September 26, 2017
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Slingshot Turns Heads On Test Drive

Cops waved. Pedestrians stared. Other drivers did double-takes. Some folks whipped out phones to take pictures. Others gave the thumbs-up sign. All it took to get such intense attention was to drive around parts of New Haven and West Haven for an hour or so Thursday afternoon in a Polaris …

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Zero Motorcycles Offer Silent Zip

NEW HAVEN, CT – There are things we do when riding that we don’t even think about. Pulling in the clutch and downshifting when approaching a stoplight comes to mind. So does upshifting when the engine’s sound indicates that it’s time to do so. The hands-on nature of motorcycling, and …

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Test Ride: BMW R Nine T

It’s been a little more than a year since BMW took the wraps off its eye-catching R Nine T roadster. Getting to ride one was problematic initially because the units shipped to dealers back in the spring were already promised. Demand remained high, so it wasn’t until, well, yesterday, that I …

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Triumph Thunderbird LT Superb Heavyweight

Motorcycle manufacturers love to embellish when describing their offerings, so it’s only natural to skim over some of the descriptions used by Triumph regarding its Thunderbird LT model – lines such as “premium class touring cruiser” and “world’s largest parallel twin motorcycle engine.” More to the point is how does …

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Honda CTX700 Is A Comfortable Ride

There’s a tendency after you’ve been riding for a few years to look down on – or simply overlook – motorcycles that aren’t “big boy toys.” If it’s not a heavyweight cruiser, a one-liter sport bike or a large adventure touring machine, it ain’t worth a gander.  Right? Honda, however, …

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Test Ride: 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

The image of an ostrich running at full speed somehow popped into my mind as I was riding by a horse farm in Bethany, CT. With their long legs and long necks, ostriches look comical at full run, and I couldn’t help but wonder if the motorcycle that I was testing looked

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Test Ride: KLR650 New Edition

By Steve Smith The venerable Kawasaki KLR650 dual-sport has been around since 1987 and has been very popular model. It remained relatively unchanged from its introduction until a major redesign in 2008 that included a more powerful engine, new bodywork with dual headlight, new gauges, bigger fork tubes, and upgraded …

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Aprilia Caponord Offers Polished Ride

Ask someone on the street to name an Italian bike brand and Ducati will probably be mentioned first, followed by Moto Guzzi if that person is really savvy. Despite being owned by Vespa-maker Piaggio for the past 10 years, Aprilia isn’t a motorcycle make that

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Test Ride: Moto Guzzi V7 Offers Classic Experience

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone By Bud Wilkinson Although I’ve never owned one, Moto Guzzi’s a marque that I’m immensely attracted to over most other name brands for the simple reason it’s uncommon. I drink Dogfish Head and Otter Creek beers and avoid barley pop products with the names Budweiser, …

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Test Ride: Affordable Bolt Makes Rider Feel Bad Ass

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Sometimes when a new motorcycle model is released the reaction is to yawn. Seen that. Done that. Other times, there’s an immediate urge to figure out a way to get one to ride. It was a case of the latter when Yamaha’s cruiser brand, Star Motorcycles, …

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Test Ride: Triumph Takes on BMW with Trophy SE

By Bud Wilkinson There comes a time, or maybe tipping-point, in the life of some single male riders when chasing women gets replaced by the pursuit of motorcycles. The routine is the same – the sometimes awkward introduction, followed by a getting to know one another phrase, and then a …

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Test Ride: Triumph Scrambler

By Bud Wilkinson Ever pick a road that you’ve never ridden just to see where it would take you? Part of the fun of riding is exploring. A few Sundays ago, friends Gary Randall, Neil Tolhurst and I headed south out of Sharon on Route 41 and purposely turned left …

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Test Ride: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com As a rider who takes precautions, I half-seriously considered tossing a step-ladder in the bed of my pickup and putting some tissues in my pocket before pulling out of the driveway. I was headed cross-state on four wheels to Hebron to see Dave Rosen, who …

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Test Ride: 2011 Honda CBR250R

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It may not be small enough to fit under a Christmas tree, but a bright red Honda CBR250R would look festive parked next to one, and probably small enough to squeeze through a door and into the house to have there on Christmas morning. While …

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Test Ride: 2011 Victory Cross Roads

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com R. Lee Ermey has had a successful, in-your-face second career as an actor and TV pitchman. His prior occupation was as a drill sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was in the Stanley Kubrick movie “Full Metal Jacket” and hosted the TV series “Mail …

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