September 21, 2019
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New Ducati Superbike Gets A Name

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Ducati, which has relied on numbers only for its past superbikes, has added a name to a new model planned for 2012. The company announced today that it’ll be the “Ducati 1199 Panigale.” The bike will be unveiled at the EIICMA International Motorcycle Show in …

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Harley Z90 Needs New Home

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com RIDE-CT.com would never try to compete with Craigslist, but occasionally an “available” bike comes along that warrants mention. Larry Maye of Southbury emailed me back in early August about a 1973 Harley-Davidson Z90 that he owns. “Garaged for 36 years,” he proclaimed. “All original, looks …

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Concours Shows Off Motorcycles

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com This weekend’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in Westport may emphasize cars with 200 extraordinary examples, but motorcycles are getting some exposure, too. More than 20 bikes will be exhibited, including a “barn find” 1938 Indian Scout, a 1990 BMW K1, a 1937 Brough Superior and …

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Ridership Holding Steady In Connecticut

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Motorcycling is a passion that once discovered is hard to give up. Given the ongoing condition of the economy and the fact that some baby boomers are reaching the age where quitting riding makes sense, it might be logical to speculate that motorcycle registrations would …

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Rice-O-Rama, The Vintage Japanese Treat

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Japanese bike lovers from New England and beyond flocked to the 5th annual Rice-O-Rama vintage meet in North Brookfield, Mass. on Sunday. The show ground was filled with some sparkling examples of motorcycling’s past from the Land of the Rising Sun, including these two Honda …

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Two Paws Up For Harley Commercial

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s a TV commercial that both Harley-Davidson riders and dog lovers will enjoy, and it’s for the 2012 Harley Wide Glide, part of the “No Cages” ad campaign. The ad debuted during the season premiere of “Sons of Anarchy.” Not only does it promote Harley, …

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Tales From 2011 Brit Jam

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Owners of vintage motorcycles can have a lot in common with their bikes. One guy attending the “25th annual” Brit Jam motorcycle meet at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds on Aug. 21 even wore a T-shirt that had some of the similarities emblazoned across the front: …

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Oil Drippings: Bike Night, Brit Jam, More

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Bike nights in Connecticut are as common as roadside vegetable stands. RIDE-CT made a quick stop this evening at the weekly Tuesday night gathering at McDonald’s in Torrington to grab a few snapshots: Steve Bristol of Torrington, who rode in on his 2009 Harley-Davidson Ultra …

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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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