November/December

Let me begin by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!

 

     Since this is a double issue, you will find articles from late summer into fall, so enjoy. Now that the colder weather is here, there are not as many riding events happening, however, the opportunities are still there for those who wish to brave the cooler temps. There may well be several Toys for Tots events still scheduled by the time you read this and if you are so inclined, go ahead and RIDE! I remember attending a few in December with snow on the ground and several motorcycles in the parking lots. New York riders are not wimps.

 

     Our cover this month is sponsored by the Russ Brown and Chuck Koro Law Firm and our centerfold features Lucky Badger Cycles.

 

     I wanted to say that with the death of my father last year, my family responsibilities have increased and I apologize that I haven’t been able to attend as many events this summer as I have in past years. We are ALL very busy, but as in all Italian families, family comes first (ALA FAMILIA!) Carmella and I are very grateful to Robin, Giggles, and Momma Iz for their time and energy in covering the many biker events every single weekend so that we can bring them to you here in New York Rider Magazine. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many memorial articles as I’ve seen this year, written by Giggles and Robin. Hopefully that will change in 2014!

 

     Check out the advertisers and all the holiday specials! Don’t forget the International Motorcycle Show—it’s in December this year instead of January, so you can get some Christmas shopping done in the city while you’re there! Enjoy this season of friends and family but take some time out to stop and smell the hot chocolate!

 

     From all of us here at New York Rider, we hope your holidays are happy and we wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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October

~ October’s the month when the smallest breeze "Gives us a shower of Autumn leaves…”

 

     Time passes so quickly, and that is the only thing I can think about as I write this and realize it’s October already! I passed someone on a motorcycle just this morning on my way to work and I felt a twinge of sadness but a sense of pride at the same time, that despite the chilly weather, this New York rider was enjoying his two wheels (even though he was all bundled up and I could see his red nose from my car window)! New Yorker’s are a resilient bunch and I know there will be riders on the road most likely through December. Seems it was just yesterday I was canning tomatoes, now my focus has turned to apple pie. Nobody says you can’t ride your motorcycle to the nearest apple orchard and pick some apples, as long as you either eat them on the way home or they all fit in your saddlebags. A pumpkin, on the other hand, may be a bit more difficult, so save that for another trip!

     We had an awesome time at all of the September events, especially at East Meets West and at Catskill Mountain Thunder. Momma Iz enjoyed herself so much that she chose to write about her experience, so be sure to check that out. Giggles and Robin have been working overtime with their event reports and sadly, covering a lot of memorials, reminding us that our fallen brothers and sisters may be gone but they are never forgotten or far from our hearts.

     Our cover and centerfold features FX Caprara Harley-Davidson (formerly Iron Block HD), in Adams Center, New York. Visit them when you’re in town and tell them New York Rider sent you. We continue our “Club Corner” spotlight with the Goat Brothers from Saratoga, and Robin’s “Good Vibrations” column introduces you to a female rider every month.

     Please note that we will be publishing a DOUBLE issue of New York Rider Magazine for November/December, so advertisers, please get your holiday ads for November and December to Carmella ASAP. We anticipate this double issue will be out around Black Friday. Also, anyone who has EVENTS to be included for the next few months, please send those to me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New York Rider would like to congratulate Mike and Judy Humphrey on their new venture, The Kings Inn, which will be opening very soon in Schenectady. Although we will miss Humpy’s, we will always have our memories and we wish our friend, Geno, all the best as he takes over the Central Avenue location!

Be safe out there and have a Happy Halloween!

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September

~ Of all the things I still remember Summer's never looked the same The years go by and time just seems to fly But the memories remain…..September (Daughtry)

 

     Well, here we are in September, one of the most beautiful months of the year! Sunny and colorful early Fall rides, warm days and cooler nights, late-Summer cookouts, and for those of you with school-age children, finally some FREE time! Don’t store your motorcycle away just yet, and do NOT discount September. Some of the best rides are in September. You never know in New York. We could very well be riding all the way into December!

     This month, our cover is sponsored by Prestige Custom Cycles, and our centerfold features Elf from the 69ers MC North Country Crew. Robin Ireland introduces us to the Seven Gates MC from Syracuse. New York Rider will be featuring a different club every month, which will give our Eastern friends a chance to learn about our Western friends and vice-versa! Giggles has some party reports and we hope you are enjoying our French Connection, Herve Rebollo. Herve brings NYRM everywhere he goes and he never forgets to pose with the latest issue!

     We are preparing for Catskill Mountain Thunder, one of the best annual events of the year at Blackthorne Resort in East Durham, NY. If you’ve never attended the Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Rally, you are missing out! Attending CMT is a wonderful way to bid farewell to Summer and celebrate Fall at the same time. There is something for everyone and believe me, it is well worth the trip! Hope to see you all there (be sure to bring a hoodie or a jacket —it can get pretty chilly at night).

     If you’re out and about, visit our advertisers – Carmella, Cris, and I had the chance to meet a few of our advertisers from the Newburgh area and met some really great people, who were huge fans of the magazine. We are hoping to expand our distribution more extensively throughout the NYC area. Cherish these last days of Summer and check the Events list as there are still plenty of rides and other activities planned. Ride Safe and we will see you next month!

 

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July

Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: 'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave"

 

When I was looking for an inspiring quote to add to this Editor's page, I came upon the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key. These are the lyrics that we never hear (we only hear the "short" version). The quote above is actually in the second verse of the song. Look up the lyrics when you get a chance, they are very moving. Here's hoping the spirit of Independence Day stays with us long after the 4th of July!
Summer is flying by, as usual, and one thing I've noticed is that there seem to be more biker events than ever this year. Maybe it's because we had so much RAIN so far that we are ever hopeful and determined to enjoy a hundred sunny days (or however many we really do get) of riding and spending time with our friends. New York Rider had a busy June but fasten your helmets, friends, July is even more chock full of biker activities and opportunities!
Our cover is sponsored by the Oswego Bike Fest, to be held August 23-26 at Oswego Speedway, and check out our centerfold story about Tracy VanBrocklin's motorcycle, custom-built by her husband, Kirk VanBrocklin, two good friends of New York Rider from the Syracuse area.
Congratulations to Carmella on her feature in the July issue of Today's CNY Woman (see story in this issue)! This is an honor that Carmella deserves and she is very proud that the magazine chose to recognize her in this way. We are all proud of you, Carmella! Carmella's accomplishments with New York Rider Magazine, from starting the magazine in 2005 all by herself, to carefully choosing the best crew to work with, have been impressive and I think have had a huge impact on the New York biker community. In some ways, NYR Magazine has changed lives (mine included) and has contributed immensely in changing negative attitudes toward bikers. NYR Magazine may in fact have influenced the future of the motorcycle culture in New York State and beyond. I for one am proud to be a part of the history of this magazine and, as long as there are bikers in New York, I plan to be a part of its future!
Remember that New York Rider can now be accessed online (current issues available to subscribers only). Please continue to tell us your stories and invite us to your events. If we can't attend, feel free to write a paragraph or two about the event and send to me or Carmella. We always love to hear from our readers! Check out our list of advertisers and visit them when you can. They are ready and waiting to serve you!

 

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June

This month of June is packed with biker events and many opportunities to make enough memories to see us through the rest of the year. Check the Events listing here and online – I must get at least two or more emails every day with more events to add! Two important ones I'd like to mention here are Laconia Bike Week (June 8-16) with the new Devil's Destination, and of course, the 2nd Annual New York Rider Rally, to be held from June 28-30, both events guaranteed to be some wild and crazy fun!
How is your motorcycle treating you? Take some time to check it out before you head out on a ride. Be sure everything is in good shape because the second stop on a charity run is not the time to discover some unexpected problem that will force you to turn around and take the bike home to be repaired (yes, I've seen this happen more than once!). Always, always, keep safety as your top priority!
As I write this, we are preparing to travel to D.C. for the annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom. Memorial Day Weekend is always a very important time of year for us at New York Rider Magazine. In fact, NYR Magazine is the only magazine "allowed" at Rolling Thunder, due to the fact that we have always included a Heroes Page and have always covered Rolling Thunder. You'll read all about RT in the next issue.
Our cover and centerfold this month are sponsored by Three Fat Guys Irish Tavern in Syracuse.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michelle Rundberg for organizing the first "Mothers and Sisters Gathering," which was held in Syracuse last month. I had a wonderful time and really appreciated the chance to relax and get to know my "sisters" that I hardly get to say more than a hello to when we see each other at events.
We would love to hear about some of the awesome ride routes you stumble upon when you're out cruising to nowhere. Tell us about them so that others may follow in your footpedals! We MUST enjoy this month because Summer rushes by as fast as our motorcycles can ride. Savor these warm, sunny days and take some time to visit an advertiser or two. There are some really cool people running businesses exclusively for bikers and we should patronize them as often as we can!
Finally, remember that our new website is now live and you can now subscribe to New York Rider online and access past issues as well. My Editor's Blog is also up for all of us to use. Check it out, and if you have any questions or suggestions, please tell me about it!

 

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