April 24, 2018
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Harley Museum Not Open to Shareholders

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com For the past two years, Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson has held its annual shareholders meeting at its museum, which opened in 2008 and celebrates the history of the iconic brand. Not this year. Seems the facility was already booked on April 30 when Harley inquired about the …

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Moto Guzzi Turns 90, Enrollment Opens at N.V.C.C.

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Moto Guzzi turned 90 today – having been launched on March 21, 1921 – and celebrated the milestone by unveiling a new blog at MotoGuzziHeritage.com. No need to gather in the piazza anymore. Just go online. — Registration for motorcycle courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College …

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Keira Knightley Teases with a Ducati

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It was last September that photos came out of Keira Knightley wearing a catsuit and sitting on a Ducati. The commercial shoot was for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle perfume and while the ad isn’t out yet a teaser video has been released with the actress talking about the …

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Lack of Helmet Law Has Costly Consequences

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The lack of a mandatory helmet law in Connecticut has “led to high fatalities and injuries from motorcycle crashes that likely cost billions of dollars in hospital and rehabilitation bills,” according to a new study released today by researchers at Yale School of Medicine, UConn and the Connecticut …

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When Is A Dealer Not A Dealer?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com When is a motorcycle dealer not a dealer? That’s an interesting question, and it applies to Harley-Davidson of Danbury, which used to also sell Buell motorcycles before Harley scrapped the brand. Now, Buell founder Erik Buell is back with a new company, EBR, and a …

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End Near for Bridgeport H.O.G.

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The bankruptcy and closure of Fritz’s Bridgeport Harley-Davidson in Stratford will mean the end of the H.O.G. chapter tied to the dealership. In an email sent yesterday, which was forwarded to RIDE-CT, Karen Ligammari reported that she had just heard from H.O.G. regional manager Dan …

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Another Hearing At Legislature

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s on quiet days like this when RIDE-CT yearns for some really startling news, such as “Harley Announces Plans for 250cc Bike” or “Laconia Bows to Vegans, Bans Leather.” You get the idea. We’re in that “Never Land” between seasons where little is happening, except at the General …

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H-D’s Status on Shoreline Uncertain

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It was five weeks ago that Fritz’s Bridgeport Harley-Davidson filed for Chaper 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes of getting the business back on sound financial footing, but it now appears that the Harley franchise in Stratford is up for grabs.   In filing in U.S.Bankruptcy Court in Bridgeport …

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Honda Announces New Gold Wing

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s quite a remarkable achievement – a model that has lasted for 36 years and sold more than 640,000 units. It’s the Honda Gold Wing, which gets a makeover for the 2012 model year with production shifting to Japan from Marysville, Ohio. Honda revealed its new …

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Buell Back With EBR 1190RS

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Erik Buell hinted recently that he’d have “a surprise or two” in Daytona next month. Most everyone predicted that he’d unveil a new street bike from EBR (Erik Buell Racing), the company he founded after Harley-Davidson discarded the Buell brand. Instead of waiting, though, he …

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