September 21, 2019
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Another Hearing At Legislature

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s on quiet days like this when RIDE-CT yearns for some really startling news, such as “Harley Announces Plans for 250cc Bike” or “Laconia Bows to Vegans, Bans Leather.” You get the idea. We’re in that “Never Land” between seasons where little is happening, except at the General …

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H-D’s Status on Shoreline Uncertain

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It was five weeks ago that Fritz’s Bridgeport Harley-Davidson filed for Chaper 11 bankruptcy protection in hopes of getting the business back on sound financial footing, but it now appears that the Harley franchise in Stratford is up for grabs.   In filing in U.S.Bankruptcy Court in Bridgeport …

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Honda Announces New Gold Wing

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It’s quite a remarkable achievement – a model that has lasted for 36 years and sold more than 640,000 units. It’s the Honda Gold Wing, which gets a makeover for the 2012 model year with production shifting to Japan from Marysville, Ohio. Honda revealed its new …

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Buell Back With EBR 1190RS

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Erik Buell hinted recently that he’d have “a surprise or two” in Daytona next month. Most everyone predicted that he’d unveil a new street bike from EBR (Erik Buell Racing), the company he founded after Harley-Davidson discarded the Buell brand. Instead of waiting, though, he …

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Resolution to Negligent Homicide Case

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Defense attorney Michael “Mickey” Sherman described the case as “a nightmare.” Only minutes before, Sherman’s client, 24-year-old Jennifer J. Khan of Norwalk, had pleaded nolo contendere to negligent homicide. She received a six-month suspended sentence in Bantam Superior Court, a $1,000 fine and two years probation …

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BMW Pricing, New Harley Ad

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com BMW Motorrad is finally out with prices on its new 2012 K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL touring models. The base MSRP on the GT is $20,900, while the base on the GTL is $23,200. That includes a Xenon headlight with dynamic leveling, heated seat …

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Buell Poised for Comeback?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com He was kicked to the curb by Harley-Davidson, but it now appears that Erik Buell will finally release a new street machine from his new company, Erik Buell Racing. A week ago, Buell posted a teaser photo of a sport bike on his Facebook page and …

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Marcus Dairy Bar Closes

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It has been a Danbury institution for decades and a Sunday gathering spot for riders seeking breakfast and a launching point for a morning ride, but Marcus Dairy Bar has finally closed for good. “The News-Times” newspaper in Danbury has the story of its last …

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C.M.R.A. to Testify Today on Bills

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A representative of the Connecticut Motorcycle Riders Association is planning to be in the hearing room today when the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee invites testimony on some 81 proposed bills, including ones that would require a valid driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement to register as motorcycle and that would …

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New Models: Another Sportster from Harley

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Harley-Davidson continues to modify its entry-level Sportster model and has now come up with the 1200 Custom for 2011. It features a chunky 16-inch front wheel, a pull-back handlebar (with a mini-apehanger option) and a reshaped LED tail lamp. There’s also wider fork spacing and wider …

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