March 28, 2017
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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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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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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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Riding Requires Taking Responsibility

The life of any motorcyclist can be snuffed in an instant. All it takes is for a distracted, unobservant or impaired driver to cross the center line or make an improper turn across the path of an oncoming rider. In just seconds, a rider can go from enjoying the wind …

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Crash Yields Art For Ian Hemingway

FALLS VILLAGE, CT – The motorcycle-themed paintings, oil on wood, by Ian Hemingway are often self-portraits featuring a solo rider in vibrantly-colored leathers and helmet against more somber, murky backgrounds. They reflect his passion for riding and the catastrophic memory loss he suffered in a motorcycle crash

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Huisman On Harley History

WEST HARTFORD, CT – It was happenstance that the white and teal Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by actor Michiel Huisman ended up parked next to a flat black Indian outside of Westfarms mall. Commenting about their adjacency to the “Games of Thrones” star was only natural, though, because

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Two Drink Maximum At Parrott Delaney

NEW HARTFORD, CT – A sign stating “TWO DRINK MAXIMUM” is not often seen in a bar. In fact, I’ve never seen one like it before in nearly 45 years of legally imbibing in probably 26 states from coast to coast and in some 14 other countries. But there it was, …

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Harley-Davidson Owner Loves Zero

  HARWINTON, CT – Giving a Harley-Davidson devotee the key to a Zero electric motorcycle is somewhat akin to asking a person who loves greasy bacon cheeseburgers to become a vegan. The response is apt to be a sneer. No way would a Harley-Davidson owner who adores the rumble and …

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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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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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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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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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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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