News Briefs 2018

NYC Motorcycle News Archives

Season's Greetings

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Wishing the NYC and surrounding moto community all the best for 2019. Keep the rubber side down — Your friends at NYC Motorcyclist

#nyc #happynewyear #motocommunity #fortheloveofmoto

2018 Wrap Up in Images

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2019 Wrap

As 2018 winds down, we reflect on what we managed to accomplish this year in terms of coverage. We added several contributors to the masthead -- writers and photographers -- including @motoveli, @kirstenmidura, @anthonyphilipfesta, @marks_nyc_moto and @aandjcycles. We helped birth a new off-season moto event for photographers ... #motosandphotosnyc. And we've met some incredible people, seen some stunning bikes, and put some mileage down on Thruxton999.

All for the love of motorcycles and the incredible community here in NYC. We always hope to do better ... so look for more exciting things to come in 2019. Advice, submissions, feedback ... are always welcome.

Season's Greetings

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Season's Greetings

Wishing the NYC Motorcycle community a safe and happy holiday season ... and all the best for the year to come.

IMS : New York : Javits Center

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What are you looking forward to seeing at the 2018/19 IMS at the Javits Center this weekend?

Whether it's Suzuki's new Katana, Triumph's return to to convention floor, seeing local bikes from the NY Classic Riders and NYC Vin Moto showcased front and center ... or the IMS's new revamped Adventure Out! section ... NYC Motorcyclist will be on site to capture the highlights in images and words.

#IMS #newyork #javitscenter #motorcycles #motocommunity #custombikes #motoboutique #motorcycleannouncements #adventureout


The New Rider Course -- in partnership with Zero Motorcycles -- will give non-licensed IMS attendees the opportunity to ride a motorcycle for the first time and learn riding basics from expert instructors.  The indoor demo course will host a fleet of speed-limited electric Zero Motorcycles to give participants the experience of riding a motorcycle in a safe and controlled environment. Zero Motorcycles have no transmission, feature ABS as standard equipment, and their zero emissions make an indoor experience on one of the most advanced motorcycles in the world a possibility.  Instructors from Total Control Training will be on hand at each show to give instruction and guidance and gear will be provided by Cycle Gear, Shark Helmets, HJC and Shoei. | IMS NYC

2018 DGR a Wrap: $6-Million Goal Surpassed

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DGR NYC wrap

2018 saw a host of Distinguished Gentleman's Ride fundraising records broken, both internationally and on the local scene. NYC became the highest ever US-based ride in the standings, finishing second globally with literally just seven 'Benjamins' under $200K raised. London finished tops with $308,756, and DGR founding city -- Sydney, Australia -- took third with $177,585. Los Angeles ($125,554) and Melbourne, Australia ($89,501) rounded out the top five. The USA ranked as the top country with $1,822,729 raised of a worldwide total of $6,047,280.

On the local front the New York Classic Riders topped the team category with $73,292 raised of a $90K goal (finishing 3rd worldwide), followed by Motofellas (13th) with $24,466 of a $10K goal. Congrats to the NYCR for being the top non-corporate team in the world, behind only Triumph and Zenith Watches, and to Motofellas who more than doubled their original target.

Saving the best for last, Vincent Nicolai topped the NYC tables and finished 2nd in the world with $27,380 raised, earning himself a brand new Triumph Bobber Black and a self-imposed clean shaven face ... for the first time in eight years. He is now known locally as 'Baby Face' Nicolai. NYC's top five also included: Chris Mitchell ($6,201) -- 34th in the world; Walter Siegl ($5,271) -- 47th; Jason Hodrinsky ($4,095) -- 84th; and Russell Elliott ($3,972) -- 91st.

Put next year's date on your calendar -- Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019.

The Prestige inaugural bike, photography and art show this Saturday

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The Prestige: Motorcycles, Photography, Art

Featuring bikes from Indian Larry and Girard Fox of Basketcase Productions (a 1922 Henderson), photography & art from Douglas Thompson (Tempus Deficit), Mark Velazquez, Jimmy Frizzell, Richard Fuggetta, and Bryan Helm, and host of moto sponsors, The Prestige hits Elmsford, NY this Saturday for what organizers hope will be an annual fixture on the local moto calendar.

The grassroots motorcycle, photography and art show, hosted at Prestige Custom Cycles – in Westchester – Oct. 13, also includes food trucks, dyno pulls, raffles, giveaways … and music by Red, White and Brews. A rain date is set for Oct. 14.

The shop – located at 12A W Main Street in Elmsford – specializes in Harley-Davidson service, maintenance, performance and repair work.

Co-sponsored by Legend Suspensions, The Prestige will also include numerous vendors: Doug Hames Cigars, Barking Mad, Sandra Cook from Sew That Now, pinstriper – Dave the Captain and NY Firehouse Grille.

The show runs from 10AM to 5PM. | The Prestige:


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NYEF event in Williamsburg

A few images from last Saturday's NYEF event ... Downtown Williamsburg's Velosolutions Pump Track, along the East River, played host to a brand new eBoard & eSkate festival, Sept. 15. Free and open to the public, the New York eBike/eBoard Festival was the brainchild of the pioneering folks at Filipacchi, a day which featured all of the industry's leading eBoard, eBike and eMotorcycle brands, including: Boosted Boards, Evolve Skateboards USA, Inboard Technology, Zero Motorcycles, Thousand Helmets, Shredlights and NYC Eboarding. Filipacchi showcased Enki Cycles, LEIF Technologies and BajaBoard. NEXX Grand Win Giveaway Winner

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NEXX winner


Yuce rides a Ducati Monster S2R and describes his favorite local ride as Rt 106 @ Harriman. We will be contacting you via email to get shipping details for your new helmet. Congrats from NEXX North America and NYC Motorcyclist.

We Will Never Forget

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Motorcycle School Celebrating Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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BROOKLYN, NY – Motorcycle Safety School (MSS) is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month this coming October by raising awareness through women-only classes and promotional pricing.

Women can try out motorcycling by taking an Introductory Motorcycle Experience class at a 50-per-cent discount, as well enroll in a women-only MSF Basic Rider Course at Spring Creek in Brooklyn the weekend of Oct. 13.

In New York State, the number of women enrolled in motorcycle training has increased. Last year the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program taught more than 17,000 new students how to ride a motorcycle, of which 19 per cent were women.

“We are thrilled to have more women embracing motorcycling and receiving the proper training,” says Ben Zadrozny, NYSMSP program manager.

According to 2015 Department of Motor Vehicles statistics, 10,159 women hold a motorcycle license in New York City counties. Between 2015 and 2017, Motorcycle Safety School saw a 28-per-cent increase in women being trained at its’ Brooklyn location.

“Women are finally finding out how exciting motorcycling is,” said BettyRae Lorenz, a certified MSF RiderCoach for 15 years. “They are also loving the camaraderie.”

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New York eBike/eBoard Festival debuts in Williamsburg


Downtown Williamsburg's Velosolutions Pump Track, along the East River, will play host to a brand new eBoard & eSkate festival, Sept. 15.

Free and open to the public, the New York eBike/eBoard Festival (NYEF) is the brainchild of the pioneering folks at Filipacchi, a day which features all of the industry's leading eBoard, eBike and eMotorcycle brands, including: Boosted Boards, Evolve Skateboards USA, Inboard Technology, Zero Motorcycles, Thousand Helmets, Shredlights and NYC Eboarding. Filipacchi will itself be showcasing Enki Cycles, LEIF Technologies and BajaBoard.

Located at 318 Kent Ave in Brooklyn, NYEF kicks off at 11AM with a DJ, MC, free demo rides, free giveaways, raffles, and complimentary food and drinks. Each eBrand will have a scheduled 15-minute time slot -- 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 PM -- for a brand ambassador and/or a leading influencer to engage the audience and demo on the track. A night ride, organized by NYC Eboarding, caps off the event at 7 PM.

Go to the official Event Page

DGR: Riding & Raising for a Cause

Triumph North America

Prolific Distinguished Gentleman's Ride fundraiser and New Yorker Vincent Nicolai takes Triumph North America on a ride through the city and explains why raising awareness of men’s health issues is so important. Learn more at To support Nicolai's fundraising efforts this year for the Sept. 30 ride, visit his DGR profile page at: | Go to the official DGR NYC Facebook Event Page.

Molecular Motivation

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Molecular Motivation — Stephen Hall

A Friday Moto Art teaser from NYC-based contemporary artist Stephen Hall ... Molecular Motivation, 50" x 70", acrylic on canvas.

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Stephen Hall moved to New York in 1978 and began exhibiting his work in the East Village in the early '80s. Since then his work has been featured in exhibits throughout the US, India, Japan, Korea and Mexico, as part of numerous corporate and private collections, and in major motion pictures, music videos and magazines. Hall has illustrated numerous book covers for internationally published authors, including Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne, High Rise by J.G. Ballard, and A Can of Worms by Russell Greenan, to name a few.

In describing Molecular Motivation, which features a Yamaha SR500, Hall says: "For the first time I wanted to challenge myself by painting a big shiny piece of machinery and make the object the star. I searched online of all kinds of machinery with no success. I then switched to motor. This is the image that captured my attention. Adding the rooster as the living creature compositionally was important, and the razor gave the right amount of dynamic tension. The background pattern of molecules seem to show us that we are all, whether living or not, part of the stuff of the Universe.”

You can see more of Hall's work online at or his Instagram.

Paul Smith welcomes Triumph to Brooklyn

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Paul Smith Triumph

The relationship between British icons Paul Smith and Triumph has been a longstanding one with Triumph kitting out their classic Bonnevilles and even newer Modern Classics in trademark Paul Smith stripes ... and the London men's fashion designer, in year's past, creating a line of cafe racer boots emblazoned with the Triumph logo and 'World's Fastest Motorcycle 50s". Get a taste of both brands as the Williamsburg, Brooklyn store, at 280 Grand Street, welcomes Triumph Brooklyn to the neighbourhood with a drinks night this coming Saturday, June 30 from 6 to 8 PM. Local beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery.

#paulsmith #triumph #britishicon #britiron #motofashion #williamsburg

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Filipacchi Polo Meet-Up this Sunday

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Filipacchi polo

Filipacchi is putting together a moto meet up at the Greenwich Polo Club (1-5 PM) in Greenwich, Connecticut. Discounted $25 VIP tickets (normally $60) -- including Grandstand Bleacher seating, access to VIP restrooms, and a complimentary drink ticket -- can be purchased online. Riders can meet at the store (23 Prince St, New York, NY) at 11:30 AM -- KSU: Noon -- for the trip out to Connecticut (1 Hurlingham Drive, Greenwich, CT). | Get Tickets

Splittin' Lanes & Dodgin' Gutters returns Aug. 19

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Girard Fox, Basket Case Productions

After a year outside in the heat and sunshine as 'The Lot', Basketcase Productions' 'Splittin' Lanes & Dodgin' Gutters' show returns to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg for its fourth year, Sunday, August 19. More details on the vintage motorcycle show will be available soon, says co-organizer Girard Fox, who's currently prepping his 1922 Henderson DeLuxe for this year's TROG June 8-10 in Wildwood, NJ. Tim Warner is the other half of Basketcase Productions. | More Information

May is Motorcycle Safety Month

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Share the Road

BROOKLYN, NY- Every year, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month promotes safe riding and driving practices nationwide by serving as a friendly reminder to "share the road," not the lane. A motorcycle operator has the same rights on the road as any other motorist, including the use of the full width of a lane at all times.

The New York State Motorcycle Safety Program utilizes Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) curriculum for rider education. This includes the MSF Basic RiderCourse for new or returning riders, and its Basic RiderCourse 2 - License Waiver for experienced riders who want to earn their motorcycle license.

"In 2017, more than 17,000 new students were taught how to ride a motorcycle" according to Program Manager, Ben Zadrozny. "New York residents now have the option to fast track the motorcycle license process -- from training to testing all at one location."

Motorcycle Safety School taught over 7,000 new riders in 2017; and according to Department of Motor Vehicles, there are currently 58,240 registered motorcycles in the Greater New York Area.

"We are thrilled that Empire Harley Davidson and New York Honda Yamaha are willing to support rider education by providing bikes for our motorcycle students," said Diane Howells, President, Motorcycle Safety School.

For more information, visit: |


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The Motosocial

Celebrating five years #THEMOTOSOCIAL – a locals-based motorcycle meetup group – is expanding to include eight branches in all: five in Canada (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton), two overseas (Cape Town, South Africa and Auckland, New Zealand), and yes … you guessed … a startup in New York City.

#TheMotoSocialNEWYORK launches this spring with first-Thursday-of-the-month socials starting May 3 and running through September. Bike or no bike, everyone is welcome.

The New York-based version of the group is led by The Adventure Lab’s Vince Dickson (@VinceDickson) and Tobias Lewis (@lewis.tobias)

South African-born, Dickson has been in NYC for five years now as a model, photographer and filmmaker.

“There are a lot of motorcycles in NYC and so many small groups of friends that ride together,” Dickson says. “There aren't many big group events that bring everyone together, so I feel like it’s hard to meet people who aren't in your direct circle. I'm really looking forward to getting all these people together and forming a bigger, more social community.”

For French-native Lewis the new group is an opportunity for the various bike ‘sects’ to get together.

“The moto community is quite fascinating and weird,” Lewis says. “Everyone wants to talk to you when they see a motorcycle and explain to you how their uncle used to ride a motorcycle. It's an amazing conversation starter. However, between ‘bikers’, it can be a little different. Harleys vs crotch-rockets vs hipsters. It becomes mini subclasses, and we don't mingle enough. At the end of the day we all ride bikes, because of the feeling. We should all bond around that.”

New York’s first event is set for Thursday, May 3 … a coffee social at Maglia Rosa in Brooklyn (920 3rd Avenue) from 8 to 10 PM.

For more details visit the #THEMOTOSOCIAL New York blog and Instagram online at:     

What I See ... on the Road gets 2nd pressing

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What I See. .. On the Road

Some of Debbie Fitch's favorite images have been immortalized in an 8 x 10 photo book, What I See. .. On the Road, which she self-produced … 100 pages of biker life. The first pressing sold out quickly, so Fitch has produced a second edition, now available at:

Motorgrrl opens ride season with an arts splash

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Motorgrrl Garage season opener

Start your engines ... To celebrate spring ... and the end of a exacerbatingly long winter, MotorGrrl is hosting its annual season opener at their Dobbin Street, Brooklyn-based garage, Saturday, April 28 from 7-11 PM. This year the event spotlights an amazing list of talented moto artists, including the likes of Atticus Phansa, Katy Clark, Geoff Barrenger, Grace Roselli, John Saponara, Adriana De Cervantes and Lydia Roberts. All will be exhibiting their work and will have art available for purchase. Beverages will be provided by The Brooklyn Brewery. Shenanigans will carry on all night, so come early and stay late. And pipes will be hot, so please leave the little ones at home. | For more Information

Urban, Electric Two-Wheelers Spark NYC Interest

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Vanguard Motorcycles

New York-based Vanguard Motorcycles has just announced a new division, created to explore the development of urban, electric two-wheeler in NYC.

The initiative sees a three-way partnership between Frederic Vasseur and his Formula-E official manufacturer company 'Spark Racing Technologies', legendary motorcycle innovator Erik Buell and his engineering team, and Vanguard co-founder Francois-Xavier Terny. Vanguard released its first petrol-run, motorized motorcycle -- the Roadster -- last year and is currently working on a second variation of that model.

"VanguardSpark aims at filling the need for two-wheeled urban transport with performance and range far beyond that of 'pedelecs' (the assisted e-bicycles) in cities confronted with congestion and pollution, and moving rapidly to 'no gas-vehicles'", the company said in an email release Sunday.

VanguardSpark's first two products are a 'SpeedBike' - essentially a healthy and classy alternative to mopeds and small scooters, and a 'Commuter', a nimble and practical two-wheeler perfectly adapted to urban environments and capable of 150+kms before recharging. The renderings above hint at the design direction for those products, though the company has not revealed the final designs yet.

"VanguardSpark is now working full speed ahead on innovative designs, engineering, battery technology and software - four patents are being filed - for the first functional prototypes to be shown this summer," the company's release said.

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California Moto Market hits NYC

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Women's Moto Market & Gear Swap

Local motowear company Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber have teamed up with a Los Angeles staple -- the California Moto Market, to bring local riders a special women's gear shopping event right here in NYC.

The one-day NYC Moto Market and Gear Swap features a host of women-owned and focused moto brands including: BH&BR, Stellar Moto Brand, Wind & Throttle, DoomedNYC, First MFG, Spoke & Dagger Co., NEXX Helmets, Sugarbush Babes, and many more. It's a chance to try on the latest gear -- aimed specifically at women riders, have a beverage, do some shopping, and find out about upcoming events and shops in the area.

Added to the mix will be a used swap section where you can bring in gear to sell or swap with someone else ... a perfect opportunity to unload some of those moto items you haven't used in a while for cash or trade-in. Randolph's Beer will be providing libations all day, and visitors also have a chance to win prizes from participating brands by taking a selfie in the event photo booth. The NYC Moto Market and Gear Swap runs from Noon to 8 PM, Saturday, March 10 at Modern Vice, 247 West 38th Street (third floor). Street parking will be available. | More Information

Paperbikes produces NYC Motorcyclist Bike

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2018 is starting with a bang -- NYC Motorcyclist has partnered with @paperbikesnyc to produce a mini thruxton999, available for purchase soon at

Many thanks to Vassili for this detailed beauty which features CRG bar end mirrors for the very first time, as well as faithful renditions of the bike's rear Ohlins, its custom Benji's Cafe Racer rear cowl, its Carpy's Cafe Racers Thruxton curved license plate and auxiliary light, and an Iron Cobras Headlight stone guard to boot. We look forward to building one ourselves.

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