February 28, 2017
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“Worksheet” A Tool When Shopping

After the first few teaser days of the coming riding season, some folks are thinking about a new bike. Perhaps interest began after an NYC visit to see all the shiny objects at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show extravaganza. Or maybe a winter of reading every bike magazine you could …

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Revisiting Willimantic Brewing Company

WILLIMANTIC, CT – There’s always a risk when visiting an eatery a second time that it won’t measure up to pleasant memories of an initial visit. A stop this week at the Willimantic Brewing Company/Main Street Cafe fortunately confirmed my positive first impression. The atmosphere was enjoyable, the service prompt …

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U.S. Road Deaths Rise in 2016

ITASCA, IL – As many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle accidents last year, according to the National Safety Council, whose estimate is based on preliminary data from 2016. That’s a six percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014; the most dramatic two-year rise since …

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Quincy Isn’t Banning Overnight Riding

QUINCY, MA – An ultimately misleading post on the website Quincy.com suggesting that the city was enacting an ordinance prohibiting the riding of motorcycles between midnight and 5 a.m. has been spreading on social media in recent days. Today, the city offered an explanation of  how the misunderstanding occurred, and …

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Film Festival Seeks Entries

BROOKLYN – Submissions are now being sought for the fifth annual international Motorcycle Film Festival, which will be held at the Wythe Hotel here Sept. 20-23. The deadline for entering is July 15. The festival celebrates “the world’s best dramatic, documentary, short, and experimental films created by the international motorcycling …

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“Doc Martin” Star Behaving Badly?

While it doesn’t rank up there with selfishly using a handicapped space without a placard, “Doc Martin” star Martin Clunes nonetheless recently stirred the ire of one person for improperly parking his big BMW car in a space reserved solely for motorcycles in England. In a video shot by disgruntled …

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EBR Shutting Down Production

EAST TROY, WI – Another one bites the dust. First Polaris announced that Victory was going out of business. Now, EBR says it’s ceasing production, too. In a press release issued this afternoon, EBR said the company “will begin a wind down of production operations commencing next week. EBR will continue …

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Stunned Reaction To Polaris Killing Victory

Polaris Industries blindsided Victory dealers and customers this morning by announcing that it’s pulling the plug on the 18-year-old, American-made brand. Calling the brand’s exit “an incredibly difficult decision,” Polaris Chairman and CEO Scott Wine said in a news release that Victory’s end will allow the company to concentrate its efforts …

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Self-Balancing Bike From Honda

If you’ve owned a motorcycle for any length of time, you’ve probably dropped it. Maybe you forgot to extend the kickstand upon coming to a stop. Maybe the bike has just lurched and fallen over at a stoplight. Regardless of the situation, there may soon be a solution to this …

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Vanguard Breaks From Tradition

NEW YORK – When a motorcycle looks better suited for display in a museum of modern art than for comfortably ripping along twisty roads, its sales potential has to be questioned. Add a price tag of $30,000 and a riding position that could conceivably have target buyers wincing from lower back …

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Attendance Dips At IMS In NYC

NEW YORK – Lyrics to the song “N.Y.C.” from the musical “Annie” extol the city’s virtues crowing “You’re big, you’re loud, you’re tough” before proudly proclaiming “You’re standing room only, you crowd, you cramp, you’re still the champ.” How true that is – unless you happened to be at the …

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Team Pro-Motion Seeks Lime Rock Return

NEW YORK – Team Pro-Motion, the Pennsylvania company that hosts track days at various race courses in the eastern U.S., hopes to be back at Lime Rock Park in 2017, although it has yet to confirm dates for the coming year with the track in Salisbury, CT.

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Maine Bike Builder A Winner At IMS

NEW YORK – Nick Beaulieu of Forever Two Wheels in Windham, ME calls his newest creation “The Hate Machine,” but seeing how much loving attention he gave the polished aluminum machine at the

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