January 24, 2018
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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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Home Butt Test with Ergo Simulator

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com One of the reasons that riders visit motorcycle dealerships, even if they aren’t really shopping for a bike, is to sit on new models to discover whether the feet touch the ground and if the riding position is comfortable. It’s now possible to do that without …

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Reading Suggestions for CT Riders

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Christmas is less than three weeks away. Have you put your bike(s) into winter storage yet? Or are you foot-dragging because you don’t want to quit peg-dragging? The bikes can wait. Holiday shopping cannot and RIDE-CT always offers some gift ideas for motorcycle lovers. While …

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Of Mice And Motorcycles

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com With the temperature finally dipping below freezing at night, Saturday seemed like a good day to start winterizing the three bikes in the garage. Sure, there have been some years when I’ve ridden on Christmas or New Year’s Day, but it’s not looking like this year …

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Norton Returning to U.S.A.

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com An old Norton always turns heads when out of the road and gathers crowd when parked. It’s a sure bet that a new Norton will do the same. Norton Motorcycles Ltd. has announced that the famous British brand will return to the U.S.A. in May 2011 with …

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Diavel Getting Attention for Ducati

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Yes, the Great Recession caused motorcycle manufacturers to cut back on bringing out new models for 2010, but next year looks to be better for riders looking for some entirely new rides. Ducati’s Diavel sport cruiser is one bike that loads of motorcyclists are certainly looking forward …

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N.T.S.B. Urges Mandatory Helmet Usage

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-Ct.com Connecticut is in the crosshairs, along with 30 other states, as the National Transportation Safety Board mounts another effort to make wearing a helmet when riding mandatory across the United States. Currently, only 20 states and the District of Columbia have universal helmet laws. At a press conference …

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