June 28, 2017
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If You Had Asked Me…

Time for another edition of “If You Had Asked Me, I Would Have Told You…” Posting it on April 1 wouldn’t have worked because of the confusion it might have created on April Fool’s Day. Granted, given many of the events and reports in the news and on social media …

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New Curriculum For Training Classes

The most-used motorcycle training curriculum used throughout New England, the Northeast and across the country is the one provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). The MSF’s Basic Rider Course (BRC) has been the entry point to motorcycling for many, many riders. The MSF uses

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Being Visible Sends A Message

NAUGATUCK, CT – How often is it that a driver involved in an accident with a motorcyclist uses the excuse “I didn’t see him…” when explaining the circumstances to a cop? Simply put, a rider clad in black atop a dark motorcycle can be invisible to motorists. That’s why John …

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A Life Off-Road On Two Wheels

New England provides riders opportunities to explore the many facets of paved and off-road motorcycling – from the famously twisty mountain roads that meander up and down the hills and mountains to the scenic shoreline rides along the Atlantic Ocean. There are those hidden bits that can only be found …

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And Norge Is Pronounced How?

The check is in the mail. Or, more accurately, the bank check is in a Fed Ex envelope on the way to a motorcycle dealership in Ohio. This tale begins roughly two weeks ago when friend Bob Rosen mentioned that he’d been looking online at a

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Only An Idiot Rides Sans Helmet

I can be an idiot at times. It’s mid-February and I haven’t gotten a flu shot yet. That’s being an idiot. When cutting wood with my chain saw, I don’t always put on my Kevlar-lined chaps. Usually the lapse comes when

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Matching The Buyer With A Bike

A Facebook post this week by a Connecticut dealership that showed a happy customer sitting on his first motorcycle – a high-power, 2016 model-year sport bike with a $12,299 MSRP – got me to thinking about dealer responsibility. How responsible is the dealership for selling the “right” motorcycle to a …

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Heated Gear Extends The Ride

There is no reason to put the bike away just because the temperature drops. Even in New England, you can find many all-year riders. Their secret is to prepare. Riding unprepared means prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, which can lead to

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Indian Unwisely Ties One On With Jack Daniel’s

Another year, another unwise tie-in between a motorcycle manufacturer and a booze producer. Indian announced Wednesday that it has “joined forces” with the Jack Daniel Distillery to create a “limited-run, collector’s-edition Jack Daniel’s-branded” 2016 Indian Chief Vintage that will celebrate

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Bob Rosen’s 2016 Predictions

  LITTLE NECK, NY – Even though the first month of the new year is just about in the rearview mirror, it’s not too late to take a shot at guessing what the motorcycle industry will look like after all 12 months of 2016 have zoomed by and to make …

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Study Hints Shaky Future For Motorcycling

HARWINTON, CT – As we were getting ready to leave the Springfield Motorcycle Show at the Eastern States Exposition last Saturday, motorcycling friends Brian O’Neill and Roland Smith looked at the crowd of riders in the hall and observed that maybe next year we should rent a booth and hawk …

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Columnist Plans Iron Butt Challenge

I’ve always admired those hardy motorcycle enthusiasts who can hop on their bikes and go the distance. Not just your usual daily mileage, but something that proves that you have the dedication, training and focus to make long-distance motorcycle travel a reality. This elite group of riders can be found …

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BMW R60 /5 Gets Attention

LAGRANGEVILLE, NY – Some motorcycles resemble over-the-top Christmas displays. They’re excessively adorned with chrome parts and littered with doodads that are as tacky as a blowup Santa Claus or some other inflatable holiday figure. Just as outdoor displays that stress simplicity and elegance are more tasteful, bikes that employ understatement …

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Father, Son From CT Win At Baja 1000

It was hours after sunset and somewhere in a remote section of Baja California that the front tire of the 2009 Honda CRF450X trail bike that 20-year-old Tanner Janesky was riding hit a rock, which instantly slammed the wheel into another rock. The impact dislodged the front brake caliper, leaving …

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