October 30, 2020

Up To Speed

Spring’s Arrival Means Start of Rider Courses

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The arrival of spring means the resumption of Connecticut Rider Education Program courses across the state. For example, Basic Rider Course classes offered at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury begin Friday, but are already filled through mid-May. BRC classes at the UConn campus in …

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“A Turning Point” for Suzuki Brand

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. is now the sole U.S. distributor of Suzuki motorcycles, ATVs, marine outboard engines and auto parts and service. The new company arrives following the restructuring of American Suzuki Motor Corp., which resulted in the discontinuance of Suzuki car sales in …

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Readers Reject ATV Registration, New Poll for April

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com By a lopsided margin, RIDE-CT.com readers have said “no way” to a proposed law in Connecticut that would require the registration of all ATVs. That means quads, dirt bikes and snowmobiles – even if they’re used solely on your own property.  Results of the website’s …

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Results from the “Consumer Reports” Survey

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A subscriber squealed. “Consumer Reports” yesterday came out with its first-ever motorcycle reliability survey, with an online tease only saying that “Japanese bikes have fewer problems than BMW or Harley models.” Only subscribers were allowed to read the full story. Well, a subscriber sent it …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If the forecast is to be believed, the temperature is about to climb (at least modestly) to the point where more of us will be getting out bikes out of winter hibernation. Some riders never quit, though. Snow doesn’t deter them. A video posted on …

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The Joys and Pains of Being A “Newbie”

***CLASSIC RIDE-CT*** (Editor’s note: Because they’ve never appeared on online, RIDE-CT.com today begins reprinting in edited form some early RIDE-CT columns that appeared in “The Republican-American” newspaper.) By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The outlaw image of motorcyclists, personified by Marlon Brando in the 1953 biker movie “The Wild One,” got …

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New BMW RT Spotted Testing in France

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com New spy shots of the all-new BMW R1200RT have surfaced on MCN’s website in the U.K. (here) and they show that the new 2014 model will have the same water-cooled, 125-horsepower engine that’s being used in the recently launched R1200GS adventure bike. MCN spotted the …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Suzuki dealers in Connecticut and the rest of New England are breathing easier following the revelation earlier this week that bike maker planned on trimming about 10 percent of its U.S. dealer network. Apparently no dealers in the state, and reportedly only six in New …

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Craig Smith Creates “Easy Rider” Wood Carving

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The medium doesn’t matter for artist Craig Smith. He shapes metal, carves wood and even sculpts pumpkins. His largest creation, the 22-foot-long and 10-foot-high “Metal Monster,” is on display at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT. Less massive but becoming well known among riders is …

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Do Harley-Davidson Owners Have Low IQs?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com In a new study that shows the relationship between “Likes” on Facebook and intelligence, researchers at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. conclude in their findings that Harley-Davidson owners have low IQs. The study is headlined “Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital …

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The Ugliest Bikes Ever Produced…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s been said that there’s a motorcycle for every butt. While two-wheeled beauty is in the eye of the bike owner, some bikes are just plain butt ugly.  That’s rude to say, I know, because of the hours and the dollars that go into designing …

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Sunday Funny: Johnny Depp Takes a Spill

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Before he became a huge movie star with films ranging from “Ed Wood” to numerous “Pirates of the Caribbean” excursions, Johnny Depp starred on a TV series on the then-fledgling Fox television network. The show was “21 Jump Street.” It ran from 1987 to 1991 …

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