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The Art of Motorcycles

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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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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride NYC 2021 — Derin Thorpe   Dapper Tours NYC

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride is a wrap for 2021. But thanks to the film skills of Derin Thorpe and some nifty Ural riding navigation by Will Davis of Dapper Tours NYC, we have the incredible day immortalized in a film short.

Sunshine and 90F temps greeted the Big Apple's dapper moto set, May 23, for the 10th anniversary of the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride -- a global event which raises funds for prostate cancer education & research and men's mental health resources.

Ride directors Mike Higgins and Allister Klingensmith opted for a 'Ride Solo' event this year with the city not completely out of COVID-19 health restrictions, but raised the city's game with a Passport format which funneled registered participants to a select group of sponsors -- the Belstaff store in the Meatpacking District, Gotham Depot Moto Garage in Greenpoint, Rockaway Brewing Co in LIC, Caffé Vita locations in LES and Bushwick, and the coup de grace ... an epic Rolling Photo Opp -- sponsored by Proraso and made possible by NYPD Highway Patrol -- at Grand Central Terminal.

In all, the 689 moto enthusiasts registered for the NYC incarnation raised $91K, making the city the No. 1 ride in North America and fourth in the world behind two Aussie locales -- Sydney and Wollongong, and London, England. Vincent Nicolai was again the city's top fundraiser with close to $22K, placing him fourth in the world as well.

We wanted to take the time to say how proud we are, NYC, of your contribution to the cause; Proud of and thankful for our volunteers and our photo and video crew: Hugh Miller, Ryan Handt, Arnaldo Vargas and Derin Thorpe; Proud of our moto community, who embraced the event this year and came through on the fundraising front; Proud of our Passport sponsors, location hosts and prize givers: Belstaff, g.d.m., Dapper Tours NYC, Proraso, Rockaway Brew Co, Caffé Vita, Hotels by Day, Godspeed Co, East Coast Koverz and A & J Cycles; And thankful for our friends at the NYPD Highway Patrol who always go a step beyond to make things like our Rolling Photo Op at Grand Central Terminal a reality.

It takes a village as they say. And our community is always quick to rally when there’s a need.

Video music: Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra - What a Little Moonlight Can Do

View the Galleries | Contact us at rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com if you have a New York City motorcycle-related video you'd like us to showcase on the site.

Featured Events & Series

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DGR : NYC

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

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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.

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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.

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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 Sept. 26. Get involved!

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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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