January 18, 2019
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Overnight Thefts At Manchester Honda

MANCHESTER, CT – Thieves smashed the front doors of Manchester Honda-KTM-Husqvarna overnight and made off with two KTM dirt bikes as well as one Husqvarna motorcycle. Surveillance video captured the culprits, mostly dressed in black hoodies, lifting the bikes out of the store through a door and loading them into …

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British Iron Association Show Has Rare Beauties

OXFORD, MA – The Union Jack flapped in the breeze atop a flagpole at the Singletary Rod & Gun Club on Sunday as hundreds of British bike lovers converged for the 27th annual motorcycle show and swap meet staged by the British Iron Association of Massachusetts. Sprinkled among the dozens …

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Stolen Motorcycles Back At New England Motorcycle Museum

ROCKVILLE, CT – Two dirt bikes stolen from the New England Motorcycle Museum around 2 a.m. Wednesday have been recovered and the thieves have been arrested, according to a Thursday night post on Facebook by museum owner Ken Kaplan, who had offered a $1,000 reward. “They’re back,” Kaplan proclaimed in …

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Union Outrage Over H-D Plant In Thailand

Labor unions representing Harley-Davidson workers in the U.S. are strongly criticizing company plans to open an assembly plant in Thailand. The new factory, set to open in late 2018, will build bikes from parts made at U.S. facilities. “Harley-Davidson has been the crown jewel of American manufacturing. Management’s decision to …

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Dream Bike Gets Hit After Only 6.4 Miles

WATERBURY, CT – Mother’s Day weekend didn’t go as uneventfully as Taig Rehmel had hoped. He’d anticipated a wonderful reunion with a fondly-recalled motorcycle model from his earlier street riding days and an exhilarating ride from Connecticut to his home in Georgia. Instead, he was confronted by pain and the challenge …

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Fire Damages Shop Of Late Indian Expert

TORRINGTON, CT – A midday fire heavily damaged the unoccupied residence and shop of late Indian expert George Yarocki. Firefighters from the Torrington Fire Department responded quickly to 679 Riverside Ave. and prevented three vintage motorcycles valued at more the $50,000 from being destroyed. Saved were a 1931 Indian 101 …

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Might India’s Royal Enfield Buy Ducati?

These are uneasy times for Ducati owners. Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati is now reportedly up for sale as car company VW scrambles for cash the wake of its diesel emissions scandal. A story Monday by “The Times of India” says Royal Enfield has been approached about buying Ducati. Ducati could …

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“Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” Author Dies

SOUTH BERWICK, ME – Reclusive author Robert M. Pirsig, who wrote the 1974 best-seller “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values,” died at his home here on Monday. He was 88. Pirsig had lived in the York County community for the past 30 years.

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Riders Ticketed For Wearing Helmets?

BATON ROUGE, LA – Riders ticketed for wearing helmets? Odd as it sounds, there’s a bill currently in the state legislature in Louisiana aimed at stopping police officers from ticketing motorcyclists for wearing helmets when operating their machines. The bill, authored by Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport), would exempt riders from …

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