June 28, 2017
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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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Mudgett Remembers Former Bikes

CHESTER, VT – During the off-season, motorcyclists are free to dream about the perfect ride. My version of that ride involves clear, dry air; bright sunshine; and paved country roads through hilly country. I’ve been fortunate enough to live that fantasy many times up here in Vermont as well as …

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Excellent Time For Entry-Level Riders

NEW YORK – As temperatures plummet and wintery weather limits opportunities to ride, many New England motorcyclists begin planning for spring. The Progressive International Motorcycle Show, held here every December, has traditionally whet the appetites of riders in

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Delivery Reveals Harley-Davidson Treasures

I really did give it some thought when I decided to call this column “Always Riding.” That’s a big part of who I am. I am always riding. But I must admit this last month I have logged minimal miles on two and/or three wheels. It hasn’t been because

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Remembering Florence Henderson

HARWINTON, CT – There’s no disputing that Florence Henderson, who died yesterday of heart failure in Los Angeles at age 82, was best known for playing cheerful family matriarch Carol Brady on the ABC comedy “The Brady Bunch” between 1969 and 1974.

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Every Ride Needs I.C.E.

NORTH GRANBY, CT – One of the greatest things I enjoy about being a motorcyclist is the people I meet who share the same passion for riding. It is always so easy for me to just walk up and engage another rider in conversation. On several recent occasions, I have …

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Ethical Lapses Caused By Cow’s Tale

HARWINTON, CT – Charlotte the jersey cow who wandered into a swimming pool here on Sunday evening and had to be rescued by volunteer firefighters may be the most talked about cow in the country today. News of her unexpected plunge into the deep end of an in-ground pool in …

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