January 24, 2018
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Ducati Skipping IMS In NYC, Other Cities

NEW YORK – The Ducati exhibit is traditionally one of the largest and most colorful at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center every year. Ducatisti will be disappointed next month, though, because the high-end Italian brand won’t have a display at this year’s show, …

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Round Two With Husqvarna For Roost Power Sports

THOMASTON, CT – It’s a case of deja vu for Jason Pinette of Roost Power Sports, the Husqvarna motorcycle dealer in Thomaston. The storyline is simple. Husky gets purchased and the new owner eventually announces plans to expand the brand’s offerings to include street-only models in addition to dirt bikes. Pinette …

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IMOS Shows Off “New” Indian Four

NAUGATUCK, CT – A rare 1932 Indian Four is the latest model added to the vintage collection at Indian Motorcycle of Springfield in Westfield, Ma. Owner Dennis Bolduc retrieved the the blue beauty from a single-room man cave built into a barn in Coventry, CT roughly three weeks ago. It’s …

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Lloyd “Bud” Provin Grateful For Post-Fire Support

PITTSFORD, VT – It’s in times of tragedy that friends step up, and Lloyd “Bud” Provin is finding out this week just how many friends he’s made and riders he’s impacted over the years by fixing motorcycles. “It’s beyond encouraging. It’s gratifying, overwhelming, stunning,” said the owner of The Nickwackett Garage …

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Fire Damages Motorcycles Of Nickwackett Garage Owner

PITTSFORD, VT – A YouCaring fundraising effort with a $20,000 goal was launched today in the wake of an early morning fire Saturday that heavily damaged the home and motorcycle collection of Lloyd “Bud” Provin, operator of The Nickwackett Garage, a well-known shop that specializes in servicing BMW and Triumph motorcycles. …

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Two Concepts That Are Needed Now…

It’s often the case. The bike you really want is the one that isn’t offered. Sure, the manufacturers came out with loads of new models at the EICMA show in Milan, but the two most noticeable head-turners were concept/custom models that aren’t being produced – yet. They are the Indian …

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Always Riding: Meeting Legend Piet Boonstra

NORTH GRANBY, CT – To say that I was dumbstruck when my friend Frank Tedeschi recently texted “Google Piet Boonstra. He is my friend’s father” isn’t sufficient. I damn near fell out of my chair before replying, “WHAT?!” because I knew the name of this iconic rider and author well. …

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Suggestions For “American Chopper” Reboot

Ready for more bickering, bluster and contrived nonsense? The Discovery Channel is rebooting “American Chopper” after a five-year hiatus and the reaction so far has been predictably polarizing. Some riders never want to see the battling Teutul clan again, while rubberneckers wonder about the current status of Orange County Choppers, …

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Indian Continues To Grab Market Share

MINNEAPOLIS – Buried in the press release from Polaris Industries on its 2017 third quarter results this week was some striking news about Indian. The brand’s market share surpassed the 10 percent mark in September. Motorcycle industry sales in the 900cc and above category “were down high-single digits” in Q3, …

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