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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 enginesforchange@gmail.com.

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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 info@lasprogata.com

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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.

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

PRE-REGISTRATION BENEFITS
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.

DETAILS
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.

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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 rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com 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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