Get to know some of our members
NY Classic Riders without their helmets:
Abraham C. Jr
My name is Dom and I am the founding member of the NY Classic Riders. I created this group 5 years ago with the goal to gather all motorcyclists from the New York area and share the same passion through rides and social events. I learned how to ride on a Triumph Bonneville T100. I am currently have a 2016 BMW R9T. You can also follow my personal blog (www.dom-in-nyc.com) for great reviews on New York in general: Social life, Motorcycle and much more ! Check also my Intagram account here
I am Willy or Crazy Willy, or Mad/ Maniac/ Chilly Willy – as some in the group like to call me. I was born in Guadeloupe, a French Caribbean island. My relationship with bikes started right around the same time as my love for planes, circa 12 y/o.
My best friend had a ’84 YZ80 and – oh boy – did we misbehave on that bike. From outrunning cops across sugar cane fields, competing on timed laps where the imaginary tracks were a mix of streets, highway portions and protected/ forbidden dirt tracks in the middle of parks and forests, to borrowing his dad’s Vmax or GSX-R (at 16, so no license) and testing our luck with drag races and challenging ourselves on reaching the highest speed possible while in traffic… A Daredevil in other words.
I first starting to fly when I was 14 and when I wasn’t on a bike, I was in the air, stress testing my instructor’s Cessna 152 structural integrity, I recall he didn’t like that very much…
Anyway, the above would partly explain the reason why I left Guadeloupe at the end of my teens and found myself in the Air Force Academy and then, behind the cockpit of a Mirage 2000C in no time.
I once proved the manual wrong as it was stating that the plane max speed was Mach 2.2 and I achieved a 2.3 following a bet with my fellow airmen.
Some say that I am trying to recreate that exact feeling when I ride today… They might be on to something…
There were 4 bikes parked in front of my Parisian building. A 2005 Buell XB12, a 2006 Ducati S4RS, a 2007 Street Triple and a 2009 Yamaha Vmax.
The choice of the bike was dictated by the color of the tie I was wearing that day. I sold them all as I left for NYC, some 7 years ago, and I have now owned a 2015 R9T for close to 2 years, totaling 17K miles. I see riding as a mean to escape the concrete prison that city can sometime be, detox and regroup with nature.
I was born in communist Russia, left in 1988 prior to the fall and skipped right over the stereotypical Brooklyn invasion and went straight to North Jersey. I reside in Edgewater with my wife, cat and French Bulldog, The Stig (named after the top gear racing driving)
I ride because of the community of it, I love meeting new people and connecting over a riding experienc, I seldom ride alone because I just don’t enjoy it. When I ride, I feel excited and fearless and always promised myself the day even an ounce of fear entered my mind, I would quit cold turkey for good.
ABRAHAM C. Jr
Getting my motorcycle license was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Four years and three bikes later I can wholeheartedly say that I’m hooked for life. I got into riding for the same reasons most people do “It looks cool”. But as my riding matured; I became captivated by the sense of freedom and community unique to this sport. My favorite types of bikes are classics, cafe racers and naked sportbikes. I am currently riding a 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black.
I have been riding dirt bikes since a kid, have progressed from sport bikes to Harleys and now to vintage bikes / cafe racers. Current fleet is my 2007 Thruxton, 1973 BMW R 75/5 and 1978 Honda CB 550. Enjoy working on motorcycles and modifying them. Owner of A&J Cycles (www.AJCyclesNY.com).
Born and raised New Yorker with a three year detour serving in the Israeli army after high school. First ride was a Honda Z50A minibike that my father surprised me with upon returning from Expo 1970 in Osaka Japan.
Moved up to a Honda SL-70 and then when I went to Israel I took a 1976 Honda XL-250 to keep me mobile in the Holy Land. Could ride from the snow covered Golan Heights of the north in the morning and be on the warm Tel Aviv beaches by lunch time. Upon discharge from the IDF I returned to NY and entered Parsons School of Design and went through a ’75 CB550F, a ’77 CB750F, an ’80 CB750F, and finally a 1984 V45 Sabre that I purchased in my senior year when my ’80 was stolen, rode that thru grad school at NYU.
Through all these bikes my college sweetheart and wife to be was on the pillion holding on to me for dear life. 1991 my daughter was born and I decided to be a responsible father and sold the V45(one of my many regrets). Stayed off bikes for the next 17 years(another regret) and in 2008, with gas costing almost $5/gal, I purchased a new Vespa GTS 250 scooter in dragon red…must admit I loved it to death. But with 12” wheels and NY pot holes I almost got killed several times and decided to sell it and get back on a real bike in 2011. Was going to get right back on a Honda but at the last second decided to give a boxer a try and snagged my 1996 R1100R on ebay for a song.
I”m now hooked on Boxers and have been modding my bike for the last four years, mostly striping it down I believe in “built not bought”. Been in the wine and spirits trade for over 20 years, was a sommelier and then opened a boutique wine shop specializing in wines under 3000 case production. Lasted 14 years but recession killed it, closed in 2014 and became GM for top restaurant in midtown till this past summer.
Burnt out I started a home based business making organic beard oil… check out beaverbuddy.net – Greatest joy is that now my 25 year old daughter, who lives in SF, caught the bug and now rides an ’04 Triumph T100 Cafe Racer. Every summer we fly out and rent a bike and ride together. They say “four wheels moves the body but two wheels moves the soul”. Why do I ride? Because I can.
I’ve been on a motorcycle since the day I was born. Seriously, there’s a photo of my dad holding an hours-old baby Denise while sitting on his Harley. When I was three years old he would bungee my carseat to the back of his Triumph and scoot me around the neighborhood. At age five, Dad brought a mini-bike home from the swap meet.
At first my feet couldn’t touch the ground so he had to ride on the back but eventually I grew into it. I terrorized the neighborhood on that thing for eight years, until a friend crashed in into a tree. I wish I still had it. In college I worked at my dad’s parts shop, lacing wheels and learning about bikes.
I had 1970’s mopeds, a red Peugeot that always started on the first kick and an orange Motobecane that left me stranded on the side of the road more often than not. On Valentine’s Day 2016 I bought myself a Harley Sportster and I’ve been smitten ever since.
I picked up riding in 2011 after 20 years of always saying I would, and have never looked back. I ride for the freedom, community, and self reflection that comes along with it. Even when I used to commute from Brooklyn to Wall Street, just being on the bike has always been enough to clear my head and escape the frenetic pace of NYC. Now, as a dad in Westchester, I’m just counting down the days until my daughter is old enough for me to get a sidecar so I can share the world of motorcycles with her.
Born in the USSR, my first encounter with motorcycles was in 1990 in a Belarus village, when, not knowing how to ride, I almost crashed a friend’s tiny Minsk 125 into a giant pig…
Fast forward to 2016, when after years of watching my friend Steve obsess with motorcycles I asked him to help me get a bike of my own. I paid him back by introducing him to an amazing group of motorcycle aficionados organized by a charismatic Frenchman…
When not on my (still first) bike and not breaking my back in financial industry technology jungle (where I really don’t belong), you’ll find me with a guitar or a ukulele or in a yoga studio.
But really – I ride every chance I get
Motorcycles, where to begin?
Let me put it this way, I spent a period of 6 years without them. Upon “parting from the cause”, I had a 73 CB K2 SOHC in the garage within 72 hours. On the first ride I was apologizing to myself and the motorcycle and vowed to never ever let it happen again. That was 6 years ago.
I’ve been riding since I was 10. I was another kid with a lawnmower powered minibike and a neighborhood full of 3 wheelers (they were legal then). I grew up 30 minutes from the arid desert in a rural part of San Diego County California. We had fire roads and lots of places to get into trouble, wreck bikes and break bones. Although dirt was always there, I’m an asphalt junkie. Isle of Man TT is the most suicidal thing I can think of and also the most amazing expression of nerve and skill. At the end of the day I’m more of an AHMRA than a MotoGP guy because 70’s and 80’s road racing was/is in my mind by far the sexiest era.
My first adult bike at 15 years old was an ’80 Honda XL 650 enduro. A huge thumper which I regret selling to a friend who destroyed it. I regret selling every bike I have ever sold (remember that kids). I went on to assume the other abandoned motorcycle from the same guy who was strong armed by his wife into selling me the XL. I did it sheepishly knowing I was betraying some male code, but damn, a nearly free bike!?!? It was an 83 Suzuki 1100GS. It was a drag bike made to handle-ish for the street. It launched my need for +1000cc powered motorcycles.
Today I ride a near mint (in condition and in color) ’83 BMW R100RS, an ’08 Ducati Hypermotard 1100s, and an ’08 Stella p150. I like to think of the current bike stable as one for a tuxedo, one for tickets, and one to get back and forth to the shop to work on the other two.
It’s a good mix.
ZORAWAR ZEE S.
I’ve been riding bikes since I got my license at 18. I started out with a 100cc 2 stroke in Bombay india and never looked back. Traveling the world later led my dad to selling my first bike and barring me from buying one. I could never ever let go of that meditative relaxation of riding a bike. Now that I’m older and not so foolish on my motorcycles it seemed more OK to be riding one. To me it’s probably the most enjoyable thing in life. I’m lucky that I have two different styles to chose for my ride. My beautiful Emma (a 2000 Triumph Thunderbird Sport) and a (still to new to be named 2015 BMW F700GS)
For work I connect people – one home at a time! I rent/sell high residential real estate in NY and NJ. I’m also a long time DJ on the side and am a not so active sound engineer.
You know you love riding too much when your wife is jealous of the time you spend with your 2 wheeled babies and have names for them!
I’d never have thought that motorcycling would move me towards charity in a way that the distinguished gentleman’s ride (DGR) has and it’s something I participate in every year!
As a Jewish kid growing up in the leafy suburbs of Long Island, my over-protective parents didn’t let me get near a motorcycle, but I always dreamed about having one. When I moved to Manhattan in my early 20s I learned to ride on the streets of the West Village (not recommended). I lived in the city for 15 years, never had a car, but always had a bike, escaping on the weekends to Robert Moses or the Catskills.
My first love was an old blue Honda twin that sadly got snatched from the streets of the upper east side. My attraction to BMW boxers led to me to a BMW oil-head that I rode for many years. With the goal of mellowing out my ride in the last few years, I’ve been on a Harley Sportster 1200 with a fat front tire and that nice v twin exhaust rumble. Riding with the NYCR has stirred my passion for a little more speed and a little more lean, so now I’m on the hunt for something new. My love for BMW boxers has not ebbed, so y’all will probably be seeing me on an R1200R soon.
The 2016 motorcycle season was a game changer as I helped my buddy Ilya get into motorcycles and I joined the NYCR for many great rides and met a lot of great people. Market 9W is like a second home now and I love the social element of riding.
While surviving the winters, I can usually be found playing fingerstyle blues guitar in front of my fireplace while sipping on a jack on the rocks and dreaming about getting back on the bike in the spring.
Passed my motorcycle test on my 16th birthday, and rode my mothers Honda 50cc. Bought my first bike at 17 a Lambretta Li 125. No helmet, Fishtail Parker, a 70’s Scooter boy in England. Soon moved on to something stronger and owned various Triumphs over the years. Stopped riding for 25 years while living in Central London and then Manhattan. (Stopped because the London ba****ds stole it)
Bought a Triumph Bonneville SE when I moved to Hastings on Hudson NY 4 years ago, upgraded to a T120 in 2016, staying brand loyal. I love riding, in groups or alone. Riding with NYCR’s reminds me of my scooter days, friendly social scene, varied personalities, no two bikes the same. No-one taking anything too serious, here is the destination see you when we get there.
The photographs show my original Bonneville SE, when it was used in a photo shoot promoting a fitness model, and my latest T120.
I wanted to try learning to ride a motorcycle for quite some time. But I only started riding in October 2016 because like with anyone there were other interests in life. For example, snowboarding was my little passion for almost a decade.
Then one summer my close friend Ilya, who used to be my snowboard wing man, rides on his new bike to my birthday and says – you know man, riding a bike is like snowboarding all year long! I was sold right there and then! 🙂
And I have to say I agree with Ilya’s opinion and nowadays I try to ride as much as I can which makes my snowboard very jealous 🙂
Growing up I fawned over Steve McQueen and his skills on a Triumph. It wasn’t until I turned 26 that I finally got my license and my first Bonneville. Since that day my life has changed into a a motorcycle-obsessed life that led me to purchase and rebuild motorcycles with no skill. At the peak of it all I had two Triumphs, one with a sidecar for my dog, and a Kawasaki project bike. It was a beautiful life but I wanted more.
In March 2016 I sold my motorcycles, and everything else I owned, in order to purchase a Kawasaki KLR 650 to take on a trip to South America. A bittersweet moment, but its been the next life changing step motorcycles have brought me. What was supposed to in Argentina has now turned into an unorthodox “around the world trip” and beyond.
I cannot get enough of riding and finding adventure. Motorcycles perfectly fit the life of adventure and freedom that I desire. You can follow my trip and get advice at www.asphaltandbeyond.com.
Reach out, I am always happy to help a fellow rider.
My name is Cru. I’m 45 years old and I’ve been riding street bikes since I was 22. I started on an early 80’s Kawasaki kz440. I eventually traded up to Triumph bobber.
I grew up and lived in Ohio until a few years ago. I spent my twenties and thirties singing, playing guitar and touring the midwest in rock ‘n’ roll bands.
I moved to Queens after getting back together with my high school girlfriend. Last summer she got her New York motorcycle permit and a 1978 Honda cb125s. I promptly stole it. Now it’s my daily driver and it’s perfect for getting me from Ridgewood to Williamsburg for work. I rode it in the 2016 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride where it was the smallest bike by 50cc’s.
I’m currently looking for something bigger but still vintage. I hope to see you guys on the road a lot this summer either way.
As a birthday gift to myself many years ago i nonchalantly decided to get my motorcycle license. To merely say “I haven’t looked back” is an understatement; two wheeled machines became my passion. I changed career paths, become a motorcycle shop apprentice and currently build custom minimalist bikes.
I’ve since accomplished a round trip, cross country adventure on a 1974 BMW r90 (6onasphalt.com) and have set a long term goal to see as much (if not all) of the rest of the world on two wheels. As an avid photographer and freelance filmmaker, i look forward to documenting and publicizing said future trips. Instagram: @marcopenajoia
As a car guy, I never expected to find myself on a motorcycle. Ever since I had the opportunity to drive my friend’s ‘78 Porsche 911 track car, I have lusted over air cooled 911s.
I had absolutely no interest in motorcycles until my cousin showed me pictures of his 1970s Kawasaki KZ400 cafe racer. After that, I immediately got my license and bought myself a ‘74 CB350. I have since moved on to a Thruxton R and could not be happier.
I still hope to own a 911 one day, but no car can replicate the feeling you get from a motorcycle. I’m hooked.
My passion for motorcycles developed as a kid from my dads story of him riding in the middle of a hurricane while he was in college in Miami on his Vincent Black Shadow. I was intrigued ever since. I couldn’t wait to get my license and save for my first bike when I was 18. A 1981 Suzuki 550 Katana.
From there I ventured through about 15 bikes over my riding career of 30 years and about as many points on my driver’s license. (down to zero now, finally!) I currently swap between a Triumph Thruxton R, Aprilia Tuono Factory and a Yamaha FJR 1300 sport touring bike and tour many parts of the country and Europe when I have some vacation time.
I grew up in Jersey City, NJ for most of my life and still live there, 6 generations later. My moms mom side of the family emigrated from the Alsace region of Germany to Pennsylvania in the late 1600’s, Grandpa from Spain and my Dad’s side from Ireland in the mid-1700’s. I guess like in the movie The Gangs of New York, Im considered a native American! I went to a Jesuit University and had done volunteer work in Peru before pursuing a career on Wall Street about 25 years ago; managing investments for families, corporations and non-profit’s across the country for a major investment bank.
My career is somewhat stressful at times so what better way to relieve the stress than to head for some nice twisty roads and scrape some pegs!
I grew up in Morocco and the only thing close to riding a motorcycle back then was a camel or my donkey named Kabor!! Those are the alternative facts. Kidding aside, I have been riding since 2014. My first motorcycle was the Triumph Thruxton which I sold after just 2 months when I fell in love with the RnineT. In October 2016, I added a R1200GS to my collection but that was short-lived. The motorcycle went missing in December.
Getting my license and joining the NY Classic Riders group were the best decisions I’ve ever made. My social life went from zero to 60 (Alternative facts again). But really, the group is just an amazing bunch from all walks of life.
When I’m not running the restaurant, I’m on the RnineT exploring the Tri-state area. This is how I recharge my batteries and exercise self-reflection. It is my antidote to stress.
I am a documentary and portrait photographer/filmmaker originally from Toronto but with stops in LA and now NY (Brooklyn). In a past life I was responsible for creating the iconic album cover artwork for the So Cal band Blink 182’s Enema of The State (you know, with the nurse). I now focuse my time shooting for NGO’s and the like, covering issues from human trafficking in India and Cambodia to Maternal health in Ethiopia and women’s rights in India, Bangladesh.
My love of motorcycles started when at age 16 I wanted a car but could not afford it so I bought a used 1983 GS 550 However, when it proved to be unreliable my terrified Jewish mother seized the opportunity to take it back to the seller and pay for insurance on a rusted out Honda Accord. It took close to 25 years before I finally had another bike (1975 Honda CB 400F Super Sport) I drove it down to Brooklyn from Toronto. Although it was a great bike it was simply too small for the local rides. When the opportunity to buy a 2004 Triumph Thruxton off a friend proved impossible to turn down I jumped on it.
I’ve done some cool rides in California and one from Barcelona to Valencia and back. I hope to get a BMW GS 1200 (low suspension) in the future.
I am Ben from Paris, France. I have spent most of my life between Paris and New York but I have also lived in Switzerland, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv.
I have been passionate about anything that has two and four wheels since my childhood. When I was a teenager in Paris, I started riding a Piaggio Typhoon, then I went to a Suzuki RM 125 2 stroke motocross. I will never forget those amazing few years riding in Paris.
My uncle is the one who transmitted me his passion for cars and motorcycles. He use to buy, sell and collect classic and vintage ones and taught me so much about them.
I have now been living again in NYC since almost 3 years. I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and I ride a 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 Stornello. I am a Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group and Entrepreneur.
In my free time, I love to ride or drive, travel, cook, workout, wakeboard, snowboard, spend quality time with family and friends and learn new skills!
I was a later starter in the moto world, buying that first bike in my late teens – a black 1982 Yamaha Seca – for the daily trek to university in British Columbia, Canada. But my first bike experience was years earlier as a passenger on the back of a friend’s Kawi dirt bike, an experience that made me quickly realize I wanted to be in charge … not hanging on for dear life off the back.
My modding tendencies arrived quickly after my purchase, with the Seca getting a quick café racer makeover, including drop down handlebars, bar-end mirrors, a quarter fairing, and a 2-into-1 exhaust. Maybe it was my way of getting it to look and feel more like the bike I had really wanted … a two-stroke RD400.
Later run-throughs with a Suzuki GS650E and a BMW R90 only cemented my love of two wheels and the feeling of freedom that bikes offered whenever weather allowed on the ‘wet’ coast.
Fast forward to Los Angeles years later and my current, now highly modified, Triumph Thruxton entered the picture, a bike that appealed to my love of all things British … bikes and cars. After more than 20 years riding solo or with a small group of friends, LA brought me more in touch with the moto community as a whole. And with the help of a riding friend LAMotorcyclist.com was born following our highly successful stint as organizers of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in the City of Angels.
Now almost two years into my NYC baptism, and proudly based in Brooklyn, I am launching NYCMotorcyclist.com, a hub for everything moto related in the city. I look forward to joining many NY Classic Riders events this coming season and meeting fellow enthusiasts.
Bicycles have always been an important part of my life so it’s only natural that I eventually got a Motorcycle. Moscow, Russia born, Upstate NY raised, Williburg, Brooklyn living. My 2006 Ducati Monster 620 is my first and only bike I’ve ever had.
The first motorcycle experience that I can remember involved me in a sidecar of a Ural, booking it across a field in the…..wait for it….. Ural Mountains – where my family is from.
I’ve always wanted to ride NYC to San Francisco, and spoke about it often – to the point that it got embarrassing. In a way that was the catalyst I needed to get the bike. 3 years ago I figured enough was enough – so I got a license and a bike few days later. A year later I rode it 5,000 miles across back roads of USA, zigzagging through 18 states. The following year I did it again, this time to Portland, OR. So with two cross country trips under my bikes belt, the good ol’ Monster now reads 25k miles, no longer a 1,400 mile child I rescued from a dusty garage in Worcester, MA.
This bike is my daily, year round, rain or shine, down to 15F as long as there is no snow commuter and friend. We make a vlog together – Ducati NYC Vlog on Youtubes and DucatiNYC on Instagram – take a look. You will not be disappointed for long. There is also Paperbikes.com – but that is a whole another animal, and only for those with limber fingers and playful minds.
My Name Sammy or Ghost, I was born in Morocco and raised in Brooklyn.
My love for motorcycle started when my brother took me for a ride on his Peugeot 103 and the rest is history.
I started on small dirt bike and move up the monster chain. My first bike was a 50cc Scooter from there I rode multiple machines from Honda CB500K 1972, BMW F650GS, Ducati Monster, Honda CBR600rr, Yamaha R1, Yamaha FZ-08, Yamaha T-Max to Ducati xDiavel. Now a day I ride a Yamaha FZ-07 2016 and still searching for the ultimate machine for me.
My dream one day I pick my bike and do round the world trip.
My Passion for Motorcycles started when my Grandfather bought me a mini bike for my 10th Birthday (a sears mini bike with a 5hp Briggs and Stratton motor).
I have never looked back since that day, 46 years later, and I am still enjoying the freedom and exhilaration of riding.
Many people ride for different reasons, I ride for joy, freedom and the love of the machine. Riding in a group or riding alone both experiences are unique and special. Most recently I am less concerned about speed or power but more about the enjoyment of the ride, and the uniqueness of the bike itself. Cafe racers have recently caught my attention.
A love for the classics and the ability to customize them has made me a true cafe racer enthusiast. The Gentlemen’s Ride events define riding for me today, fun, cool, and stylish.
I started riding a Honda 50 at age 8, , then moved up to an XR 75, then a 110 by age 12. Not bad for a little queer kid from rural Missouri if I do say so myself. I moved to France at 20, and never looked back, but sadly that meant (I thought) not riding motorcycles anymore.
After doing very responsible adult type things like graduate school (Psychology) and a doctorate (Clinical Sexology), then opening a private practice in New York, I suddenly found myself closing in on 40. I thought it might be nice to have a motorcycle again- OHMYGOD LOOK AT THESE COOL ROYAL ENFIELDS?! And after mulling it over for a year, taking the safety class, getting my license, researching Enfields and buttering up my partner- I took home a 2016 Royal Enfield Classic 500 (named Falkor).
My first ride (more than around the City) was a weekend trip to Lake Ontario, and my second was to Montreal for Gay Pride- so he’s had some breaking-in right out of the gate (and I’ve had some panic attacks riding on interstates). Looking forward to adventures with this group and hopefully not dying.
I came to NYC from London in 1984. Fell in love with the city and remained here. I’m the creative director of my own ad agency, and in 1995 we won the BMW motorcycle account. So I started riding back then. My first bike was a R75. Now I own a Triumph Bobber and love it.
I live in Ridgewood, NJ and have three grown children. My oldest son, George rides a Triumph T100, and we recently rode together in the NYC DGR ride. It is a pleasure to be part of NY Classic Riders. I’m looking forward to getting to know as many of you as possible and having some fun rides in the future. Ride safe!