The Brooklyn Invitational is a motorcycle exhibition and showcase event founded in 2009. First held in a Brooklyn watefront warehouse in New York, it was the first of its kind in the United States. With a concept unique to the era, they created an event in which their professional backgrounds in fine art, photography and custom motorcycle fabrication lent to the curation of what they felt to be the best work being done in the custom motorcycle world. They presented these iconic motorcycles from diverse genres in a setting akin to a gallery, accompanied by a musical program. The Brooklyn Invitational is directed by Keino Sasaki, John Copeland, and Jessica Lee Wertz
Each year a curated collection of 24-30 motorcycles from around the world are showcased at the event now held in Root Studios Brooklyn, a sprawling 16,000 square foot photo studio and sponsor of the Brooklyn Invitational since 2010. A stage room showcases various musical performers and a vendor room showcases various title, support, media and beverage sponsors and their services or products engaging audiences with a wide range of experiences for the duration of the ten hour event.
“A send-off to a long, hot summer was orchestrated on Sept. 22, as thousands of motorcyclists descended on the waterfront of North Williamsburg for the Brooklyn Invitational Custom Motorcycle Show. The attendance and variety of motorcycle culture on view further cemented the position of the show, in its fourth year, as among the most important in North America.”
“As the heat of the city summer mellows, what’s been dubbed New York Bike Week is the slightly grubbier answer to NY Fashion Week. In a similar spirit of excess, Bike Week lasts more like 10 days, and is growing; the rev-up for the Brooklyn Invitational show starts a few days prior, with parties and pre- events filling a social calendar for a globe-trotting cadre of Alt.Custom builders, chopper folks, racers, vintagents, and their attendant press corps. Bike Week stumbles from the Invitational to the five-day Motorcycle Film Festival, and finally the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which caps the week.”
"The Brooklyn Invitational exceeded all expectations this year. Hands down one of the best shows to go to if you truly appreciate anything and everything with two wheels. From race bikes to exotic collection pieces, choppers to even conceptual builds; this show never fails in the department of making your imagination run wild. Motorcycles in many ways, are moving pieces of art. The Brooklyn Invitational captures the essence of this by recognizing the soul, the history and the innovation behind each bike."
"The Brooklyn approach is refreshingly simple and straight up: the best bikes from the best builders."