June 26, 2017
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Roost Expands As Husky Lineup Grows

By Bud Wilkinson Mention the name “Husqvarna” to anyone who lives in the country and images of chain saws and lawn tractors inevitably come to mind. There’s one of each sharing space with the bikes in my garage. They’re orange-colored time thieves that curtail riding and cause a sore back …

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BMW Ejects Spark Plug, Causes Two-Up Calamity

By Bud Wilkinson By the time the Sunday motorcycle adventure ended, and riding cohort Gary Randall’s 1968 BMW R50/2 was securely strapped on a trailer, the sun was setting in the Berkshires and a bovine chorus was serenading us from beyond a barbed wire fence. Something that I feared happening …

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Cornwall Bridge Shop Builds Trikes

By Bud Wilkinson Jim Batterton has a sensible goal for his business. “I don’t have any aspirations of becoming huge, but I would like to be able to support myself doing something I enjoy,” said the 60-year-old Batterton, who gets enjoyment from converting heavyweight motorcycles into trikes. He owns Kent …

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Season Ender Column Comes Early

By Bud Wilkinson In past years, RIDE-CT has pushed the riding season to the limit before packing it in. The routine has been to bundle up and stay on the road for as long as possible – often until mid-December. A ride on New Year’s Day has been an occasional …

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Yamaha Owners Love Their Vintage Visions

By Bud Wilkinson Just like with movies and TV shows, some new motorcycle models become hits with consumers while others flop and disappear quickly. Occasionally, a long-forgotten relic that was a slow seller and only had brief life on the showroom floor will develop a cult following or be sufficiently …

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Torrington Collector Keeps Adding Bikes

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Mike Wallace went to Rice-O-Rama earlier this month searching for parts. He had a lengthy shopping list, too. A seat and side cover for a Honda CB750 Four, bar ends for a Suzuki GS1100ES and a gas tank for a Yamaha R5 were just a …

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“If you ever decide to sell…”

By Bud Wilkinson Two weeks ago, riding wasn’t on our minds. No way. Hurricane Irene was heading up the coastline and preparing for the storm took priority. After making sure the home generator was filled with fresh petrol and running properly, my challenge was to rearrange the contents of the …

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Restored Bultaco Jewel in Collection

By Bud Wilkinson Tucked in a line of heavyweight cruisers and customs outside the entrance to the Warner Theatre, Charles Olsen’s little black and silver 1966 Bultaco Metralla attracted a disproportionate amount of attention as it glistened in the heat at Torrington Thunder last month.  “It gives you a good …

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Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle Remembered

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The futuristic Suzuki RE-5 motorcycle was enthusiastically described in a promotional video as “a touring machine of a new age” and touted as being “in perfect harmony with the serene beauty of nature.” Riders back in the mid-70s thought differently. They not-so-serenely viewed the RE-5 …

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Friends Take RIDE-CT On Circuitous Trip

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com When longtime friends gather it’s not uncommon that a sentence started by one person ends up being finished by another. That’s what happened when the owners of a 2008 Kawasaki Versys, 2004 BMW R1150RT, 2006 Triumph Sprint ST and 2004 Kawasaki ZX-10 gathered on a …

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“Advil Gang” Tend Bikes, Livestock

They call themselves “The Advil Gang,” a reference to the performance allowing drug that masks the aches and pains of all aging motorcyclists. The riding trio is easy to spot on the road, too, as they wear matching pink helmets when out on their

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Tribute Bike Celebrates New York Yankees

*** Classic RIDE-CT *** With Major League Baseball’s regular season wrapping up and the playoffs soon to begin, Mike Beauregard was feeling a bit guilty earlier this week because his favorite team was in a slump while a hated rival was coasting having won its division. “I think I jinxed the …

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