August 20, 2017
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Destinations: Granville Country Store

Of all the roads in southern New England, Route 57 in Massachusetts may be the most enjoyable and exhilarating for motorcycle riders. Running east-west and stretching nearly 40 miles from New Marlborough on the west to Agawam on the east, it’s serpentine and extremely hilly. It’s also sufficiently rural that …

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Springfield Museum in “Roadster Guide”

Motorcycles are only a minor consideration in travel writer Michael Milne’s latest book, “Roadster Guide to America’s Classic Car Museums & Attractions,” but the fact he mentions the collection of old Indians at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in Massachusetts and the bikes on display at …

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Overnight Ride To Woodstock, NY

WOODSTOCK, NY – We were getting back on our bikes outside of a trendy coffee shop in New Paltz, NY when a man approached, got in my face and growled menacingly, “You guys on your (blanking) cool Italian bikes.” Before I could ascertain whether he posed a threat, the guy burst …

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Dodgin’ Trolleys In East Haven, CT

EAST HAVEN, CT – Times change and so do the hazards faced by motorcycle riders. A big worry for us these days are inattentive drivers who text. While I haven’t inquired of any old-time riders, I’m guessing that decades ago trolley cars and the tracks embedded in the roadway were …

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Kent’s Good Gallery Exhibits Bike Pics

KENT, CT – Besides being machines, motorcycles may also be regarded as artwork. Now, Gary Halby’s exquisite pictures of motorcycles and their riders have gone from high-end coffee table book to illuminating gallery exhibit. “The Art of the Ride” opened Saturday at The Good Gallery here with

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“Motorcycles and the Open Road” Opening

STONY BROOK, NY – It’s a bit of a journey, and time-consuming no matter whether you take the ferry from Bridgeport, CT to Port Jefferson, NY or drive the long way around to Long Island from New England, but the Ward Melville Heritage Organization is staging its

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Millbrook, NY For Farmers’ Market, Food

MILLBROOK, NY – If Goldilocks owned a motorcycle and had only a few hours to ride through the forest, she might say that the Catskills or Adirondacks are too far and that the usual haunts in Litchfield County are too near, but that the Duchess County village of

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Simeone Museum Show Sparkles

PHILADELPHIA – I’ve visited many world-class collections of historic vehicles from Maine to California.  Just when you think you’ve seen ‘em all, another name appears. One of the world’s great collections of racing sports cars existed for many years in a nondescript building in center-city Philadelphia. However, the collection of neurosurgeon …

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Impressions Of Harley-Davidson Museum

MILWAUKEE – Since the beginning of the 1900s, Harley-Davidson has built one of the biggest brands in the corporate world. Producing bicycles, golf carts, ATVs, Servicars, and their famous motorcycles, Harley-Davidson has made

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Reopening Closer For Point Lookout Inn

EAST WINDHAM, NY – Closed for more than two years, the hillside lodge and eatery on Route 23 that was previously known as Point Lookout Mountain Inn and Restaurant will soon reopen as Captain’s Inn Point Lookout. RIDE-CT / RIDE-New England stopped there in October 2012 (below picture) to enjoy

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Motorcyclepedia Keeps Adding Old Bikes

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – Pulling into a parking space outside the employees’ entrance of the Motorcyclepedia museum one recent morning, it was impossible not to notice an old Indian strapped down in the bed of a nearby pickup. The truck had an Ohio license plate, suggesting the bike had traveled

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Strange Sights In Columbia County, NY

About 100 miles north of New York City, Columbia County has long offered a great selection of fun riding roads and some interesting destinations. Among those destinations are three venues for modern outdoor sculpture – sometimes on a grand scale. The ambitious rider could visit each of these unique collections …

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