August 20, 2017
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Dealer Perspective: Bemer’s Dealerships In Jeopardy?

Manufacturers hate to terminate dealerships. It’s a real hassle for all parties concerned and it raises questions about the brands involved. Prior to terminating an authorized dealer, a manufacturer will almost always try to help the dealer resolve its problems so they can remain a dealer for the brand. In …

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Off The Beaten Path: Transitioning To Off-Road Riding

BRIDGEWATER, CT – So, you’ve got several years and miles under your belt on tar and are feeling pretty confident in your on-road skills. And then spring arrives and you stop at your favorite two-wheeled Sunday meetup spot and hear some buddies talking about their awesome off-road adventure. They appear so …

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Always Riding: The K12RS That I Will Never Sell

This evening I found myself sifting thru pictures of motorcycles that I have owned. I like to do that from time to time. In doing so, I got stuck looking at several pictures of the 2003 BMW K 1200 RS currently within my herd. Though it wasn’t purchased new, I …

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Motorcycle Market May Heat Up In 2017

HARWINTON, CT – It has been a schizophrenic end to winter. Warm one day, cold and windy the next, with occasional rain or snow. One day I’m toasty while riding to New Haven to meet a friend for lunch, the next I’m shivering while hauling logs for the wood stove. …

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RIDE-NewEngland: Collection Has Valmobile, Welbike

WILLIMANTIC, CT – Mark Turkington is a familiar figure at motorcycle shows around New England. The 72-year-old Bolton resident is a life-long rider and a collector of rare, vintage models, and he enjoys showing off his two-wheeled artifacts. For Brit Jam in 2015, he brought a British-made 1924 Douglas SW/24. …

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Dealer Perspective: “Worksheet” Shopping Tool

After the first few teaser days of the coming riding season, some folks are thinking about a new bike. Perhaps interest began after an NYC visit to see all the shiny objects at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show extravaganza. Or maybe a winter of reading every bike magazine you could …

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Hill Country: Mudgett’s Sportster Getting A Makeover

CHESTER, VT – A string of bright, sunny days here in February holds the promise of spring, yet we are still about a month away from the Vernal Equinox, or the first day of spring. This is my 46th year of holding a valid motorcycle license, so naturally these spring-like …

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Film Festival Seeks Entries

BROOKLYN – Submissions are now being sought for the fifth annual international Motorcycle Film Festival, which will be held at the Wythe Hotel here Sept. 20-23. The deadline for entering is July 15. The festival celebrates “the world’s best dramatic, documentary, short, and experimental films created by the international motorcycling …

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National Powersports Is A Used Bike Bazaar

PEMBROKE, N.H. – Ever traded in a motorcycle at a New England dealership and wondered what became of it? In some cases, the dealer may have simply tied a price tag to the handlebar and put it on the showroom floor for resale, not even bothering to inspect or clean …

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“Doc Martin” Star Behaving Badly?

While it doesn’t rank up there with selfishly using a handicapped space without a placard, “Doc Martin” star Martin Clunes nonetheless recently stirred the ire of one person for improperly parking his big BMW car in a space reserved solely for motorcycles in England. In a video shot by disgruntled …

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Always Riding: Bike Shop Muscles Into Granby, CT

NORTH GRANBY, CT – There isn’t a single time when I ride that I’m not grateful for the beautiful scenery that surrounds me. The roadsides are filled with farmlands and adorned with post and beam barns as well as century-old New England homes – all filled with history. The major distraction …

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Bucket List Checked Off

HARWINTON, CT – There comes a time of reflection when one reaches and passes the age where the hair turns gray. For some folks, realizing that time on earth is fast running out, that provides an incentive to compile a “bucket list” of goals yet to accomplish; of places to visit; …

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RIDE-NewEngland: Customizer Eric Pleil Ups Workload

WINSTED, CT – Sometimes moving forward in life requires a leap of faith, a belief in one’s abilities, and the guts to take a chance. And there’s no better time to move ahead than the start of a new year. Eric Pleil recently gave his employer

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Self-Balancing Bike From Honda

If you’ve owned a motorcycle for any length of time, you’ve probably dropped it. Maybe you forgot to extend the kickstand upon coming to a stop. Maybe the bike has just lurched and fallen over at a stoplight. Regardless of the situation, there may soon be a solution to this …

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