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New Models: Harley-Davidson Blackline

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Forget massive amounts of chrome and bling, Harley-Davidson’s new 2011Blackline model, a member of the Softail line, keeps it simple with a sparse look and loads of black. From its bobbed rear fender to its Split Drag handlebars with internal wiring, the Blackline is a bike that’s been …

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Bridgeport H-D Files for Bankruptcy

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Bridgeport Harley-Davidson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, listing debts of between $1 million and $10 million and similar assets. The “Connecticut Post” quotes owner W. Fritz Blau III as attributing the dealership’s problems to the bad economy of the past three years. Bridgeport …

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Harley, Victory Unveil New Models at IMS

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Harley-Davidson and Victory used the opening day of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York today to unveil new models, while other manufacturers used the event to show off previously announced 2011 models for the first time. RIDE-CT got up at 4 a.m., drove through heavy …

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Ice Racing Season Opens Sunday

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com In trying to pin down the date for this year’s IMOC meet (staged by the Italian Motorcycle Owners Club), I chatted this week with Jeff Lussier of the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge, Mass. That’s where IMOC holds it annual event. Lussier informed me …

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Changes at Gengras

By Bud Wilkinson  Ever since Gengras Harley-Davidson bought the BMW and Triumph franchises from Canton Cycles in Winsted and brought them to East Hartford in mid-2006, pairing them with Ducati, it has acted much like a nerd in an unlikely relationship with a supermodel – unsure of how to treat …

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Hybrid Can-Am Spyder in Development

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Riding a snowmobile for the first time over the weekend got me to thinking about the Can-Am Spyder. Part of the reason was that the sled was a Ski-Doo with a Rotax engine, manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products, the same company that makes the Spyder. Another reason …

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Ride Video Offered by Gengras

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Today’s RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” focuses primarily on changes that are being implemented at Gengras Motorcycles in East Hartford, which sells Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati and Triumph motocycles. RIDE-CT visited there earlier this week. In our conversation, Jim Taylor, who is general manager of the Euro …

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Registrations, Student Enrollment Dip Slightly

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Given the continued dreary state of the economy and ominous stories in the motorcycle press about aging Baby Boomers on the verge of giving up riding, you’d think that “the numbers” would show a major decline in the popularity of motorycling. That’s certainly not the case here in …

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Ducati Hasn’t Departed from Gengras

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s a story that keeps changing, depending on who’s talking and what day it is. However, for the moment, the Ducati brand continues to be sold by Gengras in East Hartford. RIDE-CT visited the Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati and Triumph dealership today and learned of some substantive …

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Ducati Confirms Loss of CT Dealers

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Ducati has confirmed that it is currently without a dealer in Connecticut as Max BMW in Brookfield and Gengras in East Hartford have quit selling Italian brand. “Max BMW didn’t want to carry Ducati as it didn’t fit their business model, which leaves a big …

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Date Set for 2011 Rice-O-Rama

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A date for the 2011 edition of Rice-O-Rama, the vintage and custom Japanese motorcycle show and swap meet in North Brookfield, Mass. (not too far from Sturbridge and I-84), has been set. This year’s show will be Sunday, Sept. 11 at the same site as last …

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Connecticut Without Ducati? Looks That Way!

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The new year begins with Max BMW in Brookfield and Gengras in East Hartford having apparently dropped the Italian brand Ducati. RIDE-CT’s seeking to confirm reports elsewhere of the departure of Ducati from the two dealerships, which would leave the state without a Ducati dealer. The new edition …

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