New England News

Long Dormant Honda CM400 Custom Needs A New Owner – ASAP

ROCKY HILL, CT – Real estate agent Mike Samulenas of Berlin, CT has a motorcycle problem, and he contacted RIDE-CT & RIDE-New England on Friday seeking assistance. He’s selling a condo in Rocky Hill. The hitch is there’s a long dormant 1981 Honda CM400 Custom motorcycle parked in the garage. …

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Easter Crash Provides Reminder For Riders, Others

WARWICK, MA – An Easter crash involving a member of small group of riders just south of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border provides of a reminder for motorcyclists to always be on the lookout for road hazards. More importantly, it rams home the need for everyone else to be vigilant in …

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Brooklyn Army Terminal Secured As Location For IMS Outdoors Tour Stop

SANTA MONICA, CA – The location for this year’s New York stop on the more festival-like Progressive IMS Outdoors tour has finally been announced. The Brooklyn Army Terminal on the waterfront in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn will be the site from Sept. 3 through 5. The IMS Outdoors …

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Laconia Motorcycle Week Approved By City Council But With Restrictions

LACONIA, NH – It won’t be business as usual, but Laconia Motorcycle Week will be a bit closer to normal in 2021. City Council voted Monday night to allow the event to proceed with restrictions that include a limit on commercial vendors. Beer tents and outside entertainment not associated with …

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New York City Harley-Davidson’s Buyer Revealed Two Months After The Purchase

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – More than two months after he acquired the dealership, Paul Veracka was officially revealed this week to be the new owner of New York City Harley-Davidson. Veracka owns eight other Harley-Davidson stores on the East Coast, including Manchester Harley-Davidson in New Hampshire and High Octane …

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Event Calendar For 2021 Posted, Pandemic Slows Planning

In a normal year, most decisions would have been made by now. Dates would have already been selected by dozens of organizers of motorcycle events throughout the Northeast. CHECK OUT 2021 EVENT CALENDAR Last year certainly wasn’t a normal year. The spread of COVID-19 forced the cancelation of nearly all …

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Energica Adds Dealer In MA With Rob’s Dyno Service

GARDNER, MA – A former Motus dealer in this north-central Massachusetts town is now selling sporty Energica electric motorcycles. Rob’s Dyno Service at 45 Fredette St. here quietly added Energica of New England signage to the shop early this year. And owner Rob Swartz has continued what has now become …

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Kaplan Seeks Donations To Fix Leaking Roof At Museum

ROCKVILLE, CT – Ken Kaplan is back asking for donations. This time he’s trying to raise $50,000 via a GoFundMe page to put a new roof on an unrestored, 20,000-square-foot, multi-story brick building adjacent to the main factory building that houses his New England Motorcycle Museum. During an 11-minute video …

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Motorcycle Deaths Increased Significantly In CT In 2020

NEWINGTON, CT – Reduced highway traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in riskier riding during 2020 and a significant rise in motorcycle deaths on Connecticut, preliminary statistics from the state Department of Transportation reveal. The preliminary death toll for 2020 stands at 56, a more than 20 percent increase …

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Truck Owners Involved In NH Crash Charged By Feds

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The owners of the Westfield Transport Inc. pickup involved in the crash that killed seven riders in New Hampshire in June 2019 have been indicted for falsifying driving logs, federal prosecutors announced today. Dunyadar Gasanov, also known as Damien Gasanov, 36, was arrested this morning. He is …

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Spitshine Motorcycle Repair Destroyed By Fire

WEST BRIDGEWATER, MA – Firefighters were able to save 28 motorcycles and a classic car from a Friday morning fire that spread through a building here that housed Spitshine Motorcycle Repair & Detail Shop and the new clubhouse for the Wings of Gold Motorcycle Club. Four motorcycles were lost, including …

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Motorbikes Plus Hit By Thieves In Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, NH – An early-morning break-in Monday at Motorbikes Plus at 3 Cate St. here resulted in three expensive dirt bikes being carted away in the bed of a pickup. Portsmouth police are searching for four burglary suspects. Surveillance video from both outside and inside the KTM-Husqvarna dealership show a …

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