The second annual Miss-Fires speakeasy benefit

Speakeasy-art-2Join us for Saturday November 21st for the 2nd annual Miss-Fires Speakeasy Benefit. Don your finest vintage finery  and shine up those dancing shoes because we have a delightful evening of 1920’s themed fun planned. Live music by Julia Haltigan & the Sleep No More band, Thrasher magazine’s DJ Wez. Play a game of roulette, have your portrait drawn by sketch artist Anthony Kieren, and toss your name in the hat for high dollar value raffles courtesy of our fantastic sponsors. All proceeds go to benefit breast cancer.

Venue: location and secret password to be announced on the day (in Greenpoint Brooklyn).

Entry: $10 at the door (cash only. ATM on premises. 100% of proceeds going to charity)

Dress Code: 1920’s themed evening attire encouraged

This years Miss-Fires Speakeasy benefit will support our fellow moto lady’s breast cancer foundation her family started for her beloved aunt who died at the age of 34. They gifted the fundraiser last year with a $500 check so yes, this is a bit personal for us. Here is a link to the foundation..

Last year, with your help, we raised over $5000 at the party to support KIDSPOT; one of the MissFires’ Moms business, keeping her kids autism clinic doors open while she was being treated for breast cancer and incapable of working. In addition to other fundraising efforts we were able to pay her business expenses for the months needed. In the meantime, they found someone to take over the lease, joining with her partner so the business that her mom started continues to treat kids on the autism spectrum today.

Check out photos of last year’s party…

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And last but not least, a huge thank you to all of our sponsors!
The Bowery Presents
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Brewery
Cafe Racer XXX
Coney Island Brewing Company
Evan Williams
Iron & Glory
Jim Beam
M. Carter
New York City Motorcycles
Tanteo Tequila
Union Garage
Via Meccanica

For The Ride…For the friendships.

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The Miss-Fires formed in October 2013 after a simple dinner ride made up of a few women. Being happy, active co-ed riders already they didn’t know where it would lead when they took that first scoot, but before dessert, they knew they were on to something.

Photographer, Todd Heisler

Q. Why did you start the group in the first place?

A. Even though we were happy riding with the fellas, something unique and beautiful happens when you get just the girls together. Our group rides and wrenching nights at the garage quickly became a way for women both new and established in their riding careers to bond and encourage one another. The tight friendships and camaraderie that formed, based on nothing more really than a love of motorcycles, was the proof that we all needed the Miss-Fires.

Q. How many of you are there in the Miss-Fires?

A. More than 140 in seven cities across the United States and Canada, and growing every day. There is strength in numbers and reach around the world, and now the Miss-Fires acts as a support group for girls locally to gather and spend real time together, and globally as an extended family for advice, support and, yeah, travel opportunities!


Q. How did you decide on the name?

A. Everything we’re about is having fun, encouraging each other and never taking things too seriously. A misfire is a product of having an ignition system problem, bad timing, which results in your bike or car not starting well. The Miss-Fires is a twist on the idea that we’re all constantly learning, making mistakes and becoming better, stronger riders, wrenchers and people, while having fun doing it.

Q. Describe the kind of riding around Brooklyn.

A. Urban off-roading? NYC is treacherous on bikes, with rain, snow, alternate side parking, garages more expensive than suburban mortgage payments and potholes the size of SUVs. It’s challenging and wonderful because in part, you have to be a little nutty to ride here. Because of that, NYC riders are a wonderful breed of humans.

Photographer, Marc McAndrews

Q.Which bikes are the most popular in the group?

A. I personally ride a 1968 BSA 650 Lightning custom, but have always had vintage Triumphs in my 14 years, and I hope to soon have both a vintage and modern Bonnie. Past the Brit bikes like Thruxtons, we have a healthy number of Harleys, many modern and vintage Japanese models, and a few Italian ladies, dirt bikes, race bikes, and a sidecar rig thrown in.

Q. Do you have to be a woman to be in the Miss-Fires or are there honorary guys?

A. Though you do have to be a woman to join, we’re in no way sexist. We love riding with and supporting our male counterparts. The motorcycle community is our family and we’ve found that creating the women’s group that we needed has worked to strengthen, not separate, the co-ed community. There are actually two unofficial honorary male members who have earned our deep respect and support from the beginning – Tim and John, we love you!


Q. What’s been your best ride so far?

A. There are so many, and the answers would be different depending on which member you ask, but for me, our Halloween ride where we dressed as The Living Dead gang from the 1971 biker film classic Psychomania and rode around Brooklyn would be up there. Of course, I am the film nerd obsessed with all films vehicular, as can be seen in my long-running project Cine Meccanica ( Oh, and there are just a few Triumphs terrorizing the neighborhood in that classic British film by the way!

Q. Do you ride as a pack?

A. Any chance we get.

Women on bikes: Female motorcyclists hit the streets

Women on bikes: Female motorcyclists hit the streets

The number of women taking to the road on motorcycles in the US is on the rise.

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council there has been a 30% jump in the number of female bikers in the past decade.

As the popularity of motorcycling among women has risen, so too has the number of clubs catering to enthusiasts. One such female-only club in New York is The Miss-Fires.

Michael Maher caught up with them on a recent weekend ride.

Produced and edited by Michael Maher, filmed by Mark Hiney.


The Miss-Fires featured in Triumph’s Spirit Magazine

The more I ride, the more I seek to absorb moto culture and literature. I discovered Triumph’s digital magazine, Spirit, when I purchased my Bonnie two years ago, and always enjoy reading the quarterly features full of inspiration and life on two wheels. Last year, I noticed they were soliciting pictures from readers, so I sent in a few that my 18-year-old sister had taken of me in Brooklyn.

And then forgot about it.

Months later, the editor contacted me requesting a story to go along with the photos, which I happily and carefully drafted. Triumph published [a highly scaled down version of] my submission in their spring issue #15, and I am very honored to be included.

Read it here!

New England Trials Clinic (NETA) Trails Cross training Clinic


Chantal and I…stealing a lil kid’s bicycle?

Sometimes you just need to take a day off and get out of town. So, last Sunday me and some friends from NYC Vin Moto and The Miss-Fires loaded up the trucks and headed up to lovely, lush Connecticut and the Meridan Motorcycle Club….


Me. ready to ride?

The destination? the New England Trials Clinic (NETA) Trails Cross training Clinic. These clinics are run entirely by volunteers and wholly for the love of the sport. Their theory? How could you NOT want to ride Trials after trying it out. so, the first time’s free kids!


Kim looking like a pro?

What is Trials? 

Moto Trials (formerly “Observed Trials”) is now the pinnacle of off-road riding, as the riders tackle the most severe terrain capable of being conquered by any two wheeled machine. When someone looks at the obstacles before the riding starts, a frequent comment is a simple “No way!” A big plus for the spectators is that they can watch from just a few feet away as the riders attempt seemingly impossible obstacles. Trials competitions consist of “sections” that are physically defined by marker tape. These sections contain challenging features, both natural and artificial. They may include stream-beds, boulders, logs, and slopes. Tape markers identify different skill class levels for competition; the better the competitor, the more severe the obstacles will be in the corresponding class. A trail loop connects the sections for the event. A typical event will have 8 to 12 sections and the competitor must ride the loop and complete the sections three to five times. Riders cannot practice the sections but may inspect each section just before being judged (or observed) on their ride. Then, one at a time, the riders will enter a section on their motorcycle, as an observer scores the rider’s performance. Like golf, where the least amount of strokes on the course wins, trials are won by the person who touches their foot to the ground the least amount of times over the course of the event. The rider with the lowest score wins. The score goes to a maximum of 5 points for that section if they fail to reach the end gate in time or crash. Riding a section “clean” without footing is the ultimate goal of all riders (score of 0).

The Bikes
Trials motorcycles are very specialized. Years of development have produced a very lightweight (i.e. ~150lbs), very slender, extremely well balanced machine with a powerful 2 or 4 stroke engine. The bikes have high ground clearance, minimal fuel capacity and no seat, creating a highly maneuverable motorcycle capable of overcoming nearly any obstacle.

There are many local clubs around the US that host events locally, with some putting on as many as 15 events per year. A listing of NETA’s clubs and events is provided under the “Events Tab” on our website. The United States National Series, governed for the AMA by the North American Trials Council (NATC), hosts the best riders of various classes in America, and consists of 6 to 12 events held in various parts of the country. There are a few select riders in the USA that have the skill to compete at the World Championship level and these riders compete for a spot on the American Trial des Nations Team. The Trial des Nations is held in various countries in the fall of each year, and is a nation vs. nation team competition.

Summing it up
While Trials can be a very challenging and dramatic sport, events by NETA’s local clubs have competition classes for riders of “all” abilities, from beginners on up. Of all the motorcycle sports, it is probably the most
“family-friendly”, and kids can enjoy healthy competition alongside their Moms and Dads and share in an activity that they love. Additionally, trials is easy on the environment. Because of the nature of the bikes and the competitions, environmental damage is minimal, and some clubs have riding areas that have been used for decades with little evidence of any damage to the environment. Trials is also viewed a safer alternative to other forms of motorcycle competition due the lightness of the bikes and the very low speeds (i.e. 1 to 4mph) involved when traversing sections. For this reason alone we continually see veteran enduro and motorcross riders switching to trials competition, and why we commonly to see riders as young as 6 and as old as 70 competing. Lastly, Trials riding also serves as a great cross-training tool for all types of riding such as enduro, endurocross, and motocross. This evidenced by the successfulness of our nation’s top endurocross, and motocross riders (Jeff Aaron, Cody Webb, David Knight, and Taddy Blazusiak) all of which are top trials riders.



Charles, Neta President

Though i’m sure they regretted ever inviting us first the first five minutes of the dingbat Miss-Fires girls trying to figure out how to mount a Trials bike with no seats…Charles and the staff were incredibly patient, and knowledgeable.

Graduation photo

By the end of the clinic…just a few hours later (though it felt like days we were so hot, worn out and beat up), every single one of us could not only balance on the pegs, but manage the slow speed turns, wheelies and rock climbs. Pretty F’in cool for some city slicker motor bike riders!image2

Kim, counting points

After the clinic, and a bag lunch provided by Neta. Yea, they’re that awesome…They put us to work helping judge that days Trials competition. One of the reasons I got into Motorcycles so heavily and that they are now my life, is the community of it. Events like these are only possibly with volunteer support and we were more than happy to help out.


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The riders competing ranged in age from 8 to 80 and as with all moto sports, everyone is patient and supportive. Truly incredible to have been part of it, learn a new skill and challenge myself to be a better rider, risk taker and face my fears. God damn those rocks are scary when you’re staring them down from the pegs of a Gas Gas!

Corinna Mantlo

1962 Ford Ranchero, 1968 BSA 650, 1971 Yamaha AT1, 2014 Royal Enfield Continental GT

Women bikers are on a roll…and have been for a while!


Christine at Coney Island 2015

For Miss-Fire member Christine, belonging to a women’s club is no new idea. She recently shared with us an article published in the Daily News on May 13th, 1990. Below is her story and the article. Enjoy a bit of NY motorbiking history! – The Miss-Fires

My name is Christine and I have ridden on motorcycle for as long as I remember. As a child, every time I would use the bathroom at my grandfather house, I would spend some time pretending to ride on the old broken motorcycle that my grandfather stored next to the toilet, which were in the shed next to the barn  (Yes!! This is true, my grand father had only running cold water in his house, and no indoor bathroom. This was the 60’s in rural France). As a teenager I loved going on ride on the back my cousins and neighbors bike. I also rode my father “Solex”, a cross between a moped and a bicycle, and my sister moped (in rural France in the 70’s, teenagers drove moped to get around, unlike in America, where they drove cars). By the time I got to college, I wanted to ride a real bike, so I used the money from my summer job to pay for motorcycle driving lessons and passed my motorcycle driving test the first time (the NYC motorcycle driving test is a joke, compared to the French motorcycle driving test). I dropped out of college in 1986 and  came to NYC on a one way ticket. As soon as I had enough money saved, I bought my first bike, a Yamaha 750 XJ. This was in 1987. One day, in 1989, I was in the Harley store in Long Island city, looking for riding apparel, when I saw an add on the bulletin board about a women motorcycle group: the American Women Road Rider Alliance. I was a member of AWRA from 1989 to 1991. The Long Island/NYC chapter was featured in a HSBC ad and was also interviewed by the Daily News. I recently found the old “hard copy” of the article while cleaning/disgarding some old boxes. So here it is.


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The Daily News, May 13th 1990


The Daily News, May 13th 1990: Miss-Fire Christine shown above, at far right.


The Daily News, May 13th 1990

My grand ma and grand pa were from Belfort, near Alsace, next to the the Swiss/German border. This picture was from the trip they took for their honeymoon, in the Alps. My grand ma told me that this picture was taken in Annecy. My grand pa was a blacksmith and bought his first bike in the late 1920’s. After WWII, he opened a garage, as horses were being replaced by cars.