December 19, 2018
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Column ideas sprout like weeds…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Winter sometimes ends abruptly, which is a good thing for both riders and RIDE-CT. While the proprietor of RIDE-CT yearns to ride during the cold, snowy months like all others who own bikes, what’s sometimes really frustrating is the lack of fresh column ideas. Bikes …

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Americade Reaches Deal, Ducati Close in Danbury

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com When New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation wanted to raise the rent that Americade pays for using state-owned land alongside Lake George from $52,000 to more than $90,000, the event’s founder threatened to move the annual June rally elsewhere. Coolers heads have prevailed and a …

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Helmet Resource, Vincent Video

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A key question that needs to always be answered when helmet shopping is whether the helmet is DOT-compliant; that is, government approved to protect your melon. The Motorcycle Industry Council has a website that lists 25 brands and 516 helmet models and which notes whether …

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Will Ducati Return to Danbury?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com One of the first things that Max Stratton did upon buying Cliff’s Cycle Revolution in Brookfield back in December was to jettison the Ducati line. Max made his mark selling BMWs at stores in New Hampshire and New York and wanted his new Connecticut store to be …

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“Motorcyclepedia” Coming to Newburgh, N .Y.

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Newburgh, N.Y. gets a motorcycle museum when Motorcyclepedia opens on April 16. More than 300 motorcycles will be displayed on two floors in the 85,000 square-foot museum. The “Times Herald-Record” has the story here. RIDE-CT is already planning a visit to get pictures and details. — With …

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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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