News Briefs 2022

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Events Calendar Update

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With the COVID-19 vaccination rates going up in the city, and group-based event restrictions slowly easing up, we are seeing a host of annual moto events returning to NYC this season. As always, we will do our best to keep you up to date on the latest developments and event announcements. If you do decide to attend an event, we still encourage you to do so safely, following current CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when necessary. 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 supporting any group moto gatherings that ignore safety protocols during this pandemic.

Remembering 9/11

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Never Forget

Even from afar, you are always in our thoughts NYC.

We honor those that lost their lives 21 years ago on this day ... and stand shoulder to shoulder with the survivors, families and emergency services in remembrance of 9/11 ... the sacrifices, the courage and the spirit of a city that will #neverforget.

#911 #neverforget #twotowers #nyc

LA >> NYC >> LA : The Journey Continues

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Griffith Park Observatory, DGR LA 2014 — Erik Jutras, @mrpixelhead

My soul ... and literally my genetics ... have always been a complicated mishmash of East and West.

The progeny of Indian and British parents, my younger life guided me from London, England to homes in the Eastern and Western provinces of Canada (Toronto & Vancouver), and back and forth between America's coastal giants: Los Angeles and New York City.

British bikes, and cars for that matter, have been along for the ride throughout my adult life.

And so ... it's back to Cali in just over a month, modded Triumph Thruxton EFI and John Cooper WORKS MINI in tow. Work calls … photography opportunities abound.

NYC Motorcyclist is a mélange of all my experiences. I admire the spirit, efficiency, the no-nonsense culture of NYC, and the seasons, which force you to never take a nice day for granted. Then there's the freedoms afforded by California's laid-back attitude, phenomenal weather, and wide-open spaces. Legal lane splitting ... I welcome back. SoCal Norton Owners Club, see you again soon.

It's been eight years here in the Big Apple, more than 300 pages of news, features, galleries, moto poetry and event coverage. A passion project, bred from a section on an LA moto website … something close to my heart, done purely for the love of all things moto.

My time here has allowed me to meet and ride with many unforgettable people, some who will be friends for life.

And I’ve had the privilege of getting to interview, feature and photograph an enviable collection of standouts in the NYC moto community.

Favorites? I have more than I can highlight here. Top 5? In no particular order: Via Meccanica: Corinna Mantlo's Art in Motion; Timeless, Character-Driven Portraits of Man and Machine … featuring Dean ‘Chooch’ Landry; The Passionate Eye: Debbie Fitch’s Photojournalist Dedication to the Biker Lifestyle; The Essence of TROG: Mel Stultz Fires Up ‘40s Americana and Builders' Ingenuity; and Brit Iron, Photography and 1970s NYC: Allan Tannenbaum's Life Comes Full Circle.

Even though I'm moving, NYC Motorcyclist will continue to concentrate on positivity within the moto community and celebrate those doing cool things here, an oasis of moto relief when the weather turns dark, and a virtual destination for vital information.

We're reaching out again to you the readers to let us know things you'd like to see on the site in the future: moto artists, photographers, builders, events ... and we welcome your participation if you'd like to be part of the team covering this incredible city. We'll need you now, more than ever.

IM or email us if you'd like to take up the challenge. (@nyc_motorcyclist | rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com)

Change is difficult. But in another worldly irony, I always turn to my moto co-patriots in the southern hemisphere and their 'walkabout' philosophy of life for some grounding when the earth beneath me feels like its slipping out.

Every journey adds to your life. Every experience builds you as a person. So, we'll again embrace the change moving brings. And use it to offer New York riders even more diverse content — local, and from across the country.

Yours in Moto, Rahoul
NYC Motorcyclist, Publisher/Editor/Chief Bottle Washer
rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com | Instagram: @nyc_motorcyclist

2022 IMS OUTDOORS Events Mothballed

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IMS Outdoors calls it a year

Well moto enthusiasts … in a not unexpected development today, International Motorcycle Shows announced they are shelving their IMS Tour for 2022, including the IMS Outdoor event that was scheduled for Sept 23 to 25 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.

“After 40 years of producing The International Motorcycle Shows and IMS Outdoors, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the IMS Tour in 2022,” the company stated in an email release Monday.

“The powersports industry is at a crossroads with where and how brands promote their products amidst the continued manufacturing and sourcing delays associated with the pandemic,” the release said. “These current hurdles that our brand partners are facing would have made it difficult for us to produce an IMS that would meet your, and our, expectations. Therefore, we will not be moving forward with the planned 2022 events, including the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.”

Any tickets purchased or Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show registrations paid for 2022 events will be refunded to the credit card used for purchase within seven business days, the IMS added. If you have not received your refund within seven business days, contact service@tixonlinenow.com.

“We greatly appreciate your attendance and loyalty over the years and will miss sharing your love for motorcycling with you.”

New York had already not seen an IMS event since before COVID, when the shows were held indoors at the Javits Center in December. Last year's first Outdoor IMS, set for Sept. 3-5 at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, was cancelled due to COVID restrictions in the city.

Sad news indeed … and possibly the end of an era.

#imsoutdoors #ridersunite @progressive #eventcancelled

Support NYC Motorcyclist in its DGR Fundraising Campaign

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Our DGR campaign for 2022 is well under way — Mark Squitieri

Our DGR campaign fired up quickly this year thanks to family, friends and colleagues' generosity ... we're already 1/3 of the way to our goal of $1.5K at $500+. Thanks go out to our first sponsors for 2022, my cousin (on my wife's side) Tony Nelson, who has supported us for several years in raising money through the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. And my brother-in-law Paul Archer, who reached out from Victoria, BC, Canada to help out yet again. Add to that my Mum, my friend Philippe Dahn of Beringer Brakes USA fame, and my friend/colleague Jenn Geisser from NBC Universal.

The goal this year -- $1500 -- will put me past the $10K mark overall ... a tidy sum after participating, volunteering and helping to organize events for the past decade. Thank you in advance for everyone's generosity over that time.

You can support our efforts at: GFOLK.ME/NYCMOTORCYCLIST

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On Sunday the 22nd of May 2022, we're riding a modified Triumph Thruxton in The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride here in NYC with fellow men and women across the globe to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men's mental health resources on behalf of Movember. We're proud to say, combined with events in LA, this makes a decade for us supporting the DGR. Men die on average six years earlier than women and for largely preventable reasons. The number of men that are suffering is growing, and we need to do something about that. So, before I press my tweed and polish my boots, I'm asking you to join me in raising funds and awareness for these causes by donating what you can for this meaningful cause and to help the men we love, live happier and healthier lives.

#gentlemansride #dgr #dgrnyc #2022 #movember #prostatecancerresearch #mensmentalhealth #newyorkcity

For up-to-date info visit the DGR website at gentlemansride.com and follow them on Instagram @gentlemansride.

‘Somewhere Series’ kickstarts 2022 ride season this Spring

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Cold Springs and Frenchtown first two series destinations | Clutch Moto café owners Fernando and Kim Castaneda — Rahoul Ghose

Headquartered at Bayonne, New Jersey’s favorite coffee haunt, a new monthly ride series hits the local moto season starting this April, designed to get riders out and exploring the tri-state area.

While Clutch Moto café owners Fernando and Kim Castaneda had envisioned a monthly Bikes and Coffee meetup concept this year, they recently pivoted and expanded the idea to be more like events the Cali-inspired coffee house hosted in 2021.

“We felt there were enough moto meet-ups to go around, (so) instead, we're going to stick to what we do best,” Fernando said recently.

"We're going to start a project called our ‘Somewhere Series’ … Once a month, we'll pick ‘Somewhere’ to go and curate a ride/experience around it. Meetup will always be at Clutch Moto, but we’ll have a different endpoint somewhere every time."

The Sunday series kicks off April 24 with a ride through Harriman State Park and ending at "this cool new little boutique called Cold Starts Moto somewhere in Cold Springs, NY," he said. "They promised hot soup."

Last season Clutch Moto organized several events including a food drive, Indian Motorcycles demo days, a Toy Drive & Run and a BBQ Run out to Gentle Giant Brewing in Pearl River, NY. They also partnered with hosts of a regular LGBTQ ride gathering.

May’s event is also on the books already, a trip to Frenchtown (located along the banks of the Delaware River) in New Jersey, May 15, one week before the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

"That should get people pumped. Every month after that we will organize a new ride with a new destination all season long," Fernando said.

For up-to-date info visit the Clutch Moto website at officialclutchmoto.com and follow them on Instagram @officialclutchmoto.

2022 IMS Outdoors NYC Event Venue Announced

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Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to host 2022 New York IMS Outdoors Powersports Event

The IMS Outdoors Powersports Event is back on the road in 2022, and touches down in the New York area Sept. 23 to 25 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Long Island.

The 2021 event, scheduled for early September last year at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, was cancelled by organizers due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The complete 2022 tour includes eight stops between June and November:

Colorado (Loveland): Jun. 17-19
Chicago (Pingree Grove): Jun. 24-26
Pennsylvania (Carlisle): Sept. 16-18
New York (Uniondale): Sept. 23-25
Atlanta: Sept. 30 - Oct. 2
NorCal (San Mateo): Oct. 21-23
Arizona (Scottsdale): Oct. 28-30
SoCal (Costa Mesa): Nov. 4-6

Heading into its sophomore year, the experience-focused IMS Outdoors Powersports Event will bring back the popular two-wheel and four-wheel demo programs, eBikes, shopping, custom and vintage bikes, and music, while also offering more chances for enthusiasts to engage with brands and their riding community, from ride-ins and races to speakers and charitable efforts.

"The launch of IMS Outdoors was an exciting challenge that armed us with learnings we look forward to applying on the 2022 tour, including an expansion of the highly successful demo program, growing our electric footprint, and adding more experience-focused offerings," said Tracy Harris, SVP of Progressive IMS Outdoors. "The Powersports industry is amid a transformative period in time as new brands emerge, such as bespoke and electric companies, and we welcome an all-new generation of riders. We are so proud to cater our event to the changing needs of the industry and reunite everyone from new riders and kids to life-long enthusiasts."

For more information on the tour you can read the official IMS press release. Tickets will go on sale March 24 at motorcycleshows.com.

#RidersUnite #imsoutdoors #IMS #Outdoors #motorcycleshows #longisland #demos #classic #motorcycles #electricbikes #RVs #adventuretourism

Happy New Year from NYC Motorcyclist

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Happy New Year ... from your friends at NYC Motorcyclist ... and all the best for 2022.

#2022 #happynewyear

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