News Briefs 2019

NYC Motorcycle News Archives

Season's Greetings

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Wishing our moto fam, sponsors, readers and contributors a safe and happy holiday season, and all the best for 2020 — Rahoul Ghose, Publisher/Editor

Thanksgiving 2019

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Thanksgiving 2019

What are you thankful for this week? We are privileged and thankful to be part of a vibrant moto community here in NYC, one that extends far beyond just a love for two-wheeled therapy. Here at NYC Motorcyclist we wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving week.

In Remembrance of the Fallen

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Remembrance Day 2019

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
-- Elmer Davis

We remember and honor those who gave up their lives -- a sacrifice which has bestowed upon us our current rights and freedoms -- and promise never take that gift for granted.

In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

#remembranceday #veteransday #inflandersfields #lestweforget

Happy Halloween

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Halloween 2019

A safe, happy and spooktacular Halloween from NYC Motorcyclist.

#ghostrider #pumpkinhead #motocommunity #nyc #creaturesofthenight

DGR NYC : Galleries now complete

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DGR 2019 Galleries

Update: NYCR photographer Antony Magne generously donated some images from Sunday ... taken from the passenger seat of fellow NYCRer Gareth Redfern-Shaw's bike throughout the ride. Check out Gallery 6.

We have now added the four official guest photographer galleries to our DGR section -- featuring work from Ryan Handt and Jesse Padilla, John Saponara and Mike Higgins, Simon Russell and Mark Squitieri & Arnaldo Vargas and Hugh Miller. Our first general gallery featured a sampling of moments from the start and finish of Sunday's Distinguished Gentleman's Ride in New York City. Vargas a photographer | filmmaker staged an editorial shoot on site for his offering, while Miller shares a collection of his ride shots from the day. Russell positioned himself at various stages along the course, while Squitieri was one of two photographers shooting from a Dapper Tours NYC URAL, courtesy of our friend Will Davis. Saponara shot from the precarious pillion seat on the same URAL, and Higgins and Handt caught some moments at the Peck's Slip homebase. Padilla shot ilford b&w film with a Minolta XE-7 and SRT101, and glass made in Japan -- 28-85mm, 80-200mm.

Close to 800 riders participated in the ride which traversed the Brooklyn Bridge, parts of the BQE, the Ed Koch/59th Street Bridge, the FDR and West Side Highway, Columbus Circle past Central Park, and back to Seaport via the FDR. DGR 2019 was officially a wrap Oct. 13 ... with NYC ending the event with its usual flair, topping the globe with a cool 200K raised for prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources. Last year's winner, London, England, came in at $168K, followed by Sydney, Australia ($138K), Los Angeles, CA ($119K), and Melbourne, Australia ($92.3K). Leading the NYC charge was Vincent Nicolai, who finished third globally with $34,649, behind San Jose's Ron Krietemeyer ($51,521) and Hamilton, Ontario's Joseph Mancinelli ($46,056). In the team competition, the New York Classic Riders finished second to the global corporate Triumph team ($178K) with $63,976, followed by LiUNA Team of San Jose ($51,386), Triumph Brooklyn ($51,169) and Four Cure (Hamilton, Ont) with $40,506. The US was again the top fundraising country with $1.85 million of the total $5.8 million raised, followed by England, Australia and Canada. Thanks to all who participated, riders, local sponsors, the NYPD Highway Patrol, our volunteers and organizers, and the city as a whole for making NYC No. 1. Get involved, get hyped ... and if you're a man in your 40s, get checked out.

#gentlemansride #movember #ridedapper #dgr2019 #dgrnyc2019 #dgrnyc #distinguishedgentlemansride #194K

DGR NYC Gallery: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Global Leaderboard |

Crepax by Lasprogata launches line at Filipacchi Fashion Week show

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'Valentina' models show off new line during fashion week — Rahoul Ghose

Former Filipacchi manager Denise Lasprogata launched her new summer fashion line at the Nolita-base action sports store Thursday evening. The swimwear collection is inspired by the iconic Italian femme fatale Valentina, the heroine of illustrious comic book artist and graphic novelist Guido Crepax. The collection -- Crepax by Lasprogata -- is available for pre-orders online at:

Engines for Change moves to clean up local beach

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Kirsten Midura, Engines for Change — 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

Visit the Website | Event page:

Iconic Italian Femme Fatale Inspires Fashion Line

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'Valentina' models to show off new line during fashion week.

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

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9/11 Memorial 'Run for Richie' Motorcycle Ride Registration Open

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9/11 Ride for Richie

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.

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

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.

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

Information and Registration

Mods vs Rockers NYC Revival?

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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. 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 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


Happy July 4

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July 4 2019

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Independence Day ... from your friends at NYC Motorcyclist.

#nycmotorcyclist #democracy #foundingfathers #life #liberty #pursuitofhappiness #motofamily #newyork #motofreedom

It's a Meatloaf Medley

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Meatloafs unite

You've heard of a 'meeting of the minds'? How about a 'meeting of the Meatloafs'? Brooklyn's own moto icon -- Rockboy 'Meatloaf' Scalesa -- will be escorting namesake and 'Bat out of Hell' rock star Meat Loaf on a motorcycle tour of NYC Wednesday, May 15, and is asking for 40 to 50 bikers to join the procession. Meetup is at 8 AM at Rockboy's barbershop in Bed-Stuy -- El Domolieks Upscale Grooming Salon at 262 Halsey St and Tompkins Avenue. DM Rockboy 'Meatloaf' Scalesa @meatloaf if you're interested. Let's make sure this group isn't 'All Reved Up With No Place to Go'.

#ROCKBOYCHOPPERS #rockboybaggers #harleydavidson #rockstarmeatloaf #nyc #motorcycles #CALLINGALLBIKERS

Helmade with Passion

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Helmade with Passion event at Triumph Brooklyn — Rahoul Ghose

Triumph Brooklyn's 'Helmade with Passion' event Saturday featured Chad Hodge, the designer of the Bell Bullitt and Eliminator, talking about his design process, and a demo of the collaboration between Bell Helmets and Helmade, allowing customers to design and produce helmets with custom graphics matching their Triumph ride.

#motoevents #triumph #nyc #bellhelmets #chadhodgedesign #helmades

2019 NYC Moto Spotify Playlist

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