October 30, 2020

Up To Speed

Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The city council in Laconia, NH is still mulling a proposed crackdown on activities at Laconia Motorcycle Week, but on Monday tabled any action on most of the proposed changes until after this year’s event, which runs June 9-17. Still in play are an examination …

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Indian Day Set for 2012 in Springfield

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The Springfield Museums’ annual Indian Day, which honors the brand that was built from 1901 to 1953 in the Massachusetts city, will be held this year on Sunday, July 15. The rally draws dozens of Indian owners and their machines. Besides providing the opportunity to …

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Motomarathon Sets Dates, Adds New York Event

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com If short weekend rides aren’t sufficient to satisfy your thirst for riding, but an Iron Butt event seems too daunting, well, participating in a Motomarathon event might be the answer. The Colorado-based Motomarathon Association has set dates for five events this year, including a new …

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Driver Gets Only 60 Days for Killing Rider

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A 26-year-old Brooklyn mother received a wrist-slap sentence of just 60 days in jail yesterday for the 2010 death of a Ducati rider on a street in lower Manhattan. Naisha Sutton was driving on a learner’s permit when she made an illegal left turn off …

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New Honda Print Ad – Oops

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A new print ad from across the pond for Honda’s CBR 1000 RR motorcycle done by McCann Erickson in Israeli really makes the point of how fast the bike is. The attached slogan is “Arrive home before yourself” and it shows one hazard of doing …

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Happy New Year!

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone – readers, sponsors and the curious worldwide – for all the support in 2011. As the clock ticks down to midnight, RIDE-CT.com ends the year on an upbeat note having watched readership climb steadily over the past 12 months. …

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Vintage Safety Video Quaint, Useful

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Our resident motorcycle safety expert Steve Smith keeps coming up with videos that are worth watching. He must either spend an awful lot of time at the computer or is just skillful in locating them. This next video comes from the U.K. It’s a lengthy …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com David Radford chucked his job in 2008, bought a motorcycle and went for an extended ride. The 40-year-old Canadian has visited 83 countries – so far. He has witnessed the kindness of strangers and been jailed once. “The Marlborough Express” in New Zealand has his …

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New Definition for Rolling Down the Highway

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Our resident safe riding expert and CONREP instructor Steve Smith has a habit of finding neat video, and he’s passed along another one that brings a new definition to “rolling down the highway.” The animation is so good that I almost thought it was real. …

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Riders Willing To Spend Again in 2011

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com The piggy bank may seem empty at this time of year, but J.D. Power and Associates reports that motorcycle owners seemed more willing to spend in 2011, compared with 2010. In its annual motorcycle satisfaction study, which was released Friday, the company reported that buyers …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com Massachusetts residents who live in the Berkshires or the Pioneer Valley in the western and central portions of the state are more apt to own a motorcycle than those living in more heavily populated areas, such as Boston. Using census figures, the state Department of …

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You Might Be A “Dunkin’ Angel” If…

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A few years ago, with the help of a few friends and acquaintances, I wrote a RIDE-CT column in “The Republican-American” on the telltale signs of “Dunkin’ Angels,” a peculiar specie of motorcyclist that is more poser than rider. As I noted at the time, …

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Oil Drippings: News and Opinion

By Bud Wilkinson of RIDE-CT.com A motorcycle business in Gastonia, N.C. buys gently used Harley-Davidsons, adds some bling and then sells them to customers around the world. In four years, the three-man shop has sold nearly 800 Harleys via eBay. – It wasn’t mentioned in this morning’s column in “The …

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