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9th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2017

I stopped by North 14th Street with my buddy Eric last weekend for my fifth consecutive year attending the Brooklyn Invitational.
If you don't know, the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show is a custom bike show in Greenpoint, Brooklyn each year, started less than a decade by custom motorcycle-builder Keino Sasaki, artist John Copeland and photographer Jeffrey Schad.

The Simple Beauty of Walt Siegl Motorcycles Bol dOr MV Agusta

I saw this bike a few years ago, and was profoundly struck with its beauty, even though I didn't know a thing about one of greatest custom motorcycle fabricators at the time.

Ducati Motorcycles of Italian Sporting Bikes of the 70s Bike show


 I had been out really early this morning, riding all around White Plains and 22 up into Connecticut, first with a couple of friends, and then with a bunch of East Coast Ducs as well.  But, I broke off early, as Moto Borgotaro had organized a couple of private collectors to do a classic 1970's Italian superbike bike show in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn in concert with Union Garage and Alpinestars.

Superleggera at The Tuscan Gun


Bike Night at the Tuscan Gun

I've been riding and traveling for most of the spring, so I haven't had a chance to catch up on my ride reports, but had to recap a bike night in Brooklyn a few week's back.
NYDUCATI: Bike Night at The Tuscan Gun in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Moto Custom Carbon Fiber 1198S Ducati

Coming back from Joshua's house, Mark from Brooklyn Moto had invited me to come to a motorcycle BBQ in Brooklyn, and watch MotoGP, the fifth round taking place in Le Mans in France.

NYDucati Does Brooklyn

So I've had a rough time getting my bike on the road this spring.  After going out with the East Coast Ducs first ride of 2016 and discovering that I needed a new clutch in my 996, last weekend my chain was really loose.

Union Garage's Second Annual Unsanctioned Block Party in Brooklyn with the DOCNYC

Unsanctioned Block Party at Union Garage


Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2014

Hipster Mayhem: 6th Annual Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show 2014

I was planning on visiting a few friends down at the track at Thunderbolt this weekend, but first  I wanted to check out the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show, which I stumbled on last year.  Williamsburg is the hipster epicenter of the free world, and I was expecting a bunch of sick bikes, most that can't be ridden too far or too fast, some of which are incredibly built; others that are just incredibly loud.

Incredible Retro Custom Cafe Racers at the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show 2013

Incredible Retro Custom Cafe Racers at the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show 2013


Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show 2013

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati
Stumbled on the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today...
Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show Tigho NYDucati Custom Classic Motorcycles 1
I was out riding with my girlfriend around Central Park, then out to Queens and down into Brooklyn, when we stumbled on several hundred rowdy bikers (see Harley guys burning rubber above).  We stopped, and besides the bikers, were hundreds of custom motorcycles, mostly of the chopper variety.
There weren't too many Italian bikes (I only spotted a few Ducatis and a Guzzi or two), but there were plenty of Harley Davidsons and Triumphs.
Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati 2
Some guys were excited; others a bit more subdued.
Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati 3
The Empire State Building and Manhattan Skyline as a backdrop to the Bike Rally.
Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati 4

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati 5

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati 6

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati 7

Brooklyn Invitational Custom Bike Show out riding today... Tigho NYDucati 8

1979 Ducati Darmah 900 Sport Desmo

32-mm carbs, an electric start, two-up seat, Bosch electronic ignition, Nippon Denso gauges

Video from Moto Borgotaro
© 2013 Tigh Loughhead

30 Days: A Ducati Odyssey (Before/After a Bike in NYC)

Ducati Odyssey: 

I use Google Latitude to track my traveling history.  Some people find this a little creepy, but I assume phone companies are already tracking me anyway, so why not take advantage of a free GPS service?  One of the primary reasons I bought a motorcycle was that I felt a little trapped in Manhattan, with no way to (at least spontaneously) to get out of the city.  Over the last month, based on my records thus far, I think I've found the time to get out of NYC a bit more...

The first 30 days...

My rides on my Ducati Monster for the last 30 days (May-June 2013):  I've been to Port Deposit and the Conowingo Dam in Maryland, out to Lancaster County and Oley in Pennsylvania, then up to Allentown, Ottsville and Doylestown, and on to Frenchtown and Newark in New Jersey.  After arriving in New York City, where I garage my bike in North Willamsburg, Brooklyn, I've taken trips to Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Breezy Point and Rockaway Beach, getting lost in Ridgewood, Queens on the way back.  I've taken little runs to Red Hook, Astoria, Roosevelt Island and of course all around Manhattan and Times Square!  

I went up to Bear Mountain by way of the Palisades, NJ through Englewood, Nyack, Congers and back through Elmsford and Yonkers.  The next week I went up to Port Jervis, NY to the Hawk's Nest, then back  through Milford and Fort Lee, before taking a detour to the Bronx to Mount Vernon and Pelham, then back through Parkchester to the FDR.   The next day I rode out through Jersey City on I78 to Barnards NJ to meet up with the Desmo Owners Club to ride around the Round Valley Resevoir, into PA at Frenchtown, then up the Delaware through Easton up to Belvidere, stopping off for lunch in Washington, NJ.


  In Months' Past:

The previous month I took a bunch of mass transit to get around mostly Manhattan.




© 2013 Tigh Loughhead

Ducati DUMBO: Waaay down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass



 Hell is empty of all the demons...

Ducati trip to Roosevelt Island via Brooklyn


A Night in Brooklyn Heights


Dinner at Juliana's Pizza, a stroll down the Brooklyn Bridge promenade, watching the storm come over New York City.

From Brooklyn Heights to Sheepshead Bay to Breezy Point


Ducati Extravaganza at Union Garage and Moto Borgotaro in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bridge Views of New York City


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