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14th annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party: Gallery

September 17, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The 14th annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party was a celebration of everything the local moto icon and builder loved: kick ass bikes, ice cold beers, delicious BBQ, live music and more.

Even uncharacteristically high temps and humidity couldn't keep throngs of bikers and bike enthusiasts from taking over N15th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with all greeted by a host of custom bikes, hardcore bands, a slew of vendors -- including Genuine Motorworks, DOOMED NYC, Hard Rider NYC and Tombstone Hardware Co. ... to name a few -- and of course food and drink.

Enjoy our gallery from this year's event, including a few shots from the sets by Ogre and Crimshaw, a collection of East Coast bike personalities, and, of course, lots of iron.

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NYC Photographer Spotlight: Dean Chooch Landry

September 15, 2017

Timeless, character-driven portraits of man and machine ... Dean 'Chooch' Landry captures a unique 4x5 slice of life through the lens of an antique 1923 Auto-Graflex camera. Known as much for his expressive live band shots as he is for his moto culture imagery, Landry is a frequent and welcome visual documentarian of events such at The Race of Gentleman and The Lot vintage bike show, and a regular DICE magazine contributor.

The calm ease in his photos belies the difficulty in capturing them without the aid of a modern camera ... whether it's the weight of his equipment, dealing with longer exposure times and large film shuttles ... or even the post darkroom development and subsequent digitization of shots. But the end product makes it all worthwhile.

Check out our Landry gallery and stay tuned for a full feature on the local photog coming soon ...

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Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Update: Sept. 19

New York Distinguished Gentleman's Ride participant Vincent Nicolai has dropped to no. 2 in the worldwide fundraising stats for the Sept. 24 charity event with $11,694 as of Sept. 19, about $1400 behind the new leader, Hamilton, Ontario's Joseph Mancinelli with $13,092.

With five days to go, Nicolai's chosen team -- the NY Classic Riders -- remains in fourth place in the team challenge with $22,235, with only sponsor-corporate teams from Triumph, Zenith Watches and The Movemeber Foundation above. (Yes, they should be in a different category). Kudos also go to Motofellas NYC in 21st with $5,893 raised so far and Russell Elliott in the top 26 with $3,528. Let's show some New York spirit and get those local tallies up.

NYC is holding strong as the top North American fundraising city -- third in the world behind Sydney, Australia and London, England -- with $87,714 courtesy of 792 riders. Chicago is the closest US rival in ninth with $45,156 (525 riders), followed by Los Angeles in 12th at $39,179 (689 riders).

Overall the United States heads fundraising at the country level with $827,297 (10,821 riders), followed by Australia at $538,723 (5058 riders) and England at $375,803 (375,803 riders).

DGR BRIEFS

The official DGR BYC after party this year will be hosted by Zenith Watches and held at Pig Beach (480 UNION ST in Brooklyn, between Bond and the Gowanus canal), from 4 to 8 pm ... an official DGR mural is slated for painting in North Williamsburg this weekend.

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Before the ride there will be a mandatory NYPD check for helmets, registration, insurance & motorcycle license or permit. No excuses, or the silver steeds don't run. While the group is escorted, remember to stay in your lane, and keep the left of the formation clear for the NYPD to outride us and keep things flowing. Don't block traffic or lights at turns ... that's what highway patrol does for a living. If an officer waves you through the corner, great, if not, obey the signal/sign.

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NYC DGR organizers and local sponsor Van Heusen have it down for the 2017 ride, producing special edition silk ties and bow ties for riders to purchase.

Both feature a DGR NYC motif which includes the umbrella/wrench icon and the now familiar monocled mascot, Mr. Silversteed. The project is an official collaboration with @gentlemansride. Chad Kincaid, Van Heusen's creative director, ran with the idea and produced ties worthy of the city.

Contact organizers through the event Facebook page if you want to pre-purchase one for $40 for pickup at the start on ride day. They will also be available at the DGR booth during the finalé event. ($40 for registered riders / $55 for everyone else).

And if you want to join the DGR NYC Heusen team to raise funds -- and you earn $50 or more -- you'll receive the tie of your choice as thanks.

https://www.gentlemansride.com/team/VanHeusen

ALL PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO MOVEMBER FOUNDATION!

Well done Mr. Kincaid, Mr. Higgins and Mr Klingensmith ... well done ...

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Our friends at NEXX North America have given us an XG100 Garage full face helmet to raffle off to our readers/followers. So to help support a great cause -- the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and prostate cancer research/men's suicide prevention resources -- we've decided that everyone who donates $20 or more to our DGR rider's fundraising efforts will be eligible to win this great helmet. And NYC Motorcyclist will also throw in a pin/sticker pack. Total value close to $400. A winner will be selected following the Sept. 24 ride.

You can pledge us directly on our DGR profile page: https://www.gentlemansride.com/fundraiser/thruxton999

NYC Motorcyclist is also competing as part of the NY Classic Riders for top DGR team in the world, so any donations will also help to put New York on the map as well. All those donating will get a tax invoice and receipt from DGR for their records.


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9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational in Photos

September 9, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

The brainchild of Keino Sasaki, John Copeland, and Jessica Lee Wertz, and sponsored this year by Indian Motorcycles, the 9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational hit Williamsburg's Root Studios Sept. 9 with a stunning collection of close to 30 motorcycles from around the world. Included in the mix were three custom 2018 Indian Scouts, courtesy of Keino, himself, Satya Kraus (Kraus Motor Co.), and skateboarding icon Steve Caballero (in conjunction with Roland Sands Design).

Other designers represented included: Andrew Fairbank, Christian Sosa, CT Newman, Dave Freston, Dick Miles Collection, Jack and Zack Hindes, Jamie Waters Collection, Jim Garrison, J Shia, Martin Carlgren, Matt Davis, Nicke Svensson, Paul Cox, Rich Phillips, Stuart Parr Collection and Toshiyuki Cheetah Osawa. The event, held in a 16,000 square foot photo studio, presented these iconic motorcycles from diverse genres -- "the best bikes from the best builders" -- in a setting akin to a gallery, accompanied by a musical program and local vendor booths.

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Cracking the Moto Customization Code at CraftsmanAve

September 7, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

On a custom bike, what makes a café racer a café racer … why do some bikes just look right while others have elements that seem a little off kilter?

For product designer Taras Kravtchouk the answer lies in the lines, proportions and angles of a bike, knowledge the CraftsmanAve founder imparted during his Motorcycle Design Theory class at the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based makers studio this week.

"You see a lot of bikes out there that people have spent months working on, and you look at them and something seems odd," he says, adding he appreciates the effort but not necessarily the aesthetic. "You have to have a vision in mind. A lot of people just start by chopping the bike up without having an idea of what the final composition will be."

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The Lot in Pictures

August 20, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Basket Case Productions’ Girard Fox and Tim Warner took their now fourth annual vintage motorcycle show up a notch, relocating the event from Brooklyn Bowl to an empty lot in Greenpoint this past Saturday (Aug. 19) to allow for more bikes, food trucks, vendors, live music … and more space for participants and visitors.

Despite inclement weather the night before, blue skies and sunshine greeted a host of stunning bikes and moto enthusiasts -- young and old -- on the day.

Check out some select images from the event before the sun went down taken by @thruxton999. The peeps and the deets ... finding beauty in the shape, function and form of motorcycles and the people who love them.

View the Galleries: Gallery 1 [+] | Gallery 2 [+] | Gallery 3 [+]

DGR classic riders taking over NYC Sept. 24 for prostate cancer research funding

August 16, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

North America's top Distinguished Gentleman's Ride city from last year will again be donning dapper gear and firing up hundreds of classic motorcycles Sept. 24 to raise funds for prostate cancer research and male suicide prevention resources.

As a tip of the hat to being one of the world's top cities -- a quartet which also includes London, Paris and Sydney -- New York City is even included in the international event's branding graphics, a fact not lost on local ride leader Mike Higgins, who has helped organize the NYC ride since 2015.


"I do get some pride from that," said Higgins, who will likely be riding his '67 Honda CB450 -- dubbed the Black Bomber -- again this year. "I think it says more about how NYC is perceived as a world capital -- but for us it just reinforces our desire to put on a ride that lives up to that ... I'm thrilled to see Lady Liberty on the poster."

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Sponsor NYC Motorcyclist's DGR efforts | Win a helmet


August 15, 2017

Our friends at NEXX North America have given us an XG100 Garage full face helmet to raffle off to our readers/followers. So to help support a great cause -- the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and prostate cancer research/men's suicide prevention resources -- we've decided that everyone who donates $20 or more to our DGR rider's fundraising efforts will be eligible to win this great helmet. And NYC Motorcyclist will also throw in a pin/sticker pack. Total value close to $400. A winner will be selected following the Sept. 24 ride.

You can pledge us directly on our DGR profile page: https://www.gentlemansride.com/fundraiser/thruxton999

NYC Motorcyclist is also competing as part of the NY Classic Riders for top DGR team in the world, so any donations will also help to put New York on the map as well. All those donating will get a tax invoice and receipt from DGR for their records.

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Brooklyn Invitational lineup announced

August 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Organizers have announced the prestigious builder invitee list for this year's Ninth Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, Sept. 9, 2017 at the Root Studios in Williamsburg.

In alpha order: Andrew Fairbank, Christian Sosa, CT Newman, Dave Freston, Dick Miles Collection, Jack and Zack Hindes, Jamie Waters Collection, Jim Garrison, J Shia, Keino Sasaki, Martin Carlgren, Matt Davis, Nicke Svensson, Paul Cox, Rich Phillips, Roland Sands, Satya Kraus, Stuart Parr Collection and Toshiyuki Cheetah Osawa.

Tickets ($15) are already on sale via the event website for on-call pickup on the day.

Stay tuned for more details on the show -- sponsored this year by Indian -- as well as a photo gallery covering the 'special' project event co-organizer Keino is working on for the show.

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THE LOT calling out NY Vintage Riders

August 12, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Fire up your pre-1983 vintage rides and head to Brooklyn Aug. 19.

Basket Case ProductionsGirard Fox and Tim Warner have taken their now fourth annual vintage motorcycle show up a notch, relocating the event from Brooklyn Bowl to an empty lot in Greenpoint to allow for more bikes, food vendors, live music … and more space for participants and visitors.

NYC Motorcyclist had the pleasure of interviewing the pair about ‘The Lot’, New York’s vintage moto scene, and what rides they both currently negotiate NYC traffic with.

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NUVIZ ‘All-in-One’ Device Aims to Simplify Rider Tech Options

August 10, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

With the financial missteps of Skully’s digitally augmented motorcycle helmet last year, and the increasing popularity of rider cams, Bluetooth headsets and even handlebar smartphone mounts for easy access to maps and GPS info, the market is ripe for a product that finally services all a rider’s tech needs.

The NUVIZ (pronounced noo-viz) is touted as “the first all-in-one motorcycle Head-Up Display (HUD)” … with intuitive controls that reduce distraction and enhance the riding experience by providing custom information needed on the ride, all within the rider’s natural line of sight.

The name is an abbreviation for what the device was developed to be, says NUVIZ product manager Brandon Holzworth, a “New Vision for Motorcyclists.”

Designed in an area often said to attract the “smartest people in the world when it comes to electronic devices,” – Salo, Finland – the NUVIZ’s pedigree includes more than a few engineers from the Nokia camp, says Holzworth, who’s based in San Diego, CA.

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The Race of Gentlemen 2017 in Photos

July 13, 2017 | Godspeed Co.

The sixth incarnation of Wildwood, NJ's The Race of Gentlemen, June 10 and 11, saw the usual suspects pitting two and four-wheeled classic machines against sand and sometimes surf ... though this year the competition was staged uncharacteristically under blue skies and intense sun.

Billed as 'The greatest race on earth', TROG is an automotive carnival that celebrates American racing heritage -- a true homage to automobile and motorcycle history, hosted by the Oilers CC/MC. Check out images from the day courtesy of Godspeed Co.

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NYCR DINNER @ LA CIGOGNE

June 15, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Thirty-plus NY Classic Riders members wined, dined and talked motos during the club's dinner event at Brooklyn's La Cigogne restaurant.

The club's new t-shirts and stickers were in abundance, as were a huge variety of bike styles ... from classic offerings courtesy of Royal Enfield, Triumph and Moto Guzzi, to Ducati and BMW adventure and racing bikes.

A few lucky attendees even scored some NYC Motorcyclist swag ... pins and stickers.

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NYC Artist Spotlight: Derick Miller

May 31, 2017

For illustrator Derick Miller, 'God is truly in the detail'.

"I like to research what I’m drawing, painstakingly so. Yeah, I draw cartoons, and they’re not supposed to be photo-realism or technical drawings … but I believe, even in a cartoon, you still have to get the details right. The details are everything that makes that car or bike – especially if I’m drawing someone’s personal pride and joy," Miller says.

Born and raised in a small beach town just outside Boston, Massachusetts, Miller has always drawn. His art is about everyday people and simple pleasures – country living, cool rides, and of course a cool scene.

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Preventing Motorcycle Theft | Battling Bike-only Police Checkpoints

May 10, 2017 | Rahoul Ghose

Motorcycle season has finally descended on NYC after a few weather blips last month. But the increased bike presence brings with it a few sobering moments, whether it’s the reemergence of bike-only police checkpoints or the rise of bike thefts throughout the city.

FIGHT THEFT STATS WITH COMMON SENSE

On the theft front, New York -- at last count -- landed fifth in the nation for stolen bikes, behind California, Florida, Texas and South Carolina (National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) stats), with just under 2,000 lifted in 2015. 2016 stats have not yet been released.

In reality it only takes seconds to hoist a motorcycle into a van and take off. Worse yet, national statistics show only three in 10 stolen motorcycles will be recovered and returned to their owners. The rest end up on the black market, stripped and/or sold for spare parts.

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