November 13, 2018
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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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RIDE-CT Reports on Cliff’s and Norton

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Gathering information and writing the RIDE-CT column for “The Republican-American” every Saturday is often the best part of the week. It usually involves meeting new people and checking out cool bikes before sitting down at the laptop and leisurely tapping out something that will appeal to …

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Rare 1920 Indian Family Hand-Me-Down

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The registration is in remarkably good condition. There is some fraying along the top edge, but the information about the bike – 61 cubic inches and two cylinders – is clear. The fact that motorcycle is repeatedly spelled as “Motor Cycle” provides the first clue …

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Norton May Locate Stateside HQ in CT

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com When Norton Motorcycles Ltd. recently announced the appointment of Dan Van Epps to lead its operation in the U.S. and roll out its first models in May 2011, the press release noted a Beacon Falls mailing address. Now, in an interview with the website throttlehand.com, …

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No Comment from Cliff’s, Triumph Back in Show

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Random oil drips on the garage floor… Cliff’s Cycle Revolution owner Cliff LaMotta is, understandably, keeping mum on the reported sale of his BMW-Ducati-Indian dealership to Max BMW, which currently has stores in New York and New Hampshire (see previous post). In  reply last night …

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Max BMW Reportedly Buying Cliff’s in Brookfield

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Max BMW, which has motorcycle dealerships in New York and New Hampshire, is reportedly expanding into Connecticut next week by acquiring Cliff’s Cycle Revolution, the BMW-Ducati-Indian store in Brookfield.  A sale by Cliff’s owner Cliff LaMotta to Max BMW owner Max Stratton is scheduled to close on Dec. 17, …

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