Monthly Archives: November 2020

Harley-Davidson Apparently Planning Custom Sportster

Never a company prone to leaking new model info prior to an actual announcement, Harley-Davidson’s plans have become even more open to speculation since the appointment of Jochen Zeitz as president and CEO back in May (after being given the posts on an “acting” basis in February). Zeitz has slashed …

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Honda Offers Larger Rebel With Africa Twin Engine

TORRANCE, CA – Honda has announced an all-new brawnier sibling to go with its entry-level Rebel 300 and Rebel 500 cruiser models – the mid-sized 2021 Rebel 1100. The Rebel 1100 is powered by a 1,084cc parallel twin, a repurposed version of the engine found in its Africa Twin adventure …

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Riders Not Deterred By Cold, New Poll Asks About Motaur

RIDE-CT & RIDE-New England readers are a hardy and determined bunch, not deterred from riding their motorcycles by the cold weather that comes in late autumn and continues through winter, results of the website’s latest poll reveal. The poll, which ran from Oct. 17 through Nov. 24, showed that 40 …

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Kawasaki Kicks Up Dust With Five New 2021 Models

What’s the difference between “new” and “all-new?” That’s the first question that came to mind upon gazing at Kawasaki’s press release issued this morning that announced five fresh models for 2021. Three are described as “all-new” while two get a “new” label, suggesting the latter are simply models that have …

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Eats: Pies And Cookies At Plasko’s Farm Creamery

TRUMBULL. CT – Funny how one discovers local destinations they never knew existed. When strolling through social media the other day, I stumbled across a creamery in my hometown – Plasko’s Farm Creamery & Café.  Formerly a Christmas tree and corn farm during my youth, Plasko’s Farm was founded in …

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Sturgis Sparked Spread Of COVID-19 Cases In Minnesota

The 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, held in August in South Dakota, helped fuel the spread of the coronavirus, according to a new study by health officials in Minnesota released Friday. The study, published Friday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, revealed that 86 cases of …

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Lime Rock Park Won’t Host IMS Outdoors Tour Stop – Yet

LAKEVILLE, CT – After weeks of encouraging discussions, Lime Rock Park racetrack has been told it’s out of the running as a host site for next year’s Progressive IMS Outdoors tour. IMS opted out of selecting Lime Rock Park as a Northeast tour site because critical elements in IMS’s requirements …

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CEO Scott Wine Departing Indian Parent Polaris, Inc.

MEDINA, MN – After 12 years at the helm as CEO and chairman of Indian Motorcycle’s parent company, Polaris Inc., Scott Wine is leaving at year’s end to become CEO of London-based CNH Industrial, N.V. CNH Industrial is the maker of Case and New Holland agricultural equipment. Scott Wine In …

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BSA Is Latest British Brand To Be Revived; Targets 2021

It was done successfully with Triumph, and while the jury is still out on whether a revived Norton brand will ultimately succeed, plans are underway to begin building BSA models again. Possibly as soon as mid-2021. Billionaire Anand Mahindra, chairman of the India-based Mahindra Group, tells “The Guardian” newspaper in …

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Harley-Davidson Scraps Factory Racing Teams

MILWAUKEE – Harley-Davidson’s ongoing “rewire” effort to bolster its sagging fortunes continues, albeit in ways not as widely visible to street riders across the country as trimming its model lineup, postponing the release of new models or reducing the number of dealerships. It was revealed Wednesday that the company has …

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Safe Riding: CONREP Stressed Safety During 2020

NAUGATUCK, CT – Getting a motorcycle endorsement in Connecticut (or anywhere) is always a challenging endeavor, but never more so than in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out Connecticut Rider Education Program (CONREP) classes in the spring and forced safety-related changes for the remainder of the year at teaching sites that …

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