August 20, 2017
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If You Had Asked Me…

Oops, a few days late, but better late than never. Time for the June installment of “If You Had Asked Me, I Would Have Told You…” If you haven’t checked this out before, it’s a monthly catch-all column for news items culled from elsewhere, moldy press releases and odd opinions …

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Berkshire Big Adventure Recap

TOLLAND, MA – Most every year on the third weekend of May, dual-sport and adventure riders in the region kick-start their riding season with two days of dirty fun at the Berkshire Big Adventure (BBA). Hosted by Berkshire Trail Riders (BTR), this event is open to small to large displacement, …

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Vermont Ride Stirs Memories For Mudgett

CHESTER, VT – It isn’t a ride I could do every day; there are just too many echoes of my past. I have to be in the mood for a ride like this, running parallel histories through my mind as the road unwinds. It causes me to struggle with keeping …

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BMW Mag Cover Stirs Controversy

Back in college at Ohio Wesleyan University, I had an amiable, wise politics and government professor named Art Peterson. Dr. Arthur L. Peterson held an undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He lived on …

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An Unexpected Sportster

CHESTER, VT – I’ve bought and sold motorcycles for 45 years, and only once have I purchased one that I never rode for at least a few months. I buy them, enjoy them, and sell them when I’m looking for a different experience. Over the years, I’ve owned everything from …

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Are Slingshots Catching On?

WATERBURY, CT – John Carusello of Waterbury hasn’t yet reached the point where he’ll have to give up riding a motorcycle. He is starting to feel his age, though, so when an alternative appeared in dealer showrooms that allows him to sit in a cockpit (as opposed to straddle a …

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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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