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IMS : New York : Javits Center

Nov. 27, 2018 | NYC Motorcyclist

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.

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2018: NYC Video

Nov. 21, 2018 | Mike Higgins | Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

On Sept. 30, the New York City motorcycle community came together to raise funds and awareness for men's health. Over 800 strong donned their dapperest dress and climbed aboard classic bikes to take a spin through Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, contributing just over $200K to our friends and charity partners at Movember Foundation. A big thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors who contributed their time and energy, to the NYPD for giving us an amazing escort, and to all that made the NYC ride a huge success.

Video: Xizmo Media | Music by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra

Motos & Photos Night in NYC : Dec. 13

Nov. 19, 2018 | NYC Motorcyclist

We're building a community of NYC-based motorcycle photographers, promoting interchange, common events, mentorship, education and inspiring content through a monthly, off-season photo night here in the city. The event brings together moto enthusiasts/photographers to socialize and talk about riding and shooting ... we'll have profiled photographers speaking about their experiences, inspirations and advice, and a regular panel discussing moto-photo related topics. After December events will be held the last Thursday of the month through March, with a special ride-in gallery finale planned for April.


NYC's No. 1 action sports store, Filipacchi -- based in NOLITA, Manhattan (North of Little Italy) -- have generously offered their space to host the very first Motos & Photos, Thursday, Dec. 13, and arranged for Brooklyn's Other Half Brewing to be the event's official drinks sponsor. Food (snacks and nibbles) will be served from Spiegel NYC, with funding from NYC Motorcyclist and The Godspeed Company.

Gracing the stage in December will be:

  • Artist-photographer, long-time Miss-Fire and outspoken women's advocate Grace Roselli (feature)

  • Dean 'Chooch' Landry, who captures timeless, character-driven portraits of man and machine through the lens of an antique 1923 Auto-Graflex camera (feature)

  • Godspeed Co.'s Mike Higgins, a writer, photo buff and vintage moto junky who covers the local moto scene with words and images for the NYC site (website)
Each will get some individual time to discuss their journey. Then all three will be on a panel to discuss this month's topic:

In a world enamored with video and Instagram posts, how do you stand out as a still photographer shooting moto related images?

#motophotographers #motoartists #nyc #brooklyn #motorcycle #photography #ridecoverage #motoportraits #motomeetup #ridingoffseason #motoveli #nycmotorcyclist #supportcommunity #givingback

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artwork from 'a leak can speak' | taryn nycek

Oil Leaks, Vintage Iron and Jim Beam: Moto Art from the Garage Floor

Nov. 1, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

One of the benefits of working on NYC Motorcyclist is the people you get to talk to, either at moto events or online through social media.

Meet Taryn Nycek -- in no particular order, a vintage motorcycle collector and enthusiast, antique camera buff, artist and mechanic. The 28-year-old self-described ‘old soul’ is currently blending her interests in Connecticut with a new moto-inspired artwork series titled 'A Leak Can Speak', which pairs painted motorcycle logos with oil leaks from the bikes she works on, tire tread marks, and even a hint of Jim Bean. Intrigued? Then read on …

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Thruxton999 After Dark : Gallery

Oct. 22, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Like, THRUXTON999 -- a highly modded, black and red 2010 Triumph Thruxton EFI -- is a labor of love. Check out the gallery, featuring eight years of mods.

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Vaktare : Fall Season Moto Fashion

Oct. 17, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

While temps are dropping into the high 40s, it's still very much riding season here in NYC. And it's jacket weather too, so we thought it highly appropriate to photograph some of the new Vaktare Motorwear Co. offerings we featured last month in a gallery as they are now on the racks at Filipacchi in NOLITA. The VKTRE concept is motorcycle jackets which accommodate full body armor and can be worn from your city commute, straight into an office environment ... moto-inspired gear combining style and safety.

Model: Richard Ray Ruiz | Vktre BOMBER MOTOJACKET (steel blue)

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Oct. 15, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose | photo: Mike Higgins

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.

DGR NYC Local Standings [+] | 2018 NYC DGR GALLERIES: 1 | 2

detail from girad fox's 1922 henderson | rahoul ghose

The Prestige : Gallery

Oct. 13, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Elmsford, New York's Prestige Custom Cycles hosted The Prestige custom motorcycle, art and photography show Oct. 13, a grassroots affair which drew steady crowds throughout the day despite a wet morning, weather-wise. Check out our photo coverage from the inaugural event, featuring bikes, the galleries, and the personalities who attended.

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motoveli issue 2 release panel: doug gordon, amparo abel-bey, cru jones and ryan snelson | rahoul ghose

Motoveli Issue 2 Release Party: Gallery

Oct. 13, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

The Motoveli Motorcycle Magazine Issue 2 release party at Triumph Brooklyn in Williamsburg -- Friday, Oct. 12 -- brought out several of the publication's profiled riders with 'zine Rider-in-Chief Ryan Snelson leading two panels -- featuring Doug Gordon, Amparo Abel-Bey, Cru Jones and Kynsho founder George Crichlow -- in a discussion on motorcycling in New York.

In addition to celebrating the second issue of Motoveli, which went on sale that night, the event also showed off Kynsho's new crossover cowls.

Many thanks to the dozens of local moto enthusiasts who came out to show community support ... close to 60 people. The gallery -- true to Motoveli style -- is in black and white.

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It’s therapy, plain and simple

Oct. 12, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

I playfully call it ‘psycho’ therapy, dealing with the plentiful talking heads during a week’s work … something that cures a racing mind and soothes my often-restless soul.

To be honest I have always been a loner … group rides, rides with friends … they have their place.

But it is those solo two-wheeled jaunts, the smell of gasoline, and oil as it heats up, the feel of rubber on asphalt in sharp turns – grips and slips, the roar of a twin hitting top gear at high revs early in the morning before cagers congest the streets … and the sound of my favorite tunes filling my helmet and mind with positive bliss as I watch the tach needle bob up and down.

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Motorcycle DNA

Oct. 12, 2018 | Ryan Snelson, Motoveli Motorcycle Magazine

I was talking to a kid about electric skateboards at the Pump Track in Williamsburg. He was skating the Boosted mini and I mentioned having the longboard. We decided the only real difference between boards was in foot position and length. We talked briefly about how maneuverable and portable the boards were in different scenarios.

I gave him a Motoveli sticker for his helmet, and he asked if Motoveli was a motorcycle magazine about riding gas bikes or about riding electric bikes. I was so stumped because I never thought about it before. I said that we ride gas motorcycles ... but that we could ride any kind of motorcycle.

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tarform motorcycles | ryan handt photography

TARFORM combining new tech and vintage moto aesthetics

Oct. 10, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

More innovation on the electric motorcycle front is coming out of Brooklyn, with Swedish start-up Tarform announcing a new torquey, 700-cc single-cylinder-equivalent entry into the market last night at a New Lab innovation center launch event in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The brainchild of CEO and co-founder Taras Kravtchouk, who locals may know from the artist studio space Craftsman Ave in Gowanus, Tarform was spawned out of “a clear consumer interest in electric vehicles and the rise of modern vintage motorcycles.”

The trick was to make Tarform's latest non-petrol motorcycle look inspiring enough for riders to make that transition from a combustion engine to an electric-powered two wheeler, Kravtchouk says.

The new, fully electric, zero emission premium motorcycle – currently taking the form of cafe racer and scrambler prototypes – is in fact a marriage of new and old, combining modern, cutting-edge tech with the aesthetics of vintage design … a bike for the 21st century, if you will, using sustainable materials and smart connectivity.

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