December 7, 2019
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Test Ride: Royal Enfield Himalayan

KENT, CT – Making a good first impression can set the tone for a relationship, and a recent introduction to a 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan courtesy of Iron Horse Customs/Royal Enfield of Kent began positively. Having thrown my right leg over the 31.5-inch seat, I instantly discovered that I could …

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Test Ride: Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

HARWINTON, CT – Motorcycle models have sorts of aggressive, imaginative and even derogatory names. Some suggest action or attitude, such as Triumph’s Explorer, Suzuki’s Gladiator and Honda’s Fury, while others are more mundane like Ducati’s Multistrada (Italian for “many roads”) or playful like Harley-Davidson’s Sportster. Some make no sense at …

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Zero Motorcycles Offer Silent Zip

NEW HAVEN, CT – There are things we do when riding that we don’t even think about. Pulling in the clutch and downshifting when approaching a stoplight comes to mind. So does upshifting when the engine’s sound indicates that it’s time to do so. The hands-on nature of motorcycling, and …

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Test Ride: BMW R Nine T

It’s been a little more than a year since BMW took the wraps off its eye-catching R Nine T roadster. Getting to ride one was problematic initially because the units shipped to dealers back in the spring were already promised. Demand remained high, so it wasn’t until, well, yesterday, that I …

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Triumph Thunderbird LT Superb Heavyweight

Motorcycle manufacturers love to embellish when describing their offerings, so it’s only natural to skim over some of the descriptions used by Triumph regarding its Thunderbird LT model – lines such as “premium class touring cruiser” and “world’s largest parallel twin motorcycle engine.” More to the point is how does …

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Honda CTX700 Is A Comfortable Ride

There’s a tendency after you’ve been riding for a few years to look down on – or simply overlook – motorcycles that aren’t “big boy toys.” If it’s not a heavyweight cruiser, a one-liter sport bike or a large adventure touring machine, it ain’t worth a gander.  Right? Honda, however, …

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Test Ride: 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

The image of an ostrich running at full speed somehow popped into my mind as I was riding by a horse farm in Bethany, CT. With their long legs and long necks, ostriches look comical at full run, and I couldn’t help but wonder if the motorcycle that I was testing looked

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Test Ride: KLR650 New Edition

By Steve Smith The venerable Kawasaki KLR650 dual-sport has been around since 1987 and has been very popular model. It remained relatively unchanged from its introduction until a major redesign in 2008 that included a more powerful engine, new bodywork with dual headlight, new gauges, bigger fork tubes, and upgraded …

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Test Ride: Moto Guzzi V7 Offers Classic Experience

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone By Bud Wilkinson Although I’ve never owned one, Moto Guzzi’s a marque that I’m immensely attracted to over most other name brands for the simple reason it’s uncommon. I drink Dogfish Head and Otter Creek beers and avoid barley pop products with the names Budweiser, …

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