July 11, 2020

Product Reviews

Test Ride: Triumph Takes on BMW with Trophy SE

There comes a time, or maybe tipping-point, in the life of some single male riders when chasing women gets replaced by the pursuit of motorcycles. The routine is the same – the sometimes awkward introduction, followed by a getting to know one another phrase, and then a decision to make the …

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Test Ride: Triumph Scrambler

By Bud Wilkinson Ever pick a road that you’ve never ridden just to see where it would take you? Part of the fun of riding is exploring. A few Sundays ago, friends Gary Randall, Neil Tolhurst and I headed south out of Sharon on Route 41 and purposely turned left …

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Test Ride: 2012 Triumph Tiger Explorer

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com As a rider who takes precautions, I half-seriously considered tossing a step-ladder in the bed of my pickup and putting some tissues in my pocket before pulling out of the driveway. I was headed cross-state on four wheels to Hebron to see Dave Rosen, who …

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Test Ride: 2011 Honda CBR250R

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It may not be small enough to fit under a Christmas tree, but a bright red Honda CBR250R would look festive parked next to one, and probably small enough to squeeze through a door and into the house to have there on Christmas morning. While …

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Test Ride: 2011 Victory Cross Roads

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com R. Lee Ermey has had a successful, in-your-face second career as an actor and TV pitchman. His prior occupation was as a drill sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was in the Stanley Kubrick movie “Full Metal Jacket” and hosted the TV series “Mail …

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First Impression: 2011 Victory Cross Roads

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com As promised by Jim Tabor, Willows Motorsports in Cheshire has loaned RIDE-CT.com a 2011 Victory Cross Roads to beat on, er, ride carefully five days. It’s a factory demo with a couple-hundred miles on it. Rode it home late yesterday afternoon under threatening, weepy skies …

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Test Ride: 2011 Ducati Diavel

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The first clue that the Ducati Diavel is an attention-grabber wasn’t when the driver of a Nissan “Z” sports car drove by me on Route 8 between Naugatuck and Waterbury (on April 9) and gave a thumb’s up. And it wasn’t when a guy walking back …

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