February 20, 2019
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Industry Needs Younger Riders To Revive

HARWINTON, CT – The signs are everywhere. The motorcycle industry is wobbling and possibly heading for a crash. Older riders are gradually giving up motorcycling and new, younger riders aren’t replacing them and engaging in what is an exhilarating (if occasionally dangerous) recreation. “It’s a big challenge for the industry right …

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Return of the Cafe Racers

By Bob Rosen Just in case you’re one of the few out there who have not stumbled upon Australian Geoff Baldwin’s entertaining blog Return of the Café Racers , we present it here for your enjoyment. Geoff started this running review of unique café racers in 2006 – around the time that …

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Crotona Midnight Run Postponed, Siciliano Already Exhausted

NORTH GRANBY, CT – I’m exhausted. From nighttime training. And now the Crotona Midnight Run has been postponed a week until the night of Jan. 20-21. Conditioning for the 100th event has been quite revelatory, and I don’t know yet what I’ll do with what I’ve learned. We’ve had extreme …

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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 updated a few times a month and, by now, has a rich history of articles on vintage machinery.  The author, who doesn’t identify himself,  has a special fondness for historical …

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Always Riding: Conditioning For Crotona Midnight Run

NORTH GRANBY, CT – The benefits of weeks of conditioning – both of myself and my motorcycles – will soon be known. The Crotona Midnight Run is a week away, provided the weather cooperates, and my excitement level is thru the roof. For the uniformed, the Crotona Midnight Run is a …

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New Attitude in 2018, Nah…

HARWINTON, CT – I’d love to say that I’m starting 2018 with a new attitude. A fresh, optimistic outlook filled with generosity and cheerfulness would make the next 12 months so much more enjoyable, but with a milestone 65th birthday later this year and some body part always aching, it’s not …

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Joe Barone Mixes Motorcycles And Music

EAST HARTFORD, CT – Motorcycles and music are Joe Barone’s passions. He rides a 2012 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide Custom. It’s dubbed “The Skunk” because of its stark black and white color scheme and it even has a personalized Connecticut license plate on the rear fender that reads “SKUNKD.” He’s also …

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Dealer Perspective: An Organized Sales Process

LITTLE NECK, NY – How well a sales person handles a showroom visitor can make all the difference between an excited new bike owner and a disgruntled shopper leaving a dealership in a huff. A well-trained, skillful sales person understands how important it is to follow an organized sales process that …

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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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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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Dealer Perspective: Small Things Matter

LITTLE NECK, NY – In my multiple roles as general manager, sales manager, consultant and even customer, I’ve experienced motorcycle dealerships from many different points of view. More than once, I’ve been asked,  “What does it take to be a successful dealership?” and I’ve long believed that small things matter. …

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Round Two With Husqvarna For Roost Power Sports

THOMASTON, CT – It’s a case of deja vu for Jason Pinette of Roost Power Sports, the Husqvarna motorcycle dealer in Thomaston. The storyline is simple. Husky gets purchased and the new owner eventually announces plans to expand the brand’s offerings to include street-only models in addition to dirt bikes. Pinette …

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