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Big Apple Motorcycle School booth # 2136 at New York International Motorcycle Show

Friday, January 20, thru Sunday, January 22, 2012
Join the instructors and staff of the Big Apple Motorcycle School at the largest exhibit of motorcycles, accessories and equipment anywhere when Progressive Insurance brings the International Motorcycle Show to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Look for us any of the three days at our booth # 2136. We will be on hand to pass out information, answer your questions and permit registration to any of our classes. For more information or for tickets, see: New York International Motorcycle Show and use promo code BIGAPPLE and save $4 off each 1-day adult ticket. In addition, Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz will be giving a forum at the Learning Center on “The Best of Tips, Tricks and Techniques.”

Big Apple Motorcycle School Reunion ride set for Saturday, September 3

Saturday, September 3, 2011
Join the instructors and staff on our semi-annual fall reunion ride! We are planning a fall folliage ride on Long Island and will wind up at a nice restaurant for lunch. Join us for a nice day of riding! Check your email for your ride invitation or Contact us for more details. Join us for breakfast first before the ride. The riders will go out on a 75 mile group ride that will be suitable for all levels of riders. This ride will be scenic-paced and allow those who have never riden in a group to learn proper group riding techniques. We will ride through scenic roads to a restaurant for lunch. All riders must be properly licensed and their motorcycles must be registered and insured. Proper riding gear including at the minimum, over-the-ankle boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, full-fingered gloves and DOT-helmet and eye protection are required. A preride inspection of all motorcycles will be performed. Please arrive with a full tank of gas. Check your email for the starting point and ride time. A fun day is planned for all! Please email us info@bigapplemotorcycleschool.com if you plan to attend.

Big Apple Motorcycle School to give seminars at Americade

Tuesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be giving two seminars at Americade, the world’s largest motorcycle touring rally. “Bring Your Riding to the Next Level” will be given on Tuesday, June 7 at 1 PM, and on Thursday, June 9 at 2 PM. What makes a good rider and what criteria would you use to measure your skill? How do we improve? Certified Instructors and motorcycle journalists Geaorge and Diane will help you find answers. The location of the seminars are in the forum rooms at the Fort William Henry Conference Center. Americade registration is required to attend. Please see Americade Website for more information.


Big Apple Motorcycle School track day with Team ProMotion at NJMP

Sunday, May 29, 2011
Join the instructors and staff of the Big Apple Motorcycle School at New Jersey Motorsports Park for our first annual track day! With cooperation from Team ProMotion, we will be part of their Sunday, May 29, track day at the Lightning circuit at NJMP in Millville, NJ. For new-to-the-track riders, TPM’s Advanced Rider Training (ART) school is included free as part of your track day fee. See: Team ProMotion Website for more information about track riding. We highly recommend trailering your bike to the track the day before (on Saturday) and staying in a hotel in the area so you can arrive fresh at the track early Sunday morning. Please contact us for info on hotels and other arrangements.


Big Apple Motorcycle School booth #1558 at New York International Motorcycle Show

Friday, January 21, thru Sunday, January 23, 2011
Join the instructors and staff of the Big Apple Motorcycle School at the largest exhibit of motorcycles, accessories and equipment anywhere when Progressive Insurance brings the International Motorcycle Show to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Look for us any of the three days at our booth # 1558. We will be on hand to pass out information, answer your questions and permit registration to any of our classes. For more information or for tickets, see: New York International Motorcycle Show and use promo code BIGAPPLE and save $3 off each 1-day adult ticket. In addition, Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz will be giving a forum at the Hub on “New Rider Instruction.” Look for Diane on Friday, January 21, at 4 PM, and on Sunday, January 23, at 10:30 AM. The full schedule of forums can be found at New York Schedule at the Hub

Big Apple Motorcycle School Reunion ride set for Saturday, October 16

Saturday, October 16, 2010
Join the instructors and staff on our semi-annual fall reunion ride! Because of the predicted weather and winds, we will be limiting this ride to Long Island and will not be going upstate. It will be too windy to cross bridges so we’ve changed our plans for a more local, Long Island ride. We’ll still have fun and wind up at a restaurant here on Long Island. We are planning a fall folliage ride on Long Island and will wind up at a nice restaurant for lunch. Join us for a nice day of riding! The ride is scheduled to leave promptly at 9:00 AM. Join us for breakfast first before the ride. The day will start at 8:00 AM at the Bagel Factory in Airport Plaza, Farmingdale. At 9 AM, the riders will then go out on a 100 mile group ride that will be suitable for all levels of riders. This ride will be scenic-paced and allow those who have never riden in a group to learn proper group riding techniques. We will ride through scenic roads to a restaurant for lunch. All riders must be properly licensed and their motorcycles must be registered and insured. Proper riding gear including at the minimum, over-the-ankle boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, full-fingered gloves and DOT-helmet and eye protection are required. A preride inspection of all motorcycles will be performed. Please arrive with a full tank of gas. The ride will start from the Bagel Factory, 255 Airport Plaza Blvd, Farmindale (next to Bed, Bath and Beyond). Airport Plaza is at the corner of Route 110 and Conklin Street (Route 24) in Farmingdale, just north of Republic Airport. A fun day is planned for all! Please email us info@bigapplemotorcycleschool.com if you plan to attend.

Motorcyclist fatalities drop 16 percent in 2009

Thursday, September 9, 2010
In what can only be considered good news for motorcyclists, federal officials have reported that motorcycling deaths on the nation’s roads dropped by 16 percent in 2009 compared to the previous year, according to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). “The death of any motorcyclist is one too many, so this news that fatalities are down is encouraging,” said Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations. “While we are pleased that the number of motorcycling fatalities dropped dramatically in 2009, a one-year drop isn’t a trend. We need to determine why, and ensure that the decline continues.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on Sept. 9 that motorcycling fatalities in 2009 decreased for the first time in more than a decade — dropping to 4,462 in 2009 from 5,312 in 2008. (Click here to read the press release from NHTSA.) Federal officials said traffic deaths involving all vehicles nationwide fell 9.7 percent in 2009 — from 37,423 in 2008 to 33,808. The figure is the lowest since 1950. Traffic safety officials said that the decrease may be due to increased seat belt use, tougher enforcement of drunk driving laws and improved vehicle safety features. According to NHTSA figures, motorcycling fatalities have decreased in the past — from 1980 to 1997 — but then fatalities increased steadily for 11 years. 2,294 motorcyclists were killed in 1998, and the number of fatalities rose each subsequent year, reaching 5,312 in 2008. Moreland cautioned that there will be speculation about why motorcycling fatalities are down so significantly in 2009, and noted that there aren’t any solid answers. “The motorcycling community looks forward to receiving some real answers about motorcycle crashes and what causes them from the new federal crash causation study that is under way at Oklahoma State University (OSU) through the Oklahoma Transportation Center in Stillwater,” Moreland said. “Then we can put our heads together to find solutions, reduce crashes and save more lives.” The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is overseeing the just-begun, four-year, $3 million OSU study, which is the first major research on the subject in 30 years. The last major study into the causes of motorcycle crashes was issued in January 1981. Called “Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures Volume I: Technical Report,” the study became known as the “Hurt Report,” named after lead researcher Hugh “Harry” Hurt of the University of Southern California. Hurt was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2007 for his pioneering work. That study provided a wealth of data that has been used by organizations and individual motorcyclists to help keep riders safer on the road. But the traffic environment has changed enormously in the decades since, prompting the AMA to begin campaigning for a new study several years ago. Please see the American Motorcycle Association website for more information.

Big Apple Motorcycle School featured in Accelerate Magazine

Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Big Apple Motorcycle School is featured in the Rider’s of Kawasaki (ROK) Accelerate Magazine. The article is centered on how the school utilizes its fleet of Kawasaki 125cc Eliminator motorcycles. Please see the Accelerate Magazine article for more information.

Big Apple Motorcycle School to begin MSF BasicRider Course in August

Tuesday, July 29, 2010
The Big Apple Motorcycle School has been certified as an authorized provider of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse! The BRC is an intense 3-day group class that will be run Friday evening, Saturday (morning or afternoon) and Sunday (morning or afternoon). The BRC provides 5-hours of classroom study and 10-hours of on-motorcycle training. Each class can have up to 12 students with 2 instructors. Successful completion of the course will provide the student with a road test waiver that combined with a New York State motorcycle learner’s permit will yield a motorcycle license endorsement. Our first class will take place the weekend of Friday, August 13, through Sunday, August 15. Please see Classes and Pricing for more information or to register.

Big Apple Motorcycle School Spring Ride

Sunday, May 23, 2010
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be holding our Spring Ride on Sunday, May 23, 2010. The day will start at 8:30 AM with coffee and bagels provided. At 9 AM, the riders will then go out on a 75 mile group ride that will be suitable for all levels of riders. This ride will be scenic-paced and allow those who have never riden in a group to learn proper group riding techniques. There will be a rest stop and the ride will end at a restaurant for lunch. All riders must be properly licensed and their motorcycles must be registered and insured. Proper riding gear including at the minimum, over-the-ankle boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt, full-fingered gloves and DOT-helmet and eye protection are required. A preride inspection of all motorcycles will be performed. Please arrive with a full tank of gas. The ride will start from the Bagel Factory, 255 Airport Plaza Blvd, Farmindale (next to Bed, Bath and Beyond). Airport Plaza is at the corner of Route 110 and Conklin Street (Route 24) in Farmingdale, just north of Republic Airport. A fun day is planned for all! Please email us if you plan to attend.

Big Apple Motorcycle School to give seminars at Americade

Thursday, June 10, 2010
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be giving two seminars at Americade, the world’s largest motorcycle touring rally, on Thursday, June 10, 2010. “Get Into Riding – It’s Your Turn Now!” will be given at 1 PM. President Diane Ortiz and Vice President George Tranos will lead an informative session. Get the “inside information” to make you more comfortable and confident entering the sport. If you’ve always wanted to ride a motorcycle or even just dreamed about it but were afraid of what you didn’t know.. now’s the chance to find out! We will walk you through the skills you need to become a safe and proficient rider as well as getting the right gear, the right helmet and other issues facing prospective riders. Come down and get all the information you will need to begin your journey from certified instructors from the Big Apple Motorcycle School. “Bring Your Riding to the Next Level” will be given at 3 PM. What makes a good rider and what criteria would you use to measure your skill? How do we improve? Certified Instructors and motorcycle journalists Geaorge and Diane will help you find answers. The location of the seminars are in the forum rooms at the Roaring Brook Ranch. Americade registration is required to attend. Please see Americade Website for more information.

Big Apple Motorcycle School participates in Garage Party at Bellmore Harley-Davidson

Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Big Apple Motorcycle School participated in the Ladies only “Garage Party” at Harley-Davidson of Nassau County in Bellmore on Thursday, March 18. Over 30 women from all walks of life joined with the staff of Bellmore Harley-Davidson and Diane Ortiz from the Big Apple Motorcycle School. The ladies were shown all the latest Harleys plus they learned about how to get into motorcycling, the proper way to learn and appropriate riding gear.

Big Apple Motorcycle School at the International Motorcycle Show

Friday, January 22, through Sunday, January 24, 2010
The Big Apple Motorcycle School had a booth at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City on January 22 through 24, 2010, at the Jacob Javits convention center. We were able to answer questions and schedule Spring 2010 lessons! See the International Motorcycle Show website for more information and directions to the show.

BAMS Fall 2009 Ride

Sunday, October 4, 2009 starting at 8:30 AM
Another reunion ride of Big Apple Motorcycle School students and friends took place on Sunday, October 4. We started at Briarcliffe College, 1055 Stewart Ave, Bethpage and then rode to a lunch destination. Our plans are for a “scenic paced” ride – one that can be enjoyed by riders of all ability levels. This should be a fun event and a great introduction to group riding for those of you who have never done it. Please make sure your motorcycle is registered, inspected and in good running condition. We will do a preride inspection of all bikes before beginning. We also require a helmet, eye protection, long sleeves or motorcycle jacket, long pants and over-the-ankle shoes or boots. Coffee and bagels will be served starting at 8:30 AM. A free, one-hour skills practice will start at 9:00 AM. The ride will begin at 10:15 AM. We will go over safe group riding procedures, and then ride to lunch destination with some stops along the way. We would appreciate it if you would email us at info@bigapplemotorcycleschool.com with your name and type of motorcycle if you’ll be joining us! Please arrive with a full tank of gas. We look forward to a fun-filled ride.

Diane Ortiz to lead women riders at NY City Race for the Cure

Sunday, September 13, 2009
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz will again lead a group of women riders at the NY City run/walk for the Komen Foundation. It is anticipated that over 35,000 women will participate and all proceeds will go to the Komen Foundation, a leading group in the fight for breast cancer research. If you are a woman rider interested in participating, please contact Diane for more information.

Harley-Davidson Garage Party in Bellmore

Thursday, July 16, 2009
The Big Apple Motorcycle School participated in Harley-Davidson of Nassau County’s “Garage Party” at the dealership at 2428 Sunrise Highway in Bellmore on Thursday, July 16. President Diane Ortiz spoke on motorcycle safety and education to this gathering of prospective women motorcyclists. This seminar was geared towards women who always wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle or even just dreamed about it but were afraid of what they didn’t know – This is the chance to find out! Please contact Harley-Davidson of Bellmore for more information. To register, please call them at 516-409-9200 or see the Harley-Davidson of Nassau Count (Bellmore) website.

Introduction to Motorcycling at Half Hollow Hills Library

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be giving an “Introduction to Motorcycling” seminar at the Half Hollow Hills Library on Tuesday, July 7. President Diane Ortiz and her staff of experienced instructors will lead an informative session. Get the “inside information” to make you more comfortable and confident entering the sport. If you’ve always wanted to ride a motorcycle or even just dreamed about it but were afraid of what you didn’t know.. now’s the chance to find out! We will walk you through the skills you need to become a safe and proficient rider as well as getting the right gear, the right helmet and other issues facing prospective riders. Come down and get all the information you will need to begin your journey from certified instructors from the Big Apple Motorcycle School! There is a $10 fee for instructional material. Please contact us for more information. To register, please call Half Hollow Hills Library at 631-421-4530 or the Half Hollow Hills Library website.

Right bike for right now

Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 11 AM
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be giving an “Right bike for right now” seminar at Americade, the world’s largest motorcycle touring rally, on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 11 AM. The location of the seminar is in the forum rooms at the Roaring Brook Ranch. President Diane Ortiz and Vice President George Tranos will lead an informative session. How do you know which bike is best for you? Does the bike you’re considering fit your physique as well as your lifestyle and experience level? Join seasoned motorcycle mentors George Tranos and Diane Ortiz to learn how to figure out which motorcycle best fits your wants, needs and budget. Americade registration is required to attend. Please see Americade Website for more information.

Introduction to Motorcycling at Americade

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 1 PM
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be giving an “Introduction to Motorcycling” seminar at Americade, the world’s largest motorcycle touring rally, on Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 1 PM. The location of the seminar is in the forum rooms at the Roaring Brook Ranch. President Diane Ortiz and Vice President George Tranos will lead an informative session. Get the “inside information” to make you more comfortable and confident entering the sport. If you’ve always wanted to ride a motorcycle or even just dreamed about it but were afraid of what you didn’t know.. now’s the chance to find out! We will walk you through the skills you need to become a safe and proficient rider as well as getting the right gear, the right helmet and other issues facing prospective riders. Come down and get all the information you will need to begin your journey from certified instructors from the Big Apple Motorcycle School! Americade registration is required to attend. Please see Americade Website for more information.

First Annual BAMS Ride

Sunday, May 31, 2009 starting at 8:30 AM
The first annual reunion ride of Big Apple Motorcycle School students and friends has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 31. We’ll be starting at 8:30 AM with a group ride to breakfast. We’ll then continue the ride to a lunch destination. Our plans are for a “scenic paced” ride – one that can be enjoyed by riders of all ability levels. This should be a fun event and a great introduction to group riding for those of you who have never done it. Please meet at Briarcliffe College back parking lot, 1055 Stewart Ave, Bethpage, NY 11714. Please make sure your motorcycle is registered, inspected and in good running condition. We will do a preride inspection of all bikes before beginning. We also require a helmet, eye protection, long sleeves or motorcycle jacket, long pants and over-the-ankle shoes or boots. The ride will begin at 8:30 AM. We will go over safe group riding procedures, ride to breakfast and then continue the ride to another lunch destination. We would appreciate it if you would email us at info@bigapplemotorcycleschool.com with your name and type of motorcycle if you’ll be joining us! We look forward to a fun-filled ride.

Improve Your Riding Seminar at Victory of Mineola Open House

Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be giving an “Improve Your Riding” seminar at the Victory of Mineola on Thursday, April 23 starting at 7 PM. President Diane Ortiz and instructor George Tranos will lead an informative session. Get the “inside information” to help you bring your riding to the next level. This session will focus on developing control, precision and smoothness. We will walk you through the skills you need to become more comfortable and confident as a rider. Come down and get all the information from certified instructors from the Big Apple Motorcycle School! No preregistration is required. See the Victory of Mineola website or call 516-248-5555 for more information or directions.

Improve Your Riding Seminar at Victory of Mineola Open House

Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Big Apple Motorcycle School gave an “Improve Your Riding” seminar at the Victory of Mineola on Thursday, April 16 starting at 7 PM. President Diane Ortiz and instructor George Tranos led an informative session. Get the “inside information” to help you bring your riding to the next level. This session will focus on developing control, precision and smoothness. We will walk you through the skills you need to become more comfortable and confident as a rider. Come down and get all the information from certified instructors from the Big Apple Motorcycle School! No preregistration is required. See the Victory of Mineola website or call 516-248-5555 for more information or directions.

Introduction to Motorcycling at the Amityville Library

Monday, April 13, 2009
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will be giving an “Introduction to Motorcycling” seminar at the Amityville Library on Monday, April 13. President Diane Ortiz and her staff of experienced instructors will lead an informative session. Get the “inside information” to make you more comfortable and confident entering the sport. If you’ve always wanted to ride a motorcycle or even just dreamed about it but were afraid of what you didn’t know.. now’s the chance to find out! We will walk you through the skills you need to become a safe and proficient rider as well as getting the right gear, the right helmet and other issues facing prospective riders. Come down and get all the information you will need to begin your journey from certified instructors from the Big Apple Motorcycle School! There is a $10 fee for instructional material. Please contact us for more information. To register, please call Amityville Library at 631-264-0567 or the Amityville Library website.

Display at the Hicksville Business Expo

Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Big Apple Motorcycle School participated in the Business Expo at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville on Saturday, March 14. Instructors Diane, George and Dave were available to answer questions and schedule Spring 2009 lessons! See our Rates and Specials for more information about our training packages.

George participates in Harley-Davidson Press Launch

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Big Apple Motorcycle School instructor George Tranos took part in a February 2009 press launch for Harley-Davidson touring motorcycles in California. Look for his story of the trip and reviews of the motorcycles in an upcoming story. See George’s published articles for more information.

Big Apple Motorcycle School at the International Motorcycle Show

Friday, January 16, through Sunday, January 18,2009
The Big Apple Motorcycle School again had a booth (#875) at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City on January 16 through 18, 2009, at the Jacob Javits convention center. We were available to answer questions and schedule Spring 2009 lessons! See the International Motorcycle Show website for more information and directions to the show. President Diane Ortiz also gave three seminars at the “Hub” on “Motorcycling 101″

Diane Ortiz participates in Femmoto 2008 in Las Vegas

Saturday, October 4 and Sunday,October 5, 2008
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz participated in the annual women’s motorcycle demo event and track day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Along with approximately 400 other women riders, Diane sampled the offerings of the many motorcycle manufacturers who provided bikes for the women to ride both on the track and on the street. See the Femmoto website for more information.

Big Apple Motorcycle School officers participate in Sportbike Track Time co-ed track day in Las Vegas

Friday, October 3, 2008
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz and Vice President George Tranos participated in the Sportbike Tracktime track day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This co-ed track day was run prior to Femmoto 2008. Male riders could participate only with a registered Femmoto 2008 woman. Approximately 100 riders rode the race track to help sharpen their skills and for a day of fun and excitement. See the Sportbike Tracktime website for more information.

Diane Ortiz lead women riders at NY City Race for the Cure

Sunday, September 14, 2008
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz again lead a group of women riders at the NY City run/walk for the Komen Foundation. It is anticipated that over 10,000 women will participate and all proceeds will go to the Komen Foundation, a leading group in the fight for breast cancer research. If you are a woman rider interested in participating, please contact Diane for more information

Governors Traffic Safety Matters

July 2008
New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee pubishes “Safety Matters” a eight page newsletter on traffic safety with an article on page 7 on Riding in the Rain by Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz. See the newsletter at Governors Traffic Safety Matters Summer 2008

Harley-Davidson of Nassau County in Bellmore, NY hosted a free Garage Party with Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz as a featured speaker

Friday, June 20, 2008
Diane is shown in the photo in the center, kneeling in the denim shirt. A Garage Party is a social gathering to give poentential female riders exposure to the Harley-Davidson motorcycling experience and connect them with other women riders. Fundamentals of motorcycling such as how the controls work, differences in models, safety education and motorcycle jargon are discussed. The event provides a fun way to obtain basic information for non-riders who have little or no prior knowledge of motorcycles. The event will cover motorcycle orientation, apparel, learning to ride and customization. Complimentatry food and drinks will be provided as well as surprise gifts and activites! Bring all the questions you ever had about motorcycles. Learn why women ride with motivational speaker, motorcycle journalist and Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz. Wondering what a full dresser is or how to pick up a dropped bike? All these questions will be answered and more! See Harley-Davidson of Nassau County for more information.

Big Apple President Diane Ortiz participated as part of the Americade Women’s Roundtable at the Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George

Thursday, June 5, 2008
This forum was one of Americade’s “Featured Evening Speakers” and was moderated by the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation’s Sue Slate. It took place on Thursday evening starting at 8 PM. Diane also gave forums on How to Find the Right Bike Fit for You – Good Input/Good Output on Tuesday at 10 AM, and How to Kick Those Stumbling Blocks Out of Your Way! on Thursday at 11 AM.

Big Apple Motorcycle school authors two motorcycle articles published in Newsday Wheels section

Sunday, April 13, 2008
President Diane Ortiz wrote one story on the Piaggio MP3 400 and George Tranos wrote another story on the Kawasaki Ninja 250 and the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob. See our Published Articles for these articles.

Big Apple Motorcycle School particpated as a vendor at the Northeast Motorcycle Expo at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood

Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, 2008
Our booth at the Northeast Motorcycle Expo

Big Apple Motorcycle School motorcycle leads Suffolk County Half Marathon in Selden

Sunday, March 30, 2008
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz led the runners in the Suffolk County Half Marathon and 5K that started and ended at Suffolk Community College in Selden. Her motorcycle was tracked with Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS) equipment to indicate to the race director where the lead runner was. This combined two of Diane’s passions – motorcycling and Amateur Radio. For more on Amateur Radio and the APRS system see ARRL – the national association for Amateur Radio.

Big Apple Motorcycle School booth at the business expo at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville

Saturday, March 15, 2008
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz was available from 10 AM to 4 PM to answer your questions and schedule lessons.

Big Apple Motorcycle School President participates in Newsday Jobs Panel

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Former Newsday staffer and current Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz spoke with current Newsday employees about future job and career opportunities in a forum called “Yes, there is life after Newsday.” Other participants included Carolyn Coldwell, former business and court reporter and now a clinical social worker; Ron Roel, former Act II and real estate editor and now president of Roel Resources, LLC; and Pat Calabria, former sports reporter and now Vice President, Institutional Advancement, of Farmingdale State College. The panel was moderated by Newsday report Patricia Kitchen (at right in photo above with Diane Ortiz)

Big Apple Motorcycle School booth at the New York Motorcycle Show

Friday, December 28, through Sunday, December 30, 2007
Come and visit us at our booth at the International Motorcycle Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on December 28-30.

Big Apple Motorcycle School to speak at BOCES training classes

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Diane Ortiz, President of the Big Apple Motorcycle School, will be speaking at both sessions of the Suffolk County BOCES motorcycle technician training class on Tuesday, November 13, 2007.

Big Apple Motorcycle School recognized by Hicksville Chamber of Commerce

Sunday,September 18, 2007
James E. Pavone, President, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce presented Diane Ortiz, President of the Big Apple Motorcycle School in Hicksville, a plaque recognizing the school’s membership in the chamber at the annual Installation and Awards Dinner at the Fox Hollow Inn.

Diane Ortiz leads women riders at NY City Race for the Cure

Sunday,September 9, 2007
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz led a group of women riders at the NY City run/walk for the Komen Foundation. Over 10,000 women participated and all proceeds went to the Komen Foundation, a leading group in the fight for breast cancer research. The 14 women riders led the way for the walkers up Central Park West. Diane was riding a Harley Sportster 1200 loaned to her by Harley-Davidson of Nassau County in Bellmore, NY

Booth at Long Island Bikefest Show

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 & 6
The Big Apple Motorcycle School will have a booth at the Long Island Bikefest at Splish-Splash in Riverhead. Please visit us there!

Introduction to Motorcycling course to be offered at Amityville Library

Monday, April 30, 2007
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz will offer an “Introduction to Motorcycling” seminar at the Amityville Library from 7 to 9 pm. This 2-hour session is geared towards the prospective new motorcyclist and will cover the basics of learning to ride. Diane will discuss motorcycle training and riding safety. Each participant will also be given information about riding gear, maintenance and motorcycle models available. Preregistration is required – please contact us to register!

Diane Ortiz speaks on motorcycle training

Friday, November 17, 2006
Big Apple Motorcycle School President Diane Ortiz participated in Woodstock Harley-Davidson’s Fall Garage Party. The Garage Party was an introduction to motorcycling for 55 women from throughout the area held in Kingston, NY, on Friday, November 17. Diane discussed motorcycle training and riding safety with each of the seven groups of ladies. The women were also given information about riding gear, maintenance and motorcycle models available.