June 24, 2019
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Cartoon Tackles Rider Stereotypes

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Riders get stereotyped. Sport bike riders are kids in shorts and flip-flops, while cruiser riders have tattoos and leather vests. Earlier this month, cartoonist Dave Kellett tackled these stereotypes. His cartoon is humorous and spot-on. After you check it out, though, take a few more …

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Man Swapping Meteorite For Harley

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A man in Arkansas who discovered a meteorite while digging in his back yard is trying to swap it for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and his local dealership is open to the idea. Afterall, look at all the free publicity the trade is generating. Autoblog has …

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Custom, Eight-Cylinder Honda Trike Draws Attention

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It doesn’t take a math whiz to decipher the meaning behind the “2X4ON3” message on the New York license plate that’s mounted on the rear of Ken and Peg Acker’s bright red trike. It refers to the two four-cylinder engines that power the homemade three-wheeler. …

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Oil Drippings: Catching Up On Motorcycle News

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Pardon the brief absence. Life intruded… Alpinestars has devised a motorcycle suit with built-in air bags that deploy and protect riders who crash. Already available in Europe for the equivalent of $8,500, it’s expected to be on sale in the U.S. next summer. “The New …

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Track Day for a 1914 Harley

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Bill McMahon, a 68-year-old rider from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., felt the need for speed so he took his 1914 Harley-Davidson to the track on Saturday. The “Wisconsin Rapids Tribune” has the story here. It’s worth a look-see just for the picture.

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Vintage Bikes Gather For Hebron Meet

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Today was a nice day for a ride, and the Yankee Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America supplied a great destination with its annual Antique Motorcycle Meet at the Hebron Fairgrounds. Riders came from across Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and beyond to shop …

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Torrington Thunder Successful Despite Heat

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Yes, it was hot. But record heat in CT didn’t deter riders from rolling into downtown Torrington on Friday night for the 2nd annual Torrington Thunder, the motorcycle meet that benefits the police department’s D.A.R.E. program. (Photos by Debra Aleksinas and Bud Wilkinson) The vintage …

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Indian Day Attracts Dozens Of Springfield’s Best

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The 2nd annual Indian Day at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History attracted dozens of vintage machines from across New  England on Sunday. Hundreds of other riders showed up to admire the iconic motorcycles that were once made in the Massachusetts city. …

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Oil Drips: The Latest From CT And “Everywhere Else”

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com RIDE-CT.com has been spending a lot of hours the past few days getting ready for Torrington Thunder, the downtown motorcycle rally set for Friday between 5 and 9 p.m. I’ve been touching base with some of the participants in the display being staged by “The …

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