The Miss-Fires Speakeasy Benefit

The best party of the year!!!
December 9th, 2016
9pm – 2am
$10

Password & Brooklyn location will be announced day of party.

100% of all proceeds will be donated to Gilda’s Club NYC. You can read more about how we became involved with this wonderful organization below.


Get ready to put your best flapper foot forward – the dance floor will be hopping! Our very own, Triumph ridin’, insanely talented, Julia Haltigan will be performing with her very special guest musicians.

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Test your luck at our roulette wheel to win some amazing raffle prizes, we’ll have a party themed photo booth set up with a pro photographer, Cine Meccanica will be showing old silent movies, and the incredible illustration artist Anthony Kieren will be in the house (you may be lucky enough to be secretly selected for an on the spot portraiture!).

So don those newsboy caps, suspenders, and sequins and we’ll see you there… shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (not really, please tell everyone you know!!!)


The Miss-Fires chose Gilda’s Club NYC to be our beneficiary this year. The Speakeasy will not only raise money for the organization but also awareness for those that may not know about the important work they do in our community and the resources they offer.  It has a special place in our hearts supporting one of our very own Miss-Fires through the cancer battle. She suggested it to me after I reached out to her, I’d like to share what she said…

“Last year I used to go to Gilda’s Club, it was founded by the Saturday night life comedian Gilda Radner in the late 80’s and is an amazing organization located in an old brownstone on east Houston street. They have more places in other cities now as well. They have groups and children programs etc. My younger daughter loved to go there for all the attention and to be with other kids who’s moms have cancer too. I used to go to group therapy sessions with other people with cancer and it was usually only women. Even though its not geared to women only – there are mostly woman that use the program. They also found me my solo therapist, a woman who is specialized in cancer patients.”
Gilda Radnor’s Wiki page has loads more interesting information on this inspiring woman, but here’s a bit from the legacy section on Gilda’s club origin; “In 1991, Gilda’s Club, a network of affiliate clubhouses where people living with cancer, their friends, and families, can meet to learn how to live with cancer, was founded by Joanna Bull, Radner’s cancer psychotherapist, along with Radner’s widower, Gene Wilder (also a cancer survivor) and broadcaster Joel Siegel (who later died after a long battle with cancer). The first club opened in New York City in 1995. The organization took its name from Radner’s comment that cancer gave her “membership to an elite club I’d rather not belong to”. Radner’s story can be read in her book, It’s Always Something.”

Thank you to The Miss-Fires dear friends, moto family and community for your support.

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If you’d like to make a cash donation as seen here, please send it via Paypal to themissfires@gmail.com with Speakeasy in the notes.


The Miss-Fires Speakeasy started in 2014, 3 years ago because my mother was battling breast cancer. She had started Kidspot, a clinic for children on the Autism spectrum but due to her illness was no longer able to work. We raised $5000 to contribute towards keeping the clinic doors open while she was getting treatments. The kids were able to continue getting care until the remaining partner in the clinic was able to join with The Carson Kolzig Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Tri-Cities, Washington, dedicated to education and resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The Responding to Autism Center moved in the space my mother created specifically for the treatment of these kids. They were able to take on her part of the lease so Kidspot could continue to grow without her. The Responding to Autism center is funded in large part by a continuing grant from the Carson Kolzig Foundation. Both entities have a shared vision of the Center being the cornerstone in the community where families can come for guidance, education, support, training, and comprehensive and affordable services.

Then 2015 came around, The Miss-Fires continued this tradition and choose another nonprofit close to our hearts. We wanted to support our fellow Miss-Fire, her family started a breast cancer foundation for her beloved aunt who died at the age of 34. The Florina Rusi-Marke Foundation also gifted the first fundraiser with a $500 check and we now had the opportunity to give back. We are thrilled to say our $4000 contribution helped build their new center dedicated to the total spectrum of breast related care, especially breast cancer.  The Florina Rusi-Marke Comprehensive Breast Center are the first to serve the community of Staten Island.

Now it’s 2016! Please help us in our efforts this year as we recognize, thank, and ultimately give what we can back into our amazing community.

Ride With The Living Dead!

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Every year, The Miss-Fires take a queue from the 1973 biker movie horror classic Psychomania to dress up as The Living Dead and terrorize the streets of NYC on motorcycles…and you’re invited! 10636331_10152559059569608_3487462758814538471_n.jpgSo, saddle up the steel steed, and road ready your costume, so you too can Ride With The Living Dead this Halloween Eve!

Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/320609981644477/ 

Check out the first year here: https://themissfires.com/2014/11/01/ride-with-the-living-dead/

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The 2016 Distinguished Gentlefolk’s Ride is a wrap!

ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25TH 2016, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DISTINGUISHED GENTLEFOLK IN HUNDREDS OF CITIES WORLDWIDE DONNED THEIR CRAVATS, TWEAKED THEIR MOUSTACHES, PRESSED THEIR TWEED AND SAT ASTRIDE THEIR CLASSIC AND VINTAGE STYLED MOTORCYCLES TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR MEN’S HEALTH, SPECIFICALLY PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION.

Team Miss-Fires achieved our goal of $5000!!! Thank you from the bottom of our tires for all the support. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The Miss-Fires DGR team

All 2016 photos from the perspective of NYC rider and Miss-Fire Kim Kenney;

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Single file ladies…d-line

Slava not flying(yes those are feathers..) with the masses through Times Square.f-t-sq

Well a vintage ride wouldn’t be complete with a break down, thanks to our friends from The Black Motorcycles for stopping to check on us.oops

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Slava didn’t quite meet the bike requirements but luckily she’s not really that noticable.scenery

The ride takes a photo break mid-ride at Washington Square Park, so we took the opportunity to snag a shot of as many Miss-Fires as we could find amid the 700+ riders!t-group

Now for the awards! The Miss-Fires partnered with REV IT  & Via Meccanica to reward the best FULL GEAR dapper look – it ain’t easy to do… check out the armor in Linda Missals hot pants!

Pic by Dominique Dcstage

Photos from the 2015 DGR in NYC;

Ambassador, rider, and Miss-Fire Kat Thomsen. Photographer Geoff Barrenger.kat-kiss

Rider and Miss-Fire Adrianne Mamet. Photographer Geoff Barrener.unnamed-5

Rider and Miss-Fire Alessandra Recine. Photographer Ryan Handt.alessandra.png

Rider and Miss-Fire Grace Roselli. Photographer unknown.screen-shot-2016-09-15-at-3-47-06-pm

Hope to see you all next year!

Love The Miss-Fires.

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Kristin Jackson, Elisa LeNoir, Kat Thomsen, Alessandra Recine,

Chin Lee, Adrienne Mamot, & Kristen Reed.

Photographer Grace Roselli.

GRACE ROSELLI’S ‘THE NAKED BIKE PROJECT’ – WOMEN AND THE MOTORCYCLES THEY LOVE

GRACE ROSELLI’S ‘THE NAKED BIKE PROJECT’ – WOMEN AND THE MOTORCYCLES THEY LOVE

Artist, photographer and motorcycle lover Grace Roselli examines women and their raw passion for two-wheeled machines with her “Naked Bike Project.”

by John Scott LewinskiJul 27th, 2016

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A motorcycle is inherently an intimate vehicle. Whether driving or cruising along as a passenger, you sit in a car, essentially enjoying a comfortable chair similar to any you’d grab at home, in a restaurant, etc. But, you ride on a motorcycle as an extension of your body. Many riders take to their bikes for exactly that reason — rushing, leaning, weaving or jumping with a motorcycle as though dancing with a partner and putting those human senses of motion and balance to work interacting with a machine hewed from iron and rubber.

While ergonomics change between touring bikes, cruisers and sport rides, the human in charge straddles the motorbike — while its engine burns within inches of human flesh. As a result, there’s a not-so-subtle aura of aggressive, challenging sexuality to riding a motorcycle when the modern equivalent of Wild West outlaws throws a leg over a fuel tank. To be blunt, a motorcycle is called a “crotch rocket” for a very  obvious reason.

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Studies of a man’s chemistry with a motorcycle are rife throughout the arts and popular culture. From Easy Rider to The Great Escape, Captain America to The Terminator, Marlon Brando to Elvis Presley, when art wants to portray a man as rebellious, dangerous, powerful or sexy, he finds himself hanging onto handlebars. Now, a Brooklyn-based artist is taking a sophisticated look at how some very real women interact with their beloved rides.
Artist and photographer Grace Roselli created The Naked Bike Project as both a veteran of the New York art scene and as a devoted rider herself. Rather than create images of fantasy riders posed with random cycles as mere eye candy or pay needless homage to the kind of idealized, “pin-up” women you might find painted onto some custom bike’s fuel tank, Roselli sought out real women with varied professions, ages, and backgrounds. The common factors they all share are a love for motorcycles and a devotion to their personal machines.
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The Naked Bike title refers to the motorcycles depicted in Roselli’s work as much as the featured women. Of course, some of the machines the ladies accompany in the stark, aggressive photos are shiny and new — polished for their big artistic moments. However, others show their ridden character with the dings and burns only thousands of miles can rub into a motorcycle.

Meanwhile, the women appear both  clothed and in the nude — but the nudity is never salacious or exploitative. The nature of riding leathers and other protective gear necessary to enjoy a bike with a bit of sense often hides gender and removes sexual cues from a rider’s body. The nudity in Roselli’s explorations returns femininity to the subjects’ identities while presenting them without artificial glamour. We see the faces and sense the spirits of the women who love their motorcycles.

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Roselli first fired up her Naked Bike Project in 1996 and explored her own fascination with the freedom of writing and how women interacted with it. She returned to the bikes in 2016, 20 years later after raising her children with a new perspective and a new collection of women to feature.

The artist’s exploration of women and bikes is still underway with no sign of wrapping in sight. It’ll be fascinating to see where the current run will take her camera — and if we might see a third tour with the women and machines of 2036.
Read more at http://www.craveonline.com/design/1013679-grace-rosellis-naked-bike-project-women-motorcycles-love#5xhkuzMFyS5gGp8H.99

* Grace Roselli and all of the subjects featured here are members of The Miss-Fires. 

Story Time – Road Rash

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The Miss-Fires host Story Time

This weeks Topic: “Road Rash”
Come share your Motorcycle stories of when the rubber side didn’t stay down.

You are invited to the start of a series of informal group talks titled “Story Time”. It will be a night of.. you guessed it, telling stories about our moto related experiences. We hope others will enjoy hearing & telling their tales and it becomes a regular meet-up with a different topic each time.

This particular subject was born out of a few of us discussing Corinna’s recent moto miss-hap on the BQE. Very, very lucky that one, but a great reminder to the rest of us on so many levels. We’ll kick off this series with a topic related to close calls, calling it “Road Rash”.

Please join us this Thursday the 30th at 7:30pm. We have reserved the back room of The Richardson in Williamsburg. This meet-up is not a Miss-Fires only event but is exclusive to women only riders.

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

7:30pm10pm

The Richardson
451 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
http://www.therichardsonnyc.com/

Free, but please RSVP to themissfires@gmail.com

Valentine’s Day Dance Off!

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The Miss-Fires MC/CC and Grumpy Bastards CC are throwing a dance off! Swing, Jive, Soul, Rockabilly, Michael Jackson, you name it we’re spinnin the jams that’ll make your ass shake. Come and dance along side some of the best and worst dancers on the floor!
Happy Valentines Day xoxo.
1st place – Cold hard pile o CA$H
2nd place – …it’s a surprise
3rd place – …not telling
FREE TO EVERYONE!
Registration to be in the competition is $25 for each couple. In turn all money paid to dance will be awarded to the winning couple. If you’d like to pre-register please email themissfires@gmail.com and title DANCE OFF PRE-REG.
Dancing competition starts at 9pm- til you drop.
No need to join the competition to get your dance card filled, come and shake whatcha got!