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The Art of Motorcycles

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Bryan Helm: Immortalizing Moto Culture

To view Bryan Helm's moto and vintage race images is to get a rare, insider’s look into motorcycle counterculture, its embrace of gasoline-sparked, two-wheeled machines, and the ties that bind a timeless brotherhood together.

The original Indian Larry crew with Paul Cox and Keino Sasaki; Billy Lane and his Sons of Speed vintage trackers; and the fearless souls who battle through The Race of Gentlemen ... just a few of the subjects immortalized through Helm's documentary lens over the past two decades.

His style and philosophy are not unlike the legendary documentary photographer from Queens, Danny Lyon, who inserted himself into biker culture in Chicago in the late 1960s, capturing the mood and feel of a an oft sidelined segment of society.

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Products, Services & Reviews

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g.d.m Offers Moto Storage Alternative

The brainchild of NYC Gotham Riders founder Ronnie Pichson and his husband Stefon Davis, the Gotham Depot Moto Storage – or g.d.m. – opens its doors this month in Greenpoint as the latest of the city’s community garage motorcycle facilities.

It’s everything a boutique facility could offer … wide parking spots, private storage lockers, individual electric outlets for trickle charging, lounge space and tunes … all in an upscale, designed, almost club-like atmosphere.

A jazzy version of Billy Holiday’s Autumn in New York plays over the speaker system, while visitors are greeted by slate-colored brick walls, stainless steel lockers, dark brown bamboo veneer wall cladding, tin tile wallpaper … reminiscent of British pub ceilings, two covered skylights, black metal roof beams, and black reflective lines on the floor, designating motorcycle spots.

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Featured Video

Camera: Ethan Roach | Crew: Kirk Lunden & Jay Meany | Director/Producer: Jean Pierre Kathoefer — johnnypuetz Production

The johnnypuetz Production crew put Ducati's Multistrada 1200 through some night paces in the 'Big Apple' earlier this year.

"The 'Night Ride' video was a test project to try out different tools and workflows to improve skill sets and production values," director Jean Pierre Kathoefer said. "We explored sound design, on-set planning, lighting techniques, organizational tools and a lot of other areas in a playful environment. The video idea itself was something that I had in mind for a while: 'night', 'moody', 'mystery' were the inspirational tones. On set, it was a lot of fun to create this piece from start to end; No pressure, talented people and a lot of creativity. And many of the techniques have been used on (subsequent) video productions already, like the Big Apple Outlaw with Magnus Walker." | View the Stills Gallery

Contact us at rahoul@nycmotorcyclist.com if you have a New York City motorcycle-related video you'd like us to showcase on the site.

Featured Events & Series

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Mods vs Rockers NYC

It's an idea we at NYC Motorcyclist have been mulling over for a couple of years now ... reviving the Mods vs Rockers event in New York City. Cafe racers, scooters, a meet-up, a circuitous ride, bands, food, drinks ... pie-in-the-sky aspirations. We've had to put things on hold for a bit due to the current Covid-19 health situation. But, we are still putting out feelers right now to gauge interest. Get involved!

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DGR : NYC

We have been involved with this classic global fundraising ride in one form or another for the past nine years, organizing events in LA and helping the incredible organizing team here in NYC. The 'Big Apple' took top honors in 2019. The event pairs classic rides and dapper dress to raise funds for prostate cancer research and mental health funding through the Movember Foundation.

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Motos and Photos : NYC

We're building a community of NYC-based motorcycle photographers and artists, promoting interchange, common events, mentorship, education and inspiring content through a regular, off-season, sponsored photo night here in the city. We profile artists, photographers & cinematographers, who offer up their experiences, inspirations and advice.

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Sorez the Scribe

For biker scribe Eddie ‘Sorez’ Pliska, poetry is as much about capturing his passion for the moto lifestyle and the raw energy of two-wheeled travel in prose, as it is about documenting determination in the face of the often-harsh struggles of life. He has had his fair share of both. Sorez the Scribe has graciously agreed to pen some inspiration for the NYC Moto community each month.

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NYC Hometown Heroes

While NYC is replete with heroes in the medical field, tackling the battle against COVID-19 head on, the local moto community has also stepped up with some creative and resourceful ways to help out: production & transportation of medical supplies — masks, hand sanitizer; rides for medical staff; and even photojournalistic documentation of the city’s efforts.

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