Happy New Year and all the best for 2018 from NYC Motorcyclist. We look forward to covering lots of events in and around the city in the coming year. And we're building a great calendar of moto events for you to plan your riding schedule. Got a New York-based Moto Event coming up? Get it on the NYC Motorcyclist Calendar by sending all the details. We'll need a brief description, a logo or artwork, contact info, and any relevant links to event websites or social media pages. You can use our handy Submission Form or just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheers to an incredible year!
Since the launch of nycmotorcyclist.com in March 2017, we've hit the ground in top gear. Check out some of our Top 9 moments in the graphics above. We look forward to serving the NYC Moto Community even better in 2018. Join us for the ride.
IMS 2017 : Javits Center, NYC
We'll be at the Javits Center -- starting tomorrow for the media junket -- to capture some images and stories from this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Shows event. I look forward to seeing friends there from the NY Classic Riders, NYC VIN Moto, Rockboy Choppers, ALMSNYC, Via Meccanica, A&J Cycles, NEXX North America and Fusar ... to name but a few. And I hope to meet a host of new moto enthusiasts. If you see us, say hi as I'll have some pins and stickers on hand to give out. And stay tuned for our coverage from the three days.
Toys for Tots Drive: Nov. 29 - Dec. 23
Toys for Tots
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.
Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Update: Oct. 9
DGR 2017 Wrap
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.
Brooklyn Invitational lineup announced
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.
NYCMotorcyclist.com Launching Soon
With help from logo designer Danilo De Donno (@stylographic) work on NYCMotorcyclist.com has begun. The NYC Motorcyclist logo ... a crouched rider wearing a Schott-style leather jacket and riding a stripped down vintage racer ... is inspired by Brooklyn build culture and moto fashion. Slated for a Spring 2017 launch, the new community website hub has started out life as a special section, featuring New York specific stories, events and club info. We are now looking for your contributions and help in building our galleries and links sections. NYC Motorcyclist provides galleries for moto artists and photographers in NYC and the surrounding areas, including a bio, a small selection of work -- 8 to 12 images, preferrably with a common theme -- and links to websites and social media. No negatives here ... just great exposure. We are also looking for entries for our NY Moto Directory ... shops, stores, resources ... etc. For more information on advertising on the new site, or to send us NYC story ideas, photos and event info, please email email@example.com. Social Media: