November 29, 2020

Up To Speed

Willie G. Retiring from Harley-Davidson

Willie G. Davidson, the grandson of one of the founders of Harley-Davidson, announced his retirement today as the company’s senior vice president and chief styling officer. The 78-year-old Davidson, known to countless Harley riders as simply “Willie G.,” will leave his position after

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Videos Highlight Riding Dangers

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A downward trend in rider deaths in North Yorkshire, England has prompted those involved in road safety to work even harder to reduce the death and injury rates. A series of videos shot along the most popular motorcycle routes highlights the dangers to riders. “The …

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The Shop in Winsted Finds New Home

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The sign for The Shop in Winsted only went up by the roadside about two weeks ago, but Keith Bruno has been working since August to transform the building at 920 Main Street into a suitable facility for his three-year-old motorcycle service and repair business. …

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Is Carmaker Audi Buying Ducati?

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Is Audi on the way to becoming the owner of Ducati? “Car” magazine reported Monday that the German carmaker has an exclusive deal to buy the Italian superbike builder. The story is posted here. There are certainly two ways of looking at this arrangement: Skeptics …

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The Bike That Got Away…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It has long been said that there are those that have “gone down” and those who will “go down.” It includes most of us. A patch of sand on the roadway, a smudge of oil and black ice can lead to a mishap. So can …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If you’re a rider who always wears a helmet, have you ever stopped for gas and gone inside to give the cashier money without removing it? A 26-year-old rider in Scotland has been banned from a Tesco gas station for doing just that. All Leanne …

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A Bargain At Twice the Price…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It was the brand name that attracted my attention – Garelli. I’d never heard of it before today. It was while riding into the pizza joint where I meet the guys for lunch every day that I noticed a smallish bike parked outside a house …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com It has often been said that you only have one chance to make a good impression. These days, for dealerships, that first impression is often via the Internet. An inadequate or hard-to-maneuver  website can make a bad first impression. So can outdated information and hyperbole. …

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Newspaper Column Gets Email Reaction

Maybe I’m showing my age – that’s why I have two vintage bikes in the garage as well as one that’s borderline vintage – but in a world of website comments, Facebook posts and Tweets, it’s nice to receive something as old-fashioned as an email (or two): Bud, I read …

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Tool For Finding A Bike That Fits

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Of all the motorcycles that I’ve owned, the worst was probably a blue 2004 Triumph Sprint ST. I bought it based on looks alone – without even taking a test ride. It looked incredibly sporty on the showroom floor at Canton Cycles and I returned …

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McQueen Top Vote-Getter in February Poll

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The polls closed at midnight Wednesday – OK, more like 9 p.m. – on February’s poll question: “Who’s the coolest rider ever?” Getting the most votes was actor Steve McQueen, who famously rode a motorcycle in the movie “The Great Escape,” although stunt rider Bud …

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Branchville Repairs Rare Vincent Black Shadow

By Bud Wilkinson of  RIDE-CT.com There is no other motorcycle on the planet that possesses the mystique of the Vincent Black Shadow. Fewer than 1,700 were built between 1948 and 1955, which is when the British manufacturer went out of business. It was a Black Lightning race version of the …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Catching up after taking a few days off… Stamford-based publisher and motorcycle enthusiast/collector Buzz Kanter, the guy behind such magazines as “American Iron,” “RoadBike” and “Motorcycle Bagger,” will be among 2012 inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. (Buzz …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Redline Powersports, the new motorcycle accessories and service store in Winsted, will holds its grand opening on Saturday. The store is located in the building that formerly housed Canton Cycles at 70 S. Main St. (when Route 8 runs into Route 44). Owner Shannon Fry …

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Event Planner for 2012 Riding Season

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com So, when did you put your motorcycle away for the winter? You say you haven’t yet, and probably won’t now that the first day of spring is only a month away? RIDE-CT.com hasn’t been out since Saturday when 80 miles was logged on both the …

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