Why do they Hate us?

Why Do They Hate Us?

Ever wonder why there is seething antipathy towards motorcyclists in New York City?  Why are responsible riders shouted down at Community Board meetings by residents claiming we’re all a bunch of noisemaking, lawbreaking hooligans?  Why do you get a sideways glance when you’re locking up your full-face helmet to your 50 MPG commuting bike?

Sadly, a number of riders seem to be intent on creating the most hostile environment for two-wheelers by offering themselves as the worst possible examples of motorcycling.  And as the “squeaky wheels”, their behavior gets the attention while the overwhelming majority of responsible riders are ignored.

On September 4 2011, “Hollywood Stuntz” organized a motorcycle riot at the Gateway Mall in Brooklyn.

They incited hundreds of riders to meet and proceed to endanger the lives of citizens and police officers – not to mention their own – in a terrible display of squidliness.  They rode recklessly throughout the city, ignored traffic signals and swerved through the streets, up sidewalks – many with minimal gear, illegal modifications and obscured or missing license plates.

Of course, they documented their dangerous nonsense for YouTube.  The ride was advertised “for all our fallen soldiers.”  Though it may not be obvious to all, they were referring to friends of theirs who died — not actual military soldiers.  We have never met anyone in the military who would want to be represented by this sort of behavior.  (And indeed, the armed forces have a history of working with the MSF to promote rider safety.)

If you were on the ride or involved in promoting it, know that it is because of you that motorcyclists are regarded so poorly in this city.  You are doing nothing but ruining motorcycling for the rest of us.

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

What's Wrong with this Picture?

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Take a good look at this picture.  The rider: suited up in the best gear money can buy.  The passenger: no gear at all!  He’s got a $200 Nolan lid, she gets the non-DOT compliant “novelty” helmet.  He’s got a $240 pair of Alpinestars with injected armor for shin, ankle, calf, toe, and heel protection.  She has a pair of ballet flats

Nobody gets to choose when they crash.  The rider in this picture knows that.  So why would he allow his passenger to be in such a risky situation?

Passengers are subject to the same risks as the rider.  Hitting the road at 30 mph feels exactly the same if you’re holding the handlebars or not.  Riding a motorcycle (especially in the warm weather) as a rider or passenger can be an enormous joy – but why unabashedly expose your friend, sibling or even your spouse to risk with no useful protection?

Riders:  Don’t give your passenger a novelty helmet, especially if you know enough to have a proper full-face helmet for yourself.  The word on the street is, they’ll appreciate your concern about their safety.

Respect your passenger and enjoy the ride together!

September 2012 NYMSTF Meeting

Next NYMSTF Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. 

Proner & Proner

60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1448
New York, New York 10165

come a few minutes early to check in with building security

“always the 1st Tuesday of the month”

Petition DOT for Motorcycle-Only Parking on the West Side

Action Alert!
Motorcycle-Only Parking
in the West Village & Hell’s Kitchen

Community Boards 2 and 4 in Manhattan have approved of eleven motorcycle- and scooter-only parking spots throughout the West Village and Hell’s Kitchen. However, the NYC DOT has refused to implement all but two of them. The NYMSTF is trying to put the pressure on DOT to install the signage that New York’s communities have voted for.

We need you to write the Commissioner of the DOT and request that the motorcycle-only pilot parking program be implemented.

1. E-mail NYC DOT Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan  jsadikkhan@dot.nyc.gov and Manhattan DOT Commissioner Margaret Forgione mforgione@dot.nyc.gov

2. Write the commissioner a letter:

Margaret Forgione
Manhattan Borough Commissioner
59 Maiden Lane, 35th Floor
New York, New York  10038

3. Tell your friends and fellow riders about it by giving them this link or sharing it on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter. (links at top of page)

Edit the message below to your liking but remain respectful:

Dear Commissioner,

Please promptly implement the motorcycle parking pilot areas that have already been approved by Manhattan Community Boards 2 and 4.

Motorcycles and scooters are a practical and efficient means of transportation and are an essential element of mobility and logistics in the modern urban environment.


Free Muni-Meter Parking Action Alert

Free Motorcycle Parking at Muni-Meters – It Can Happen with Your Help!

There is proposed City Council legislation to exempt scooters and motorcycles from paying at Muni-Meters. No more wondering where to put your ticket. No more summonses. No more velcro’ed license plates. Finally: a real solution to parking at meters that were designed only for cars.

We need your help!
The legislation, Int 0860-2012, was proposed by Peter Vallone Jr. of Queens. You can read the text here.

1. Call the bill’s sponsors and tell them you support Int-0860-2012. Tell them you live, work, or shop in their area and that it is a great solution for the constant threat of Muni-Meter violations for motorcycles.

2. Write your city councilman and members of the transportation
committee in support of this bill. You can find your council member’s name and contact information at http://tinyurl.com/nyccouncilmember.

Peter F. Vallone, Jr. 
718-274-4500 e-mail (D) district 22 Astoria, Long Island City; parts of Jackson Heights, Rikers, Randalls and Wards Islands 
Deborah L. Rose
718-556-7370 e-mail (D) district 49, SI St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton, Snug Harbor, Livingston, New Brighton, Randall Manor, West Brighton, Silver Lake, Clove Lakes, Westerleigh, Clifton, Concord, Rosebank, Port Richmond, Elm Park, Mariners Harbor
Daniel J. Halloran III 718-631-6703 e-mail (R/C/I/L) district 19, College Point, Whitestone, Beechurst, Bayside, Little Neck
Eric A. Ulrich 718-738-1083 e-mail (R), district 32 Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Woodhaven

The bill isn’t scheduled for a public hearing yet, but as soon as it is we’ll contact you and solicit your help in telling your councilmember that you’re tired of the tickets, and that motorcycles and scooters are part of the solution to reducing congestion in NYC.

If you know of other ways to help get this legislation passed, tell us in the forum or reply to this e-mail.

Winter Motorcycle Storage

Winter Storage
snowy bike
For those of you who aren’t 12-month commuters, you’ll need to find a place to stow your bike for hibernation. We’ve surveyed some local shops to give you a pricing guide. At minimum, you’ll get an indoor or outdoor spot for your bike. Some offer added services like battery tending, fluid top-offs, oil changes, and a spring cleaning/detailing.Brooklyn Moto, N Williamsburg $400 Nov-Mar or Dec-Apr
Brooklyn Motor Works, Red Hook: $120/mo
Cycle Therapy, East Harlem: $129/mo, free pickup
Dymond Motorsports – Eastchester, Bronx $70/mo
Machina Cycles, Park Slope – $125/mo Dec-Apr, w/outlet
Motogrrl, Williamsburg – $100-$175/mo, winterization available
Primoto, Long Island City – $150/mo w/tender, gear storage
Rockwell Cycles – $350 Nov-Apr w/outlet
Speer Yamaha, Passaic NJ, $45/mo + $95 prep, winterization
Works Engineering, N Williamsburg, $125/moIf there’s anyone else out there, add it to our Shop Database!

Still, be aware that a 4-month break from riding will absolutely dull your skills. Take it from the local government of Devon, U.K.

Secret Life of Bikers: Hibernation
Secret Life of Bikers: Hibernation

The November newsletter will have Winter Riding Tips for those of you ready to brave the cold.

January NYMSTF Meeting – 1/3/12

Next NYMSTF Meeting

The NYMSTF January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 3 at 7:30pm at
Proner & Proner
60 E. 42nd Street
Suite 1448
New York, New York 10165
bring a photo ID and a few minutes to spare to check in to building security

Agenda is available here: http://forum.nymstf.org/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=315

No Hose? No Driveway? No Problem!

The NYMSTF is sick and tired of looking at your grimy motorcycle. Give it a bath, already! Urban dwellers who don’t have access to suburban amenities like a hose and driveway can check out our new directory of do-it-yourself carwash bays and motorcycle-friendly hand-wash services. If you know of more, you can even add a new listing!


 Most of these locations are Do-It-Yourself washes: they offer a coin-operated powered sprayer that shoots out soapy water with a spinning brush, and then just water for the rinse. Expect to pay about $4 for every 8-minute session. Bring a sponge, since the power sprayer is often pretty gritty and could scratch your bike; just let the sprayer spray while scrubbing the bike by hand. There are limited facilities, so you will want to bring your own:

  • specialty brushes
  • chamois/towels for drying
  • detailing spray
  • gloves
  • chain lube (for reapplying what was washed off)

And check out our Motorcycle washing tips & tricks here.