August 20, 2017
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Kent Poised To Crack Down On Loud Pipes

KENT, CT – Friends Neil Tolhurst, Dean Mojon and I were seated on a wood bench across the street from Kent Coffee & Chocolate in downtown Kent on a recent Sunday around midday when a bright yellow Honda Gold Wing pulled to a stop in front of us. As we …

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Getting Touchy Over Throttle-By-Wire

Maybe I’m just a doofus when it comes to modern motorcycles. Or simply inept. But I inevitably scare myself nearly every time that I test ride a modern bike with “throttle-by-wire.” The instant on/instant off nature of the system makes “unintended acceleration” a common occurrence, and I’m lucky that I …

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Sunday Morning Rides

The website Sunday Morning Rides is an interesting way to discover new rides anywhere in the country.  There is an especially heavy content of rides in the northeast.  It is searchable by state and uses zoomable Google Maps to zero in on fine detail.  It appears that some rides have …

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Jason Lee Rides ’33 Indian Chief In Movie

RHINEBECK, NY – Motorcycle lovers who attend the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet at the Duchess County Fairgrounds in New York always have hundreds of vintage bikes to admire and thousands of parts and accessories to consider buying. The recent annual gathering had many alluring bikes, including a 1914 Excelsior, but …

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Successful Dealers Depend On PG&A

In previous columns, we’ve had a look at how the sales and service departments affect the financial health of motorcycle dealerships. They are two legs of the “three legged stool” of dealership success. The third critical business area for successful dealerships is the revenue (and profits) generated from the sale …

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Northeast Dualsport Riders Tour Back Roads

Not all motorcyclists embrace the rolling sofas that cruisers represent or stick to the relatively smooth surfaces of state highways. There is an adventuresome breed of riders who prefer the challenge of a dual sport; testing their skills on

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Indian “Chout” Gets Another Test Ride

Lovers of vintage Indians would certainly notice the blending even if the rest of us didn’t, and last evening Rob Mathias took his “Chout” for a test ride up Route 4 from George Yarocki’s shop in Torrington, CT through Goshen. What’s a “Chout?” It’s a

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Bike-urious

Bike-urious is a curious site, derived from reader contributions and internet-wide searches by the sites’ administrators.  Shown are an incredibly diverse collection of bikes that are for sale.  In addition to providing info on the actual sale listing (eBay, etc.) the site provides a substantial amount on background information on the …

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Product Review: VikingCycle “Spear” Jacket

We’ve all heard of “sticker shock.” That’s where something costs so much that the heart nearly stops beating upon discovery of the price, such as $495 for a single round of golf at Pebble Beach, cart not included. Less common but equally startling is “reverse sticker shock” where something costs …

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The Problem With Mopeds

It seems more people use motorcycles and scooters in an effort to reduce personal transportation costs when gas prices rise. Some smaller-engine motorcycles and scooters can get 60-70 mpg or better. The under-50cc mopeds can reach or exceed an impressive 100 mpg. Mopeds are also gaining in popularity, but I’m …

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Classic Velocity

Classic Velocity is a really fun collection of information related to all things with two wheels or four.  The blog is

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Vectrix Assets To Be Auctioned Off

An auction date of June 18 has been set for the assets of electric scooter maker Vectrix, the New Bedford, MA-based company that launched in 2006 but which ceased operating in January and filed for bankruptcy on

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Neil Peart

By now, many riders are aware that Neil Peart, drummer for the rock band Rush, is an avid motorcyclist. Peart took to two wheels as

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