October 20, 2018
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Changes at Gengras

By Bud Wilkinson  Ever since Gengras Harley-Davidson bought the BMW and Triumph franchises from Canton Cycles in Winsted and brought them to East Hartford in mid-2006, pairing them with Ducati, it has acted much like a nerd in an unlikely relationship with a supermodel – unsure of how to treat …

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Hybrid Can-Am Spyder in Development

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Riding a snowmobile for the first time over the weekend got me to thinking about the Can-Am Spyder. Part of the reason was that the sled was a Ski-Doo with a Rotax engine, manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products, the same company that makes the Spyder. Another reason …

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Ride Video Offered by Gengras

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Today’s RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” focuses primarily on changes that are being implemented at Gengras Motorcycles in East Hartford, which sells Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati and Triumph motocycles. RIDE-CT visited there earlier this week. In our conversation, Jim Taylor, who is general manager of the Euro …

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Registrations, Student Enrollment Dip Slightly

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Given the continued dreary state of the economy and ominous stories in the motorcycle press about aging Baby Boomers on the verge of giving up riding, you’d think that “the numbers” would show a major decline in the popularity of motorycling. That’s certainly not the case here in …

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Ducati Hasn’t Departed from Gengras

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s a story that keeps changing, depending on who’s talking and what day it is. However, for the moment, the Ducati brand continues to be sold by Gengras in East Hartford. RIDE-CT visited the Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati and Triumph dealership today and learned of some substantive …

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Ducati Confirms Loss of CT Dealers

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Ducati has confirmed that it is currently without a dealer in Connecticut as Max BMW in Brookfield and Gengras in East Hartford have quit selling Italian brand. “Max BMW didn’t want to carry Ducati as it didn’t fit their business model, which leaves a big …

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Date Set for 2011 Rice-O-Rama

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A date for the 2011 edition of Rice-O-Rama, the vintage and custom Japanese motorcycle show and swap meet in North Brookfield, Mass. (not too far from Sturbridge and I-84), has been set. This year’s show will be Sunday, Sept. 11 at the same site as last …

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Connecticut Without Ducati? Looks That Way!

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The new year begins with Max BMW in Brookfield and Gengras in East Hartford having apparently dropped the Italian brand Ducati. RIDE-CT’s seeking to confirm reports elsewhere of the departure of Ducati from the two dealerships, which would leave the state without a Ducati dealer. The new edition …

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Looking Back at 2010…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The 2010 riding season seemed to last forever. Unlike 2009, which was marked by seemingly constant rain, this year was much sunnier and many great memories were stored. The best part of writing the RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” is meeting riders and seeing interesting bikes. Looking …

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Size Matters as Triumph Recalls Sprints

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com An inadequate dipstick on some 2010 Sprint ST and GT models has prompted Triumph to issue a recall order, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration. The NHTSA reports that due to “an incorrect length” of some dipsticks, “the accuracy of the dipstick for …

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A Rare Harley That’s Worth a Look-See

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Between Christmas activities and the great blizzard of ’10, RIDE-CT.com has been shoved into the background recently. The goal for 2011 is more frequent postings of the latest motorcycle news, but that’s not a concern until next week. Today, let me provide a link to a video …

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Another Useless Survey By J.D. Power

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Once upon a time, way back on ’06, J.D. Power and Associates released the results of its annual Motorcycle Competitive Information study, declaring Victory to be the best brand on the road in terms of product, build quality, cost of ownership, quality, sales and service. Also doing …

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