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Toys for Tots Drive: Nov. 29 - Dec. 23

Whether it's 'Operation Backpack' or the 'Rockboy Toys for Tots Drive,' Rockboy Choppers' Meatloaf and the Rockboy Family Empire have made it a priority to give back to the communities that support us. Building on the success of last year's toy drive, the moto culture company is again seeking the community's assistance in bringing the Christmas spirit to the less fortunate, with donated toys and books being distributed to children in need.

All donations -- big or small -- are welcome, and can be dropped off at Brooklyn's El Domolieks Upscale Grooming Salon (262 Halsey Ave), up until Dec. 23.

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Chasing life in art ... and on a motorcycle

November 28, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

If you haven't seen Douglas Thompson aka Tempus Deficit's whimsical artwork online or at the annual Oil and Ink Expo, you've missed out on a fresh look into the moto world and riding. NYC Motorcyclist hopes to remedy that right now as we had the pleasure of interviewing the 38-year-old Connecticut-based moto artist recently about the inspiration behind his lofty creations, which pair motorcycles with symbols of flight, freedom and fancy.

In his own words: "Floating becomes a metaphor for letting go, and the whole concept is fascinating to me as a representation of freedom and lightheartedness. This is also how I think of motorcycling; riding is a freeing and lighthearted act. So, these two seemingly incongruent things actually line right up."

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Dirty Billy Open House : Gallery

November 18, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

It's a co-working garage where members can work on common projects and store their bikes, and a social space for riders to decompress after group rides with the likes of the NY Classic Riders and Moto Fellas NYC. Check out our tour of the new Dirty Billy Garage.

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Moto Maintenance 101 @ MotorGrrl Garage

November 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

One of the mandates of NYC Motorcyclist is rider education; we're a firm believer in encouraging the DIY attitude in all motorcycle owners, whether it means doing your own maintenance, or just simple knowing how your ride works so you can identify issues before they become hazards.

So, with MotorGrrl Garage's kind permission, we shot a recent Moto Maintenance 101 course at the Williamsburg shop. Led by moto enthusiast Jason Hodrinsky, who has been wrenching on motorcycles for more than a decade, the four-hour course led participants through a tour of their bikes, from battery and fluid checks, chain lubrication, spark plug removal and assessment, clutch cable tension, and finally an oil and filter change.

It's a course all riders should do whether they're new to the moto scene, or veteran riders in need of a refresher. Education is power.

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Keino's 2018 Indian Scout Build

November 5, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Keino Sasaki, of Red Hook's Keino Cycles, was one of three builders -- including Satya Kraus (Kraus Motor Co.), and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero (in conjunction with Roland Sands Design) -- who were enlisted by Indian Motorcycles to give their personal designer's touch to the company's new 2018 Scout bobber. All three uniquely modded bikes were on display at this year's Brooklyn Invitational in September, of which Indian was a title sponsor.

NYC Motorcyclist went by Keino's shop on several occasions to capture the artistry behind the local build as well as the final, finished look: a cafe racer-style bike which features Keino's now customary metal work -- an all-new, handbuilt, aluminum tank, seat cowl, front fender and fairing treatment -- as well as custom pipes, and the addition of Beringer Brake's twin inboard braking system on the front wheel. Red power coating was done by Brooklyn's Arcane Moto, seat by Via Meccanica, painting by BOO Pinstriping, with additional help from Lawrence Au Design and LC Fabrications.

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SHIFTing tides at the International Motorcycle Shows

November 3, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

North America’s top annual consumer motorcycle show is taking a page out of local community run events this year, debuting a new ‘boutique’ section on the tour designed to highlight some of the smaller moto brands currently garnering success in the industry.

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®’ SHIFT concept is described as “a new lifestyle-inspired space to Explore, Shop, Socialize and Experience,” featuring “a rad selection of brands that are both new and known to the industry … which offer a fresh prospective about life on two wheels and beyond.”

"This is a very exciting time for the motorcycling industry as whole," says Meredith Loza, Marketing Manager, Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) "There’s a growing number of lifestyle-oriented motorcycle brands that represent a new culture of motorcyclists and successfully engage the new and emerging riders, all of whom are looking for gear and products that speak to them directly. We created SHIFT at IMS to bring these brands and riders together and help cultivate further excitement and growth for the industry. The space is highly curated and represented in a way that stays true to these brands’ identities and this culture."

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Mini Mega Motorcycle Meet 2017 Gallery

October 24, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Organized by @ducatinyc (NYC Motovlogs), @djmotovlogs and @nycscrambler, the second annual Mini Mega Motorcycle Meet hit Dumbo's Brooklyn Roasting Company Oct. 22, drawing out a diverse range of bike styles and riders for Sunday morning java and moto convo. The gathering attracted tourists, locals and a classic 1964 Chevy Impala, which featured a modern air suspension. Bikes ranged from a trio of modern Ducati Monsters, to scramblers, cruisers, a Buell Lightning and a stunning Yamaha FZ10.

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Servicing the Moto Enthusiast Niche:
A & J Cycles

October 23, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

While dealer service departments definitely serve their purpose, those of us with highly modded bikes – one-offs if you will – look for a more personal level of moto care.

When I lived in Los Angeles my go-to mechanics, Sasan Pirouzgar and Sean Stevenson at MetrikMoto – both bike enthusiasts, racers and former dealer wrenchers – literally treated my bike like it was their own. Moreover, when the bike went in for parts upgrades and regular maintenance, it was a chance to watch and learn … even help. For the unapologetic do-it-yourselfer there’s something special and highly valuable in that sort of interaction.

Now on the East Coast, my 2010 EFI Triumph Thruxton has found another similar setup at Brian Ballard’s A&J Cycles, a small shop in Hillburn, NY, about 30 minutes from New York City.

Ballard, who’s been involved in riding, servicing and building motorcycles since his teenage years, started A&J almost 10 years ago, selling moto parts online.

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Out of Nothing gets American release

October 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

“It’s become a sensation because it’s filled with people that are true enthusiasts. There’s no money, there’s no real fame or fortune. You just do it because you have to do it,” says Dennis Bub Manning, the world’s fastest motorcycle, four-time record holder. “Bonneville is not a word … it’s a feeling, it’s an emotion, it’s this thing, it’s this challenge.”

Enter goosebumps …. A true feeling that there’s an experience moto enthusiasts have to add to their bucket list … Chad DeRosa’s film Out of Nothing hits deep into the speed junkie’s heart.

For me it’s not a new thing … I can honestly say I’ve watched The World’s Fastest Indian – documenting the trials of Kiwi racer Burt Munro – dozens of times … and each year I have a small group of friends who attend Bonneville almost religiously, leaving me with pangs of jealous admiration. I’ve even made the trek to Invercargill, New Zealand to see Munro’s 1920 v-twin Indian Scout firsthand, to touch a piece of history.

Out of Nothing (Running Time: 1:33:27) – which recently premiered in Los Angeles at the Lamelle Theaters in Beverly Hills – features the interwoven tales of four tenacious Pacific Northwesterners who risk everything to conquer the world records of motorcycle land speed racing on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s history in the making.

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DGR NYC 2017 Video Released

October 12, 2017 | Mike Higgins, DGR NYC

1,000+ riders took to the streets of New York to raise funds, awareness, and more than a few eyebrows for men's health. With more than $140,000 raised in NYC alone (and $4.7M+ worldwide) the day was a huge success. Thanks to all.

Credits: Ground Footage: Xizmo Media | Drone Footage: Anonymous

Black Lightning: The Rollie Free Story earns MFF accolades

October 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The true story behind the most famous picture in motorcycling earned top honors at this year's Motorcycle Film Festival in September capturing both 'Best of Festival' and 'Short Documentary' awards for 42-year-old LA filmmaker Zach Siglow.

The documentary follows the life of Rollie Free, from his early days, through his racing years in the 1920s and '30s, owning an Indian dealership, his military service, and his post-war life. But Free is best known for setting the American motorcycle one-mile speed record in 1948, when he rode a British-made Vincent HRD Black Lightning to a speed of 150.313 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. To get to that speed, Free stripped down to his bathing trunks and laid flat out on the Vincent, an image which remains iconic even to this day.

NYC Motorcyclist had a chance to catch up with Siglow -- who in all honesty is a close friend -- to ask him about the film short (34:51 min), its origins, influences, and plans for future distribution.

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Worlds's First Tattooed Motorcycle looking for NYC Gallery Venue

October 10, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Polish bike builder Game Over Cycles is looking for a temporary NYC home for it's one-of-a-kind tattooed motorcycle, currently on display at the House of Harley in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through November.

Dubbed The Recidivist, Game Over Cycles' machine was inspired by the art of permanent body adornment.

"Motorbikes are commonly adorned with tattoo motifs using an airbrush. However, the uniqueness of The Recidivist lies in the fact that the bike's entire construction is covered in tattooed skin branded directly onto the bike's tires, tanks, seat, rear fender, lamp and many other smaller elements," company press and communication manager Chris Bienkiewicz says. "Light-colored cow hide leather - similar to the color of human skin - is engineered onto the bike. Artists from Polish tattoo studios applied traditional works of tattoo art onto the bike. All of that makes The Recidivist the world's first tattooed motorcycle."

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October 7, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Union Garage NYC kicked off their week-long pop-up shop partnership with Swiss motowear company Rokker (pronounced 'rocker') Saturday afternoon with a BBQ event which attracted lots of local support.

Sightings included local builder Keino Sasaki, NY Distinguished Gentleman's Ride organizer Mike Higgins, NEXX North America sales manager Ricardo Valentim, local photographer Susana Rico and members of the Missfires and Motofellas NYC. The shop will be open from Oct. 7 through 15, featuring Rokker's full catalog of riding jackets, jeans and boots. The shop is located right next door to UGNYC at 103 Union Street, Union Garage's original location.

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Timeless, Character-Driven Portraits of Man and Machine

September 26, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

With a new photography book on the horizon, local photographer Dean ‘Chooch’ Landry is again tipping his trademark hat to the interesting subjects he meets ... capturing people in moments that evoke a very personal connection. The soft-spoken Harlem-based artist – he’s a musician as well as a professional photographer – describes the book of large format film photos documenting NYC at night, and titled I Still Love You New York, as a labor of love.

“I've been making these photos for the last three years,” says Landry, who’s known as much for his expressive live band shots as he is for his moto culture imagery. “I go out at night all around the city, sneak into some places, get invited into others, and make the photos. I usually go alone, so it's pretty peaceful, and the city is moving a little slower late at night. It's been a lot of fun, and a really rewarding experience.”

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NYC: North America's No. 1 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in Photos

September 25, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

An image sampling of some of the distinguished characters who helped to make NYC the top North American ride, and third in the world ... from the start and finish at South Street Seaport, and the midpoint stop at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, where a group photo was taken.

Despite 90F temps, the local ride -- which took the suited, 1000-plus, two-wheeled group through Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn -- was a huge success, in no small part to the hard work of New York's finest who led, and blocked off intersections to keep us moving. A gentleman's tip of the helmet to them, ride organizers and sponsors for an incredible day supporting a worthy cause: funding prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources.

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Update: Oct. 9

New York Distinguished Gentleman's Ride leader Vincent Nicolai has finished top 3 in worldwide fundraising for the Sept. 24 charity event with $25,614, a mere $28 ahead of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada's Joseph Mancinelli in fourth. Sao Paulo, Brasil's Paulo Pomelli topped the world with $39,625, followed by Brisbane, Australia's Terry Bowden with $39,508. To put that in perspective there were 94,356 riders this year worldwide who raised more than $4.79 million.

Nicolai's chosen team -- the NY Classic Riders -- finished in fourth place in the team challenge with $60,195, with only sponsor-corporate teams from Triumph, Zenith Watches and The Movemeber Foundation above. (Yes, they should be in a different category). Kudos also go to Van Heusen in 21st with $12,555, and Motofellas NYC in 22nd with $11,491 raised. You can see how NYC riders fared on the official DGR website. Donations remained open until around noon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

NYC finished as the top North American fundraising city -- third in the world behind Sydney, Australia and London, England -- with $152,328 courtesy of 1022 riders. Chicago was the closest US rival in ninth with $69,253 (715 riders), followed by Los Angeles in 10th at $65,235 (1019 riders). LA, a fundraising leader in past years, was more than doubled by NYC.

Overall the United States stomped fundraising at the country level with $1,402,175 (15,111 riders), followed by Australia at $898,668 (6,081 riders) and England at $670,273 (7,149 riders).


And our DGR Raffle winner for a NEXX XG100 helmet is:

Tim Pastore & Gretchen Palek
New York, New York

Tim and Gretchen were one of 24 donors that sponsored us for the DGR NYC. We placed seventh in the ride standings for the city with $2095 as of the Sept. 24 event day, and 153nd amongst the 94,356 participants worldwide. Not too shabby. Thank you to all who donated towards supporting prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources. And thank you to NEXX North America and Ricardo Valentim for generously donating the helmet for us to help raise funds with.

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14th annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party: Gallery

September 17, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The 14th annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party was a celebration of everything the local moto icon and builder loved: kick ass bikes, ice cold beers, delicious BBQ, live music and more.

Even uncharacteristically high temps and humidity couldn't keep throngs of bikers and bike enthusiasts from taking over N15th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with all greeted by a host of custom bikes, hardcore bands, a slew of vendors -- including Genuine Motorworks, DOOMED NYC, Hard Rider NYC and Tombstone Hardware Co. ... to name a few -- and of course food and drink.

Enjoy our gallery from this year's event, including a few shots from the sets by Ogre and Crimshaw, a collection of East Coast bike personalities, and, of course, lots of iron.

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9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational in Photos

September 9, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The brainchild of Keino Sasaki, John Copeland, and Jessica Lee Wertz, and sponsored this year by Indian Motorcycles, the 9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational hit Williamsburg's Root Studios Sept. 9 with a stunning collection of close to 30 motorcycles from around the world. Included in the mix were three custom 2018 Indian Scouts, courtesy of Keino, himself, Satya Kraus (Kraus Motor Co.), and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero (in conjunction with Roland Sands Design).

Other designers represented included: Andrew Fairbank, Christian Sosa, CT Newman, Dave Freston, Dick Miles Collection, Jack and Zack Hindes, Jamie Waters Collection, Jim Garrison, J Shia, Martin Carlgren, Matt Davis, Nicke Svensson, Paul Cox, Rich Phillips, Stuart Parr Collection and Toshiyuki Cheetah Osawa. The event, held in a 16,000 square foot photo studio, presented these iconic motorcycles from diverse genres -- "the best bikes from the best builders" -- in a setting akin to a gallery, accompanied by a musical program and local vendor booths.

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Cracking the Moto Customization Code at CraftsmanAve

September 7, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

On a custom bike, what makes a café racer a café racer … why do some bikes just look right while others have elements that seem a little off kilter?

For product designer Taras Kravtchouk the answer lies in the lines, proportions and angles of a bike, knowledge the CraftsmanAve founder imparted during his Motorcycle Design Theory class at the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based makers studio this week.

"You see a lot of bikes out there that people have spent months working on, and you look at them and something seems odd," he says, adding he appreciates the effort but not necessarily the aesthetic. "You have to have a vision in mind. A lot of people just start by chopping the bike up without having an idea of what the final composition will be."

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The Lot in Pictures

August 20, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Basket Case Productions’ Girard Fox and Tim Warner took their now fourth annual vintage motorcycle show up a notch, relocating the event from Brooklyn Bowl to an empty lot in Greenpoint this past Saturday (Aug. 19) to allow for more bikes, food trucks, vendors, live music … and more space for participants and visitors.

Despite inclement weather the night before, blue skies and sunshine greeted a host of stunning bikes and moto enthusiasts -- young and old -- on the day.

Check out some select images from the event before the sun went down taken by @thruxton999. The peeps and the deets ... finding beauty in the shape, function and form of motorcycles and the people who love them.

View the Galleries: Gallery 1 [+] | Gallery 2 [+] | Gallery 3 [+]

DGR classic riders taking over NYC Sept. 24 for prostate cancer research funding

August 16, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

North America's top Distinguished Gentleman's Ride city from last year will again be donning dapper gear and firing up hundreds of classic motorcycles Sept. 24 to raise funds for prostate cancer research and male suicide prevention resources.

As a tip of the hat to being one of the world's top cities -- a quartet which also includes London, Paris and Sydney -- New York City is even included in the international event's branding graphics, a fact not lost on local ride leader Mike Higgins, who has helped organize the NYC ride since 2015.

"I do get some pride from that," said Higgins, who will likely be riding his '67 Honda CB450 -- dubbed the Black Bomber -- again this year. "I think it says more about how NYC is perceived as a world capital -- but for us it just reinforces our desire to put on a ride that lives up to that ... I'm thrilled to see Lady Liberty on the poster."

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Brooklyn Invitational lineup announced

August 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Organizers have announced the prestigious builder invitee list for this year's Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Root Studios in Williamsburg.

In alpha order: Andrew Fairbank, Christian Sosa, CT Newman, Dave Freston, Dick Miles Collection, Jack and Zack Hindes, Jamie Waters Collection, Jim Garrison, J Shia, Keino Sasaki, Martin Carlgren, Matt Davis, Nicke Svensson, Paul Cox, Rich Phillips, Roland Sands, Satya Kraus, Stuart Parr Collection and Toshiyuki Cheetah Osawa.

Tickets ($15) are already on sale via the event website for on-call pickup on the day.

Stay tuned for more details on the show -- sponsored this year by Indian -- as well as a photo gallery covering the 'special' project event co-organizer Keino is working on for the show.

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THE LOT calling out NY Vintage Riders

August 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Fire up your pre-1983 vintage rides and head to Brooklyn Aug. 19.

Basket Case ProductionsGirard Fox and Tim Warner have taken their now fourth annual vintage motorcycle show up a notch, relocating the event from Brooklyn Bowl to an empty lot in Greenpoint to allow for more bikes, food vendors, live music … and more space for participants and visitors.

NYC Motorcyclist had the pleasure of interviewing the pair about ‘The Lot’, New York’s vintage moto scene, and what rides they both currently negotiate NYC traffic with.

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NUVIZ ‘All-in-One’ Device Aims to Simplify Rider Tech Options

August 10, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

With the financial missteps of Skully’s digitally augmented motorcycle helmet last year, and the increasing popularity of rider cams, Bluetooth headsets and even handlebar smartphone mounts for easy access to maps and GPS info, the market is ripe for a product that finally services all a rider’s tech needs.

The NUVIZ (pronounced noo-viz) is touted as “the first all-in-one motorcycle Head-Up Display (HUD)” … with intuitive controls that reduce distraction and enhance the riding experience by providing custom information needed on the ride, all within the rider’s natural line of sight.

The name is an abbreviation for what the device was developed to be, says NUVIZ product manager Brandon Holzworth, a “New Vision for Motorcyclists.”

Designed in an area often said to attract the “smartest people in the world when it comes to electronic devices,” – Salo, Finland – the NUVIZ’s pedigree includes more than a few engineers from the Nokia camp, says Holzworth, who’s based in San Diego, CA.

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The Race of Gentlemen 2017 in Photos

July 13, 2017 | Godspeed Co.

The sixth incarnation of Wildwood, NJ's The Race of Gentlemen, June 10 and 11, saw the usual suspects pitting two and four-wheeled classic machines against sand and sometimes surf ... though this year the competition was staged uncharacteristically under blue skies and intense sun.

Billed as 'The greatest race on earth', TROG is an automotive carnival that celebrates American racing heritage -- a true homage to automobile and motorcycle history, hosted by the Oilers CC/MC. Check out images from the day courtesy of Godspeed Co.

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June 15, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Thirty-plus NY Classic Riders members wined, dined and talked motos during the club's dinner event at Brooklyn's La Cigogne restaurant.

The club's new t-shirts and stickers were in abundance, as were a huge variety of bike styles ... from classic offerings courtesy of Royal Enfield, Triumph and Moto Guzzi, to Ducati and BMW adventure and racing bikes.

A few lucky attendees even scored some NYC Motorcyclist swag ... pins and stickers.

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NYC Artist Spotlight: Derick Miller

May 31, 2017

For illustrator Derick Miller, 'God is truly in the detail'.

"I like to research what I’m drawing, painstakingly so. Yeah, I draw cartoons, and they’re not supposed to be photo-realism or technical drawings … but I believe, even in a cartoon, you still have to get the details right. The details are everything that makes that car or bike – especially if I’m drawing someone’s personal pride and joy," Miller says.

Born and raised in a small beach town just outside Boston, Massachusetts, Miller has always drawn. His art is about everyday people and simple pleasures – country living, cool rides, and of course a cool scene.

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Preventing Motorcycle Theft | Battling Bike-only Police Checkpoints

May 10, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Motorcycle season has finally descended on NYC after a few weather blips last month. But the increased bike presence brings with it a few sobering moments, whether it’s the reemergence of bike-only police checkpoints or the rise of bike thefts throughout the city.


On the theft front, New York -- at last count -- landed fifth in the nation for stolen bikes, behind California, Florida, Texas and South Carolina (National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) stats), with just under 2,000 lifted in 2015. 2016 stats have not yet been released.

In reality it only takes seconds to hoist a motorcycle into a van and take off. Worse yet, national statistics show only three in 10 stolen motorcycles will be recovered and returned to their owners. The rest end up on the black market, stripped and/or sold for spare parts.

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