January 22, 2018
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A Tough Day Out Riding

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Some days the bike(s) should just be left in the garage. A recent Sunday was one of those days. While Sunday morning is often reserved for rejuvenating worship at the Church of Two Wheels, otherwise known riding amidst nature’s beauty, Sept. 19th was problematic. For …

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Motorcycle Cannonball Update

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com So, how’s Ed Zalonski and his 1910 Flying Merkel doing in the Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run from Kitty Hawk, N.C. to Santa Monica, Calif.?  The answer appears to be not very well and fantastic. I’ve been meaning to call Zalonski (on the right in picture) on the road to …

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RIDE-CT Photo Gallery

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Today’s RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” about last weekend’s Rice-O-Rama motorcycle show and swap meet includes comments from Larry Tashjian of Torrington. He owns a 1981 Honda CX500 and was quoted in the column as well in a post here September 12. The newspaper neglected to include a picture …

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Moto Guzzi Video, H-D Aftermath

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Some of the best motorcycle “advertising” these days is found online where manufacturers post teaser videos and action footage. Moto Guzzi is out with an artistic new video of its 2011 V7 Racer. After watching it in action, I wanted one, but I do suffer from …

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Norton Video A Tear-Jerker

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If you’ve ever restored an old bike, or ever found the perfect gift for a parent or one of your kids, or just enjoy a story that will to bring tears of joy to your eyes, “The Norton Project” video is a must-watch online treat. Brothers Jeff …

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"Milwaukee Iron" Won’t Go Away

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A day after employees of two unions at Harley-Davidson plants in Wisconsin approved new seven-year contracts that will freeze wages, pass along more health insurance costs to workers and result in layoffs, the company’s board of directors approved the contracts and said it will keep the factories …

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H-D Workers Approve Contract

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Harley-Davidson’s union employees in Wisconsin today voted to approve a new seven-year contract offered by The Motor Company that will likely result in hundreds of fulltime workers being let go. The new pact also allows for many more part-time, “casual” employers, who will be paid much lower …

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Rice-O-Rama Draws Crowd

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It takes water to make rice, but rain would have put a damper on the 4th annual Rice-O-Rama, the vintage and custom Japanese motorcycle show and swap meet held Sunday in North Brookfield Mass. Fortunately, the precipitation held off . As many as 2,000 motorcycle enthusiasts turned out under threatening skies to gawk …

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Flying Merkel Fails Test Ride

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If you read Saturday’s RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” about the upcoming Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run from Kitty Hawk, N.C. to Santa Monica, Calif., you already know about the 1910 Flying Merkel that Ed Zalonski of East Haven has assembled for the trip. After interviewing …

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Rant: Hey, Drivers, Look Out For Me…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com My Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department pager has gone off twice in the past week summoning firefighters and fire police to the scene of car/motorcycle accidents. In both cases, a rider was proceeding along a state highway when an inattentive driver attempted a turn directly in front …

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Triumph Keeps Teasing Adventure

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Triumph is out with yet another video teasing its two upcoming 2011 Adventure models – one for on-road and one for off-road. Both will feature three-cylinder motors in the 800cc-ish range. The road version will have a 17-inch front wheel, while the dirt version will have …

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Ad Agency Drops Harley

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com After handling advertising campaigns for Harley-Davidson for 31 years, Minneapolis-based Carmichael Lynch announced today that it has resigned as the agency of record. “We anticipate shock and disbelief from some in our industry over our decision, but the fact is our agency leadership came to …

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York Benefits If Harley Moves

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Following last week’s story about Harley-Davidson possibly shuttering all production in Milwaukee and moving the work to Kansas City if a new contract canot be reached with unions, “The York Daily Record/York Sunday News” had a story yesterday about the impact of such a decision on …

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