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Motos and 'Moving' Photos Night : NYC

Submit a moto-inspired photo you've shot from 2019 for the Motos and Photos NYC Submissions Session, Feb. 28. The top five, as judged by our event committee, will be shown at the event with photogs brought up to discuss their image. Images will also be put up in a gallery on and possibly be used in a future issue of Motoveli Magazine.

You can use the submission form to send in your photos, email them, with your details to, or upload them to Instagram with the hashtag #motosandphotosnyc.

NOTE: If you're using the form, once you've attached your image remember to click the 'Begin Upload' button.

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Motos and 'Moving' Photos NYC

Feb. 8, 2019 (Updated) | Rahoul Ghose

We have confirmed a date and location for the third in our series of off-season, monthly events celebrating motorcycle photography in NYC ... and we'll have a twist this time.

Motos and 'Moving' Photos NYC will place an emphasis on moto-related film and video producers. Hence for this round we will be relocating to the ultra-cool Wythe Hotel screening room and bar space in Williamsburg, Thursday, Feb. 28. Capacity is limited, so this will be a ticketed event for a nominal $10 fee. Tickets go on sale Feb. 14.

We have three speakers to announce so far:

Kate O'Connor Morris, who will be talking about her experience working on the the Fox Searchlight film 21 Days Under the Sky, an unconventional true moto story about those men who won't conform.

Jean Pierre (JP) Kathöfer, who will debut footage from his latest YouTube series ESCAPE IN THE CITY - Women riding motorcycles in NYC

Demian Neufeld, an FAA-Licensed and Insured Drone and Airplane Pilot (SEL, PPL), who has shot spectacular footage around the world. The Motorcycle Trail Guide and Instructor, and owner of Ryder's Alley Community Motorcycle Garage, will showcase some of his moto-inspiring footage from Utah.

With an independent entry from Wythe Avenue and a foyer with private bar and restrooms, the Wythe Cinema features a full-HD digital projector and room for 75 seated guests.


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Two Journeys Collide: Corinna Mantlo

Jan. 29, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Founder of Via Meccanica (leather upholstery), Cine Meccanica, the Motorcycle Film Festival, The MISS-FIRES CC/MC … and currently a Wall of Death and Lucky Devil Hell Drivers Thrill Show participant and future performer …

Corinna Mantlo's life and career have taken an interesting journey through photography & cinematography, shining a light on issues close to her heart, to creating events and formats which celebrate moto culture, to immersing herself in the moto counterculture, and finally to preserving that moto lifestyle as a film curator with The Vintagent.

The New York native shared that personal adventure through photos – some hers, and some shot by people she has worked and shared experiences with – at Motos and Photos NYC : Part Deux at Filipacchi, Jan. 24.

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Motos and Photos NYC : January Submissions Winners

Jan. 25, 2018

Congrats to our Motos and Photos NYC submission winners last night. Dave Ngo took home top honors for his late night shoot with Shaun Lee in Manhattan.

"This submission takes place in a location that's impossible to photograph badly: The Irish potato famine monument in Battery Park City," Ngo said. "Perspective and strong lines will always be good to look at. This is a place where thousands of tourists photograph every day, but it is super deserted in the evening ... especially when it's January and cold. I came by with Shaun and grabbed this shot after a few test shots and left within a few minutes. I was very pleased about the pee on the floor behind his bike as that's a real quality of this city. And it also breaks up some of the dead space of the image with a white reflection."

Ngo took home a Rough & Loyal NEWTON PARKER cap, valued at $85, donated by

Two entries tied for second place in the votes: Taryn Nycek's 1966 Ducati Scrambler 250 and Allister "Anatoli Kovalevsh" Klingensmith's image of a workshop.

"Once used as an apparel rack in a Vermont moto shop - this Ducati is now a fully functioning, old rugged bike that starts first kick in the dead of Winter," Nycek said.

"While its not often glamorous, getting prepared to ride is a huge part of riding," Klingensmith said about his entry. "Broken bits, worn parts and dirty oil all mean time and effort spent to fix, let alone learning how. Running through the maintenance schedule isn’t anybody’s favorite Sunday, and certainly not on a sunny Sunday. Here's to just enough cold and rainy days every year... and riding the rest."

Klingensmith and Nycek took home a newly silk-screened Motoveli Magazine tee ... braap, braap.

With a two-way tie for second, we jumped from third to fourth ... where judging produced another two-way tie; Haim Bargig's image of Moto Market NYC creators Shelley Golan & Kirsten Midura outside of Jane Motorcycles in 27F weather tied in points with Girard Fox's Long Island City snap of his latest ride.

Finally the judging panel chose three images for Honorable Mention at Motos and Photos NYC : Part Deux: Phillip St. Pierre's shot of his bike near a frozen lake with a quartet of swans in tow; Joseph Zolnowsky image of a 2018 Janus Gryffin, photographed at Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park on New Year’s Day 2019 with iPhone 6Plus; and Mark Squitieri's image of his friend John waiting to get going before the start of the 2019 Isle of Manhattan ride.

The easiest way to get your image entered in future events is to tag it with #motosandphotosnyc on Instagram. But we also have an online form:

NOTE: If you're using the form, once you've attached your image remember to click the 'Begin Upload' button.

Humanizing Motorcyclists : Behind the Lens of John Saponara

Jan. 24, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Whether it’s shooting the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, immortalizing the characters he met on a cross-country road tour, or more recently making a statement with portraits on the state of motorcycling in the city, local photographer John Saponara approaches his art with a common ethos: tell a story, keep it accurate and real, respect the subjects you are shooting, and always be mindful of photography’s history and importance.

The 42-year-old Yonkers-native’s latest ongoing project, tentatively titled ‘Humanizing Motorcyclists’, itself embraces Saponara’s relatively recent involvement with the NYC motorcycling community, and in particular the Motofellas MC.

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Go West Young Man ... Go West

Jan. 3, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

As a new year begins and the chill in the air becomes more entrenched, the mind wanders to warmer climates and to those moto locals who’ve recently been enticed by the riding paradise known as California.

2018 saw a least three local movers and shakers shifting gear to set up in the Golden State: New Jersey’s Sy Romeo of Montclair Riding Co., Gold Ghost Motorcycles’ Gabe Guerena, and, more recently Gentlemen’s Corner owner Chris Hausberger.

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Dec. 31, 2018

Wishing the NYC and surrounding moto community all the best for 2019. Keep the rubber side down.

#nyc #happynewyear #motocommunity #fortheloveofmoto

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2018 Wrap Up in Images

Dec. 23, 2018

As 2018 winds down, we reflect on what we managed to accomplish this year in terms of coverage. We added several contributors to the masthead -- writers and photographers -- including @motoveli, @kirstenmidura, @anthonyphilipfesta, @marks_nyc_moto and @aandjcycles. We helped birth a new off-season moto event for photographers ... #motosandphotosnyc. And we've met some incredible people, seen some stunning bikes, and put some mileage down on Thruxton999.

All for the love of motorcycles and the incredible community here in NYC.

We always hope to do better ... so look for more exciting things to come in 2019.

Advice, submissions, feedback ... are always welcome.

Dec. 20, 2018

Wishing the NYC Motorcycle community a safe and happy holiday season ... and all the best for the year to come.

Your friends at NYC Motorcyclist

Sussing Out Your Bike's NYC Winter Home

Dec. 19, 2018 | Kirsten Midura

This summer added a ton of new motorcyclists to the New York riding community. It seemed that every week there was fresh face, with a new bike beneath them. It was a happy season of daily commutes, weekend rides, and long trips out of town. But as the days have gotten colder, I find that a number of my friends have been at a loss when trying to figure out what to do with their bikes over the dreary winter months.

I’m no expert. But I have gone through my own trial-and-error period when it comes to winter storage. And since I’ve had multiple new-rider friends approach me for advice lately, I figured I’d make it easy and just put my lessons learned down on paper.

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Motos & Photos Night : NYC Video

Dec. 18, 2018 | Filipacchi

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Recap video courtesy of our hosts, Filipacchi, from last Thursday's Motos & Photos Night : NYC event, featuring guest speakers Grace Roselli, Dean 'Chooch' Landry and Mike Higgins.

Sponsored by: NYC Motorcyclist, Motoveli Magazine, The Godspeed Company, Other Half Brewing Company and Spiegel.

Motos & Photos Night : NYC : Gallery

Dec. 15, 2018 | NYC Motorcyclist

The gallery from Thursday's first-ever Motos & Photos Night is now live featuring images from John Saponara, Mark Squitieri and Rahoul Ghose. Thanks go out to our amazing hosts at Filipacchi -- Denise Lasprogata, Chad Phillips, and of course Craig Filipacchi, our sponsors -- Motoveli Magazine, The Godspeed Company, Other Half Brewing and Spiegel NYC, our volunteers Shaun Lee, Mariya Chekmarova, Mony Ty, Alice Oh and Melissa Diaz, our committee members Ryan Snelson, Kirsten Midura and Mike Higgins, and all of you who turned out for the night.

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Motos & Photos Night : NYC kickstarts inaugural season

Dec. 14, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

The inaugural Motos & Photos Night : NYC kickstarted with a bang last night at Filipacchi in NOLITA, featuring three local standout photographer/artists: Grace Roselli, Dean 'Chooch' Landry and Mike Higgins.

About 80 local photographers, moto enthusiasts and industry guests turned out for the monthly evening, which over the course of the riding off-season aims to encourage interchange and mentorship, and provide educational opportunities and inspiring content for the city's moto enthusiasts/photographers. Those who attended Dec. 13 also had a chance to socialize and talk about riding and shooting while enjoying food from Spiegel NYC and beer tastings from Brooklyn's Other Half Brewing.

Roselli, Landry and Higgins spoke about their experiences, inspirations and methodology, even offering advice during their individual 'getting to know the photographers' segments, before tackling a common subject as a group on stage -- 'In a world enamored with video and Instagram posts, how can moto photographers best represent their work?'.

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Moto Market NYC: Gallery

Dec. 11, 2018 | Rahoul Ghose

Sunday's inaugural Moto Market NYC -- at MOTO Spirits' Bushwick distillery -- was as much about finding a great deal on used motorcycles, parts and apparel as it was about just getting together with friends in the community.

Table space was completely filled by the likes of Motofellas, Whisky Moto Co., Lucifer's Pride, Triumph Brooklyn, Godspeed Co, Kynsho, Motoveli Magazine and Moto Armata ... to name a few. Congrats to the organizers, Kirsten Midura and Shelley Golan, for creating the successful event.

We look forward to spring and round two of the market. Check out some images from the day.

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The MISS-FIRES Blood Drive: Gallery

Dec. 11, 2018 | Mark Squitieri

The power of community ... local women's moto club The MISS-FIRES rallied behind two of their own and the Brooklyn borough this Saturday in Williamsburg, hosting a Blood Drive as a thanks.

One month ago, two of their riders were hit by a car during a ride. While cruising down the road, a driver made an illegal left turn in front of them, not having paid attention to oncoming traffic. Both women were hospitalized, and were it not for modern medicine and blood transfusions, the results would have been very different. Now, both these women are home and on the mend. In their honor, The MISS-FIRES held a blood drive at Triumph Brooklyn, Dec. 8, drawing out a host of familiar faces to donate.

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IMS : New York : 2018 Gallery (updated)

Dec. 3, 2018 | NYC Motorcyclist

This year's New York Progressive International Motorcycle Shows event featured a nice mix of innovations and local color. Suzuki's newly unveiled 2019 Katana was paired with an original from the '80s; Kawasaki introduced a new retro entry - the W800 Cafe; Triumph returned to floor with their new Scrambler 1200 in two iterations; BMW unveiled an art deco treasure - the Nostalgia ... inspired by their R7 model; MV Agusta showed off their new $46K, 300 km/hr Brutale 1000; the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show featured a number of local entries from the likes of A & J Cycles, Rockboy Motorcycles and many others; Zero Motorcycles were on hand indoors to attract new riders to the moto world at the new Discover the Ride section; and local club representation included a large contingent of vintage bikes from the NY Classic Riders. Even Brooklyn's moto/creators magazine, Motoveli, was represented in the IMS's boutique section SHIFT, which was back for a second year with outlets from Rev'it!, Davida helmets, NEXX, Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber, Stylmartin, Wind & Throttle and Abel Brown. The gallery below features images from the media day, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 2.

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Giving Tuesday: Communities Helping Communities

Nov. 27, 2018 | Kirsten Midura

Today is Giving Tuesday and the start of many people’s seasonal altruism. If you’re like me, around this time each year you’re mentally running through a list of 501(c)(3)s you’re already familiar with. Maybe you’ll donate some money to a friend’s fundraiser, or throw a few dollars into a Salvation Army bucket. But since we here are a captive audience of moto-enthusiasts, I’ve got a novel idea for all of us; Maybe this season, we should consider incorporating our love of motorcycles into our charitable endowments.

Ponder on this: While we in New York often ride for fun, there are people around the world who use the same machines to save lives, to cure diseases, to feed the hungry, and to provide therapy for those in need. We love our bikes because they’re fun and convenient, but there are people who love their bikes because it means all the difference in their survival. You can be a part of bettering the lives of others in a unique and gratifying way.

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