News Briefs 2020

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Events Calendar Update

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With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing a stay-at-home order for NYC residents, local moto events for April though early June are being either rescheduled or canceled outright. We will do our best to keep you up to date on the latest developments. And while taking your motorcycle out for solo or small group rides may seem like a great way to relieve some stress, consider two things before you hop on the saddle ... less cars on the road has actually led to more incidents of reckless driving and several recent motorcycle accidents. With hospitals and emergency responders pushed to the limit dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus, you are putting your life at risk by riding, and straining an already overwrought medical system. Stay at home if travel is not essential. We are ... and we're using the time to do spring maintenance and some upgrades in a safe location.

NOTE: event posts on the NYC Motorcyclist calendar are a community service. Postings do not reflect an endorsement of events and should not be construed as condoning group moto gatherings during a pandemic. If you do decide to attend an event, we can only encourage you to do so safely, following up-to-date CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Thanksgiving Musings

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Thanksgiving 2020

With Thanksgiving 2020 descending upon us this week, in a year that has been tough by any standards, we take pause to think about what we are thankful for. It’s an exercise which can be both grounding and spirit boosting. Recognizing what you have and not focusing on what you’re missing.

So, in that vein, we are thankful for our two site sponsors -- @aandjcycles and @filipacchi_co – who continue to support our efforts to cover and celebrate the NYC moto community; we are thankful to our contributors, colleagues and friends (longstanding and newfound) in this community, many of who wear more than one of these hats. Our current board includes @miss1932, @higginsnyc, @motoveli, @marks_nyc_moto, @sorezthescribe, @johnnypuetz, @kirstenmidura, @ryanhandt and @anthonyphilipfesta. We are thankful for people that inspire us with their talents, innovations, and ingenuity: in this community we are blessed with many standouts … too many to mention in one post. And we are also thankful for and blessed by a large readership.

Since starting, almost four years ago now, we have compiled close to 250 pages of content and we are now closing in on 3,000 Instagram followers. I’ve been asked several times why we don’t expand, go nationwide with coverage, make this a bigger, more profitable venture.

I’ve always known in my heart why … but found the words in an interview with someone I admire quite recently.

“I need to look after what’s going on in my own backyard first,” he said.

NYC has always been vocal about looking after its own communities, from within. I believe that community spirit is the key to solving the current political, moral and spiritual conundrum we face in this country today. We at NYC Motorcyclist wish all in the motorcycle community and beyond a safe and happy Thanksgiving and hope as time moves forward, it finds us all in a better place.

#motocommunity #thanksgiving #thankfulfor #lookingforward #celebrateyourhaves #motofamily #bekind #besupportive #bestrong #2020

Rock Boy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving 2020

Adding to this year's Thanksgiving community spirit, Meatloaf Scalesa, aka Rock Boy, will be giving out free turkeys 🦃 this coming Sunday, Nov. 22 to families in need at his 💈 El Domoliek's Upscale Grooming Salon in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn starting at Noon. There is a limited supply of turkeys, so it will be first come, first served.

Location: 372 Marcus Garvey Blvd and Jefferson Ave., Bed Stuy
Date: Sunday, November 22 | Noon

#thanksgiving #communityspirit #motocommunity #givingback #2020

Lest We Forget ...

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Remembrance Day / Veterans Day

In Flanders Fields

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.

John McCrae -- Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I

Today, remember and honor those who laid their lives on the line ... they allowed you to enjoy the freedoms you have today.

#remembranceday #veteransday #neverforget #democracy

NYC DGR : Ride Solo Kudos

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NYC DRG 'Ride Solo' 2020: Vincent Nicolai

Congrats and a tip of the hat go out to our top NYC Distinguished Gentleman's Ride: Ride Solo performers ...

Vincent Nicolai was aqain the Big Apple's top rider, finishing fourth globally with just under $16K raised. And a small 16-rider New York Classic Riders contingent -- including Nicolai and NYC Motorcyclist -- finished top three in the team's category, behind only corporate sponsor groups from Triumph and Hedon Helmets. The NYCR raised $27,246 as of closing on October 11.

NYC raised just under $53K with 384 participating in the Ride Solo format. We are so proud to be part of a city that shows such generosity and enthusiasm at a time when global events have hit us so hard. Monies raised go toward prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources in the US and around the world.

#gentlemansride #dgr2020 #ridesolo #nycr #triumph #hedonhelmets

9/11 ... We Will Never Forget

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9/11 Remembrance

We remember the bravery of first responders and New Yorkers on Sept 11, 2001. We promise never to forget, and more importantly acknowledge the eternal spirit and courage of a city that rose to become stronger. May that strength continue.

#neverforget #911 #amomentofsilence

Motoveli Issue 4 heads online

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Motoveli 4 now available ... virtually

A special internet release of Motoveli magazine hits the world wide web today, following in the footsteps of three stellar print editions covering moto culture in the 'Big Apple'.

"Motoveli Issue 4 Missions may not be the zine you wanted, or even align with your views of the world, but it’s the zine you deserve," says the mag's rider-in-chief Ryan Snelson. "For starters, it’s $free.99 and comes in a few parts ... All you have to do is keep scrolling to start."

Expect to see gritty COVID-19 response coverage, as well as some regular features and contributors this time around, including a return to the A-Files.

Go to Motoveli Issue 4

NYC Motorcyclist HOLD OPEN TO REWIND Contest

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Stay tuned for future giveaways.

WE HAVE A WINNER: after two weeks of steady entries, we have a winner: Brooklyn, NY's Seth Grossman With a decade's riding experience under his belt, Grossman can currently be found on a Honda VTX1800C. As to what makes a great motorcycle image for Grossman: "I like to see detail ... it’s a combination of people and cool bikes," he says. Congrats Seth ... we will be in touch to get a mailing address for you new book ... a limited edition copy of the Jesse Padilla (aka Otter LaRouche) photo book Hold Open to Rewind (no. 200), featuring images from a variety of East Coast moto events from 2019, including Cheap Thrills, the App MotoJam, The Race of Gentlemen, the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and the Pat Perrone Poker Run ... to name but a few. Thank you to all who entered ... and stay tuned for new contests on the horizon.

How to help in NYC during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Motoveli Magazine

Motoveli is working directly with Masks For Docs to deliver Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals and individuals around New York City.

There are 4 ways to volunteer:

Riders Use the sign-up form at the bottom of to volunteer for upcoming motorcycle missions.

Doctor/nurse/hospital needing supplies?

Have supplies?

Start a motorcycle squad in your city
Self-organize and connect with Masks for Docs chapter leaders.

If you sign-up to ride in NYC, the group will reach out to you directly as missions begin to form. Sorry we can not answer all DMs right now. Please see above links if you have supplies or know healthcare workers who need supplies.

Right now the group's main communication is on Twitter @ryansnelson and Instagram @motoveli.

Please practice social distancing and self-isolation when you’re off the bike. Be 6ft away from each other. ATGATT. | Sign up to Help

Happy New Year

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2020 Salutations

Wishing our readers, followers, supporters, contributors and sponsors all the best in 2020. For those we've worked with over the past year, we look forward to continued partnerships and successes. We also hope to live up to our mandate of promoting and covering the NYC moto community, and inspiring those within to achieve great things in the coming year. Cheers to a new decade of moto adventures and camaraderie. As always we welcome comments, suggestions and submissions from you ... any ideas you think will make a valuable resource in your daily moto lives. Feel free to email us at

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