

Congrats Ron. Ride organizers will be in touch to get you the DGR NYC Prize: Essentials Pocket Square, Silversteed's Tie Clip, and Tools of Gentry Keyring.

To everyone else, keep up all the good work and fundraising. Together we'll reach our goal, top the world, and give our all for the cause.

DGR NYC Organizers

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NYC E-Bike and E-SK8 Festival: Gallery

September 14, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Gray skies couldn't dampen the spirits of E-bike, E-SK8 and E-board enthusiasts, who took to the Velosolutions Pump Track in Williamsburg, off the East River, for the 2nd annual NYEF, Saturday, Sept. 14.

Hosted by Filipacchi, the free festival featured a DJ, MC, free demo rides, free giveaways, raffles and complimentary food and drinks, as well as a host of relevant brands, sporting their latest gear. Check out some images from the day.

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'Valentina' models show off new line during fashion week | photos: rahoul ghose (@thruxton999)

Crepax by Lasprogata launches line at Filipacchi Fashion Week show

September 14, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Former Filipacchi manager Denise Lasprogata launched her new summer fashion line at the Nolita-base action sports store Thursday evening. The swimwear collection is inspired by the iconic Italian femme fatale Valentina, the heroine of illustrious comic book artist and graphic novelist Guido Crepax. The collection -- Crepax by Lasprogata -- is available for pre-orders online at:

NYC Premiere of The Distinguished Gentleman : SOLD OUT

September 11, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Tickets for the NYC premiere of the short documentary, The Distinguished Gentleman, which debuts on the world stage at the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival, are now sold out.

The 17-minute short film documents “the power of community in the face of hardship.”

In February 2019, Queens, NY-based moto enthusiast Vincent Nicolai almost lost his life in a near-fatal accident when a propane tank exploded in his garage while he was working on his motorcycle. The accident consumed Nicolai’s motorcycling legacy, including his two Triumphs, his tools, and all his collectables, and left the community leader with serious burns over more than 40 per cent of his body.

As the news hit social media, the New York City motorcycle community rallied behind Vincent to raise more than $77,000, a communal act of solidarity with an element of karma; Vincent, himself has raised over $70,000 for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a motorcycle charity that funds prostate cancer research and promotes awareness of men’s mental health issues, depression and suicide prevention. Vincent’s persistent, annual efforts to raise money for the cause has had far-reaching impacts. In addition to providing financial support to men in need, he also has inspired others to fundraise for DGR and has built a strong network of friends and family who came through in his own time of need.

When Kathoefer and Midura heard about Vincent’s accident and the rallying efforts of those around him, their film team knew this story had to be told … how, in the wake of the accident, Vincent’s family and motorcycle friends came together in an astounding way.

The evening, Oct. 9 at Kickstarter Headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will include a cocktail hour, a step-and-repeat/red carpet, the film screening, and a Q & A panel with Vincent Nicolai and exec producers JP Kathoefer & Kirsten Midura.

For more info, visit

poster artwork: @tempusdeficit | poster layout: @motoveli

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9/11 Ride for Richie 2019 : Gallery

September 10, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

More than 2,000 bikers turned out for the 9/11 Memorial 'Run for Richie' Motorcycle Ride Sunday in remembrance of the 18th anniversary of those who served, protected, volunteered and gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Led by PJ Marcel and hosted by the NYC Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club as a fund-raiser for the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the ride bears the name of Richard Allen Pearlman -- 'Richie' -- the youngest first responder to lose his life that tragic day.

Our gallery features images from the start at the Aqueduct Racetrack Parking Lot in Jamaica, New York ... the official ceremony, the bikes and those there honoring the day. We also had the pleasure of riding out with the NYC Gotham Riders to the venue. Tomorrow, Sept. 11, 2019, take a quiet moment to remember the bravery and sacrifice of New York responders on 9/11 and the civilians who lost their lives.

#neverforget #nyc911run #newyorkspiritneverdies

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September 6, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

A varied group of local motorcycling enthusiasts -- more than 100 people and well over 70 motorcycles -- 'represented' at The Moto Social - New York Season Finale event Thursday, Sept. 5 at Maneros Pizza in Little Italy, turning out for two-wheeled conversations, a slice of authentic NYC pie, and some good vibes.

The last of five monthly events this spring and summer, with one held the first Thursday of every month through September in NYC, #themotosocialnyc aims to build moto community and rider camaraderie. NYC is one of more than a dozen cities worldwide that host these events, which originated north of the border in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

You can find out more about #TheMotoSocialNYC events on Instagram at , or by visiting the official Facebook page at themotosocial, or the website at Check out some images from the evening.

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Unravelling The Distinguished Gentleman

August 21, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

It's a film about the power of community in the face of hardship.

With the worldwide premiere of johnnypuetz Production’s The Distinguished Gentleman set for Friday, Oct. 4 at the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival in Ontario, Canada, we thought we’d sit down with executive producers Jean Pierre Kathoefer (JP) and Kirsten Midura to discuss their first project together, reveal some of the behind-the-scenes stories, and announce details regarding the film’s imminent local release — the NYC debut will be Oct. 9 at the Kickstarter headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Engines for Change moves to clean up local beach

August 20, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Two wheels can make a difference. Marking this year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 21, New York motorcyclists hope to turn the tide in Brooklyn with an effort to clean up one the area’s most polluted beaches.

Turn the Tide will be the first of many environmental efforts for the NYC motorcycling community, and the inaugural event under the newly-formed Engines for Change,” says group founder Kirsten Midura.

Midura, who holds a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne, Australia, has been working in sustainability and clean energy for the past seven years. She is a key member of SeaHive ⁠— a company working to eliminate plastic before it enters the waste stream ⁠— and has been an ambassador for the New York Harbor Foundation’s Billion Oyster Project for almost three years. Locally, she has ties to numerous local moto groups and is the force behind the Moto Market NYC, a local event that brings together artisans, businesses, and individuals in the moto world.

Turn the Tide will kick-start with an 8 AM meet-up for coffee, Saturday, Sept. 21, before the group rides out to Plumb Beach, along the north shore of Rockaway Inlet.

“Plumb Beach was selected due to its geographic position at the Gerritsen Inlet entrance, an area that accumulates substantial ocean waste,” Midura explains. “The beach is relatively difficult to get to via public transportation, but easily accessed via motorcycle, making it an ideal spot for this crew.”

Once at the site, the group will be joined by resident kiteboarders who use the beach regularly and want to see it maintained. Members of the public also are welcome to join as long as they coordinate their own transportation. The cleanup will end around 1 PM.

Currently, the group is looking for volunteers to help with the trash collection, and media outlets to help promote the event. They also are seeking supplies for the day of the event: granola bars or other snacks for the volunteers, trash pickers and grabbers, buckets/garbage cans, gloves, reusable water jugs or coolers, tables, and pop-up tents for shade.

Those wishing to help out can email Engines for Change at

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Split'n Lanes Dodgin' Gutters: 2019 Gallery

August 18, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Highlighting a 'world without cruise control', a record 50-plus bikes graced the floors of Brooklyn Bowl for the 5th Annual Split'n Lanes Dodgin' Gutters classic and vintage bike show August 18, including a host of choppers, numerous The Race of Gentlemen (TROG) regulars, a special entry from Indian Larry, and Rick Petko's 1919 Indian Board Track Racer. The Williamsburg event paid homage to the recently passed Joe Oz, and deference to an SLDG institution, Tom Payne, whose flawless 1934 Harley-Davidson VD took front stage.

Many thanks to Basket Case Productions organizers Girard Fox and Tim Warner for another memorable year.

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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Iconic Italian Femme Fatale Inspires Fashion Line

August 16, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

While former Filipacchi manager Denise Lasprogata has followed her fashion calling back to Italy, she will be returning to NYC next month to launch her new brand, Sept. 12 in NOLITA, Manhattan. Crepax by Lasprogata will be introducing the iconic Italian femme fatale Valentina to the US market during a Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show at Filipacchi.

"Inspired by American silent screen star Louise Brooks, Valentina Rosselli is the heroine of illustrious Italian comic book artist and graphic novelist Guido Crepax, who started drawing the famous character in 1965," says Hyperallergic writer Lucia De Stefani in her article A Comic Book Character Seeks Sexual Empowerment in Postwar Italy. "Through his outstanding technique, cinematic compositions, and subtle use of ink and line, Crepax created an introspective and consciously sensual character, a photographer living in the midst of a feminist revolution, that would become his trademark. Through Valentina, Crepax unhinged the sexual taboos of Italian society dominated by the doctrine of the Catholic Church."

For the fashion unveiling, Valentia and her posse will be arriving from Italy to share her story as illustrated on the new brand's clothing line, which features both motorcycles and vespas.

If you are interested in attending the private event, RSVP to

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DGR sets up for Year 8 : NYC aiming for 200K and global glory

August 16, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Getting the message out about men’s health — physical and mental — has been the guiding force for the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride for the better part of a decade.

A visual feast combining classic motorcycles with a Mad Men’s, Don Draper fashion aesthetic, DGR is setting up for Year 8 worldwide this September with a global goal of raising $7 million for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health resources aimed at suicide prevention.

On the local front, and for the third year running, the New York DGR will be headed by Michael Higgins and Allister Klingensmith, who have their sights set on upstaging the city’s incredible 2018 performance of just under $200K raised and second in the world, behind London, England. NYC also boasted the second-place fundraiser globally … Vincent Nicolai … and the top non-corporate team … the NY Classic Riders.

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9/11 Memorial 'Run for Richie' Motorcycle Ride Registration Open

August 9, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Pre-registration for this year's 9/11 Memorial 'Run for Richie' Motorcycle Ride has started and, as a bonus, the first 411 riders to sign up will receive a numbered, limited edition coin.

Hosted by the NYC Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club as a fund-raiser for the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, this annual motorcycle ride is an NYC-permitted parade in remembrance of the 18th anniversary of those who served, protected, volunteered and lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Richard Allen Pearlman -- 'Richie' -- was the youngest first responder to lose his life that tragic day, and is honored every year by the 9/11 ride which bears his name. Pearlman joined the Forest Hills Ambulance Corps at the age of 14 as a Junior Corps member, and excelled in the position of dispatcher. At 18 he joined the Senior Corps. On 9/11 as the tragedy unfolded, Richie headed to the World Trade Center on foot from his job at a Manhattan law firm and was ordered back to his job by his employer for safety reasons. A picture on pages 16-17 in Newsweek's Extra Edition of America Under Attack shows Richie aiding the injured. He remained at the WTC site.

For the Sept. 8 ride, all pre-registered riders are guaranteed a free, commemorative challenge coin. If you cannot attend the ride, it will be shipped to you after the event. All bikes are welcome: sport bikes, foreign & domestic bikes, trikes, side cars, choppers, home-made bikes, and anything that would require a DOT Motorcycle license.

· Ride entry for Driver AND Passenger
· Limited Edition coin
· Bracelet for Driver and Passenger

The first 411 registered participants will be issued a Numbered Limited Edition Coin for the ride. Only 411 coins will be numbered. The number 411 represents the total number of first responders who lost their lives at the WTC on 9/11/01.

All pre-registered participants will be given priority parking, and will be positioned at the beginning of the ride.

Kickstands Up (KSU) 1 PM | Sept. 8, 2019
On-site registration and entry starts at 8:30 AM
Ride Starts AND Ends at:

Aqueduct Racetrack Parking Lot (next to Resorts World Casino)
110-00 Rockaway Boulevard
Jamaica NY 11417

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'Split'n Lanes Dodgin' Gutters’: highlighting a world without cruise control

July 26, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Split'n Lanes Dodgin’ Gutters is setting up for year five next month with an eclectic lineup of 50-plus motorcycles organizers Girard Fox and Tim Warner hope will both inspire and fascinate local enthusiasts. Basket Case Productions’ proverbial bow to antique and extraordinary works of two-wheeled history hits Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl Aug. 18, featuring a unique 1919 Indian Board Track Racer, an injection of chopper muscle, and a least one tribute to a fallen TROG and SLDG veteran. So, for this 5th incarnation we thought we’d change things up a bit for the feature and get a bit personal. In a ‘world without cruise control’ …

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2018 Recap

July 22, 2019 | Anthony Philip Festa

With the 2019 incarnation of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally just around the corner -- Aug. 2 to 11 -- we turned to an NYC Motorcyclist contributing photographer -- Anthony Festa -- for a gallery of images capturing the essence of the annual biker pilgrimage. Festa and his buddy Jamie took four days to make the trip from New York to the Buffalo Chip at this time last year, battling bad weather and high winds, conditions which even claimed his tent. The local moto photographer was invited to show some of his work at The Passion Built Show, "a truly humbling" experience," he said. The pair managed to explore, and shoot several events including a Dyna show, The Wall of Death, stunt riders, and the Spirit of Sturgis racing event co-founded by Brittney Olsen.

"The event was massive," Festa said. "Baggers as far as the eye can see, more trikes than I think I've ever seen, and several with v8 engines. Very few vintage bikes, though I missed a few events dedicated for those. Everyone we met was kind and open. I'd certainly do it again, but likely completely different."

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Stefania Gallico: Marrying Cinister Passions

July 19, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

In our on-going effort to highlight inspirational talents in the local moto community, NYC Motorcyclist turns the spotlight on off-roading enthusiast and illustrator Stefania Gallico.


From a very young age, Stefania Gallico – aka @cinisterpictures – was obsessed with cartoons, especially Batman. Currently working as a storyboard artist in the film and television industry, the native New Yorker has now turned to an idea she first conceived as a pre-teen to develop her own graphic novel series, Invincible Summer, 'a gritty revenge story about a trio of bikers who declare war on the mob.' We recently sat down with Gallico to talk about her new project, her creative inspirations, her enthusiasm for on-road and off-road riding, and how it feels to marry your interests in a passion project like Invincible Summer.

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Curbside D'Elegance Custom Moto Show : Gallery

July 15, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

The Motofellas inaugural Curbside D’Elegance custom bike show, July 14 at the Brooklyn Beer Garden, treated 300-plus guests to 15 unique bikes from local pro and amateur builders and raised more that $2,300 for Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, including $800 from the Bushwick venue.

Best Amateur and People’s Choice awards went to Pete Inga and his 1980 Shovelhead FXB chopper; Best Pro Builder chops went to Mark Kouri of Merlin Cycle Works with his 1972 CB350; and the Flying Dutchman Maximum Effort award went to Jay Elko for his 'Mad Max' 1974 CB750 rat bike build.

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Mods vs Rockers NYC Revival?

July 10, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

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.

Bikes, 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. IM @nyc_motorcyclist us or email us at if the idea riles you up ... we're looking for potential sponsors, co-organizers and, most of all feedback from the NYC moto community.

#modsvsrockers #59club #vintage #britiron #scooters #roundel #triumph #norton #bsa #royalenfield #vespa #lambretta #davida #lewisleathers #halcyon #tonupboys #caferacers #acecafe

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